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I had to return my kodak easy share camera under walmart warranty due to a bad flash & they, sent me a walmart card for the purchase price of the original camera. We got it on sale & at the time my wife somehow got a discount off of that so it was cheap. Now my wife doesnt want to go over the g.c amount and I hate the selection. The return had a 10x zoom. Now the ones they have in the $103 range are all 5x optical zoom. Theres others that go by milimeter but I dont know how that compares to a 3x, 5x ect.. optical zoom. So whats better a 5x optical zoom or one of these? I'd love to get an slr but its not in the budget.

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28-140 mm zoom http://www.walmart.com/ip/Kodak-M532BlueBndle/15935280

33-175mm zoom http://www.walmart.com/ip/Kodak-Easy...undle/15602438
 

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I don't use a zoom for fish pictures, they come out better IME without using one at all. Having said that, a 28-140mm zoom would have a lower minimum and maximum focal length than the 33-175mm. You could zoom in closer with the 33-175mm, but you are required to be so far from the focal object to begin with. I couldn't honestly tell you how they stack up compared to a 3x, 5x, etc. Those numbers lend themselves to being maximum focal lengths without any indication of a minimum.
 
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