Panasonic FZ1000: Is there any point to using the extended optical zoom?

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gf1701 New Member • Posts: 16
Panasonic FZ1000: Is there any point to using the extended optical zoom?

I just discovered this feature a couple of days ago and tried it out, using 10M picture size. The results were more than disappointing. Here is the photo using extended optical zoom:

Extended optical

And the same object show with regular zoom at full, then enlarged 2:1 in my photo editing software:

Full regular zoom, magnified 2:1

I read some discussions about the feature in this forum, and several people have cited good results, so I'm wondering when the feature might produce better results, and why it might have failed to in this instance. (I didn't have a tripod, but I rested the camera on a solid service when taking the photo, in order to minimize movement.)

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