The smallest optical zoom of digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera is 0.34x, the biggest is 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. With an optical zoom of 24 times zoom factor, the Stylus SH-60 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 24x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Fujifilm Finepix SL240 (£177), or the Olympus SZ-14 (£104.99) which both of have better reviews.
If this Olympus digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Kodak Pixpro AZ421 (£144) (42x) which also has a higher rating.
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