When do you use digital zoom? If you care about your prints and quality, then the answer is “Never”. Most point-and-shoots have zoom lenses. They’re excellent for framing your shot. However, beware of utilizing the “digital zoom” capability. You should know if your camera is using “optical” or “digital” zoom. The specs will say something like “3x optical, 10x advanced zoom.” Optical is the one and only you ought to use. When you set your camera to utilize digital zoom, its just amplifying a little part of the already little sensor. While it may look alright on the workstation, it won’t print well. Most cameras permit you to turn off the digital zoom setting. We propose you do so. You’ll be more certain each shot you take is of the best possible quality.