Best price for Panasonic VDR-M50EG-S is $376.88 inclusive of GST. This is presently the cheapest offer in New Zealand.
The number of times the image can be enlarged with the optics of the camcorder. The optical zoom 'moves' you closer to the subject without sacrificing quality. The higher the optical zoom, the farther away you can be to take a clear, close-up image.