Summary: I love this camcorder ! It's small , easy to use , lightweight , and the features are really more than I expected ! The zoom is 30X Optical and 1500X digital. I have been able to zoom in on craters on the MOON with this camera ! Way to go Sanyo ! Nice Camera and for the money I would say best on the market for home portable camera's ! For a shot like the moon however you'll need a tripod for steadiness. Highly reccommended !