The HC-V10 offers up a plethora of user-friendly shooting controls. Panasonic's Intelligent Auto takes the guesswork out of shooting just about any setting. iA automatically sets the camera for the situation--you can focus on the moment without fussing with camera controls. Other features like Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection, and Pre-Rec help you to record great video, without going to film school. 63x Optical Zoom and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) The HC-V10 features a 63x optical zoom with an Enhanced Optical 70x zoom function. You can zoom from the wide-angle 31.6mm (equivalent in 35mm format) to catch dynamic shots of distant objects with the very long telephoto end of the zoom range. And because the zoom is optical, there's limited image degradation. Also, Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps prevent blurring - typically a big concern when shooting with a telephoto lens. This combination of optical zoom and Power O.I.S. gives you the ability to take fantastic zoom shots even in less than ideal lighting conditions. 31.6mm Wide-Angle The 31.6mm wide-angle end of the zoom range is especially convenient for recording indoors or in tight spaces, making it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and surrounding area into the frame. The wide-angle setting also captures beautiful images of wide landscapes and allows large groups of people to fit into the frame, making it highly versatile for use in all kinds of situations.