On a beautiful Sunday morning, I finally got the chance to really put our my Olympus C2100UZ camera to the test... to see what this bad boy will do, and how well the 10X optical image-stabilized zoom really works.  I spent somewhere around 5 hours wandering around the zoo... it's such a beautiful zoo with lots to see.

So, how did the camera do?  Well, why don't ya just check out the pictures and see for yourself (it was incredible! :).  These pictures have all be scaled down to make them more "web friendly" - the original sizes of these images, as they came off the camera, were large enough and clear enough that we could make poster sized prints out of any of them.

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"uuuugh... why did I party so hard last night..."

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Is it my imagination, or is he rehearsing for a play?

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This mandrill was quite a distance away, and we still got a great picture.

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A rhino makes his rounds.

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What a hard life they have! :)

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I think this picture speaks for itself :)

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We couldn't pass up the traditional zebra picture.

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Ummm... uhhhh... well... :)

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This is a fascinating picture if you notice what he's doing - he's washing his food in the stream before he eats it.

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Some relaxing hippos.

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Awwwww :)

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A good image showing off the beautiful pictures our camera is capable of.

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A sleepy white tiger.

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This playful tiger was tossing around that big log like it was a little chew toy :)

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Couldn't get the one tiger to stop chewing on the log, but they both had their eyes on me in this photo.

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Pretty bear pic.

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"...no pictures, please..."

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I think someone is sticking their tongue out at me.

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Just hangin out.

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This Barbary Sheep was waaay up on the side of the hill, but a little extra zooming brought him into perfect focus.

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The big tortoise gets a shower from a zoo keeper... and happily lifts his leg so she can spray underneath :)

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We were able to get some great close-ups with this camera - here the tortoise chomps a mouthful of grass.

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Put a TV and beer in front of him and he looks like he'd be right at home :)

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"...Ahhhh...."

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This Komodo dragon couldn't have given us a better pose.

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An interesting gator.

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Another really nice close-up shot... this time of a skink.

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Looks like he's stalking his next meal... us?? :)

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An extreme close-up of a cute little turtle :)

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Even through the thick glass and water, we were still able to get a good picture of this Red-Tailed Catfish.

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Another turtle strikes a pose for us... well, actually, he struck that pose for several hours... doubtful it was just for us :)

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This penguin just couldn't seem to get enough of the people checking him out... he kept diving over and over to get a closer look.

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Here's another penguin coming up to the glass for a close-up.

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The playful baby "Bluebonnet" and her friend.

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This tiger was probably 50 yards away... man I love this camera :)

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These alligators have had a rough day :)

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