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On every conventional digital camera (excluding the models with detachable lenses), there are buttons to zoom in and out with W side and T side.

When you press W, the lens zooms out. The lens zooms in when you press T

I want to know what do these letters, W and T mean.

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Sure. go ahead. that is encouraged :D And what exactly are you going to prove if I may ask? :) – Sid Dec 19 '12 at 11:30
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These letters refers to zooming depth as follows,

  • W = Wide angle
  • T = Telephoto

Read more about wideangle and telephoto in the tags.

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The W stands for Wide angle. The T stands for Telephoto.

This has been asked around the web, for example here:

Yahoo! Answers: What does W T button (zoom) stands for in zoom lens cameras?
Tech-Recipes: Why are Camera Zoom Buttons Labelled W and T?

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