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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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I'd vote to close as a too-basic/look-in-the-manual question, except when I did a quick search, it looks like there's a lot of people asking it, so I don't think it hurts for us to have an answer. – mattdm Dec 19 '12 at 18:57
I tell PPl its T for towards it W for way from it. – Mr. P 2 days ago

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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 name "telephoto" includes "tele", which means "far off" or "over a distance" so it literally means "long distance photography" – thomasrutter 3 hours ago

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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