Provide a mechanism that allows the user to zoom an image to view its details.
From a server point of of view, an important goal is not to pre-load high resolution images before they are requested. This will help save bandwidth.
An intuitive way of doing this is to allow the user to click a spot on a given image, where after the image is zoomed. As the user clicks the image to zoom, a higher resolution image is preloaded.
Provide graphics or text that calls to action about zooming in on the image; a bare image will not suggest zoom functionality to the user.
Allowing the user to zoom in on an image allows for exploration of the image’s details. Depending on the zoom factor, showing the entire high resolution image from the beginning will not provide the user with an overview of the entire image thus removing the context of the details viewed.
By providing a zoom functionality, a user can zoom into just one area of the image that he or she is interested in. The user is in this way not bothered with the details of uninteresting parts of an image.
In the apple.com online shop, selected products are shown with a zoom feature, that allows you to zoom in on the product image to view its details in greater resolution.
MagicZoom allows you to view a zoomed-in area of a picture while still viewing the original resolution image.
The MagicMagnify zoom function shows a zoomed-in version of an image in a circle where your mouse cursor is hovering the original image. The effect enhances the feeling of exploring the details of an
When viewing a product at diapers.com it looks like any other product page in an online shop. However as soon as the mouse enters the descriptive image, the place before reserved for product and price information is now transformed into an image zoom area.