What is Image Zoom?
Image Zoom is a widely used web technology which enables the visitor to view the details about product/article/post images on hover or click/tap, just like a magnifying glass effect.
Zooming an image is one of the easiest ways to make a website more interactive. This definitely helps people understand what you're trying to say because an image can tell a thousand words and click interactions can tell another hundred thousand.
The Best Image Zoom Plugin
Originally Published Dec 17 2017, updated Jan 09 2023
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jQuery Image Zoom Plugins:
A smart jQuery image zoom plugin that enlarges / shrinks your images in place on click, as you seen on Medium.com. You can click anywhere to exit the zoomed state or, more interestingly, just scroll away as if you were continuing past the image.
A simple and easy-to-use jQuery zoom plugin that enlarge your images on mouse over, grab, click or toggle.
A lightweight and touch-compatible jQuery zoom plugin which allows you to zoom and pan an image using your mouse cursor or finger on touch devices.
A super tiny jQuery/HTML5 image zoom plugin which smoothly enlarges and pan a specified image when mouse hovering and moving.
Vanilla JS Image Zoom Libraries:
A lightweight inline image zoom library which allows users to increase the size of images in their original positions. Press on the Enter and Space keys to close the enlarged images.