35+ jQuery Zoom Plugins for Creating Stunning Zoom Effects

January 2, 2013 · 58 comments

by Sonny M. Day

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jQuery Zoom plugins can be really useful for showing image details or for making large images fit on a website with limited space. In fact with a little bit of jQuery experience and the right plugins at hand anyone can create really awesome front ends. We see jQuery in actions more or less every e.g. as jQuery Sliders or as navigation made interactive using jQuery .

A key element on most websites is the use of high quality images to support the content. If you are not aware of it already I can tell you that jQuery is very powerful with images and can help you do really cool stuff in a snap. This post on tripwire magazine cover some of the best jQuery Zoom Plugins to create Stunning Image Zoom Effects on your site or blog. This is very useful if you have large images that will otherwise take up too much space, for a image portfolio etc.

This post was recently updated with more useful jQuery Zoom Plugins and we also checked all links.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). I recommend that you do your own independent research before purchasing any product or service. This article is not a guideline, a recommendation or endorsement of specific products.


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1. Featured Image Zoomer

featured-image-zoomer

This script lets you view a magnified portion of any image upon moving your mouse over it. A magnifying glass appears alongside the image displaying the magnified area on demand. The user can toggle the zoom level by using the mousewheel. It’s great to use on product images, photos, or other images with lots of details you want users to be able to get into on command.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

2. Etalage

etalage

A ready to use jQuery image zooming plugin to present your images in the highest detail without leaving the page.

Simply link to the JavaScript and CSS files and apply it to your HTML element like other jQuery plugins. Customize the settings and CSS to match your style and purpose. Full documentation and examples included.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

3. Image Power Zoomer

image

This is a jQuery plugin that adds a magnifying glass every image on your page. Allows users to zoom in on parts of the image, simply by moving the cursor.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

4. Epic Image Zoom

epic-image-zoom

With this jQuery Zoom plugin you can add zoom-in functionality to any image with configurable magnification level and magnifier appearance. It provides built-in image preloading.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

5. jQuery Zoom Plugin

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Zoom Plugin is a lightweight jQuery plugin that gives the users ability to control the text size, color, alignment and font family of an article on a page. This lets the user control exactly the options that suits them, and is also a pretty impressive feature to have on a site.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

6. jQuery Image Zoom and Panning Plugin

jQuery Image Zoom and Panning Plugin

This is a jQuery plugin that creates a zoom and panning effect on an image. The plugin requires two image versions, one small preview and one larger for zoom and panning. This is a nice way to view details on an image.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

7. Zoomer

zoomer

‘Zoomer’ is a JavaScript component authored by James Padolsey. “Zoomer” enables your users to closely inspect images by hovering their cursor over them. It’s been built as a robust, unobtrusive and highly customizable jQuery plugin.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

8. jQuery Mega Image Viewer – animated zoom and pan

animated-zoom-jquery-plugin

The mega image viewer jQuery plugin allows you to easily replace <div> tags
with animated image viewers.

Viewer used for displaying high-resolution object (image – JPG , PNG, GIF ). Viewer displays the given display object inside the user-defined viewport area. Viewer allows to control the position and zoom of the object displayed inside the viewport. Viewer controls the sliding and zoom of the displayed object so that the viewport area will be filled completely.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

9. jQuery Zoom

jquery-zoom

A plugin to enlarge images on mouseover or mousedown.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

10. Smooth Zoom Pan – jQuery Image Viewer

Smooth Zoom Pan - jQuery Image Viewer

This is a jQuery Zoom image viewer prepared to display product photos, maps or any image within custom small area. Can be configured and implemented in web pages with simple copy / paste steps. More than 30 parameters available to customize, yet a standard version can work simply with 2 values

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

11. ImageLens

imagelens

Use this jQuery plug-in to add lens style zooming effect to an image

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

12. Image Effects Pack – jQuery Powered

Image Effects Pack - jQuery Powered

A pack of premium image effects to enhance your website user experience.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

13. jQuery iViewer

iviewer

JQuery.iviewer is an jquery ui widget representing image viewer component used to load and view image with ability to zoom image and to drag it with mouse in container.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

14. Fine Zoom

fine-zoom

Fine Zoom is a not free and extended version of AX-ZOOMER. Fine zoom can zoom images with different zoom of levels with smooth effect. Also drag and pan are done with a smooth effect. Just apply the plugin to any image and you can zoom in and out images just like Google Maps Zoom. It works everywhere even on touch devices(android and iosx). On Ipad and Iphone for zoom can be used the classic pinch method.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

15. Creating An Image Zoom And Clip Effect With jQuery

bennadel

Good video tutorial showing you how to create an image zoom effect where you can select a region of an image and the image will automatically scale up to show the selected region.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

16. Loupe jQuery Plugin

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Loupe jQuery Plugin is plugin which gives You ability to add zoom on hover ability for Your photos with single line of code. It’s siutable as standalone and only zooming solution or as an addition to other ‘candy eyed’ image libraries as prettyPhoto or Lightbox. What’s new in this plugin is ablilty to controll zoom level and loupe size instantly by end user via mousescroll which gives oportunity to enlarge areas that user is interested in.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

17. Zoomooz

zoomooz

Zoomooz is an easy-to-use jQuery plugin for making any web page element zoom.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

18. JQZoom

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JQZoom is a jQuery Zoom image magnifier built at the top of the popular jQuery javascript framework.jQzoom is a great and a really easy to use script to magnify what you want.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

19. jQuery plugin: Easy Image Zoom

easy-image-zoom

Thsi script will allow users to see large details of the product while moving cursor over medium sized image.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

20. Cloud Zoom

cloud-zoom

Cloud Zoom is a jQuery plugin comparable to commercial image zoom products such as Magic Zoom. Compared to the popular jQZoom plugin, Cloud Zoom is smaller, has more features and more robust compatability across browsers.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

21. Ajax Zoom

ajax-zoom

AJAX-ZOOM is a powerful image zoom & pan plugin with 360° rotate option, jQuery image gallery option based on jQuery (JavaScript) and PHP. It is a completely packaged and free / low cost jQuery zoom solution to present high resolution images on the web. With over 300 other options AJAX-ZOOM is very flexible regarding it’s appearance and can be seamlessly integrated into any website – branding free!

MORE INFO / DEMO (free and premium plugin)

22. jQuery gzoom plugin

gzoom

Really nice image jQuery Zoom plugin with the following features: click on plus and minus to zoom, drag the slider to zoom Zoom using mousewheel hover the image, Moving mouse hover the image change the pan, Click on the image to show in lightbox style

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

23. Nivo Zoom

nivo-zoom

Nivo Zoom is jQuery plugin that allows you to zoom the image in full size or as lighbox. Its main feature is that you can determine the location of larger images of these miniatures. Zoom is a cross-Nivo browser plug-ins and tested on the following browsers: Internet Explorer 7 +, Firefox 3+, Google Chrome 4 and Safari

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

24. DCS Image Zoom

image-zoom

Image zoomer. Great for the product viewer in your web.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

25. Image Zoom 2.0

andreaslagerkvist

This plug-in makes links pointing to images open in the “Image Zoom”. Clicking a link will zoom out the clicked image to its target-image. Click anywhere on the image or the close-button to zoom the image back in. Only ~3k minified.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

26. AnythingZoomer jQuery Plugin

any

You have a small area. You mouse over it. An area pops up giving you a zoomed in closer look. This is a jQuery Zoom plugin that does it. I’m not going to tell you what you should use it for or elaborate use-case scenarios. Your own creativity can help you there.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

27. Hover Zoom

mattbango

The hover zoom effect basically reverse zooms an image while fading in a label on top of it when the mouse hovers over it. It makes for a pretty slick effect which could be used on thumbnails. As always, you can check out a demo or grab the source right here if you don’t want to read the entire tutorial.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

28. jQuery Cycle plugin

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This is a lightweight slideshow plugin that supports pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and many transition effects. The effects look very good!

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

29. jQuery Thumbnail with Zooming Image and Fading Caption

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Learn how to build thumbnail gallery with zooming effect and fadein and fadeout caption. This tutorial will walk you through the concept behind it and how to code it.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

30. Photo Zoom Out Effect with jQuery

image

This tutorial will show you how to create a simple image zoom out effect with jQuery. The idea is show some images which are zoomed in initially and when hovering over an image it gets zoomed out. This effect could be used in photography websites or image galleries.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

31. jQuery plugin : Fancy Zoom

fancy

This plugin is the jQuery version on the fancy zoom effect. This plugin is providing a smooth, clean, truly Mac-like effect, almost like it’s a function of Safari itself

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

32. Crop, labelOver and pluck

best-jquery

Crop-Gives your visitors the power to crop any image on the fly using JavaScript only. Also there are 2 other plugins: LabelOver and Pluck.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

33. Jcrop

Jcrop

Jcrop is the quick and easy way to add image cropping functionality to your web application. It combines the ease-of-use of a typical jQuery plugin with a powerful cross-platform DHTML cropping engine that is faithful to familiar desktop graphics applications.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

34. jQuery PhotoShoot Plugin

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The jQuery PhotoShoot plugin gives you the ability to convert any div on your web page into a photo shooting effect, complete with a view finder.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

35. PHP & jQuery image upload and crop

best-jquery

Awesome jQuery Zoom solution for allowing users to upload and crop images on your site.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

36. PanView

pan

This plugin allows your visitors view details of a big image and move around with the mouse.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

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starfall 101 August 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Awesome collection and its worth reading and dig some zooming effect. Thanks admin for sharing.

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pompa April 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm

thanks. good zoom slider list

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IT-Consulting January 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Great list. Found the right one for me!

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shashank December 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

please help me…
i have a admin panel from which am adding images through php…
dose images are shown on the main web page…
i want that whenevr ny1 move cursor on dose images dere should be lens zoom effect on all dose pictures on which mouse is moved…
plz i need urgnt hlp…

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saeed edi December 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

thanks alot Mr!
very useful….

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Cindy Jones-Hulfachor December 7, 2012 at 6:31 am

Thanks for all your efforts compiling this list. Very helpful!

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Choiru November 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Hey, Thanks for Information about this plugin, i tired searching about this topic !!! thank you bro :)

best for tripwiremagazine

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Giancarlo October 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Nice collection…
thank you! :D

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Kam October 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Has anyone used Magic Zoom Plus ? I’m considering it because it has zoom and enlarge.

I’m setting up a site selling solid wood flooring and thought that zoom is good for product detail images and enlarge images best for lifestyle room set images.

What do you think ?

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London Map September 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

Great summary of the best Zoom plugins – very useful, thanks!

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Maxim August 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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Review it, please! It’s cool!

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Sally July 6, 2012 at 3:43 am

I have couple projects that creating portfolio for artist and they were looking for having an option to zoom in on their artwork to show the texture. Above helps me a lot thanks

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Cheap Airsoft Gun June 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Thanks for these jQuery plugins!

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Musik + June 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Look like very and very Nice, thank for share :)

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AMA Compuhouse May 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Nice technique..really useful…thanks for the post… coools

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parveensharma March 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

also one of the awesome Tumblr Themes- features graphics and textures with a high level of detail. This is perfect for any professional or portfolio Tumblog. With the Monochrome you will definitely stand out from the rest!

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Matiss January 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I release new image upload & crop plugin – mCropper. Visit http://mcropper.mcweb.lv/ and try it now!

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Costa Rica Nightlife November 30, 2011 at 2:00 am

also one of the awesome Tumblr Themes- features graphics and textures with a high level of detail. This is perfect for any professional or portfolio Tumblog. With the Monochrome you will definitely stand out from the rest!

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man November 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

woo very nice slider thanks

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CSS Sites November 4, 2011 at 6:31 am

Such a nice information, I really like it.

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Kropped Architectural Visualisations October 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for these jQuery plugins!

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web design huddersfield October 13, 2011 at 2:18 am

the jquery plugins are really creating good effects ! thanks for sharing . . .

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Simon Jackson October 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

The fancy zoom entry is really nice. Good smooth zooming that adds a touch of class!

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Abu Naser Mehsud September 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Look like very and very Nice

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brandon August 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm

It really helps a lot, tnx..

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WPExplorer May 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Awesome list. I am really digging that cloud zoom plugin. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Robuster May 2, 2011 at 6:35 am

thanks for this cool and nice image zoom jQuery plugins. Its very Excellents.
thanks again.

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Mediasiana April 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Nice technique..really useful…thanks for the post…

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Adam February 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Cloud Zoom ROCKS! Plenty of customization, easy enough to bend to my will, cross-browser compliant.

Thanks for posting these fun toys.

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Lars February 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

You’re welcome Adam!

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Webdesigner January 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

thanks for this cool and nice image zoom jQuery plugins. Its very Excellents.

thanks again.

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Rocky Singh January 11, 2011 at 7:31 am

Thank you! I was urgently required a image zoom plugin for one of my project. And your post helped me a lot. thank you for this fantastic post. Please keep it up.

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Lars January 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Great that we could help you out Rocky!

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Roman November 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Thank your for the nice plugins and cooool effects! :)

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mahdi August 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

can i find is there any method to get thumbnail zoom jquery ?

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wordpressapi June 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

This is very informative article….

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creating my own web page June 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

When googling creating my own web page, I found some more interesting results on some of the later pages. It’s where I found 25 Excellent jQuery Image Zoom Plugins Creating Stunning Image Effects | tripwire magazine. I think it’s always worthwhile going past the first and second page on google if you’ve got the time.

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creating my own web page June 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm

An easy to read article that made a lot of sense. I don’t come across too many of those these days but I was looking for info on creating my own web page and came across yours. Good stuff and thanks for taking the time to write it.

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S. Fiege June 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm

There is a jquery plugin – http://www.ajax-zoom.com – for zoom images with unlimited resolution. The cloud zoom looks also very good.

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clippingimages June 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

“With a little bit of jQuery experience and the right plugins at hand anyone can create really awesome front ends. A key element on most websites to support the content is images. If you are not aware of it already I can tell you that jQuery is very powerful with images and can help you do really cool stuff in a snap.” That is really true.

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spaul June 1, 2010 at 3:56 am

Great work done here i really appreciate this person whoever posted this article very helpful for designers thanx

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Jim M. May 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Really decent post… I love it. Keep ‘em coming… :)

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Door Hanger May 29, 2010 at 4:30 am

Wonderful! jQuerry plugins will definitely open great opportunities for users to take a closer look of the images – from cropping images, zoom and fade. So far one of the best. Thanks for letting us know how useful JQuerry plugins are :)

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Alan Perry May 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm

hi how are you ? have a good time …………….website is very fantastic????????
+1

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Laira May 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Nice technique..really useful…thanks for the post…

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Jennifer R May 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for your great collection

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Design ideas May 28, 2010 at 10:01 am

Cool stuff for designers. Thanks

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jew May 28, 2010 at 8:55 am

hi how are you ? have a good time …………….website is very fantastic????????

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Joby Joseph March 4, 2012 at 6:43 am

Adipoli jQuery Image Hover plugin helps you to play 20+ transition effects with a single line of code. http://jobyj.in/adipoli

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