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

Standard Settings with Gallery

Hover over the large image to see the zoom working.
These are the ‘out of the box’ settings, with the big image appearing to the right of the small image.
The appearance of the smaller image, lens and zoom window can be altered with regular CSS.


  1. Works with most browsers (tested on IE6+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari).
  2. Easy integration with basic valid HTML.
  3. Small 6Kb (minified) script.
  4. Smooth zoom movement.
  5. Gallery mode.
  6. Tint, soft focus and inner zoom features.
  7. Degrades gracefully with Javascript turned off.
  8. Fully accessible with no CSS or text only browsers.
  9. It’s completely free.


Add a tint of any colour (including black or white) to the small image. The intensity of tint is fully customisable, shown here in red at 50%.

In this example, the movement smoothness is set to a higher value for a gentle drifting effect.

Inner Zoom

Zoom position can be inside the smaller image, useful if you would rather not obscure any other content.

Soft Focus

Apply a subtle soft-focus effect to the small image.

In this example, the zoom window position is specified as a div target which can be positioned anywhere. The movement smoothness is set to a lower value for a snappier feel.