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The Best Super Zoom Digital Cameras

When getting up close is the top priority, the super zoom is what you are looking for. While a 30x zoom used to be huge, the compact travel zooms can reach that length while the larger super zooms commonly now commonly reach 50x and even more. Image quality at the long end of a 50x zoom isn't as crisp as the images from the same camera at a wide angle view, but when zoom really matters, the super zoom is an excellent option. These cameras tend to be much larger, but the larger size means they have a more comfortable grip. Most super zooms also have manual modes and a viewfinder too. The best super zoom digital cameras will have a comfortable design, solid image quality, a fair price and of course, a big zoom.

 

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Pentax XG-1

The super zoom category is jam packed—The Pentax XG-1 enters the fray with no fancy, frilly features like a dot sight or tilting LCD but with a solid set of capabilities at a decent price that make it an option worth considering.The manufact...

Grade: B+ Price: $209.00

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Canon PowerShot SX60

Super zooms are becoming the new point-and-shoots as consumers quickly pick up the fact that cell phones simply can't offer the zoom--or the manual modes--that these guys can. At its announcement, the Canon PowerShot SX60 offers the biggest zo...

Grade: B Price: $499.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

4K is quickly becoming the new HD--and now, it's available in even compact cameras. The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is the world's first compact camera with 4K video, according to the manufacturer. But, that's not all this little bridge-sty...

Grade: A Price: $810.00

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Olympus Stylus SP-100 IHS

Super zoom cameras offer some of the biggest versatility, thanks to lenses that top out at 50x and even 60x optical zooms but can still perform up close. The Olympus Stylus SP-100 is one of a dozen or so such cameras. And while the SP-100 offers s...

Grade: B+ Price: $349.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S1

A 50x zoom is no longer unheard of, in fact, 50x is becoming the norm in the realm of super zoom cameras. But what's much harder to find is a camera that can take images at the long end of that big zoom that are quite similar in quality to the...

Grade: A- Price: $339.00

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Sony HX400

Cameras with big zooms can capture images that just aren't possible with the average shooter. The Sony HX400 doesn't just have a huge 50x zoom, it can also capture macro shots of little things as close as one inch from the front of the len...

Grade: B+ Price: $453.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P600

A little zoom goes a long way when it comes to what photos you're able to snap—and with a 60x optical zoom, the Nikon P600 has more than just a little zoom. The P600 currently leads the extended zoom category while most competitors sit d...

Grade: B Price: $324.00

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Sony DSC-RX10

There's no doubt that the Sony RX100 and RX100 II are the most talked about compacts on the market. And while the large 1” sensor and fast lens are worth all the talk, the RX100 lacks one thing—a good zoom. Sony's December 2013...

Grade: A Price: $879.00