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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. Don't overlook all of the smaller zoom cameras though, some of them have smaller zoom ranges because they have bigger sensors for better image quality.

 

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Sony RX10 Mark III

The Sony RX10 line combines the higher resolution of a 1" sensor with a much bigger zoom than the small RX100 line can muster. That just expanded even more with the Sony RX10 Mark III. With the previous camera offering about an 8x zoom, the l...

Grade: A Price: $1,398.00

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Sony RX10 Mark II

Sony impressed with the RX10, the first camera to incorporate their popular 1" sensor with a big zoom. The camera giant is upping the ante once again, adding 4k video, enhanced sensor technology and even more speed to their luxury super zoom ...

Grade: A- Price: $1,198.00

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Panasonic Lumix FZ2500

All 4Ks are not created equal -- and the Panasonic FZ2500 sports a true cinema quality 4K video mode.4K is technically 4,000 pixels, but most manufacturers will classify 3800 as 4K. While Panasonic’s bump up to 4096 pixels is a less noticeab...

Grade: A- Price: $1,119.00

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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: $798.00

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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: B+ Price: $798.00

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Panasonic DMC-FZ300

The problem with long zoom lenses is that they typically don't have a very wide aperture, which makes using that big zoom in low light a bit tougher. The Panasonic FZ300 doesn't have the biggest zoom lens on the market, but it does have a ...

Grade: A- Price: $598.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P900

If one thing can rescue the point-and-shoot camera market from the smartphone, it's a good zoom. And if there's one camera with a good zoom on the market right now, it's the Nikon Coolpix P900. The camera giant just breezed past the 50...

Grade: A- Price: $529.00

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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: $500.00

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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: $448.00

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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: $400.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P610

Nikon's Coolpix P600 was a popular option thanks to the big 60x optical zoom lens. The camera giant makes a few marginal improvements with the introduction of the Coolpix P610, a solid-looking addition to the super zoom options.The imaging tec...

Grade: B+ Price: $400.00

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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: $399.00

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Nikon COOLPIX B700

The Nikon B700 enters the competitive super zoom category with 4K video and a 60x optical zoom lens.While the name is quite different, the B700 appears to be an update to the Nikon P610, offering the same lens. The B700, however, adds 4K video at ...

Grade: A- Price: $399.00

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Panasonic Lumix FZ80

The super zoom category is jam packed with cameras offering the reach that pocketable cameras cannot -- but the Panasonic FZ80 enters the fray with a brighter than average lens and 4K video.The Panasonic FZ80 uses a 1/2.3" sensor, typical for...

Grade: A- Price: $398.00

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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

The super zoom category is booming—but should consumers really be spending $500-600 on a compact camera when an entry-level DSLR will cost you that much? The Fujifilm S9900 (and S9900W with wi-fi) enters the fray as an option that won't ...

Grade: B Price: $360.00

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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: $242.00