Getting extra zoom is one of the strongest reasons to get a “real” camera rather than simply taking all of your photos with your phone. There are still a lot of superzoom models available, despite the fact that your options are more constrained today than they were in the past. Today, a variety of camera manufacturers, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm, offer models with zoom ratios of 50 times or more.
Yet, a decent camera does not necessarily have a large lens. To locate the best superzoom for your needs, we’ve selected our favourites from the current crop, evaluated their performance across the board, and put together this helpful guide.
The latest Nikon Coolpix B700 is a tiny camera with an outstanding array of capabilities. The 60x zoom lens, which will enable you to photograph everything from landscapes to portraits to sports and wildlife, is undoubtedly the most remarkable feature. Yet, the B700’s fit and finish and quick functioning were what really wowed us. This camera seems to be worth every penny of its $500 price tag.
The B700 amazes with additions such a 3-inch articulating Screen, 4K video capture at 30fps, RAW photo capture, and Bluetooth LE for simple file sharing when compared to certain competitors. While the electronic viewfinder—which is always terrible on these cameras—isn’t great, the ergonomic handle is well-textured for all-day use. Overall, it’s a success.
- Small and comfortable to use
- Nothing that we could locate
Fujifilm FinePix S1
The FinePix S1 is the only 50x superzoom on the market that is completely weather- and dust-sealed, so even though we don’t love it, there’s a very compelling reason you might. It’s somewhat of a big deal if you frequently find yourself shooting outside in bad weather.
If you don’t, you should probably pass on this one. While features like a tilt screen and 10-frame-per-second burst shooting are attractive, the image quality falls short. Users and reviews agree that shots taken at ISO 800 and above are simply too noisy. Even though the price has decreased from the S1’s $500 2014 launch, considering the current competition, it’s still difficult to sell for $370.
- Excellent for outdoor shooting
- has 10 frames per second burst shooting
- Noisy at ISO 800 and higher Poor image quality
Cyber-shot HX400V from Sony
Sony’s top superzoom, the Cyber-shot HX400V, has a 50x zoom and 20.4 megapixels. The H400 has a longer reach, but this camera has the sexiest technology and can still close the distance on all but the farthest subjects. It has been available for a while (we originally tested it in early 2014), but in terms of image quality and features, it can compete with some of the newest superzooms on the market. There might be better deals out there, but oddly the cost hasn’t decreased much over time.
The ergonomic, DSLR-style design of the HX400V with its substantial front grip and surprisingly gripping and silky smooth focusing ring around the large lens barrel is probably one of our favourite features. Although the body is somewhat plasticky, when used, it simply melts into your hand. Additional cool features include a tilt screen, WiFi, NFC, and an integrated GPS for geotagging. While the camera doesn’t record 4K video, it can automatically resize your still photographs for 4K monitors and will record as much 1080/60p video as you want.
- Design a la DSLR
- tilting LCD display
- GPS integrated for geotagging
- Not in 4K Body made of plastic
Here’s a true weirdo for you. Samsung released its “dual grip” 60x superzoom back in 2014. Nevertheless, the company is currently nearly entirely out of the camera business. It is designed to look like a professional DSLR and can be handled in either a landscape or a portrait position. Think of it as a kid-sized Nikon D5 or Canon 1D X. A large battery that yields roughly 600 shots per charge can also fit in the extra grip space.
But don’t be scared by the looks: This beast is best utilised on full auto (though you can shoot on manual if you want). You can manage the camera with your phone while sharing your photos with Android devices, particularly Galaxy phones, thanks to built-in WiFi and NFC. However, it is difficult to recommend due to sluggish performance, a low-res screen and electronic viewfinder, and surprisingly noisy images at ISO 800 and above.
- additional grip power
- Simple photo sharing
- low-resolution screens
Several superzooms mimic the settings and functionality of DSLRs in an effort to draw customers who want the pro look without the hassle of changing lenses. One of those superzooms is not the PowerShot SX540 HS. It’s a simplistic, basic camera with a large 50x zoom lens and a handle akin to a DSLR.
A 20-megapixel CMOS camera, a quick Digic 6 CPU, plus WiFi and NFC connectivity are all found inside for simple file sharing. The SX540 HS is a real dual threat because it can capture full HD video at 60 frames per second. Nevertheless, there are drawbacks as well. The build quality wasn’t very impressive, and the screen doesn’t flip out, which we found unpleasant during video recording. Still, it’s a really good deal at $399.99.
- Cheap 50x zoom lens that is simple to use
- No screen flips out.
- fair construction quality