The ultra zoom – or bridge style camera is a popular format of camera, offering SLR-styled looks, manual controls and huge optical zoom. This style of camera lets you get wide-angle shots and then zoom into distant subjects, with the latest cameras offering up to 83x optical zoom! Here is our list of the best ultra zoom / bridge cameras reviewed on ePHOTOzine, click through to read the full review. Some of the most recent cameras feature a larger than normal image sensor, which results in better image quality, particularly in low light.
Number 1 – Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 – The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 features a large 20-megapixel 1inch sensor for improved image quality and noise performance, along with a Leica f/2.8 – f/4.0 16x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-400mm in 35mm terms. The camera also features 4K video recording, raw shooting, manual controls and built in Wi-Fi.
2 – Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 Mark II
The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is a top scoring bridge camera. It features the world’s first stacked 1 inch BSI CMOS sensor with a DRAM memory chip. It’s capable of 40x super slow motion capture and 4K video shooting, along with a super fast electronic shutter. It has a weather sealed body and we praised its excellent image quality and features an 8.3x optical zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/2.8.
3 – Panasonic Lumix FZ330 / FZ300
Panasonic Lumix FZ330 – The Panasonic Lumix FZ330 (FZ300) may “only” have a 24x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25mm to 600mm at the telephoto end, but it features a bright f/2.8 aperture at all lens positions, making it great for low-light photography. It also features 12fps continuous shooting, 4K video recording and a vari-angle screen.
4 – Canon Powershot G3 X
Canon Powershot G3 X – The Canon Powershot G3 X features a 25x optical zoom lens, with image stabilisation, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, manual controls, raw support, and a large 1inch CMOS sensor for improved image quality and noise performance.
5 – Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500)
The Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 features a 20-megapixel 1inch sensor, 20x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-480mm with an f/2.8-4.5 aperture and its designed to be a hybrid video / photo camera. Build quality is very good and the camera has a lot in common with the Panasonic Lumix GH4, which means that the FZ2000 would make an excellent second camera to anyone familiar with Panasonic’s other cameras. The camera has a great 3inch tilting touch-screen, as well as a large, bright, high-resolution electronic viewfinder, with a comfortable rubber surround. Image quality is generally good and the camera offers impressive focus performance.
6 – Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III – The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark III features a 25x optical zoom lens, with a bright f/2.4 to f/4.0 aperture, and a zoom range equivalent to 24 to 600mm in 35mm terms. The camera features the same “stacked” 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor as the RX10 Mark II, which enables high-speed continues shooting as well as high-speed video.
7 – Panasonic Lumix FZ82
Panasonic Lumix FZ82 / FZ80 – The Panasonic Lumix FZ82 features a wide-angle 60x optical zoom lens, manual controls, raw shooting, 10fps continuous shooting, 4K (UHD) video recording, a 3inch touch-screen, stereo sound, as well as accessories that will take the zoom to 102x optical zoom!
8 – Nikon Coolpix P610
Nikon Coolpix P610 – The Nikon Coolpix P610 features a 60x optical zoom lens, full HD video recording, a tilting vari-angle 3inch screen, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, manual controls and a large rubber grip making it easy to hold the camera steady when using lots of optical zoom.
9 – Canon Powershot SX510 HS
Canon Powershot SX510 HS – The Canon Powershot SX510 HS is one of the smallest ultra zoom bridge camera available and features a 30x optical zoom lens, full HD video recording, built-in Wi-Fi, 0cm macro mode, and manual controls.
10 – Canon Powershot SX60 HS
Canon Powershot SX60 HS – The Canon Powershot SX60 has a 65x optical zoom lens, giving the equivalent of 21 – 1365mm. This combined with clever zoom subject tracking features makes it an impressive camera, with 6.4fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi and NFC, and a vari-angle screen.
11- Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon Coolpix P900 – The Nikon Coolpix P900 offers the World’s longest optical zoom lens on a camera, with an 83x optical zoom lens, making it ideal for moon photography as well as other distant subjects. Wi-Fi, GPS, a vari-angle screen, numerous scene modes, and manual controls are included in this large SLR-styled camera.