As smartphones continue to be the primary camera for most people, dedicated cameras have had to become more specialized. The superzoom category—fixed-lens point-and-shoots that offer huge zoom ranges—are a popular choice because they allow you to get shots of subject both close and very, very far away.
The new Panasonic DMC-FZ2500 (MSRP $1,199.99) is expensive, but it may quickly contend with the Sony RX10 III for the crown of the best superzoom camera. Why? Because it takes nearly all the video-capturing prowess of Panasonic’s superb interchangeable lens cameras and puts it in a body that is weather-sealed, fully-featured, and has an amazing lens. It’s like a high-end camera and a high-end camcorder in one body.
We got some hands-on time with the new camera in our offices ahead of the launch at Photokina, and we came away very impressed. Though not quite the slam dunk bargain that the lower end Panasonic FZ1000 represents, the FZ2500 should be perfect for anyone who wants a do-it-all camera in a single package.
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