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Ultra Zoom Digital Cameras

Cameras with long zoom lenses have always been popular with digital camera enthusiasts. There is something about the lure of a long zoom that attracts us. Most consumer digital cameras max out at 3x optical zoom with some at 4x optical zoom. But we are now seeing more and more cameras with 10x to 12x optical zoom.

Digital cameras with long zoom lenses -- ultra zoom digital cameras -- face some challenges of their own:

  • Camera shake. It is very difficult to hand hold a camera above 6x optical zoom without suffering from camera shake. This results in blurred pictures. Of course, you can use a tripod like most professional use for almost all of their shots, but how many of us amateurs trudge around with a tripod? Some cameras more or less solved this problem with Image Stabilization feature incorporated either in the lens or the image sensor.
  • Image quality. If you have ever seen a 10x optical zoom lens for a 35mm film camera, you know it's gargantuan! And expensive! To include a similar zoom factor in consumer digital cameras, some compromises have to be made, and one of them is the size of the image sensor used. The smaller the image sensor, the smaller the lens can be, and therefore cheaper. The problem with a small image sensor is that noise is usually worse than with larger image sensors. But great strides in image sensor technology has been made in the last few years and the image quality at the lowest ISO is anywhere from good to excellent.

Here is our list of best ultra zoom digital cameras in alphabetical order of manufacturer. Click on a camera picture to read the fact sheet and get the details.


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

- 12.1 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 20x wide-angle optical zoom (28-560mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/2.8 (W) - f/5.7 (T)
- 2.5-in. Vari-Angle LCD (230K)
- HD Movie 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
more...

124.0W x 88.3H x 86.9D mm /
4.88W x 3.48H x 3.42D in.

560g / 19.8 oz.


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

- 12.1 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/3.4 (W) - f/5.3 (T)
- 3.0-in. LCD (230K)
- HD Movie 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
more...

103.0W x 60.5H x 37.6 7D mm /
4.06W x 2.38H x 1.48D in.

220g / 7.76 oz.


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

- 10 MP (1/2.5-in. CCD)
- 10x optical zoom (36-360mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/2.8 (W) - f/4.3 (T)
- 3.0-in. LCD (230K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

110.6W x 70.4H x 44.7D mm /
4.35W x 2.77H x 1.76D in.

245g / 8.64 oz.


Canon TX1


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Canon PowerShot TX1

7.1 megapixels
10x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer
more...

88.8W x 59.9H x 29.0D mm /
3.50W x 2.36H x 1.14D in.

Approx. 220g / 7.78 oz.

 

 


Canon A710


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Canon PowerShot A710

7.1 megapixels
6x optical zoom
more...

97.5W x 66.5H x 41.2D mm /
3.84W x 2.62H x 1.62D in.

Approx. 210g / 7.41 oz.

 

 


Fujifilm S9100

 


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Fujifilm FinePix S9100

9.0 megapixels
10.7x optical wide-angle zoom
more...

128W x 93H x 129D mm /
5.0W x 3.7H x 5.1D in

645g / 22.9oz

 

 


Fujifilm S8000fd

 


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Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

8.0 megapixels
18x wide-angle optical zoom
more...

111.3W x 78.2H x 78.9D mm /
4.4W x 3.1H x 3.1D in.

Approx. 412g / 14.5 oz.

 


Fujifilm S6000fd

 


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Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

6.3 megapixels
10.7x wide-angle optical zoom
more...

130.7W x 97.2H x 119.5D mm /
5.1W x 3.8H x 4.7D in.

Approx. 570g / 20.1 oz.

 

Fujifilm S1500


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Fujifilm FinePix S1500

10.0 megapixels
12x optical zoom
more...

102.5W x 73.0H x 67.8D mm /
4.1W x 2.9H x 2.7D in.

Approx. 324g/11.4oz.

 

 

Kodak P850


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Kodak EasyShare P850

5.1 megapixels
12x optical zoom with Image Stabilization
more...

108W× 84.2H × 72D mm /
4.3W × 3.3H × 2.8D in.

403 g / 14.2 oz.

 

Kodak V610 Dual Lens


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Kodak EasyShare V610 Dual Lens

6.0 megapixels
"10x" optical zoom
more...

111W × 55.5H × 23.2D mm /
4.4W × 2.2H × 0.9D in.

160 g / 5.6 oz.

 

Kodak Z712


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Kodak EasyShare Z712

7.1 megapixels
12x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer
more...

103.6W × 74.2H × 69.7D mm /
4.1W × 2.9H × 2.7D in.

300 g / 10.6 oz

 

Kodak z650


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Kodak EasyShare Z650

6.1 megapixels
12x optical zoom with Image Stabilization
more...

97.8W × 77.5H × 72.6D mm /
3.8W × 3.1H × 2.9D in.

287 g / 10.1 oz.

 

Nikon S10


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Nikon Coolpix S10

6.0 megapixels with CCD-shift VR
10x optical zoom
more...

112.5W x 74.5H x 40.5D mm /
4.4W x 2.9H x 1.6D in.

Approx 220g / 7.8 oz.

 

Olympus SP-500


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Olympus SP-550 UZ

7.1 megapixels
18x wide-angle optical zoom with CCD-shift image stabilization
AUTO, PASM, Scene Modes
2.5-in. LCD (230K)
4 AA batteries
more...

116W x 78.5H x 78D mm /
4.6W x 3.1H x 3.1D in.

365g / 12.9 oz.

 

 

Panasonic FZ50


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

10.1 megapixels
12x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer
more...

140.75W x 85.5H x 142D mm /
5.54W x 3.37H x 5.59D in.

668 g. / 1.47 lb

 

Panasonic FZ28


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

10.1 megapixels
18x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer
AUTO, PASM, Scene Modes
2.7-in. LCD (230K)
more...

117.6W x 75.3H x 88.9D mm /
4.63W × 2.96H × 3.5D in.

370 g / 0.82 lb

 

Panasonic FZ8


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

7.2 megapixels
12x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer
AUTO, PASM, Scene Modes
2.5-in. LCD (207K)
more...

112.5W x 72.2H x 79D mm /
4.43W × 2.84H × 3.11D in.

310 g / 0.68 lb

 

Panasonic ZS3 / TZ7


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 / TZ7

10.1 megapixels
12x ultra wide-angle optical zoom with Image Stabilization
Program AE, Scene Modes
3.0-in. LCD (460K)
HD video with Stereo Dolby sound
more...

103.3W x 59.6H x 32.8D mm /
4.07W x 2.35H x 1.29D in.

229 g / 0.50 lb (with Battery and SD Memory Card)

 

Panasonic ZS1 / TZ6


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 / TZ6

10.1 megapixels
12x ultra wide-angle optical zoom with Image Stabilization
Program AE, Scene Modes
2.7-in. LCD (230K)
more...

103.3W x 59.6H x 32.8D mm /
4.07W x 2.35H x 1.29D in.

229 g / 0.50 lb (with Battery and SD Memory Card)

 

Panasonic TZ3


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7 / LZ6

7.2 megapixels
6x optical zoom with Image Stabilization
Program AE, Scene Modes
2.5-in. LCD (115K)
more...

98.5W x 62.3H x 33.1D mm /
3.88W x 2.45H x 1.30D in.

184 g / 0.40 lb

 

Sony H9


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Sony DSC-H9 Cyber-shot

8.1 megapixels
15x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer
more...

113.2W x 83H x 94D mm /
4 7/16W x 3 1/4H x 3 11/16D in.

406 g / 14.9 oz

 

 

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