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Panasonic Lumix FZ72 / FZ70 - The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 features a massive 60x optical zoom lens, manual controls, raw shooting, 9fps continuous shooting, full HD video recording, stereo sound, as well as accessories that will take the zoom to 102x optical zoom! The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is available for £329.
Canon Powershot SX50 HS - The Canon Powershot SX50 has a massive 50x optical zoom lens, giving the equivalent of 24 - 1200mm! This combined with some clever zoom subject tracking features makes it an impressive camera, with 13fps and a vari-angle screen. The Canon Powershot SX50 HS is available for £319.
Joint 1st: Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Panasonic Lumix FZ200 - The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 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 and a vari-angle screen. The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 is available for £386.
Sony Cyber-shot HX300 - The Sony Cyber-shot HX300 has a 50x optical zoom lens, electronic viewfinder, manual controls, 10fps continuous shooting, a tilting screen, full HD video recording with stereo sound and side zoom control. The Sony Cyber-shot HX300 is available for £299.
Nikon Coolpix P520 - The Nikon Coolpix P520 has a 42x optical zoom lens, from an ultra wide 24mm equivalent all the way to 1000mm equivalent, a vari-angle screen, 7fps continuous shooting, an electronic viewfinder, and built in GPS. The Nikon Coolpix P520 is available for £259.
Joint 2nd: Panasonic Lumix FZ62
Panasonic Lumix FZ62 - The Panasonic Lumix FZ62 uses a 16.1 megapixel sensor and produces some great photos, and shoots at 10fps. Zooms from 25mm - 600mm equivalent. The Panasonic Lumix FZ62 is available for £209.
Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 - The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 is a 50x optical zoom camera, with a flash hot-shoe, 10fps continuous shooting, a tilting screen, full HD video, manual controls and SLR styling. The Fujifilm FinePix SL1000 is available for £259.
Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR - The Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR features a 42x optical zoom lens with manual zoom barrel, tilting screen, 10fps continuous shooting, manual controls and RAW as well as the Fujifilm EXR sensor to enable extended dynamic range. The Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR is available for £349.
Joint 4th: Fujifilm FinePix S8400W
Fujifilm FinePix S8400W - The Fujifilm FinePix S8400W comes with built in Wi-Fi, a 44x optical zoom lens, full HD video with stereo sound, side zoom control, 10fps continuous shooting, an electronic viewfinder, and SLR styling. The Fujifilm FinePix S8400W is available for £239.
Joint 4th: Fujifilm FinePix S8200
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 - The Fujifilm FinePix S8200 features a 40x optical zoom lens, side zoom control, manual controls, 10fps continuous shooting, and an electronic viewfinder. The Fujifilm FinePix S8200 is available for £179.
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