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Top 10 Best Pocket Zoom / Travel Zoom Cameras 2017

Top 10 Best Pocket Zoom / Travel Zoom Cameras 2017 - If you're looking for the best pocket zoom camera that has an optical zoom range sitting somewhere between 10x to 30x then this article is for you.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 in Compact Cameras

ePHOTOzine has reviewed a huge number of pocket zooms / travel zooms so to help you decide which is the best camera for you, we've put a top ten together that features the highest-scoring compacts with optical zooms from 18x to 30x that ePz's put to the test. Also, all of these cameras are pocket sized which makes them ideal for travel or holidays

We also have a round-up of top waterproof cameras should snorkelling be one of your favourite holiday activities as well as these useful top tens: 


1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80

Panasonic Lumix TZ80 Black (9)

The Panasonic Lumix TZ80, also known as the Lumix SZ60, is an update to the TZ70 which is next on our list. The TZ80 features a new 18-megapixel sensor, as well as a 30x optical zoom lens and electronic viewfinder. The TZ80 is also the first compact camera with 4K video / photo / post focus, and as the sensor is larger than camcorder sensors, the camera is said to deliver better video quality. The TZ80 is capable of taking great photos, with excellent colour and good levels of detail. The lens gives you a great zoom range, and the viewing and user experience is excellent thanks to a clear 3inch screen. 

The Panasonic Lumix TZ90 is also now available with a 30x zoom but as we've not put the camera to the test, it doesn't have an official spot in our top ten. 

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2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix TZ70 Black (3)

The Panasonic Lumix TZ70 features a 12 megapixel sensor which gives better low light performance and improved image quality, along with an impressive 30x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation, full HD video recording with stereo sound, 3 inch screen, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, 10fps continuous shooting, as well as a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). The TZ70 has all the features you'd want from a travel camera and doesn't disappoint in terms of its image quality.

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3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100

Panasonic Lumix TZ100 Silver Red (1)

The Panasonic TZ100 is a serious compact camera with a 10x optical zoom, bright f/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle end of the lens and a 1inch BSI CMOS sensor. If you want high image quality combined with good optical zoom, then this camera is a great option. It's also packed with features including high-speed shooting, raw mode, creative effects, a 3inch touch screen, electronic viewfinder, plus 4K photo and video recording.

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4. Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900 (1)

The Nikon Coolpix S9900 boasts a 30x optical zoom lens, a tilting vari-angle screen, full HD video, manual controls, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi. It is available for a very reasonable price and can shoot at 7fps. Images don't show as much detail as we would have liked to see, but colour and exposure are both good which should make the camera ideal for sharing images on social media websites such as Facebook. 

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5. Sony Cyber-Shot HX90V 

Sony Cyber Shot HX90V Black (4)

The Sony Cyber-Shot HX90 / HX90V features a 30x optical zoom lens, 18Mp BSI CMOS sensor, full-HD video recording and a tilting "selfie" screen. The Sony Cyber-shot HX90V is one of the most compact 30x optical zoom lens cameras available and even packs in an electronic viewfinder making it great for use on bright sunny days. The camera performs well, with quick performance, bright colourful images and numerous shooting options. 

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6. Canon Powershot SX720 HS 

Canon Powershot SX720 HS (5)

The Canon Powershot SX720 HS offers a massive 40x optical zoom lens, compared to the Canon Powershot SX710 HS with it's 30x optical zoom lens. The SX720 also features manual controls and wireless connectivity via WiFi and NFC. The camera has a 20-megapixel sensor, a wide ISO range and a 3inch Purecolor II screen, with a resolution of 922,000 dots as well as a retractable pop-up flash unit. The SX720 provides decent quality images and a range of features that will appeal to both advanced photographers and happy snappers alike. Image quality is good for a camera of this type, although corners can be a little soft at the wide-angle end of the zoom. The image stabilisation works well and video quality is very good also.

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7. Panasonic Lumix TZ57 

Panasonic Lumix TZ57 Black (4)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57 updates the TZ55 and offers a higher resolution LCD screen, as well as improved graphical user interface. The front of the camera features a chunky rubber grip, with the rear featuring a tilting "selfie" screen for the perfect "selfie" or group shot. It has a useful 20x zoom lens, manual controls and 10fps shooting capabilities. The TZ57 camera is easy to use, has a number of creative effects, and for those interested in taking "Selfies" it has some clever features.

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8. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX500

Sony Cyber Shot WX500 White (2)

The Sony Cyber-shot WX500 is the little brother to the HX90, with the same 30x optical zoom lens and 18.2-megapixel sensor, it cuts down on a few features, making it a more affordable version. The camera gives bright colourful images and is easy to use, as well as being quick, with a fast continuous shooting mode. With good battery life and shooting modes to suit beginners as well as the more advanced, the WX500 would make a good choice.

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9. Canon Powershot SX610 HS

Canon Powershot SX610 HS (2)

The Canon Powershot SX610 HS features an 18x optical zoom lens, a 20-megapixel sensor and improved grip. Built in Wi-Fi and NFC makes it easy to transfer images as well as control the camera from your smartphone.  The Canon Powershot SX610 HS produces images with excellent colour and reliable exposure. Focus is quick and reliable, and the camera's built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity is good. The battery life is a little short, but can be extended to a much more impressive 400 shots when the ECO mode is enabled.

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10. Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000 Gold (2)

The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a compact camera with an impressive 20x optical zoom lens, built-in vibration reduction, a 16-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC, and full HD video recording. There are a number of creative effects available and the camera records full HD videos at 30 or 25p with stereo sound. For those that simply want a point and shoot camera for sharing photos to the web, then this would make a good choice.

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Other Items for the travel checklist



You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags. Plus, a compact tripod is something you might want to consider packing as too are spare batteries. In fact, we have a full list of essential items in our 'Ultimate Summer Holiday Guide For Photographers'. 

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Dreamers 7 6 United Kingdom
31 May 2017 5:19PM
This sounds a great Pocket Camera I am a Nikon User with a very heavy NIKON and lenses but find as I get older it is far too heavy for me but I still lovce my Nikon but also interested in the Leica sounds just what I am looking for great article as well very easy to take in thank you

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