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Top 10 Best Ultra Zoom Bridge Digital Cameras 2015

Top 10 Best Ultra Zoom Bridge Digital Cameras 2015 - Top 10 Best Ultra Zoom / Bridge Cameras Reviewed by ePHOTOzine, with up to 83x optical zoom these cameras offer the most zoom available, as well as manual controls and SLR styling.

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Product : Nikon Coolpix P900
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Updated May 2015. 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 the name to read the full review:

Number 1 - Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 - The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 features a large 20 megapixel 1inch sensor for improved image quality 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. The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is available for £749.

2nd - Panasonic Lumix FZ72

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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 £249.

Joint 2nd: Panasonic Lumix FZ200

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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 £349.

Joint 2nd: Nikon Coolpix P610

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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. The Nikon Coolpix P610 is available for £299 in black or red. 

3rd: Canon Powershot SX510 HS

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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. The Canon Powershot SX510 HS is available for £149.

4th: Canon Powershot SX60 HS

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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. The Canon Powershot SX60 HS is available for £319.

Joint 4th: Olympus Stylus SP-100EE

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Olympus Stylus SP-100EE - The Olympus Stylus SP-100EE has a clever targeting system designed to let you track a moving subject when using the 50x optical zoom lens, along with an electronic viewfinder and a 3inch screen. The Olympus Stylus SP100EE is available for £299.

Joint 4th: Fujifilm FinePix S-1

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Fujifilm FinePix S-1 - The Fujifilm FinePix S1 bridge camera features a weather-sealed body, making it ideal for inclement weather - the camera features a 50x optical zoom lens, as well as a 3inch tilting vari-angle screen. The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is available for £367.

5th: Nikon Coolpix P900

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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. The Nikon Coolpix P900 is available for £499

Joint 5th: Sony Cyber-shot HX400

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Sony Cyber-shot HX400 - The Sony Cyber-shot HX400 features a 50x optical zoom lens, built in Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity, manual controls and optical image stabilisation. The Sony Cyber-shot HX400 is available for £339.

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Thank you for this is it is very informative.

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Although I'm a Nikon-shooter, I still think 1st place should have gone to Canon since the Nikon doesn't shoot RAW.
The Nikon doesn't have a flash shoe either.
Why on earth would you choose power zoom over manual?
In these cameras I most like sl1000 but with some changes! First one is f number in range of 2.8 to 5.8 Second with 4Mp sensor !! I think for these cameras lower mega pixel is a better idea to lower noiseWink
Third change is a zoom ring like HS50 model & fourth I can't remember!Maybe I got Alzheimer's diseaseBlush.If I remember I'll tell UGrin
Well. looking at this list of "bridges" I found something missing: a Fuji FinePix HS50EXR.
If Fuji SL1000 and Canon SX50 HS are included, then HS50EXR is still a worthy contender.
I believe that at the moment, both Fuji's new S1 and SL1000 cameras are not on a par with HS50EXR.
Hi Natureale, it was on the list, and we've added it in as an alternative to the SL1000.
Pedantic, maybe, but if four cameras are joint 2nd the next one should be 6th not 3rd. WinkWinkWinkWinkWink

Or would the advertisers be upset by that?
Fuji and Sony must be delighted that their efforts rate lower than that Olympus thing!
Frankly speaking, I was surprised to see that SL1000 was put to the fore and not HS50EXR. The same feeling was with S1. My personal opinion is that HS50EXR is still the flagship in the Fuji's bridge camera lineup and that Fuji has yet to come out with better bridge than HS50EXR. I hope they have been already planning & preparing something very cool to substitute HS50EXR.

Quote:Pedantic, maybe, but if four cameras are joint 2nd the next one should be 6th not 3rd.

Or would the advertisers be upset by that?

Quite correct. It annoyed me too. Surely Web sites are not so swayed, next you'll be saying that their news is mere copy and paste of a manufacturer's publicity leaflet. Wink

Also, potentially Pedantic, why when ePhotozine are headlining the article as best ultra zoom bridge cameras does the 1st only have a common or garden 16x zoom?

Quote:Also, potentially Pedantic, why when ePhotozine are headlining the article as best ultra zoom bridge cameras does the 1st only have a common or garden 16x zoom?


We could do a list of the best 8-16x bridge cameras, but the list would be pretty short, featuring the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and Sony Cyber-shot RX10.
I have spent the last week researching for a Good Bridge camera with a true manual zoom. I can only find the Fugi HS50 to fit my requirement. Are there no others??

Quote:I have spent the last week researching for a Good Bridge camera with a true manual zoom. I can only find the Fugi HS50 to fit my requirement. Are there no others??

Yep the Sony RX10, Sony HX400(last of this list) and the Lumix FZ1000 (first of this list) features a ring for manual zoom as well as a switch to select if the ring will controll zoom or focus.
Very lazy just rehashing the old report and putting a new date on it. Utterly ridiculous that the comments date from prior to the article date. Ephotozine has too many articles like this.

If you're going to do a report like this, at least compare the same things between the cameras. You state that the Number 1 - Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 has a 1 inch sensor, but don't even mention sensor size in any of the others. OK it extends to 400mm equivalent but does that sensor size make the image better and more capable of enlargement?
CEB 13 2 Wales
500.00 difference in price between 1st and second place, wow. I could buy a decent DSLR for that Wink
Some people just want an all-in-one solution, and I can see that; it's much better than a camera phone for image quality and versatility, but will you always have it on you, as most people do with a phone? 12 years ago I thought I had the world by the tail with a Fuji S602, which had a max focal range to 210mm. It was bliss till I got my first DSLR, then the bar was raised in so many areas. Before last Christmas I sold all my SLR kit and bought an Olympus Stylus 1, f2.8 throughout the 28-300mm range, and including just about all the latest bells and whistles; I kept it less than 2 weeks, then sold it. I now have a very complete Nikon DSLR system, and I won't go back to a bridge camera. The main reason being that the sensor is too restricting for my purposes; if I always had good light, and never wanted to crop an image, fine, but I shoot in early morning and late evening light a lot, and the small sensor does not give you much to work with. These cameras listed here are very good, although I wouldn't consider a camera having the longest focal range in this case being a plus, maybe for record shots, but even with IS you're really stretching it for IQ. I think the Olympus Stylus 1 is at the top of this list, but it fell way short of my requirements, very frustrating.

Not to put a damper on anybody's plans, but a bit of advice from someone who's been there and done that.

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