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Top 11 Best Ultra Zoom Bridge Digital Cameras 2017

Top 11 Best Ultra Zoom Bridge Digital Cameras 2017 - 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 : Panasonic Coolpix B700
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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 through to read the full review. Some of the most recent cameras feature a larger than normal image sensor, which results in better image quality, particularly in low light. 

 

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 and noise performance, 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.

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2 - Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 Mark II 

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The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is a top scoring bridge camera. It features the world's first stacked 1 inch BSI CMOS sensor with a DRAM memory chip. It's capable of 40x super slow motion capture and 4K video shooting, along with a super fast electronic shutter. It has a weather sealed body and we praised its excellent image quality and features an 8.3x optical zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/2.8. 

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3 - Panasonic Lumix FZ330 / FZ300 

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Panasonic Lumix FZ330 - The Panasonic Lumix FZ330 (FZ300) 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, 4K video recording and a vari-angle screen. 

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4 - Canon Powershot G3 X 

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Canon Powershot G3 X - The Canon Powershot G3 X features a 25x optical zoom lens, with image stabilisation, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, manual controls, raw support, and a large 1inch CMOS sensor for improved image quality and noise performance. 

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5 - Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500) 

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The Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 features a  20-megapixel 1inch sensor, 20x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-480mm with an f/2.8-4.5 aperture and its designed to be a hybrid video / photo camera.  Build quality is very good and the camera has a lot in common with the Panasonic Lumix GH4, which means that the FZ2000 would make an excellent second camera to anyone familiar with Panasonic's other cameras. The camera has a great 3inch tilting touch-screen, as well as a large, bright, high-resolution electronic viewfinder, with a comfortable rubber surround. Image quality is generally good and the camera offers impressive focus performance. 

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6 - Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III 

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III - The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark III features a 25x optical zoom lens, with a bright f/2.4 to f/4.0 aperture, and a zoom range equivalent to 24 to 600mm in 35mm terms. The camera features the same "stacked" 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor as the RX10 Mark II, which enables high-speed continues shooting as well as high-speed video.

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7 - Panasonic Lumix FZ82 

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Panasonic Lumix FZ82 / FZ80 - The Panasonic Lumix FZ82 features a wide-angle 60x optical zoom lens, manual controls, raw shooting, 10fps continuous shooting, 4K (UHD) video recording, a 3inch touch-screen, stereo sound, as well as accessories that will take the zoom to 102x optical zoom!

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8 - 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.

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9 - Nikon Coolpix B700 - 

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The Coolpix B700 is a 60x zoom camera with a new 20 megapixel sensor and 4K video recording. There is built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, as well as low-power Bluetooth for transferring images to a smartphone or tablet. We gave it a recommended rating for its good colour reproduction, RAW shooting capability and good connectivity options.

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10 - 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. 

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11 - 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.

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For more options have a look at our latest digital camera reviews, or have a look at our Top 10 Best Pocket Travel Zoom cameras. If you're looking for a more compact camera, but with high image quality, then have a look at our Top 10 Best Serious Compact cameras.

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Thank you for this is it is very informative.

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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.
I now have the Panasonic FZ1000.Blush I really like this camera, and it is an ultra zoom, 32X, you just select izoom, and it must be jpeg. It is optical with no loss of IQ. The various video modes also crop the sensor, eg. I get 1024mm when shooting 120 fps slow motion. (I believe it is 100fps in PAL zones. "Normal" 4K video is 37mm to 592mm at an aspect ratio of 16:9. Their is a "PhotoVideo" mode for 4K which gives you the option to change the aspect ratio to whatever you like, and gives different focal lengths for each ratio, and the same 8mp frames for grabbing as stills as the Normal mode.

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