Top 12 Best Ultra Zoom Bridge Digital Cameras 2018

Top 12 Best Ultra Zoom Bridge Digital Cameras 2018 - With up to 125x optical zoom, these cameras offer the most zoom available as well as manual controls and SLR styling.

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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. 

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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 

 

Sony Cyber Shot DSC RX10 M2 (10)

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 

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ330 FZ300 (3)

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 a 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 IV 

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV - The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark IV 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 24fps high-speed continuous shooting as well as high-speed video, and ultra-fast focus speeds. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in.

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7. 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 continuous shooting (at 14fps) as well as high-speed video.

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8. Panasonic Lumix FZ82 (FZ80)

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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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9. 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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10. Nikon Coolpix B700

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The Nikon 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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11. Nikon Coolpix P900 

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Nikon Coolpix P900 - The Nikon Coolpix P900 offers 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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12. Nikon Coolpix P1000 

Nikon COOLPIX P1000

 

Nikon Coolpix P1000 - The Nikon Coolpix P1000, quite literally, reaches for the moon and stars with one of the biggest and most in your face optical zoom we've ever seen! However, this comes with a number of unavoidable issues which includes the size and weight of the camera, needing a tripod for anything over 2000mm and a rather poor battery life. However, for bragging rights alone, this camera knocks it out of the park, offering a 24mm to 3000mm equivalent zoom lens. 

As for the price, it's a lot of cash to spend and this is even more so when you look at what's on offer at almost half the price, such as the Nikon Coolpix P900

Overall, the Nikon Coolpix P1000 offers a huge amount of reach but the price, the need for a tripod (ideally) over 2000mm and its size/weight, means the rest of the camera is likely to not be for everyone. For some, the huge size of the camera will immediately deter using the camera. 

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Even More Options

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

Found your perfect camera? Don't forget to pick up a bag for it to protect it - have a look at our complete guide to bags. If you want a memory card for your camera, have a look at our complete guide to memory cards.

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