Top 15 Best Ultra Zoom Bridge Digital Cameras 2019

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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If you're looking for the best ultra zoom bridge camera, then you've come to the right place! 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 huge amounts of 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 (1inch) image sensor, which results in better image quality, particularly in low light. 

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1. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (13)

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 features a larger* 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 25-400mm in 35mm terms. The camera also features 4K video recording, raw shooting, manual controls and built-in Wi-Fi.

Key Features at a glance: 20.1megapixel 1inch CMOS sensor, 16x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-4.0, 25-400mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 12fps continuous shooting, 3inch vari-angle screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi and NFC.  

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2. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
 

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II might be the newer version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 but its price means it, currently, slots under the older versions. Plus, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II isn't particularly ground-breaking, in that it takes the original FZ1000 and updates it with a few new features including an improved screen, better electronic viewfinder and better connectivity. 

For users of the FZ1000, there may not be enough reason for them to rush out and upgrade to this camera but if you're in the market for a new bridge camera, the FZ1000 II is a good choice. The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II is available for around £749.99.

Key Features at a glance: 20.1megapixel 1inch CMOS sensor, 16x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-4.0, 25-400mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 12fps continuous shooting, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  

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3. 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 1inch 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, which includes an 8.3x optical zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/2.8. 

Key Features at a glance: 20.2megapixel 1inch BSI CMOS sensor, 8.3x optical zoom lens, f/2.8, 25-200mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 14fps continuous shooting, slow-motion video, 3inch tilting screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi and NFC. 

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4. Panasonic Lumix FZ330 / FZ300 

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ330 FZ300 (3)

The Panasonic Lumix FZ330 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. 

Key Features at a glance: 12megapixel 1/2.33inch sensor, 24x optical zoom lens, f/2.8, 25-600mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 12fps continuous shooting, slow-motion video, 3inch vari-angle touch screen, electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi.  

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5. Canon Powershot G3 X 

Canon Powershot G3 X (3)
The Canon Powershot G3 X features a 25x optical zoom lens, with optical image stabilisation, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, manual controls, raw support, and a larger* 20mp 1inch CMOS sensor for improved image quality and noise performance. The camera records FullHD video, and has microphone and headphone sockets. There's no built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), but it's possible to buy an optional EVF that attaches to the flash hot-shoe.

Key Features at a glance: 20megapixel 1inch BSI CMOS sensor, 25x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-5.6, 25-600mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), FullHD video recording, 5.9fps continuous shooting, 3.2inch tilting touch screen, Wi-Fi and NFC.  

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6. Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (FZ2500) 

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 FZ2500 Hands On (2)

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 it's designed to be a hybrid video/photo camera, recording unlimited 4K / CINE 4K video. 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 vari-angle 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. 

Key Features at a glance: 20.1megapixel 1inch CMOS sensor, 20x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-4.5, 24-480mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), unlimited 4K / CINE video recording, 12fps continuous shooting, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), and Wi-Fi.

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7. Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 IV 

Sony RX10 Mark IV (1)

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 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 a "stacked" 20 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, with phase detection focus, and the camera offers 24fps high-speed continuous shooting as well as high-speed video, and ultra-fast focus speeds. The camera is weather-sealed, making it suitable for use in inclement weather. Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth are built-in.

Key Features at a glance: 20.1megapixel 1inch BSI CMOS sensor, 25x optical zoom lens, f/2.4-4.0, 24-600mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, high-speed video, 24fps continuous shooting, 3inch tilting touch-screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

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8. Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III 

Sony Cyber Shot RX10 MarkIII (5)

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 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. The camera is weather-sealed, and features 4K video recording as well as microphone and headphone sockets.

Key Features at a glance: 20megapixel 1inch BSI CMOS sensor, 25x optical zoom lens, f/2.4-4.0, 24-600mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, high-speed video, 14fps continuous shooting, 3inch tilting screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi and NFC.

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9. Panasonic Lumix FZ82 (FZ80)

Panasonic Lumix FZ82 In Hand (3)

The Panasonic Lumix FZ82 / FZ80 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!

Key Features at a glance: 18megapixel sensor, 60x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-5.9, 20-1200mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 10fps continuous shooting, 3inch touch-screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi.

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10. Leica V-Lux 5 - 

Leica V Lux 5
The Leica V-Lux 5 is a premium bridge camera from Leica, based on Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II with an updated design and the Leica red dot on the front. It features a 16x optical zoom lens, and is comfortable and easy to use. It has a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and 4K video capability, it also offers a minimum focusing distance of just 3cm. There is a 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability.

Key Features at a glance: 20.1megapixel 1inch CMOS sensor, 16x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-4.0, 25-400mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 12fps continuous shooting, 3inch vari-angle touch-screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  

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11. Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700 (4)

The Nikon Coolpix B700 is a 60x optical 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.

Key Features at a glance: 20megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 60x optical zoom lens, f/3.3-6.5, 24-1440mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 10fps continuous shooting, 3inch vari-angle screen, electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

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12. Nikon Coolpix P900 

Nikon Coolpix P900 (4)

The Nikon Coolpix P900 offers an 83x optical zoom lens, giving an impressive 24-2000mm equivalent, 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.

Key Features at a glance: 16megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 83x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-6.5, 24-2000mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), FullHD video recording, 7fps continuous shooting, 3inch vari-angle screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), GPS, Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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13. 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 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. 

Key Features at a glance: 16megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 125x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-8, 24-3000mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 7fps continuous shooting, 3.2inch vari-angle screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

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14. Canon Powershot SX70 HS 

Canon Powershot SX70HS (6)
 

The Canon Powershot SX70 HS offers a 65x optical zoom lens, a 20mp BSI CMOS sensor, and has been updated to include 4K video recording. The 65x optical zoom lens starts at a 21mm equivalent, giving an ultra-wide view, zooming to 1365mm equivalent. The camera also offers a 0cm macro mode, and can shoot raw images. 

Key Features at a glance: 20megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 65x optical zoom lens, f/3.4-6.5, 21-1365mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), 4K video recording, 10fps continuous shooting, 3inch vari-angle screen, electronic viewfinder (EVF), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

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15. Nikon Coolpix B600 

Nikon Coolpix B600

The Nikon Coolpix B600 offers good looking photos, and focus is reliable, with good results whether using the wide-angle end of the lens, or the telephoto end or anywhere in between, particularly in good light. However, the majority of the competition offers more features, at a similar or lower price, including an EVF, or 4K video, or a tilting or vari-angle touch-screen, manual controls, a flash hot-shoe, raw shooting, better battery life (the list goes on). Unfortunately for the Nikon Coolpix B600, it's offering features of a budget ultra-zoom camera, but without the budget price of a budget ultra-zoom camera.

If you want an ultra-zoom bridge camera, then the B600 is competent but doesn't offer anywhere near as many features as other cameras. 

Key Features at a glance: 16megapixel CMOS sensor, 60x optical zoom lens, f/3.3-6.5, 24-1440mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), FullHD video recording, 7fps continuous shooting, 3inch screen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

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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.

 

*Cameras with a 1inch sensor offer a larger than normal (1inch) image sensor, giving improved noise performance and image quality compared to smaller sensors. 

 

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Its common to see these 20Mp 1inch sensors referred to as large, 20mp sensors. I know this is not new, or unique to EPZ, but I find that its incredibly misleading, and a questionable marketing ploy. larger than a small compact sensor camera gives it at least some context. Or, factually, 4 times the size of most smartphones?
Hi Banehawi,

Where we've remembered, we often try and put "larger than normal" when talking about the 1inch sensor. This article said this at the top, but then not in the camera descriptions, so this has been updated. We also have a number of articles explaining the differences between sensor sizes, which we've linked to.

Thanks
Josh

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