Best superzoom camera

If you’re shopping for a superzoom camera, you’ve come to the right place! At Camera Labs I write in-depth reviews of cameras but understand you’re busy people who sometimes just want recommendations of the most outstanding products. So here I’ll cut to the chase and list the best superzoom cameras around right now.

PS – if you find my reviews useful, don’t forget you can support my work next time you order anything at Amazon, B&H or Adorama by first clicking through to them using the links below. It works for anything you order at any time, or alternatively you could treat me to a coffee! I really do appreciate your support, thanks!

Best superzoom camera

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS review

Canon's PowerShot SX730 HS is the company's flagship pocket super-zoom camera. It shares the 20 Megapixel resolution, 1080p movies and 40x optical zoom range of its predecessor, all packed into a surprisingly small body. Canon's added a tilting screen and Bluetooth for easier connectivity and effortless GPS tagging, but it faces tough competition from Panasonic's Lumix TZ90 / ZS70 which also offers a viewfinder, 4k video and a touch-screen, albeit with a shorter 30x zoom range.

, B&H, or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 / ZS70 review

On the face of it, Panasonic’s Lumix TZ90 / ZS70 doesn’t add a lot to the earlier TZ80 / ZS70. The touch screen flips up and over and there’s a new 20 Megapixel sensor which delivers better quality 4k UHD video. However, with a 30x optical zoom, built-in viewfinder, great continuous shooting, 4k UHD video with PASM exposure control, 4k photo modes, RAW recording, and a wealth of other features, it remains one of the most powerful pocket super-zooms around and comes Highly Recommended. But if you can live without the flip-up screen the earlier TZ80 / ZS60 is well worth keeping in mind.

, B&H, or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 review

The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82 is a bridge super-zoom with a 60x optical range. It updates the Lumix FZ70 / FZ72, retaining the older model's 20-1200mm lens, but with a new 18 Megapixel sensor, an upgraded 3 inch 1040k dot fixed touch screen, and a more detailed 0.2in 1.7 Million dot EVF. Also new are 4K video and 4K Photo modes, excellent Wifi for wireless shooting and image transfer, faster continuous shooting, improved AF with Panasonic's Depth from Defocus technology and USB charging. It's got just about everything you could wish for in a bridge camera at this price bar an articulated screen, so comes highly recommended.

, B&H or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review

The Sony RX10 III is an update to Sony's high-end Bridge Super-zoom which retains the RX10 II's 1 inch 20 Megapixel sensor, 4k video, super-slow motion modes, electronic viewfinder and its flip-up 3-inch screen. What's new is the lens, which now extends to triple the reach of the earlier RX10 II with an equivalent range of 24-600mm. Sony has added a second control ring and, as before, a dedicated aperture ring marked with f-stops can be configured for stepped or smooth operation via a switch. Essentially, it's the RX10 II with a longer, more versatile and better quality zoom lens. The Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 / FZ2500 offers a similar range of features, plus it has a fully articulated touch-screen, more 4k video options and 4k photo modes for fast shooting and post focus, all at a lower price. And of course the RX10 II is still available. But what neither of those models can offer is the range and quality of the RX10 III's lens, not forgetting its weather-sealed construction.

, B&H or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Nikon COOLPIX B700 review

The COOLPX B700 offers a pretty compelling all-round package. With the combination of the 60x zoom, Raw shooting and 4K movies together with the seamless connectivity provided by Snapbridge, there's very little that compares with the B700 at this price point. Ultimately though, it mostly comes down to the 60x zoom range and SnapBridge, which will allow you to share you photos with minimal effort. 4K UHD movies and RAW shooting sound impressive, but some might question just how much extra quality they'll provide in practice given the limitations of the compact sensor. All the same, they're great features to have and are backed up with manual exposure control and loads of feature modes. There's a also the excellent viewfinder and articulated screen to factor in, though these remain unchanged from the earlier COOLPIX P610, which may be available at a lower price.

, B&H or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 / FZ2500 review

Panasonic's FZ2000 / FZ2500 is the company's best bridge super-zoom camera to date. Everyone benefits from the 20x / 24-480mm zoom range, larger viewfinder and articulated touchscreen, but movie shooters will adore having unlimited 4k recording, 10-bit HDMI output, smooth internal zooming and a built-in ND filter adjustable by 2, 4 or 6 stops. With so many enhancements and improvements over its predecessor, it's hard not to enthuse over the Lumix FZ2000 / FZ2500 which packs in a huge range of features at a very competitive price. As a high-end camera I do wish it had weather-sealing, but it doesn't hold it back from earning a Recommended award. Compare closely with the Sony RX10 series.

, B&H, or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Nikon COOLPIX B500 review

The Nikon COOLPIX B500 is a very attractive proposition for novice photographers moving up from a phone or small compact and looking for a long zoom range in an SLR style body without the expense and complexity of a camera with interchangeable lenses. But if you can afford to spend more, compare closely with the higher-end B700 which gives you a longer zoom, higher resolution sensor, RAW mode, a more versatile screen, electronic viewfinder, more exposure modes, and 4K movies.

, B&H, or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Panasonic Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 review

The Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 resets the clock on Travel zoom development. Rather than exclusively continue with ever longer zooms, Panasonic has boldly split the range, leaving the TZ80 / ZS60 to pursue the long zoom market and allowing the new TZ100 / ZS100 to go for photographers willing to sacrifice some reach for improved quality. So with its latest generation, the top-end Lumix travel zoom once again finds itself offering something unique in the market. Of course Canon and Sony might have something similar in the wings, but with their latest G-series and RX100 IV still being fairly recent, Panasonic may find itself with a one of a kind proposition for some time. Either way, there's nothing to match it if you desire the quality of a 1in sensor with a longish zoom that will fit in your pocket.

, B&H, or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Panasonic Lumix FZ330 / FZ300 review

The Lumix FZ330 / FZ300 keeps the earlier FZ200's 24x / f2.8 lens and 12 Megapixel MOS sensor, but upgrades the image processor, viewfinder and screen, along with adding support for 4k video and sealing the body against dust and moisture. There's no question the FZ330 / FZ300 will be an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a higher-end super-zoom without breaking the bank. But also consider stepping that bit further to the Lumix FZ1000 which quadruples the sensor size to a 1in type for much better quality.

, B&H or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Nikon COOLPIX L840 review

Nikon's COOLPIX L840 is a DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with a surprisingly powerful feature-set for the money. You get 16 Megapixels, 1080p video, a tilting 3in screen and a 38x optical range equivalent to 22.5-855mm. It's also powered by AA batteries that may increase the weight, but at least a spare set is easy to get hold of. The major update over its best-selling predecessor is the inclusion of Wifi with NFC which makes it an even more compelling proposition, especially for the price. A great super-zoom camera at an entry-level price.

, B&H or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Buy Gordon a coffee to support cameralabs!

Like my reviews? Buy me a coffee!

Follow Gordon Laing

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2017 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.

Website design by Coolgrey