So you’ve got your pocketable compact for everyday shooting and maybe a digital SLR or mirrorless camera for when you want to get serious. The former typically have lenses that are too short, while the latter requires a multi-pound piece of glass to reach above 200mm. If you’re willing to sacrifice image quality and depth-of-field control, you can buy a camera with a big lens that coverage focal ranges which are either impossible on interchangeable lens cameras, or very expensive.
The long zoom cameras in this buying guide fit into the ‘enthusiast’ category, meaning that they offer solid build quality, electronic viewfinders (on most models) and 4K video capture. All of these long zooms have 1″-type sensors.
Best Superzoom Camera of 2020
1. Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV
- World’s Fastest AF acquisition speed of 0.03 sec. Optical image stabilization technology developed by Sony is valuable...
- 315 phase-detection AF points covering Approx. 65% of the frame. Light etering mode- Multi pattern, centre weighted,...
- ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-600mm3 F2.4-F4 ultra-zoom Lens
- 20.1 MP 1" back Illuminated Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor w/ DRAM. Dimensions (W x H x D) (CIPA) -5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 3/4...
The Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV from Sony is a compact solution for the multimedia image-makers. Featuring an updated 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the RX10 IV is capable of up to 24 fps shooting at ISO 12800, as well as recording UHD 4K/30p or Full HD 1080/120p video. The sensor’s back-illuminated and stacked technologies afford a high degree of image quality with notable clarity and reduced noise to suit working in challenging lighting conditions. Complementing the shooting speed of the sensor and processor combination, this camera also offers a quickened 315-point focal-plane phase-detection autofocus system for focus speeds as fast as 0.03 seconds.
2. Nikon CoolPix P950
- COOLPIX P950 offers 16. 0 Megapixels of resolution
- COOLPIX P950 features an 83X optical zoom/166X Dynamic Fine Zoom
- Built-in Bird and Moon modes along with scene modes for simple shooting
- COOLPIX P950 can capture stills and 4K UHD video
The Coolpix P950, from Nikon, is a versatile compact camera offering a unique mixture of stills and video capabilities along with reach to photograph even the most distant of subjects. The 16MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor features a back-illuminated design that contributes to a high degree of clarity and reduced noise to better suit working at high sensitivities and in difficult lighting conditions. The sensor also permits recording UHD 4K video at up to 30 fps, Full HD movie at around 60 fps, and in-camera time-lapse documenting and movie creation.
3. Sony DSC-RX10M II
- World's first1 20.2 MP 1" Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS, High resolution 4K movie recording with direct pixel...
- Super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter at max. 1/32000 sec. up to 14fps, Bright constant F2.8 ZEISS Vario Sonar T* lens...
- Professional dust/moisture resistant magnesium-alloy body, Bright XGA OLED Tru-Finer viewfinder and Sharp 3" multi-angle...
- Digital Zoom (Still Image) 20 M Approx. 33x / 10 M Approx. 46x / 5 M Approx. 66x / VGA Approx. 126x. Digital Zoom...
The Sony RX10 II continues the tradition established by the original RX10. It can easily split its time between being an excellent stills camera and an outstanding video machine. Ergonomics, handling and build quality are all top-notch. And the camera’s sharp, fast 24-200mm F2.8 equiv. lens should offer plenty of versatility for most shooters. Autofocus is good in most situations, though it does struggle when photographing quick action, using AF-C. Its subject tracking capabilities also lag behind the competition.
4. Canon Powershot SX70
- Powerful 65x optical zoom
- 203 Megapixel* CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor
- 4K video and 4K time-lapse movie
- 039-Type Approx 236-million dot, OLED EVF
The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is a superzoom compact camera that boasts a huge 65x optical zoom with a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 21-1365mm.
Its new 20.1MP high-sensitivity CMOS sensor promises excellent image quality, especially as it’s paired with Canon’s latest high-end DIGIC 8 processor. This also enables up to 10ps continuous shooting and 4K video capture with stereo sound.
The camera isn’t short on other features either, with a 2.36-million electronic viewfinder with an eye-sensor, flip-out LCD display, clever Zoom Framing Assist function, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easy image sharing and remote camera control, plus plenty of creative effects.
5. Panasonic Lumix FZ2500
- The ideal hybrid camera choice for the advanced 4K video enthusiast and photography enthusiast alike.
- Large 1-inch 20.1 Megapixel sensor and bright 20X LEICA VARIO-ELMART F2.8-4.5 lens.
- 4K Ultra HD video recording plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus and internal Focus Stacking modes.Operating...
- “CINELIKE D” and “CINELIKE V” for cinema-like gradation, time code, live HDMI output (4:2:2/8 bit or 4:2:2/10...
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.
6. Nikon CoolPix P1000
- 3000 millimeter optical zoom-the most powerful zoom lens; Ever put on a Nikon Coolpix camera
- 4k ultra hd video with HDMI out, stereo sound and an accessory hot shoe
- Rock steady dual detect image stabilization and great low light capability. Vibration reduction: Lens shift VR (still...
- Raw (NRW), time lapse and super lapse shooting plus great creative modes
The Nikon CoolPix P1000 is undeniably the king of super-zooms. It’s awesome 125x reach, extending from a 24mm wide-angle to an eye-watering 3000mm, is unmatched and deserving of a new mega-zoom classification all of its own. Beyond the zoom, it has more to offer, including a big bright viewfinder, a large articulated screen, Raw shooting, 4K filming, an external mic socket, in-camera battery charging and Wifi with Bluetooth. Its continuous shooting performance is a little lacklustre, so for sports and action photography, it’s not the best choice. And when zoomed in to 3000mm the f8 maximum aperture means capturing at higher ISOs unless the sun is shining. Even then, you’ll either need very steady hands or some other support, such as a monopod, to stabilise the camera and keep your subject centred in the frame. Despite those reservations, the COOLPIX P1000 is a lot of fun. It allows you to capture shots that would literally be beyond the scope of any other SLR-styled super-zoom on the market. If you’re into wildlife or sports activities, or you just like taking pictures of far off, inaccessible subjects, there really is nothing to beat the COOLPIX P1000. But if you’re happy with a slightly shorter, more manageable zoom range, the COOLPIX P900, Canon PowerShot SX70 HS and Panasonic Lumix FZ80 / FZ82, all have plenty to provide at a fraction of the price.
7. Canon PowerShot G3 X
- 20.2 MP 1 inch CMOS sensor
- 25x, f/2.8-5.6 optical zoom lens, 24-600mm equivalent
- ISO 125-12800
- DIGIC 6 Image Processor
The Canon PowerShot G3X is Canon’s first big zoom, big sensor compact. Traditional super-zoom cameras have a lot to offer but, their typically small sensor size prompts many buyers to migrate upwards to a DSLR or mirrorless. The G3X’s 1inch sensor isn’t as big as a DSLR or mirrorless, but with four times the surface area of a typical 1/2.3 inch super-zoom sensor delivers better quality images with less noise. The absence of a built-in viewfinder is disappointing on the G3X though. With its big zoom, it’s a serious downside if you’re trying to follow fast-moving sports or wildlife. If you’re at peace with this though (or are willing to fit the EVF accessory), the G3X offers the compelling combination of a large 1in sensor with a longer optical zoom than its rivals. So if you want that high quality and reach, then the G3X is the camera for you.
8. Panasonic Lumix FZ80
- Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera: 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor plus 60X zooms DC Vario lens (20 1220 millimeter and Power...
- High Resolution View Finder & LCD Display: High resolution 1,170K dot view finder and rear touch enabled 3 inch LCD...
- 4K video Capture: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160) with three unique 4K ultra HD video pause and save 4K photo...
- Low Light Performance: Low light capture lets you enjoy photography during your nightlife again with impressive results;...
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.
9. Canon Powershot SX60
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC allows wireless transferring of images and video ; Power Source :Battery Pack...
- 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with DIGIC 6 image processor (Canon HS SYSTEM)
- 65x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 260x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer.Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min...
- Bright 3-inch vari-angle LCD plus an electronic viewfinder. Operating temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
The Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is the company’s latest DSLR-styled super-zoom. Two years on from the incredibly popular SX50 HS which it replaces, the SX60 HS extends the 50x zoom range to a whopping 65x – longer than any other bridge super zoom currently available, and matched only by the Kodak AZ651.
The zoom isn’t the only upgrade. The SX60 HS gets a new high resolution 922k dot EVF and a bigger more detailed 3 inch LCD screen also with 922k dots. At its heart is Canon’s 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor paired with Canon’s latest Digic 6 processor. Between them, they deliver excellent quality still images with the option of RAW in adition to JPEG and 1080p60 video including manual control over exposure. There’s also two low resolution slow motion modes, Hybrid auto mode for compiling a movie digest of the day’s shooting plus the Edit-friendly iFrame format. Continuous shooting gets a big boost with full resolution indefinite bursts at 6.4fps.
10. Panasonic Lumix FZ300
- 4K video & 4K photo: Panasonic’s exclusive 4K photo technology uses 30 frames per second in high resolution 4K ultra...
- Leica DC Vario Elmarit lens: 24x zoom (25 600 millimeter with Full zoom range F2; 8 aperture for enhanced low light...
- High image Quality: The 12.1 Megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor with the venus engine excels in diffraction...
- Rugged Camera Design: Splash Proof/dustproof rugged camera design with tight seals on every Joint, dial and button, so...
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.
11. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
The Panasonic is an enthusiast superzoom camera with a 1″ sensor and 25-400mm equivalent F2.8-4 lens. The camera has a fully articulating 3″ touchscreen display and a 2.36M-dot OLED viewfinder which is larger than on the original FZ1000. Around the lens is a ring which can handle zoom or focus, and the new Zoom Compose Assist will automatically zoom out so you can locate your subject and recompose. The FZ1000 II can take bursts of up to 20 shots with AF-C at 7 fps. Video can be captured at UHD 4K/30p. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
12. Leica V-Lux 5
- 20 megapixel 1-inch sensor
- DC Vario-Elmarit ASPH. 16x Zoom Lens 9.1-146 mm (25-400 mm equiv.) f/2.8-4 ASPH. lens
- 25-400mm f/2.8-4 (35mm Equivalent) 4K video recording and 4K photo modes
- Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity with Leica FOTOS
The Leica V-Lux 5 is a super-zoom camera based on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II. It features an F2.8-4, 25-400mm equivalent image-stabilized lens and a 20MP 1″-type sensor. Photos can be composed on a fully articulating 3″ LCD or a large OLED viewfinder. It uses the same Depth-from-Defocus AF system as the Panasonic camera and can shoot bursts at 7 fps with AF. The V-Lux 5 can capture UHD 4K/30p video. It functions both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for sharing photos and remote control of the digital camera.
13. Nikon Coolpix P610
- 60x optical zoom super telephoto lens and a low-light 16.0 MP CMOS image sensor
- Swiveling Vari-angle display and high-resolution eye-level viewfinder
- Artistic shooting modes, effects and filters
- Built-in Wi-Fi and near field communication technology for instant sharing
The Coolpix P610 boasts a remarkable 60x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens and 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom capable of reaching awe-inspiring distances. Ready to shoot amazing wide-angle shots or sports from afar, this powerful super-zoom camera combines a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a high-performance Autofocus (AF) system to help capture detailed images and sharp Full HD video.
The camera features both a built-in electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch Vari-angle LCD, both boasting 921k dot resolution display to greatly help users easily compose the perfect image from any angle. Users can shoot above a crowd at a concert or get low to capture breathtaking video from a different perspective. For those looking to inspire and enhance their creativity even further, the P610 sports user-friendly and fun features like filter effects, special effects, picture controls and a macro mode.
14. Nikon Coolpix B600
- 60x optical zoom, 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom
- 16 Megapixel low-light sensor
- Full HD 1080/60i (50i) videos with 4-Axis Hybrid VR and stereo audio
- 19 scene modes and 36 Creative effects
The Nikon Coolpix B600 is a superzoom camera with an optically stabilized 60x lens that is equivalent to 24-1440mm. It uses a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor (1/2.3″) and has a 3″ fixed LCD (but no electronic viewfinder). Video can be captured at 1080/30p. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in.
15. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
- Big sensor quality: Large 1-inch 20.1MP MOS sensor for improved low light capture and large sensor background defocus...
- 4K video & Photo: 4K 30P video with hybrid photography 8MP video frame grabs as photos.
- Leica DC lens: A bright and ultra-sharp Leica DC lens 25-400 millimeter (16x) F2.8-4.0 and macro photography down to 3...
- Lens stabilizer: Hybrid O.I.S. (Optical image Stabilizer) + with 5-axis correction provides blur-less, one-handed video...
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is a very impressive superzoom camera with an F2.8-4, 25-400mm lens and a one-inch sensor. Both photo and video quality are impressive, and support for 4K videos make the camera futureproof. The FZ1000 has a beautiful XGA EVF and a fully articulating LCD. Handling and build quality aren’t perfect, but the camera’s features make up for it.