We define superzoom cameras as any model with an optical zoom of greater than 20x. Within this category you will find many different styles ranging from compact pocket-sized to larger full body versions due to the size of the lens. The price range also varies from about $200 up to about $1500.
If you want that mega-zoom lens in the 30x, 40x, 50x, or more than you came to the right place. If you are looking for other specific type of cameras perhaps you would be more interested in compact, waterproof, or cheap cameras.
Below we review our choices for the top 10 best superzoom digital cameras. If you want to compare specs on each model see our comparison chart at the bottom of this article.
The DSC-RX10 III is built well, offers speedy performance – up to 14 FPS, has a bright OLED viewfinder, and provides quick image sharing via Wi-Fi or NFC. The video capture is also second-to-none with full 4K recording and super slow-motion of up to 960 fps.
Other than being expensive, the only other real negative is that is fairly large and heavy – at 38.6 ounces it is the heaviest on this list.
Overall, if you want the best high-zoom camera you can buy without getting a DSLR and don’t care about price then the Sony DSC-RX10 III is perfect for you.
The G3X still has very good image quality – probably better than every other camera on this list – due to its 20 MP 1-inch sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor. The 25x f/2.8-5.6 optical zoom lens is excellent as well. Users have plenty of controls, dials, and a touchscreen to setup the camera exactly as you wish. This Canon camera shoots 1080/60p video and includes both a mic and headphone jack.
There really isn’t any major drawbacks to the G3X, but there a few minor ones. The auto-focus speed is average for this price range and burst rate in RAW/RAW+JPG mode is a bit sluggish.
Overall we recommend the Canon Powershot G3 X for buyers who want the best camera for under $1000 and who don’t need 4K video.
The Nikon Coolpix P900 has full manual exposure controls, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS. Video capture is fully automatic in 1080/60p.
On the downside it does lack some features that more advanced users might desire like RAW capture or a hot shoe. When fully zoomed in the images have some noticeable noise reduction which can mean a lack fine detail. Due to the large zoom lens, it is also a bit on the heavy side at 32 ounces.
Overall the Nikon Coolpix P900 is for any buyer looking for the longest zoom possible like birding and wildlife photographers.
Other positive features include fast performance including AF and 12 fps burst shooting, solid OLED EVF, 3-inch rear display with with tilt and swivel capability, Wi-Fi, 4K video and 4K photo modes, and RAW image capture.
There are other cameras that have the same sensor and zoom capabilities in a smaller camera body, but they don’t perform as well as the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 thanks to its lens. Overall the FZ300 is a solid choice for those who want excellent image quality and want to shoot 4K video all for under $500.
Other features include built in Wi-Fi and NFC, decent image stabilization, and full 1080 60p HD video with stereo sound. Burst shooting up to 5.9 fps or 4.6 fps while utilizing continuous AF is a bit below some of the more expensive models in the class.
One area that the SX720 HS does struggle a bit is in low light conditions with a high zoom. However, at $350 the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS is maybe best value compact superzoom camera you can buy.
The HX400V is capable of shooting 24p or 60p 1080 HD video. It has Wi-Fi and NFC, GPS, speedy AF and performance at 10 fps, decent viewfinder, and an easy-to-use function and navigation system.
The negative for the Sony HS400V is that the image quality, as with virtually all 1/2.3-inch sensor models, can degrade and become noisy in low light or at increased zoom.
Overall we would not hesitate recommending the Sony HX400V.
Other nice features include 6.4 fps continuous shooting, RAW support, NFC and Wi-Fi, electronic viewfinder, 1080p 60fps HD video, and 3″” fully articulated display.
Unfortunately with an aperture of f/3.4 at wide and f/6.5 at telephoto low light performance suffers.
We recommend the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS for anyone looking for a superzoom lens of over 50x and who don’t want to spend more than $500.
Some of the other B700’s features include RAW shooting, 4K 30p video, EVF, Wi-Fi and NFC, and 5 fps continuous shooting.
Buyers should be aware the B700 charges via a micro USB. Also photos in low light and at high zoom will result images that are less sharp.
Overall the Nikon Coolpix B700 is a solid camera and a decent choice for someone who needs a 60x zoom combined with RAW and 4k video.
Positives include 4K Ultra HD video, compact size, EVF, touch-screen LCD, and user-friendly features like Post Focus.
It takes 5 fps in burst speed, has no hot shoe for accessory flash, and the image quality degrades noticeably in poorly lit areas.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 is for those of you who want a compact, high-zoom point-and-shoot camera that is capable of 4K video all for under $400.
Some other features include Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, 3″” tilting LCD, 7.4 fps continuous shooting, and full 1080p 30 fps HD video. Buyers should be aware that it uses 4 AA batteries for power and has no viewfinder.
Overall the Nikon COOLPIX B500 is a good choice for those of you who want a cheap high-zoom point-and-shoot camera.
Best Superzoom Digital Camera Comparison Chart
|Sensor||MegaPixels||Max Aperture||Shutter Speed||Weight
|Sony DSC-RX10 III||9.5||$1,598||25x||1 inch||20||f 2.4||30 – 1/32000||38.6||5.2 x 3.7 x 5.0|
|Canon PowerShot G3 X||9.4||$849||25x||1 inch||20||f 2.8||30 – 1/2000||26.1||4.9 x 3.0 x 4.1|
|Nikon Coolpix P900||9.2||$567.50||83x||1/2.3 inch||16||f 2.8-6.5||1 – 1/4000||32.3||5.5 x 4.1 x 5.4|
|Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300||9.1||$497.99||24x||1/2.3 inch||12||f 2.8||60 – 1/16000||25.5||5.2 x 3.6 x 4.6|
|Canon PowerShot SX720 HS||9.1||$349||40x||1/2.3 inch||20||f 3.3-6.9||15 – 1/3200||9.5||4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4|
|Sony DSC-HX400V||9.1||$448||50x||1/2.3 inch||20||f 2.8-6.3||30 – 1/4000||23.3||5.1 x 3.7 x 4.1|
|Canon PowerShot SX60 HS||9.1||$479||65x||1/2.3 inch||16||f 3.4-6.5||15 – 1/2000||22.9||5.04 x 3.66 x 4.49|
|Nikon COOLPIX B700||9||$446.95||35x||1/2.3 inch||20||f 3.3-6.5||1 – 1/2000||19.9||4.92 x 3.35 x 4.21|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60||8.9||$397.99||30x||1/2.3 inch||18||f 3.3-6.4||60 – 1/16000||9.9||4.4 x 2.5 x 1.5|
|Nikon COOLPIX B500||8.7||$256.95||40x||1/2.3 inch||16||f 3.0-6.5||4 – 1/1500||19.1||4.5 x 3.1 x 3.8|
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