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Best 5x optical zoom digital cameras are compact, have around 12 Megapixel resolution and they are easy to use. Most of the best 5x zoom cameras are from Canon.
In this listing we are showing the cameras having optical zoom between 5x and 10x.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Lytro Illum
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix S3700
Lytro Illum
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Mar 2015
Mar 2015
Mar 2015
Nov 2014
Optical Zoom
8.3 x
5.0 x
8.0 x
8.0 x
8.3 x
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
SLR-style mirrorless
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CCD
CCD
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
4.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.23 mm

  • - Somewhat narrow and vertically uneven coverage from built in strobe at wide-angle.
    - Many apps are payware, and often surprisingly expensive compared to much more complex smartphone apps.
    - Performance is degraded slightly if you shoot in raw format.
    - Default colors somewhat muted compared to most cameras.
    - Corners can be a bit soft wide-open, especially at telephoto.
    - Rear control dial is too small and has poor feel with little feedback.
    - Very versatile 24 to 200mm-equivalent zoom range.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II could be considered the on the market. Where most bridge cameras offer little more than an oversized lens, the RX10 II blends a useful zoom range with a wide aperture, a larger than average sensor, tough weather-resistant construction and a wide selection of advanced features.
    Its 1-inch sensor may still be smaller those used in DSLRs and most CSCs, but it gives much-improved image quality over the 1/2.3-inch sensors in typical bridge cameras.


  • - The Sony RX10 II is a versatile stills shooter, but it stands out even further on video.
    - Quicker backroom computing power is one of the most important upgrades since last year’s model.
    - It’s an excellent EVF, though, among the best available at present.
    - The Sony RX10 II isn’t small, and it certainly isn’t cheap.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a good all round compact camera, which is ideal if you’re the type of person who likes to go on adventure holidays - or, alternatively if you’re just looking for something which will be able to withstand average family life.
    Although picture quality may not be quite as high as some cameras without such rugged credentials, for a holiday or family camera, it’s still pretty good and you should be pleased with what it can produce.

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    The FinePix XP80 from Fujifilm is a nice point-n-shoot camera that will work well for the beginning photographer seeking waterproof capabilities in a simplistic model. This camera's images are surprisingly sharp for such a basic camera with a small image sensor. Another pleasing surprise is that the XP80 has very little shutter lag when the lighting conditions are good. However, color representation and exposure are a little off with the XP80.


  • The Fujfilm XP80 offers affordable durability in a compact package.
    ISO 6400 (reduced file size). The Fujifilm XP80 is excellent for shooting right in the middle of the action. The 10 fps burst speed is among the best for the category. The video capabilities and wide range of mounting options makes it a good choice for mounting on a bike, surfboard, or whatever else you can imagine. It's not a good option for shooting indoors, however.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 is one of the least expensive compact cameras you can buy, but you're better off spending just a little bit more on a point-and-shoot.


  • Budget compact cameras rarely set the world alight with exceptional performance or innovative features, but the IXUS 160 is even more lacklustre than the norm. Aside from including a respectable amount of manual shooting options and a few nifty features, it’s an unremarkable camera.
    Image quality is average at best, with reasonable performance in good light, but disappointing indoor and low light results.

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    The Canon ELPH 160 is an ultra-compact, affordable digicam. A 20-Megapixel imaging sensor and lack of OIS leave the camera capturing noisy images all the time. A perfect example of "you get what you pay for".


  • The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a capable camera that performs well in most situations. Well exposed, vibrant images impress right from the off, and noise levels are fairly low up to ISO800. Vibration Reduction is an essential feature when shooting indoors or in low light, so it’s great the S3700 includes it.
    Still welcome, but arguably less important, is the in-built Wi-Fi. This works well, especially if you have an NFC-equipped smart device, and makes image sharing a breeze.


  • The Lytro Illum lures buyers with the promise of refocusable images, but its image quality is disappointing and its price sky high.


  • While the more cautious and cynical might harbour a suspicion that this thus-far-unique device could turn out to be an expensive toy for someone – the photographer who has everything perhaps - its territory feels so uncharted that in truth we ran the full gamut of emotions playing with this second generation Lytro. Like, do we really need one? Well that of course wholly depends on whether we can justify the investment, and what use we feel we’ll get out of it...
    So, who would be best off buying a Lytro Illum, and what for?


  • It's great fun producing images that can be refocused, but there's a high cost and the images can only be viewed at fairly small size, but it's just possible that this is a taste of the future of photography.