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The best ultra zoom camera for sports are the compact point and shoot cameras with an optical zoom range of at least 12x. The below listed top-rated digital cameras also capture images of over 14 Megapixel resolution with a frame rate of at least 3 fps (frames per second). Available from the brands like Fujifilm, Panasonic and Nikon under the Finepix, Lumix and Coolpix product lines and can be purchased under the $400 price range. Along with the Wi-Fi feature, these cameras also sport best optics.

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Canon PowerShot G3 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Canon PowerShot G3 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
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Release Date
Jul 2015
Aug 2015
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Jul 2014
Optical Zoom
25.0 x
30.0 x
83.3 x
30.0 x
16.0 x
Frames Per Second
5.9 Frames
10.0 Frames
7.0 Frames
7.0 Frames
12.0 Frames
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
13.23 mm

The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a very competent fixed-lens compact, which will get you much better results than your average superzoom bridge camera.

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V is a solid entry in the world of compact superzooms.

I've included several samples in the slideshow below so you can see that, while subjects can look good at smaller sizes, once you start to blow things up you lose a lot of detail.

If you're on a tight budget and are prepared to sacrifice a built-in electronic viewfinder, the COOLPIX S9900 represents great value for money - especially considering it sports a fully-articulated screen and built-in GPS.

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The Panasonic FZ1000 is an extremely interesting camera, and one built with a very clear rival in mind.