Updated on 2 August 2013 by

The best ultra-zoom cameras sport zoom lenses capable of 12x and over. This means that the user gets close to the action, but at the cost of speed and image quality. These megazooms need about 0.5 seconds for a picture. The more the zoom, the greater the shutter lag, the heavier the camera and the more the chance for camera shake when zoomed out. There is also the possibility of extra vibration pick up resulting in a noisy image. Look for ultra-zoom compacts with offsets like back-illuminated CMOS sensor that offers more speed and less noise, or check whether the extended zoom compact you are researching includes digital image stabilization, or better still, optic image stabilization.

This list of the best megazoom compact cameras is narrowed down to the compact cameras which have optical zoom 12X and over.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Olympus SH-2
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Olympus SH-2
$430
$450
$338
$399 - $400
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Mar 2015
Sep 2015
May 2015
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
30.0 x
30.0 x
24.0 x
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.7 stars
Focus
80% Positive
20% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
85% Positive
15% Negative
Ease of Use
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Positive
Image Quality
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Look and Feel
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Display
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative