Updated on 3 December 2015 by

Ultra-zoom cameras are most suited for very long distance photography. The key enabling feature is a very high optical zoom. The best ultra-zooms though combine the high zoom range with an equally effective image stabilization.

Most standard cameras max out at 4-5x optical zoom and max 10x optical zoom but ultra zoom cameras reach upto 30x optical zoom and some even as high as 50x optical zoom. These are also known as megazooms or bird zoom or superzoom.

Taking pics at such long distances can easily lead to blurred or fuzzy images with the slightest of hand shakes. Consequently the best ultra-zoom cameras come with very good image stabilization also. The image stabilization is the key when it comes to taking pictures with ultra-zooms.

Typically ultra-zooms come with an optical image stabilization, which is unlike the inbody stabilization which is found in high end DSLR's. The inbody stabilization uses the internal camera dynamics to stabilize the lens. Some of the best cameras released in 2013 have very good ultra-zooming capabilities.


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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
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
Focus
84% Positive
16% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
70% Positive
30% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
84% Positive
16% Negative
Image Quality
100% Positive
100% Positive
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Video
57% Positive
43% Negative
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
Look and Feel
71% Positive
29% Negative
100% Positive
25% Positive
75% Negative
100% Positive
30% Positive
70% Negative
Ease of Use
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Display
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
80% Positive
20% Negative
Battery
80% Positive
20% Negative
100% Negative
100% Negative
Modes
80% Positive
20% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Performance
25% Positive
75% Negative
100% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Viewfinder
100% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
Connectivity
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
33% Positive
67% Negative
Low Light
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Negative
100% Positive
Price
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Flash
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Exposure
100% Negative
100% Positive
Sensor
100% Positive
100% Positive

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