Updated on 2 August 2013 by

This list of best ultra-zoom digital cameras under $500 price range has DSLRs and point and shoot cameras with optical zoom of over 12x suitable for nature and wildlife photography. Some of the best Bridge cameras are also available under this list of ultra-zoom digital cameras. These digital cameras also offer a camera resolution of over 14 megapixel.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Nikon Coolpix P610
Samsung WB2200F
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Nikon Coolpix P610
Samsung WB2200F
$430
$450
$427 - $500
$450
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Mar 2015
Apr 2015
Apr 2014
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
30.0 x
60.0 x
60.0 x
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 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
 4.3 stars
 3.0 stars
Focus
80% Positive
20% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
Ease of Use
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Positive
Image Quality
100% Positive
100% Positive
85% Positive
15% Negative
Look and Feel
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Display
100% Positive
100% Positive
80% Positive
20% Negative