Updated on 1 September 2013 by

The best ultra-zoom digital cameras for wildlife photography support continuous autofocus and an optical zoom range of at least 12x. The below listed are the top-rated compact and bridge cameras which are easy to use and have been released very recently. Some of these cameras also support rugged features for outdoor usage. Like any other latest popular digital camera, these models capture images of up to 18 Megapixel resolution and Full HD 1080p videos. For ultra-zoom cameras for wildlife photography, check out the best products from Fujifilm and Panasonic under the Finepix and Lumix product lines.


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Canon PowerShot G3 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Canon PowerShot G3 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Nikon Coolpix P900
Nikon Coolpix S9900
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Release Date
Jul 2015
Aug 2015
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
Optical Zoom
25.0 x
30.0 x
83.3 x
30.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 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
Average Rating
 4.1 stars
 4.3 stars
 3.9 stars
 4.0 stars
Focus
84% Positive
16% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
70% Positive
30% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
Image Quality
100% Positive
100% Positive
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Positive
Video
57% Positive
43% Negative
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
Look and Feel
71% Positive
29% Negative
100% Positive
25% Positive
75% Negative
100% Positive
Ease of Use
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Negative