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Best ultra-zoom standard point and shoot digital camera should be able to provide you at least 12x or more than that and with simplest of its operations and more focus options, i.e., the point and shoot. Some of the newest ultra-zoom cameras reach up to 30x optical zoom and some even as high as 50x optical zoom. Under $400 price range, these kind of cameras have more than 12 Megapixel resolution with the best interface and image quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera


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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
Samsung WB800F
Nikon P520
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera
Samsung WB800F Digital Camera
Nikon P520 Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Aug 2013
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Jul 2013
Camera Type
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact, SLR-like (bridge)
Standard Point and Shoot, SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
16.0 x
21.0 x
41.7 x
60.0 x
Resolution
12.1 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
MOS, CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
7.66 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Wi-Fi-equipped Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a perfectly capable long zoom camera with an affordable sticker price. Images are generally sharp, but show some noise.


  • In amongst all the good news, there are a couple of minor gripes. The chromatic aberration at either end of the zoom range takes the edge off its otherwise excellent image quality, especially as it's something that could be corrected digitally by a new image processor. And while it's nice to see an improvement in the previously mediocre continuous shooting performance, it's still hardly fast in that regard.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS packs all the features you'd typically expect to see in a bridge camera, but is much smaller than many of its competitors, even though it has built-in Wi-Fi. The reduction in the size of the camera means that the battery is small and therefore doesn't have a particularly long life. There are full manual controls but no RAW shooting, but the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0cm, so you can get as close as you want to your subject for macro photography.


  • If you hate AA batteries, but like inexpensive compacts with manual controls, the 16x zoom Canon PowerShot SX170 IS takes a good photo. Otherwise, seek out its predecessor, the SX160 IS.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS - build and performance is acceptable given its asking price, so those who have little to spend will find equally little to complain about. Though picture quality is a little so-so for our tastes, at least the camera looks good and feels good in the palm, which at this currently contracting budget end of the market actually counts for quite a lot.


  • Canon Powershot SX170 IS clearly qualifies as a "best buy" for budget conscious shutterbugs who want a lot of bang for their camera buck. The SX170 IS would be an almost ideal choice for a first digital camera, an excellent choice as a primary family camera, and a very good choice for travelers who want an inexpensive, feature rich, dependable, and relatively inexpensive P&S digicam that is capable of producing consistently excellent images. In the past, the SX150 IS's single major shortcoming was poor battery life with OTC alkaline AAs.


  • A 21x zoom and a wealth of shooting options and wireless features make the Samsung WB800F Smart Camera a fine smartphone accessory.


  • The Samsung WB800F packs a sharp 21x zoom lens and Wi-Fi, but some issues with image and video quality prevent it from getting top marks.


  • As usual, though, the price of the Samsung WB800F is very appealing - an official tag of £249.99 / $299.99, before any shopping around, makes this camera, if not an outright bargain, then certainly cheaper than the rest of the travel-zoom crowd, especially considering the features on offer. Only you can decide if that's all worth sacrificing a little image quality for.


  • More point-and-shoot than dSLR in terms of features and performance than some competing high-end megazooms, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results, and fine picture quality.


  • While it didn't fare very well in low light, we're still impressed with the Nikon P520 on the whole. Just as impressed, in fact, as we were with the earlier P510. For habitual bright-light shootersâ??the sort who spend their weekends shooting t-ball games and soccer practicesâ??the P520 is an extremely capable camera that can capture shots few other cameras in its price range can manage.


  • While the P520 continues to offer a very well rounded package, with SLR-like handling, manual exposure and focus, an eye-level viewfinder, a flexible and high-resolution LCD screen, built-in GPS and optional wi-fi, full HD movies with stereo sound, full-time AF and optical zoom, we can't help but feel a strong sense of deja vu.


Top 5 ultra-zoom point and shoot camera:

  1. Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera
  2. Canon PowerShot SX170 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera
  3. Samsung WB800F Digital Camera
  4. Nikon P520 Digital Camera
  5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera