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The Best Superzoom Camera

Superzoom cameras are popular travel companions because of their versatility. Their zoom lens covers all focal lengths from wide-angle to super tele-photo. While there is no formal definition of a superzoom, it is common practice to classify all compact cameras with a 10x or larger zoom factor in this category.

Many superzooms feature a viewfinder on the center-top of the camera, which makes them look similar to DSLRs. These models are often also referred to as bridge cameras, as they combine features of point-and-shoot cameras with those of DSLRs.

Superzoom
Nikon P1000 superzoom

There is a wide and growing choice of superzoom cameras on the market. It is not easy to decide which one is best. Indeed, what does it really mean to look for the best mirrorless? The camera that offers the best imaging experience? The one with the greatest tele-photo reach? The one that is most portable? The superzoom that does not break the bank? The answers to these questions come down to personal preference, but hopefully the listings below will prove to be useful for your camera decision process.

The highest rated Superzoom

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Panasonic FZ1000 II

The Camera Elo represents a comprehensive rating that takes the body, sensor and feature characteristics of digital cameras into account. It is based on the outcomes of thousands of pair-wise comparisons undertaken via the CAM-parator app.

The Panasonic FZ1000 II is currently the top-ranked superzoom with a Camera Elo of 2639, followed in second place by the Leica V-LUX 5 with a rating of 2632. The table below lists the 20 highest ranked superzoom cameras in descending order of their Elo. It also reports the cameras' DXO Mark sensor quality score (as far as these are available), which can be taken as indicators of pure image quality. For both the Camera Elo and the DXO score, higher values represent better performance.

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The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Lens
(FF equiv)
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II 25-400 mm f/2.8-4.0 2639- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Feb 2019 899 i
2.
 
Leica V-LUX 5 25-400 mm f/2.8-4.0 2632- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jul 2019 1,249 i
3.
 
Sony RX10 IV 24-600 mm f/2.4-4.0 2632- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2017 1,699 i
4.
 
Panasonic TZ200 24-360 mm f/3.3-6.4 2436- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Feb 2018 799 i
5.
 
Leica C-LUX 24-360 mm f/3.3-6.4 2436- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jun 2018 1,049 i
6.
 
Panasonic FZ2000 24-480 mm f/2.8-4.5 2419- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2016 1,199 i
7.
 
Panasonic TZ95 24-720 mm f/3.3-6.4 2401- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Feb 2019 449 i
8.
 
Sony RX10 III 24-600 mm f/2.4-4.0 238170 1-inch 20.04K/30p Mar 2016 1,499 i
9.
 
Sony HX99 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 2339- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Aug 2018 449 i
10.
 
Nikon P950 24-2000 mm f/2.8-6.5 2293- 1/2.3 15.94K/30p Jan 2020 799 i
11.
 
Nikon P1000 24-3000 mm f/2.8-8.0 2290- 1/2.3 15.94K/30p Jul 2018 999 i
12.
 
Panasonic TZ90 24-720 mm f/3.3-6.4 229036 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Apr 2017 449i
13.
 
Panasonic FZ330 25-600 mm f/2.8-2.8 225638 1/2.3 12.04K/30p Jul 2015 599 i
14.
 
Canon G3 X 24-600 mm f/2.8-5.6 224263 1-inch 20.01080/60p Jun 2015 999 i
15.
 
Sony HX95 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 2231- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Aug 2018 429 i
16.
 
Canon SX740 24-960 mm f/3.3-6.9 2228- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Jul 2018 399 i
17.
 
Panasonic TZ100 25-250 mm f/2.8-5.9 221570 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jan 2016 699i
18.
 
Panasonic FZ82 20-1200 mm f/2.8-5.9 2183- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Jan 2017 399 i
19.
 
Nikon A1000 24-840 mm f/3.4-6.9 2180- 1/2.3 15.94K/30p Jan 2019 429 i
20.
 
Canon SX70 21-1365 mm f/3.4-6.5 2168- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Sep 2018 549 i

You can access more detail on the listed cameras by clicking on the camera's name. Alternatively, you can compare two cameras using the search boxes below. Just enter two model names into the input fields and you will promptly be taken to a respective comparison.

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    The Superzoom with the largest tele-photo reach

    Superzooms take their name from the versatility of their lenses. These cameras are attractive because they make it possible to zoom in and out extensively. So maybe the best superzoom is the one with the largest tele-photo reach. The following table lists the 20 superzoom cameras with the longest tele-photo setting (in terms of full-frame focal length equivalence). Again, clicking on the camera's name will reveal further detail.

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    The Cameras with the Largest Tele-photo Reach
        Camera
    Model
    Focal
    Length
    Zoom
    Factor
    Lens
    Aperture
    Camera
    Elo
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Camera
    Launch
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Street
    Price
    1.
     
    Nikon P1000 24 - 3000 mm 125 f/2.8 - 8.0 2290 1/2.3 15.9 Jul 2018 999 i
    2.
     
    Nikon P950 24 - 2000 mm 83 f/2.8 - 6.5 2293 1/2.3 15.9 Jan 2020 799 i
    3.
     
    Nikon P900 24 - 2000 mm 83 f/2.8 - 6.5 1997 1/2.3 15.9 Mar 2015 599i
    4.
     
    Kodak AZ901 22 - 1980 mm 90 f/3.1 - 6.8 1756 1/2.3 20.2 Jan 2016 499 i
    5.
     
    Sony H400 24.5 - 1550 mm 63 f/3.4 - 6.5 1222 1/2.3 19.9 Feb 2014 319 i
    6.
     
    Nikon B700 24 - 1440 mm 60 f/3.3 - 6.5 2152 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2016 499 i
    7.
     
    Nikon B600 24 - 1440 mm 60 f/3.3 - 6.5 1760 1/2.3 15.9 Jan 2019 349 i
    8.
     
    Canon SX70 21 - 1365 mm 65 f/3.4 - 6.5 2168 1/2.3 20.2 Sep 2018 549 i
    9.
     
    Canon SX60 21 - 1365 mm 65 f/3.4 - 6.5 1867 1/2.3 14.2 Sep 2014 549i
    10.
     
    Panasonic FZ82 20 - 1200 mm 60 f/2.8 - 5.9 2183 1/2.3 18.0 Jan 2017 399 i
    11.
     
    Sony HX400V 24 - 1200 mm 50 f/2.8 - 6.3 1844 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2014 499 i
    12.
     
    Sony HX350 24 - 1200 mm 50 f/2.8 - 6.3 1749 1/2.3 19.9 Dec 2016 449 i
    13.
     
    Canon SX540 24 - 1200 mm 50 f/3.4 - 6.5 1691 1/2.3 20.2 Jan 2016 399 i
    14.
     
    Canon SX50 24 - 1200 mm 50 f/3.4 - 6.5 1476 1/2.3 12.0 Sep 2012 429i
    15.
     
    Canon SX530 24 - 1200 mm 50 f/3.4 - 6.5 1429 1/2.3 15.9 Jan 2015 429i
    16.
     
    Canon SX430 24 - 1080 mm 45 f/3.5 - 6.6 1522 1/2.3 19.9 Jan 2017 299 i
    17.
     
    Canon SX420 24 - 1008 mm 42 f/3.5 - 6.6 1471 1/2.3 19.9 Jan 2016 299i
    18.
     
    Canon SX520 24 - 1008 mm 42 f/3.4 - 6 1138 1/2.3 15.9 Jul 2014 399i
    19.
     
    Canon SX740 24 - 960 mm 40 f/3.3 - 6.9 2228 1/2.3 20.2 Jul 2018 399 i
    20.
     
    Canon SX730 24 - 960 mm 40 f/3.3 - 6.9 2043 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 399i

    The most portable Superzoom

    As all-in-one cameras, superzooms often serve as travel companions. Compactness is therefore a desirable characteristic, and the best superzoom might be the one that is most portable. The following ranking lists the 20 lightest superzooms that have been released since 2015 in ascending order of their weight.

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    The Lightest Models
        Camera
    Model
    Lens
    (FF equiv)
    Camera
    Weight
    Camera
    Size
    Camera
    Elo
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Camera
    Launch
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Street
    Price
    1.
     
    Canon SX620 25-625 mm f/3.2-6.6 182 g 97 x 57 x 28 g 1659 1/2.3 20.2 May 2016 279 i
    2.
     
    Canon SX610 25-450 mm f/3.8-6.9 191 g 105 x 61 x 27 g 1558 1/2.3 20.2 Jan 2015 249i
    3.
     
    Sony WX800 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 233 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2163 1/2.3 18.0 Oct 2018 399 i
    4.
     
    Sony HX99 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 242 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2339 1/2.3 18.0 Aug 2018 449 i
    5.
     
    Sony HX95 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 242 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2231 1/2.3 18.0 Aug 2018 429 i
    6.
     
    Sony HX80 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 245 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2123 1/2.3 18.0 Mar 2016 349 i
    7.
     
    Sony HX90V 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 245 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2095 1/2.3 18.0 Apr 2015 429 i
    8.
     
    Canon SX710 25-750 mm f/3.2-6.9 269 g 113 x 66 x 35 g 1718 1/2.3 20.2 Jan 2015 349i
    9.
     
    Canon SX720 24-960 mm f/3.3-6.9 270 g 110 x 64 x 36 g 1791 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2016 379i
    10.
     
    Canon SX740 24-960 mm f/3.3-6.9 299 g 110 x 64 x 40 g 2228 1/2.3 20.2 Jul 2018 399 i
    11.
     
    Canon SX730 24-960 mm f/3.3-6.9 300 g 110 x 64 x 40 g 2043 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 399i
    12.
     
    Panasonic TZ100 25-250 mm f/2.8-5.9 312 g 111 x 65 x 44 g 2215 1-inch 20.0 Jan 2016 699i
    13.
     
    Panasonic TZ90 24-720 mm f/3.3-6.4 322 g 112 x 67 x 41 g 2290 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 449i
    14.
     
    Canon SX430 24-1080 mm f/3.5-6.6 323 g 104 x 69 x 85 g 1522 1/2.3 19.9 Jan 2017 299 i
    15.
     
    Canon SX420 24-1008 mm f/3.5-6.6 325 g 104 x 69 x 85 g 1471 1/2.3 19.9 Jan 2016 299i
    16.
     
    Canon SX410 24-960 mm f/3.5-5.6 325 g 104 x 69 x 85 g 1172 1/2.3 19.9 Feb 2015 279i
    17.
     
    Panasonic TZ95 24-720 mm f/3.3-6.4 327 g 112 x 69 x 42 g 2401 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2019 449 i
    18.
     
    Nikon A1000 24-840 mm f/3.4-6.9 330 g 114 x 72 x 41 g 2180 1/2.3 15.9 Jan 2019 429 i
    19.
     
    Panasonic TZ200 24-360 mm f/3.3-6.4 340 g 111 x 65 x 45 g 2436 1-inch 20.0 Feb 2018 799 i
    20.
     
    Leica C-LUX 24-360 mm f/3.3-6.4 340 g 113 x 67 x 46 g 2436 1-inch 20.0 Jun 2018 1,049 i

    The most affordable Superzoom

    Budgetary considerations are almost always important when deciding on a camera purchase, and the best superzoom might be the one that offers the desired zoom-versatility at the lowest price. The following table displays the 20 least expensive superzooms that have been released since 2015 in ascending order of their launch prices. The latter provide a good idea on the market position of the cameras, but it is often worthwhile to check the current pricing, as all except the most recent models might be available at discounts or as great deals on the pre-owned market.

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    The Least Expensive Models
        Camera
    Model
    Lens
    (FF equiv)
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Camera
    Elo
    DXO
    Score
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Video
    Format
    Camera
    Launch
    Street
    Price
    1.
     
    Canon SX610 25-450 mm f/3.8-6.9 249 1558- 1/2.3 20.21080/30p Jan 2015i
    2.
     
    Canon SX620 25-625 mm f/3.2-6.6 279 1659- 1/2.3 20.21080/30p May 2016 i
    3.
     
    Canon SX410 24-960 mm f/3.5-5.6 279 1172- 1/2.3 19.9720/30p Feb 2015i
    4.
     
    Nikon B500 22.5-900 mm f/3.0-6.5 299 1911- 1/2.3 15.91080/60i Jan 2016i
    5.
     
    Nikon L840 22.5-855 mm f/3.0-6.5 299 1809- 1/2.3 15.91080/60i Feb 2015i
    6.
     
    Canon SX430 24-1080 mm f/3.5-6.6 299 1522- 1/2.3 19.9720/25p Jan 2017 i
    7.
     
    Canon SX420 24-1008 mm f/3.5-6.6 299 1471- 1/2.3 19.9720/25p Jan 2016i
    8.
     
    Sony HX80 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 349 2123- 1/2.3 18.01080/60p Mar 2016 i
    9.
     
    Nikon B600 24-1440 mm f/3.3-6.5 349 1760- 1/2.3 15.91080/30p Jan 2019 i
    10.
     
    Canon SX710 25-750 mm f/3.2-6.9 349 1718- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Jan 2015i
    11.
     
    Canon SX720 24-960 mm f/3.3-6.9 379 1791- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Feb 2016i
    12.
     
    Canon SX740 24-960 mm f/3.3-6.9 399 2228- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Jul 2018 i
    13.
     
    Panasonic FZ82 20-1200 mm f/2.8-5.9 399 2183- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Jan 2017 i
    14.
     
    Sony WX800 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 399 2163- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Oct 2018 i
    15.
     
    Canon SX730 24-960 mm f/3.3-6.9 399 2043- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Apr 2017i
    16.
     
    Canon SX540 24-1200 mm f/3.4-6.5 399 1691- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Jan 2016 i
    17.
     
    Sony HX95 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 429 2231- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Aug 2018 i
    18.
     
    Nikon A1000 24-840 mm f/3.4-6.9 429 2180- 1/2.3 15.94K/30p Jan 2019 i
    19.
     
    Sony HX90V 24-720 mm f/3.5-6.4 429 2095- 1/2.3 18.01080/60p Apr 2015 i
    20.
     
    Canon SX530 24-1200 mm f/3.4-6.5 429 1429- 1/2.3 15.91080/30p Jan 2015i

    Further Reading

    Additional information on the calculation of the Camera Elo can be found on a respective Elo methodology page. Moreover, there are other rankings of cameras by category that might be of interest:

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