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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
The camera with the highest Elo: Sony RX10 IV

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 Sony RX10 IV is currently the top-ranked superzoom with a Camera Elo of 2709, followed in second place by the Leica V-LUX 5 with a rating of 2571. 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.

Best Superzoom: The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
1. Sony RX10 IV 2709- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2017 1,699 i i Sony RX10 IV
2. Leica V-LUX 5 2571- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jul 2019 1,249 i i Leica V-LUX 5
3. Panasonic FZ2000 2549- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2016 1,199 i i Panasonic FZ2000
4. Panasonic FZ2500 2549- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2016 1,199 i i Panasonic FZ2500
5. Sony RX10 III 252170 1-inch 20.04K/30p Mar 2016 1,499 i i Sony RX10 III
6. Panasonic FZ1000 II 2511- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Feb 2019 899 i i Panasonic FZ1000 II
7. Canon G3 X 237663 1-inch 20.01080/60p Jun 2015 999 i i Canon G3 X
8. Panasonic FZ300 236638 1/2.3 12.04K/30p Jul 2015 599 i i Panasonic FZ300
9. Panasonic FZ330 236638 1/2.3 12.04K/30p Jul 2015 599 i i Panasonic FZ330
10. Panasonic TZ200 2331- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic TZ200
11. Panasonic ZS200 2331- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic ZS200
12. Leica C-LUX 2310- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jun 2018 1,049 i i Leica C-LUX
13. Panasonic TZ95 2262- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
14. Panasonic ZS80 2262- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic ZS80
15. Leica V-LUX Typ 114 2211- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2014 1,349- i Leica V-LUX Typ 114
16. Panasonic TZ100 220370 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic TZ100
17. Panasonic ZS100 220370 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic ZS100
18. Panasonic TZ90 219936 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
19. Panasonic ZS70 219936 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
20. Panasonic FZ1000 218764 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jun 2014 899- i Panasonic FZ1000

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.

    Best Superzooms: The Cameras with the Largest Tele-photo Reach
        Camera
    Model
    Focal
    Length
    Zoom
    Factor
    Lens
    Aperture
    Camera
    Elo
    Sensor
    Class
    Camera
    Launch
    (announced)
    Launch
    Price
    (USD)
    Street
    Price
    (USD)
    Used
    Price
    (USD)
    Camera
    Model
    1. Canon SX740 24 - 960 mm 40.0 f/3.3 - 6.9 2043 1/2.3 Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
    2. Canon SX730 24 - 960 mm 40.0 f/3.3 - 6.9 1770 1/2.3 Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
    3. Canon SX720 24 - 960 mm 40.0 f/3.3 - 6.9 1600 1/2.3 Feb 2016 379- i Canon SX720
    4. Canon SX410 24 - 960 mm 40.0 f/3.5 - 5.6 1070 1/2.3 Feb 2015 279- i Canon SX410
    5. Nikon B500 22.5 - 900 mm 40.0 f/3 - 6.5 1762 1/2.3 Jan 2016 299- i Nikon B500
    6. Sony H300 25 - 875 mm 35.0 f/3.4 - 6.5 1166 1/2.3 Feb 2014 219 i i Sony H300
    7. Nikon L840 22.5 - 855 mm 38.0 f/3 - 6.5 1657 1/2.3 Feb 2015 299- i Nikon L840
    8. Nikon A1000 24 - 840 mm 35.0 f/3.4 - 6.9 2015 1/2.3 Jan 2019 429 i i Nikon A1000
    9. Canon SX710 25 - 750 mm 30.0 f/3.2 - 6.9 1626 1/2.3 Jan 2015 349- i Canon SX710
    10. Panasonic TZ95 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.3 - 6.4 2262 1/2.3 Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
    11. Panasonic ZS80 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.3 - 6.4 2262 1/2.3 Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic ZS80
    12. Panasonic TZ90 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.3 - 6.4 2199 1/2.3 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
    13. Panasonic ZS70 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.3 - 6.4 2199 1/2.3 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
    14. Sony HX99 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.5 - 6.4 2158 1/2.3 Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
    15. Sony HX90V 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.5 - 6.4 2029 1/2.3 Apr 2015 429 i i Sony HX90V
    16. Sony HX80 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.5 - 6.4 2009 1/2.3 Mar 2016 349 i i Sony HX80
    17. Sony HX95 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.5 - 6.4 1984 1/2.3 Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
    18. Sony WX800 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.5 - 6.4 1877 1/2.3 Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
    19. Canon SX510 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.4 - 5.8 1338 1/2.3 Aug 2013 249- i Canon SX510
    20. Sony H200 24 - 633 mm 26.4 f/3.1 - 5.9 1142 1/2.3 Jan 2013 249 i i Sony H200

    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.

    Best Superzoom: The Smallest Models
        Camera
    Model
    Camera
    Weight
    Camera
    Size
    Camera
    Elo
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Camera
    Launch
    (announced)
    Launch
    Price
    (USD)
    Street
    Price
    (USD)
    Used
    Price
    (USD)
    Camera
    Model
    1. Canon SX620 182 g 97 x 57 x 28 g 1543 1/2.3 20.2 May 2016 279 i i Canon SX620
    2. Canon SX610 191 g 105 x 61 x 27 g 1472 1/2.3 20.2 Jan 2015 249- i Canon SX610
    3. Sony WX800 233 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 1877 1/2.3 18.0 Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
    4. Sony HX99 242 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2158 1/2.3 18.0 Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
    5. Sony HX95 242 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 1984 1/2.3 18.0 Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
    6. Sony HX90V 245 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2029 1/2.3 18.0 Apr 2015 429 i i Sony HX90V
    7. Sony HX80 245 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2009 1/2.3 18.0 Mar 2016 349 i i Sony HX80
    8. Canon SX710 269 g 113 x 66 x 35 g 1626 1/2.3 20.2 Jan 2015 349- i Canon SX710
    9. Canon SX720 270 g 110 x 64 x 36 g 1600 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2016 379- i Canon SX720
    10. Canon SX740 299 g 110 x 64 x 40 g 2043 1/2.3 20.2 Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
    11. Canon SX730 300 g 110 x 64 x 40 g 1770 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
    12. Panasonic TZ100 312 g 111 x 65 x 44 g 2203 1-inch 20.0 Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic TZ100
    13. Panasonic ZS100 312 g 111 x 65 x 44 g 2203 1-inch 20.0 Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic ZS100
    14. Panasonic TZ90 322 g 112 x 67 x 41 g 2199 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
    15. Panasonic ZS70 322 g 112 x 67 x 41 g 2199 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
    16. Canon SX420 325 g 104 x 69 x 85 g 1215 1/2.3 19.9 Jan 2016 299 i i Canon SX420
    17. Canon SX410 325 g 104 x 69 x 85 g 1070 1/2.3 19.9 Feb 2015 279- i Canon SX410
    18. Panasonic TZ95 327 g 112 x 69 x 42 g 2262 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
    19. Panasonic ZS80 327 g 112 x 69 x 42 g 2262 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic ZS80
    20. Nikon A1000 330 g 114 x 72 x 41 g 2015 1/2.3 15.9 Jan 2019 429 i i Nikon A1000

    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.

    Best Superzoom: The Least Expensive Models
        Camera
    Model
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Camera
    Elo
    DXO
    Score
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Video
    Format
    Camera
    Launch
    (announced)
    Street
    Price
    (USD)
    Used
    Price
    (USD)
    Camera
    Model
    1. Canon SX610 249 1472- 1/2.3 20.21080/30p Jan 2015- i Canon SX610
    2. Canon SX620 279 1543- 1/2.3 20.21080/30p May 2016 i i Canon SX620
    3. Canon SX410 279 1070- 1/2.3 19.9720/25p Feb 2015- i Canon SX410
    4. Nikon B500 299 1762- 1/2.3 15.91080/60i Jan 2016- i Nikon B500
    5. Nikon L840 299 1657- 1/2.3 15.91080/60i Feb 2015- i Nikon L840
    6. Canon SX420 299 1215- 1/2.3 19.9720/25p Jan 2016 i i Canon SX420
    7. Sony HX80 349 2009- 1/2.3 18.01080/60p Mar 2016 i i Sony HX80
    8. Canon SX710 349 1626- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Jan 2015- i Canon SX710
    9. Nikon B600 349 1402- 1/2.3 15.91080/30p Jan 2019 i i Nikon B600
    10. Canon SX720 379 1600- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Feb 2016- i Canon SX720
    11. Panasonic FZ80 399 2082- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Jan 2017 i i Panasonic FZ80
    12. Panasonic FZ82 399 2082- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Jan 2017 i i Panasonic FZ82
    13. Canon SX740 399 2043- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Jul 2018 i i Canon SX740
    14. Sony WX800 399 1877- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Oct 2018 i i Sony WX800
    15. Canon SX730 399 1770- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Apr 2017- i Canon SX730
    16. Canon SX540 399 1436- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Jan 2016 i i Canon SX540
    17. Sony HX90V 429 2029- 1/2.3 18.01080/60p Apr 2015 i i Sony HX90V
    18. Nikon A1000 429 2015- 1/2.3 15.94K/30p Jan 2019 i i Nikon A1000
    19. Sony HX95 429 1984- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Aug 2018 i i Sony HX95
    20. Canon SX530 429 1243- 1/2.3 15.91080/30p Jan 2015- i Canon SX530

    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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