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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 2697, followed in second place by the Sony RX10 III with a rating of 2548. 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 2697- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2017 1,699 i i Sony RX10 IV
2. Sony RX10 III 254870 1-inch 20.04K/30p Mar 2016 1,499 i i Sony RX10 III
3. Panasonic FZ2000 2510- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2016 1,199 i i Panasonic FZ2000
4. Panasonic FZ2500 2510- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2016 1,199 i i Panasonic FZ2500
5. Panasonic FZ1000 II 2492- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Feb 2019 899 i i Panasonic FZ1000 II
6. Panasonic FZ300 242538 1/2.3 12.04K/30p Jul 2015 599 i i Panasonic FZ300
7. Panasonic FZ330 242538 1/2.3 12.04K/30p Jul 2015 599 i i Panasonic FZ330
8. Canon G3 X 238163 1-inch 20.01080/60p Jun 2015 999 i i Canon G3 X
9. Leica C-LUX 2308- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jun 2018 1,049 i i Leica C-LUX
10. Leica V-LUX Typ 114 2276- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Sep 2014 1,349 i i Leica V-LUX Typ 114
11. Panasonic TZ200 2252- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic TZ200
12. Panasonic ZS200 2252- 1-inch 20.04K/30p Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic ZS200
13. Panasonic TZ95 2237- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
14. Panasonic ZS80 2237- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic ZS80
15. Panasonic FZ1000 222564 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jun 2014 899- i Panasonic FZ1000
16. Panasonic TZ100 219470 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic TZ100
17. Panasonic ZS100 219470 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic ZS100
18. Panasonic TZ90 216936 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
19. Panasonic ZS70 216936 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
20. Nikon P1000 2080- 1/2.3 15.94K/30p Jul 2018 999 i i Nikon P1000

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. Nikon P1000 24 - 3000 mm 125.0 f/2.8 - 8.0 2080 1/2.3 Jul 2018 999 i i Nikon P1000
    2. Nikon P900 24 - 2000 mm 83.3 f/2.8 - 6.5 1735 1/2.3 Mar 2015 599- i Nikon P900
    3. Kodak AZ901 22 - 1980 mm 90.0 f/3.1 - 6.8 1510 1/2.3 Jan 2016 499 i i Kodak AZ901
    4. Nikon B600 24 - 1440 mm 60.0 f/3.3 - 6.5 1316 1/2.3 Jan 2019 349 i i Nikon B600
    5. Canon SX70 21 - 1365 mm 65.0 f/3.4 - 6.5 1952 1/2.3 Sep 2018 549 i i Canon SX70
    6. Canon SX60 21 - 1365 mm 65.0 f/3.4 - 6.5 1800 1/2.3 Sep 2014 549- i Canon SX60
    7. Panasonic FZ80 20 - 1200 mm 60.0 f/2.8 - 5.9 2015 1/2.3 Jan 2017 399 i i Panasonic FZ80
    8. Panasonic FZ82 20 - 1200 mm 60.0 f/2.8 - 5.9 2015 1/2.3 Jan 2017 399 i i Panasonic FZ82
    9. Sony HX400V 24 - 1200 mm 50.0 f/2.8 - 6.3 1728 1/2.3 Feb 2014 499 i i Sony HX400V
    10. Canon SX50 24 - 1200 mm 50.0 f/3.4 - 6.5 1403 1/2.3 Sep 2012 429- i Canon SX50
    11. Canon SX740 24 - 960 mm 40.0 f/3.3 - 6.9 2008 1/2.3 Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
    12. Canon SX730 24 - 960 mm 40.0 f/3.3 - 6.9 1713 1/2.3 Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
    13. Nikon A1000 24 - 840 mm 35.0 f/3.4 - 6.9 1955 1/2.3 Jan 2019 429 i i Nikon A1000
    14. Panasonic TZ95 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.3 - 6.4 2237 1/2.3 Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
    15. Panasonic ZS80 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.3 - 6.4 2237 1/2.3 Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic ZS80
    16. Panasonic TZ90 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.3 - 6.4 2169 1/2.3 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
    17. Panasonic ZS70 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.3 - 6.4 2169 1/2.3 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
    18. Sony HX99 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.5 - 6.4 2035 1/2.3 Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
    19. Sony HX95 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.5 - 6.4 1922 1/2.3 Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
    20. Sony WX800 24 - 720 mm 30.0 f/3.5 - 6.4 1800 1/2.3 Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800

    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. Sony WX800 233 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 1800 1/2.3 18.0 Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
    2. Sony HX99 242 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 2035 1/2.3 18.0 Aug 2018 449 i i Sony HX99
    3. Sony HX95 242 g 102 x 58 x 36 g 1922 1/2.3 18.0 Aug 2018 429 i i Sony HX95
    4. Canon SX740 299 g 110 x 64 x 40 g 2008 1/2.3 20.2 Jul 2018 399 i i Canon SX740
    5. Canon SX730 300 g 110 x 64 x 40 g 1713 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 399- i Canon SX730
    6. Panasonic TZ100 312 g 111 x 65 x 44 g 2194 1-inch 20.0 Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic TZ100
    7. Panasonic ZS100 312 g 111 x 65 x 44 g 2194 1-inch 20.0 Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic ZS100
    8. Panasonic TZ90 322 g 112 x 67 x 41 g 2169 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic TZ90
    9. Panasonic ZS70 322 g 112 x 67 x 41 g 2169 1/2.3 20.2 Apr 2017 449- i Panasonic ZS70
    10. Panasonic TZ95 327 g 112 x 69 x 42 g 2237 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic TZ95
    11. Panasonic ZS80 327 g 112 x 69 x 42 g 2237 1/2.3 20.2 Feb 2019 449 i i Panasonic ZS80
    12. Nikon A1000 330 g 114 x 72 x 41 g 1955 1/2.3 15.9 Jan 2019 429 i i Nikon A1000
    13. Leica C-LUX 340 g 113 x 67 x 46 g 2308 1-inch 20.0 Jun 2018 1,049 i i Leica C-LUX
    14. Panasonic TZ200 340 g 111 x 65 x 45 g 2252 1-inch 20.0 Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic TZ200
    15. Panasonic ZS200 340 g 111 x 65 x 45 g 2252 1-inch 20.0 Feb 2018 799 i i Panasonic ZS200
    16. Nikon B600 500 g 122 x 82 x 99 g 1316 1/2.3 15.9 Jan 2019 349 i i Nikon B600
    17. Canon SX70 608 g 127 x 91 x 117 g 1952 1/2.3 20.2 Sep 2018 549 i i Canon SX70
    18. Panasonic FZ80 616 g 130 x 94 x 119 g 2015 1/2.3 18.0 Jan 2017 399 i i Panasonic FZ80
    19. Panasonic FZ82 616 g 130 x 94 x 119 g 2015 1/2.3 18.0 Jan 2017 399 i i Panasonic FZ82
    20. Panasonic FZ300 691 g 132 x 92 x 117 g 2425 1/2.3 12.0 Jul 2015 599 i i Panasonic FZ300

    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. Nikon B600 349 1316- 1/2.3 15.91080/30p Jan 2019 i i Nikon B600
    2. Panasonic FZ80 399 2015- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Jan 2017 i i Panasonic FZ80
    3. Panasonic FZ82 399 2015- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Jan 2017 i i Panasonic FZ82
    4. Canon SX740 399 2008- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Jul 2018 i i Canon SX740
    5. Sony WX800 399 1800- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Oct 2018 i i Sony WX800
    6. Canon SX730 399 1713- 1/2.3 20.21080/60p Apr 2017- i Canon SX730
    7. Nikon A1000 429 1955- 1/2.3 15.94K/30p Jan 2019 i i Nikon A1000
    8. Sony HX95 429 1922- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Aug 2018 i i Sony HX95
    9. Panasonic TZ95 449 2237- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Feb 2019 i i Panasonic TZ95
    10. Panasonic ZS80 449 2237- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Feb 2019 i i Panasonic ZS80
    11. Panasonic TZ90 449 216936 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Apr 2017- i Panasonic TZ90
    12. Panasonic ZS70 449 216936 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Apr 2017- i Panasonic ZS70
    13. Sony HX99 449 2035- 1/2.3 18.04K/30p Aug 2018 i i Sony HX99
    14. Kodak AZ901 499 1510- 1/2.3 20.21080/30p Jan 2016 i i Kodak AZ901
    15. Canon SX70 549 1952- 1/2.3 20.24K/30p Sep 2018 i i Canon SX70
    16. Panasonic FZ300 599 242538 1/2.3 12.04K/30p Jul 2015 i i Panasonic FZ300
    17. Panasonic FZ330 599 242538 1/2.3 12.04K/30p Jul 2015 i i Panasonic FZ330
    18. Nikon P900 599 1735- 1/2.3 15.91080/60p Mar 2015- i Nikon P900
    19. Panasonic TZ100 699 219470 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jan 2016- i Panasonic TZ100
    20. Panasonic ZS100 699 219470 1-inch 20.04K/30p Jan 2016- i Panasonic ZS100

    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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