Being able to zoom with a flick of the finger is a luxury we’ve gotten quite accustomed to. The problem is that quality photos taken at ultra zoom tend to come from larger, heavier cameras. Luckily, prayers of convenience have been answered by the digital camera gods and quality, compact, ultra zoom cameras have been produced. Check out these leading models:
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Digital Camera
The Canon PowerShot SX230 features a versatile 14x lens paired with a 12.1-megapixel image sensor for sharp images from sizeable distances. The lens zooms out to 28mm for wider shots and captures 1080p HD video in several settings. This camera features the GPS-tracking function for tagging photos with the location where they were taken. One drawback is the pop-up flash which is located where the left hand would normally rest. It is a little pricey, but this is a full-featured camera that leaves little to be desired.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V Point & Shoot Digital Camera
The lens on the Sony Cyber-shot isn’t quite as powerful as the Canon, but the 10x optical zoom lens and 10.2 megapixel CMOS sensor consistently produce quality images. Features like GPS-tagging and settings like Intelligent Auto mode, Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode and continuous shooting making capturing images near effortless. However, there are a few manual controls for devoted enthusiasts. The movie mode is top-notch and the camera detects faces and moving objects then auto adjusts to avoid distortion. Heavy sound reduction results in a slight decrease of image sharpness, but it’s a top performing camera overall.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Digital Camera
Though the Lumix ZS10 may pack more features, this camera is the better all-around choice. The 16x optical zoom Leica lens works with Panasonic’s Venus Engine VI for amazing image quality. Though not feature-packed, it still has a high-resolution touchscreen, geotagging, 1080i video capturing and good battery life. Like other cameras in this class, it has average low light performance, but this camera also has a 14.1 megapixel image sensor for photos that are amazingly sharp.
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Katie Campbell is and editor for Bestcovery.com where she writes electronics and camera reviews. Her fascination with photography and cameras comes from her mother who lugged around an old Nikon on a neck strap for years after it stopped being cool.