I could take just one camera on vacation, it would be the 5 megapixel Panasonic DMC-FZ20. With
its amazing 12x optical zoom, impressive lens and other capabilities, it has
won numerous awards in the industry.
The FinePix S5100 is
another excellent superzoom camera with 10x optical zoom. It's speedy and
takes excellent pictures with a minimum of fuss. The only quirk I found is
the lack of an image stabilizer. However, if you can overlook this, the
S5100 is a great buy.
The Konica Minolta DiMage
Z3 has a powerful 12X optical zoom lens, coupled with a image stabilization
feature. Although its a good camera, the image quality and performance are
slightly below that of the Panasonic and Kodak models in this list.
A lovely camera. The Kodak EasyShare DX7590
superzoom features a 5 megapixel resolution and a 10x optical zoom lens:
It's easy to use, takes colorful images and is reasonably quick. It lacks
image-stabilization features but is still high on my list given its other
The Pentax Optio MX4 is a 4 megapixel camera
with a 10X zoom lens. While it doesn't look very professional (it has hybrid
video/still capabilities) - this uniquely shaped camera is still worth
considering for those who want to shoot a lot of video with their camera.
Still-image quality is only average though.
If you want a high end enthusiast camera that
also has superzoom features, then the Nikon Coolpix 8800 is the camera to
buy. Featuring a whopping 8 megapixel resolution and a 10x optical zoom, the
Nikon Coolpix 8800 is easily the most expensive camera on this list.
The 5 megapixel Kodak EasyShare Z740 has a
powerful 10x optical zoom lens and takes reasonably good pictures. Although
the joystick controller can be oversensitive at times and it lacks an image
stabilizer, the Z740 is still a pretty good buy.
I hope the above list has
given you some insight into the different superzoom digital cameras available. I
personally own the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 D70 and have been taking tons and
tons of pictures with it. Do remember that superzooms can be more expensive than
the beginner type of digital cameras. So do some research before you shell out
cash to buy the camera. Happy shopping!
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