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The Top 5 Long Zoom Cameras

There are so many ultra-zoom cameras available in the market today so choosing the right long zoom camera that meets your requirements and budget is not an easy task. However, we are here to help make the informed decision when out there selecting a long zoom cameras to capture sweet moments on your adventure or day to day activities. Here we have compiled a list of The Top 5 Long Zoom Cameras which we will be discussing below.

The long zoom cameras have become very popular providing SLR style looks, enormous optical zoom, and manual controls. This form of cameras enables you to get wide-angles, and then zoom into distant objects hence letting you capture bright and clear images.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a long zoom camera and is one of the first bridge cameras to provide 4K video. The best part is that this camera comes with a wide-angle 16 times zoom lens – approximately equivalent to a focal range of 25 to 400 millimeters, offering a wide range of framing options which are great for nature, landscape, and sports photography.

This camera also features 5-axis stabilization that makes most of the zoom range quite usable deprived of using a tripod.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 features 20 megapixels 1”-type MOS sensor – an identical physical chip size found in Sony’s RX10 bridge model- plus it comes featuring Leica branded lens.

What we like most about this camera is that it enables you to capture videos at 1080p at different speeds ranging from 60, 20, and 24 fps. The screen on the rear is an amazing 3-inches vari-angle display with 921k dot resolution. Also, you can transfer the images you have taken to your table or smartphone using Wi-Fi. This camera also features NFC allowing you to pair up with Bluetooth enabled devices effortlessly. The best part is that you can remotely control the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 over Wi-Fi, thanks to its Panasonic Image App.

KEY Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

  • 4k QFHD 30p video with a hybrid 8 megapixels post-capture
  • Large 1 inch 20.1 megapixels 1”-type MOS sensor for astonishing defocus control
  • Bright Leica DC lens 25 to 400 mm equivalent to F2.8-4.0
  • 5-axis ‘Power OIS’ stabilization
  • XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36M dots
  • 3-inches fully-articulated LCD with 920k dots
  • 120fps quarter-speed 1080p
  • 3.5mm microphone socket
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Zebra pattern and focus speaking
  • Super-fast LUMIX DFD focusing technology
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500/FZ2000


PANASONIC LUMIX FZ2500 features 20.1 megapixels CMOS sensor, equivalent to 24-480mm zoom lens with strong imaging performance. This long zoom camera is capable of shooting at 12 fps with the AF-lock and fps with continuous AF. The best part is about the battery life it features, which is rated to take around 350 shots just on a single charge.

What you will like most about this camera is that you can shoot both Cinema and UHD 4K footage which is very impressive. This camera allows you to record both at 24p and 30p frame rates at the rate of 100mbps and if you can switch to full HD, you can record at up to 60p at 200mbps. You can output 4:2:2 10-bits video over its HDMI port, and also features jacks for the microphone as well as headphones.

Key Features of PANASONIC LUMIX FZ2500

    • Large electronic viewfinder
    • Depth from Defocus AF
    • Fully articulating LCD
    • Built-in variable ND filter
    • 4k video capture (DCI/UHD)
    • 20 megapixels 1”-type BSI-CMOS sensor
    • 24 to 480 mm, equivalent to F2.8-5-4 lens
    • 10-bit, 4:2:2 output over HDMI

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 also known as TZ100 in most regions comes featuring a much smaller body than the superzoom cameras available in the market. But don’t let its small body design sop you, this camera comes packed with 10 times optical zoom that covers a 35 mm equivalent focal length ranging from 25- 250mm. And the maximum aperture of this device is f/2.8 – f/5.9.

What we liked about Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 is that it features one-inch sensor and a notable ten times optical zoom which makes perfect for traveling photographers who want the elasticity of different focal lengths. It uses the same 20.1 megapixels CMOS sensor which is more likely the same as the ones found in Sony RX100 I and II.

It is no surprise that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 features 4K recording capability – at 30 or 25 fps – and 4K photo modes are also present which makes it easy to shoot 8 megapixel still images at 30 fps. Additionally, it comes packed with a 4K cropping that allows the composition of 4K footage to be enhanced and downsample to the full HD camera.

Key features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100

  • 20.1 megapixels 1”-type BSI CMOS sensor
  • F2.8-5.9. Equivalent to 25-250mm lens
  • Depth from Defocus AF
  • 4K/UHD video capture
  • 3-inches touchscreen LCD
  • 1.2M dot equivalent EVF
  • Post-focus/ 4k photo functions
  • Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC technology

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II is one of the most versatile superzoom cameras you go will find on the market today. Besides its 1”- type 20 megapixels sensor, it features a remarkably fast and very sharp 24-200 mm equivalent lens. The best part is that with its F2.8, this camera is faster throughout its long zoom range than anything else in this group.

With its 4K recording capabilities, you can use this camera to capture high-end video shooting. You can also video recording at super-slow motion shooting-mode which captures shots at up to 960 frames per second (1000 fps in PAL regions).

Another impressive feature includes a blistering 1/32000 seconds maximum shutter speed hence allowing you to shoot in direct sunlight, at the same time as manipulating the lens f/2.8 supreme aperture for reduced field effects depth. Other impressive features include a higher resolution 2.35million dot electronic view-finder plus 14 frames per second continuous shooting.

Key Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

  • 24-200 mm equivalent stabilized F2.8 lens
  • 2.36 million dot XGA OLED EVF
  • BIONZ X image processor with an integrated DRAM chip
  • Fast, intelligent AF, thanks to its new 20.2 megapixels Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor
  • Maximum shutter speed of 1/3200 seconds – up to 14 frames per second
  • Internal 4K video capture
  • Video capture up to 960 frames per seconds
  • ISO 100 – 12800, expandable 64-25600
  • Tilting 1.23 million dot rear LCD display
  • Weather sealed magnesium alloy body
  • Approximately 12 frames per second burst in speed priority
  • Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC technology

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

What is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III? Well, the RX10 III is a long zoom bridge-style compact camera which shares lots of its technology with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II and RX100 IV, models.

This camera comes packed with a 1-inch CMOS sensor, and the best part is that it features 25 times optical zoom hence providing you an equivalent of 24- 600 mm lens. When you compare that with 8.3 times zoom, 24-200mm equivalent of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III, you will find it a much more flexible option.

Another impressive feature is the 2.36 million dots resolution of the viewfinder, which allows you to shoot even on sunny days when the photo on the rear LCD was difficult to see. This long zoom camera provides solid image quality, thanks to its ISO sensitivity range. What we liked about this camera is the fact that right from macro shots of flowers to extreme telephoto studies of the distant mountains, you can rely on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III to deliver sharp and detailed images.

Also, with its 4K recording capabilities, you can use this camera to capture high-end video shooting. There are a few other impressive features which include a tilting screen, built-in viewfinder, and an electronic shutter.

Key Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

  • 20 megapixels 1”- type stacked CMOS sensor
  • 24-600 mm equivalent F2.4-4 Zeiss Vario Sonnar T*lens
  • Ultra slow motion video capture
  • 4k video capture
  • Bionz X processor
  • Tilting screen and high-resolution OLED electronic view-finder with 2.35million dots
  • ISO 100-12800, expendable 64 to 25,600
  • Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC
  • Weather sealed magnesium alloy body