Mega Zoom Cameras

Photography is more than a mere way of earning money; it is passion for some people. There are a lot of people who love capturing natural beauty of green lands, beaches, mountains etc. Such kind of photography needs cameras which have a greater zooming capacity to capture natural scenes closely though from a distance. Today, I will discuss with you five of the top mega-zoom cameras which are a treat for photography fervent individuals.

1. Canon PowerShot SX20 IS:

Here we have best of the best; with 12.1 megapixel sensor, 12x optical zoom and high definition video recording.

Specs:

  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 20x optical zoom
  • ISO 3200
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 12.1 mp sensor
  • 2.5” LCD display
  • 4.88” x 3.42” x 3.48”
  • 19.8 ounces
  • SD card slot
  • SD and SDHC memory card
  • Built in flash
  • Exposure settings: Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Manual Exposure, Shutter Priority
  • Price: $400.00

Features:

Though this camera is very much like its predecessor PowerShot SX10 IS; it is leading the line with 12.1 mp resolution, ISO settings up to 3200 and high definition (720p) video recording feature. This is a compact-body camera and fits well in user’s hand. In the settings, there is a feature named “super macro” which allows the user to take a well-defined picture of an object that is in physical contact with the lens, though the zooming option is disenabled. The “colour accent” mode allows you to capture the photo in black and white else than objects that are in a certain colour. Panorama function lets the user capture a series of pictures that can be joined together via an application. While recording a video, a still photo can be shot. Playing the video directly from camera on the TV is possible because of the HDMI port.

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Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  1. 20x optical zoom
  2. High definition video recording
  3. Colour accent mode
  4. Super macro mode
  5. Nice battery life

Limitations:

  • Burst mode is slow

2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35:

This is one of the best cameras for you if you want a two-in-one machine i.e. a still photo camera and camcorder. Though this is not going to fit in your hand like the above mentioned, it is still a wonderful camera.

Specs:

  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 12.1 mp resolution
  • 18x optical zoom
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Built in flash
  • 2.7” LCD display
  • SD card slot
  • SD and SDHC memory card
  • 4.63”x 3.5”x2.98”
  • 14.56 ounces
  • ISO 1600
  • Exposure settings: Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Exposure Bracketing, Exposure Compensation, Manual Exposure, Shutter Priority
  • Price: $400.00

Features:

The highlighting feature here is the long list of manual controls that are bound to please every passionate photographer. If you are an amateur, do not worry; the Intelligent Auto Mode will free you of all the worries of setting and modes. The LCD display is fixed; it neither rotates nor flips out. The zooming is possible while shooting a video and the best part is its quietness; it does not interfere in your video with squeal.     There are 20 scene modes that are interesting e.g. the pin-hole camera simulator makes the photo look like a film image, Panning mode with which you will be able to get clear picture of a fast-moving object with blurry background. While you are filming a scene, the auto focus tracking will enable you to lock a moving object in focus.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  1. A lot of manual controls
  2. Intelligent Auto Mode is one of the best features
  3. Creative photos with high dynamic range

Limitations:

  • Fixed viewfinder
  • Too much manual controls confuse the user sometimes

3. Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR:

This is a bit expensive camera with a price tag of $600.00 and many good features.

Specs:

  • 12 mp sensor
  • SD card slot
  • SD and SHC memory cards
  • 2.7” LCD display
  • ISO 3200
  • 5.3” x 5.7” x 3.7”
  • 28.9 ounces
  • Built in flash
  • 14.3x optical zoom
  • 2x digital zoom
  • Exposure settings: Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Exposure Bracketing, Exposure Compensation, Manual Exposure, Shutter Priority
  • Price: $600.00

Features:

This pocket-snuggling camera has a nice set of features. Standard resolution is 12.1 mp, but the user is able to take photos in low light with 6 mp resolution. Also, for the minute details, there is high dynamic range. When the user leaves the camera in EXR mode, it automatically chooses the best mode suitable for that time and place. It is small enough to fit into your hand and the outer side is rubber-clad, thus giving you a solid hold over the camera. Video is shot in standard definition which is a bit too inacceptable.

Product’s Unique Selling Points:

  1. EXR modes
  2. 12.1 mp resolution
  3. ISO 3200
  4. 14.3x optical zoom along with a manual focus ring
  5. Solid grip due to small size and rubber surface

Limitations:

  • Relatively expensive
  • Image resolution reduces to half in EXR modes
  • Intervals between consecutive shots
  • No high definition video recording option

These small sized and feature-packed cameras are good choices for professionals as well as the amateurs. If you want to take fine photos, these three are most decent cameras available.

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