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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 boasts specs that’ll make even hardened camera buffs drool. Leica-branded optics. A 16x zoom with a f/2.8-4 max aperture. A 1-inch sensor. The viewfinder from the GH4. And it even shoots 4K video! Yep, there's enough here for beginners and pros alike. For a customer looking for a simple, flexible, do-it-all solution who doesn't want to mess with interchangeable lenses, the FZ1000 is a superb value.

Other Superzoom Cameras We Tested

Canon PowerShot G3 X

The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a high-end point-and-shoot with a 25x zoom, a large-for-its-class 1-inch sensor, and a slew of pro-style features. Like other high-end compacts, it's meant to satisfy shooters at any skill level. Despite shortcomings in low light and autofocus, it's a solid bet for Canon fans who want a pocket cam that can do it all—even if it's a little pricey compared to some of the competition.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

The superzoom market used to have one simple rule: the longest zoom wins. These days, that's not the case. While the FZ300 can't stack up to Panasonic's own large-sensor FZ1000, it boasts better image quality than many of its more ambitious peers thanks to a relatively conservative 24x zoom ratio and a bright constant f/2.8 aperture. Toss in a splashproof design and 4K video and you've got the complete package.


  • Lightweight

  • Rugged

  • Excellent lens quality

  • Fast shooting capability


  • Not appropriate for kids under 12

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon's P900 leaves all other superzooms to date in the dust with its 83x zoom. However, that kind of reach comes with a hit to performance that most users should be wary of. Being able to shoot from 24-2000mm is certainly appealing, but the P900 struggles when zoomed and in low-light settings. However, this could be a solid choice for bird watchers and wildlife shooters as long as expectations are tempered.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

While Canon's newest superzoom isn't flawless, it's an easy camera to learn with and enjoy. The massive 65x zoom range can capture everything from group shots and selfies to distant wildlife, and an improved viewfinder, sensor, and processor pay dividends. The SX60 HS handles better, feels snappier, and produces better results than other high-ratio options, though it can't keep up with the large-sensor class leaders.

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