The 5 Best Optical Zoom Cameras in 2019

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1. Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera

Find more ways to share your photos with the Nikon COOLPIX B500, an ultrazoom offering that has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. You can also control the camera via smartphone or tablet from a distance with the Snapbridge app, a great feature for YouTubers and selfie enthusiasts.

This camera also has a 40x optical zoom lens, which has super telephoto power or 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom, giving you the ability to capture great shots from a distance. It has a NIKKOR f/3-6.5mm ED lens and a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. You can record video in Full HD 1080p at a rate of 30fps. Other nice features include Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) for more control while shooting, 18 scene modes and an auto mode that is great for beginning photographers.

2. Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera with 83x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi(Black)

The most advanced smartphones now have up to 10x zoom. Most entry-level DSLR cameras have about double that. But this iteration of Nikon’s popular COOLPIX line blows both out of the water with an amazing 83x optical zoom or 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto lens. In the back of the stadium? No problem, you can still get closeups. Trying to shoot an object you can’t get any closer to? Chances are this camera has you covered.

It has a powerful 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor and allows for full manual exposure control. See the image on a swiveling vari-angle display or through a high-resolution viewfinder. The max aperture range is F2.8-F6.5 and maximum shutter speed is a blazing 1/4000 of a second, with long exposure of up to 15 seconds. The battery lasts for around 360 photos, while built in Wi-Fi and NFC allow instant upload and sharing. A built-in GPS with Google Map alerts you to points of interest and helps you find picture-perfect spots nearby, making this camera a go-to for any adventures.

3. Canon PowerShot SX540 Digital Camera w/ 50x Optical Zoom – Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)

This higher-end version of the Canon Powershot delivers even more zoom, coming in at 50x optical zoom. This level of detail will allow you to capture travel, landscape and entertainment in vivid high quality even from great distances. The camera’s intelligent IS automatically factors in shooting conditions and applies advanced stabilization technology to allow you to produce quality images. Improved Zoom Framing Assist also helps you capture faraway moments, while a lock feature allows you to capture your family and friends. The ergonomic design fits securely and comfortably in your hand, allowing you to focus on the distance to create these images. The camera also boasts Wi-Fi connectivity and a 20.3-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor that excels in low light situations.

4. PANASONIC LUMIX FZ80 4K Digital Camera

The latest release from Panasonic boasts 4K photo and 4K video capture, providing stunning quality to accompany full range 60X long zoom. This all-around camera is a fairly priced option that works well in just about every scenario. It is powered by an 18.1-megapixel sensor that has impressive low-light performance. This low-light even works when utilizing the 20mm wide-angle 60X zoom that can capture details from far away. Perched on your hotel balcony, you can capture scenes unfolding all the way off on the horizon.

New tech includes a ‘Post Focus’ feature that lets you set desired focal points after the picture has already been snapped, allowing you to capture a scene without having to pause and perfectly compose the picture. See your 4K photo and video on a three-inch LCD touchscreen display and use the travel-ready USB charging to quickly refill the camera’s charge.

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5. Canon PowerShot SX530 Digital Camera w/ 50X Optical Zoom – Wi-Fi & NFC Enabled (Black)

With an optical zoom up to 50x, the Canon PowerShot SX530 fits squarely in the ultrazoom or long zoom category. But with a price point that sits just above $200, the value here is almost unmatched when considering the rest of the range. With a long zoom like that, Canon has loaded in an intelligence image stabilization system that detects shake at farther zooms and determines the best level and type of IS to apply, choosing from options like Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Macro IS and even tripod-optimized settings. Another premium feature built right in is Wi-Fi connectivity for transferring photos on the spot and controlling the camera remotely using a smartphone app.

The whole system operates around a 16 MP CMOS crop sensor and it passes images along to Canon’s lauded DIGIC processing engine (though it’s important to note that it’s the 4+ level here… not the more premium higher levels). You can shoot full HD movies at 30p, but another shortcoming is the lack of 4K — not exactly surprising at the price point. There’s also a high-speed autofocus system that will serve for most purposes.