Wow...Up To 26X Optical Zoom!
Here are some new super zoom digital cameras for 2009.
You will notice that many of the cameras have newer features, such as face detection, image stabilization, smart mode ( where the camera automatically detects the scene and chooses the correct scene mode, such as sports), and movie modes.
Here I have concentrated on those digital cameras that have the higher zoom levels. The new cameras below have the highest zooms, while the older cameras' zoom ranges are just a bit less....but still considered super zoom digital cameras.
New Super Zoom Digital Cameras for 2009Nikon Coolpix P90
This camera keeps popping up in my reviews. Not that I want to be repetitive, but it just fits into so many categories. For our purposes here, it has a 24X optical zoom. Yet it also goes to 24mm for wide angle shots. You can shoot 15 frames per second, it has image stabilization, and it uses the same lens as on the Nikon DSLRs. Price will be about $400.
Olympus SP-590 UZ
This camera offers one of the highest mega zooms within the new digital cameras for 2009. It is a 26X optical zoom! Along with that, it also goes to a very wide angle of 26mm. It should retail for around $450.
This camera offers a lens range from 24X optical zoom to 26mm at the wide end. It has image stabilization, a 720p HD movie mode, face detection and a 3200 ISO. Price will be in the $400 range.
Other Ultra Zoom CamerasHere are some other super zoom digital cameras that you can't go wrong with. The nice thing about these cameras is that they have fairly wide angles too, ranging form 26mm to 28mm, depending on the camera. Please read my reviews below on these great ultra zoom digital cameras.
Olympus SP-565 Ultra Zoom
This 10MP camera replaces the SP-570UZ. It is smaller and lighter....and less expensive too! It has a full 20x optical zoom.
The LCD screen is 2.5 inches, a little smaller than its predecessor. It comes with 4 AA batteries, but you would be better off buying at least one NiMH rechargeable batteries and a charger. If you buy two, you can keep the extra battery with you in case the 1st loses its charge. NiMH rechargeable batteries will hole more pictures than AA batteries will, are less expensive in the long run, and more environmentally friendly.
The LCD works well, but in situations where the light is too bright, you can switch over to the EVF (electronic viewfinder).
The Olympus SP-565UZ is a good camera for both beginners and more advanced users. Less experienced users will enjoy the Auto mode and the many Scene Modes. There is a new Shadow Adjustment feature that works to balance high contrast scenes. In addition, the Face Detection function will recognize up to 16 faces.
Enthusiasts can use the full manual exposure controls and also adjustable flash intensity, sharpness, contrast, saturation, and noise control options.
The photos come out nicely saturated, but if you like more heavily saturated images, you can choose the Vivid mode. As with many cameras, higher ISO settings are offered, but the camera works better (less noise) at the lower ranges of 200 to 400. ISO goes has high as 3200. Shutter speed ranges from 15 - 1/2000th of a second.
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
The 10MP camera is the update the S5 IS and has a 20x zoom lens, with optical image stabilization. It offers a moveable 2.5 inch LCD screen and a hot shoe for an optional dedicated flash.
It's not comparatively light, weighting 19.8 ounces. Compare this to the other super zoom digital cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 which weighs 13.1 ounces (body only).
The Face Detection option works well. To balance highlights and shadows in high contrast situations there is intelligent contrast correct. This is called Shadow Adjustment in the Olympus.
You can go a bit higher in this camera with the ISO settings, up to about 800 without any real problems. This is a bit higher than the Olympus.
This is a good camera if you want one in between a point and shoot and a D-SLR. The image quality, hot shoes and moveable LCD are all very attractive features.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
Although this camera's zoom is a bit less than the other super zoom digital cameras at 18x optical zoom, it's not that big of a difference. In addition, it has a lot of Auto technologies for quick picture taking. There are still many features for more advanced users who want more control.
You can shoot HD video with this camera. Like the Olympus, this is a light weight camera (13.1 ounces) for a super zoom digital camera. There is no hot shoe. There is Auto mode, 37 Scene Modes, and more White balance options than is typical. You can also shoot in RAW.
ISO goes as high as 6400 while shutter speeds range from 8-1/2000th of a second (up to 60 seconds custom).
Any of these super zoom digital cameras would be a great choice.
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