Top 5 mega-zoom digital cameras

Five small cameras that let you get up close and personal

Compact digital cameras with a large zoom range are perfect for those of you who want to focus on the details of faraway subjects. They are perfect for travellers as they won't command as much space in a backpack as a digital SLR, and they can even be used in the backyard to get a close-up of your dog's face as he lounges in the sun, for example. Our top 5 has great ultra-zoom compact cameras from Canon, Panasonic, Nikon, Samsung and Sony.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V

Don't call Sony's GPS-enabled, feature-loaded DSC-HX5V a gimmick camera. It supplements its in-camera goodies with great image quality and terrific shooting modes.

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  • 21st June, 2010
  • Tim Moynihan
  • Sony
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  • Pros:
  • Panorama, low-light and backlight correction modes; GPS receiver and compass for geotagging; excellent colour accuracy and low-light performance
  • Cons:
  • No aperture-priority or shutter-priority modes, geotagging requires software on a Windows PC, images aren't always sharp
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