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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Samsung WB650

The GPS-enabled Samsung HZ35W digital camera produces some of the sharpest, highest-quality stills we've seen this side of a DSLR, but its confusing menu system and poor video quality knock it down a peg.

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  • 17th June, 2010
  • Tim Moynihan
  • Samsung
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  • Pros:
  • Excellent image quality, In-camera GPS integration with Navteq map service, Very sharp 3-inch AMOLED screen, Dual digital/mechanical image stabilisation, Largest zoom range of any compact camera
  • Cons:
  • Dual stabilisation only in dedicated mode, disappointing video and audio capture, a bit bulky and slippery, confusing menu structure
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