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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Nikon CoolPix S8000

With automated controls and simple operation, the Nikon CoolPix S8000 is an ideal high-zoom camera for beginners. It's hard to take a bad photo with this model, but you get no manual controls.

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  • 16th June, 2010
  • Tim Moynihan
  • Nikon
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  • Pros:
  • Excellent macro mode, slim and lightweight, good backlight and underexposure correction, very sharp LCD screen, extremely easy to use
  • Cons:
  • No manual shutter or aperture settings, no hand grip, flimsy doors and compartment covers, video mode allows only digital zoom
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