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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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ10

If you're looking for a compact camera with a big zoom, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ10 is a fine choice. It even includes a GPS receiver, so you can pin-point where you took a particular photo. Photos look good for the most part but suffer from softness and noise. The best aspects of the camera's image quality are its surprisingly shallow depth of field and bokeh patterning.

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  • 14th July, 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Panasonic
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  • Pros:
  • Big lens, lovely bokeh effect, great for macros, built-in GPS, dedicated exposure button
  • Cons:
  • Images look soft, images get noisy above ISO 200, maximum aperture of only f/6.3
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