Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40 in North America) is what I like to call compact ultra-zoom. Inside its thin body there is a 30x optical zoom (24-720mm) and 18 megapixel sensor. Besides a 3-inch LCD, TZ60 has an electronic viewfinder what is still a rare detail in this camera category. You can use it in full automatic exposure mode, but it still offers complete manual controls, RAW file format and 1080/60p video mode. Built-in GPS will appeal to travelers as is the case with Wi-Fi connectivity.
Olympus SH-1 is a compact ultra zoom camera, sporting 24x optical zoom, 16 megapixel image sensor, full HD video at 60p and attractive design. As far as I see, it is not very popular model (few Amazon reviews and low interest on Youtube) and that’s a shame since it has some qualities no other cameras in this category have. Although not flawless, it is packed full of features, has quite usable image quality and probably the best auto focus on the market.
Compact camera market is in decline for a few years already, and as a result Olympus stopped producing compact cameras some time ago. Luckily, they are still into ultra zoom market and the SP-100 is the latest top model. It sports 50x optical zoom (24-1200 mm), 16 megapixels sensor and full HD video recording. Beside all that it has a unique “Dot-sight” finder that will help you to locate your subject with the lens zoomed all the way to telephoto.
Nikon P600 belongs to what is called ultra-zoom camera category. It is the successor to the well received P520 model and promises even more: optical zoom is now ramped up to 60x (24-1440mm), it has 16 megapixel back illuminated sensor, Full HD video, articulated LCD and EVF and a bunch of advanced features. I reviewed P520 10 months ago and on a generally well performing camera found some aspects that should be a bit better, like auto focus speed and inability to manually choose between LCD and EVF. Please read on to find out how I liked the Nikon Coolpix P600.
DSC-HX300 is a 2013 ultra zoom camera from Sony. Ultra zoom cameras have gained massive optical zooms during past few years and this Sony has a lens which covers what is an equivalent of 24-1200mm; 50x optical zoom to be precise. It also has image stabilization, 20 megapixel sensor and Full HD video recording.