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After covering prosumer cameras in my previous post, I’ll be covering ultra zoom P&S in this one. The difference? Ultrazooms are bulkier, while prosumers aren’t. Ultra zooms also offer more zoom. They offer features ranging from long range zooms, waterproof body design to full manual control. Here is a comparison of Ultrazooms with more than 20x Zoom

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

 

Features:

  • 16 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor with primary color filter
  • Fujinon 30x optical zoom lens (24-720mm in 35mm terms)
  • F2.8-F11 (Wide) F5.6-F11(Telephoto)
  • ISO 100 – 3200 (extendable to 12,800)
  • 1080/30p Full HD movie recording
  • Tiltable 3in, 460k-dot LCD monitor
  • 920k-dot electronic viewfinder

Pros:

  • Extremely long manually operated zoom that gives a DSLR like feeling
  • Almost distortion free lens suitable for every occasion
  • Well laid out controls that make it easy to use
  • Light and fairly compact body
  • Full manual controls with RAW capture capabilities
  • Fairly good image quality

Cons:

  • Too much noise in mid and high ISO
  • Slow startup
  • No mic input
  • A bit sluggish on the performance side

Price: Rs 20,499

 

Nikon Coolpix P510

Features:

  • 16.1 Megapixels 1/2.3-in. type CMOS sensor
  • 42x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens (24-1000mm in 35mm terms)
  • f/3 – f/5.9 aperture
  • Full HD recording
  • 3 inch TFT LCD with tilt mechanism and Anti-reflection coating

Pros:

  • Impressive 1000mm zoom
  • Excellent vibration reduction
  • Good image quality at low ISOs
  • All PASM shooting modes

Cons:

  • Small viewfinder
  • Slow lens
  • Noticeable increase in noise above ISO 800
  • No RAW option

Price: Rs 21,950

 

 

Olympus SZ-31 MR

Features:

  • 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 24x Wide-Angle optical zoom lens (25-600 mm zoom equivalent in 35-mm format)
  • f/3.0 – f/6.9 aperture
  • 3 inch LCD colour display with active touch and a 920,000 dot resolution
  • Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 fps.

Pros:

  • Multi-Recording functionality – Simultaneously record video and capture 16 MP stills.
  • Good image quality
  • Fast speedy photography
  • Relatively compact

Cons:

  • No manual exposure control
  • No GPS
  • Auto-focus a bit noisy

Price: Rs 21,330

 

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Features:

  • 16.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS image sensor
  • 24x Optical zoom and 4x Digital zoom (35 mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25 – 600 mm)
  • f/2.8 – f/5.2 aperture (f/2.8 throughout the entire focal range)
  • 3 inch TFT screen LCD display
  • Power Optical Image Stabilization
  • Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60i videos

Pros:

  • High-quality LEICA ultra wide-angle lens with f 2.8 wide aperture throughout the focal range.
  • 5.5 fps continuous shooting with Auto-Focus or or 12fps with focus and exposure set with the first shot
  • High-speed movies at 120fps and 240fps for slow-motion clips
  • Highly intutive Auto mode, Face Recognition
  • Full manual shooting options for enthusiasts

Cons:

  • No RAW
  • No tilting LCD Screen
  • No hot-shoe for external flash
  • No 1080p HD Videos (It supports less prevalent 1080i )

Price: Rs. 18999