There are times when the standard zoom range of your compact digital camera or smartphone just doesn't cut it. Maybe you are at a sporting event and all of the action is taking place on the other end of the court. Or, you are out hiking and you spot some rare wildlife on the other side of a clearing - these are just two examples of when you would need a big zoom at your disposal. While if you are photographing sports and wildlife professionally, you will need to invest in a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, for recreational use, or for those that simply don't want to change lenses, we urge you to take a look at our range of big zoom compact cameras.
Choosing a Big Zoom Camera
Not sure where to start when choosing a big zoom camera? Your first consideration should always be your needs. If you are travelling and you think you need a camera with a bit more reach, there are a range of cameras that provide a big zoom range, but still manage to be compact and pocketable. These include the Canon Powershot SX740HS with its 40x optical zoom, or the premium Panasonic Lumix TZ220 which has slightly less zoom at 15x, but provides exceptional image quality with its 1-inch CMOS sensor.
Need a zoom lens that can tightly frame any subject no matter the distance? You'd be hard pressed to find a more suitable option that the Nikon P1000 and its 125x optical zoom range - this camera is even handy for aiming at the sky and exploring your astrophotography skills. If you are a sports photography enthusiast and you want to see what is available in the compact big zoom range, take a look at the Sony RX10 Mark 4 with its 25x optical zoom range. As well as a high-quality 1-inch sensor, this camera notably features a fast f2.8-4 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range and 24 frames per second continuous shooting.