The Best Pocket Megazoom Cameras

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The slick, slimmed-down follow-up to Canon’s SX200 IS offers a near-perfect blend of manual controls and creative scene modes, and its video capture is stunning.

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The Lumix DMC-ZS5 brushes aside most fancy extras and gets down to brass tacks. Its manual controls and fast-focusing 12X-optical-zoom lens make it a big step up from 2009's Lumix DMC-ZS3.

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The GPS-enabled HZ35W produces some of the sharpest, highest-quality stills we’ve seen this side of a DSLR, but its confusing menu system and poor video quality knock it down a peg.

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More pocket-friendly than other compact megazooms, Fujifilm’s FinePix JZ500 doesn’t have the features or the performance to match higher-priced competitors.

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Casio’s first high-speed pocket megazoom has superb battery life and image quality, but its noisy zooming and laggy autofocus are drawbacks.

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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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Don’t call Sony’s GPS-enabled, feature-loaded DSC-HX5V a gimmick camera. It supplements its in-camera goodies with great image quality and terrific shooting modes.

Price when rated: 350
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