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The 7 Best Optical Zoom Cameras to Buy in 2018

Having a large zoom lens is one of the things that beginning photographers seem to want more than any other feature. This desire makes a lot of sense. After all, there are times when you simply cannot move physically closer to your subject, and the highest optical zoom gives you a chance to still shoot a good photo.

Keep a couple of things in mind when you’re looking for ultra zoom camera options, however. First, a point and shoot camera with a large zoom lens may be a bit more susceptible to camera shake, especially the closer to the maximum zoom you get. Second, you want to make sure the zoom number you’re looking at is the optical zoom, not the digital zoom. With that in mind, here are the best ultra zoom cameras we’ve seen in the market lately.

Best Overall: Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera

The most advanced smartphones now have up to 10x zoom. Most entry-level DSLR cameras have about double that. But this iteration of Nikon’s popular COOLPIX line blows both out of the water with an amazing 83x optical zoom or 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto lens. In the back of the stadium? No problem, you can still get closeups. Trying to shoot an object you can’t get any closer to? Chances are this camera has you covered.

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