Widest Aperture High Zoom Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II with 8.3x zoom has the widest aperture at full zoom of all the super-zoom cameras we've seen.

Wide aperture lenses let in more light, but when the lens is at its maximum focal length (aka its maximum zoom) then the maximum aperture will be a lot smaller (say f/5.6) compared to the maximum aperture aperture when the lens is at its minimum focal length (say f/2.8).

When you're zoomed in a lot you really need to have very short exposures to avoid blur caused from camera shake - in todays superzooms offering 20X+ zoom any small movement of your hand creates giant movements in the image. In order to ensure you can have short exposures you want to be able to shoot at as low an f-stop as possible.The learning topic on apertures explains why big apertures (the same as low f-stops) allow you to expose the image to more light.

Rule of thumb: The widest aperture at wideangle focal lengths > widest aperture at telephoto focal lengths

Superzooms with Big Apertures

The following superzooms have the widest apertures at full zoom

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
from $1,498
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.4

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
from $1,150
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
from $598
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
from $1,075
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

Learn more about the Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)

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Discussion

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Jay Bell (5:50 AM, April 03, 2013)
Maximum f at full telephoto is f2.8