Widest Aperture High Zoom Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 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
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
from $998
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
69.0

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Olympus Stylus 1
Olympus Stylus Stylus 1
from $200
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

Learn more about the Olympus Stylus 1

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