Widest Aperture High Zoom Camera
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) with 60x 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 $1,298
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look

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

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
Zoom Great zoom Help
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
20 mm
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
from $381
Zoom Great zoom Help
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350

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