Widest Aperture High Zoom Camera
Placeholder The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV with 25x 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

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
from $1,698
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.4
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,440k dots
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

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

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
Zoom Great zoom Help
60x
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
20 mm
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
Zoom Great zoom Help
41.7x
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350

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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