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 $898
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Nikon Coolpix P530
Nikon Coolpix P530
from $297
Zoom Great zoom Help
41.7x
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots
Macro focus Great macro Help
0.4 cm

Learn more about the Nikon Coolpix P530

Olympus Stylus 1
Olympus Stylus Stylus 1
from $419
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
240 fps

Learn more about the Olympus Stylus 1

Nikon Coolpix L830
Nikon Coolpix L830
from $232
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
240 fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
22 mm

Learn more about the Nikon Coolpix L830

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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