Highest Focal Length Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) With a maximum focal length of 1,200 mm, the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) has more reach (zoom) than any other digital camera.

Telephoto refers to the maximum focal length offered by the cameras lens. The maximum focal length is essentially the maximum zoom the lens offers. The larger the focal length the more zoom offered by the lens. The optical zoom section has a great overview of the various levels of zoom and how they relate to the max focal length.

When using a long focal length, its invaluable to have good image stabilization to reduce the risk of blur in your images from camera shake. The longer the lens the more magnified the shake is. At 200mm the same shake will be much more visible than at 50mm. A common rule of thumb is to ensure you have a shutter speed equal to 1/focal-length, e.g. at 300mm you should have a shutter speed of 1/300s or faster to avoid blur.

Also, when buying a camera with a long focal length, be sure you look at what the aperture is of the lens at full zoom. In order to achieve fast shutter speeds to avoid shake and blur you'll want a fast/wide aperture - lens apertures get smaller the more you zoom, so a big aperture at full zoom is important

Visual Examples Max Focal Lengths

Here is an example showing how the max focal length correlates into zoom. Each image demonstrates a different focal length and thus a different level of zoom. The zoom levels are simulated.

Small Max Focal Lengths

25mm - 1X Zoom
image taken at 25mm focal length - 1X zoomThis photo illustrates 26mm focal length equivalent to 1X zoom.
50mm - 2X Zoom
image taken at 25mm focal length - 2X zoomThis photo illustrates 50mm focal length equivalent to 2X zoom.
100mm - 4X Zoom
image taken at 100mm focal length - 4X zoomThis photo illustrates 100mm focal length equivalent to 4X zoom.

Large Max Focal Lengths

200mm - 8X Zoom
image taken at 200mm focal length - 8X zoomThis photo illustrates 200mm focal length equivalent to 8X zoom.
400mm - 16X Zoom
image taken at 400mm focal length - 16X zoomThis photo illustrates 400mm focal length equivalent to 16X zoom.
800mm - 32X Zoom
image taken at 800mm focal length - 32X zoomThis photo illustrates 800mm focal length equivalent to 32X zoom.

Telephoto Digital Cameras

The following are the cameras with the largest max focal lengths, providing the most zoom of all digital cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
from $1,298
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps

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

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
from $217
Zoom Great zoom Help
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Battery life Great battery life Help
295 shots

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

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
Battery life Great battery life Help
330 shots

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
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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Gwgreen1 (1:17 PM, July 26, 2012)
Nice explanation!!!!!!