Megazoom compact camera - (so-called bridge camera, semi-pro compact)

Fuji HS20 vs DSLR shootout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfnv9pRUJrU (check this for your decision making)

  • Featuring from Macro to Telephoto, superzoom compact camera is a all-in-one solution and cheap alternative to DSLR interchangable cameras.
  • As my 2nd digital camera, Sony H1, it brings most fun for my photographing experience.
  • It provides everything you need and it is cheaply avaible comparing to double priced DSLR
  • It has light weight around 500g for all the focal length range (Canon 50x superzoom covering 24-1200mm or 24-600 f2.8 constant), macro almost to 1:2 (in terms of 135 format), and even more than 1:1 macro with a simple 100 dollar macro-convertor)
  • It has more than good enough image quality and enough resolution
  • If you need me to point bad thing about super-zoom cameras for everyday use, that is,

The pre-history of photography technology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_photography_technology

1975Kodak invented the first digital still camera, 100×100 pixel
….
1981Sony Mavica camera the first commercial “electronic still camera”, not digital
….
1991The KODAK Professional Digital Camera System (DCS) was introduced, DSC-100 (1.3MP)
….
1995 nothing was there but Kadok Professional digital camera DSLRs - DCS-series Kodak DCS560
1996 f s Canon 600
(0.5MP,fixed)
Olympus D-300L
(0.8MP,fixed)
n f p Casio QV-300
(0.3MP,2.3x)
1997 f s c Olympus D-600L
(1.4MP,3x)
n Fuji DS300
(1.3MP,3x)
p c
1998 f Sony D700
(1.5MP,5x,ring)
c o Nikon 900
(1.2MP,3x)
f p C
1999 f Sony D770
(1.5MP,5x)
F505 (2MP,5x)
Canon Pro70
(1.5MP,2.5x)
Olympus C2000Z
(2MP,3x)
Nikon 950
(2.1MP,3x)
Fuji MX2900
(2.3MP,3x)
p Casio QV8000SX
(1.3MP,8x)
2000 f s c Olympus C-3030Z Nikon 990
(3MP,3x)
f p C
2001 f Sony F707
(5MP,5x)
Canon Pro90
(2.6MP,10x,ring)
Olympus C3040Z
(3MP,3x)
Nikon 995
(3MP,4x)
f p C
2002 f Sony F717
(5MP,5x)
c o n f p C
2003 Fuji S7000
(6MP,6x,ring,1/10k)
Sony F828
(8MP,7x,ring)
c o n Fuji S5000
(3MP,10x,no-ring)
p C
2004 Fuji S20 Pro
(6MP,6x)
s Canon Pro1
(8MP,7x,ring,L)
S1IS (3MP,10x)
Konica Z2
(4MP,10x)
Nikon 8700
(8MP,8x)
Fuji S5100
(4MP,10x,no-ring)
Panasonic FZ20
(5MP,12x)
FZ3 (3MP,12x)
C
2005 Panasonic FZ30 Sony H1
(5MP,12x)
Canon S2IS
5MP,12x,AA,405g
Konica Z6
6MP,12x,AA
Nikon 8800
(8MP,10x)
Fuji S9000
(9MP,10x,ring)
Panasonic FZ5
(5MP,12x)
Samsung Pro815
(8MP,15x,3Ring)
2006 Panasonic FZ50 (10MP,12x)
Fuji S6000fd
(6MP,10.7x,ring)
Sony H5
(7MP,12x)
Canon S3IS
(6MP,12x)
- - Fuji S9100
(9MP,10.7x)
Panasonic FZ7
(6MP, 12x)
-
2007 Fuji IS-1
(9MP,10.7x,ring)
Sony H9
(8MP,15x)
Canon S5IS
(8MP,12x)
Olympus SP-560UZ
(8MP,18x)
- Fuji S8000fd
(8MP,18x,no-ring)
Panasonic FZ18
(8MP,18x)
-
2008 Fujifilm S100fs
(11MP,14.3x,ring)
Sony H50
(9MP,15x)
Canon SX1 IS
(10MP,20x,1080p)
SX10IS (10MP,20x)
Olympus SP-570UZ
(10MP,20x,ring)
Nikon P80
(10MP,18x)
Fuji S8100fd
(10MP,18x,no-ring)
S2000HD
(10MP,15x,720p)
Panasonic FZ28
(10MP,18x)
Casio ProEX-F1
(6MP,12x,1.2kfps,FHD)
Casio EX-FH20
(9MP,20x,1kfps,720p)
2009 Fuji S200Exr
(12MP,14.3x,ring)
Sony HX1
(9MP,20x,1440p)
Canon SX20IS
(12MP,20x,720p)
Olympus SP-590UZ
(12MP,26x)
Nikon P90
(12MP,24x)
Pentax X70
(12MP,24x)
Panasonic FZ35
(12MP,18x)
Casio EX-FH25
(10MP,20x,1kfps)
Samsung HZ25W
(12MP,24x)
2010 Fuji HS10
(10MP,30x,ring,AA)
s Canon SX30IS
(14MP,35x)
Olympus SP-800UZ
(14MP,30x)
Nikon P100
(10MP,26x)
Pentax X90
(12MP,26x)
Panasonic FZ100
(14MP,24x)
Samsung HZ50W
(14MP,26x)
2011 Fuji HS20Exr
(16MP,30x,ring,AA)
Sony HX100v
(16MP,30x,ring)
Fuji S4000
(14MP,30x,fake-ring)
Olympus SP810UZ
(14MP,36x,24-864)
Nikon P500
(12MP,36x)
c Panasonic FZ150
(12MP CMOS,24x,25-600)
Panasonic FZ48
(12MPccd, 24x)
2012Fuji X-S1
(12MP,1/1.5' CMOS,25x,24-624)
Fuji HS30Exr
(30x,24-720,ring) HS25 (AA)
Sony HX200v
(18MP,30x,27–810,ring)
Canon SX50 HS
(12mp,50x,24-1200)
Canon SX500 IS
(30x,24-720)
Olympus SP820UZ
(40x,22-896)
Nikon P510
(41.7x, 24-1000)
Pentax X-5
(26x,22-580,AA)
Panasonic FZ200
(24x,25-600 f2.8)
2013 Fuji HS50Exr (808g)
(42x,24-1000,ring)
SL1000 (50x,24-1200)
Sony HX300v
(50x,24-1200,ring)
Sony RX10
(8x, 24-200 f2.8,
1“sensor, ring)
C Nikon P520
(41.7x, 24-1000)
Panasonic FZ70
(60x, 20-1200)

Kodak, Ricoh also have powerful super zoom since the old 1990s days, but seems not so competitive in 2010s, that's why not listed in my research.

Above zoom are all Optical Zoom, not digital fake zoom. of course, with digital zoom in addition, you can achieve more zoom power

Nikon P900 Good in good hands but not for pro: https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-coolpix-p900/2
Panasonic FZ300 Good when video but not smooth zoom video action: http://4k.com/camera/a-review-of-the-panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz300k-4k-point-and-shoot-camera-with-leica-dc-lens-24x-zoom/