Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III review

£1,099.00Typical price

Test score

79%

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 verdict: One of the best

One of our top-rated bridge cameras, and a great successor to the DSC-RX10 II the RX10 III has a fantastic sensor capable of capturing very good detail, even in low light. The high-quality lens has a decent focal length and combines well with the image stabilisation, plus the 4K video recording is a boon for any budding videographer.

Pros
  • Excellent image and video quality
  • Solid image stabilisation
  • Built-in viewfinder
  • Large optical zoom
Cons
  • Slightly bulky in size
  • Expensive price\

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV review

Test score

77%

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 verdict: An amazing all-rounder

Just like older cameras from the RX10 range, the Cyber-shot RX10 IV is a fantastic camera and a worthy Best Buy. It’s a robust, fast, camera with excellent image and video quality, but it comes at a price.

Pros
  • Excellent image and video quality
  • Fast lens and shutter speed
  • Effective image stabilisation
  • Touch-focus feature
  • Multiple wireless connectivity options
Cons
  • Some features omitted
  • Slow zoom

Canon PowerShot G3 X review

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verdict: A jack of all trades

The G3 X is a fantastic superzoom Best Buy camera. Picture and video quality are outstanding, especially in low light, where cameras with a smaller sensor size tend to struggle. However, it doesn’t have the wide array of features that some competitors have – for enthusiasts looking to shoot 4K video or frame a shot with a built-in viewfinder, we recommend taking a look at either the Panasonic FZ1000 or Sony RX10 II.

Pros
  • Excellent image and video quality
  • Simple to use
  • Sturdy weatherproof build
  • Large zoom
  • Built-in wi-fi/NFC
Cons
  • No electronic viewfinder
  • Lacks 4K video recording

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000II review

Test score

74%

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 verdict: Solid but expensive

If you’re looking for great performance and versatility, without the hassle of swapping out lenses every five minutes, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000II is worthy of consideration. But we can’t shake the fact that this is really more of an incremental update to its predecessor – the Best Buy Lumix DMC-FZ1000 – which is still widely available for around £200 less.

Pros
  • Great image and video quality
  • Large zoom
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Excellent electronic viewfinder
  • 4K video and Bluetooth connectivity
Cons
  • Face detection isn’t the best
  • The microphone can pick up mechanical sounds when filming video

Nikon Coolpix P950 review

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70%

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 verdict: Great all-rounder

The Nikon Coolpix P950 is a good camera with a superb zoom range that takes decent pictures and acceptable video. But it can’t quite reach the heights of a Best Buy bridge camera. Better cameras of this type are available – see our Best Buy superzoom models.

Pros
  • Exceptional zoom range
  • Good image quality
  • Excellent screen and viewfinder
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Disappointing video in dim light conditions

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 review

Test score

68%

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 verdict:  Impressive superzoom

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 is a good camera, giving you versatility and almost limitless possibilities. Despite having a zoom which could be considered overkill, it’s not just a novelty act. The Coolpix P1000 is a unique camera with some high-end functions, as well as plenty of automated ones which really help to showcase the zoom. It’s a shame that its low-light and video performance don’t match the quality you’ll get in daylight.

Pros
  • Extremely long zoom
  • Scene modes
  • Easy to use
  • Great viewfinder and monitor
Cons
  • Not great in low light
  • Movie quality could be better
  • Not very portable

anasonic Lumix DC-FZ82 review

Test score

65%

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 verdict: Promising, but fails to deliver

While the FZ82 is easy to use, thanks to its simple and controls and built-in help, its image quality is woeful. Its saving grace is the fast shutter speed, solid image stabilisation and very good video-recording quality. However, if it’s just still images you’re interested in, we recommend looking at any other Best Buy superzoom camera.

Pros
  • Feels sturdy
  • Prominent handgrip
  • Built-in help for settings
  • Touchscreen
  • Large zoom
  • 4K video recording
Cons
  • Poor image quality
  • No eye sensor for the electronic viewfinder
  • No Bluetooth or NFC

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS review

Test score

62%

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 verdict: Average performance

The SX540 does pretty well for photo quality, with decent scores in everyday and low light shots. However, this camera’s shutter speed is its major downfall — it takes too long to fire off a shot in comparison to rival cameras. Overall, it just doesn’t have any standout specifications or features to be particularly noteworthy.

Pros
  • Large zoom range
  • Good image stabilisation
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Slow shutter speed
  • No built-in viewfinder

Canon PowerShot SX430 IS review

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59%

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 verdict: Less than impressive

Despite its claims of superior picture quality, the SX430 IS doesn’t hold up when compared with similar cameras, with the image and video quality scoring less than expected in our tests. While this camera may be popular for beginners, with its simple controls and large zoom range, it left us wanting.

Pros
  • Light
  • Large zoom range
Cons
  • No viewfinder
  • Only 720p video recording

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V review

£350.00Typical price

Test score

55%

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 verdict: Much better alternatives

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V did very well for photo quality in our tests, garnering decent marks in both normal and low-light scenarios. While this camera may be more expensive than your standard superzoom, you’ll notice the difference in image quality. If only its image stabilisation hadn’t scored so poorly.

Pros
  • Very good photo quality
  • Semi-professional design
  • Built-in wi-fi
Cons
  • Disappointing image stabilisation

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS review

Test score

54%

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 verdict: Disappointing

The Powershot SX70 HS is a let-down. The huge zoom, advanced features and handy control settings seem promising, but it just doesn’t deliver when it comes to image quality. Although video and low light picture quality are adequate, it’s pretty poor overall.

Pros
  • Plenty of control settings
  • Big zoom
  • Easy to use
  • Tilting display
Cons
  • Cheap look and feel
  • Bad picture quality
  • Bad low light video quality

Kodak Pixpro AZ401 review

£99.00Typical price

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52%

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 verdict: Below average bridge camera

While the Pixpro AZ401 looks good on paper, with a large zoom range and a low price, the reality is a different experience altogether. Image quality isn’t great, the focusing and shutter speed are sluggish, and it doesn’t feature an easy way to transfer the images onto your computer. Don’t be fooled by this camera and opt for a Best Buy model instead.

Pros
  • Large zoom range
  • 3-inch screen
Cons
  • Just OK image quality
  • Slow focussing and shutter speed
  • Slow start-up time
  • Limited video quality