Travel light: 6 pocket-sized superzoom cameras, and an alternative

If travelling with a DSLR is too bulky, these compacts with up to 60x optical zoom lenses will extend your holiday photo taking. To travel even lighter, attach a zoom extension lens to your smartphone

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 February, 2016, 12:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 February, 2016, 12:00pm

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Both dust- and water-resistant, this camera (HK$6,980) is ideal for travel, with a 25x optical zoom and Wi-fi for wireless transfer of photos to a smartphone. Sold by canon.com.hk

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Sony DSC-HX90V

Boasting 30x optical zoom, this lightweight compact (HK$3,190) features a three-inch flip-fold LCD screen and an 18.2-megapixel sensor. Buy it at fortress.com.hk

Panasonic DMC-FZ300

With 24x optical zoom for 12.1-megapixel images – and a massive 46.9x zoom if you don’t mind shooting in three megapixels – this dust- and splash-proof camera (HK$5,490) can also shoot video in 4K quality. Available from panasonic.hk

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Nikon Coolpix P610

A massive 60x optical-zoom-capable Nikkor lens is the highlight of this 16-megapixel camera (HK$3,980); it also takes a GPS reading, geo-tagging each image with the exact location. Available from fortress.com.hk

Olympus Stylus SP-100EE

As well as a 50x optical zoom lens, this travel-centric camera (HK$2,980) includes an electronic viewfinder and a 16-megapixel sensor. Sold by olympus.com.hk

Sony DSC-QX10

Another way to cut down on how much you carry is to go for a smartphone extension lens like the DSC-QX10 (HK$1,980), which sends its 10x zoom photos to an app over Bluetooth or Wi-fi. Available in black or white, it weighs just 165g. Sold by Sony Store, East Point Centre, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 0101

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Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

With 30x optical zoom, this compact (HK$2,980) reaches 20.2-megapixels and includes remote shooting over Wi-fi via a smartphone app, which could be useful for selfies and wildlife photography. Available in black or red. Sold by cnsuning.com.hk