BETTER: Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
The 20MP Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II ($797) is one of those “under-the-radar” superzoom cameras that not a lot of people talk about but is quite popular with the picture-taking public. And it’s easy to see why. With an excellent Leica-branded 16x optical zoom lens that’s equivalent to a 25-400mm range and effective 5-axis optical image stabilization for keeping your long shots sharp, the Panasonic FZ1000 II might not offer the same astronomical zoom power as some competing models, but quality is significantly better. Add in the fact that it uses a large 1-inch sensor, which helps in low light conditions, and the FZ1000 II will blow most compact cameras – not to mention your smartphone – out of the water. It also can shoot 4K video and has a mic input if you want to add better sound. The FZ1000 II also has a helpful tilting and side-swiveling, 3-inch rear touchscreen and a large and clear electronic viewfinder. One of the faster superzoom cameras we’ve tested, the Panasonic FZ1000 II can fire off 12 frames per second, so you’ll be able to track and capture most sports.