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In terms of zoom length few can best the 30x optical magnification of the HS20, especially as the entire focal length can be controlled with a DSLR-style zoom ring. The EXR sensor makes for improved low light performance but it's in the highly versatile 24-720mm lens that the HS20 finds a marquee feature, making it a helpful DSLR backup.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Such is the impressive focal lengths on offer at the moment a 24x optical zoom may not sound that special, but the Panasonic FZ150 dials back the magnification to allow for a steadier shot and better low light performance than a number of it's rivals. Manual controls, HD video recording and optical image stabilisation is also present.
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Physically the PowerShot SX40 HS may not look much different from the PowerShot SX30 IS, but those last two characters make all the difference. With a new high speed 12MP sensor the camera can shoot at over 10fps, and the 35x optical zoom is one of the largest currently available on a fixed lens compact camera.
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