What size zoom did you need for most subjects when traveling overseas

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Marty4650
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Minimum 5X
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8X or 10X is better.

Once you get over 20X, the sensor gets tiny and the camera gets a lot heavier. This is why those compact cameras with 1 inch sensors and "relatively modest" zoom ranges are popular for travel.

For me, the Panasonic ZS100 might be the best choice, since it has a decent sized sensor and a very useful 10X zoom range, and is small and light.

  • 10X - Panasonic ZS100 ............. 312 grams

All of these are also good choices, but they get much heavier.

  • 25X - Canon G3 X ...................... 733 grams
  • 8.3X - Sony RX10  ...................... 813 grams
  • 8.3X - Sony RX10 II .................... 813 grams
  • 16X - Panasonic FZ1000 ........... 831 grams
  • 20X - Panasonic FZ2500 ........... 915 grams
  • 25X - Sony RX10 III ................. 1,051 grams
  • 25X - Sony RX10 IV ................. 1,095 grams

There is another option of using a small ILC with two kit lenses. Something like a Panasonic GX85 with both kit lenses (12-32mm and 35-100mm) will provide a nice 8.3X zoom range, an even larger 4/3 sensor, and weigh in at around 710 grams. This also makes a pretty nice travel kit. Of course this also means you will sometimes have to swap lenses, but it does add a lot of versatility.

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