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Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
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Sony CyberShot DSC-RX10

Bridge Camera; 20.2 MP; Optical Zoom: 8.3x; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm

If the bulk and price of the Cyber-shot RX10 don't bother you, Pocket-lint reckon you'll find lots to like in this extraordinary camera. Its 1-inch sensor and fast f/2.8 produce superb …

5 reviews

 

Lumix DMC-FZ 62
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Bridge Camera; 16.1 MP; Optical Zoom: 24x; Minimum Focal Length: 25 mm; Maximum Focal Length: …

Panasonic have done a reasonable job of bringing some of the features of the excellent FZ200 to a lower price range. Obviously a lot has had to be sacrificed and Cnet were sad to see the back of …

3 reviews | 71 opinions (Excellent)

 

FinePix HS-50-EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 42x; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal Length: …

Thanks to its large viewfinder, lens rings, switches and buttons, the FinePix HS50EXR handles pretty much like a DSLR, something that makes up for its average photo and video quality. Expert Reviews

6 reviews | 78 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: What Digital Camera, 5/2013 Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR Although it looks like any other bridge camera on the outside, the FinePix HS50 EXR contains the fastest AF system of its kind according to Fuji, in addition to an impressive 50x zoom lens. … to review

 
FinePix S-8200
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Fujifilm FinePix S8200

Bridge Camera; 16.2 MP; Optical Zoom: 40x; CMOS; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

Like so many bridge cameras, the FinePix S8200 offers a stunning amount of features but the payoff is that image quality is not too impressive unless you're only looking to share your photos on

2 reviews | 45 opinions (Above average)

 

More information at: ePHOTOzine, 10/2013 Fujifilm FinePix S8200 The FinePix S8200 is one of the best specified bridge cameras on the market thanks to its massive 40x zoom, image stabilisation, manual controls and 10fps, and to top it off, it sells for less than £200. Is this the ideal superzoom? … to review

Coolpix L-820
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Nikon Coolpix L820

Bridge Camera; 16.1 MP; Optical Zoom: 30x; BSI MOS; Minimum Focal Length: 22.5 mm; …

Point-and-shooters will appreciate the no-frills nature of the Coolpix L820 and its stabilised 30x zoom lens, which makes it suitable for a wide range of shooting situations. However, Camera Labs …

3 reviews | 8 opinions (Excellent)

 

Cyber-Shot DSC-HX 300
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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Bridge Camera; 20.4 MP; Optical Zoom: 50x; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal Length: …

Those who don't plan on cropping their images heavily or making large prints from their shots will find a lot to like in the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 according to Expert Reviews. Video quality …

4 reviews | 53 opinions (Excellent)

 

PowerShot SX-500 IS
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 30x; CCD; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

Canon's unique approach with the PowerShot SX500 IS attracted a fair amount of intrigue from Trusted Reviews. The suprisingly large zoom is impressive, but the good impression is dented by

5 reviews | 32 opinions (Above average)

 

More information at: TrustedReviews, 10/2012 Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Being both ultracompact and equipped with a superzoom gives Canon's latest camera a unique way to grab attention. … to review

FinePix S 8400W
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Fujifilm FinePix S8400W

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 44x; BSI MOS; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

The FinePix S8400W is surprisingly well priced for a camera with built-in WiFi, and that 44x zoom is not bad either. It is also very flexible thanks to its full manual controls, so it's a good …

1 review | 15 opinions (Above average)

 

PIXPRO AZ 521
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Kodak PIXPRO AZ521

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 52x; BSI MOS; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

Except for its stunning 52x zoom, there's nothing really special about the Kodak PixPro AZ521, but there's nothing really wrong with it either, making for a very solid offering in T3's …

2 reviews

 

PowerShot SX 510 HS
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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Bridge Camera; 12.1 MP; Optical Zoom: 30x; CMOS; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

Although not really pocketable, the PowerShot SX510 HS is one of the most compact bridge cameras out there. IT Reviews found the lens to be sharp and its ISO performance to be good up to ISO 800,

4 reviews | 33 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: ePHOTOzine, 10/2013 Canon Powershot SX510 HS It's not cheap, but the Powershot SX510 HS boasts an impressive spec sheet which includes a 30x zoom a backlit CMOS sensor, and full HD video recording. ePHOTOzine see if it's worth its asking price. … to review

 
FinePix F-900-EXR
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Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 20x; BSI MOS; Minimum Focal Length: 25 mm; Maximum Focal …

While the FinePix F900EXR is a huge improvement over the F800EXR and it also keeps the things its predecessor got right such as its unique ability among compact cameras to shoot RAW files, Expert

5 reviews | 20 opinions (Above average)

 

More information at: What Digital Camera, 7/2013 Fujifilm FinePix F900 EXR Fujifilm has a long-honoured tradition of producing excellent travel compact cameras, and judging by its specs, the FinePix F900 EXR doesn't seem like it'll be an exception to this norm. … to review

Lumix FZ72
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 60x; Minimum Focal Length: 20 mm; Maximum Focal Length: …

Apart from its massive 60x zoom, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is also stuffed with features and physical buttons, which is always good news. Battery life is excellent, and although image quality is not

6 reviews | 90 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: What Digital Camera, 9/2013 Panasonic Lumix FZ72 Is the 60x zoom of the Lumix FZ72 its only real highlight, or does it make a good all-rounder? … to review

Coolpix P-520
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Nikon Coolpix P520

Bridge Camera; 18.1 MP; Optical Zoom: 42x; CMOS; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

While the Coolpix P520 looks like a very impressive camera on paper, it disappointed Camera Labs due to its lack of RAW file support, poor battery life and sluggish performance, especially when

5 reviews | 102 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: What Digital Camera, 4/2013 Nikon COOLPIX P520 Its 42x zoom makes the P520 the most powerful Coolpix model Nikon has ever released. Is the rest of the camera up to scratch? … to review

Optio X-5
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Pentax X-5

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 26x; BSI MOS; Minimum Focal Length: 22 mm; Maximum Focal …

Unfortunately for the Pentax X-5, the only area in which it really sets itself apart from the competition is its huge zoom range. It produces great images and its auto modes make it a good choice for …

5 reviews | 160 opinions (Excellent)

 

CyberShot H200
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Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Bridge Camera; 20.1 MP; Optical Zoom: 26x; CCD; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

The 20MP of the Cyber-shot DSC-H200 are a bit of a waste in ePHOTOzine's opinion, since they don't offer any extra detail but it increases image noise to intolerable levels. It's a …

1 review

 

FinePixS4800
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Fujifilm FinePix S4800

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 30x; CCD; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

If you're on a budget and want a versatile camera that can deal with most situations, ePHOTOzine reckon the FinePix S4800 is a decent choice thanks to its generous zoom range, manual controls …

1 review | 40 opinions (Above average)

 

Coolpix L 320
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Nikon Coolpix L320

Bridge Camera; 16.1 MP; Optical Zoom: 26x; CCD; Minimum Focal Length: 22.5 mm; Maximum Focal …

Sporting only 720p video, a limited set of features and producing pics that are blurry at the corners, the Coolpix L320 is not going to impress anybody. However, ePHOTOzine said that its large …

1 review | 15 opinions (Above average)

 

Lumix DMCLZ30
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Bridge Camera; 16.1 MP; Optical Zoom: 35x; CCD; Minimum Focal Length: 25 mm; Maximum Focal …

For this kind of money, the Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a pretty impressive contender, ePHOTOzine say. It's easy to use but has manual controls too, its 35x zoom is incredibly versatile, the rear LCD is …

1 review | 79 opinions (Above average)

 

PIXPRO AZ 251
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Kodak PIXPRO AZ251

Bridge Camera; 16 MP; Optical Zoom: 25x; CCD; Minimum Focal Length: 24 mm; Maximum Focal …

Like most bridge cameras, especially affordable ones, the PIXPRO AZ251 has issues with colour fringing and ISO noise, and the zoom struggles during video recording, but otherwise it's a very …

1 review

 

Lumix DMCFZ200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Bridge Camera; 12.1 MP; Optical Zoom: 24x; Minimum Focal Length: 25 mm; Maximum Focal Length: …

It doesn't boast the longest zoom on the market, but for many photographers, the Lumix FZ200's constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 will make up for it thanks to the low light possibilities

13 reviews | 114 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: TrustedReviews, 1/2013 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 The journey has only just begun for the FZ200, but is it headed in the right direction? … to review

 

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Product information and further reviews for Digital Bridge cameras

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Pocket-lint.co.uk 10/2012 - The PowerShot SX50 HS's stunning 50x zoom is a world first on a bridge camera, but does such a huge range bring compromises elsewhere?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 CNET.co.uk 9/2012 - This Panasonic compact has got a tough road ahead if it is hoping to prove itself a worthy alternative to a DSLR.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Expert Reviews 8/2012 - Canon has gone all in with its PowerShot SX50 HS, which at 50x features the longest zoom range ever seen on a photo camera. But will it be as sluggish in use as its predecessor, the SX40 HS?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Hands-on Preview Digital Photography Review 7/2012 - With DSLR prices dropping and compact system cameras taking over the market, it's surprising to learn that bridge cameras are still as popular as ever; but it makes sense, since their versatility makes them fantastic all-in-one solutions for those who can't be bothered with interchangeable lenses.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Hands-On ePHOTOzine 7/2012 - It's been a long time since Panasonic last put out a superzoom camera with a fixed aperture, which makes the Lumix DMC-FZ200 quite an exciting offering.

Globetrotter Audio Video Foto Bild 6/2011 - It doesn’t matter which country is the backdrop for your photographic exploits; the latest superzoom camera from Sony can tell you exactly where a photo was taken with the help of its GPS receiver.

Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Pocket-lint.co.uk 9/2012 - Panasonic take a new approach to creating the ultimate zoom.

Fujifilm X-S1 Expert Reviews 4/2012 - A previous camera round-up showed that three different cameras held positions for the best in image quality, ergonomics and performance. Now Fujifilm want to be a class leader in all areas with their X-S1. Do they succeed?

Fujifilm X-S1 CNET.co.uk 3/2012 - The EXR sensor and sharp lens used in the Fujifilm X10 made it an impressive camera. Can the same sensor also work wonders for the the new X-S1 fixed lens model?

Superzooms E-MEDIA 7/2011 - So close and yet so far. Four cameras with a large zoom range and an HD movie function. Review details: Four superzoom cameras were tested.

Fujifilm X-S1 T3 3/2012 - If you want one camera that can be used in a variety of ways, a Fujifilm X-S1 super zoom might be worth considering.

Fujifilm X-S1 Bridge Camera ePHOTOzine 2/2012 - The latest in the X series line from leading Bridge camera manufacturer - Fujifilm - is the X-S1, and it is a top-of-the-range camera that focuses mostly on picture quality.

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Pocket-lint.co.uk 10/2011 - Boasting a lens that ranges from 24mm to 840mm and has a 35x optical zoom, it's easy to see what the main selling point of the Canon SX40 is.

Panasonic Lumix FZ150 Camera Labs 10/2011 - The Lumix FZ150 by Panasonic has the same zoom capabilities as the FZ47/FZ48 but as its price tag suggests, it offers plenty more besides this.

Zoom at the top of its category CHIP Online 9/2011 - The FZ150 scores highly with its high power zoom, plentiful features and sophisticated handling, and finally offers impressive image quality now too. Read on to find our what it is that makes the FZ150 the new number one in its class.

Fujifilm FinePix S100FS CNET.co.uk 5/2008 - The Fujifilm FinePix S100FS blurs the line between dSLR and bridge cameras with many features borrowed from both. So does it benefit from this combination or has Fujifilm created a monster?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Camera Labs 11/2010 - The Panasonic Lumix FZ100 is a 14 Megapixel super-zoom camera with a 24x stabilised range. The FZ100 was launched in July 2010 alongside the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40, as joint replacements for the popular Lumix FZ38 / FZ35. The cheaper FZ45 / FZ40 is closest the previous model, while the FZ100 offers a new premium option with more features at a higher price. Both the FZ100 and FZ45 / FZ40 share the same body styling and zoom lens, but the FZ100 uses a 14 Megapixel MOS sensor in place of the FZ45 / FZ40's CCD sensor. ...

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Bridge cameras are characterized by a fixed lens with a high-quality optical zoom. Moreover, they allow for extensive manual image adjustments. Bridge cameras sit between compact cameras and SLRs, both in terms of quality and price-wise.


Digital bridge cameras are aimed primarily at serious amateur photographers for whom compact cameras do not offer enough functionality. Bridge cameras offer more features than compact cameras, including a much longer optical zoom and lenses with wider maximum apertures. Additionally, settings such as focus, brightness, contrast and sensitivity (ISO) can be set manually. Such functions are otherwise only found in digital SLRs (DSLR). Bridge cameras don't cost nearly as much as their larger cousins, and tests have showed yet one more clear advantage to them: since the lens is fixed, its optics can be precisely matched to the camera. Furthermore, no dust particles can get onto the sensor, which in DSLRs requires laborious cleaning. On the other hand, these lenses lack the flexibility to handle many kinds of photographic situations. Also, bridge cameras have small image sensors, which at high resolutions and low light conditions unavoidably produce a significant amount of noise. Their compact size and low weight as well as their good balance between features and price make bridge cameras a highly desirable choice for even semi-professional applications. This has lead to the bridge camera firmly establishing itself as a transitional model between the other two types.