Looking for the best bridge camera? The versatile and affordable alternative of DSLRs offers many of the same manual controls with the built-in zoom lens.
A bridge camera is digital cameras that have some degree of manual control, a long-range zoom lens, and a viewfinder.
Two important differences between DSLR and Bridge cameras
- Bridge cameras have a much smaller sensor than DSLRs
- Non-removable lens
Sony Cyber-Shot HX400 V
A premium super-zoom camera that features 50x optical zoom, 24-1200 mm zoom lens, 20.4MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor.
Price is $449.99
The electronic viewfinder, a built-in eye sensor automatically switches you between the LCD display and the viewfinder. Bright and clear on a 921k-dot resolution Xtra Fine LCD WhiteMagic 7.5 cm display. Show every action on video, tracks and more with Motion Shot Video.
- Pros High quality build. Wi-Fi. tilting screen
- Cons Can’t shoot in RAW. Low-resolution EVM.
Nikon Coolpix P1000
Nikon Coolpix P1000 is a high-end bridge camera. Its features 125x optical zoom lens gives you a focal length of 4.3-539mm. The equivalent of a 35mm zoom range of 24-3,000mm lens.
Price is $999.95
Crystal clear, 0.39-inch 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder, perfect for handheld shooting. The 3.2-inch 921,000 dot LCD display offers brilliant composing and its Vari-angle functionality lets you frame shots from tricky high or low angles with ease. It includes an HDMI port for recording and playback to an external monitor, a microphone jack for optimal sound capture, and a hot-shoe for mounting even more filmmaking accessories.
- Pros 125 times optical zoom.
- Cons Plastic finish. Slow overall performance.
Panasonic Lumix FZ70/FZ72
The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 (also known as FZ70) camera with a 16.1 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor, 20mm ultra-wide-angle and powerful 60x optical zoom.
Price is $365
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 uses a power switch (not power button), so you can not preview the image without switching it on first. AF/AE lock button for creative light and focusing techniques. You can record raw, JPEG and both format at the same time.
- Pros 60 times zoom. Raw format shooting.
- Cons No Wi-Fi and low-resolution EVM
Nikon Coolpix P900
1/2.3-inch sensor, 3 inches display. 100 – 1600 ISO sensitivity. A massive lens, 83 times optical zoom. Wi-Fi and NFC pairing. Image quality can not satisfy you, but if the long zoom is your main concern then it gets the job done.
Price is $599.95
The Coolpix P900 records the location of each shot, so you can share on social sites your adventure journey. It is powered by an EN-EL23 battery that charges quickly and delivers up to 360 shots per charge.
Pros Inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC (NFC feature for Android v 4.0 or later smart devices only)
Cons No raw shoot. Big and expensive.
Panasonic Lumix FZ80/FZ82
1/2.3-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor, 3inches display. Panasonic Lumix FZ80 in the USA and FZ82 in other countries. 60 times zoom camera (60x optical zoom/ 120x intelligent zoom). Ultra-wide and dynamic zoom 20-1200mm.
Price is $325
4k recording with Panasonic 4k photo which can shoot 8 MP images with at 30 frames per second. Easy to use with the touch screen. No eye sensor to automatically switch between viewfinder and rear-screen.
Pros easy to use, effective image stabilization
Cons no eye sensor for EVF
Canon Powershot SX70 HS
Canon Powershot SX70 HS uses a 1/2 inches sensor. A huge 65 times optical zoom range. It offers manual control though it lacks touch screen control, electronic viewfinder and ability to shoot in raw.
Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. No eye sensor on the viewfinder, you have to activate it manually.
Pros 65-time zoom
Cons lack touch screen control, built quality could be better.
Sony Cyber RX10 III
Expensive but highly capable, offers a huge focal range. Worth a look without an advanced AF system. You get a 24-600 mm F 2.4-4 optical zoom lens.
Price is $1399.99
The RX10 III lets you shoot a subject as close as a mere 3 cm (wide end) or 72 cm (telephoto end) away. Image stabilization compensates for camera shake when shooting handheld in the ultra-telephoto range or dim light. 4k movie recording and up to 40x super slow motion.
Pros Superbe sensor, high-quality sensor
Cons expensive, the menu system could be better.
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
25-400mm/F2.8-4.0 LEICA DC lens, 1-inch(20.1MP) sensor and 4k video. 3 inches free angle TFT screen LCD display.
Price is $799.99
Electronic viewfinder provides the obvious benefit of a built-in eye sensor below when leaving to the automatic default it automatically activates by deactivating the large LCD screen. Capturing birds, outdoor photographers and family users will find it helpful.
Pros 1-inch sensor, large maximum aperture.
Cons screen not touch-sensitive
Panasonic Lumix FZ2000/FZ2500
Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 also known as FZ2500 in the USA. Uses large 1-inch 20.1 Megapixel sensor and bright 20X LEICA VARIO-ELMART F2.8-4.5 lens. 4K ultra recording and LUMIX 4K PHOTO.
Price is $999.99
Pros 1-inch sensor Cons large, no wether seel
Sony Cyber Shot RX10 IV
Looking for a powerful one in a solution then Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 IV is the best camera. 24-600 mm F 2.4-4 high-magnification zoom lens achieves excellent contrast and sharpness in every shot.
Price is $1699.99
Pros fast 600 mm lens
Cons limited touch screen control and price. Quite a bulky camera.