Last Updated on August 10, 2020 by pixjohn

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

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Sony Cyber-Shot HX400 V

Sony Cyber-Shot HX400 V camera

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 camera

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

Panasonic Lumix FZ70 camera

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

Nikon Coolpix P900 camera

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

Panasonic Lumix FZ82 camera

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

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

Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III camera

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

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera

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 FZ2500 camera

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

Sony Cyber Shot RX10 IV camera

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.