Bridge cameras have long offered the best shooting experience for a great range of photographers.
The combination of a large focal range, compact body and advanced shooting settings has led to the bridge camera market being one of the most developed, and therefore most competitive, in the world of digital camera.
As a result, it can be difficult to decide which is the best bridge camera for your needs.
But if you're caught up in that dilemna fear not, as here at AP we've picked out some of some of the very best, with an option to suit every budget and requirement...
Sony Cyber-shot RX10
Street price: £900
Last year we features the HX300, commenting that it was Sony's flagship bridge camera. That status has since been blown out of the water by the RX10.
The model feature a large 1in sensor, premium 24-200mm f/2.8 lens, impressive tiltable LCD screen and full manual control.
All of this technology does come at a cost, with the RX10 priced at £1k on launch, however if you want to very best in bridge camera technology it's difficult to look further than the RX10
Best Bridge Camera for: No-compromises specification
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Street price: £340
Although it might feature a price tag in a completly different region to the Sony RX10, it feature a lens that was arguably more eye-catching at launch.
Capable of a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout its 25-600mm zoom range, the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 is one of the most impressive in its class.
The model also offers Raw and JPEG capture, as well as manual control, an articulated screen and 1.312-million-dot resolution EVF.
Best bridge camera for: Sports photography
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Street price: £350
Boasting a 50x optical zoom (24-1,200mm equivalent) the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS features one of the most extensive focal ranges of any fixed lens camera on the market.
The optical image stabiliser does an excellent job of making that zoom range usable.
The additional of manual exposure modes and raw shooting are also welcome, as are all the hallmarks of Canon's digital camera heritage.
Best Bridge Camera for: Tele-photo zoom work
Fujifilm FinePix X-S1
Street price: £240
Despite being on the market for a few years now, the Fujifilm X-S1 is still widely available and now represents fantastic value for money.
It offers a 3in tilting LCD screen and electronic viewfinder, while an effective sensor shift stabilisation system does a good job of ensuring crisp photos even at the longer end of the zoom.
The most appealing aspect for many will be the DSLR-esque styling, including the manual control zoom and various control dials.
Best Bridge Camera for: Those looking for a DSLR shooting experience