Best Bridge Cameras of 2014 - We've taken a look at the best bridge cameras on the market and decided which bridge camera you should invest in...

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 Best bridge camera 2014 - Sony RX10

Street price: £900

Last year we featured 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

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Panasonic Lumix FZ200Best bridge camera 2014 - Panasonic DMC FZ200

Street price: £340

Although it might feature a price tag in a completely 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

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Street price: £350Best bridge camera 2014 - Canon Powershot SX50 HS

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

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Fujifilm FinePix X-S1

Best bridge camera 2014 - 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

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Best Compact System Cameras 2014

Best Compact Cameras 2014

Best Entry-level DSLRs 2014

 

  • V. Roger Rubin

    With several bridge cameras in my 23 (I can’t believe it either)stable of Digicams, the FZ200 answered my prayers for a long low light capable Digicam. My first bridge camera was an FZ20. It also had an f2.8 throught the zoom range, but was low mp, highest IS0 was 400 and no raw. I like to sit at cafes and image people sitting or walking by and the close up low light capabilities are staggaring. Finally- the lens is razor sharp. I love this Digicam. VRR

  • Niko

    I brought the Olympus SP-810UZ , and i hate the thing. Pictures on any setting can’t be zoomed in as they are blurry. Filming with the camera is horrible as it doesn’t focus properly. so angry. Even set on Auto, the pics are low quality and when trying to zoom in on them on the PC, they are really blurry. HELP! Ive got a TESCO SDHC 4GB card in it.