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 dilemma 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…
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.
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Street price: £310
Although it might feature a price tag in a completely different region to the Sony RX10, The FZ200 features 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.
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Boasting an impressive 65x optical zoom (21-1365mm equivalent) the Canon PowerShot SX60 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.
It also boasts a significant resolution bump over its predecessor – its back-illuminated CMOS sensor is a 16.1-milllion-pixel model.
If you’re looking for a solid Canon bridge camera it’s worth mentioning the recent Powershot G3 X, which we’re looking forward to testing in the near future.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Though the real headline feature of the Panasonic Lumix FX1000 is its ability to shoot 4K video, this bridge camera has a lot to offer to stills photographers too.
Particularly nice is the 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, which is not only crisp, bright and large but also able to overlay shooting information.
It’s not the cheapest camera on this list, given that it’s a relatievly recent release, however it’s undoubtedly the bridge camera of choice for video shooters, and offers a good package for photographers as well.
Sony Cyber-shot RX10
Street price: £900
The RX10 inherits a title previously held by the HX300, namely as Sony’s flagship bridge camera.
The model feature a large 1in sensor, premium 24-200mm f/2.8 lens, impressive tiltable LCD screen and full manual control.
Though the RX10 was priced at £1k on launch, with the recent unveiling of the RX10 II you can expect to pick one up for considerably less than that.
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