Best Bridge Cameras of 2015 - 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…
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.
Best bridge camera for: fast action and video
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.
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 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.
Best bridge camera for: sports photography
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Boasting a frankly staggering 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.
Best bridge camera for: telephoto 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: a DSLR shooting experience
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