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-S1Best 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.

Read our Fujifilm FinePix X-S1 review

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Panasonic Lumix FZ200Best bridge camera 2014 - Panasonic DMC 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.

Read our Panasonic Lumix FZ200 review

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS-product-shot-3--square-cropStreet price: £340

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.

Read our Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

fz1000Street price: £600

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.

Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Best bridge camera 2014 - Sony RX10

Street price: £900

The RX10 is one of the more expensive bridge cameras out there, but you get a seriously impressive fetaure-set for your money.

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.

Read our Sony Cyber-shot RX10 review

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Best Compact System Cameras

Best Compact Cameras

Best Entry-level DSLRs

 

  • GoingPostal13

    Nikon P900

  • Iuri Cézar

    The last flagship bridge from Sony was the HX400V.

  • 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.