Designed to look and feel like a DSLR or large mirrorless camera, bridge cameras have a fixed lens and offer a convenient option for photographers and videographers who are looking for something in between a DSLR and point and shoot cameras. Some bridge cameras have a range power equivalent to some of the best superzoom lenses and come in at a much more affordable price.
Browse from brands such as Leica and the V-Lux 5 to the hugely popular Nikon Coolpix P950 and Nikon Coolpix P1000 bridge cameras that are great for everyday shooting and capturing wildlife in action. Read more here >
Bridge cameras look like DSLR cameras however they have a fixed zoom lens that typically has an extremely long zoom. Bridge cameras fill in the gap between a standard point and shoot camera that many beginners start out with, and utilise some of the high-end features that mirrorless or DSLR camera has. Such as high image quality, great zoom range and electronic viewfinders.
A bridge camera embraces the simplicity of photography and this is why a bridge camera is such a popular choice amongst many aspiring or hobbyist photographers. That said, some cameras such as the Canon Powershot SX70 HS and the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10 IV have manual capabilities, allowing the user much more control over their photography than a classic and simple digital camera.
Many of today’s bridge cameras have built-in 5-axis image stabilisation, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Mark II for example has an impressive focal range of 25-400mm and at the long end of the superzoom, the image stabilisation really helps to keep a steady shot.
Videographers are not left in the dark with bridge cameras either. The likes of the Nikon Coolpix cameras can offer 4K footage at 30p, allowing users to create fantastically cinematic footage alongside high-quality images. The vari-angle rear LCD screen that is common in bridge cameras, also help the user to capture their subject from a multitude of different angles.
The optical zoom on bridge cameras is quite often very large making this style of camera very useful for the everyday photographer. With focal ranges typically starting at 24mm and ending up at around 400mm or more, bridge cameras can be suited to landscape photography, wildlife photography and even family portraits and group photos.