10 Best Bridge Cameras in 2020 - What Is The Best bridge Camera?

looking for the best bridge camera with

huge zoom lenses and DSLR style handling

there are a popular choice for many

bridge cameras are a versatile and

affordable alternative to DSLRs they

offer many of the same manual controls

as well as a host of easy-to-use auto

modes plus a huge built-in zoom lens

that covers everything from wide-angle

to super telephoto photography

this makes bridge cameras a great

all-in-one solution especially if you

want to travel relatively light as

you'll have one camera that's great for

shooting expansive landscapes as well as

tightly framed subjects like wildlife

there are two important differences to

be aware of though the first is that

bridge cameras have much smaller sensors

than DSLRs or mirrorless cameras so most

can't match those models for picture

quality if that's your key concern stick

with one of these options the second is

that the lens is non removable on a

bridge camera so although it can handle

a wide range of subjects you can't swap

to a macro lens for close-ups for

example or a super wide angle lens or a

fast prime lens for low-light

photography bridge cameras do however

give you a lot of camera for your money

and they're a great stepping stone for

photographers who want to move on from

simple point-and-shoot cameras there are

also now a few models that have larger

sensors and deliver better picture

quality and which come a lot closer to

the performance of a DSLR so without any

further ado this is our pick of the best

bridge cameras you can buy right now

coming at number 10 we've got the sony

cyber-shot rx10 for pros excellent and

fast twenty four by six hundred

millimeter lens superb Stills and video


Conn's limited touchscreen control

pricey compared to rivals for those

looking for a powerful all-in-one

solution the RX 10 4 is the best camera

out there

featuring a huge 24 to 600 millimeter

f/2 point 4x4 zoom lens the RX 10 for

builds on the RX 10 3 with an overhauled

AF system that now does justice to the

rest of the camera while the 1-inch 20.1

MP sensor is capable of achieving

excellent levels of detail it's quite

bulky for a bridge camera and there's no

getting away from the hefty price but

the RX 10 for is virtually in a league

of its own number 9 panasonic lumix FZ

2000 and 2500 the FZ mm and the FZ 2500

combines a bridge camera zoom with a big

1 inch sensor pros 1 inch sensor super

fast AF cons comparatively large no

weather sealing the panasonic lumix FZ

mm known as the FZ 2500 in the u.s. uses

a one inch sensor and while the zoom

tops out at 480 millimeter equivalent

which is relatively short for a bridge

camera that's still plenty for all but

the most extreme everyday use we'd

certainly sacrifice a little zoom range

for better and faster optics and we love

the FZ 2000 because it delivers both

image quality and zoom range if you're

looking for something a little bit

cheaper the older fz1000 next on the

list is also worth a look coming in at

number 8 panasonic lumix fz1000 a 1 inch

sensor and 4k video recording give this

bridge camera the edge pros 1 inch

sensor large maximum aperture cons

screen not touch sensitive comparatively


the Lumix fz1000 16 times optical zoom

is less than that of typical bridge

cameras but that's due to its sizeable

one-inch sensor which delivers a big

boost in image quality this isn't just

any old lens either but rather a Leica

optic with a large F 2.8 maximum

aperture at the wide-angle end which

narrows to a still respectable f/4 at

full zoom this helps you capture shots

in the low-light without resorting to

high ISO sensitivities while the hybrid

5-axis optical image stabilization

minimizes camera shake 4k Ultra HD

strictly 3840 by 2160 video recording

advanced auto focusing a superb two

million three hundred and fifty nine

thousand dot electronic viewfinder and

raw shooting all help to make the fz1000

one of our top picks coming at number

seven sony cyber-shot rx10 three

expensive but highly capable and offers

a huge focal range pros superb sensor

high quality zoom lens cons expensive

menu system could be better if you can

live without the advanced AF system and

other performance advantages offered by

the RX 10 for the RX 10 3 is still worth

a look the design is pretty much

identical to the rx 10 4 and you've got

the same 24 - 600 F 2 point 4 to 4 lens

what's the compromise

well the AF is a bit pedestrian compared

to the latest model while there's no

touchscreen control or the ability to

shoot at an impressive 24 FPS with the

arrival of the newer model you might be

able to track down one of these at a

decent price number 6 Canon Powershot SX

7 ths

this feature packed Bridge camera has a

lot to offer enthusiasm pros 65 times

zoom range lovely handling cons build

quality could be better

lacks touchscreen control the Powershot

SX 7 ths is a more conventional bridge

camera than our top 4 choices as it uses

a smaller half inch sensor enabling a

huge 65 times optical zoom range it

still offers full manual control though

plus an articulated screen though it

lacks touchscreen control and a great

electronic viewfinder and the ability to

shoot in RAW built-in Wi-Fi with NFC is

another bonus annoyingly there's no I

sensor on the viewfinder so you have to

activate it manually image quality is

very good while the image stabilization

system does well to keep captures at the

telephoto extreme relatively sharp

although wide-angle results in anything

captured indoors at moderate ISO

settings and above are noticeably worse

a good autofocus performance and speedy

operation make it a pleasure to shoot

with coming in at number 5 panasonic

lumix FZ 80 and FZ 80 to 60 times zoom

bridge camera gets close to the action

pros easy to use effective image

stabilization cons no eye sensor for EVF

weak high ISO performance the Lumix FZ

80 known as the Lumix FZ 80 to outside

the US might be one of the most

affordable bridge cameras here but it

still packs quite a punch the zoom range

is very impressive

going from an ultra wide 20 millimeter

through to a staggering 1,200

millimeters and benefits from an

effective image stabilization system

there's also 4k recording with

Panasonic's 4k photos which can shoot

eight megapixel images at 30 frames per

second meaning you should never miss

that split-second moment it's also very

easy to use with an intuitive

touchscreen the viewfinder could be

better and there's no I sensor to

automatically switch between the

viewfinder and rear screen while high

ISO performance can't match that of

larger sensor and more expensive rivals

that said this is one of the best budget

bridge cameras around coming at number 4

Nikon Coolpix p900 unleash your inner

paparazzo with the P 900 s class leading

83 times optical zoom pros class leading

zoom range inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC cons no

raw shooting big and expensive but the

Canon Powershot SX 70 HSS 65 times zoom

was the limit for optical zoom range

think again Nikon has rewritten the

rulebook in this department with the p9

hundreds incredible 83 times lens

currently earning it the accolade of

world's longest zoom bridge camera such

a massive lens does make this one a

hefty snapper however features will

include Wi-Fi with NFC pairing and an

articulating screen image quality can't

match the pricier one inch rivals but if

a long zoom is your main concern the P

900 certainly gets the job done

number three panasonic lumix FZ 70 and

FZ 72 it may be showing its age but

falling prices keep it in the game

Froese sixty times zoom RAW format

shooting cons no Wi-Fi or touch

sensitivity small low resolution EVM the

Lumix FZ 70 or lumix FZ 72 outside the

u.s. is one of the cheapest bridge

cameras in our selection and has since

been replaced by the FZ 80 and FZ 82

seen at number five but it still sports

a great zoom range with an impressive 20

millimeter equivalent wide-angle focal

length its lens aperture also opens up

as wide as f 2.8 though it does narrow

to F 5.9 at full zoom RAW format

recording and full manual control give

the FZ 72 enthusiast appeal as does the

attractive image quality we would rank

the FZ 72 higher but there's no Wi-Fi

while the relatively low screen and

electronic viewfinder resolutions are a

letdown you'll also have to do without

an eye sensor to automatically switch

between the two displays coming at

number 2 Nikon Coolpix P 1125 times

optical zoom anyone throws unique a

hundred and twenty-five times optical

zoom good handling

Conn's plasticky finish slow overall

performance the Coolpix p1000 is the

follow-up to the p 900 and stretches

what we've come to expect from super

zoom cameras that bit further the reason

is the lens with the p1000 packing in a

massive 125 optical zoom range

equivalent to 24 to 3 thousand

millimeters in 35 millimeter terms it

has the potential to hone in on the most

distant subjects you'd realistically

want to capture be it wildlife or the

moon if you absolutely need a camera

with a 3,000 millimeter equivalent lens

the fact that the p1000 is alone and

offering this makes your decision easy

with a huge body less than reliable

autofocus a sub standard LCD and

operational stripes however its appeal

for anything else is more limited number

one the best bridge camera sony

cybershot h x 405 a great all-rounder

that's just starting to be outclassed by

newer rivals pros high-quality build

Wi-Fi tilting screen

cons can't shoot in the raw low

resolution EVM Sony's premium super zoom

bridge camera is closely matched with

the Panasonic FZ 72 but it loses out to

that camera due to its higher price JPEG

only image capture and lesser zoom range

the H X 405 clause back some ground by

offering Wi-Fi while it's also a

pleasure to use thanks to its ergonomic

design and the tilting screen is a nice

touch although it isn't fully


more disappointing is the relatively

low-resolution electronic viewfinder

although there's no raw support JPEG

images have great colors and plenty of

detail some image smoothing is visible

when images are viewed at 100% but

that's a common trait amongst small

sensor bridge cameras and that brings us

to the end of our review and buyer's

guide for the best bridge cameras and

those that will reign in the new year

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