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Top five bridge cameras for 2018

By Ryan Shaw

Our pick of the very best bridge cameras tested at Which? All selected cameras produce high-quality photos, videos and are simple to use.

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Bridge cameras bridge the gap between compact digital cameras and DSLRs. Easier to use than a DSLR, they offer more advanced features and manual controls than you find on standard compact camera. They have versatile lenses with a powerful optical zoom capability – some models offer whooping zooms of up to 50x.

This makes them a good choice for photographers who like the simplicity of a compact camera but want more scope in lens focal range and creative manual features, without the fuss of multiple lenses like with a DSLR.

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Best bridge cameras of 2018

Lowest price (in stock) £1,249.00
Which? score 78%
Reviewed Aug 2016
Picture quality:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Image stabilisation effectiveness:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Low light image quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Video quality:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Weight:
Member exclusive
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom magnification:
Member exclusive
Viewfinder:
Member exclusive
Video resolution:
Member exclusive

Less than 12 months after the release of its predecessor, this premium bridge camera has a large sensor and a long zoom to get you close to the action. Packed with features, it offers fantastic image quality, but at a hefty price. Is this camera worthy of the cost? Here's what our experts had to say.

Lowest price (in stock) £449.99
Which? score 78%
Reviewed Aug 2016
Picture quality:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Image stabilisation effectiveness:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Low light image quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Video quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Weight:
Member exclusive
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom magnification:
Member exclusive
Viewfinder:
Member exclusive
Video resolution:
Member exclusive

This premium compact camera is a great alternative to a larger DSLR or compact system camera. It fits in your pocket and it takes high-quality video and photos, but what are the controls like to use? Our experts ran it through a gauntlet of tests to find out.

Lowest price (in stock) £1,799.00
Which? score 77%
Reviewed Nov 2017
Picture quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Image stabilisation effectiveness:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Low light image quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Video quality:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Weight:
Member exclusive
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom magnification:
Member exclusive
Viewfinder:
Member exclusive
Video resolution:
Member exclusive

The latest update to this high-end bridge camera series; it has DSLR-styling and includes some similar features, but it weighs more than some DSLRs. With a big and fast zoom lens, is this the best all-in-one camera on the market? We ran it through a gauntlet of tests to find out, so read on for the full results.

Lowest price (in stock) £509.00
Which? score 76%
Reviewed Dec 2016
Picture quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Image stabilisation effectiveness:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Low light image quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Video quality:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Weight:
Member exclusive
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom magnification:
Member exclusive
Viewfinder:
Member exclusive
Video resolution:
Member exclusive

This manufacturer has a long history of making compact cameras for enthusiasts and has added another solid camera to its line-up. It combines a fast shutter speed and snappy autofocus, with high-quality stills and video. But how well does it handle and is it simple to use on a daily basis? We tested this latest model to find out.

Lowest price (in stock) £1,089.00
Which? score 75%
Reviewed Dec 2017
Picture quality:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Image stabilisation effectiveness:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Low light image quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Video quality:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Weight:
Member exclusive
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom magnification:
Member exclusive
Viewfinder:
Member exclusive
Video resolution:
Member exclusive

Another entrant in the long line of advanced compact cameras, this camera is designed for people who are looking for a versatile alternative to their DSLR. It packs in a whole raft of specifications and features, but what is the camera like to use on a daily basis? We tested it to find out.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct at August 2018.

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But we also go beyond picture quality. Will the automatic scene modes and auto-focus give you a decent snap? Can you see what you're shooting on the viewfinder and how easy is the camera to use? We have the answers to your questions.

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