Top five bridge cameras for 2019
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.
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
This model holds the title of our highest-scoring Best Buy bridge camera. It offers fantastic image and video quality as well as a viewfinder, 4K video recording and an array of manual controls for the ultimate creative control. At less than £800, it's a steal.
One of our top-rated bridge cameras, this model has a fantastic sensor capable of capturing very good detail, even in low light. The high-quality lens has a decent focal length and combines well with the image stabilisation, plus the 4K video recording is a bonus for any budding videographer.
The latest update to this high-end bridge camera series; it has DSLR-styling and includes some similar features. It's a robust, fast, camera with excellent image and video quality, but it comes at a price. It's worth noting that it's heavier than some DSLRS, so is maybe not the most portable, but you still have the convenience of not having to carry extra lenses.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct at August 2018.
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