Updated on 3 December 2015 by

Bridge cameras basically bridge the functionalities and features of digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs, i.e., professional cameras) and point-and-shoot cameras (consumer cameras), hence these cameras are also called as Prosumer cameras. Combining the essential features of both these cameras, these cameras make the advanced features pocketable.

With the features of DSLR cameras, the best Bridge cameras come in smaller sizes and their weight comparable to those of compact cameras or mini DSLRs. To complement this sleekness, some of the features like optical viewfinder and interchangeable lens have been eliminated. Instead of optical viewfinders, the Bridge cameras rely on electronic viewfinders.

The best Bridge cameras are known for their versatile feature support like manual controls and optical zooming options. The ability to control the values like shutter speed, aperture and ISO support the creativity and making the photographs captured by the Bridge cameras look professional. Also, these cameras have ultra-zooming capabilities helpful for nature or wildlife photography.

Cheaper than the DSLRs, some of the best Bridge cameras support external flash, called as hotshoe for more control over lighting: and such cameras are also called as Hybrid cameras. And typically, to suit the usage during different lighting conditions, the Bridge cameras offer suitable sensor sizes and allow manual control over ISO settings.


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Canon PowerShot G3 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Nikon Coolpix P900
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Canon PowerShot G3 X
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Nikon Coolpix P900
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
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Release Date
Jul 2015
Sep 2015
Apr 2015
Jul 2014
Oct 2014
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
25.0 x
8.3 x
83.3 x
16.0 x
65.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
13.23 mm
2.5 mm
13.23 mm
2.5 mm
Average Rating
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars
 3.9 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.0 stars
Focus
84% Positive
16% Negative
71% Positive
29% Negative
70% Positive
30% Negative
84% Positive
16% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
Image Quality
100% Positive
85% Positive
15% Negative
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Positive
71% Positive
29% Negative
Video
57% Positive
43% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
100% Positive
Look and Feel
71% Positive
29% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
62% Positive
38% Negative
Ease of Use
66% Positive
34% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative

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