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The best bridge cameras for action shots are the SLR like interchangeable lens cameras with a frame rate of at least 3 fps (frames per second) for effective capture of things in motion. With the ability to capture images of over 18 Megapixel resolution and Full HD videos, these cameras support an optical zoom range of over 6x. Available under the $400 price range, the below listed top-rated cameras come from brands like Fujifilm, Panasonic and Nikon under the Finepix, Lumix and Coolpix product line.

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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)
Frames Per Second
5.9 Frames
14.0 Frames
7.0 Frames
12.0 Frames
6.4 Frames
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

  • - Maximum aperture is far less impressive, though, ranging from f/2.8 to f/5.6.
    - Wi-Fi and NFC are on-board too, making the usual wireless tasks of remote shutter control and image transfer that bit easier.
    - It gets noisy pretty quick.
    - Up to ISO 800 images are good.

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    The Canon PowerShot G3 X certainly has some of the same drawbacks that you find with other fixed lens, large zoom cameras, but its extremely good image quality more than makes up for those issues. Add in a tiltable, high-resolution, touch screen LCD, a 25x optical zoom lens, a good mix of manual control and auto shooting modes, and great battery life, and the G3 X is a really good camera.


  • The new Canon PowerShot G3 X is a solid super-zoom camera for enthusiast photographers, offering a wealth of options for shooting both stills and video, excellent image quality, speedy auto-focusing, intuitive and configurable handling, and solid construction. Unfortunately, it's rather ham-strung by the strange omission of a built-in viewfinder - trying to hold the Canon PowerShot G3 X at arm's length whilst using the full extent of the 25x zoom lens results in too many misses due to camerashake.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II could be considered the on the market. Where most bridge cameras offer little more than an oversized lens, the RX10 II blends a useful zoom range with a wide aperture, a larger than average sensor, tough weather-resistant construction and a wide selection of advanced features.
    Its 1-inch sensor may still be smaller those used in DSLRs and most CSCs, but it gives much-improved image quality over the 1/2.3-inch sensors in typical bridge cameras.


  • - The Sony RX10 II is a versatile stills shooter, but it stands out even further on video.
    - Quicker backroom computing power is one of the most important upgrades since last year’s model.
    - It’s an excellent EVF, though, among the best available at present.
    - The Sony RX10 II isn’t small, and it certainly isn’t cheap.


  • - Somewhat narrow and vertically uneven coverage from built in strobe at wide-angle.
    - Many apps are payware, and often surprisingly expensive compared to much more complex smartphone apps.
    - Performance is degraded slightly if you shoot in raw format.
    - Default colors somewhat muted compared to most cameras.
    - Corners can be a bit soft wide-open, especially at telephoto.
    - Rear control dial is too small and has poor feel with little feedback.
    - Very versatile 24 to 200mm-equivalent zoom range.


  • The Nikon Coolpix P900 boasts the longest zoom range of any camera on the market, but a lack of detail at higher ISOs holds it back.


  • Using zoom ratios seems to be the new way to sell cameras where once it was all about the megapixels. Here on the Nikon Coolpix P900 we have an 83x optical zoom, which is currently the market leader. However, to get to that kind of ratio, you need to have a huge camera and that won’t be to everybody’s tastes.


  • The P900 is the longest-zoom bridge camera in the world – for now, at least – but it's also big, heavy and expensive. Image quality at shorter focal lengths is good but falls away at high zooms settings.


  • - Body materials feel a little plasticky compared to the Sony RX10.
    - Connector compartment door is fiddly to open and close.
    - Smartphone app used with built-in WiFi is a bit clunky and unituitive.
    - Plenty of dedicated, customizable controls keep you out of the menu system.
    - Bright, versatile 25-400mm eq. f/2.8-4 lens with very good optical performance is incredibly fun to shoot with.


  • Although it's large for a bridge camera the FZ1000 has lots going for it including a versatile focal length range, a 1-inch sensor, raw and JPEG image recording and the ability to produce high quality images in many situations.


  • Although the Lumix FZ1000's physical size and price tag will be a barrier for more casual users, those it will appeal to will find lots of value for money in its jumbo feature set. From 4K video, to silent operation, fast 12fps burst mode, through to the vari-angle LCD and built-in electronic viewfinder combination, decent autofocus and stacks of physical controls. The Panasonic is less premium in appearance than its nearest competitor, the Sony RX10, but it's also more affordable and has a considerably more versatile zoom lens and a more up-to-date sensor on board.


  • Its fusion of comprehensive control with numerous creative effects helps this, as do features like its fold-out LCD screen and good quality electronic viewfinder.
    But where the camera really scores is image quality. Considering the inherent limitations of its small sensor, the SX60 HS manages to produce images with impressively low noise levels at all of its ISO sensitivity settings. Colour, dynamic range and exposure metering are superb too.
    Downsides?


  • Slow AF and limited image quality make the Canon SX60 HS an uninspiring update to an outdated camera.


  • There's a lot to admire about the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS. It takes what has always been successful about this companies superzooms and pushes it up a notch. But pushes it a notch too far in our opinion. The 65x optical zoom is all about big numbers rather than the best results at its full extension, but use the lens sweet spots and you'll get some fantastic results.


Top 5 bridge camera for action shots:

  1. Canon PowerShot G3 X
  2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
  3. Nikon Coolpix P900
  4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
  5. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS