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We looked at the top digital cameras released over the last year to bring you this list of the best bridge cameras under $300, and all of which are highly rated by the top digital camera reviewers from around the web. Also, this list of the best bridge cameras is narrowed down to those which basically bridge the functionalities and features of digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs, i.e., professional cameras) and point-and-shoot cameras (consumer cameras). Some of the best Bridge cameras coming from brands like Nikon, Panasonic and Fujifilm under $300 support features like up to 14 Megapixel camera and HD video recording.

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Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840


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Nikon Coolpix L840
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Nikon P520
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
Nikon COOLPIX L820
Nikon Coolpix L840
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Nikon P520 Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera
Nikon COOLPIX L820 Digital Camera
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Release Date
May 2015
Mar 2014
Jan 2013
Jul 2013
Jan 2013
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact, SLR-like (bridge)
Standard Point and Shoot, SLR-like (bridge)
Compact, SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
38.0 x
50.0 x
41.7 x
60.0 x
30.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
MOS, CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm

  • The Nikon Coolpix L840 is a decent all-rounder that performs well and generates reasonable image quality, providing you don’t scrutinise too closely and spot the slightly disappointing detail levels. It’s fast to focus, exposes accurately and has a simple control layout that just as easy to learn and operate as a basic compact camera.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a solid 50x zooming camera thanks to quick autofocus and a weather-resistant design.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is an impressive do-it-all camera that will satisfy a lot of people's needs, although the more discerning pixel-peepers may be disappointed by the high levels of noise at low ISO speeds.
    The S1 really is an all-in-one camera that will cope with virtually everything that you can throw at it, from macro photography to sports and wildlife, safe in the knowledge that its weather-resistant construction should withstand most things that you subject it to.


  • The S1 is hardly the perfect super-zoom camera, but it definitely is in the top of the 2014 class. In fact, its positives outweigh the negatives by a wide margin, so we’ll easily give it Recommended status. The fact it costs around $500 and is the only weather-resistant mega-zoom makes it even more appealing. Just don’t expect DSLR performance.


  • More point-and-shoot than dSLR in terms of features and performance than some competing high-end megazooms, the Nikon Coolpix P520 is a very good camera for those after a big zoom range, better control over results, and fine picture quality.


  • While it didn't fare very well in low light, we're still impressed with the Nikon P520 on the whole. Just as impressed, in fact, as we were with the earlier P510. For habitual bright-light shootersâ??the sort who spend their weekends shooting t-ball games and soccer practicesâ??the P520 is an extremely capable camera that can capture shots few other cameras in its price range can manage.


  • While the P520 continues to offer a very well rounded package, with SLR-like handling, manual exposure and focus, an eye-level viewfinder, a flexible and high-resolution LCD screen, built-in GPS and optional wi-fi, full HD movies with stereo sound, full-time AF and optical zoom, we can't help but feel a strong sense of deja vu.


  • For those who value a long zoom lens, AA batteries, and saving a few bucks, the Nikon Coolpix L820 might be your point-and-shoot.


  • The L820 sees Nikon back in the game with a quality picture taking machine that can't go unnoticed and if you're a new photographer looking for an all-in-one camera that will make it easy to go abroad with, then you have to look at this camera.


  • Like its predecessor, the Nikon COOLPIX L820 is a no-frills budget point-and-shoot superzoom. It's uncomplicated, easy to use and provides a zoom range that's more than long enough for most subjects. But just because you're not interested in manual control doesn't mean you don't want other things, like the ability to share your photos over Wifi. On a budget model aimed at casual snappers this is a serious shortcoming.


Top 5 bridge camera under $300:

  1. Nikon Coolpix L840
  2. Fujifilm FinePix S1
  3. Nikon P520 Digital Camera
  4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera
  5. Nikon COOLPIX L820 Digital Camera