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Our survey of top digital cameras released over the last year brings you this list of the best bridge cameras under $400, and all of which are highly rated by the top digital camera reviewers from around the web. Additionally, this list of the best bridge cameras is filtered by the ones 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 Canon and Nikon under $400 support features like HD video recording and electronic viewfinders.

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Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900


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Nikon Coolpix P900
Olympus Stylus SP-100
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
FUJIFILM FinePix HS30EXR / HS33EXR
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
Nikon Coolpix P900
Olympus Stylus SP-100
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Camera With Kit
FUJIFILM FinePix HS30EXR / HS33EXR Light Field Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Jul 2014
Sep 2012
Mar 2012
Feb 2012
Camera Type
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-like (bridge)
Standard Point and Shoot, SLR-like (bridge)
Light Field Camera, SLR-like (bridge)
Light Field Camera, SLR-like (bridge)
Optical Zoom
83.3 x
50.0 x
50.0 x
30.0 x
30.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
18.9 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.8 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
8.0 mm
7.7 mm

  • 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.


  • The Olympus Stylus SP-100 bridge-style camera can tackle any scene thanks to a 50x lens, but it doesn't include Wi-Fi, and image quality isn't quite where it should be.


  • The Olympus SP-100EE is a very decently built bridge camera with a nicely textured hand-grip and rubberised lens barrel, a well-specified electronic viewfinder and a good range of manual adjustments.

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    Considering the Olympus SP-100 ultra-zoom camera has a starting price around $400, most of this model's features are below average compared to similarly priced models, including its overall image quality. This camera's advanced shooting modes are limited at best too, which leaves the SP-100 trailing other cameras in this price range.


  • If you simply must have the longest zoom in the room, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS satisfies.


  • So ultimately, aside from that new stabilization feature, and of course breaking the nifty-fifty zoom barrier, there's very little about the SX50 we'd consider revolutionary. Like the SX40, this is basically a consistent, high-performance superzoom, and exactly the kind of camera our scoring system rewards. This is an easy recommendation over just about every competitor on the market.


  • It's impossible to review the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS without focusing on its 24-1200mm focal length - after all, it would be very costly and indeed difficult to replicate that range on a DSLR system, not to mention bulky and heavy too. We found that we got a surprising number of keepers at the 1200mm focal length, even when using the camera handheld, although most of the photos taken at the longer reaches of the zoom were inevitably shot at ISO 1600 when ISO Auto was on, not great considering the high levels of noise.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a near-excellent megazoom camera. To me, this camera seems more geared toward advanced users who appreciate the extras like a hot shoe, direct controls of settings, and raw support. But these are also users who would expect the best photo quality to go along with those options and that just not here. That's not to say that it can't take some very good photos; it can.


  • The 30x Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a pleasure to use thanks to a manual zoom lens, Raw support, and a wealth of physical controls, but image quality at higher ISOs is disappointing.


  • On the subject of price, £439 / $499 is undoubtedly a lot to pay for a compact camera with a small image sensor. On the other hand the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a very full-featured and now responsive camera that delivers appealing pictures, particularly in more helpful lighting conditions. It definitely fits the bill as a great all-rounder and a real alternative to a DSLR, just so long as you don't expect DSLR-like image quality.


  • A lot of camera, both in lens and features, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is a solid choice for point-and-shoot users looking to do a little more than that.


  • Undoubtedly the biggest recommendation we have with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is that, by daylight, we were able to achieve sharp results shooting handheld with it with greater consistency than we have been able to achieve with pretty much any super zoom camera to date. The hand-held twilight mode selectable from within the scene modes also comes in very useful by night.


  • Sony's new super zoom, the HX200 combines a gaggle of features such as GPS, a smile shutter, face detection, anti-blink technology, background defocus, a panorama sweep mode and one-touch full HD video capture capability in a relatively small, DSLR-like package with a big zoom lens and a high resolution sensor, at least by point-and-shoot standards. The camera establishes autofocus fairly quickly in good conditions and shoots promptly when the shutter is depressed. .


Top 5 bridge camera under $400:

  1. Nikon Coolpix P900
  2. Olympus Stylus SP-100
  3. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Camera With Kit
  4. FUJIFILM FinePix HS30EXR / HS33EXR Light Field Camera
  5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Light Field Camera