Bridge Camera – A Complete Buyer's Guide! (Part 4 ) : Fujifilm Finepix HS20, Nikon Coolpix P500, Canon Powershot SX40 HS, Sony Cyber-Shot HX 100V, Panasonic Lumix FZ150

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Few best Bridge Cameras of 2011-2012

Fujifilm Finepix HS20

Price: $ 365.6572 (approx)

Description: Fujifilm Finepix HS20

Fujifilm Finepix HS20…

Description: …with a huge 30x (24-720mm) optical zoom lens

…with a huge 30x (24-720mm) optical zoom lens

With a huge 30x (24-720mm) optical zoom lens, Fuji’s HS20EXR superzoom is comparable to little else on the market thanks to its manual zoom control that works much like a DSLR lens. This bridge camera’s 16MP EXR CMOS sensor is backed up by a sensor – shift image stabilisabtion system (not optical) and can capture shots from ISO 100-12,800. There’s even an 8fps burst mode to reel off images, Full HD 1080p movie capture, and Raw capture that few competiors are able to offer. The HS20’s price has also dropped like a bomb in recent months, so it’s a steal.

Nikon Coolpix P500

Price: $ 374.5975 (approx)

Description: Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon’s latest bridge camera, the Coolpix P500, cranks things up a gear compared to Nikon superzooms of old. It comes with a massive 36xzoom that equates to a super-wide 22.5mm through to a superzoom 810mm-great for extra wideangle shots without sacrificing the top-end zoom. The P500’s 12.1MP sensor is also back –illuminated by design which means its low light performance is better than much of the competiton, indeed this Coolpix’s images are of top quality and only let down by the lack of an optical stabilization system (as per the HS20 this bridge camera depends on sensor – based Vibration Reduction).

Canon Powershot SX40 HS

Price: $518.4465 (approx)

Description: Canon Powershot SX40 HS

Canon Powershot SX40 HS

The newest superzoom to hit the shelves, Canon’s latest has a long –reaching 35x zoom with a maximum focal length of 840mm. that gives it the ability to reach just that bit further than the competition, certainly an attractive prospect for a bridge camera. Although updates are limited compared to the previous SX30 IS, the Canon has got all the important things right: big zoom; optical image stabilization and the best superzoom picture quality. The 2.7 in LCD screen’s even mounted on a tilt-angle bracket to allow for more unusually framing. The only thing missing here is Raw capture.

Sony Cyber-Shot HX 100V

Price: $ 411.0738 (approx)

Description: Sony Cyber-Shot HX 100V

Sony Cyber-Shot HX 100V

Sony’s HX100V – the ‘V’ stands for the Global positioning Satellite (GPS) unit in the body – is a great superzoom camera. With a dual control to zoom the 30x (27-810mm) lens the HX100V feels different to its competitors: either use the zoom toggle around the shutter or the power zoom to the side of the lens or, at the flick of a switch, adjust manual focus instead. It’s an innovative system that gives bags of user control. A variety of extra modes such as Sweep Panorama, Full HD 1080 50 movies and 3D mode further ice the cake.

Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Price: $402.2944 (approx)

Description: Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Although Panasonic’s best-specified bridge camera has a lesser 24x zoom than most of its competitors, it still offers a rangey 24-600mm equivalent but where this superzoom truly excels in the performance department: the FZ150 has far faster and more precise focusing than any of the competition and that’s integral to getting the right shot. Add an exceptional optical image stabilization and there’s nothing else out there that can match up to this bridge camera’s abilities. Other modes such as a super-fast 12fps burst mode can even be used in continuous autofocus and Raw shooting is available. If the shorter top-end zoom isn’t an issue than look no further than the FZ150-it’s how superzoom should be.

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Description: Rohan Shreshia – Fashion Photographer

Rohan Shreshia – Fashion Photographer

How and when is a bridge camera more useful? And for whom?

A bridge camera is more useful for those who don’t want to invest in expensive DSLR’s and the accessories that come with, but who still want to feel like they are using a professional piece of equipment rather than a basic point and shoot camera.

If asked to pick the best bridge camera in market today, which one would you go for?

Well I began using a Sony Cybershot camera and I am quite comfortable with it. It is easy to use for beginners and does produce some good images. Although, off late I have heard that the Canon range of bridge cameras are very good and since I use a Canon professionally my bias would lean to that.

A bridge camera is best preferred for which type of photography?

In all honesty as a DSLR camera user, I feel that bridge camera will only be used in photography on the go to click photos of landscapes, people, lifestyle, holidays, etc. by those who are just about starting out as photographers.

Tips for the beginners who are more interested to start off with a bridge camera?

My advice would be to not mistake the bridge camera and a DSLR to be the same thing or for that matter even remotely similar. The bridge camera is, at best, a step up from a point and shoot, but doesn’t compare with the quality of a DSLR. Camera’s with digital zoom are a definite no-no.

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