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Starting to outgrow your digital compact camera, or want finer control over settings when you take photos? A bridge camera could be right for you. They combine a high-quality lens and good zoom with full manual control over settings, all in a package that’s smaller, cheaper and easier to learn than a full SLR camera.

Bridge cameras comparison chart for 2014

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Samsung TL500
Leica V Lux 3
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
Fujifilm FinePix HS10
Olympus SP-565UZ
Pentax x70
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
Canon Powershot G12 has been awarded best buy Product image of canon powershot g12 Product image of nikon coolpix p7000 Product image of panasonic lumix dmc fz48 Product image of sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	Product image of samsung tl500 Product image of leica  v lux 3 Product image of canon powershot sx30 is Product image of fujifilm finepix hs10 Product image of olympus sp-565uz Product image of pentax x70
 
 
 
Ratings
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Overall
canon powershot g12 has a rating of five  overall nikon coolpix p7000 has a rating of five  overall panasonic lumix dmc fz48 has a rating of five  overall sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	 has a rating of four  overall samsung tl500 has a rating of four  overall leica  v lux 3 has a rating of four  overall canon powershot sx30 is has a rating of four  overall fujifilm finepix hs10 has a rating of four  overall olympus sp-565uz has a rating of three  overall pentax x70 has a rating of three  overall
Features & specifications
canon powershot g12 has a rating of five  features & specifications nikon coolpix p7000 has a rating of five  features & specifications panasonic lumix dmc fz48 has a rating of five  features & specifications sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	 has a rating of five  features & specifications samsung tl500 has a rating of five  features & specifications leica  v lux 3 has a rating of five  features & specifications canon powershot sx30 is has a rating of four  features & specifications fujifilm finepix hs10 has a rating of four  features & specifications olympus sp-565uz has a rating of three  features & specifications pentax x70 has a rating of three  features & specifications
Design & build
canon powershot g12 has a rating of five  design & build nikon coolpix p7000 has a rating of five  design & build panasonic lumix dmc fz48 has a rating of four  design & build sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	 has a rating of four  design & build samsung tl500 has a rating of four  design & build leica  v lux 3 has a rating of four  design & build canon powershot sx30 is has a rating of three  design & build fujifilm finepix hs10 has a rating of four  design & build olympus sp-565uz has a rating of three  design & build pentax x70 has a rating of three  design & build
Photo quality
canon powershot g12 has a rating of five  photo quality nikon coolpix p7000 has a rating of five  photo quality panasonic lumix dmc fz48 has a rating of five  photo quality sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	 has a rating of four  photo quality samsung tl500 has a rating of four  photo quality leica  v lux 3 has a rating of four  photo quality canon powershot sx30 is has a rating of four  photo quality fujifilm finepix hs10 has a rating of three  photo quality olympus sp-565uz has a rating of four  photo quality pentax x70 has a rating of three  photo quality
Video & sound
canon powershot g12 has a rating of five  video & sound nikon coolpix p7000 has a rating of five  video & sound panasonic lumix dmc fz48 has a rating of five  video & sound sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	 has a rating of four  video & sound samsung tl500 has a rating of four  video & sound leica  v lux 3 has a rating of four  video & sound canon powershot sx30 is has a rating of four  video & sound fujifilm finepix hs10 has a rating of three  video & sound olympus sp-565uz has a rating of three  video & sound pentax x70 has a rating of three  video & sound
Battery life
canon powershot g12 has a rating of one  battery life nikon coolpix p7000 has a rating of one  battery life panasonic lumix dmc fz48 has a rating of one  battery life sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	 has a rating of one  battery life samsung tl500 has a rating of one  battery life leica  v lux 3 has a rating of one  battery life canon powershot sx30 is has a rating of one  battery life fujifilm finepix hs10 has a rating of one  battery life olympus sp-565uz has a rating of one  battery life pentax x70 has a rating of one  battery life
Specification
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Resolution (megapixels)
10.0 10.1 12.1 16.2 10 12.1 14.1 10.3 10.0 12.0
Digital zoom
4x 4x 4x 4x 3x 4x 4x 2x 5x 6.25x
Optical zoom
5x 7.1x 24x 30x 3x 24x 35× 30× 20× 24×
LCD Display (inches)
2.8 3 3 3 3 3 2.7 3 2.5 2.7
Size (inches)
4.41 x 3 x 1.9 in 4.5 x 3.1 x 1.8 in 4.72 x 3.11 x 3.58 in 4.8 x. 3.7 x 3.4 in 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.1 in 4.9 x 3.1 x 3.7 in 4.84 x 3.62 x 4.25 5.16 x 3.58 x 4.96 4.57 x 3.31 x 3.19 4.33 x 3.27 x 3.54
Weight (ounces)
12.4 oz 12.7 oz 17.56 oz 18.5 oz 10.6 oz 19.0 oz 21.20 oz 23.49 oz 14.57 oz 14.46 oz
Sensor
1/1.7 in. CCD 1/1.7-in. type CCD 1/2.33-type CCD 1/2.3 Exmor R CMOS 1/1.7 High Sensitive CCD 1/2.3 in. CMOS 1/2.3 in. CCD 1/2.3 in. BSI-CMOS 1/2.33 in. CCD 1/2.3 in. CCD
Exposure
-2 EV to +2 EV (in 0.33 EV steps) ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps 1/3 EV step, +/- 3 EV +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps +/- 2EV (1/3 EV steps) ±3 EV (at 1/3EV increments) ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps) ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps) ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps) ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
ISO range
80-3200 100-3200 100-1600 100-3200 100 to 3200 100-3200 80-6400 64-6400 65-6400 50-6400
Shutter speed (seconds)
15 - 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec 60 to 1/2000 sec 30-1/4000 1/1500 sec 60-1/2000 sec 15-1/3200 sec 30-1/4000 sec 15 - 1/2000 sec 14-1/4000 sec
Aperture
2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 1.8 2.8 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.8
Macro
0.4 in 0.8 in 0.39 in 0.4 in 0.4 in 0.4 in 0.0 - 19.7 in .39 in .39 3.94
Features
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Viewfinder
canon powershot g12  viewfinder nikon coolpix p7000  viewfinder panasonic lumix dmc fz48  viewfinder sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  viewfinder samsung tl500  viewfinder leica  v lux 3  viewfinder canon powershot sx30 is  viewfinder fujifilm finepix hs10  viewfinder olympus sp-565uz  viewfinder pentax x70  viewfinder
Touchscreen
canon powershot g12  touchscreen nikon coolpix p7000  touchscreen panasonic lumix dmc fz48  touchscreen sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  touchscreen samsung tl500  touchscreen leica  v lux 3  touchscreen canon powershot sx30 is  touchscreen fujifilm finepix hs10  touchscreen olympus sp-565uz  touchscreen pentax x70  touchscreen
Video
canon powershot g12  video nikon coolpix p7000  video panasonic lumix dmc fz48  video sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  video samsung tl500  video leica  v lux 3  video canon powershot sx30 is  video fujifilm finepix hs10  video olympus sp-565uz  video pentax x70  video
Self timer
canon powershot g12  self timer nikon coolpix p7000  self timer panasonic lumix dmc fz48  self timer sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  self timer samsung tl500  self timer leica  v lux 3  self timer canon powershot sx30 is  self timer fujifilm finepix hs10  self timer olympus sp-565uz  self timer pentax x70  self timer
Image stabilizer
canon powershot g12  image stabilizer nikon coolpix p7000  image stabilizer panasonic lumix dmc fz48  image stabilizer sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  image stabilizer samsung tl500  image stabilizer leica  v lux 3  image stabilizer canon powershot sx30 is  image stabilizer fujifilm finepix hs10  image stabilizer olympus sp-565uz  image stabilizer pentax x70  image stabilizer
Media formats
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JPG
canon powershot g12  jpg nikon coolpix p7000  jpg panasonic lumix dmc fz48  jpg sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  jpg samsung tl500  jpg leica  v lux 3  jpg canon powershot sx30 is  jpg fujifilm finepix hs10  jpg olympus sp-565uz  jpg pentax x70  jpg
RAW
canon powershot g12  raw nikon coolpix p7000  raw panasonic lumix dmc fz48  raw sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  raw samsung tl500  raw leica  v lux 3  raw canon powershot sx30 is  raw fujifilm finepix hs10  raw olympus sp-565uz  raw pentax x70  raw
HD720p
canon powershot g12  hd720p nikon coolpix p7000  hd720p panasonic lumix dmc fz48  hd720p sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  hd720p samsung tl500  hd720p leica  v lux 3  hd720p canon powershot sx30 is  hd720p fujifilm finepix hs10  hd720p olympus sp-565uz  hd720p pentax x70  hd720p
Connectivity
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Bluetooth
canon powershot g12  bluetooth nikon coolpix p7000  bluetooth panasonic lumix dmc fz48  bluetooth sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  bluetooth samsung tl500  bluetooth leica  v lux 3  bluetooth canon powershot sx30 is  bluetooth fujifilm finepix hs10  bluetooth olympus sp-565uz  bluetooth pentax x70  bluetooth
Firewire
canon powershot g12  firewire nikon coolpix p7000  firewire panasonic lumix dmc fz48  firewire sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  firewire samsung tl500  firewire leica  v lux 3  firewire canon powershot sx30 is  firewire fujifilm finepix hs10  firewire olympus sp-565uz  firewire pentax x70  firewire
HDMI
canon powershot g12  hdmi nikon coolpix p7000  hdmi panasonic lumix dmc fz48  hdmi sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  hdmi samsung tl500  hdmi leica  v lux 3  hdmi canon powershot sx30 is  hdmi fujifilm finepix hs10  hdmi olympus sp-565uz  hdmi pentax x70  hdmi
USB
canon powershot g12  usb nikon coolpix p7000  usb panasonic lumix dmc fz48  usb sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  usb samsung tl500  usb leica  v lux 3  usb canon powershot sx30 is  usb fujifilm finepix hs10  usb olympus sp-565uz  usb pentax x70  usb
Wi-Fi
canon powershot g12  wi-fi nikon coolpix p7000  wi-fi panasonic lumix dmc fz48  wi-fi sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  wi-fi samsung tl500  wi-fi leica  v lux 3  wi-fi canon powershot sx30 is  wi-fi fujifilm finepix hs10  wi-fi olympus sp-565uz  wi-fi pentax x70  wi-fi
Battery
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Battery life
1,000 images 350 images 400 images 410 images 200 images 410 images 370 images 400 images 410 images - AA 590 images - Ni-MH 2500mAh 250 images - AA 590 images
Supplied battery
Lithium-ion Battery NB-7L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery Li-ion rechargeable battery Li-ion rechargeable battery Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery Lithium-Ion NB-7L rechargeable battery AA AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended) Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI92
Battery charger
canon powershot g12  battery charger nikon coolpix p7000  battery charger panasonic lumix dmc fz48  battery charger sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  battery charger samsung tl500  battery charger leica  v lux 3  battery charger canon powershot sx30 is  battery charger fujifilm finepix hs10  battery charger olympus sp-565uz  battery charger pentax x70  battery charger
Warranty
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Period
canon powershot g12  period nikon coolpix p7000  period panasonic lumix dmc fz48  period sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  period samsung tl500  period leica  v lux 3  period canon powershot sx30 is  period fujifilm finepix hs10  period olympus sp-565uz  period pentax x70  period
Help & support
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Telephone support
canon powershot g12  telephone support nikon coolpix p7000  telephone support panasonic lumix dmc fz48  telephone support sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  telephone support samsung tl500  telephone support leica  v lux 3  telephone support canon powershot sx30 is  telephone support fujifilm finepix hs10  telephone support olympus sp-565uz  telephone support pentax x70  telephone support
Email support
canon powershot g12  email support nikon coolpix p7000  email support panasonic lumix dmc fz48  email support sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  email support samsung tl500  email support leica  v lux 3  email support canon powershot sx30 is  email support fujifilm finepix hs10  email support olympus sp-565uz  email support pentax x70  email support
User manual
canon powershot g12  user manual nikon coolpix p7000  user manual panasonic lumix dmc fz48  user manual sony cyber-shot dsc-hx100v	  user manual samsung tl500  user manual leica  v lux 3  user manual canon powershot sx30 is  user manual fujifilm finepix hs10  user manual olympus sp-565uz  user manual pentax x70  user manual

Bridge cameras explained

Named because they 'bridge' the gap between digital compact cameras and professional-level digital SLR cameras, bridge cameras are an excellent place to start if you want to explore ‘manual photography’. They’re designed to make it easy to experiment with your camera settings.

Although most bridge cameras do have a fully automatic mode – which will probably take excellent pictures – they also give you full control over the whole camera. For instance, if you want to vary the shutter speed for different effects or lighting conditions, you can.

Bridge cameras tend to save photos at high resolutions, and may let you save in .RAW format, which is useful if you want to apply effects to your photos on your computer. However, the extra resolution also means file sizes are larger – so you might need a bigger memory card.

If you’re used to a compact camera, you may also find that the batteries in your bridge camera run flat more quickly. It can be wise to budget for an extra set.

A small package that delivers big

Although bridge cameras lack the swappable lenses of digital SLR cameras, they tend to be smaller too. You don’t have to carry a camera and spare lens around just in case the perfect shot comes up.

Ultimately, bridge cameras are designed to provide an easy step up for people used to a fully automatic camera. Most come with clear controls and a nice big screen, allowing you to see exactly what you’re doing. All you have to do is experiment!



Rank
Canon Powershot G12
Nikon Coolpix P7000
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ48
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V
Samsung TL500
Leica V Lux 3
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
Fujifilm FinePix HS10
Olympus SP-565UZ
Pentax x70