The name bridge camera was coined to specify cameras that bridge the gap between SLR cameras and compact cameras. They produce high quality shots and have more features than a point and shoot camera. Though they are traditionally easy to pick up and quickly get the hang of, these days there are also some very advanced models for those who know what they're after. More recently, due to their fixed zoom lenses and advanced functions, they have been labelled as superzoom cameras, as models with small sensors can achieve long lens and wide angle shots with the same fixed lens. So, they are the perfect option for those looking for versatility in a compact package, that can pack the same punch as a DSLR but without the need to carry telephoto and wide angle lenses around.
Check out our selection of Canon bridge cameras. The Canon PowerShot SX430 is simple to use, affordable and has a wide focal range meaning photos can be easily cropped - the perfect entry-level camera to take on holiday. Meanwhile the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is designed for those who want powerful zoom with a similar level of control as a DSLR in one no-fuss device.
Alternatively, take a look at our selection of Nikon bridge cameras, with something to suit all budgets. Many of Nikon's cameras feature Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to instantly access your shots on a smartphone. This ranges from the entry-level Nikon CoolpixB500 to the Nikon Coolpix P1000, with a massive 3000mm lens, letting you can zoom in on all the detail you need.
For Sony fans, our range of Sony bridge cameras is no less sure to please. The latest in the RX10 series is the Sony DSC-RX10M4, hailed as the current top choice for bridge cameras. It's packed full of goodies for those who know their way around a camera and is brilliant for shooting motion, achieving a 24 fps burst rate when tracking.
Shooting at such high quality can quickly eat through your available storage, so it's wise to have some memory cards to hand. Though you might not need it all, going for a larger card like, a 128GB card, is well worth it to make sure you have more than adequate space. That way, there's no need to be deleting pictures and videos while you're on location.
Whether your gear is high or low-end, you'll need to keep it safe, so be sure to take a look at our range of camera cases and backpacks.