Are you starting up in photography or have already started but not yet ready to invest in a more professional and advance DSLR/SLR camera? Don’t worry, if you’re looking something in between a point and shoot and a DSLR, then the bridge camera is definitely for you. This type of camera literally bridges the gap between a standard camera and a more technical one by having more than what a point and shoot can offer but less than the SLR/DSLR camera such as the view finder system. Don’t worry though, just because it’s in between the two means that the quality isn’t any better.
Bridge cameras still have that wow factor when it comes to the images that they produce. Camera companies make sure to still make their wide range of bridge cameras the best with amazing features. Bridge cameras are often digital and similar to the SLR/DSLR camera you can also manually alter the ISO, shutter speed, color balance, aperture and metering. However the ISO sensitivity of this higher range of point and shoot camera is smaller as it has a typically smaller image sensor. So if you desire to take professional looking photos but with only minimal lighting, why not invest in camera accessories like a tripod or monopod for images that are a lot less shaky and grainy.
Think of a standard SLR/DSLR camera’s size and that’s almost exactly what a bridge camera size is like. However, since it is still a point and shoot camera that has more advance features, it is equipped with a fixed lens that is very versatile. Sometimes, the camera lens can be retractable depending on the model and the brand. However, unlike the more professional SLR/DSLR the bridge camera is not equipped with a view finder, but you can still consult LCD screen display for the live view feature.
Are you deciding which camera to get? The bridge camera will always be a great choice for you. Remember to always check out the specifications first like the megapixels, the memory card that you have to use, as well as other features like the video recording (does it film in HD?). Bridge cameras can have as much as 18 megapixels and can already be used for capturing videos! Apart from this, you must also go for a bridge camera that will suit your taste. Pick one with a design that you like. And last but not the least, always go for a brand you trust. There are a lot of major electronics manufacturers around the world that offer cameras with the best quality. Check out the wide range that Casio, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and of course Nikon!