Best bridge camera 2019: 9 cameras that pack huge zoom lenses

If you’re in the market for a bridge camera, you’ve come to the right place. With huge zoom lenses and chunky, DSLR-style handling, they’re a popular choice for many – particularly for travel if you don’t want to have a weighty kit bag.

Bridge cameras are a versatile and affordable alternative to DSLRs. They offer many of the same manual controls (as well as a host of easy-to-use auto modes) plus a huge built-in zoom lens that covers everything from wide-angle to super-telephoto photography. 

In essence, bridge cameras are a versatile and often more affordable alternative to DSLRs or CSCs. They feature the same kind of manual controls (typically as well as a host of easy-to-use auto modes), alongside a large built-in zoom lens that will cover everything from wide-angle to super-telephoto photography. It’s like having a bag full of lenses in one neat package.

If you want to travel relatively light, you’ll have one camera that’s great for shooting expansive landscapes as well as tightly framed subjects like wildlife.

There are two important differences to be aware of, though. The first is that while some models now sport one-inch sensors, bridge cameras still have much smaller sensors than DSLRs or mirrorless cameras. Basically, that means they’re not likely to match those models for picture quality. If that’s your key concern, stick with one of these options.

What you need to know about Black Friday 2019

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday period is a great time to bag a bridge camera bargain. We can expect some seriously good models to be reduced, but it might not be the flagship models which see the biggest discounts. If you’re keen on one of the brilliant models in this guide, our handy widgets will always show you the best and latest deals. If you’re less concerned about a specific product, don’t forget to bookmark our Black Friday camera deals page where we’ll continue to highlight great new offers.

The second is that the lens is non-removable on a bridge camera, so although it can handle a wide range of subjects you can’t swap to a macro lens for…