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Aug 10, 2015 20:35:06   #
DaveyDitzer Loc: Western PA
 
Many of you were very helpful in offering your ideas about what compact / bridge camera with an OVF I could consider to add to my DSLR kit for traveling light. I promised to post a summary of my findings so far and that is what I am attempting to upload to the site. Hope it works. Thanks for all your help.

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Aug 10, 2015 20:45:23   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
A bridge camera is a small DSLR, with a zoom lens glued in place!! Well, sort of! If you truly want to travel light the how bout a "travel superzoom". There is a wide range of price and if you can afford an expensive one then you can afford to have a big pocket..

I have a Sony HX50v it has all the toots whistles and bells you could wish for and a Zeiss 30X lens. Good IQ with a little post. If you must go with a bridge, lots of people in UHH have the Canon SX50 and love it... that would have been my second choice.. but it is so big!! By the way since I got the HX50 my two DSLRs and all that heavy glass is in two camera bags that are dusty on the closet shelf.

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Aug 10, 2015 21:46:46   #
jfn007 Loc: Close to the middle of nowhere.
 
I do not know much about "bridge cameras." Is the Nikon P900 considered a bridge?
dpullum wrote:
A bridge camera is a small DSLR, with a zoom lens glued in place!! Well, sort of! If you truly want to travel light the how bout a "travel superzoom". There is a wide range of price and if you can afford an expensive one then you can afford to have a big pocket..

I have a Sony HX50v it has all the toots whistles and bells you could wish for and a Zeiss 30X lens. Good IQ with a little post. If you must go with a bridge, lots of people in UHH have the Canon SX50 and love it... that would have been my second choice.. but it is so big!! By the way since I got the HX50 my two DSLRs and all that heavy glass is in two camera bags that are dusty on the closet shelf.
A bridge camera is a small DSLR, with a zoom lens ... (show quote)

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Aug 11, 2015 08:21:23   #
pecohen Loc: Central Maine
 
dpullum wrote:

...I have a Sony HX50v it has all the toots whistles and bells you could wish for and a Zeiss 30X lens. Good IQ with a little post...

That caught my attention so I did a bit of research on that camera and found it was missing something that, to me, is important - support for RAW.

Does anyone have a list of bridge cameras that do support RAW? I suspect there are a number of them but the only one I am aware of is the SX50. Probably the SX60 does as well but I've not done the research on it.

Along with the sensor size, this particular detail is not often so easy to determine. For the HX50v I had to download and search through the instruction manual - after not finding it on the Sony specifications sheet or in an independent review of the camera.

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Aug 11, 2015 09:16:19   #
robrory Loc: Coatesville, PA
 
Panasonic-Lumix FZ200

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Aug 11, 2015 09:58:21   #
Shutterbugsailer Loc: Staten Island NY (AKA Cincinnati by the Sea)
 
jfn007 wrote:
I do not know much about "bridge cameras." Is the Nikon P900 considered a bridge?


In the world of bridge cameras, The Nikon P900 could be considered the Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel, while the Canon sx50 is merely the Verruzano Bridge

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Aug 11, 2015 10:25:33   #
BuckeyeBilly Loc: St. Petersburg, FL
 
DaveyDitzer wrote:
Many of you were very helpful in offering your ideas about what compact / bridge camera with an OVF I could consider to add to my DSLR kit for traveling light. I promised to post a summary of my findings so far and that is what I am attempting to upload to the site. Hope it works. Thanks for all your help.


Here is a link for TechRadar's ranking of the best bridge cameras. Six of the 10 listed have RAW capability. Enjoy!

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/best-bridge-camera-1259503

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Aug 11, 2015 10:31:42   #
BuckeyeBilly Loc: St. Petersburg, FL
 
pecohen wrote:
That caught my attention so I did a bit of research on that camera and found it was missing something that, to me, is important - support for RAW.

Does anyone have a list of bridge cameras that do support RAW? I suspect there are a number of them but the only one I am aware of is the SX50. Probably the SX60 does as well but I've not done the research on it.

Along with the sensor size, this particular detail is not often so easy to determine. For the HX50v I had to download and search through the instruction manual - after not finding it on the Sony specifications sheet or in an independent review of the camera.
That caught my attention so I did a bit of researc... (show quote)


See my post above, the one with a link to TechRadar's "top ten bridge cameras."

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Aug 11, 2015 10:47:23   #
Stevejayd Loc: Palm Desert Ca
 
I have a Sony Rx100 m2
It's small , fits in pocket , super sensor , great in low light
Only issue is the small zoom range
I take it to events where I don't want to just take photos but want to be part of the scene too
A use a D750 for everything else

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Aug 11, 2015 11:14:51   #
Jer Loc: Mesa, Arizona
 
Sony a6000. Very small and competes very well with any crop frame camera.

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Aug 11, 2015 11:17:49   #
Wahawk Loc: NE IA
 
pecohen wrote:
That caught my attention so I did a bit of research on that camera and found it was missing something that, to me, is important - support for RAW.

Does anyone have a list of bridge cameras that do support RAW? I suspect there are a number of them but the only one I am aware of is the SX50. Probably the SX60 does as well but I've not done the research on it.



Yes, the SX60 also has RAW option.

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Aug 11, 2015 11:25:04   #
jeep_daddy Loc: Orange County - CA
 
jfn007 wrote:
I do not know much about "bridge cameras." Is the Nikon P900 considered a bridge?


Yes it is and it's one that I'd recommend. I've got a friend that's had the P600 and now the P900 and she loves them both.

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Aug 11, 2015 11:35:30   #
MEB540 Loc: New Jersey
 
I recently purchased a refurbished Canon G1x from canon for a much discounted price, It is not what I call a super zoom, it has a 28-112 zoom range, but almost a full crop sensor, so the images it produces are of a very high quality. It is not super small or lightweight, but it is much lighter then taking your dslr. I think it is the perfect combination of size, image quality and features.

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Aug 11, 2015 12:19:10   #
MakuaMan Loc: Waianae, Hi.
 
DaveyDitzer wrote:
Many of you were very helpful in offering your ideas about what compact / bridge camera with an OVF I could consider to add to my DSLR kit for traveling light. I promised to post a summary of my findings so far and that is what I am attempting to upload to the site. Hope it works. Thanks for all your help.


I would check out the FZ300 that comes out next month. It has Raw, a weather-resistant body, a 25-600mm and a touchscreen for $600.00. Read up on DP Review. Good luck!.
MakahaMan

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Aug 11, 2015 13:49:44   #
sirlensalot Loc: Arizona
 
Sony a6000 is my my preference for travel, although it has an EVF. Fits easily into a large pocket with the 16-50 kit lens. Super zooms as mentioned,are not important to me, especially for traveling "light", but if it is, I would choose a Canon product for the best combination of features. If video were my preference, I would be looking at Panasonic.
If absolute quality of still images were paramount, would consider Fuji as the front runner, or a Sony pocket camera Such as the RX100 - in a few versions. Good hunting.

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