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Feb 9, 2019 12:02:04   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
I thought it was a camera the bridge gap between P&S and cameras with fully interchangeable lenses like DSLR and MLIC but it seems that to qualify as a bridge camera one must have relative long zoom. 10X or more and often a lot more. I think they don't classify something like the Sony RX-1, Panasonic LX-100 as bridge.

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Feb 9, 2019 12:09:04   #
RichardSM
 
BebuLamar wrote:
I thought it was a camera the bridge gap between P&S and cameras with fully interchangeable lenses like DSLR and MLIC but it seems that to qualify as a bridge camera one must have relative long zoom. 10X or more and often a lot more. I think they don't classify something like the Sony RX-1, Panasonic LX-100 as bridge.


Google is your friend this will answer your question quite well good luck.

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Feb 9, 2019 12:24:52   #
BlueMorel (a regular here)
 
What a not helpful response! If you know, it only takes a moment to respond. If you don't (like me) wait a bit for someone more helpful to come along so that both the OP and I can learn.

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Feb 9, 2019 12:32:35   #
Rich1939 (a regular here)
 
BebuLamar wrote:
I thought it was a camera the bridge gap between P&S and cameras with fully interchangeable lenses like DSLR and MLIC but it seems that to qualify as a bridge camera one must have relative long zoom. 10X or more and often a lot more. I think they don't classify something like the Sony RX-1, Panasonic LX-100 as bridge.


Ha! One of those things we all know instinctively but never went so far as to actually look for a definition. I have always felt it was more than a pocket point and shoot but less than a DSLR.
Here is one discussion: https://digital-photography-school.com/bridge-camera-what-is-it-and-is-it-for-me/

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Feb 9, 2019 13:27:14   #
Bokehen
 
IMO a bridge camera is a camera that looks like a standard size camera body and with a stock sort of lens. However, the lens appears in length to that of a 85mm but can extend beyond that point in other words.. a camera with a built in lens smaller sensor and not very reliable. I've gotten better images from my pocket camera and now my M6. I would avoid these types of cameras as they are trying to "bridge" the gap between the pocket camera and the full size DSLR

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Feb 9, 2019 13:40:05   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
BebuLamar wrote:
I thought it was a camera the bridge gap between P&S and cameras with fully interchangeable lenses like DSLR and MLIC but it seems that to qualify as a bridge camera one must have relative long zoom. 10X or more and often a lot more. I think they don't classify something like the Sony RX-1, Panasonic LX-100 as bridge.


It can be a short-ish zoom as well. I think to qualify as a bridge camera, it should have a viewfinder - either optical or EVF, have lots of manual control options, and a decent zoom - the RX10m2 was considered a bridge even though it has a 24-200mm lens. It can also be a pocketable camera like the RX100 series, which has a decent EVF and a 24-200 zoom as well. Also, more bridge cameras are able to record raw images.

I think the comment about a bridge camera somehow being a less reliable camera has no merit or basis in reality.

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Feb 9, 2019 13:53:56   #
MrBob
 
The very first Sony DSC-R1 with non interchangeable 24-120 zoom which I have is a Bridge camera with a Zeiss lens. This camera lens combo has prob. the best micro contrast of anything I own and has recorded some of the best images I have taken. I have always said this is one of the best buys in the used market as the lens alone is worth the price.

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Feb 9, 2019 14:02:15   #
Rich1939 (a regular here)
 
Bokehen wrote:
IMO a bridge camera is a camera that looks like a standard size camera body and with a stock sort of lens. However, the lens appears in length to that of a 85mm but can extend beyond that point in other words.. a camera with a built in lens smaller sensor and not very reliable. I've gotten better images from my pocket camera and now my M6. I would avoid these types of cameras as they are trying to "bridge" the gap between the pocket camera and the full size DSLR


I don't know where you got all that negativity from about bridge cameras but it certainly hasn't been my experience or the experience of friends. Personally I've had a Nikon P100,4.6-120mm (26-678 eq), for about 9 years as a "Look where I've been" camera for trips etc when I don't feel like carrying my full kit. It does a great job and can produce files that can stand printing to 16X20. My son also uses it and neither of us have ever had a problem

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Feb 9, 2019 17:00:44   #
PHRubin (a regular here)
 
Rich1939 wrote:
Ha! One of those things we all know instinctively but never went so far as to actually look for a definition. I have always felt it was more than a pocket point and shoot but less than a DSLR.
Here is one discussion: https://digital-photography-school.com/bridge-camera-what-is-it-and-is-it-for-me/


While the article says the camera should have the general shape of a small DSLR like my SX50HS, I consider my DMC-ZS100 which is pocketable a bridge camera. It has a larger (1") sensor, an EVF, and a 10X lens. I guess it hasn't been firmly pinned down, or if it has, I haven't been convinced.

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Feb 10, 2019 06:29:41   #
Linda S. (a regular here)
 
Rich1939 wrote:
I don't know where you got all that negativity from about bridge cameras but it certainly hasn't been my experience or the experience of friends. Personally I've had a Nikon P100,4.6-120mm (26-678 eq), for about 9 years as a "Look where I've been" camera for trips etc when I don't feel like carrying my full kit. It does a great job and can produce files that can stand printing to 16X20. My son also uses it and neither of us have ever had a problem


My Canon bridge (GSX or G3X?...It is packed away right now...) is a bridge...24-600 equivalent). I, like Rich 1939, used it for traveling, when I went to Sicily rather than bringing my 5DM4. Amazing camera! Any shortcomings in quality could be fixed in PSE. The only downside was when I pressed on the shutter button, a square area of the photo would pop up so that, I am assuming) I could see if everything was in focus. That I did find strange. Recent trip to Alaska, I did take both cameras. Definitely has a place in my camera bag.

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Feb 10, 2019 07:24:06   #
mas24
 
A Bridge camera is a lookalike DSLR that has a zoom fixed lens. I don't know the minimum focal range. But, I would say at least a 200mm zoom focal range. Some Bridge cameras have a viewfinder, and some do not. Such as my Nikon L840, a 16 megapixels camera,
,with a maximum focal range to 855mm, which does not have a viewfinder. It could very well qualify as a point and shoot Bridge camera. And they can have the tiny 1/2.3" sensor. Or a 1" sensor. The 1" sensors are the better Bridge cameras. A Sony RX10iv is an advanced Bridge camera. IMO.

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Feb 10, 2019 07:33:38   #
insman1132
 
Actually, Bebu, a Bridge camera is, in my opinion, very close to a DSLR in it operation and flexibility, but has a fixed lens. I don't believe you can change the lens on any camera known and sold as a Bridge camera. And, it does not need to have a long reach lens to be a Bridge Camera. Here is a definition and explanation for your convenience : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_camera

Hope this helps.

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Feb 10, 2019 08:43:09   #
pithydoug
 
Gene51 wrote:
It can be a short-ish zoom as well. I think to qualify as a bridge camera, it should have a viewfinder - either optical or EVF, have lots of manual control options, and a decent zoom - the RX10m2 was considered a bridge even though it has a 24-200mm lens. It can also be a pocketable camera like the RX100 series, which has a decent EVF and a 24-200 zoom as well. Also, more bridge cameras are able to record raw images.

I think the comment about a bridge camera somehow being a less reliable camera has no merit or basis in reality.
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Amen! While it's on the high price end of the bridge family , the Sony rx10(It's up to version IV), with a zeis 24-600MM lens is outstanding. Much better than the entry level DSLRs. Lens is good front to back.

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Feb 10, 2019 08:52:19   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
insman1132 wrote:
Actually, Bebu, a Bridge camera is, in my opinion, very close to a DSLR in it operation and flexibility, but has a fixed lens. I don't believe you can change the lens on any camera known and sold as a Bridge camera. And, it does not need to have a long reach lens to be a Bridge Camera. Here is a definition and explanation for your convenience : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_camera

Hope this helps.


I read the article and it seems to me that the higher end fixed lens, short or no zoom camera are not bridge camera.
For example the Sony RX1, the Leica Q (typ 116). Those have fixed lens. Have all the controls needed. Just no zoom lens.

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Feb 10, 2019 08:53:28   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
pithydoug wrote:
Amen! While it's on the high price end of the bridge family , the Sony rx10(It's up to version IV), with a zeis 24-600MM lens is outstanding. Much better than the entry level DSLRs. Lens is good front to back.


But is the more expensive RX1 a bridge camera? It has no zoom.

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