A bridge camera is so named as it bridges the gap between compact point-and-shoot cameras and DSLRs. As their quality has improved, they’ve become increasingly popular, particularly with amateur and beginner photographers. They’re often equipped with large zoom lenses that save the need to bring various interchangeable ones with you, although they have much smaller sensors than DSLRs. The result is that they’re a more affordable way of getting into photography, giving both some of the simplicity of a point-and-shoot and some of the flexibility of a DSLR. This article will examine some of the best Fujifilm bridge cameras available today.
Our Favourite Fujifilm Bridge Cameras
Why it’s great:
- 50x optical zoom equivalent to 24-1200mm.
- 16 megapixel CMOS sensor for high-quality images and video.
- Weather-proof construction stands up to the elements.
Our favourite all ‘rounder from Fujifilm is the FinePix S1. It has enough features to perform consistently well in many different settings. The 50x optical zoom gives a focal length equivalent of 24mm-1200mm; essentially a wide angle to telephoto range. This lens has a maximum aperture of an impressive f/2.8 – f/5.6, making low-light performance comparatively excellent. A 16 megapixel sensor produces high-quality images, and is capable of capturing video up to 1080p at 60fps. The FinePix S1 is easy to use, thanks to the fully articulated 3-inch screen and built in Wi-Fi compatibility. The body and casing is weather-proof, meaning you can take it out and about without fear. Overall this camera performs very well in all areas.
- At higher ISOs (above 800) there is a fair amount of image noise produced.