One common term you’ll hear around photographers is ‘zoom with your feet’. It relates to using prime lenses, and having to effectively move yourself if you want to get closer to the object you’re shooting. However, in the case of bridge cameras – or as they’re sometimes known, superzooms – this is never an issue. With our longest focal length clocking in at a frankly obscene 35mm equivalent 2000mm, you’re even able to shoot the moon without leaving your seat – just crack open the window!
This optical marvel brings obvious strengths, such as being able to capture subjects at great distances, and cutting costs on otherwise expensive lenses, however, they all feature smaller sensors than DSLRs. The Panasonic and Sony feature a 1in CMOS sensor, though the Nikon features a 1/2.3in sensor, which is the same size as a smartphone. Also, in the case of the Nikon, you can’t shoot RAW images, only JPEGs. This doesn’t mean you can’t get amazing results, but areas such as low-light performance won’t match APS-C or full-frame cameras.