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Best Bridge Cameras 2014

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Do you want a digital camera that's more capable and produces higher-quality images and videos than a smartphone or a point-and-shoot, but is still fairly compact? If so, you're the perfect candidate for a "bridge" digital camera, which offers higher quality than point-and-shoots but is smaller and cheaper than mirrorless or DSLR cameras.

Their smaller image sensors and performance don’t quite match mirrorless and DSLR cameras. But the reward is a design that’s smaller, lighter, and therefore easier to carry and use than their more expensive counterparts. Many bridge cameras also incorporate built-in, high-zoom lenses (up to 60X), letting you zero in on the action without paying a fortune for comparable lenses on a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

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Here are the three best bridge cameras on the market.  

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    s4fun , October 8, 2013 11:39 AM
    Try the Sony Alpha NEX-3N. It is cheaper and more compact then any of those listed above.
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    d_kuhn , October 8, 2013 12:34 PM
    I guess I see all the listed camera's as falling directly into the "inexpensive point and shoot" category not the bridge category. True bridge cameras would be more like the Nikon J1, Sony NEX-5N and their ilk.
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