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Best Bridge Cameras 2014

Best Bridge Cameras 2014
By , Sean Captain

So, you're an in-betweener — a photographer who has outgrown the limitations of point-and-shoot cameras but isn't ready for the expense and inconvenience of hauling around the interchangeable lenses of a DSLR or mirrorless camera. This makes you a candidate for bridge cameras, devices that provide more advanced functions and features, superior optics, faster shooting and, ultimately, the ability to produce higher-quality images.

Bridge cameras come in a variety of sizes and shapes (including ultracompact) and offer a range of capabilities, such as mega-zoom. They all give you the option to manually select everything from f-stops (aperture) and shutter speeds to ISO (light sensitivity) and white balance, or to switch over to fully automatic. Some bridge cameras feature high-speed lenses (f2.0 or faster), which are great for taking available-light pictures in low-light shooting situations. Most also offer a range of program, focus and metering modes that greatly extend bridge cameras' versatility.

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The bottom line is that bridge cameras are smaller, lighter, simpler to use and generally less expensive than DSLRs and mirrorless options.

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Daniel Grotta has been covering digital photography since its infancy. You can follow him at the DigitalBenchmarks Lab Notes Blog and @TeamGrotta. Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

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