Best All-in-One Bridge Cameras
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Best All-in-One Bridge Cameras 2017!
Prosumer level all-in-one, or Bridge, cameras have the features and some of the performance specs of interchangeable lens cameras but are housed in bodies with built-in zoom lenses. This is a great way to get DSLR or ILC-like images, but with the convenience of a Point-and-shoot camera. These cameras cost more than your entry and mid-level point-and-shoots, but are often equipped with larger sensors, faster image processors, and improved optics. All-in-ones are perfect as second cameras for DSLR or ILC owners, or for anyone who needs to grab high-quality images or videos without having to invest in several different lenses.
With that in mind, here are our picks for the Best All-in-One Cameras for 2017, arranged in alphabetical order!
Sensor size: 1.4" | Resolution: 13.1MP at 4:3 / 12.8MP at 3:2 | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3" tilting touchscreen | Max Burst Shooting: 5.2fps | Video Recording: 1080/30p
PROS: Built-in ND, 3:2 and 4:3 modes
CONS: Below average Dynamic range, Video Quality not great
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is Canon's Powershot flagship camera. It has a compact, smart design, featuring a huge, 1.5-inch 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, a powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor, Optical Image Stabilizer and a circular, 9-blade aperture for stunning blurred backgrounds. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II has a better lens and sensor than most point-and-shoot cameras, and you never have to worry about swapping cameras. It can provide some truly stunning images out of such a small package. And the best, part, Canon just replaced it with the Mark III, which means the Mark II is dropping quickly in price.
Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 16.1MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3" Vari-angle Touch | Max Burst Shooting: 7fps | Video Recording: 1080/60p
PROS: 2000mm optical zoom, Affordable
CONS: No 4K video
The zoom power of the Nikon COOLPIX P900 is nothing short of spectacular. The 83x Optical Zoom, 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom - With 2,000mm equivalent focal length, subjects barely visible with the naked eye can fill your frame and be easily captured but the camera's 16MP sensor and fast 7fps burst shooting. And if they don't, Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom effectively doubles that reach--to a 4,000mm equivalent! With snap bridge and GPS not only can you connect to your phone, but you'll know where each and every photo was taken. This is a great camera for people just dipping their toes into nature photography and doesn't want to spend a fortune. There's no 4K video, but the 1080p HD will be enough for most people at this price point.
Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 18.1MP | Viewfinder: Optical | Display: 3.0" LCD (920K dots) | Max Burst Shooting: 30fps 4K | Video Recording: 4K/30p
PROS: RAW shooting, Image Stabilization
CONS: No articulating screen, Heavy
The PANASONIC LUMIX FZ80 is a neat little camera for less than $400 bucks. It's much larger than many Point-and-shoots and looks more like a full-sized DSLR. The advantage here is you're getting a powerful all-in-one with an 18.1 MP sensor, 20-1200mm (60X) LUMIX DC VARIO lens, fast LUMIX DFD focusing system and 4K photo and video capture. This is a value camera for those dipping their toes into the more manual functions of a DSLR or ILC camera. The unique 4K 30fps burst mode is like the iPhone's burst mode. Once you take a bunch of shots you can scroll through on the back and pick the one that you like the best. Fully updated this year from the FZ70, the LUMIX FZ80 is a great choice for people wanting to step up their Point-and-shoot game.
Sensor size: 1/2.3" | Resolution: 20.3MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3" Flip-up Touchscreen | Max Burst Shooting: 10 fps with single-shot AF, 30 fps at 8MP in 4K Photo Mode | Video Recording: 4K/30p
PROS: RAW shooting, 4K video
CONS: Not Weather Proofed, Slower glass
The Lumix DC-ZS70 is a pocketable multimedia powerhouse. With it's 20.3MP 1/2.3" High-Sensitivity Live MOS sensor, the ZS70 realizes rich image quality with low noise and sensitivity to an extended ISO 6400 for working in difficult lighting conditions. The sensor and image processor also enables shooting continuously at up to 10 fps with single-shot AF, 30 fps at 8MP in 4K Photo Modes, and UHD 4K video recording at 30p. The 4K capabilities also permit working with unique Post Focus technology for choosing a specific point of focus after shooting.
Sensor size: 1" | Resolution: 20MP | Viewfinder: Electronic | Display: 3" tilting touchscreen | Max Burst Shooting: 24 fps with AF tracking | Video Recording: 4K (24p/30p) 960fps, 480fps or 240fps capture rates to playback at 1080p, in either 60p, 30p or 24p
PROS: Up to 960fps slow motion, Long Battery life
CONS: Heavy, Expensive
This is the crème de la crème or All-in-one cameras. At around $1,600, it's worth it too. This is for people who want their images and video to look as professional as possible without the hassle of changing lenses or worrying about settings. The brand new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV is has according to Sony "The world's fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, a 315 point phase-detection AF system as well as an exceptionally versatile 24-600mm F2.4-F4 ZEISS Vario Sonnar T lens, the new RX10 IV delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate 'all-in-one' solution." With it's 1" 20MP sensor you can capture the world in brilliant 4K in a film like look at 24p or at 30p, the choice is up to you. With the ability to shoot HD at up to 960fps, you will literally miss nothing. If you've got the money and don't want the hassle that comes with a fancier camera, this is the camera for you.