kview's picture

Bridge Cameras

I am looking for a new camera, preferably under £200 or thereabouts. I really know very little about photography, but just want something that will give a better shot, preferably with a good optical zoom, particularly for wildlife/landscape photography. I have been looking at bridge cameras, as they look ideal, and was wondering if there are any that people have used and would recommend?

Many thanks in advance

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Amadan's picture

Bridge Cameras

By necessity, they are a compromise. If you look at cameras with at least a 5x optical zoom, you'll find a wide choice. The major brands usually produce good results, and differences in reviews tend to depend on reviewer preferences.
One practical issue is whether the one you pick has a viewfinder - many now only have an LCD screen at the back for viewing the image. This can be tricky to use in bright sunlight. If the view-screen is movable, you'll find it easier to use the camera away from your face - say for a macro shot.
Another issue for some is whether you have "real" buttons for selecting photo modes and other settings, or whether this is done by touch-screen, which some don't like very much.
So read some on-line reviews, and look at the features.
A final point - when you've decided, don't be persuaded into a salesman's recommendation rather than the one you picked out. By and large they are seldom more knowledgeable than anyone else, and their choice may be down to availability or profit margin. Go elsewhere.

kview's picture

Cheers

Thanks for all the info, I must admit I would never have even consider factors such as a viewfinder!

I was looking at the Nikon L120, which seems a bargain price, and has good features from what I can see. I am in no particular rush tho, so will keep looking around for a while!

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kview's picture

Hmm...

But I have also found the Nikon P100 for a similar price.. Which has less megapixels, but better optical zoom, viewfinder, and more manual controls. So much choice, so little knowledge!

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Amadan's picture

You're not alone -

there are so may to choose from, and they change models often. Just because one Nikon (or whatever) is a good camera, it doesn't mean another model will be. The only thing they may have is common is the name on the badge.
I spent ages choosing a Canon, only to be persuaded by the salesman to buy a Sony, said to be just as good. Maybe, but after 18 months the motherboard failed, and repair was not cost-effective (they would have charged a large amount just to examine it - not refundable!). I went out and bought the Canon I was going to buy originally.The "might have beens" are always imponderable...
So take a little time, make your choice, then don't loose sleep about it!

miked's picture

"change models often" not

"change models often" not counted but there is probably a new model out each week from one company or other so whatever you go with now will be outdated in some way or other very quickly. On the other hand most cameras produce decent pictures now so you should be able to get good shots even if its not absolutely the best camera available.

One thing being promoted at the moment is on-camera wifi so you take your snap and within moments its beamed up to the 'cloud' online storage or facebook or wherever. This assumes you have a suitable mobile phone for the wifi on the camera to connect to and you are in an area with a reasonably fast mobile phone signal. Remains to be seen if this is a gimic or if everyone will use it.

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thanks

Yes I have noticed there seems to be a lot of updated versions which for an amateur it is hard to tell the difference between. The wifi sounds an interesting feature, although I must admit, personally, I am not sure how much I would use it!

I have decided that I think my best bet at the moment is something relatively cheap and easy to use, which I can then build on by upgrading in the future, once I have gained more knowledge and know what would suit me better.

Based on that, the Nikon L120, or possibly updated L810 sound ideal.. Has anyone had any experience of these cameras at all?

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kview's picture

Nikon L120, L810 and Olympus sp-810uz

I am also throwing the Olympus sp-810uz into the mix, as it is in my price range and sounds well equiped.. So if anyone has any experience of any of these cameras, feedback would be greatfully received!

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Fenwickfield's picture

Try

I know you have not mentioned this one Panasonic DMC-TZ8 Lumix 12x optical zoom.I got one last autumn (present) as I drooped mine and smashed the battery case.This for me who is not the best with techno stuff found it excellent fits in my pocket amazing close up shot's and landscape zoom for birds ect.I must say my main interest is photographing plants and fungi but I need detail to get the correct identity,but I have also got good shots of mammals and birds from a distance,I think there about £200.
Very interesting website.

Fenwickfield

Amadan's picture

Lumix brand -

The professional photographer Joe Cornish has published some shots taken with a Lumix - probably one of the more expensive ones! But it's probably an indication of the quality.
Fenwickfield's photos on this site are also generally excellent.

kview's picture

lumix

I must admit I was also looking at the lumix fz48, which looked great, but a little more expensive than the others. however, I have found it at a lower price, so it is a serious competitor!

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also, thanks for the positive feedback on the website!

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