Mat Trim explains bridge cameras


Mat Trim We asked our Fujifilm guest, professional-photographer Mat Trim (LBIPP) to tell us what a bridge camera actually is.

A bridge camera is literally a bridge between a compact digital camera and a full blown digital SLR (single-lens reflex) and it means that you get the best of both worlds.

The bridge camera never forgets where it came from and always retains the fabulous ease of use that the compact camera affords, which means it is very easy to use with full automatic functions.

However, it also has some DSLR (Digital single-lens relex) DNA and that means it also has creative control and great lenses. Add to that DSLR styling and handling and you get the ideal camera.

With a bridge camera you get the DSLR styling, handling and performance but without the huge initial cost, weight and running expenses. It's great for everyone from the complete beginner to seasoned enthusiast.

Eventually the beginner photographer will become more creative and their photography will improve, and the enthusiast will wonder why he's been lugging that great big DSLR around all these years.

563203 - Fujifilm FinePix S1600 bridge camera Cost-wise, bridge cameras are about one quarter the cost of a DSLR but once purchased that's pretty much it except perhaps for some extra media cards.

The camera's built-in lens has such a wide range that it encompasses all the lenses you would ever need, coupled with full manual controls and all the usual functions you'd find on a DSLR. Most serious users would more than happy with a bridge camera.

The absolute beginner needn't be scared either – the bridge camera is designed to take even the most inexperienced photographer and take their photography further. Remember you cannot make a mistake in digital photography, you can only learn and get better.

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  1. William June 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    My daughters were about to order me the Canon SX40Hs that was on a few weeks ago. I was getting it for fathers day! TSV has now got me wondering. In Mats opinion which is the better of the 2?

  2. john delaney October 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    hi matt just got the fujifinepix800exr you presented on qvc , could you please please tell me the steps on what i have to actually do on the camera to connect it to my wi-fi router , pleeeeease matt , bought this camera coz of the brill demo you did , i should have taped it because i own the new ipad , btw my router is bt , thanks matt john delaney.

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