Best bridge cameras of 2016

The best cameras with fixed lenses and big zooms

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

    Best general-purpose bridge camera

    The perfect mix if you want dSLR-like controls and better than point-and-shoot performance with the convenience of a single fixed lens.

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  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

    Best bridge camera for enthusiasts

    The Panasonic Lumix FZ300 might not be a huge update from its predecessor, the FZ200, but it's still one of the best in its class and a fantastic option for a single camera for photos and video -- even in the rain.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

    Best bridge camera value

    This bridge camera is a great middle ground between a point-and-shoot and digital SLR. Though it's old, it still stands up to the newer models, at a better price.

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  • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

    Best bridge camera with a really big zoo...

    One of the top bridge cameras in its class thanks to improved design, useful features, excellent photos and video and -- of course -- its really wide and really long lens.

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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.

Still not convinced?You may want to consider these other options...

  • The D500 scores on almost all counts
    Nikon D500
  • Versatile 360-degree camera in need of better software
    Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K
  • The Pentax K-1 delivers a fine full-frame value for the photo-focused
    Pentax K-1
  • The G7 X Mark II is a good choice when you're ready to step up to better photos
    Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • LG's cheap 360 camera a great start, but not as strong at the finish
    LG 360 Cam
  • The Canon 80D delivers on faster focus
    Canon EOS 80D
  • The F in this PEN stands for fun and fast
    Olympus PEN-F