Revenge of the Bridge Camera by Lumix Colleague Mark Toal

Posted Oct. 26th, 2015 by Daniel J. Cox

Revenge of the Bridge Camera. Just a quick heads up about the so-called “bridge camera.” What’s a bridge camera? Like my friend and Lumix colleague Mark Toal explains, “To me, a bridge camera has a long zoom lens attached to a point-and-shoot camera body and tends to look like baby SLR’s. Bridge cameras, like the Panasonic FZ1000, have always been an odd category for me; not a point-and-shoot and not an interchangeable lens and they have, or let’s say had, small sensors”. 

A great image of a beautiful old truck by Lumix colleague Mark Toal. Camera: Lumix FZ1000

A great image of a beautiful old truck by Lumix colleague Mark Toal. Camera: Lumix FZ1000

I think Mark gives an apt description, and quite timely since I just received the newest Lumix bridge camera, the FZ300, to take on our second Invitation Photo Tour to South Africa in less than six weeks. Mark has written a great blog post over on the Joe Farce blog about the wonder of “bridge cameras.” It’s a great intro to this subject and more and more of our Explorers are seeing the benefits of not having to carry a bunch of lenses or more importantly their huge traditional DSLR’s

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  1. Portrait of Nick Fotheringham

    Nick FotheringhamOn Nov. 18th, 2015

    I typically travel with a bridge camera as a backup to my DSLR. Over the past decade I have used two Canon models and two Lumix models. The benefits to the bridge camera that are important to me include:
    1) ultra-zoom capability available without the weight or a need to change lenses
    2) panorama images with in-camera stitching. I don’t take enough panoramas to want to bother with assembly during post-processing, and often they are just my “establishing” shot.
    3) low weight. Ideally, I would like a camera within reach 24/7, but sometimes I don’t want it to be a physical burden. I small point-and-shoot or slightly larger bridge camera works well.
    4) relatively low cost. Sometimes I need to take a camera into harm’s way when I am not convinced that the result will be worth the risk.

    My DSLR is not full frame, so I am not bothered by the small sensor. However, sometimes I trip over the limited aperture range.

  2. BillHOn Oct. 27th, 2015

    Is this the “Joe Farce blog” ?

    and Mark Toal’s Lumix blog?

    I’d appreciate reading more from you about the FZ1000 and the FZ300. I’m considering getting a modern bridge camera for quick shots of things the lenses currently on our m43 cameras aren’t right for.

    • Portrait of Daniel J. Cox

      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 27th, 2015

      Yep, you have the right web address to each photographer. We’ll do what we can to give you the info you need Bill. My wife Tanya is using the new Lumix FZ300 for an upcoming trip to Madagascar. She’s promised to write a post on her experiences. Thanks for stopping by.

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