Call them bridge cameras, longzooms, superzooms, or megazooms (as we do), they're all pretty much the same thing: a large lens slapped on the front of a point-and-shoot camera.
While that's a bit of an oversimplification, the fact remains that though these are full-featured models with digital SLR-style bodies, they still have the shooting performance and photo quality of a compact camera. That said, if you're after a long lens, point-and-shoot simplicity, and an affordable price (at least more so than for a dSLR that has comparable lenses), you've come to right roundup.
Editors' note: This post was originally published October 26, 2011, but is updated frequently. It was updated May 8, 2013, to include the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300.Read the full review.
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the Fujifilm SL1000 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300), taking you from a wide 24mm all the way to 1,200mm. It has excellent photo quality for its class, too. Read the full review.
P510. It uses the same 42x, 24-1000mm lens, though it gets a 2-megapixel resolution bump to 18 megapixels and a new rotating and slightly larger LCD. It's somewhat slow to focus when the lens is zoomed in, but it's otherwise worth checking out is you're looking for an easy-to-use megazoom that's geared more for snapshooters than enthusiasts. Read the full review.
Looking for specs and pricing? Compare this group of megazoom cameras head-to-head.