Although its 24x (25 to 600 mm) zoom many not seem all that impressive in today's market, the constant f/2.8 aperture (all the way up to 600 mm) certainly is! In fact, the FZ200 lens lets in almost four times more light that competitor models. On top of that, it's the sharpest, most accurate lens in the bridge market right now. With a quality sensor and top-notch design and handling, the FZ200 may be little pricey for a bridge, but we think it's worth every penny.
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Experts and Pros
Although the 26x zoom may not seem all that powerful these days, this bridge boasts a mechanical lens ring, a nice viewfinder and plenty of advanced functions (high dynamic range, high sensitivity, etc.).
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Canon's bridge camera has a monster 35x zoom lens that's surprisingly good. It also sells for a slightly more reasonable price than some models. On the other hand, it has a lower-def screen than the Sony and Panasonic bridges, video is limited to 24 fps and it's not quite as responsive either.
Olympus SZ-31 MR
As well as an excellent lens, quality image processing and a good video mode, this camera has loads of original extra functions for things like shooting two videos simultansouely or taking a photo while filming.