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Olympus SP-820 UZ
Overview - Full review
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Overview - Full review
Nikon Coolpix P510
Overview - Full review
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Overview - Full review
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
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Score
3/5
4/5
4/5
3/5
5/5
Handling
3/5 4/5 3/5 3/5 5/5
Responsiveness
4/5 3/5 3/5 2/5 5/5
Picture Quality
3/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 4/5
Video
2/5 3/5 4/5 2/5 5/5
User Score
5/5 (1)
4/5 (7)
4/5 (4)
4/5 (11)
Specifications
Specifications
SensorCMOS 14 Mpx, 1/2.3", 49 Mpx/cm
Lens 40x 22 -896 mm f/3.4 -5.7
StabilisationMechanical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.6 cm, TN, 460000 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)80 - 6400 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,30 fps, Mono
Internal memory43MB
External memory
Connections
Power source4 AA / N.A.
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight78 x 117 x 96 mm / 462 g
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 12 Mpx, 1/2.3", 42 Mpx/cm
Lens 50x 24 -1200 mm f/3.4 -6.5
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderElectronic
Screen7.1 cm, not TN, 461000 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)80 - 6400 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,24 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / NB-10L
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight91 x 123 x 114 mm / 587 g
Specifications
SensorBSI CMOS 16 Mpx, 1/2.3", 56 Mpx/cm
Lens 42x 24 -1000 mm f/3 -5,9
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderElectronic
Screen75 mm, not TN, 921000 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 3200 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,30 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / Li-ion EN-EL5
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantN.A., N.A.
Dimensions/Weight102 x 120 x 83 mm / 536 g
Specifications
SensorCCD 16 Mpx, 1/2.3", 56 Mpx/cm
Lens 30x 24 -720 mm f/3.4 -5.8
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderN.A.
Screen7.5 cm, TN, 461000 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 1600 ISO
Video mode1280 x 720 pixels,25 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / NB-L6 (3.5 Wh)
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight69 x 104 x 81 mm / 326 g
Specifications
SensorCMOS 12 Mpx, 1/2.3", 42 Mpx/cm
Lens 24x 25 -600 mm f/2.8 -8
StabilisationOptical
ViewfinderElectronic
Screen7.6 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 1600 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,50 fps, Stereo
Internal memory70MB
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / DMW-BLC12E (8.7Wh)
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight87 x 125 x 120 mm /
Conclusion
The Olympus SP-820 UZ is much cheaper than other bridge cameras with zoom lenses this powerful. Unfortunately, it's also not as well built as these higher-end models. Plus, image quality will only really be good enough to suit users shooting outdoors in broad daylight.
The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is an interesting and attractive bridge camera. Its 50x zoom sets it apart from competitors but image quality isn't on par with the Panasonic FZ200, for example, which makes do with a 24x zoom.
The Nikon Coolpix P510 is a nice bridge to handle and use. What's more, the jaw-dropping focal range (24-1000 mm) makes it a very versatile camera indeed. It takes good-quality pictures, but the P510 can be a bit slow to focus, especially at maximum zoom settings. Plus, don't forget that a zoom lens this powerful will need a lot of light!
The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS is a sort of mini-bridge camera that packs a 30x zoom into a low-cost body. While the lens is OK quality, cost-saving cuts tarnish the final package—this camera can be frustratingly slow and is incapable of correcting chromatic aberration, for example. It also struggles a bit in low light and the video mode could be better.
Compared with its predecessors, the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 moves things up a gear thanks to its f/2.8 constant aperture lens. Image quality hasn't taken a huge leap forwards but it remains excellent. With top-notch quality in photo and video modes, and sheer originality, the FZ200 sets a new standard in today's bridge market.
Pros

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Decent quality lens (in spite of its large focal range!)

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Full HD video with a relatively sharp picture

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Excellent grip, big and comfortable handle

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Easy to use

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RAW mode

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Easy to use / Manual modes available

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Good picture quality at wide-angle settings

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Full HD video with good-quality stereo sound

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Good grip

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Monster optical zoom with versatile focal range

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Tilt screen

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Lens quality and picture quality up to 800 ISO

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720p 60 fps video mode for slow-motion scenes

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Good design and handling

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Practical to handle, clear interface

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Quick zoom-out button to find a subject that's moved out of view at telephoto settings

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Good sharpness levels in the middle of the frame at all focal lengths

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Good image quality up to 800 ISO

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Lens with constant f/2.8 aperture

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Full HD video at 50 fps with stereo sound

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Good responsiveness

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Good design and handling, easy to use, customisable features

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RAW and Jpeg mode

Cons

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Digital noise could be handled more effectively

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Build quality isn't always up to scratch (battery compartment) / Screen is below par

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No advanced settings

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Video noise in low light, poor audio quality

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Strong chromatic aberration / Image lacks sharpness at telephoto

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Autofocus isn't particularly reliable at telephoto settings

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Poor-quality viewfinder

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Video framerate just 24 fps

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EVF is too small

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Battery life is a little on the low side

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No RAW mode

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Images aren't automatically rotated

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Autofocus can be hesitant in low light

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Optical stabilisation could be better

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Very plasticky build / Screen looks dark when viewed from below

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Photo-to-photo turnaround is too slow

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Sensitivity isn't great, chromatic aberration visible on 4" x 6" photos

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Video mode could be better (contrast, noise, audio, etc.)

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Low-def, low-contrast viewfinder with sequential display

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Plastic build, could be better quality