Revenge of the Bridge Camera

Today’s post by Mark Toal

FZ1000 girls in a tireTo me, a bridge camera has a long zoom lens attached to a point-and-shoot camera body and tend 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 lets say had small sensors.

Now both Sony and Panasonic have bridge-style cameras that have larger one-inch sensors. Since I work for Panasonic and am a little biased I’m not going to try and review the quality of these camera at all. They both have one-inch, 20 Megapixel sensors so lets assume that the still image quality in the very close between the two cameras.

FZ1000 red truck

I tried the Sony RX10, when it first came out but felt limited by the 25-200mm zoom range of the lens. The Panasonic FZ1000 zooms to 400mm and shoots 4K video. The main point to me for using a bridge camera is the long zoom but the 4K video is an added plus. These are perfect travel cameras as photographer Dan Cox has written about in his travel blog.

FZ1000 Steam up conductor

When my FZ1000 arrived I have to admit I didn’t think this was a camera I would use much because I’m pretty fond of my Micro Four-thirds cameras. After seeing a few of the images that I’ve taken this week I would encourage you to take a look at these new bridge cameras. I’m amazed at the image quality.

Mark.BWMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this  blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at He can be contacted at

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