It's a great bridge camera, but it won't do anything that spectacular. Just be weary of the cruddy autofocus and grain.
I got this camera to replace my dinky little 5MP point-and-shoot. It was a huge upgrade. The resolution was much better, it had more options, and it felt like a D-SLR. After I used it for a while, I realized that it was not really what I was looking for. Sure it looks nice, but the zoom isn't something to choose a camera for. The picture quality isn't the greatest (it just loves to set it's ISO to 1600 each time, so expect noise galore in low light situations), but my main issue was the autofocus.
The autofocus is really bad. I was taking pictures at a wedding, and they all looked nice and dandy on the LCD (that's one plus about it, though. That swiveling viewfinder is one thing I miss), but when I opened them up on the computer, they were completely blurry. It was pretty bad, and I managed to salvage only about 15 pictures from a 4GB memory stick.
I'm not sure if bridge camera uses a different algorithm or method for autofocus than a D-SLR does, but I must say, it's really cruddy. The other reason I spent a few hundred extra and got the Canon T2i (the 550D) was because the SX30 IS didn't have a single remote trigger port. Sure is has BULB mode, but that feature is completely useless without a remote trigger.
The lesson I learned (twice) was not to buy a camera just because it has some feature you like. I got the T2i because if had 1080P video recording capabilities (and because it had everything the SX30 IS didn't), but to tell you the truth, I've only recorded only around 10 minutes of video over the past three months I've had this camera (but I've taken over 20,000 pictures!). I really should have gone Nikon, but it's way too late for that.
I also do a lot of shooting outdoors, but this camera won't do anything that spectacular. It's main limitation is the autofocus and grain.
This is just my personal opinion, so do what you want. Good luck!