What is meant by the term "bridge camera"? Recently I bought a Nikon Coolpix L820. It's mentioned as being a bridge camera.
And is this camera is a good option for a beginner?
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Bridge cameras are cameras which fill the niche between the single-lens reflex cameras (SLRs) and the point-and-shoot camera. They are often comparable in size and weight to the smallest digital SLRs (DSLR), but almost all digital bridge cameras lack an optical viewfinder system (film bridges generally had a lighter version of a reflex finder). In addition, SLRs normally feature interchangeable lenses, while current bridge cameras do not. They are prominent in the prosumer market segment. The phrase has been in use at least since the 1980s, and continues to be used with digital cameras. The term "bridge camera" was originally used to refer to film cameras which "bridged the gap" between point-and-shoot cameras and SLRs.
As to whether any camera, including a bridge camera is good for a beginner really depends on several factors:
Bridge Camera combines the concepts, and just the concetps of the DSLR and Point&Shoots Camera. The simplicity of the P&S operations combined with the some technical concept of DSLR, that is what we called a Bridge Camera. This makes them ideal for photographers who like the simplicity of a compact camera, although occasionally find it rather restrictive in terms of lens range and picture taking features
In terms of physical size and ergonomics, Bridge camera presents a middle ground. Lenses on Bridge cameras are fixed can cannot be detached, but its lenses offers zoom ranges. A typical zoom range will enable you to tackle everything from landscapes at the wide-angle end through to tame wildlife and sporting action at the telephoto end, but take note, that is mainly because of its smaller image censors, and we cannot really make it function like what a DSLR can do. They can also focus to a near Macro quality like those of the DSLR's Macro lens.