Let’s continue our review of the various types of digital cameras available in today’s marketplace. The mirrorless bridge super-zoom cameras are a very exciting group that most brands participate in and compete in to become #1. They are fairly light, weighing around two pounds, which makes them good for traveling with. Everything is contained in the body of this camera including a zoom lens that works for wide angle landscapes, telephoto bird captures, and macro (closeup) shots as close as 2″. Many even have HD video with audio. There really isn’t much they don’t do!
These are state of the art cameras with Live View both on the LCD, and in the viewfinder. This makes it easy to view the screen even in the most intense sun. Additionally these cameras have Optical Image stabilization (OIS, steadicam), built into the body, which helps you take sharper images.
The fact that they have integrated exposure compensation into the Live View is very forwarding thinking, and in my opinion, is the future face of cameras. There is no perfect camera out there and the bridge super-zooms are not without their weak spots, but this group provides a pretty solid set of cameras.
The mini-M-DSLR is a cross of old school and new tech. In the car world, they would be called the retro mods. The bodies and lenses are very small, but the big difference between these and the bridge super-zoom cameras mentioned above, is that the lenses on the mini-M-DSLR are interchangeable.
Many photographers love accessories. They love having a gadget bag filled with, well, gadgets. The camera manufacturers strive to please. There are some very cool designs out there with a really nice retro feel to them.
Stay tuned for part 3.