Nikon fields a mini DSLR-styled bridge camera with impressive 30x optical range, AA batteries and a large LCD.
Can Sony's Godzilla-like HX300, with its large body and 50x optical zoom, tower over its rivals for handling, performance and picture quality?
For the price of a pocket camera, does Nikon's DSLR-styled alternative successfully blend a broad focal range with ease of use?
Looking for a solid 20x travel zoom camera with all the toys, including manual modes and GPS? Sony's HX20V may be the one.
Does a snapshot camera really need two shutter release buttons? Pentax's 20x optical zoom VS20 thinks so.
Sony's latest combatant in the superzoom war is this chunky, mini DSLR-styled model with a 30x zoom.
With 10.1MP, 12x zoom and Digic 5 processor in a tiny body, is this Canon IXUS camera a triumph of form and function?
Want to take action shots on the slopes, beach and underwater? Enter Panasonic's rugged FT4, with lockable seals to withstand life.
10 years of 'SP' series ultra zoom cameras from Olympus culminate in the 16 megapixel SP-620UZ. Was it worth the wait?
Possibly the most 'professional' bridge camera released to date suggests that Fuji understands the joy of X.
Looking for one compact 'travel zoom' camera that does it all? Then the chunky 16MP Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V, at 34mm 'thick', is one to add to your checklist.
Our hopes for the 10.1MP, 3.8x optical zoom Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium are as high as the premium compact camera's price tag.
Buying Guide A stalwart of the digital photography industry, the bridge camera forms a bridge between a compact point-and-shoot camera and a DSLR. But which are the best?