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    Hi we are looking at purchasing a new bridge camera and seen somewhere selling the Canon sx500is fairly cheap. But have read some reviews that it does not handle noise very well.

    So looking for some advice on which bridge camera to buy that works well in low light conditions and fast moving objects and an added bonus would be raw shooting compatibility or similar.

    Thanks for any advice

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    In a crowded and competitive market, one camera stands out for value and performance, the Pentax X-5.
    It is not the 'best' in terms of manual features but it is a camera to be proud of at the right price.
    No, I don't own one and don't have any link to camera sales.
    It might not suit you, and that's fair enough.

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    I should mention that most bridge cameras share the same sensor size as budget compact cameras so you just cannot expect fantastic low light performance. But have a look at a selection of reviews for a comparison between models. Some of the more expensive bridge cameras overlap in price with entry level large sensor compact system mirrorless cameras in price. But don't forget that you will need an extra zoom lens for these and they still won't zoom more than an average bridge.

    I do have a Nikon P500 bridge and like using it [apart from its old and inferior electronic viewfinder]. It's lighter to use and less faff with lenses compared to an interchangeable lens camera. Wouldn't say that it was fantastic in low light, but compared to cameras using a similar sensor size that are only 6 years old, it is great.

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    Thanks for the replies I have just recently got rid of a P500 camera and now looking for another model, have just seen a Fuji S8200 but it says it takes AA size batteries and was gutted by that as it looked quite a nice camera

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    I use a Panasonic FZ45, which gives me great quality shots via that Leica branded lens, & is small & light, though
    not exactly 'pocketable' !
    Don't know what the current version is ??, but all the reviews seem to rate them highly....& I love mine to bits !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by D6709 View Post
    Thanks for the replies I have just recently got rid of a P500 camera and now looking for another model, have just seen a Fuji S8200 but it says it takes AA size batteries and was gutted by that as it looked quite a nice camera
    A pack of four high capacity 2900mAh batteries should cost between 7UK and 10UK plus a small one-off cost for a charger. These should outlast most dedicated specialist batteries in my opinion. These should give you at least three times as many shots between charges as we get from the P500.
    The advantage is that you can also purchase spare AA batteries almost anywhere to keep you going in an 'emergency'.


    I suspect that you get what you pay for and as this is a relatively cheap camera it has to be judged in that light and against other comparable bridge cameras. I see nothing in this or its contemporaries that would tempt me to change my P500. Unless it was broken I would want to upgrade significantly to a higher end product. That's not to say that this is a bad camera, just that it doesn't seem to improve much on what we've got or had. Having only read reviews on the S8200, I guess I could summarise them by saying that it sounds to be alright at its price point. The same could be said for the Lumix FZ30 for instance, which is pretty much direct competition at a similar price point.

    The Pentax X5 must also be a front runner if not THE front runner here.

    Also in the running must be the Olympus SP-820 and the Canon SX500.

    All of these are around 100UK cheaper than a Nikon P510 for instance. Most run on AA batteries, probably to keep the selling price attractive, but that isn't necessarily a disadvantage as mentioned earlier.

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