Bridge cameras lie somewhere in-between an SLR and a compact point and shoot camera. They’re ideal for holidays because they’re not as heavy or bulky as DSLRs yet they give you more control than your typical point and shoot camera.

Professional photographers are not likely to play around too much with these cameras, and that’s mainly because they lack advanced controls and interchangeable lenses, but for those semi-pro photographers who do not want to lug around a big heavy camera, these can be ideal.

The market for bridge cameras has grown in recent years, and they’re priced in between compact cameras and DSLRs, so they’re a good option if you want to break into photography but you’re not willing to spend thousands of pounds.