Canon Powershot SX40 HS Bridge Superzoom Camera now £289.99 inc mainland postage @ UKDigitalCameras.co.uk (RRP £409.99)
Ok so I've been looking to upgrade from my old FujiFilm S9600 Bridge camera for a while and stumbled across this deal. I spent a lot of time researching this so hopefully my research will benefit someone else.
Note I cannot find this from a reputable UK-based merchant for less than £315 making this a great price. This was posted previously with this merchant for £305 minus postage so this price is even better. Google UkDigitalCameras.co.uk and you'll find this is a highly rated company. You can also pay via Paypal (£1 surcharge) if you don't trust their payment system. £289.99 incs £5 postage.
So, why buy a superzoom bridge camera you might ask?
If you want to try your hand at photography for the first time with a "proper camera" or if, like me, you are a budding amateur photographer that has some skill and can take a good shot but prefer to use automatic modes and do not spend ages fiddling with the finest details then a bridge camera is for you. If you want to take pictures of animals, landscapes or fine parts of architecture and cannot get right up close then a superzoom bridge is for you. I am a genuine believer that a DSLR is an unnecessary expense for most casual photographers. I won't doubt for a second that good DSLR cameras with inter-changable lenses are better than bridge cameras for pros but they are also much more expensive. All but the most discerning amateur photographers will probably find that a bridge ticks all their boxes and more for a much lower price. Why spend thousands for a bunch of features that you will probably never use anyway? Good bridges (and this is one of the best) still take crystal clear images, are packed with features and in this case have an eye watering zoom. I can assure you that you wouldn't get close to this price if you opted for a DSLR with a zoom lense of a similar size (equivalent 24mm - 840mm). Even with my old outdated FujiFilm I have had top quality large canvasses printed.
So why Canon Powershot SX40 HS?
I spent a long long time researching and I picked this camera. In my opinion this camera strikes the best balance of zoom, image quality, features and price. If zoom isn't important to you then you might want to consider another, albeit more expensive model such as the Panasonic Lumix FZ150. If zoom is everything to you, then you might want to consider the Nikon P510 with a mahoosive 42x zoom (24mm - 1000mm equivalent) from Amazon. That'll also more expensive though, and the reviews are generally less favourable.
I hope this of use to some people.