Sony is currently the most popular brand choice by sales when we look at their range of bridge cameras. But which is the best Sony bridge camera for 2016 and how do users rate the different models available right now?
Of the five 2015 / 2016 models in their current range four appear in the top 100 bestsellers list at the time of writing, more than any other manufacturer. Many of their older models continue to sell well and offer great value for money. Sony cameras have consistently high reviews right across the range.
We have created a table below to show their current range and the most popular of their older models. You will see all the cameras have at least a 4 star rating. Below the table we give a short outline review of the best Sony bridge cameras.
Sony began business in 1946 in Tokyo. Today they are one of the most wide reaching entertainment companies and the third largest camera manufacturer in the world. They are generally well known for producing superb camcorders, high spec professional video cameras and bringing an excellent range of televisions to the mass market.
Sony Pictures, Mobile Communications and Financial Services make up other areas of their business. In recent years they have had amazing success with the Sony Playstation.
Sony launched the Cybershot range of compact cameras in 1996. Recently they set new standards in 2014 with the launch of their top of the range and best Sony bridge camera the RX10.
Any of the cameras in the table below represent a good buy and good value for money in their own right. It is the nuances of the cameras which differ such as optical zoom length reaching 35x on the H300 to a massive 63x on the DSC-H400 model.
You might also find deals available at certain times which may include the camera, a case and some accessories being packaged together. These can be even better value for money.
Sony Cybershot Bridge Cameras Comparison Table
Please note that the number of reviews and average ratings are taken from Amazon UK. They were correct at the time this table was compiled. All ratings are based on a scoring out of 5 stars. We have also suggested a current price but this may differ if or when special offers are available and depending on where you decide to buy.
|Model||Image||No Of |
|RX10||25||4.7||£659||8.3x||20.2MP 1" CMOS||3" TFT LCD||Yes||1080p|
|H300||85||4.5||£115||35x||20.1MP CCD||3" TFT LCD||No||720p|
|H400||83||4.5||£170||63x||20.1MP CCD||3" TFT LCD||Yes||720p|
|DSC-HX300||82||4.5||£220||50x||20.4MP 1/2.3" CMOS||3" TFT LCD||Yes||1080p|
|DSC-HX400V||62||4.5||£299||50x||20.4MP 1/2.3" CMOS||3" TFT LCD Tiltable||Yes||1080p|
Summary Reviews of the Cybershot Range
Sony RX10 Cybershot Digital Bridge Camera Summary Review
The groundbreaking RX10 has maintained a high and consistent rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from Amazon buyers. With probably the highest price tag for a bridge this clearly shows what a quality product it is as, even when parting with a lot of money, customers rate it among the highest satisfaction levels of any camera available. Priced at well over £1000 at launch the RX10 has been discounted to around the £660 level to fend off newer competition, particularly from Panasonic.
The camera exudes quality throughout and in itself cannot be faulted. To be picky the optical zoom is only a disappointing 8.3X which is easily outperfomed by most of the cheaper models. Where this Sony camera wins out is in the constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the focal length range. This gives you, the photographer, much better control over depth of field when using zoom than in any other bridge camera to date. It of course comes with Full HD 1080p video recording. The built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity are a nice addition.
Sony DSC-H400 Digital Camera
This model has a high rating at 4.6 out of 5 stars from 83 customer / buyer reviews over at Amazon. The DSC-H400 was first available from Amazon in February 2014 so it incorporates Sony’s newest tehcnologies. This bridge camera is currently available for under £170, depending where you buy, and is a very popular choice in this price range.
The very high specification includes a massive 63x optical zoom, 20.1 megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor with Lithium Ion battery for longer shooting time. It also gives creative option of using either the large clear TFT LCD screen or the very sharp viewfinder for more involved picture framing. Video recording is also possible at 720P.
All in all a well priced and really powerful all round bridge that handles like a DSLR.
Sony H300 Digital Compact Camera
This one is at the lower end of the price range for bridge cameras and should be available for around £100. Amazon first offered this model in October 2013. The predecessor of the model above it has a slightly less advanced spec but still achieves a 4.5 customer rating out of 5 from 85 reviews. This clearly shows the consistency of Sony across their camera range.
The major differences between this and the DSC-H400 are the 35x optical zoom range provided here and the absence of EVF (electronic viewfinder) making this model more similar to compact cameras. To be realistic though, it handles like an SLR and for a camera like this to break the £100 barrier something has to give. The H300 is still a highly recommended bridge camera for beginners.
Sony DSCHX400V Compact Digital Bridge Camera
This model is a well rated and popular choice for many people when it comes to buying a good bridge camera. There are around 65 buyer reviews over at Amazon and it has maintained a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars over a good length of time since January 2014. You can pick it up for just under £300. This is at the higher end for Sony bridge cameras but we think that is still well worth that price tag.
Connection via Wi-Fi and NFC allow easy sharing and the inclusion of PlayMemories Camera Apps give a new feel to this upgraded model. This model supercedes the HX300 (below). The usual Sony high spec includes 20.4 mp CMOS sensor, 50x optical zoom and fast image processing for first class detail and full HD video. Now including Optical Steadyshot which corrects blur in photos or video. this model makes some subtle but very useful advances on the earlier version. A recommended buy.
Sony Cyber-Shot HX300 Bridge Camera
Next up is a camera which will cost you around £220. Again with over 80 buyer reviews you can immediately see that this is another popular Sony model. The HX300 again has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from Amazon buyers matching the consistant scoring of this manufacturer. While this model is still on sale there is a newer version available, but at a higher price. For the budget concious this is still an excellent buy.
From the wide-angle 24mm up to the 50x optical zoom this camera is suited to any situation you may meet on your travels without having to carry additional lenses. The lock-on high speed autofucus means you shouldn’t miss any action shots while the in-built sensitive flash ensures low light capability. A 20.4 megapixel CMOS sensor removes picture noise giving excellent detail in stills or full HD video. Both LCD screen and EVF are included for ease of use.
Compare the front view of Sony’s bridge cameras above.
As we have reached the end of our list I am sure you will agree that Sony provide an excellent range of digital bridge cameras with something suitable for beginners or semi-pro enthusiasts. We hope we have helped you make up your mind which one is best for you.