Bridge Camera Vs Digital SLR

People want more than what your iPhone can do. What can you do if you need clearer portraits, closer ups, or the ability to enlarge for printing?

There was only one choice for a long time: a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera. The “bridge” camera has emerged as the new favourite, which bridges the gap between point-and-shoot and DSLR in terms of price and functions.

Let’s look at the pros and cons.

Digital SLR Camera


Sensors are generally more valuable.

Interchangeable lenses.

Zoom and macro capabilities improved.


More pricey

Additional lenses can be purchased.

Not as portable

You will need more information to be able to work properly. However, they are getting easier.

Bridge Camera


Usually less expensive (not always true with entry-level DSLRs).

You don’t need extra lenses.

More portable.

It is easy to set up ‘Auto’ settings. Again, entry-level DSLRs are very simple these days.


Limited zoom capabilities

Low light performance is often poor.

You have limited ability to increase your skills.

Which camera is right for you?

First, ask yourself what you want from your photography.

It all depends on how much you are willing to give up.

Bridge cameras allow you to have many options without spending a lot. The “auto” setting can be used if you don’t need to alter many of the settings. This basically means that it’s a point-and-shoot on steroids. You can learn how to adjust the settings if you wish to improve your skills. Keep in mind that not all bridge cameras can be controlled “manually”.

DSLR cameras offer the most flexibility and options, but they are more expensive and less portable. You can broaden your photographic horizons with almost limitless options for flashes, lighting and lenses. You couldn’t expect to take stunning images straight out of the box in the past. However, some entry-level DSLRs have auto settings that make it possible. It can be difficult to get the most out of your camera’s settings if you don’t want to dig into them. You will also want to purchase more than the “kit” lens that came with your camera. Remember that lenses can’t be bought from all major brands. You can’t buy Nikon lenses if you have a Canon 7D. There are some brands that can make lenses for multiple cameras, such as Sigma and Tamron.

It all comes down to this: What are your needs? A bridge camera will work well for you if you just need a better zoom range than your smartphone. A DSLR is the best choice if you are looking to improve your skills and grow. DSLRs can become addictive, and they can also be expensive if you need to purchase new lenses or accessories.

As a professional photographer of youth sports, schools, and events, I recommend the DSLR. The auto settings are very easy, and they have become affordable. There are many bridge cameras that can be used if you don’t want to change the auto settings.

The Nikon D3100 would be my recommendation for an entry-level DSLR. My company specializes in high-volume photography, mostly of youth sports and school events (we’ll photograph more than 100,000 children this year). The D3100 is well-suited for my youth sports photographers. MVP Studios has sample photos of the D3100. This is very important to me as my personal camera, the Canon 7D. The 7D is a professional-level camera that I can’t emphasize enough. This is the most affordable camera on the market.