If you are in the market for a bridge camera with a very long focal length, then the Canon PowerShot SX520 is definitely one to consider. Canon have long had an excellent reputation for producing some of the best bridge cameras on the market. This camera boast a 16 megapixel Digic 4+ sensor – 4 megapixels more than its predecessor.
The biggest draw for me is the actual size of camera. A huge 42x zoom (35mm equivalent of 24-1008mm) in the most compact bridge camera body to date. The new continuous auto focus comes in handy when shooting moving objects and the 9 focus points makes for sharper images.
It has an array of different shooting modes and exposure controls – it is genuinely a camera to suite all styles of photographers, from point and shoot to full control of all functions. The manual focus control is always handy when more creativity is required. Continuous drive is set to 2 fps. The self-timer can be set to 2 or 10 seconds, or custom delay. And with such a long focal length the camera has an optical image stabiliser to assist with those long range shots. Shutter speeds can vary from 15 seconds to 1/2000 of a second. Maximum aperture starts at f/3.4 to f/6. The flash range works best up to 5.5 meters.
I think this is a good little all-rounder and will do well as a family camera. Compact enough to go anywhere and easy enough to be used by everyone.
You can see the SX520 for yourself in either of our stores (based in Central London or Burgess Hill, West Sussex) or online at www.ParkCameras.com.