Not a Bridge, but a Stepping Stone
Bridge cameras are hybrid cameras that are designed to encourage compact camera users to move towards using a “proper” SLR.
Whilst Compact System Cameras can claim to combine the best attributes of compacts and SLRs, Bridge cameras tend to look heavy and chunky like SLRs but don’t have the advantage of being able to change lenses. Consequently, they often get a poor press, being neither one thing or the other. Whilst they are simple to use, they also offer the enthusiast the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skill-set. They can often be the camera of choice for those people who want higher quality than the ordinary compact can offer, some decent functions and options, and a reliable zoom.
Priced between compacts and D-SLRs they are competent and reliable.