Nikon COOLPIX P900

83x Optical Zoom, 16 MP resolution, WiFi, Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/4000 of a second ... This is my choice, dream camera worth its $596.95.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Upgrade on SX510 with 50x optical zoom, 16 MP resolution and great video recording for $279.

Nikon Coolpix L110 12.1MP

Another cheap option is this $64.10 Nikon. It looks and feels great, but 12 MP and 15x optical zoom is more compact than bridge camera specs nowadays.

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

This Canon may offer only 12 MP, but you can shoot 1080p HD video with sound and use 30x optical zoom. Best option for amateur movie maker for just under $200.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP

This Lumix DMC-FZ70 may seem to be a bit of investment with a price of $219.99, but you surely know you're getting great quality.

Samsung WB1100F 16.2 MP

This good looking Samsung camera is a slightly cheaper option to Lumix DMC-FZ70. For $183.95 you get 35x optical zoom 16.2MP and 720p video recording.

General Electric 16MP 26X Zoom

If you're looking for something cheaper, check out this ugly GE. OK, it ain't pretty, but for $74.99 you get 16MP bridge camera with 26x optical zoom.

Sony HX400V/B 20.4 MP

I would always recommend Sony, but probably because I use one. This $448 toy offers 20.4 MP quality, 50x optical zoom, WiFi and 10 fps continuous shooting speed.