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Best Bridge Cameras available in 2021? (1 Viewer)

Dear community,
I've done a fair amount of looking and gathering on past posts about bridge cameras, and want to bring together much of that accumulated wisdom here.

Keeping the topic narrowly focused on 'best bridge cameras' is what I'm hoping for here. And hoping to learn if there are some I've left out of this list.
I also want to ask: what can I expect from even the top-line products?

In no particular order, here is what I've gathered (please fill in any blanks):

Sony RX10 Mark II & III & IV
(Sony RX100 vii maybe)
Panasonic FZ1000, 2500, (maybe: 300/330)
Cannon G3X, Powershot SX70
Nikon Coolpix P1000, P950
Leica V-Lux 5

My first question: which ones have I missed with this list?

My second question: Can someone who owns the RX10 Mark III tell me if the autofocus is quick enough (there seems to be disagreement) to actually capture birds in flight? Can they capture small birds, at short distances of 30-50 feet (10-20m), in flight? (I'm talking 'good enough to ID' photos, not much more.)

Third question is more generally about autofocusing on flying birds: which cameras, if any of the above, can actually get a decent image of a bird in flight? (I know higher end cameras are equipped to do this.. but I'd like to keep the discussion firmly on the bridge camera section - or point and shoots, if there are candidates worth mentioning. I've already mentioned the RX100 above, perhaps there are others?)

Thank you ahead of time. The first time I posted, we had an amazing exchange about shopping for binoculars.. that ultimately led me to a pair (Zeiss Victory SF 8x42) which I absolutely love. The conversation here was essential for me finding that pair.

I look forward to hearing all responses!
 
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Carolyn L

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Dear community,
I've done a fair amount of looking and gathering on past posts about bridge cameras, and want to bring together much of that accumulated wisdom here.

Keeping the topic narrowly focused on 'best bridge cameras' is what I'm hoping for here. And hoping to learn if there are some I've left out of this list.
I also want to ask: what can I expect from even the top-line products?

In no particular order, here is what I've gathered (please fill in any blanks):

Sony RX10 Mark II & III & IV
(Sony RX100 vii maybe)
Panasonic FZ1000, 2500, (maybe: 300/330)
Cannon G3X, Powershot SX70
Nikon Coolpix P1000, P950
Leica V-Lux 5

My first question: which ones have I missed with this list?

My second question: Can someone who owns the RX10 Mark III tell me if the autofocus is quick enough (there seems to be disagreement) to actually capture birds in flight? Can they capture small birds, at short distances of 30-50 feet (10-20m), in flight? (I'm talking 'good enough to ID' photos, not much more.)

Third question is more generally about autofocusing on flying birds: which cameras, if any of the above, can actually get a decent image of a bird in flight? (I know higher end cameras are equipped to do this.. but I'd like to keep the discussion firmly on the bridge camera section - or point and shoots, if there are candidates worth mentioning. I've already mentioned the RX100 above, perhaps there are others?)

Thank you ahead of time. The first time I posted, we had an amazing exchange about shopping for binoculars.. that ultimately led me to a pair (Zeiss Victory SF 8x42) which I absolutely love. The conversation here was essential for me finding that pair.

I look forward to hearing all responses!
I'm looking for the same information! In addition to taking pictures outside, I like to take them from the comfort of my recliner and then put them through an app for identification. I am concerned that the Canon PowerShot SX70 won't be able to handle that since I understand that it's not as good in anything other than bright lighting conditions due to its small sensor. I have the same concern about taking it into wooded areas with filtered light.
 

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