what are they called?

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  1. Rifleman1776

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    The term DLSR stands for 'digital single lens reflex' camera.
    The term P&S refers to small, easy to use 'point and shoot' digital cameras.
    But, there is a range of cameras that are really single lens reflex but seem to be orphaned without a standard terminology.
    The DLSR is limited to high end cameras that accept interchangeable lenses.
    The cameras I am referring to are 'sorta' mid range with single lens reflex but not interchangeable lenses. Some of these are quite excellent cameras.
    What are they called? :confused: I call them mid-range. Maybe we should give them a name that will be widely accepted.
     
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    maybe bridge cameras
     
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    "SLR-like."
     
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    "Super Zooms"
     
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    It's hard to know exactly what you are talking about, without an example or two...but what I'm guessing is that you are talking about cameras that are sometimes called 'SLR-Like' or 'Super-zoom'.
    Like THIS for example.

    If I'm thinking about the same cameras that you are...they are not actually SLR cameras because they don't have a mirror behind the lens.

    To me, the biggest issue with these cameras is that even though the might have decent glass & features...they still have the same tiny sensor found it the P&S cameras. Plus, with the price of entry level DSLR cameras so low, it seems silly (for a photo enthusiast) to buy an SLR-Like Super zoom for only a little less.
     
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    +1!
     
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    Bog Mike
    But Mike, you will need two or three lenses for a DSLR to cover the range of the built in lens on a super zoom.
     
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    And for a photo enthusiast, that should be acceptable for greatly improved image quality at each focal length. It all comes down to budget and how deep one wants to go into photography.
     
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    You got me Nate. Now that Sigma 28-300 sure would be nice in a micro 4/3 mount. ;)

    I got delivery of an adapter to mount my 4 Minolta lenses on my Lumix G1 this morning & it is pouring rain out. :( Well I at least found out the ttl does not work with the external flash with the Minolta lenses mounted.
     
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    they are called bridge cameras, as they bridge the gap between p&s and DLSR.
     
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    Yes, like that one, or the Sony DSC series, or the Olympus SP and others.
    Let's see...one (as in single) lens, must be some (reflex?) way to view through the lens. And they are cameras....uh?...single lens reflex cameras. ;) What do you mean "tiny sensor"? The Olympus SP is 12 mp.
     

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