Fujifilm's bridge cams dominate CES lineup, we check out the FinePix SL1000, S8300 and HS50EXR

What makes a bridge cam? You can use the lens length as a general rule of thumb -- if it's long enough to form a bridge, that model qualifies (full disclosure: we made that bit up, but perhaps it'll stick). Fujifilm's got a few such devices on the CES shelf, and we've dropped by to check them out. At the high end, you'll find the FinePix HS50EXR, which includes a brand new 16-megapixel 1/2-inch EXR CMOS II sensor with phase-detection focusing and an autofocus speed of 0.05 second, along with a 42x (24-1000mm) f/2.8-5.6 manual zoom lens. Next up, we have the SL1000, with its 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor and 50x (24-1200mm) f/2.9-5.6 optical zoom lens, followed by the S8300, with a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor and 42x (24-1008mm) f/2.9-6.5 lens. All three are expected to ship in March, with the HS50EXR priced at $550, the SL1000 at $400 and the S8300 running you $310. You can find a few more details (along with a collection of similar models) in our announcement post, but what you're likely really after is a gallery of hands-on shots -- that's waiting just below.

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Fujifilm SL1000, S8300 and HS50EXR hands-on