Not an easily answered question. It's like suggesting that you have $20,000 and want to buy the best car. Without some other considerations, "the best" can't really be defined. Probably most important would be the general types of subject matter. Are you shooting family around the house where low light might be an issue and/or a short zoom is fine? Do you want (or detest) flash? Or shooting where you might want the capability to reach out with a longer zoom for some sports, or animals and birds? (Although the $300 camera won't match up to a dslr with selected lenses aimed at a particular subject type.) Even the "viewing" preferences could make a difference - prints? Large prints? On line sharing only?..
Thank you very much for your answer. Right now I am in South Africa and thats why I would like to take great outdoor pictures like animals and landscapes. I also care about a long Zoom.
But most important to me are the results on my Computer screen and printed out in normal picture size. I would like to have very sharp pictures with no picture noise and good color...
Ah I forgot: I am not a very advanced photographer and thats why I am looking for a bridge camera. But If a small digital camera has better picture results for my purposes - that`s fine...
I'd probably start looking with "Dave's Picks" here. He and/or the folks on the other good review sites probably handle and consider more cameras of the different types than most other folks would. http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM..
I went from 35mm to a cheap point-and-shoot digital with no options or controls. I finally upgraded to a better digital camera. I ended up with the Canon Powershot S5 (prices range between high $200s to low $400s) for the following reasons: Large LCD screen (tilts and swivels, too, which is a great tool when you're crowded, or above or below your subject matter love it).
Hot shoe for your own flash.
Lots of manual controls, but a good at Automatic.
Body of a regular SLR makes it easy to hold onto and feels substantial.
Takes regular AA batteries or rechargeables - convenient and cheaper.
Takes the SD memory card (nothing proprietary, so also cheaper).
Adapters and lenses can be purchased for it.
10x OPTICAL zoom (up to 48x digital).
Metal tripod mount.
Canon software is pretty good.
Nice, wide neckstrap.
Pictures are pretty true (although all digitals have something that won't be perfect). CON: Lens cap falls off (designed to prevent jamming of lens) For a less expensive camera, take a look at the Sony DSC H7 or H9. My son just bought the H7 and he's pretty happy it. It's in the $200 price range, but Sony does have proprietary memory cards and rechargeable batteries, so add that extra expense in. And, both cameras use up the batteries fairly quickly, so buy an extra if you get the Sony. His H7 has a sturdier lens cap with doesn't fall off or get in the way of the camera's lens mechanism...