Bridge cameras are always expensive than an average point and shoot camera. But here, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 camera which you can buy for less than $300. This is really a good price for ultra zoom bridge camera since most of new models like Canon SX60 or Nikon COOLPIX P900 camera cost you over $500. That's not a price everyone can afford.
That's why you should check this Panasonic DMC-FZ70 bridge camera. It comes with a 60X optical zoom which is equivalent to 20mm-1200mm. This feature alone can be something good enough to make it affordable camera for tourist. You will able to take good and sharp long distance photos of dynamic landscapes, wildlife, and almost any travel scene. It's better having this cheaper bridge camera than taking your expensive DSLR to a place where it can get stolen. So this would be a very handy backup camera even if you have a good DSLR camera.
Now this camera comes with Panasonic's new MOS sensor. DMC-FZ70 has a 16.1-megapixel High Sensitive MOS Sensor which improve cameras Low Light capabilities. these days all these bridge models have good low light shooting and this one is no exception too. You can check some new nice sample photos >> Here << which are uploaded but Amazon customers who already bought this camera. You can't compare those with an high-end DLSR camera but for a camera which cost you around $250 you can say these are really really good.
Another cool thing about this camera is it's video recording capabilities. It can do Full 1080/60i HD Panasonic Video recording with auto focus and has Zoom focused Dolby quality sound recording locks out ambient noise for enhanced audio quality. It's amazing how great features these days cameras offer you for such low price. Five years ago I bought buy Canon SX10 for $500 which has none of these stuff. I still love that camera but imagine you can get these days for half of that price !
Anyway the bottom Line is what do you really want. Does the price is an issue for you ? Then you should check this camera. It's good and it's affordable. But you are willing to spend $500 or maybe little bit more then first check high end bridge cameras like Canon SX60 or even Nikon P900. Those two cameras are at the top when it comes to this range of cam models.
If you feel price is strangely too cheap and wonder about the camera then you should visit the Amazon page and read what other customers say. It's always Better read about what others say. But if you have a low budget and want a good camera then I can say this is a good choice.