You may not be a professional, but you still want to take better photographs - without dropping the kind of money the pros do. Don't worry - there's a huge selection of cameras made just for you.
Bridge cameras bridge the gap between simple, affordable point-and-shoot cameras and expensive, feature-laden DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, making them perfect for people who want to take better pictures without breaking the bank. They allow for fine control over shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other settings while doing away with clunky features only professionals need. They're also smaller and more portable, which makes them great for travel and other activities.
The main drawback of bridge cameras is that they typically do not have interchangeable lenses like DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but this brings the price down significantly. If you're not planning on starting a collection of expensive wide-angle and telephoto lenses a bridge camera will likely have everything you need.