Advice on my next bridge camera please

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Advice on my next bridge camera please
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Hi, could I ask some advice please.

I’m a newbie photographer, just starting to get into it. Have been taking these photos: https://bikerwoman.net/photos-bikes-and-rides/. Whilst what I’m doing is mainly online at the moment, I would one day like to be able to print photos for the wall - not huge, but maybe 8x10” ish.

I’ve been using a Nikon Coolpix P510, which I bought secondhand from a friend of a friend, and which has worked fine for a year or so.

But the zoom is now misbehaving, it won’t adjust - I have to switch it on, zoom to what I think I want and that’s it, have to switch off again to alter it. Kinda defeats the object a bit. I have recharged the battery in a separate charger, so I don’t think it’s that. But it’s infuriating and I’m missing stuff.

So I’m now thinking about another camera.

I’m taking photos from my motorbike often (I do stop!) so I don’t have a tripod or anything (use the seat or handlebars sometimes). As you can see, I’m taking a combination of landscapes and far away wildlife. I carry the camera in a tank bag, and am just stopping when I see interesting things, getting the camera out and shooting - so I think a bridge camera is perfect for me.

I’m confused between ‘get a bigger sensor ie 1”, your photos will have more definition and therefore you can enlarge them more afterwards’ and ‘get a bigger optical zoom,  forget the sensor size, you’ll get better results on the wildlife photos’.

What would you advise, if you were me? And do you have any suggestions on a camera. I’m happy to buy secondhand and could push to maybe £1k for a camera that would last me for a few years.

Thanks in advance,

J

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Sony RX10 IV Nikon D750 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III +2 more
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