I have a Fuji Hs-10 which I really like. 30X zoom on it (28mm - 720mm equivalent). Takes good pictures, and once you go to manual, you can improve on the auto modes as well. The video (full HD + stereo sound) is also pretty useful at times (never thought it would be, but there you go!) . Latest version is the HS-30, but I reckon you could get HS-20 cheaper than HS-30 (the 20 and 30 models use the EXR sensor types (better than my HS-10).
Still a bridge camera, so you don't get the choice or quality of glass of a full DSLR.
But I stick a Raynox 1.54X on the front and get 1100mm equivalent from it, and can shoot great tele stuff! Macro modes very good too - down to 1cm!
Hope this is useful
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