If you want the most zoom range in a compact camera, it looks like you'll be buying a Panasonic.
The Lumix DMC-FZ70, announced Wednesday, is fitted with a 60x f2.8-5.9 20-1200mm lens, which tops the 50x zoom lenses found on models from Sony, Fujifilm, and Canon. Not bad for a camera that measures 5.1 inches wide by 3.8 inches high by 4.7 inches deep and weighs 1.3 pounds.
All of those 50x zoom cameras share the FZ70's maximum focal length of 1200mm, so you're not gaining anything at the telephoto end. (… Read more