Last year, I invested in one of the super-zoom bridge cameras. The model I chose was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72, but I believe they are all good. There are a couple of features that I think may be better on other models (a manual focus ring would be nice), but overall, I am happy with this one. My heavy camera bag contains a couple of DSLR bodies and four lenses that range from 28mm to 500mm (42mm to 750mm in 35mm equivalence). The Panasonic will, in a single lens, go from (35mm equivalent) 20mm to 2400mm.
Flushed with success after the reception yesterday’s moon shot received, I tried a daylight shot of the moon, partly veiled by thin, high cloud. The camera was set to ‘intelligent auto’ and supported on a fence post but elevated by hand. The image is uncropped, but is resized for uploading. Post-processing was carried out to increase clarity and contrast.
Then, to be really brave, and to test the built-in anti-shake feature, I took two images of this aircraft passing about 9500m (31000ft) overhead. Free-standing (nothing to lean against) and fully hand-held, I think it shows the feature to be rather good:
Sorry, I can’t make out which airline it is.