I have to say given my research the best camera type has to be the Super Zoom
. Although slightly bulkier, the Zoom capability far outweights the bulk issue.
1st Place: Fuji s5600, compact, zoom ( I now own one.)2nd Place: Fuji s9500, manual rings, zoom, not so compact3rd Place: Sony H1, ok but average, extenal zoom mech bad
If I were to upgrade I'd go for the Fuji s9500