Best overall: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Of the 1" premium long zoom cameras, the FZ1000 is both the most well-rounded and also the most affordable. A winning combination if you ask us. It has great image quality, great video quality (including 4K capture), and offers plenty of high-end features. Autofocus speed and accuracy is class leading, with the ability to subject track to a reasonable degree of success. We prefer the build-quality, twin dial design and slightly more advanced video specification of the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II, but the Panasonic outperforms when it comes to stills.

Best for Video: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better all-in-one video machine, not only in this roundup, but in the market in general. As if 4K capture at 24 and 30p with full sensor read-out was not enough, the RX10 II's constant F2.8 aperture means you can shoot consistent footage all the way across its zoom range. It also offers plenty of handy tools like Auto ISO, audio levels and focus peaking, to assist during video capture. And sports a built-in mic and headphone jack.

Most Reach: The Nikon P900

Nikon Coolpix P900

Sure it has a fairly tiny 1/2.3" sensor, no Raw capture, and is a mere $200 cheaper than the FZ1000, but there is just something about the Nikon P900's 83X stabilized zoom lens that's worth calling out. Not only is the reach insane, but the stabilization is robust enough to let you use it. For maximum zoom capabilities (the P900 is the longest zoom on the market), there is really no other option. Case in point: this video of the moon, shot with a Nikon P900.

Best Pocketable Option: The Sony Cyber-shot HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

While not a great choice for low light shooting, the HX90V is a peach in almost all other respects. Super tiny, with a ton of reach, and a handy little pop-up EVF, it is the type of camera that is easy to bring everywhere. It offers impressive video capture capabilities, has Wi-Fi, GPS, a true pop-up flash and also sports twin control dials.