Best overall: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

The Panasonic FZ1000 wins this category because of the balance of lens reach, video capability and price that it's able to offer. There are other cameras with brighter or longer lenses, and with more extensive video feature sets in this group, but the FZ1000 is handily capable in all these respects and costs a lot less money.

Most importantly, the FZ1000's image quality is considerably better than any conventional superzoom camera, yet it's able to still offer an impressive 25-400mm equivalent zoom, despite its larger sensor. This makes it an excellent travel camera, particularly for those once-in-a-lifetime trips where you don't want a lack of zoom to stop you capturing a precious memory.

The premium choice: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II

Sony's RX10 series offers a range of choices in terms of video features and zoom range. Our favorite is the RX10 II. Its lens is shortest in this class but it's also the most consistently bright. It's 4K video footage is impressive and it shares most of the video support tools Sony offers on its more expensive models, meaning you can shoot some pretty professional-looking footage. As a stills camera it's strong, too, with its bright maximum aperture helping it to shoot in low light.