This is a useful article if you don’t want to leave your new camera set on Auto-focus all the time. I always leave my new camera, a Sony RX 100, set on auto-focus and make minor contrast adjustments in Photoshop.
The Panasonic DC-Z80 has a 20mm-1200mm equivalent super zoom lens. The maximum aperture is a nice F2.8. The camera will retail for $400. My Nikon Coolpix P900 has an 83X zoom lens, and goes all the way out to 2,000 mm. It takes surprisingly good pictures. It is more expensive than the Panasonic though.
These gorgeous photos were taken with the HTC U11.