Jim proves that perpetually changing camera gear is futile & counterproductive.
F550 tests: zoom range
Here is a four-panel zoom sequence arranged clockwise, with no particular spacing attempted within the range. The equivalent FL shows as 25-370 in Picasa rather than the advertised 24-360; close enough in my book, too close to measure.
That's not bad, especially considering that it all fits in a jacket or cargo-pants pocket.
Oh why not one more, zoomed in just between the buildings & in front of the gold tree: look closely and you can see the red car in the left image, and easily read the clock on the right one.