Nikon's L-series cameras might not be at the cutting edge of technology, but they provide decent build and picture quality at a very affordable price. That's especially true of the 12.1-megapixel Coolpix L110 superzoom, which comes with a 15x zoom and a 720p, high-definition movie mode. It's available for around £200.
The L110's 15x lens isn't much by superzoom standards, but a 30x zoom will only give twice the magnification of this one. These magnifications are pretty huge anyway, so you may only need a longer zoom than the L110's once in a blue moon.
More importantly, the lens performs well across the whole range. Too many superzooms loose definition at full zoom, which kind of defeats the object of buying one, but the L110's lens holds up well. You get a sensor-shift image-stabilisation system to cut camera shake, and the picture quality doesn't deteriorate too quickly as the ISO increases, so, as long as the light's fair, you can expect decent long-range shots from this camera.
The L110's pretty good at the wide-angle end of the zoom range too. Many budget superzooms skimp on wide-angle lenses, but this one has a focal range of 28-420mm, so there's no problem in that regard.