While looking at the mighty Sony HX5V as the more portable super-camera, there is the obvious diversion into the world of big zoom cameras (20-24x) that fall between the point'n'shoot digicams and the full DSLRs. I have to admit I havent delved deeply into this area, but here are a few of the cameras making themselves known in this sub-category.
Clearly these cams fall between the 'pocket' variety and the full body cameras in size. Thus they can sport bigger lenses capable of grabbing more light and they need quality image stabilisers or that massive zoom is no use at all. Here are 3 models that show the type of thing in this class: Pentax Optio X70, Nikon Coolpix P90 and the Canon Powershot SX20 IS.
[Images of big-zoom mid-range digicams via Steve's Digicams]