Originally Posted by digitalprinter0
Thanks for the post and you in depth reply. I wish I had not bought a long zoom now.
It's not the long zoom alone that is the problem but two other factors come in to play. The first as Rebel mentioned is the size of the sensor - the bigger the better, and the second is the aperture and at f5 just about everything is in focus - often considered an advantage in point and shoot cameras.
It seems you are at a stage in your photography where you are looking for more and an upgrade is on the cards - most likely to a DSLR with interchangeable lenses or perhaps to a more compact mirrorless system. Ideally you need an APS-C size sensor and a lens with as low an f number as possible (eg 2.0 - 2.8) which adds to the expense and negates the advantage of an all in one bridge camera.
This is a path many of us have trod so
and good luck. Please feel free to keep asking questions as there is a wealth of knowledge to tap into here.