Olympus carpet-bombed us with a host of new cameras today, including an 18X zoom model.
The good news is that it's fairly wide, being a 28-504 equivalent, and reasonably fast at f/2.8-4.5, and has image stabilization (it had better!).
I will remain in the skeptics bleachers as to the optical quality of such a beast, which heretofore would have only appeared on a video camera.
The competition is now obgliged to launch a 20X zoom. Can't wait.