Benefits of Compact Super-Zoom Cameras
for Tourists
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Grizzly bears very far away as viewed from the tour bus in Denali National Park in Alaska without using
zooming capability of my compact super-zoom camera.
We get much better pictures of the grizzly bears in Denali National Park by zooming in using my compact
super-zoom camera, without having to hike down the deep canyon and without the risk of physically getting
too close to the grizzly bears.
We get much better close up pictures of the beautiful and colorful Roseate Spoonbill (玫瑰琵鷺) very far away
in that swamp in Myakka State Park by zooming in from the Boardwalk on the Nature Trail using my compact
super-zoom camera with 50X optical zoom which is a very powerful telescope that magnifies the size of an
image 50 times. With super-zoom we do not have to take the long walk in the swamp to try to get close to
those birds and avoid the potential danger of alligators or poisonous snakes. The super-zoom provides us
many advantages and great freedom in taking the best shot in spite of various obstacles and potential dangers
in the swamp between the birds and us.
Many birds very far away in a swamp in Myakka State Park in Florida as viewed from the boardwalk of the
Nature Trail in this state park. Each bird appears as a tiny white dot because of the great distance. There may
be poisonous snakes and alligators in the swamp such that we cannot get off the Natural Trail to try to walk
closer to those birds far away.
We get much better and close up pictures of those Dall Sheep very far away in Denali National Park by
zooming in using my compact super-zoom camera, without having to climb the steep and long mountain slope
to try to get closer and without scaring them to run away if we get physically too close.
1. First Benefit of Super-Zoom: Therefore, compact super-zoom digital cameras enable tourists to get more
and better close-up photos of interesting but far away subjects or events in their sightseeing trips. It also
enables users to see many more awesome and spectacular views in their sightseeing trips as demonstrated in
several pictures above. 50X optical zoom is a powerful telescope that magnifies the size of an image 50 times.
Such highly desirable compact super-zoom cameras cost only about US$400. The optical zoom of such
compact super-zoom cameras ranges from 30X to 60X and may increase further in the future.

In sightseeing trips, there are many other occasions where we cannot get close to the subject of great interest
such that we need a compact super-zoom camera to enable us to zoom in to get nice close-up photos. For
example, some birds may be scared and fly away quickly if we get too close. With compact super-zoom
camera, we can stay at a non-threatening safe distance and zoom in to get nice close-up photo of the birds.
Furthermore, a grizzly bear or a bull moose with a huge rack of antlers may be dangerous if we get too close.
Other examples may be there is a deep canyon or a wide river such that we cannot cross it easily to get close
to the subject of interest.

One of the reasons for me to build this Travelogue website came from a lunch conversation with several retiree
friends. An older guy in this retiree group said that in his recent 2-week sightseeing trip, by the end of the
second week, he had already forgotten a lot of details of what he saw and did in the first week. So, he said
that we should take a lot of pictures in our sightseeing trips so that we do not forget those beautiful sceneries
and joy so fast.

The super-zoom enables my camera to "see" much more fine details than my plain eye sight can see,
especially for subjects at substantial distance away. After coming back from the sightseeing trip, downloading
the photos into my PC and seeing the photos on the PC screen, Wow! I am often happily surprised and
stunned to find that my camera captured much more wonderful fine details of the beautiful scenery or of the
wildlife that my plain eye sight did not see on site. So, this is yet another good reason for taking many pictures
with a compact super-zoom camera in a sightseeing trip.

Many web pages on my Travelogue website show many close-up photos of various kinds of birds and other
wildlife in actions. If not for my compact super-zoom camera, most of those interesting birds and wildlife would
appear just like those uninteresting tiny dots on the first picture above.
Wild horses (mustang) far away on the wide open sagebrush flat on north side of Scenic Highway 14
between Cody and Greybull in Wyoming, USA. There are about 8,000 wild horses roaming free in several
wide open lands owned by US government in Wyoming and such large areas are managed by the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The large open sagebrush flat on north side of Scenic Highway
14 is one of several such open lands where tourists can see these wild horses. Therefore, we
looked for such herds of wild horses when we were driving on the Scenic Highway 14 from Cody
towards Greybull on September 2, 2008, and indeed we saw several herds of wild horses. But they
were very far away.

Due to the long distance away from the highway, these wild horses appear as tiny dots and do not look
interesting. Many tourists may not even bother to take a picture of such uninteresting tiny dots.
My compact super-zoom camera enabled me to zoom in to get better and more interesting close-up photos of
these colorful wild mustangs.
4. Compact Cameras Preferred by Many Tourists:

Most tourists prefer to use "compact" digital cameras that are inexpensive, compact and light weight for easy
carrying in sightseeing trips.

There are, again, many different kinds of compact digital cameras for different applications.

One popular kind of compact digital cameras is compact super-zoom digital camera that has zooming power
of 20X or more. The reasons for the popularity of compact super-zoom digital cameras are explained and
demonstrated above in Sections 1 and 2. Practically all major camera manufacturers are competing in this
popular market of compact super-zoom cameras. The zooming power of such cameras has been advancing
year by year due to high demand by many photographers and competition among the camera manufacturers.
As of 2016, camera manufacturers had already pushed the optical zooming power to 80X or more. The prices
of these compact super-zoom digital cameras are about US$400 as of 2016 depending on the brand, the
camera store and their discount promotional programs.
2. Use Long Zoom to achieve special effect of Shallow Depth of Field  (有主角的相片)

Another important benefit of compact super-zoom cameras is their ability to achieve easily the special effects
of "Shallow Depth of Field". With Shallow Depth of Field, the main subject (
主角) in the picture is in focus,
sharp, clear, emphasized and highlighted, whereas all background clutters and foreground clutters are out of
focus and are blurred to avoid distraction of viewer's attention from the main subject. Such special effects are  
demonstrated by the following sample pictures.
有主角的相片: 五月杜鵑花盛開,迎風玉立,絢麗多姿,如此驕艷, 如此風情。

Gorgeous Red Azalea

Such special effect photography draws the full attention of the viewers on the beautiful flower and minimizes the
distraction of the background clutters.
The depth of field (景深 ) in a picture is controlled by three parameters: (1) aperture (光圈 ) size, (2) focal
length (
焦距 ), and (3) distance between the camera and the flower.

The high end dSLR cameras with special large sized lens (lower f-stop number) and large sized photo sensors
can use large aperture size to achieve Shallow Depth of Field. However, the maximum aperture size of typical
kit lens (with f/3.5) of typical dSLR camera is still not big enough. You need special lens (Macro lens) with very
large aperture size (f/1.8, or f/2.0, or f/2.8) to be able to achieve desired Shallow Depth of Field.

For compact digital Point & Shoot cameras, the lens is usually too small and the focal length is also too short
such that it is difficult to achieve the desired Shallow Depth Field.

On the other hand, the compact super-zoom cameras can zoom easily to very long focal length. For example,
the 35 mm equivalent focal length of my compact super-zoom camera with 50X optical zoom ranges from 24
mm all the way up to 1,200 mm. Therefore, compact super-zoom cameras can achieve the desired Shallow
Depth of Field easily by long zoom.

Those close-up photos of flowers shown above were taken by using my compact super-zoom cameras. The
Shallow Depth of Field is achieved easily by using the long zoom. I usually stand at a substantial distance (e.g.,
20 feet) away from the flower to take the close-up picture by using the long zoom. It is important to use either
a monopod or a tripod to stabilize the camera for sharp pictures because the picture is very sensitive to any
tiny camera shake when the camera is zoomed far out to 20X or more even if the camera has built-in Image

More benefits of compact super-zoom cameras for taking close up pictures of beautiful flowers are illustrated
and explained on my Travelogue web page at:


2.1. A Demonstration of Super-Zoom for Shallow Depth of Field

The following two pictures demonstrate the use of super-zoom to achieve the special effect of desired Shallow
Depth of Field.
In summary, the benefits of compact super-zoom digital cameras for tourists are:

1. The compact super-zoom digital cameras are not expensive, costing only about US$400 as of 2014.

2. It is a single camera that does it all: from wide angle to telephoto and from still pictures to movie clip.

3. They are compact in size and light weight for easy carrying in sightseeing trips. Do not have to carry the
extra weight and the extra size of a telephoto converter, a wide-angle converter or a separate Camcorder.
Those highly desirable extra capabilities have all been integrated nicely into the small and light weight compact
super-zoom digital camera.

4. Their long zooming power enables tourists to get more and better close-up photos of interesting but far
away subjects in their sightseeing trips or to take close up photos of insects without scaring them away.

5. Their long zooming power can achieve desired Shallow Depth of Field easily for special photography
applications such as portraits or beautiful flower photos.

6. Their built-in wide-angle capability enables users to take wide-angle photos of breath-taking beautiful

7. Do not have to pay extra costs for telephoto converter and wide-angle converter.

8. Do not have to go through the time-consuming and cumbersome steps (a) to (e) described in the Section 7
on the wide-angle capability and the long zoom capability.

9. Do not have messed-up photos anymore because the user forgot the step (d) in the installation or
un-installation of the telephoto converter or the wide-angle converter.

10. Do not have to pay extra cost for a separate Camcorder to take movie clips of action events.

11. Do not have to hire an assistant to help to carry the balky and heavy photo equipment of professional DSLR
camera in a sightseeing trip.
5. Necessity of Monopod to Go with Super-Zoom:

One serious challenge in using super-zoom camera is that the super-zoom (of 20X or more of optical zoom)
not only greatly amplifies a subject far away, but also greatly amplifies any tiny camera shake resulting in
blurred pictures even with the help of the built-in Image Stabilizer. My solution for this severe challenge is to
use a good monopod to help me to stabilize the camera to get sharp pictures even with slow shutter speed.
For example, all my pictures inside Luray Cavern in Virginia were taken without using a flash light under the
low light situation in the cavern as shown on my web page at:


As you can see all those pictures are reasonably sharp. The shutter speed was very slow due to the low light
inside the cavern. But my monopod helped me to hold the camera very steady so that all the pictures are

My monopod is SLIK Pro Pod 600 (Mfr# 615-600 , B&H# SLPP600 ). The monopod is made of certain kind of
alloy such that it is very strong and yet very light weight. I use such monopod not only for photography  but
also as a hiking stick which is very helpful for retirees on rough hiking trails.

The 4-Section telescope monopod can be collapsed easily and quickly for easy carrying and packing inside a
luggage. The collapsed compact monopod is shown in the following picture. It is on a car to provide some size
references for comparison.
5.1 Viewfinder vs. LCD Screen

I almost always use the viewfinder (not the LCD screen) to compose and to take pictures. In this way, the
camera is supported by my two hands, my forehead, my nose and the top surface of the monopod. The
monopod and my two legs form a very strong "tripod" even during windy condition. (Some light weight tripod
may tip over and fall down during windy condition.) In this way, my two arms and elbows are tugged-in tight
against my body when my two hands are holding the camera. Such combination provides a very strong and
steady support for the camera to produce sharp pictures even with super-zoom.

This is much more stable and strong as compared to some other people who use the LCD screen to compose
picture and the two hands holding the camera are extended out one or two feet in front of their bodies resulting
in shaky camera when the shutter release button is pressed. Any tiny shake in camera is greatly amplified by
the super-zoom.

In using the monopod for photography, I do not screw the thread of the camera onto the monopod. I just rest
part of the bottom of the camera on the flat top surface of the monopod. Such use of monopod provides me
sufficient stability and yet sufficient freedom and flexibility for me to track a fast moving subject such as a flying
bird. An example to show this benefit of using a monopod is the movie clip that I took of many flying terns at
Sand Hook, New Jersey at the following YouTube website. Please click on the icon at the lower right corner of
the YouTube screen to enjoy the full screen show of such busy activities of these fishing birds::


5.2. Monopod Vs. Tripod

The monopod provided me stability and yet allowed me to track the rapidly flying terns with erratic flying
patterns. I can track and take either a movie clip or still pictures of rapidly flying birds.

In this way, a monopod, as a hiking stick, can be ready much faster than a tripod can for taking precious action
photos such as an osprey (fish hawk) diving from mid air down to a lake to catch a fish.

6. Benefits of Sports Mode with Continuous (Burst) Shooting:

I often use such set up with the Sports Mode (i.e., Continuous (Burst) Shooting mode) of the compact
super-zoom camera to take a burst of 5 or 10 sequential action photos of  the fast moving and far away
subject. In Sports Mode, my compact super-zoom camera can take a burst of 10 pictures in 0.7 second.

6.1. Sharper Picture

One of the benefits of using Continuous (Burst) Shooting mode is that the second picture and the subsequent
pictures in the burst tend to be sharper than the first shot because in the first short my finger has to press
down the shutter button causing a slight jerk to the camera whereas in the second and subsequent pictures in
the burst, my finger is just holding down the shutter button steadily while the camera is taking the burst of
pictures automatically until my finger releases the shutter button.

6.2. Pick and Choose the Best Shot

The second benefits of Continuous Shooting is due to the fact that some postures look more impressive than
other postures of the fast moving object (such as the moment when an osprey caught a big fish and is lifting
the big fish in its talon out of water to fly away).  This gives me the luxury to pick and choose one or two best
shots out of the burst of 5 or 10 sequential shots produced by the Continuous (Burst) Shooting mode.

Some viewers have been wondering how can the photographer be so lucky to catch certain amazing action
photo at the precise moment? The reality is that the photographer is using the Continuous (Burst) Shooting
mode and is just holding down the shutter button steadily for several seconds for the camera to take the burst
of several pictures automatically, and that amazing action photo happens to be the best shot in that burst of
several sequential photos taken automatically by the camera.
7. The Third Benefit of Super-Zoom: Wide Angle for Breath-Taking View

More than 10 years ago, I was using a compact digital camera that had only 4X optical zoom and covered the
very limited range of focal length from equivalent of 38 mm to 155 mm. To be able to take the wide angle
photos of breath-taking beautiful sceneries in my sightseeing trips, I had to buy and to carry a separate wide
angle converter to extend the equivalent focal length of the camera from 38 mm down to 28 mm. I also had to
buy and carry another separate telephoto converter to extend its optical zoom from 4X to 12X. Each of these
two separate converters is almost as big and as heavy as the camera itself. The whole package including these
converters became quite balky and heavy for sightseeing trips.

Furthermore, installing such converters requires going through the following time-consuming steps: (a) put the
camera aside carefully and take the converter out of its separate holding bag, (b) take the lens caps on both
ends of the converter off and put the two caps back into the bag carefully, (c) take the cap off the main lens of
the camera and screw the converter in front of the main lens carefully, (d) turn on the camera and go into the
multi-page electronic menu in the camera to hunt to the right page and to scroll down the list to the correct item
to set the camera to wide angle operation or to the telephoto converter operation. (e) back out of multi-page
electronic menu and get back to the normal operation condition.

Furthermore, when I did not need the converter anymore and took the converter off the camera, I had to
remember to go through step (d) to set the camera back to its normal condition.

Some of my photos were messed up because I missed step (d) occasionally in the procedure either to install
the converter or to un-install the converter.

By the time I finished such multi-step procedure to use the converter, the flying bird was long gone already such
that I missed many good opportunities for taking precious action photos of a fast moving subject.

On the other hand, my current compact super-zoom camera, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, covers the
equivalent focal length from 24 mm for wide angle breath-taking photos all the way up to 1,200 mm for 50X
optical zoom. With this compact super-zoom camera, I do not have to go through all those time-consuming and
cumbersome steps to take the wide angle photos of breath-taking beautiful sceneries or the interesting
subjects far away. This new camera enables me to act very fast to catch all the interesting action photos
including wide angle photos. And I do not have to carry the extra weight and the extra size of the two
converters. Furthermore, I do not have messed up photos any more because I missed Step (d).

An example to demonstrate this benefit of having built-in and well-integrated wide angle capability is shown on
the first picture on my Travelogue web page for Bryce Canyon National Park at:

8. The Fourth Benefit: Taking Movie of Action Events

Many compact digital cameras, including compact super-zoom digital cameras, have the capability to take
movie clips of important and interesting action events that cannot be conveyed well by taking only still pictures.
An example of movie clip capability can be seen on YouTube website at:


I took these movie clips of several geysers in action when I toured Yellowstone National Park in the summer of
2008. Still pictures just cannot show such actions well. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS can take movie with stereo
sound. Therefore, by using such compact super-zoom camera, the tourist does not have to carry the extra
weight and extra size of a separate Camcorder to have the capability to take movie of action events.

9. The Fifth Benefit: Taking Close-Up Pictures of Insects without Scaring them Away

By using a compact super-zoom camera, one can take a close-up picture of a beautiful insect, such as butterfly,
dragonfly, beetle, etc., by standing 10 feet or more away and zoom in to take the close-up picture with fine
details of the insect without scaring away the insect. If one uses a regular camera without super-zoom
capability, one would have to get very close to the insect to take a close-up picture to show details of the
beautiful insect. However, getting physically close to the insect usually will scare the insect away. The
super-zoom capability eliminates this problem and enables the photographer to take more close up pictures
more easily. Two examples of such close up pictures of beautiful butterflies and dragonflies are shown on my
Travelogue web pages at:

All major manufacturers of digital cameras are competing in this popular market of compact super-zoom
cameras. A review of 9 compact super-zoom cameras from 8 different manufacturers is available at the
following website:

Action photo test of two more advanced compact super-zoom cameras with 65X optical zoom, 50X optical
zoom and 30X optical zoom respectively are in the following web page:

The compact super-zoom camera is like having a powerful telescope and can produce very nice photos of
beautiful full moon with detailed surface features as shown above.

Several friends told me that they could not get such beautiful picture of the moon from their smartphones or
iPhones or simple compact cameras with no super-zoom capability. What they got was a simple small white
disk with no detailed surface features of the moon.

I took this picture of full moon during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (
中秋節) on September 23, 2010 at 9:20
PM in New Jersey. I used my Canon PowerShot SX10 IS with 20X optical zoom and set the camera on P
mode (Programmed Auto) for the camera to set all the parameters automatically for me. I also set the ISO at
auto for the camera to set ISO automatically for me. The parameters set by the camera automatically are
ISO: 200, Shutter Speed: 1/125 second, and F-Stop: f/5.7. I zoomed the lens all the way out reaching the
maximum focal length of 100 mm (35 mm film equivalent of 540 mm). It is seen that the 20X optical zoom can
show substantial details of the moon surface.

The test photos of the Canon compact super-zoom camera, PowerShot SX30 IS, with 35X optical zoom can
be seen at my Travelogue web page at:

10. Sixth Benefit: Super-Zoom for Landscape Photography
In landscape photography, most people use the wide angle lens to achieve the "popular" breathtaking wide
vistas. But by using super-zoom camera to zoom out to the maximum focal lens, you can get very impressive
photos that are very different from the "popular" panoramic photos.

I used this technique of long focal length when I took beautiful pictures of Glacier Bay in Alaska as
demonstrated on the first and the second pictures on my Travelogue web page at:


The first picture on this web page was taken using the wide angle, short focal length of my Canon PowerShot
SX10 IS to get the typical panoramic view of the Margerie Glacier with snow mountains far behind as
background. In the second picture, I zoomed out to the maximum focal length to get the fantastic view of the
majestic snow mountains and the glacier that are far behind the front end of Margerie Glacier. The long focal
length is indeed very useful for such landscape photography to make a big difference.
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Some Dall Sheep vary far away on the mountain slopes as viewed from the tour bus in Denali National Park in
A view of the peaceful cliffs of Cape Gaspé in Forillon National Park in eastern Canada.
Zoom in on that peaceful cliffs of Cape Gaspé by my compact super-zoom camera, Wow! What a surprise!

There are huge number of seabirds in action near that cliff.
好熱鬧的 !

Tourists with regular cameras without super-zoom capability would have missed such fantastic views of the
action of huge number of seabirds near that cliff.
Many wild animals very far away as viewed from the road in Badland National Park in South Dakota, USA.
There is no road for us to drive our car to get closer. Walking to get closer to these wild and powerful animals
may be dangerous.
We get much better and close up photos of the powerful and wild bisons in Badland National Park by
zooming in from the road using my compact super-zoom camera.

Another example showing the benefit of compact super-zoom camera for taking good close up pictures of
huge number of snow geese on the very large Merrill Creek Reservoir in New Jersey can be seen on my
web page at:

Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska as viewed from Sapphire Princess Cruise ship on
August 13, 2009. This beautiful glacier is about one mile wide. The wall of ice is about 250 feet high. The
glacier extends back 14 miles from the water.
By zooming in on the mountains behind the Margerie Glacier in the previous picture by using my compact
super-zoom camera, we get this awesome view of the snow capped mountains in the upper part of Margerie

Tourists with regular cameras without super-zoom capability would have missed many of such awesome views
and photos entirely in their sightseeing trips. Such tourists would have to get off the cruise ship and to hire a
helicopter to fly them deep into the glacier and close to the mountain to be able to get such picture.

With super-zoom, I get such picture easily from the cruise ship avoiding all the troubles of getting off the cruise
ship and hiring a helicopter to fly me there.

Note: The highlights of this web page and my experience on sightseeing photography for more than 10 years
are summarized in the following PowerPoint Presentation entitled "Digital Photography beyond Auto Mode":
有主角的相片: 純白色的鳶尾花,清新淡雅脫俗。

Sheer Beauty of White Iris
有主角的相片: 熱情如火。

Passionate Red Rose
有主角的相片: 嫵媚動人的玫瑰花。

A Feast for the Eyes
有主角的相片: 紫色精靈,燦若雲霞 ,美麗至極。

Charming Purple Wisteria

It is Magical.

Fruits of Plunus Mume

Prunus Mume Blossom in Snow: Harbinger of Spring
I stood about 20 feet away to take this picture of flowers without zooming in. The depth of field is deep such
that the flowers, the background trees and leaves are all in focus and clearly visible.
By standing at the same position about 20 feet away from the flower, I zoomed in on the flower to achieve
Shallow Depth of Field. One can see the special effect such that the flower is in focus, sharp and clear, but
the background trees and leaves are out of focus and blurred. A clear demonstration of one of the benefits of  
compact super-zoom cameras.

2.2. Issue of Focusing

In using the technique of Shallow Depth of Field described above, one issue is that if the desired target flower
is small, the camera often focuses on some other background stuff very far away (50 feet or 100 feet) while
the desired target flower at distance of 20 feet is blurred because of the shallow depth of field. In such case,
what I usually do is to re-aim the camera on some other large subject (such as a big tree trunk) which is at
about the same distance as that of the desired target flower. Then, I hold on to the half-pressed shutter
release button to lock the focus and re-aim the camera at the desired target flower. In this way, the desired
target flower is in focus while the background stuff far away are blurred because of the shallow depth of field.

3. Issues of dSLR Cameras for Many Tourists:

Optimal camera depends heavily on its application. Serious professional photographers prefer to use high-
quality and expensive dSLR cameras that can produce professional-grade high-quality photos. However, such
high quality professional-grade dSLR cameras with their essential attachments plus their essential additional
exchangeable lenses are usually very balky, heavy and expensive (in the order of ten thousands US dollars or

Serious professional photographers with dSLR cameras often need to carry multiple lenses of small and large
sizes (known as
大砲 in Chinese) plus other heavy accessories in their backpack to handle different
photography conditions. The camera plus the essential attachments and multiple lenses can be very heavy.
The heavy backpack can be back breaking for long hiking in sightseeing trips. Furthermore, a large size lens
alone (
大砲) with long focal length may cost as much as US$10,000 each.
Such 大砲 lenses with long focal lengths are necessary for
dSLR cameras to take professional-grade pictures of targets
very far away.

Such heavy 大砲 lenses cost about US$10,000 to $20,000
The large and heavy lenses also require heavy duty tripod for strong support to achieve professional-grade
photography. It is often too heavy and too bulky for many tourists to carry on their pleasure sightseeing trips.
Many tourists consider the professional-grade
dSLR cameras with its multiple lenses, heavy duty
tripod and other accessories as too heavy, too
balky and too expensive for their fun photography
in their leisure sightseeing trips.

Furthermore, in a typical sightseeing driving tour
to cover several different Points of Interest
(POIs), the tourist needs to get in and out of the
car several times in a sightseeing day. The whole
set of camera, big and heavy long lens, and the
heavy duty tripod have to be dis-assembled to be
put into the car. Then at the next POI, the whole
set of professional bulky photo equipment have to
be re-assembled again to get it ready for
professional photography. Such process has to be
repeated several times in a typical
sightseeing-photography day. It is just too much
troubles and inconvenient for many tourists.

The compact, light weight, super-zoom cameras
as shown in Section 4 in the following are more
practical for many tourists. The compact
super-zoom camera has only one built-in lens.
There is no need to carry several lenses of
different size and length and no need to change
lens. It is so compact that it does not have to be
dis-assembled or re-assembled when the tourist
is getting in and out of a car.
A picture of me with my compact super-zoom
camera and monopod at Balanced Rock in
Arches National Park in Utah, USA.
Another picture of me with my compact super-zoom camera plus my monopod. As compared to my hand, the
super-zoom camera is quite compact, small, light weight  and easy to carry.
In touring Watkins Glen State Park, tourists have to climb up 800 steps of stairs and then to climb back down
as shown on my web page at:


In climbing up to the top of Diamond Head Crater in Honolulu in Hawaii, tourists have to climb up very long and
steep 'killer" stairway as shown on my web page at:


In taking the strenuous Uncle Tom's Trail in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park, the tourists also
have to climb down and up the 328-step long and steep stairway as shown on my web page at:


Not many tourists are willing to carry the heavy and bulky dSLR photography equipment (in last three
pictures) to climb up and down such long and steep stairways in their sightseeing trips.

In such tough terrain, serious professional photographers using dSLR photography equipment often have to
pay to hire a second strong person to help to carry the heavy and bulky accessory photo equipment.
The pictures from my tour of the famous 17-mile scenic drive on California Coast near Monterey show
thousands of sea birds and many sea lions in action on or near several bird rocks. But many friends told me
that they did not see any bird or sea lion when they toured that same 17-mile scenic drive. Such big
difference is due to my use of my compact super-zoom camera with 30X or more of optical zoom. The
profound benefits of compact super-zoom camera on what you can see and enjoy in your sightseeing trips
are demonstrated more clearly in the following pictures.

The compact super-zoom cameras are very compact, light weight and are easy to carry around by many
tourists for many sightseeing trips. They are great vacation cameras that balance long zooms with
ease-of-use. Two pictures of me with my compact super-zoom camera are in Section 4 on this web page.
Many people are using compact super-zoom cameras and several camera manufacturers all have nice
products of compact super-zoom cameras competing in this popular market. The typical price of a compact
super-zoom camera is about US$400.00. I am currently using a compact super-zoom camera with 65X
optical zoom.