Benefits of Compact Super-Zoom Cameras
for Tourists
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I got 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 which is a very powerful telescope that magnifies the size of an image 65 times. With
super-zoom I did 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 beautiful picture 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. Tourists
must stay on the boardwalk because there may be poisonous snakes or alligators in the swamp such that
tourists cannot get closer to those birds far away.
I got 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 mountain slope to try to get closer
and without scaring them to run away if we get physically too close.
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.

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 second picture above.


2. Second Benefit of Super-Zoom: Fantastic Picture of The Principal Character (Protagonist Picture) (有
主角的相片)

The following pictures demonstrate the use of super-zoom with the special effect of Shallow Depth of Field to
produce fantastic and romantic picture of the Principal Character.
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. 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.

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. This is part of our driving trip to tour Yellowstone National Park in
Wyoming.
My compact super-zoom camera enabled me to zoom in to get better and more interesting close-up photos of
these colorful wild mustangs.
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 romantic beautiful flower and
minimizes the distraction by 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 usually cannot 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 65X optical zoom ranges from 21
mm all the way up to 1,365 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 and automatically 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 Stabilizer.

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:

http://
www.shltrip.com/2010_Orchid_Show_in_New_York.html
8. Summary

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$500 or less as of 2019.

2. It is a single camera that does it all: from wide angle to telephoto and from still pictures to movie clip. No
need to waste money to buy wide Angle Converter or Telephoto Converter or a Camcorder.  No need to carry
those extra, bulky and heavy accessories. The camera is always ready for action. No need to waste time to
install Wide Angle Converter or Telephoto Converter or change lens when action in needed immediately to take
action photos or movie.

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

4. Their long zooming power greatly enrich the experience of sightseeing trips by enabling tourists to see and
photograph many more spectacular landscape views or interesting wildlife that are very far away, and to get
fantastic close-up photos of interesting and beautiful insects without scaring them away. It enables tourists to
see many more awesome and spectacular views in their sightseeing trips.

5. The long zooming power can achieve fantastic effect of Shallow Depth of Field easily for special
photography applications such as romantic portraits or beautiful flower photos.

6. Combining super-zoom with Sports Mode of the camera can produce fantastic action photos.

7. The Handheld NightScene Mode enables the user to get very good pictures at night under low light condition  
from the compact camera.

8. Their built-in wide-angle capability enables users to take wide-angle photos of breath-taking beautiful
sceneries. For example, the 35 mm equivalent focal length of Canon PowerShot SX 60 HS ranges from 21 mm
(for wide angle photography) to 1365 mm (for super-zoom photography).


However, not everybody can do Super-Zoom Photography well quickly and easily. It is an art that requires a lot
of practice to master.
4. Necessity of Monopod to Go with Super-Zoom:

One serious challenge in using super-zoom camera is that the super-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:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Gorgeous_Caverns_in_Virginia.html

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
sharp.

My monopod is SLIK Professional Heavy-Duty Alloy Monopod (SLIK Pro Pod 600, Cat. No. 615-600, PRO
Series, SLIK Corporation) which is available on Amazon website. 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 senior people hiking on rough terrains.

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.
4.1. 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:

http://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx4oYGf-jyk

4.2. 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.
5. Taking Good Pictures at Night using Compact Camera

Most experienced photographers know that using a compact camera to take good pictures at night under low
light condition is very challenging. Most compact cameras have small lens, small aperture size and small photo
sensor size such that it is too "small" to gather enough light at night to produce good pictures of night scene.

Usually the photographer has to struggle to use a good tripod to hold the camera very steady and use long
exposure time (e.g., about one second or longer) at night in order to get enough light to produce a good picture
from the compact camera.

However, this is often difficult because in a night of festival It is very awkward to carry a tripod and to set up
the tripod when there are big crowd of people walking around and the photographer also needs to move from
one scene to the next scene quickly to cover many interesting scenes in the festival.

Fortunately, the compact super-zoom camera, Canon PowerShot SX 60 HS, solved this problem by providing a
Handheld NightScene Mode. By using this mode on this compact camera, when I press the shutter release
button, the camera takes a burst of several shots very fast (i.e., Continuous Shooting) within less than one
second. Then the camera combines the burst of shots into one single nice picture. If the camera shakes slightly
within that one second interval of burst of shots, the camera will adjust those burst of shots automatically so
that they all line up nicely to produce a single sharp and clear picture.

Examples of pictures taken in the night of Chinese Lantern Festival in San Francisco Bay Area are shown on
my web page at:

https://
www.shltrip.com/Chinese_Lantern_Festival_in_San_Francisco_Bay_Area.html

Similarly, the pictures taken on a night of Christmas Light Shows in San Francisco Bay are shown on my web
page at

https://
www.shltrip.com/Christmas_Lights_in_San_Francisco_Bay_Area.html

In such festival at night, I used Handheld NightScene Mode on this compact camera, but did not use a tripod to
take those pictures. (But I do use my monopod as usual and as always. The monopod also serves as a good
walking stick for senior people like me to maintain good balance when I walk around at night.)
6. 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:

http://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fyjsseS69U

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.

7. Practice and More Practice to Master the Skills of Super-Zoom Photography

When the birds are flying, they are often at substantial distance away from the photographer such that long
zoom is necessary to get nice close-up pictures. However, long zoom lens has very narrow field of view such
that it is not easy to keep the fast moving bird within that narrow field of view. It only takes a tiny twitch of the
camera to send a distant subject flying out of frame. Finding that distant subject again can be difficult and
frustrating for beginners. It is a serious challenge for beginners to take action photos with long zoom because it
requires the photographer to aim, to focus and to shoot very fast and very accurately.

Furthermore, most digital cameras use a very delicate  "2-stage" shutter release button. "Focus and Shoot"
mean pressing the shutter release button only halfway down and hold it there waiting for the camera to
complete AutoFocus (AF). When the AF is complete, the small rectangle in the viewfinder in this camera turns
into green color to signal that it is ready to shoot. Then press the shutter release button the rest of the way
down to shoot. If one skips the 2-stage shutter release process and simply presses the shutter release button
straight down, the AF may not be complete and may not be ready resulting in a blurred picture.

In super-zoom photography, it is quite challenging for photographers to go through such process to take such
action photos very fast and very accurately consistently. Extensive practice is necessary to make sure that the
eye, the brain, the muscle, and the nerve in the body, the arm, the hand and  the fingers of the photographer
are very well coordinated to match the speed capability of the camera to go through such speedy but delicate
process of Aim-Focus-Shoot to get clear and sharp action photos of the fast moving objects consistently.

Such practice for action photography reminds us of some western cowboy movies where the western
cowboys practice very long and hard to perfect their skills to be able to draw, aim and shoot very fast and
very accurately.

In the winter season, there are often many seagulls flying around above the parking lots of several shopping
centers along Highway 35 in Hazlet and Middletown in New Jersey such as K-Mart and PathMark Shopping
Center, Costco, Dearborn Farm, Sears, Middletown Shopping Center, etc. These fast flying seagulls are good
objects  for me to practice my skills of Super-Zoom Photography. I went to these parking lots several times in
the winter seasons to practice my Super-Zoom Photography skills and I practiced couple hours each time to
improve my skills and coordination.

Therefore, not everybody can do Super-Zoom Photography well quickly and easily. It is an art that requires a
lot of practice to master. As an example, think about playing music on a piano or a violin. Without practice,
anybody can play something on a piano or a violin. But to really play it well, it is an art that require a lot of
practice to master.
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:

http://
www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q110superzoomgroup/
Action photo test of compact super-zoom cameras are in the following web pages:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Action_Photo_Test_SX50.html

http://www.shltrip.com/Test_Photos_of_Compact_SuperZoom.html
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.
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Some Dall Sheep vary far away on the mountain slopes appear as tiny white dots as viewed from the tour bus
in Denali National Park in Alaska.
A view of the quiet and 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. Those seabirds were busily flying in and out
between their nests on the cliff and catching fish in the nearby ocean water.
好熱鬧的 !

Tourists with regular cameras without super-zoom capability would have missed such fantastic views of the
actions 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.
好雄壯的美洲野牛!

I got 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:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Merrill_Creek_Reservoir.html
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.

However, the glacier extends back 14 miles from the water into the mountains. But the naked eyes and
smartphones on the cruise ship see only the front part of the Glacier, and cannot see much of massive glacier
in the mountains.
On the deck of the cruise ship, I zoomed in on the mountains behind the front part of Margerie Glacier by
using my compact super-zoom camera, I got this awesome view of the massive glacier and the snow capped
mountains in the upper part of Margerie Glacier.

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

With super-zoom, I get such fantastic picture easily from the cruise ship avoiding all the troubles of getting off
the cruise ship and hiring a helicopter to fly me up to the mountains.
有主角的相片: 純白色的鳶尾花,清新淡雅脫俗。

Sheer Beauty of White Iris

Backgrounds are blurred by special effect.
有主角的相片: 熱情如火。

Passionate Red Rose

Backgrounds are blurred by special effect.
有主角的相片: 嫵媚動人的玫瑰花。

A Feast for the Eyes

Backgrounds are blurred by special effect.
有主角的相片: 紫色精靈,燦若雲霞 ,美麗至極。

Charming Purple Wisteria

Backgrounds are blurred by special effect.
有主角的相片:梅果。

Fruits of Plunus Mume

Backgrounds are blurred by special effect.
有主角的相片:前村深雪裡,昨夜一枝開。

Prunus Mume Blossom in Snow: Harbinger of Spring

Backgrounds are blurred by special effect.
2.1. Issue of Focusing on Small Target

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 in other direction on some other large subject (such as a big tree
trunk) which is at about the same distance as that of the desired target small 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.
A picture of me with my compact super-zoom
camera and monopod at Balanced Rock in
Arches National Park in Utah, USA.

As compared to my hand, the compact
super-zoom camera is not very large. I carry
the monopod in my sightseeing trip for two
reasons: (1) As a hiking stick for senior
people to keep balance when hiking on rough
terrain, and (2) To stabilize the camera when
I use the long zoom.
Another picture of me with my compact super-zoom camera plus my monopod. As compared to my hand, the
compact super-zoom camera is quite compact, small, light weight and easy to carry in many sightseeing trips.
This web page describes several great benefits of using Compact Super-Zoom Cameras for tourists. These  
benefits are summarized in Section 8. These benefits greatly enrich the experience of sightseeing trips by
enabling tourists to see and photograph many more spectacular landscape views or interesting wildlife that
are very far away, and to get fantastic close-up photos of interesting and beautiful insects without scaring
them away. It enables tourists to see many more awesome and spectacular views in their sightseeing trips.


1. First Benefit of Super-Zoom

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 asked me that they have also toured the 17-mile scenic drive, how come they did not see
any bird or sea lion ?

Such big difference is due to my use of compact super-zoom camera with 65X 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.

The compact super-zoom cameras are very compact, light weight and are easy to carry around by tourists in  
many sightseeing trips. They are great vacation cameras that balance between the need for long zooms and
the easy-to-use. A pictures of me with my compact super-zoom camera is in the following. Many people are
using compact super-zoom cameras and several camera manufacturers all have nice similar products of
compact super-zoom cameras competing in this popular market. The typical price of a compact super-zoom
camera is about US$400 to US$500. The compact super-zoom camera I am currently using is Canon
PowerShot SX60 HS with 65X optical zoom.
The SuperZoom camera enables tourists to get fantastic close-up views of far away beautiful birds.
A picture of a typical lotus pond without using Super-Zoom.

Without Super-Zoom, the depth of field is deep in this picture such that all the lotus leaves and all the
background trees in addition to many tiny lotus flowers are all in focus and clearly visible.
有主角的相片:蓮花的倩影,清嬌秀麗,淡雅清新。

It is Magical. By zooming in, we get a very impressive close-up view and picture of one of the beautiful lotus
flowers in the lotus pond. There is no need to get wet by wading into the water in the pond to try to get close
to the beautiful flower.

An important benefit of compact super-zoom cameras is their ability to achieve easily and automatically the
special effect 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, the beautiful
lotus flower. Such Shallow Depth of Field is achieved by super-zoom automatically even though the size of
the lens of compact super-zoom cameras is NOT large.
Zoom in on the beautiful lotus flower (主角).  Special Effect – Backgrounds are blurred.
A picture of a typical water lily (睡蓮) pond with no Super-Zoom. All are in focus and are all visible clearly.
By Zooming in, we get a lovely picture of one of many beautiful water lily flowers.  Again, no need to get
into the water to try to get closer to the beautiful flower.
1.1. Super-Zoom to See Close-Up Views of and Photograph Subjects Very Far Away
1.2. Super-Zoom To See Close-Up Views of and Photograph Spectacular Landscape Very Far Away
I stood 20 or 30 feet away and zoomed in to get this amazing close-up picture of beautiful butterfly without
scaring the butterfly away.

The background clutters are blurred by the special effect of Shallow Depth of Field to avoid distraction of
viewers' attention by background clutters.
Since I stood 20 feet away and zoom in, I had good chance of getting such fantastic close-up pictures
without scaling the butterfly away.

The background clutters are blurred by the special effect of Shallow Depth of Field.
The dragon fly was not scared away because I was 30 feet away to take this picture by Super-Zoom.

The background clutters are blurred by the spacial effect of Shallow Depth of Field.
3. Benefits of Sports Mode with Continuous (Burst) Shooting:

3.1 Action Photos When the object is moving fast

I often use 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, the
compact super-zoom camera can take a burst of 10 or more pictures in very short time period of one second
or less. If I press down shutter button and hold the button down in Sports Mode, the camera keeps on taking
many shots per second and keep going that way until I release the shutter button.

3.2. Sharper Picture from the Burst

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.

3.2. Pick and Choose the Best Shot

The second benefits of Continuous Shooting is due to the fact that some postures of the photography object
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). The burst of shots taken 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 a 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 a burst
of 10 or 20 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.

The action target is often far away, the photographer often needs to use super-zoom plus the Sports Mode in
order to get the desired spectacular action photo.
矯健不凡的魚鷹,稅利的腳抓 ,展翅飛翔英姿。

This impressive shot of an osprey in action is obtained by selecting the best shot from a burst of many shots
by using SuperZoom plus Sports Mode (Burst Shooting).
白頭鵰, 腳抓緊抓著從水面獵獲的大魚, 展翅飛翔,威風無比。

This fantastic view of a bald eagle flying with a fish in its talon is also the result of using super-zoom plus
Sports Mode and selecting the best shot from the burst of shots taken.
魚鷹 展翅飛翔, 鋒利的腳抓緊抓著剛從水面獵獲好大一條魚。

This osprey just caught a big fish in its talon from a bay nearby and is flying to the top of this telephone pole
to eat the fish.
This osprey just caught something like a lobster and is coming to its nest to eat.
紅翅黑鸝 的那兩塊紅,像黑 武士配戴著紅色肩章, 樣子挺可愛。

An impressive shot of a red winged blackbird in the air.
展翅、水面上快跑、升空、飛翔。

Very colorful Merganser in running take off from the water.
仙鶴空中芭蕾, 翩翩起舞, 精彩絕倫。

Graceful Sandhill Crane in the Air.
翠鳥 俯衝下水抓魚,從水面再騰空飛起時, 嘴裡含著一條小魚。

A kingfisher dive bombed into the water, caught a small fish in its beak and is flying up to the tree to eat the
fish.
San Francisco Water Front as viewed from the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.
The Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.

I took the picture of San Francisco Water Front from a vehicle side window moving at the typical speed of 60
MPH on the Bay Bridge. My friend was driving the vehicle and I was sitting on the passenger seat. Taking a
picture of San Francisco Water Front this way usually have clutters of vertical suspending cables of Bay
Bridge in the picture.

I used super-zoom plus Sports Mode to take a burst of shots in couple seconds.  Indeed many shots in the
burst have the clutters of the vertical suspending cables. But one or two best shots are clear with no clutters
of the vertical suspending cables. This is how I got the clear picture of San Francisco Water Front shown
above.
2.2. Super-Zoom to get Fantastic Close-Up Views and Photos of Insects

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.