For Great Cycling Photos, Ditch the Smart Phone and Get a Point and Shoot Camera

The photos above are a great example of what optical zoom can do for you. The image on the left, of author Photo-John, was taken at the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS's 24mm (equivalent) wide-angle zoom setting. Thanks to the little Canon's 10x 240mm optical zoom, the photo on the right is zoomed all the way in on the mountain peak you see to the author's left in the first image. The newer Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS recommended in this article has an even longer, 12x 300mm equivalent optical zoom lens. And the Panasonic Lumix ZS40 that's also recommended, has a seemingly impossible 30x optical zoom lens. Photos: Jenni Curtis Shafer.

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