I'm seeking a camera that is suitable for a novice camera user (e.g., point & click, no training needed) to take documentary photos of birds I see in my 8x 42 binoculars. Would a new Canon PowerShot SX730 HS Digital Camera accomplish that goal?
Perhaps. Very much depends on the birds. Those in flight or which move around a lot will be difficult to focus on. These cameras are capable of really good results and fine if you're not obsessive / very keen. The camera really struggles in very "busy" habitats like woodland: it will tend to focus on the branches rather than the bird. A strength of these is that they're quite good for photos right down to macro scale, especially if you get a raynox clip on lens for them---so they're really versatile