Well I think it is. This photo is taken from my deck with my Canon SX50 HS with the lens at 4.3 mm (35mm equivalent 24 mm):
This picture is taken of the sticker in the rear window of the car at 215 mm (35mm equivalent 1200 mm) in indifferent light.
This picture was taken a few days previously in good light. The Pheasant was to the right of the furthest away Highland Bull in the first picture where there is a large clump of vegetation by the fence. Again it is taken at 215 mm (35mm equivalent 1200 mm).
All these photos were taken with the camera hand held with no support at all.
I accept that the quality of the photos is not magazine or professional quality but then this camera cost less than some professional lens filters or a reasonable carbon fibre tripod.
I think modern technology has achieved wonders in this field.