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28mm, OK low light, low shutter lag all in one????????
I am another mom looking for a camera. I need a wide lens, low shutter lag and decent(for bieng compact) low light image capability. These toddlers are fast, don't stay in well lit areas, and love to come right up and check the camera while you are taking a picture and sometimes those close shots are lost with my older SD10. If there are settings I can manipulate to help in low light that would be good enough. it's time for a new camera. Any ideas?.

(I wish the buying guide features selection on this site had shutter lag time and low light options.)..

Comments (11)

The way to research low light is look at the high ISO performance. there is one fuji compact that does well at high ISO. Some of the panasonics have fast f2 lenses. I don't know of any that have low full press shutter lag..

Just scatter some cherrios on the floor and put some double sided tape down, that will keep them in one place...

Comment #1

I'm still chuckling over the cheerios and 2 sided tape. While it has merit I would have albums of bent over children..

I will look into Fuji, not good reviews on the whole, but it doesn't mean it wouldn't fit the bill for me.What did you mean by 'full press' shutter lag?..

Comment #2

1Heather wrote:.

I will look into Fuji, not good reviews on the whole.

Out of the 5 last point and shoot fujis reviewed on this very website there are 4 "highly recommended" and 1 "recommended", so what in the name of Phil are you talking about ?

Comment #3

NickC20D wrote:.

Some of thepanasonics have fast f2 lenses..

You must be mistaken.....

Comment #4

Fuji S6000fd meets your criteria.

If you are willing to accept 35mm instead of 28mm, the Fuji F20 might be a good choice...

Comment #5

Two of the fastest mid-prices cameras regarding shutter lag are the Panasonic FZ50 and the Canon S5. Half-shutter lag is only 1/10th second for each, and 0.2 and 0.4 respectively for full-shutter. However both have zooms ending at 35mm, not 28. The Canon is the slightly faster shutter, and about $150 cheaper than the Panasonic, so you could add a wide-angle LensMate for about $100.ngk20000..

Comment #6

AlexMonro said... http://www.dcresource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-30379.html.

04-09-2007, 12:56 PM.

You need low shutter lag, fast autofocus (or practice using half-press prefocus), and depending on the lighting conditions, high ISO sensitivity (image stabilisation isn't much help when your subject is moving). You might also want a fast burst mode with a large buffer for plenty of shots. Depending on the type of sport, you'll need a lens that zooms to 200-300mm (35mm equivalent), and a fast aperture at full zoom might help in low light. You might want a fast burst mode to get a lot of shots quickly..

Unfortunately, point and shoots don't tend to be very good at this kind of thing, generally being rather slow - you'd almost certainly do better with a DSLR if you really want quality images, with several grand's worth of fast zoom lens..

A more affordable compromise might be something like the Fuji S6000 / S6500. Shutter lag (from prefocus) 0.06s, though the AF time can be up to 1s. 2.2fps for a 3 frame burst, or 0.6fps continuous. ISO to 3200, and manual zoom to 300mm equiv (f/4.9 though)...

Comment #7

Dave Martin wrote:.

AlexMonro said...http://www.dcresource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-30379.html.

04-09-2007, 12:56 PMYou need low shutter lag, fast autofocus (or practice usinghalf-press prefocus), and depending on the lighting conditions, highISO sensitivity (image stabilisation isn't much help when yoursubject is moving). You might also want a fast burst mode with alarge buffer for plenty of shots. Depending on the type of sport,you'll need a lens that zooms to 200-300mm (35mm equivalent), and afast aperture at full zoom might help in low light. You might want afast burst mode to get a lot of shots quickly..

Unfortunately, point and shoots don't tend to be very good at thiskind of thing, generally being rather slow - you'd almost certainlydo better with a DSLR if you really want quality images, with severalgrand's worth of fast zoom lens..

A more affordable compromise might be something like the Fuji S6000 /S6500. Shutter lag (from prefocus) 0.06s, though the AF time can beup to 1s. 2.2fps for a 3 frame burst, or 0.6fps continuous. ISO to3200, and manual zoom to 300mm equiv (f/4.9 though)..

A nikon D40 will do all this for less than $500. Also giving you the options of external flash and telephoto lenses. And great low light, not just OK...

Comment #8

Maybe the solution lies here for you: Go to a nearby store and ask if you can try them both; nikon D40 with kitlens, Fuji9600 or alike(just ask for quick, lowlight and NOT megapixels)..

Even if you leave the D40 on "auto" you will get better pics in low light + quick focus +no shutterlag..

D40 is more expensive and bulky though, cannot just slip it into a purse.greetings...

Comment #9

Tell us, Dave, where we can get the Nikon D40 for UNDER $500.ngk20000..

Comment #10

Ngk20000 wrote:.

Tell us, Dave, where we can get the Nikon D40 for UNDER $500.ngk20000.

Http://www.amazon.com/...n-Digital-18-55mm-3-5-5-6G-Zoom-Nikkor/dp/B000KJQ1DG..

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