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I want to buy a digital camera to carry in my backpack while bowhunting. I don't want the size or $$$ of a DSLR camera, so I am looking at the extended zoom compact models. I am considering the Canon SX100 IS and the Canon S5 IS. I like the fact that the SX100 IS lens has a cover that closes when the camera is turned off. Are there any pros or cons to these models that I should consider? Most pictures will be taken from 0-40 yards and many might be taken in relatively low light. I'm not looking for magazine cover quality, but rather like to take pictures to preserve memories of my hunting trips. If there are other models/brands that might be better suited for my use, I would like your input...

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I will pick S5 between the two, the swirl LCD is quite useful and the LCD has an anti-glare coating if I remember correctly. You can also consider the Fuji S8000fd, it's 18x, 27 - 486 mm (35 mm equiv), the high ISO performance is slightly better than Canon, and starts at 27mm (true wide angle)..

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Go to the Panasonic Forum and check out some of the pics taken with the FZ-18 camera. It has an 18x zoom that would be great for nature photos...

Comment #2

SX100IS has better lens (sharp, less fringing problems). It is smaller of the two. I would prefer it for such applications..

Eagle24 wrote:.

I want to buy a digital camera to carry in my backpack whilebowhunting. I don't want the size or $$$ of a DSLR camera, so I amlooking at the extended zoom compact models. I am considering theCanon SX100 IS and the Canon S5 IS. I like the fact that the SX100IS lens has a cover that closes when the camera is turned off. Arethere any pros or cons to these models that I should consider? Mostpictures will be taken from 0-40 yards and many might be taken inrelatively low light. I'm not looking for magazine cover quality,but rather like to take pictures to preserve memories of my huntingtrips.



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Eagle24 wrote:.

I want to buy a digital camera to carry in my backpack whilebowhunting. I don't want the size or $$$ of a DSLR camera, so I amlooking at the extended zoom compact models. I am considering theCanon SX100 IS and the Canon S5 IS. I like the fact that the SX100IS lens has a cover that closes when the camera is turned off. Arethere any pros or cons to these models that I should consider? Mostpictures will be taken from 0-40 yards and many might be taken inrelatively low light. I'm not looking for magazine cover quality,but rather like to take pictures to preserve memories of my huntingtrips.



I would not use the S5 for bow hunting(unless you are there just to photograph) because of the way the lens is designed, & a lot of bumping around is not good. you need a more compact camera that can be put in your backpack, accidents happen. image stabilization works in low light up to a point & is no good for stopping action. use this site's side-by-side comparison feature, get a 6-8 MB camera that can fit in your pocket..

25 years as a freelancer,(news,magazine, wedding photography) camera equip. over the years: Practica MLT, Canon A1, Minolta 9xi, 7xi, Dimage Z1,Fuji 5200,Canon S2,Pentax K100D,Olympus 380(see my Z1 shots at http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v104/Buckl/ the COMMUNITY album was done with the Z1, and most of the photos in the album:Other were w/the Z1)..

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The two most important factors in a camera for bow hunting is going to be High ISO image quality and low light autofocus. As far as compact superzooms go, the Fuji S6000fd has BY FAR the best image quality up in the 800+ range you are going to be forced to shoot in, given that in my experience the deer you are going to want to shoot with either the camera or the bow are gonna come out at dawn and dusk. Low light autofocus is not really the strong suit of any point and shoot. The fuji is missing image stabilization, but you are MUCH better off at being able to shoot at 800 ISO without than 200 ISO with stabilization because this will improve both camera shake as well as speed up shutter to stop motion blur if deer is moving. Stabilization does not help for moving subjects..

I know you said you didn't want the size or expense of a DSLR, but it's what you really need, and something like a Pentax K100D (body is about the same price as S6000) would be infinitely better...

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