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I jumped too fast, and got a Canon SD850IS, which is teeny but has basically no manual options. I'm trying to take night shots without flash, can always clear up a little underexposure in PS, but having no luck getting a decent shot to work with. I either select Night Snapshot mode and get 1/8th of a second exposure at ISO 800 (too noisy), or manually select ISO 400 and let the camera pick an exposure that is inevitably too long to hand hold..

I'm trying the Canon A570 now, which offers aperture and shutter priority which is good, but the camera quality seems lacking - plastic, battery door doesn't shut well, never recognizes fully-charged batteries, etc..

Does anyone know of any decent small cameras w manual aperture and shutter adjustments?..

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For quality of build, have a look at Nikon P5000 (10MP, 3.5x zoom with I.S.) or Canon G7/G9. Cheaper alternatives could be Sony W90/200. And low light king Fuji F31fd..

Erin. wrote:.

I jumped too fast, and got a Canon SD850IS, which is teeny but hasbasically no manual options. I'm trying to take night shots withoutflash, can always clear up a little underexposure in PS, but havingno luck getting a decent shot to work with. I either select NightSnapshot mode and get 1/8th of a second exposure at ISO 800 (toonoisy), or manually select ISO 400 and let the camera pick anexposure that is inevitably too long to hand hold..

I'm trying the Canon A570 now, which offers aperture and shutterpriority which is good, but the camera quality seems lacking -plastic, battery door doesn't shut well, never recognizesfully-charged batteries, etc..

Does anyone know of any decent small cameras w manual aperture andshutter adjustments?.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #1

Well the Fuji E-900 has a good low-light capability for a compact and full PASM modes..

The Fuji F30 or F31fd is better suited to low light work, but has only PSA modes, not M. Still might be enough for you..

If I understand correctly you are shooting actual night shots which, to be blunt, is something I'd be loath to do ( for short exposures ) with any compact or non-DSLR. The F30/31 would be iffy at best. The longer exposures will cause camera shake..

You need to use a tripod or something and do long exposures at low ISO to get the best results. That advice would stay the same with a DSLR, really..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #2

As StephenG said, this is too tough for a non-DSLR, even the Fuji F31fd will struggle. You will need to put the camera on a wall in the absence of a tripod, and use timer release to avoid shake from pressing the shutter..

One well built (metal) camera is the Panasonic LX2: fully manual, has RAW, wideangle lens, sensor and LCD, and long battery life..

Took this with it from a wall over Sorrento, Italy, a 5 sec exposure - sometimes it's all you can do:.

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Alex..

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Comment #4

If you want good night shots then you need long exposures and long exposures mean that the camera needs the support of something like a tripod. No matter what cameras you look at, you up against the same criteria for the exposure: amount of available light vs aperture, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity. Image stabilization will only take you so far..

Take the image below, for example..

It was shot at ISO 100, f/8 and 20 seconds at a focal length of 105 mm. That particular lens is has a maximum aperture of f/4 at 105 mm. The camera, a Canon 5D, is know for it's excellent high ISO performance so ISO 1600 is a possibility, although longer exposures increase sensor noise..

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It was shot at ISO 100, f/8 and 20 seconds at a focal length of 105 mm. That particular lens is has a maximum aperture of f/4 at 105 mm. The camera, a Canon 5D, is know for it's excellent high ISO performance so ISO 1600 is a possibility, although longer exposures increase sensor noise..

Shooting at the maximum aperture and at ISO 1600 I would have the same exposure at slightly more than 1/2 second. Even with IS, which this lens has, half a second is difficult to hand hold. There is only much that can be done with so little light; there is no magic bullet..

Even with a camera that has very good image quality at higher ISO settings, you will be unable to get short exposures unless you are shooting something like illuminations. A tripod is needed for most night shots..

Brian A...

Comment #5

Belated Thanks for everyone's input! And great example pics!.

I've been trying to get shots of Halloween Haunted Houses and Events without the harshness of a flash (and the limited flash range of compacts). Apparently that is impossible with small equipment. It's easier to accept that my expectations of anything without a large sensor or long exposure are too high instead of feeling that I spent money on the wrong camera.

I'm a little tempted by the Nikon P50, but again we're talking teeny sensor. With the increased MP on the larger 5100, I fear the results would be about the same even with the larger sensor..

Again, deepest thanks to all!..

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