Fixed lens digital cameras are really terrible for indoor sports.
So ideally you should get a DSLR. If that is above your budget you.
Should get something with relatively good high-ISO performace. That.
Would be more a Fuji S5200, Fuji S9000 or Fuji E900. The S3100 and.
S3000 don't lack enough sensitivity. - Itai.
You'll need f2.8 and ISO 1600 to stop motion in an ice rink. Plus 200mm if you're shooting from the seats. Flash isn't an option. Try Nikon's D50 and a Sigma 70-200 HSM...
I coach football. I would like to be able operate a digital camera remotely that would sit 20' up a light pole. What camera would best be suited for this application. 3 to 2 frames per second would be ideal...
Justis, What kind of image quality are you looking for? Just wondering if a video camera might be easier to deal with?..
We do use our video camera to review our games after we play them. What I like to be able to try if possible is set of photos I can show on a laptop for players on the sideline. I know there is wireless cameras now availble. I would like decent image quality but I am not sure I need excellent quality...
My thoughts are that if you wanted to avoid the complexity of remote tracking - someone joysticking the camera on a remote control gimbal mount, then you'd need a fairly wide angle lens - and the individuals on the picture would be awfully small - if you think of the World Cup (round ball football), wide coverage that allowed a broader view was awfully wide and zooming in makes it very difficult to stay on the action. However, if looking for screen display, resolution is less an issue. Perhaps you could see about feeding the video two ways - a capture that runs the full game and a second capture, that you could potentially move around with, like Tivo? There are security video cams which can be directionally controlled but I don't think the resolution is all that good...
For sports you need a high shutter speed like 1/500 or faster.
This means you also need a high ISO like 800 or 1600.
For digicams with small sensor you should take a look at FinePix S9000 (S9500 in Europe) and E900. They have a 1/1.6-inch sensor being useable at ISO 800. E900 has also a optional tele conv lens (x1.95).
Another alternative would be a DSLR. The 6Mpixels like Pentax *istDL is not very expensive. I guess you will also need a zoom like Sigma 55-200/4-5.6..