Help with buying new camera??
I need a camera for my son's football games and general everyday use.I have been looking at the following:Canon 5S ISPanasonic Lumix DMC FZ18FUJI S8000FD.

Can anyone provide any info on these cameras?Or another one that might more meet my needs?Thanks for any input...

Comments (8)

Are you trying to shoot nighttime football? You need a 300 f/2.8 or 400 f/2.8 lens. For daylight games, and assuming that you do not require large images, the Canon S5 is an excellent camera..


Comment #1

That's going to be VERY expensive and VERY difficult to shoot. The 300 2.8 lens (which idealy is the minimum you would need) is $3600.00 ... that's if you want to do it right. If you don't mind motion blur, noise, or a lot of missed shots because auto focus didn't lock on you can do it a lot cheaper..

Lisakb wrote:.

Yes, there will be mostly night games..

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Comment #2

The recommended kit includes a 300 f/2.8 or 400 f/2.8 lens with a 70-200 f/2.8 or similar focal length lens on a second body. Most photographers use the long prime lens for the game. With a Canon kit and a single camera, you should expect to spend between $6,500 and $9,500. A Nikon kit would cost between $8,000 and $12,000. You are obviously not expected to spend that amount of money, which is why I recommend hiring a pro to shoot the games..

If a pro is not available, there are less-expensive lenses that can be used, but buying cameras and lenses is only part of the problem. Are you able to invest the time in learning to shoot nighttime sports? It is much more relaxing to let a pro worry about getting the shots and carrying those lenses, while you sit in the seats and watch the game..


Comment #3

I would just like a point a shoot, I will let a professional take some photos but I also will be taking photos. So out of the ones I have listed. Is there one that stands out above the rest? Is there one out there I am missing ?Thanks...

Comment #4

S5 IS. Great video capabilities with adequate zoom and sneak in a couple of occasional stills. You'll have very good movie archives of his youth sports for keeps, and if as you say a professional to capture special events, you can't beat it for $350 or so. Buy the big new body and it'll depreciate the minute you stick your credit card back in your wallet..

Do yourself a favor and save the dough. If at a later date you feel the need to buy a dslr, just pick up one used from someone who decided they wanted something smaller for just shooting their kids sports and stuff for a fraction of the cost new..


Comment #5

You can try a Canon S5, but I do not recommend it or any other compact camera for nighttime sports. These compact cameras have difficultly focusing in low-light conditions, and they are very noisy at ISO 800 and ISO 1600. Most of what you will probably get is out-of-focus blur, and unwanted motion blur from slow shutter speeds..

There is a way to focus manually with the S5, pre-focusing shots and trying to get something that is not blurry, but it is not enjoyable. The compact camera is really useless except for using the "video" burst mode to grab some noisy clips..

The Canon S5 is an excellent camera for bright lighting conditions, long-exposures, and some close shots with the flash, but it is not a camera for nighttime sports..


Comment #6

Please advise on which of the two would be the better camera.Thanks for your input...

Comment #7

Lisakb wrote:.

Please advise on which of the two would be the better camera.Thanks for your input..

The Canon for one reason: it can accept an external flash...

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