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Looking for small cam that will handle low light conditions very well
Hi,.

I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 last year and I like the 16:9 photography, the 28mm and the overall image quality, but I hate that I can hardly take a good picture indoors (at least without flash)..

I also found out that a smaller camera would make sense for me and I like the manual controls of the LX2 but I don't really need them..

Does someone have a hint where I should go looking for a small cam that handles low light situations well? Epson, I heard, is good in that. Which features / numbers of the cam will show that the cam does focus well and make good pics in low light without flash?.

TIA for any tips,RegardsTim..

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Does someone have a hint where I should go looking for a small camthat handles low light situations well? Epson, I heard, is good inthat. Which features / numbers of the cam will show that the cam doesfocus well and make good pics in low light without flash?.

TIA for any tips,RegardsTim.

You want to look for something with a larger sensor (something like 1/1.7"), not the smaller 1/2.5" which is about half the size. Small cameras with this, which have a good reputation for low-light performance, are the small Fujis (the current one is the F50d I think)..

Best wishesMike..

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Timvdh wrote:.

Epson, I heard, is good inthat..

What ?

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In many ways, a "small cam that will handle low light conditions very well" is an oxymoron. If there is a single common weakness of all the small sensor cameras, it is their inability to handle low light..

I own a DSLR for it's ability to specialize, and it's ability to shoot in low light..

Nothing is enough for the man to whom nothing is enough...

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6Mp fuji F-series are the best compacts have done so far as far as low light goes and they're discontinued because no one will buy a 6 mp camera when it is next to a 12 mp one..

F50 and F40 do decent and are availible currently, and I saw the F40 for $150 after rebate. There is a F50 review on this site...

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I agree, Fuji F10 or F30 would be good for this as a compact cam. In the dSLR world, your choices are rather limited due to their size and the only one I can think of is the Olympus E-410 or the upcoming E-420.Olympus E-510 w/ dual kit lenses (28-84mm/80-300mm equiv. 35mm)Sony A200 w/ dual kit lenses (28-112mm/120-480mm equiv. 35mm)..

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Don't expect much better iQ from any of these P&S including Fuji's (Fujis would have been better if they offered RAW mode.) The difference is a compromise. Some do more NR, some less. LX2 is as good (maybe better) with it's RAW mode, which at least allows you to capture maximum details. You can later clean the noise using NR softwares effectively..

If you must buy a P&S then go for Canon ones, which have better balance between noise & details at higher ISOs. G9 will be the best with it's Raw mode..

Timvdh wrote:.

"Fuji" of course, not "Epson"..

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

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Ajay0612 wrote:.

If you must buy a P&S then go for Canon ones, which have betterbalance between noise & details at higher ISOs. G9 will be the bestwith it's Raw mode..

The G9, maybe.the rest of the Canon P&S's are krap in low light!.

And slow (lag time)..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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