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Hi like so many here, I'm looking for a Camera..

It's main purpose would be HDR photography - so it should support exposure autobracketing..

I don't want grainy/noisy images for pictures taken in the evening, which seems to eliminate all non-SLR models from the choice (please tell me if I missed one which was reviewed here ^^)..

It should at least have 8 Megapixel and should be less than 800$, which doesn't leave too much options .

I thought I found the right one: Canon EOS 400D.From the reviews I read here:Nikon D40x - no autobracketingOlympus E-510 - Low dynamic rangeSony A100 - noise/artifacts/worse image qualityAre there more to fit my cirteria?.

But then the reviewer confuses me:.

"it's no longer the first or obvious choice, so before jumping on the bandwagon make sure you've weighed up the competition.".

Have any of you got an idea what the obvious choice would be in this price segment? Because he doesn't tell *g*.

Thank you in advance, and please excuse my english ..

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Ctor wrote:.

Hi like so many here, I'm looking for a Camera.It's main purpose would be HDR photography - so it should supportexposure autobracketing.I don't want grainy/noisy images for pictures taken in the evening,which seems to eliminate all non-SLR models from the choice (pleasetell me if I missed one which was reviewed here ^^).It should at least have 8 Megapixel and should be less than 800$,which doesn't leave too much options .

I thought I found the right one: Canon EOS 400D.From the reviews I read here:Nikon D40x - no autobracketingOlympus E-510 - Low dynamic rangeSony A100 - noise/artifacts/worse image qualityAre there more to fit my cirteria?.

Sony A200 maybe (It should peroform well on noise front)..

But then the reviewer confuses me:"it's no longer the first or obvious choice, so before jumping on thebandwagon make sure you've weighed up the competition.".

That means competition has caught up. There are no longer any obvious choices..

Have any of you got an idea what the obvious choice would be in thisprice segment? Because he doesn't tell *g*.

A200 (if you can wait for a month). Or 400D with 18-55 I.S. lens..

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

Comment #1

Ctor wrote:.

Hi like so many here, I'm looking for a Camera.It's main purpose would be HDR photography - so it should supportexposure autobracketing..

I am not sure how many people use auto bracketing for HDR instead of just shooting manual and taking multiple exposures..

Most auto bracketing in limited to 2 or 3 exposures and HDR many times uses more exposures, depending on the DR of the true scene..

The only advantage I can see to auto bracketing is that you do not have to turn the speed or Ap wheel which may cause a slight camera movement. If this is a concern than maybe you should look for cameras which take more than 3 auto bracket exposures..

I don't want grainy/noisy images for pictures taken in the evening,which seems to eliminate all non-SLR models from the choice (pleasetell me if I missed one which was reviewed here ^^).It should at least have 8 Megapixel and should be less than 800$,which doesn't leave too much options .

I thought I found the right one: Canon EOS 400D.From the reviews I read here:Nikon D40x - no autobracketingOlympus E-510 - Low dynamic rangeSony A100 - noise/artifacts/worse image qualityAre there more to fit my cirteria?.

But then the reviewer confuses me:"it's no longer the first or obvious choice, so before jumping on thebandwagon make sure you've weighed up the competition.".

Have any of you got an idea what the obvious choice would be in thisprice segment? Because he doesn't tell *g*.

Thank you in advance, and please excuse my english ..

Comment #2

I don't know a lot about HDR photography. Some have mentioned a need for more than three exposures, but one site specializing in HDR photography, Photomatix, has said, "For most daylight outdoor scenes excluding the sun, 3 exposures spaced by two EVs are often sufficient to properly cover the dynamic range." Any camera, then, allowing autobracketing of 3 exposures over a 4 EV range should be suitable. The first link below lists autobracketing capabilities for many cameras. A camera not on your list that might be of interest is the Pentax K10D/Samsung GX10 as it is a now a modestly-priced model that provides up to 5 exposures over an 8 EV range, giving you a little more flexibility..

Http://hdr-photography.com/aeb.htmlhttp://www.hdrsoft.com/resources/dri.html#capture..

Comment #3

I am biased towards Oly. If you use a shoe mounted flash, then noise isn't that much of an issue IMHO.The E-510 is an excellent camera with the 2 lens kit.Anthony.

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Comment #4

Ed Grenzig wrote:.

The only advantage I can see to auto bracketing is that you do nothave to turn the speed or Ap wheel which may cause a slight cameramovement. If this is a concern than maybe you should look for cameraswhich take more than 3 auto bracket exposures..

I would think that, for HDR shots, you would only want to change your exposures with shutters speed as opposed to changing the aperture as your images would all have differing depth of field and would render a possible not-so-sharp final HDR image..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Comment #5

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MaddogOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #6

Thanks for all your useful comments .

Ed Grenzig wrote:.

I am not sure how many people use auto bracketing for HDR instead ofjust shooting manual and taking multiple exposures.Most auto bracketing in limited to 2 or 3 exposures and HDR manytimes uses more exposures, depending on the DR of the true scene.The only advantage I can see to auto bracketing is that you do nothave to turn the speed or Ap wheel which may cause a slight cameramovement..

Well, unfortunately the world won't stop for me to photograph it ^^.

If the whole scene moved but otherwise stayed static I could correct it in Software without any problems. But the scene changing would make the shots useless ....

@ MaddogNice pictures Did you use autobracketing?.

I'd opt for the Olympus E-410 (Only 500$ including objective) but it only has a EV range of 2 with autobracketing ..

Comment #7

Thanks for looking. Yes I used autobracketing. One thing I would add is that I took about 50% hand held. The IS really helped with this as I would focus on a single point (e.g. corner of a window, point of a roof, etc) and then do the 3 shots. By the way DPreview has the autobract range on the 510 listed as +-3EV.



MaddogOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #8

Looks like the 450D is scheduled to come out next month.I'll just wait and watch the price for the 400D drop ..

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