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Does the memory stick, eventually need to be replaced from over use? I take over 200 pictures at each of my granddaughters soccer games, and notice the pictures getting grainy. I that memory stick or wrong settings?..

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Sardona wrote:.

Does the memory stick, eventually need to be replaced from over use?.

Theoretically, yes. The first thing that will probably fail are the little gold-plated contacts. You can solve this problem by leaving the memory in the camera and downloading via the USB cable. But then, the first thing to fail would be the little gold-plated contacts on the USB connectors. None of this is important, however, as the camera itself will fail at about the same time...which will be many years away..

I take over 200 pictures at each of my granddaughters soccer games,and notice the pictures getting grainy. I that memory stick or wrongsettings?.

First you need to give us some clue what Sony camera you are using. Next, you need to show us an example of a good and a bad pic. Lastly, you need to either insure that the EXIF data is present with both those pix or you need to manually extract that data and paste it into your post here..

200 pix is tiny. Many people take over 1000 per day. When a flash memory card fails, it does not do so by adding grain to the pix..

The problem with grain is usually the camera has a small sensor and when the light is low, the camera has to switch to higher sensitivity (ISO), which increases grain (noise)..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #1

The cyber shot is DSC H5. I usually insert the memory stick directly into the Epson RX 700 printer I use. At the sports events I always use the sports mode. on cloudy days, I get horrible pictures. night pictures, forget it...I play with the settings, but to no avail. I realize, it's probably "user stupidity"...am I asking too much of this camera?..

Comment #2

Sardona wrote:.

The cyber shot is DSC H5..

The H5 is a decent camera, but it is not suited for low-light sporting events. It has a very small sensor and this causes noise when the lighting is low..

I usually insert the memory stick directlyinto the Epson RX 700 printer I use. At the sports events I alwaysuse the sports mode. on cloudy days, I get horrible pictures. nightpictures, forget it...I play with the settings, but to no avail. Irealize, it's probably "user stupidity"...am I asking too much of thiscamera?.

Yes. You may be able to make them better, but the H5 is not a perfect tool for the job. Many people have the same problems you are experiencing..

The H5 has a sensor that is described as being 1/2.5". This is a stupid way of describing the sensor size and is used because it doesn't tell you anything. A better and more accurate description would be to describe the diagonal dimension of the sensor (like we do with TV screens) as being 7.182mm or 0.282". Divide that tiny piece of Silicon into 7.1 million photosites and each little sensor is so small that it can't capture many photons, even when your lens is wide open (that's f:3.7 at the max FL...432mm equiv.). This lack of native sensitivity requires the camera to amplify the signal and this induces noise...much like a broadcast TV signal 50 miles away from the transmitter has "snow" on the picture..

The solution is to get a camera with a BIG sensor and moderate number of MP. Don't fall for the MP myth, that more MP is always better. That is NOT true..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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Thanks for your quick response. Apparently the H5, is not the camera for me then, at low lite, sporting events...which direction do I need to go to next then?Affordable and easy to operate, giving me the results I am needing?..

Comment #4

You sent me 3 photos. The first was a nite shot. The EXIF data was f:3.7, 1/15 sec, ISO 1000, and 72mm (which I assume is the max). It showed significant motion blur and lots of chroma noise, as expected. I removed the noise easily with NoiseWare Pro and sharpened it a bit, removing a little of the motion blur:.

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This type pic is clearly beyond the capability of the H5..

The second pic was a daylight (cloudy bright...no shadows) shot of a group. The EXIF data was f:7.1, 1/400 sec, ISO 125, and 9.8mm. It was a good shot, except there were some heavy shadows on the faces. I used Levels to brighten the pic (it was slightly underexposed) and Shadows & Highlights to improve the appearance:.

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The third pic was also daylight, but a bit darker than the second one. The EXIF was f:4.0, 1/320 sec, ISO 160, and 46.2mm. The H5 did a good job with this one:.

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The girl on the right is OOF and needs to be cropped out, IMO..

Sardona wrote:.

Thanks for your quick response. Apparently the H5, is not the camerafor me then, at low lite, sporting events...which direction do I needto go to next then?.

Rule #1: "Buy a camera with the biggest piece of Silicon you can afford and with as few pixels as you can put up with.".

Affordable and easy to operate, giving me the results I am needing?.

Both "affordable" and "easy to operate" are subjective..

I would suggest you try a cheap dSLR with about 6MP and a good, fast tele lens. The lens will cost more than the body, which is the right way to do it...spend about 70% of your budget on the lens(es) and 30% on the body. I normally recomment the Nikon D40 (not the D40x), but in this instance, I think the Pentax K100D is a better choice. Both have 6MP and the same size sensors (BIG). But the K100D also has in-body IS, which will help a bit with those hand-held shots. Pick a tele zoom lens with 300mm at the high end.

Or perhaps one with 200mm at the high end might be enough?.

There are many 70/75mm to 300mm f4.0 to f5.6 lenses to choose from and in the $130 to $220 range. These are OK, but not as fast as you need. A fast 100mm to 300mm f4.0 lens will cost $1000+. A good compromise might be an 80mm to 200mm f2.8 for about $600..

SO you need to pick a body with a big sensor, low MP count (for 2007), and get a fast telephoto lens. You will have to use high ISO, which is what the big sensor and low MP count are for. Use an appropriate shutter speed. with a 300mm lens, I'd try for 1/500 sec or 1/25 sec at minimum. Get a monopod and a shoulder brace as even with IS, they will make your distant shots more stable..

Lastly, get a good photo editor and learn how to use it. The type shots you are attempting are difficult and editing skills will help recover some marginal shots..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #5

Appreciate the "most" helpful information regarding right camera for the job. I wish I had asked this question before purchasing my present camera. H5 has been good to me on normal photo situation, but it is time to put the right camera with the type of use I am looking for.Thanks..

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Sardona wrote:.

Appreciate the "most" helpful information regarding right camera forthe job. I wish I had asked this question before purchasing mypresent camera. H5 has been good to me on normal photo situation, butit is time to put the right camera with the type of use I am lookingfor.Thanks.

Asking first is good, but often you don't KNOW what to ask before you have actually experienced taking pix and failed. Also, there are lots of fan bois who will bristle when somebody disses "their" camera. I think you have escaped them because you hid your thread under the "Memory Stick" subject, which was uninteresting to most of them..

They always say that since I don't own an H5 that I have no "right" suggesting that it is less than superb. To which I always say that you can't trust somebody who owns an H5 to give you un-biased information..

Also, we seem free of the Olympus fans who normally suggest an E-410, E-510, or E-3 (even though it is not available and costs $1700, body only)..

Truly lucky, we are... .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #7

I think you are correct. H5 was a good starting point. Knowing how I was going to use the camera and using it, learning it's pros/cons, was probably the best learning tool I could have experienced. I now understand a bit more how to go about choosing my camera for the use it will get. Thanks for the heads-up on posting in forum. Sounds like a sensitive group!..

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