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My P&S issues, will DSLR solve them?
OK, I bought a Sony DSC-S90 a couple years ago to mainly take pictures of my kids. I like the camera, but I have three big issues that I have not been able to solve..

1) Any indoor picture with movement is blurry. With a 5 and 7 year old to photograph, most pictures have movement, which makes for a lot of wasted/missed pics..

2) It takes too long from pic to pic, which makes for a lot of missed pics..

3) No matter what I do or what settings I use, any indoor picture I take has red eye..

I have been researching DSLRs (mainly the Canon Rebels due to price) and I believe with ISO and shutter speed adjustments I can solve #1 (right?), but can a DSLR solve #2 and #3?.

Thanks for looking at my post, Jay..

Comments (7)

Blurr: yes, dslr will remove it. But you may need a better flash though then the built-in one to make more decent pics. (Flash pointing at the ceiling for diffuse lighting)..

Yes, dslr is an almost instantly focus and fire, you can even use burst-mode 3-5 fps,not with flash though, flash needs time to reload..

Red eyes: You could use pre-flash, but nobody uses that, because almost everyone has eyes shut when the flash really goes off second time. Simple PP and remove red eyes. In some cameras it is even built-in Post-Process...

Comment #1

Yes and yes..

Farther the flash is from the lens the less red eye you get. I get less red eye with the onboard flash on my DSLR compared to my compact. Even better is bounced flash off a ceiling from a seperate flash gun..

Shot to shot time is pretty fast on new DSLRs, Most entry level models get between 2 1/2-3 frames per second,..

Comment #2

Husker92 wrote:.

OK, I bought a Sony DSC-S90 a couple years ago to mainly takepictures of my kids. I like the camera, but I have three big issuesthat I have not been able to solve..

1) Any indoor picture with movement is blurry. With a 5 and 7 yearold to photograph, most pictures have movement, which makes for a lotof wasted/missed pics..

2) It takes too long from pic to pic, which makes for a lot ofmissed pics..

3) No matter what I do or what settings I use, any indoor picture Itake has red eye..

I have been researching DSLRs (mainly the Canon Rebels due to price)and I believe with ISO and shutter speed adjustments I can solve #1(right?), but can a DSLR solve #2 and #3?.

Thanks for looking at my post, Jay.

1 & 2 no major problem. Regarding 3 if you use a bounce flash (e.g. off the ceiling) you will have no red-eye. Or you can mount the flash away from the camera (wirelessly or otherwise)..

I have very little knowledge of Canon falsh systems but take a look at the Nikon D40 and SB-400 flash you may just find it is the best/cheapest combination for you..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #3

Husker92:.

OK, I bought a Sony DSC-S90 a couple years ago to mainly takepictures of my kids. I like the camera, but I have three big issuesthat I have not been able to solve..

1) Any indoor picture with movement is blurry. With a 5 and 7 yearold to photograph, most pictures have movement, which makes for a lotof wasted/missed pics..

The DSLR may or may not be an improvement here. What you ought to look for is a wide aperture (small f-numbers, e.g., f/2.8 or lower) and higher iso numbers which ought to allow you to use higher shutter speeds. I don't recall whether the S90 has adjustable aperture and/or iso, but it is something to look into..

Does the S90 give you a shaky hand icon just before you shoot if so, this is an indication that your shutter speed is too low, even for stationary objects..

The only help a dslr will be is that you can purchase lenses that are designed for low light applications, e.g., a 30 mm lens with f/1.4 or lower. For example, the well regarded Sigma lens having these specs is $500. I quote this just to give you a sense of the cash needed and to motivate a closer look at your aperture, iso, and shutter speed settings on your S90..

Well, DSLRs are better with respect to noise. Your picture will definitely look better once you have jacked up the iso above 400..

2) It takes too long from pic to pic, which makes for a lot ofmissed pics..

DSLRs will definitely give you a huge advantage here. In fact, just this morning I saw a woman trying to get a shot w/ a P&S and overheard her saying "Wait a minute, it isn't recharged yet." It took me back to my P&S days..

3) No matter what I do or what settings I use, any indoor picture Itake has red eye..

DSLRs will give you less red eye because the flash is higher above the actual lens. You can still get red eye, though. As someone else mentioned, you can get external flashes which take the flash further away from the lens. By bouncing the flash off the ceiling or walls or moving the flash off the camera by a few feet (with cables or remote triggering) can further improve the pic..

I have been researching DSLRs (mainly the Canon Rebels due to price)and I believe with ISO and shutter speed adjustments I can solve #1(right?), but can a DSLR solve #2 and #3?.

The Canons are fine cameras, but you seem to have a definite need for flash. You should also check the Nikon line. The D40, D40x cameras could be cheaper. More importantly, check the prices on external flashes. I seem to recall that the Nikon line was cheaper. Also ask knowledgable folks to compare and contrast the usability of the flashes.



A drawback of the D40, D40x cameras is that not every lens can auto focus with these bodies. I assume that you don't want to try to manual focus with running and jumping kids..

In summary:.

Check the S90 manual for the adjustments you actually can do maybe you don't really need a DSLR..

Go to a local Ritz or Best Buy and handle the cameras. Some cameras just feel right and others don't. How the camera feels in YOUR hands may make all the difference..

Use online sources like bhphotovideo.com, canogacameras.com, etc to check the prices on the full package you think you will need. Folks here and elsewhere can advise you on focal lengths, etc..

Good luck,msc..

Comment #4

Husker92 wrote:.

OK, I bought a Sony DSC-S90 a couple years ago to mainly takepictures of my kids. I like the camera, but I have three big issuesthat I have not been able to solve..

1) Any indoor picture with movement is blurry. With a 5 and 7 yearold to photograph, most pictures have movement, which makes for a lotof wasted/missed pics..

Flash with the standard 1/60 default setting could improve your shots, but induce red eye.

2) It takes too long from pic to pic, which makes for a lot ofmissed pics..

Due to having 2 AA batteries.

3) No matter what I do or what settings I use, any indoor picture Itake has red eye..

Caused by flash proximity to the lens.

I have been researching DSLRs (mainly the Canon Rebels due to price)and I believe with ISO and shutter speed adjustments I can solve #1(right?), but can a DSLR solve #2 and #3?.

A fast prime lens will help so you may not need flash with decent available indoor light.

Of course a DSLR with proper lenses is a big help but you may just upgrade to a newer improved P/S. The Fuji F40 may help reduce your issues at a fraction of the cost and even if you pursue the DSLR route the F40 is a great social companion camera.Regards,Hank..

Comment #5

Your DSLR will solve #1 and #2 without a problem as for #3 you would have to examine the Specs or handle the Camera to find out if it has a Red eye reduction mode in the flash menu, my Pentax K10D has a red eye reduction mode and it certainly takes flash shots without red eye, it give a quick preflash that cause the pupil in the eye to close down a bit which vurtually eliminates redeye using the on board flash..

One other advantage of the K10D is the Anti Shake system built into the Camera and I have taken really good hand held shots at 1/10 second, however not of moving subjects like Kids but it's amazing what ISO 800 and a f2.8 lens can achieve without flash..

However if you intend to use a flash on the hot shoe just bounce the light off the ceiling or wall or use a defuser and you will never get redeye...

Comment #6

I agree most with this comment. p&s cameras have improved A LOT since the p90 better sensors, optical stabilization, lithium-ion batteries, etc. moreover, if you're trying to jump from a p90 to a dslr you will probably have to do some amount of learning and practicing. you don't realize how much thinking p&s cameras do for you until you use full manual settings and are disappointed in the results. you should go to a store and try them out. dslrs are not pocket cameras either, and often just gather dust on the shelves of people who aren't serious about photography. another option might be bridge cameras which allow you to do some learning and aren't as expensive as dslrs...

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