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I am looking to picking up photography as a hobby while mostly taking pics of night scenes and social settings. I was looking know I'm not ready for a dslr yet and I'm not trying to spend more then $250 usd on the first one. I was looking at the canon SX100 IS or Canon SD1000 and needed your input on them. I need to pick a camera ASAP and probably from a local best buy or circuit city since I'll be heading to the Pocono mountains this weekend and want to take some nice pictures...

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These are considered different class cameras, so it's a little unusual to see both on the same short list. The SD1000 does not have Image Stabilization, the SX100 IS does (thus the "IS" token). For me, that would be game over, SX100 IS wins. However, in it's favor the SD1000 is an ultracompact, easier to pocket (or conceal). Also ask over on the Canon Talk forum on this same site..

Kelly Cook..

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Dunno about that Kodak. But here is a link to another thread with a few owners -.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...ms/readflat.asp?forum=1011&message=26085225.

Kelly..

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S100IS is bang for the bucks. 10x zoom is sharp and image quality is good..

Imxelite wrote:.

Hi,.

I am looking to picking up photography as a hobby while mostly takingpics of night scenes and social settings. I was looking know I'm notready for a dslr yet and I'm not trying to spend more then $250 usdon the first one. I was looking at the canon SX100 IS or Canon SD1000and needed your input on them. I need to pick a camera ASAP andprobably from a local best buy or circuit city since I'll be headingto the Pocono mountains this weekend and want to take some nicepictures..

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

Comment #3

Good enough. Allows zoom during movies. But is a bit larger. If large size is OK then how about S3IS/S5IS, which has swivel LCD too?.

Imxelite wrote:.

What about the kodak Z812.

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

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When I bought my Canon S3 it was for other reasons, I ignored the swivel LCD deal. But now that I've had a chance to live with it, that swivel screen is really cool for pet photography. As it makes it very easy to shoot with the camera down near the floor, for a pet's eyeview of the world..

But, for all of it's features, I would not call the S3 a pocket camera. It is really to much camera to lug around all day. Most compact designs weigh a LOT less..

Kelly..

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Imxelite wrote:.

Hi,.

I am looking to picking up photography as a hobby while mostly takingpics of night scenes and social settings. I was looking know I'm notready for a dslr yet and I'm not trying to spend more then $250 usdon the first one. I was looking at the canon SX100 IS or Canon SD1000and needed your input on them. I need to pick a camera ASAP andprobably from a local best buy or circuit city since I'll be headingto the Pocono mountains this weekend and want to take some nicepictures..

Two things you'll want to look for for your night scene pictures are a tripod and a camera that will allow exposure times running several minutes, either timed in-camera or with a "bulb" setting using some form of remote release. Night time scenes can be extremely dim, down to -6 EV for "Night, away from city lights, subject under starlight only" (http://www.fredparker.com/ultexp1.htm). This would mean an exposure of, for example, 8 minutes at F/4.0 and ISO 200. According to Fred Parker's chart, with a full moon you could get by with a 1 minute exposure, but I believe the moon will be barely a sliver this weekend. The discontinued Nikon Coolpix 8800 could go 10 minutes, but I just don't know what current, non-DSLR cameras would give you the exposure times you need...

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Do note that the nighttime comment is for "away from city lights, subject under starlight only". If all you wanted was Las Vegas style shots of city street scene lighting, most any point-and-shoot can handle that..

Kelly..

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Thanks for the replies. It looks like I'm going to go with the SX100IS, even though I loved the shots the S3 took. There isn't a way I can pick that camera up in store, and it seems no online store will be able to ship in time...

Comment #8

I was looking for night shots of the snow mountains. Perhaps get some shots of skiing at night. I have a trip to vegas this year again and I hope this camera will do more justice than my old Fuji camera did last year. I had to throw out about half of my pics at night because of that camera...

Comment #9

When you say "night scenes", I presume you mean without a flash? If so, you can pretty much forget about any P&S and probably most of the prosumer models as well..

Excellent low-light performance is only possible with a DSLR. Shoot, merely good results are hard enough to get with even a prosumer model digicam forget about P&S..

Your budget of $250 will not purchase a camera that will perform well in nighttime settings. Good low-light performance pretty much necessitates a DSLR..

If you can dispense with high quality low-light capability, then your range of possibilities opens considerably..

Imxelite wrote:.

Hi,.

I am looking to picking up photography as a hobby while mostly takingpics of night scenes and social settings..

Http://www.pbase.com/digirob..

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KCook wrote:.

Do note that the nighttime comment is for "away from city lights,subject under starlight only". If all you wanted was Las Vegas styleshots of city street scene lighting, most any point-and-shoot canhandle that..

True, but the OP said he was headed out to the Pocono mountainsI've never been there, but thought it possible it was well away from city lights. The model he's considering has a maximum exposure time of 15 seconds. It might work out fine, but I would want a little more flexibility if night-time scenics were important to me...

Comment #11

A snow field at night could be a real challenge alright. Sad to say, most of the review sites ignore night scene capabilities. But here is a link to one that I did find. It happens to be for the SX100 IS -.

Http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_canon_powershot_sx100_is_2.php.

Kelly..

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