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My first digital camera was a fuji finepix2400 zoom I then decided this was a bit huge and went for a f440. I love the size and ease of use of the f440 but picture quality is not as good as my old brick the 2400 despite double the megapixels!!.

So I am now wanting a new digital. The things that annoy me about the f440 are.

It is rubbish in low light and I mean with a flash. If I am in a darkened room or at a concert etc the pics just don't come out at all..

Also it is very slow to take pics for example I went to watch some car racing in full daylight the other day and everytime I took a pic there was nothing in it since the camera was so slow the car had driven past before the pic was taken..

So for my new camera I would like one that takes nice clear pics with good colours, one that is good in low light with a flash and can take faster moving images. I also want it to fit in a handbag so I can take it everywhere. I looked at the fuji f50 but user reviews say it's awful. I'm now looking at panasonic fx range. Also had a glance at canon ixus.

Please help there are so many options and I have no clue how to narrow down my choices!!.

Thank you!..

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If you want all these then your only choice is a dSLR with very fast lens (f/1.4-f/1.8).Never use flash when the subject is more than 10 m from you.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #1

I understand a compact will never be as good as a dslr but I can't carry a dslr around with me all the time..

I am very amateur so even if I could get some of the things I would like..

I am confused by the megapixel issue as I said since my 2mp camera produced better images than my 4.1mp. They are both fuji so some other factor must be affecting this?.

Any suggestions of options are appreciated!.

Thanks!..

Comment #2

Higher megapixels often do more to hurt than to help. But MP the THE number that most people look at first (or only) so, sadly, manufacturers are cramming more megapixels into every tinier sensors. The crappy lenses used don't have enough resolving power, and the photosites (pixels) are so tiny that the s/n ratio stinks..

A P&S doesn't "need" more than 2 or 3 MP. But good luck finding one today with that few pixels. Today's digicams are 8 MP minimum, most with more. Consequently, among other problems, the nighttime pictures will suck. But by then the camera is already sold, so the mfr doesn't care..

Only a DSLR will deliver the highest quality results. Even DSLRs are prone to the inescapable MP creep, but their sensors are large enough to handle it for now, anyway..

Bagpuss130581 wrote:.

I understand a compact will never be as good as a dslr but I can'tcarry a dslr around with me all the time..

I am very amateur so even if I could get some of the things I wouldlike..

I am confused by the megapixel issue as I said since my 2mp cameraproduced better images than my 4.1mp. They are both fuji so someother factor must be affecting this?.

Any suggestions of options are appreciated!.

Thanks!.

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Comment #3

So I am now wanting a new digital. The things that annoy me about thef440 areit is rubbish in low light and I mean with a flash. If I am in adarkened room or at a concert etc the pics just don't come out at all..

OK. Most compacts have only modest flashes. I suspect something a bit more modern would be better, but don't expect miracles. The F20/F30/F31 are all good at low light ( for compacts ) and have reasonable flashes..

Also it is very slow to take pics for example I went to watch somecar racing in full daylight the other day and everytime I took a picthere was nothing in it since the camera was so slow the car haddriven past before the pic was taken..

A particularly bad example, as shooting a fast moving vehicle is just about as difficult as it gets, daylight or not..

Certainly it can be done and the trick is actually a technique called prefocus. Almost nothing ( including most DSLRs ) will react fast enough to focus on a moving cvehicle and shoot. Panning technique is also important..

So for my new camera I would like one that takes nice clear pics withgood colours, one that is good in low light with a flash and can takefaster moving images. I also want it to fit in a handbag so I cantake it everywhere. I looked at the fuji f50 but user reviews say itsawful. I'm now looking at panasonic fx range. Also had a glance atcanon ixus.

The F50 is not awful. What the reviews actually say is that's it's disappointing as it does not really improve on the F30 and the 12Mp aren't really that great. Actually 12Mp on a compact is a total waste of time. The F50 is a perfectly good camera but we all wanted another F30 - a classic. That doesn't happen often..

The Panasonics are dreadful in low light. Stay away form these if that's a problem..

Please help there are so many options and I have no clue how tonarrow down my choices!!.

I think you should reconsider the F50. It got a Highly Recommended rating from DPrevew, which is not that easy to get..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #4

Ok I see what you are saying but as I say I dont want a dslr I want a compact.

So what is a good improvement on my fuji f440 something that maybe isn't fantastic but would be much better than what I have. I have seen sonys with better night photos than mine and samsungs but the panasonics are catching my eye with reviews and also the canon ixus range. the panasonic fx 33 recently got a gold review in what digital camera but I feel genuine users give better opinions as they are really using them day to day..

Thanks!..

Comment #5

Ok thats helpful.

Another reason I kind of went off the f50 was when looking at digitalversus.com/duels a lot of cameras appear to be performing better in low light than the f50 for example compare the f50 with the nikon coolpixs510 and the nikon looks better. the panasonic fx55 looks slightly better in low light and colours seem warmer?? and the canon ixus seems better in low light?..

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