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point and shoot for indoor low light situations
Hello,.

I'm looking for a compact point and shoot camera which I will mainly use to make party shots. pictures of small venue concert action and people shots. so general usage will be in low light indoor surroundings. I care for very good image quality and fast performance. don't need much manual controls, it should be a reliable point and shoot compact camera..

Please let me know if I forgot any more information..

Thank you for your help..

* Budget: +/- 300$.

* Size: compact.

* How many megapixels will suffice for you? 6-8.

* What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x, Other - Specify) standard should do it, though I like the idea of a bigger zoom..

* How important is image quality to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) 10.

* Do you care for manual controls? no.

* What will you generally use the camera for? party camera, concert live shots and people in low light situations.

* Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? no.

* Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? yes.

* Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? 50% live show (action) shots, 50% people pictures.

* Are there particular brands you like or hate? no.

* Are there particular models you already have in mind?.

- Canon PowerShot SD850 IS (Digital IXUS 950 IS) (looks good)- Canon PowerShot SD1000 (Digital IXUS 70)- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 (looks good, but maybe not the best for my needs)- Fujifilm FinePix F40fd.

* (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) maybe IS for the people shots, but I guess these features are all not so important for my needs..

Comments (13)

I forgot to mention that I will use flash most of the time...

Comment #1

My recommendations would be the Canon SD850 IS. It will give you what you need and then some...

Comment #2

You mean except the low light performance ? .

Pjrocco wrote:.

My recommendations would be the Canon SD850 IS. It will give you whatyou need and then some...

Comment #3

Canon SD series should do as these have relatively more powerful flash in compacts. SD950IS will be first choice due to higher resolution, cleaner ISO800 pics (than SD850IS), good IQ.Next is Nikon S700/S500, followed by Fuji F50fd..

Gerald9 wrote:.

I forgot to mention that I will use flash most of the time..

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

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Gerald9 wrote:.

I forgot to mention that I will use flash most of the time..

In concerts ?

Comment #5

Sigezar wrote:.

Gerald9 wrote:.

I forgot to mention that I will use flash most of the time..

In concerts ? .

Yes. both for people shots and live shows. I will take pictures in small venues mainly, standing close to the stage. the stage is normally not too bright, and I found out, that all the pictures with flash were much better than without flash...

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Gerald9 wrote:.

Sigezar wrote:.

Gerald9 wrote:.

I forgot to mention that I will use flash most of the time..

In concerts ? .

Yes. both for people shots and live shows. I will take pictures insmall venues mainly, standing close to the stage. the stage isnormally not too bright, and I found out, that all the pictures withflash were much better than without flash..

You have chosen the areas where P&S are at their weakest. If you are really keen on image quality for low light shots then you need a dSLR. No pocket cam will produce anything other than mediocre shots with this kind of subject..

Alex.

Http://alexandjustine.smugmug.com/..

Comment #7

Alex Leach wrote:.

Gerald9 wrote:.

Sigezar wrote:.

Gerald9 wrote:.

I forgot to mention that I will use flash most of the time..

In concerts ? .

Yes. both for people shots and live shows. I will take pictures insmall venues mainly, standing close to the stage. the stage isnormally not too bright, and I found out, that all the pictures withflash were much better than without flash..

You have chosen the areas where P&S are at their weakest. If you arereally keen on image quality for low light shots then you need adSLR. No pocket cam will produce anything other than mediocre shotswith this kind of subject..

Alex.

Http://alexandjustine.smugmug.com/.

I am aware of that. I would like to know which one would give me the best mediocre shots? I need a good and fast compact party P&S to shoot pictures at very small venues (range between 1 and 3 meters maximum), one that I can put in my pocket and one, that is not that expensive, because it just could happen that I get beer all over it.. that's why I don't think about a dSLR. I know I get limited that way, so I just want to find out what my best options within these limitations are...

Comment #8

Based on the reviews here on dpreview, as well as elsewhere on the web, the Fuji f31fd seems to be the benchmark for low light indoor image quality, due to the larger image sensor..

I'm looking for the exact same specs as you, but the f31fd is somewhat pricey in South Africa. I guess if you want quality you have to pay a bit more for it..

Not quite sure if the f50fd still delivers the same level of high ISO quality, haven't tried it out. Has anyone compared the f31fd with the f50fd head to head?..

Comment #9

I'm surprised they allow flash at concerts, but you may not even need flash since the Fuji's have great high ISO performance. The F31 is probably the best but it's asking a premium price ($450+) since they are rare..

Therefore the F40 which is still available under $200 and users in the Fuji forum claim it's IQ is much better than the F50..

Probably the best bang for the buck today for low light situations when you don't want to use flash.Look around the Fuji forum and see for yourself.Regards,Hank.

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Hank3152 wrote:.

I'm surprised they allow flash at concerts, but you may not even needflash since the Fuji's have great high ISO performance. The F31 isprobably the best but it's asking a premium price ($450+) since theyare rare.Therefore the F40 which is still available under $200 and users inthe Fuji forum claim it's IQ is much better than the F50.Probably the best bang for the buck today for low light situationswhen you don't want to use flash.Look around the Fuji forum and see for yourself.Regards,Hank.

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Thanks hank. you said "Probably the best bang for the buck today for low light situations when you don't want to use flash", but what if I do use the flash? would you still recommend the fuji 40fd?.

I will be shooting pictures in a small venue mostly directly in front of the stage. small shows, so flash is no problem...

Comment #11

Gerald9 wrote:.

Thanks hank. you said "Probably the best bang for the buck today forlow light situations when you don't want to use flash", but what if ido use the flash? would you still recommend the fuji 40fd?.

It's an outstanding performer and still takes great shots with flash. The reason many prefer it is because they don't have to use flash in many situations where you'd rather be more candid like restaurants, baby shots, concerts, etc.http://www.dpreview.com/news/0701/07010402fujifilmfinepixf40fd.aspRegards,Hank.

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Gerald9 wrote:.

I will be shooting pictures in a small venue mostly directly in frontof the stage. small shows, so flash is no problem..

I just bought myself a FujiFilm F20 for about $150 including a one gig FujiFilm xD picture card. I have to say that the high ISO performance blows me away. I keep it set on Auto 1600 in low light situations and don't even worry about it..

I've owned many compact digital cameras and own four at this time. Though I find the F20 a bit boring it's so simple, I've found the ISO performance, to date, is unbeatable for a non-DSLR..

I didn't want to spend a lot of money, otherwise I may have gotten the F40 because it takes SD cards. The only thing I really don't like about the F20 is the battery charger; don't know if it's improved on the F40..

The F50, from what I've read, doesn't have the same low light performance as it's predecessors, though it's performance up to ISO 400 is somewhat better than most other compact cameras. The dpreview review states that the image stabilization is near worthless, so what's the advantage..

A renter was evicted the other day in the neighborhood of one of my friends. The furniture was placed against the walls of private property owners, so I went to take a look and took some photos, primarily because I wanted to see how the FujiFilm performed. The photo below was taken in pitch dark, using the flash. While the scene is sad, the results of the F20 were quite impressive, imho. The camera picked ISO 800:.

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I love my Panasonic FZ18 and my ultra compact Canon SD700 is one of my favorite cameras ever. But when I go to an event where I know the lighting will be low, the F20 will be my camera of choice except if I must use a long zoom..

Gail ~ http://www.pbase.com/gailbMy digital camera BLOGs: Pany FZ18 & TZ3; Canon S2, SD700 & A570; Nikon 5400http://www.digicamhelp.com/camera-logs/index.php..

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