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Point and Shoot Type Camera?
I have a coolpix 11 - which is ok. However....

It does not take "fast" pictures - I know there is a delay but with this camera, there's a delay to take the picture and then after it's been taken before you can take another picture. It's LONG!.

I am also not happy with the pictures it takes in low light, or dark - to take a picture in the dark is well forget about it - and low light is almost forget about it, and you gotta have ALOT of light to make it NOT low light..

I am looking for something smallish and compact, I like to take my camera everywhere - I have been looking at the LITTLE cameras that have a removable lens, most are around 200 dollars, I think I could do this - but want a good camera that will last me..

I take things that mostly I keep on line, but I would love to be able to print up to a 8X10 - if needed (just got a photo printer for Christmas)..

So I guess my question is this -.

Is there a camera that will print 8X10 pictures -Be able to let me take GOOD pictures of my kids.

Take the pictures quickly (or at least allow you to push your finger down to focus and then take the picture ASAP when your ready)Take a minimal amount of time to save the picture to be ready to take anotherTake GOOD pictures even in low light.

Things that are a plus would be being able to mess with some of the settings and what not, but I dont know how to do that yet, as I have never had a camera that does do that!.

I have looked at the BIGGER DSLR's but they seem way to big, and costly for what I am hoping to find -.

Thank you so much!Jennifer..

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Jennifer,.

Here are several shots in low light using my Canon Powershot A95. Although I have some larger cameras, this little guy has served me well. It easily fits in a pouch on my belt and has been with me all over the world. A similar camera might do well for you, and not at great cost. I still like using this for some applications..

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WSR (Bill)..

Comment #1

G'Day,You have just discovered why people move from a P&S Camera to a Digital SLR.All P&S Cameras have a shutter lag and some are very slow shot to shot.I have 2 P&S and 2 DSLR all have their strengths and weaknesses..

P&S Cheap to buy, small easy to use and carry, good shots under good lighting, but fall down when light drops, and or you want to take moving targets, and are very slow shot to shot..

DSLR Entry level cameras now quite cheap(appr$500), High end very expensive appr $5000) When you press the shutter it takes the photo(no delay), Takes lots of shots very quickly 2.8 to 6 shots per second depending on Camera chosen. very very good in low light, particularly in Camera's that have built in Image Stabilisation or alternatively Camera's that dont but use lenses that do(Canon Nikon fo example).Downsides are size (cant put them in your pocket) obtrusive (make a loud click when picture taken) and they can be costly, as the Camera is only the first cost, because they have removable lenses you buy a different lens for Various situations..

For instance a lens for Landscapes is no good for taking shots of the kids soccer matches, and neither is of much use if you are into wildlife or Macro (small objects).

There just isnt a good all round lens for SLR's although they are getting better..

Nikons 18-200 VR lens comes close to the best all round compromise but I emphasize compromise..

Any P&S you buy will have it's shortcomings but Ricoh GR series are fast and pretty good.As far as DLSR's are concerned look at these.Nikon D40 or D40X with 18-200VR lensCanon XTI with 24-105 lensPentax K100D super with a Sigma 18-200mm lens.

Olympus E510 with a kit Lens (I dont know what lenses Oly have in the 18-200 range)To my mind these are the smallest bodies to suit your hands and offer excellent image quality at a budget price..

Go have a look, kick a few tyres and you just might think you Nikon P&S is not so bad after all...

Comment #2

Jaz_trio wrote:.

I have been looking at the LITTLE cameras thathave a removable lens, most are around 200 dollars,.

No such LITTLE camera exists (except Leica M8 which costs more than a little car . Only DSLRs will have that feature..

Is there a camera that will print 8X10 pictures -Be able to let me take GOOD pictures of my kidsTake the pictures quickly (or at least allow you to push your fingerdown to focus and then take the picture ASAP when your ready)Take a minimal amount of time to save the picture to be ready to takeanotherTake GOOD pictures even in low light.

Consider Canon A650IS. Stupendous resolution (12MP are more than enough for 10"x15" prints), optical viewfinder (for keeping track fast subjects e.g. kids while the camera goes through it's shutter lag), good performance, swivel LCD (another plus for shooting toddlers, pets, flowers etc.), 6x zoom with I.S.Or A720IS (6x zoom), A570IS (4x zoom) for value for money picks.All these have A/S/M modes for better control over output.Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #3

OK, thank you everyone..

I really want to stay away from the bigger camera's -1) because I am "new" at this whole manual mode2) because of how and when I use it.

And 3) because I dont have any intention on taking a course on learning how to use it any time soon. I am afraid lots of the settings would get lost..

I am just looking for something simple, that will give me good pictures of my kids..

I love my point and shoot - yes there are things I wish I could do with it, like distort the background some so that the main picture "pops" - I want to take good pictures indoors with low light (which is mostly where I shoot) - and at night....

So I am looking for something that will go well with these things, with out a ton of lag, I know lag (unless you get a big costly camera) is something that will always be there, but right now my camera takes at least, I feel like it does, takes a long time - and when your taking candids of kids, or babies - that lag to save the picture then refocus is frustrating..

I have looked at all the little one's suggested, this is the basic size I was thinking - something I could take easily with me, but not SOO little that it fits in like a pocket - I dont really put it in my pocket anyway..

I would like to spend around 200 bucks, but to get the best for what I can, and what I need I am willing to go up to 300 - (Money is a big issue, I am a single mom with a limited income)..

I have looked at (Seems like the canon's where the BIG good one's LOL).

Canon Powershot SX100 ISCanon Powershot A650 ISCanon Powershot A720 ISCanon Powershot A95.

I like them all, they all have good reviews from everything I read - but I need a hands down, what's better for what *I* need -.

Thank you SOO much for your advice, I REALLY appreciate it, up to this point I have gone to a store, and after looking at them for less than 5 minutes just picked something - sometimes that worked, some that I did not like as well, like this camera I have now - and the one I just bought my daughter for Christmas (well dont get me started on that!).

THANK YOU AGAIN,Jenn..

Comment #4

Fuji's Fxx series are the best compacts for low light. The newer ones aren't as good as the now discontinued 6mp ones. Larger sensors with large photosites collect more light, making those low light pictures better..

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Comment #5

There are many good cameras apart from Canons. Fuji are better in low light (at least without flash) and have fast shutter response. You may still be able to buy the F31FD or the F20 which have the excellent 6.3Mp Super CCD. The F31 has manual controls so you can fine tune it to get the best out of it in low light..

You will easily get a good 8x10 print out of these at ISO800 and, depending on the shot, even at 1600..

If you can't get Fujis with the F31 or F20, the F40 (8Mp) or F50 (12Mp) are still better than the competition in low light for equivalent megapixel count..

Cheers..

Comment #6

Jaz_trio wrote:.

I have a coolpix 11 - which is ok. However....

It does not take "fast" pictures - I know there is a delay but withthis camera, there's a delay to take the picture and then after it'sbeen taken before you can take another picture. It's LONG!.

I am also not happy with the pictures it takes in low light, or dark- to take a picture in the dark is well forget about it - and lowlight is almost forget about it, and you gotta have ALOT of light tomake it NOT low light..

I am looking for something smallish and compact, I like to take mycamera everywhere - I have been looking at the LITTLE cameras thathave a removable lens, most are around 200 dollars, I think I coulddo this - but want a good camera that will last me..

The Nikon L11 is known to have big problems focusing in low-light situations..

The best small digital cameras for low-light situations that are currently available are the Fuji F40fd and F50fd. You'll get much better results than with your Nikon L11 from small Canon cameras as well. The SD850IS, SD870IS and SD950IS are the best, but they're well over $200. If you don't mind a slow flash recycle time and a slightly larger camera, the Canon A560IS, Canon A570IS and Canon A720IS will give you good low-light photos for under $200...

Comment #7

Jaz_trio wrote:.

Canon Powershot SX100 IS.

Good. But lacks optical viewfinder (desired feature for snapping running kids)..

Canon Powershot A650 IS.

Better with OVF and swivel LCD but cost premium is too high..

Canon Powershot A720 IS.

Bang for the bucks. Go for it..

Canon Powershot A95.

Obsolete. Not available new. Avoid..

I like them all, they all have good reviews from everything I read -but I need a hands down, what's better for what *I* need -.

A720IS. Good IQ, features, uses AA batteries, fast enough. Remember to use OVF while taking photos of fast moving kids (e.g. playing, etc.).Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #8

Thank you all for your wonderful advice and time. I have decided that the A720 is for me, so it's been ordered and should be here in a week or so - I am very excited! This is the first camera I have researched, and being the see and buy kind of girl I am - waiting for it to be delivered is hard, but I am sure (with all the reviews I have read) it's worth the wait!.

Thanks again!..

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