P&S for a couple different situations
Hi all. I currently own a canon s3. I'm less than happy with it's auto mode. Indoors it often focus hunts and 70% of the pictures that my wife takes are out of focus. Sometimes it takes for ever to get the green box for the go ahead. That being said I would like something a bit smaller and more reliable.

So any advice on a point and shoot that has a reliable indoor and outdoor focus and fast flash recycle would be greatly appreciated? I would like something with a flip screen so I can join the picture, but it's not a must have option..

Btw...I talked with canon a while ago and they said all of their point and shoots feature the same technology that's inside the s3, so I'm not sure I want to go canon..


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MikeMannZ wrote:.

So any advice on a point andshoot that has a reliable indoor and outdoor focus and fast flashrecycle would be greatly appreciated? I would like something with aflip screen so I can join the picture, but it's not a must haveoption..

Best Wishes, Ajay

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I have had several digital cameras....mostly Canon and Sony..

The Canon's seem to offer quicker access to photographic controls but the Sony's are much better performers in terms of AF speed and flash recycle..

I would check on eBay for a used Sony V1. You can probably get one in excellent shape for about $100. At one time this was Sony's flagship model (sold for $700 when new)..

What's especially nice about this camera?1. reasonably low price2. small size3. lots of controls4. this is the smallest Sony camera that incorporates the hologram AF assist5. fast, reliable AF.

This camera is an unusually quick and accurate performer...

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I'm looking for something newer with at least 8mp. Something that uses 4 AA so I'm assured of a fast flash recycle. Any other ideas anyone ? .


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You have one, except for the 8 mp. The Canon Sn series cameras are "prosumer" or "bridge" cameras and aren't optimized for auto, but for maximum user control. You'd do better to set it on "P" mode. That will still let you shoot mostly automatically, but with some control. The trick with autofocus is to halfpress the shutter release until you get the green box, then shoot. It's only having to do one thing at a time then, and it goes faster.

The S3 will be a good learning camera, that you've already paid for..

When you've got your operational issues worked out, you'll have an clear idea just what you want to change and can go shopping knowing what you're looking for. The S5 IS uses 4 AA cells and so does the A650 IS, among current Canons. Smaller cameras that use AAs mostly use just 2. You might want to look at the Canon G9. That uses a proprietary rechargeable battery, but has quick flash recharge and a hot shoe that allows you to use an external flash with it's own power source. The A650 IS has the same lens and sensor as the G9, but uses 4 AAs; it lacks the hotshoe, though.

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Your problems actually sound like issues with what you expect the S3 to be able to do, rather than the camera..

Indoors usually implies poor lighting ( anything put bright daylight is low light ). Most digital cameras do poorly here. In particular focusing in low light is a problem for most AF mechanisms..

What you need to solve this are :.

(1) An AF assist lamp.

Your S3 already has one. Check if it is turned on - somewhere in the menu system..

This is a lamp that help the AF system to focus - it will help a lot indoors at 'people' type distances..

(2) Check with you wife if she is waiting for the camera to focus lock before shooting. The focus issue you describe is typically due to users not half depressing the shutter button and letting the camera lock before fully depressing. If you just whack down on the shutter or don't let it lock first the shot will almost certainly be blurred..

(3) Lower expectations.

You expect too much from a digital camera. Even DSLRs have trouble in some of the lighting conditions you describe, especially with cheaper lenses. I don't think any other digital camera would do better for you than the S3..


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