You need a DSLR. Nothing else will give you quality pictures. Look for a used Canon 350D or a Nikon D50/D70 or something like that..
Other cams will not give you enough speed to stop the action in overcast conditions without digital noise that will render the pictures near unusable..
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The shutter lag on the Canon would make it unusable for that use..
You need a DSLR...
Thanks for that. Not what I wanted to hear, but needed to hear it anyway. Am on the saving trail. Will pester you all when a little more cashed up.Regards Ron...
Read dpreview and pay particular attention to shutter lag and focusing time. Those will be your two biggest slowdowns..
I've done sport shooting for myself with a s3 Canon. I missed a lot images but I managed to capture a few. If you know the game you should be able to anticipate the action and up your ratio of good photo's..
It is my understanding that the Panasonic is faster. I have no personal experience just have read about them and have been around a couple of braggarts..
Remember though there is a reason people spend money on equipment and it is not just because they like to brag about their credit card balances..
Go to Canon talk where we have plenty of discussion re S3, S5, Panasonic FZ8/ 18, Olympus 550UZ ... it is not true that you MUST have a DSLR ... that is a purists response who thinks they are shooting for Sports Illustrated ... for the average guy, who knows the sport, many point and shoots (A640) or something slightly more complex (S5) will do remarkably well ... one of my kids is a horse back rider and in jumping shows I'm pretty far off from the action ... yet, because I can anticipate the moment that I want to capture and because I have zoom and manual controls, I can compose and execute a great photograph with an A640 ...
There are sure to be ones that turn out perfect .... this is especially true of action photography ..... if you just shoot one or two, you are bound to be dissapointed ........ sure with a DSLR it would be easier and sometimes the result might be noticably better, and in general more photographs will be usable, but heck, these cameras cost 3X as much, are quite bulky etc. etc....
BTW: I also noticed that if I go to a sporting event and don't have a camera I am thoroughly familiar and confortable with, I miss most of the event and most of the good moments because I'm messing around with the camera all the time ... also S5 has the absolutely best video capability .... it has to be seen to be believed..
My recommendation is the Canon S5...
... yet, because I can anticipate the moment that I want to captureand because I have zoom and manual controls, I can compose andexecute a great photograph with an A640 ... the key is to shoot a lotof pictures, and inevitably, the law of averages kicks in .... there.
This is a good point but the other key factor related in this post is to know how to use your equipment. If you able to take full advantage of your gear, you know how to override the automatic settings and take control of the camera, you can push it easily to it's limits and overcome some of those limitations through your control of the camera and knowledge of the sport..
The other point is as above, shoot a lot of pictures....you will learn much more about how to use your gear if you you *use* it! .
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