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I want to buy a very easy carry-around camera for trip to vegas. But I like manual control for some extreme condition, can I do this:.

If I use "Spot Metering", and point the camera to a relative light target, say, a magic show in a dark theater, I want to take the performer's photo. As the performer is usually lighted very well, will the camera automatically select higher shutter speed and lower ISO, like select 1/60 and ISO100?.

How the camera perform under this "Spot Metering" setting ? Is it depends on different brand? What brand will be smart enough not too use too high ISO?..

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In theory a spot meter setting would work. Plus most point-and-shoot cameras now have Scene settings for odd lighting. And most of them will allow you to fix the ISO. Hard to say just which ones would give the best results against stage lighting though. That is not something the reviews usually cover..

BTW, some Vegas shows ban photography. Which would force you into the sneaky mode. Taking that into account, I would look hard at Sony's T-series..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #1

What is a "Sneaky mode"? like you can take a photo without take the camera out of bag?..

Comment #2

They haven't hit the streets yet but these:http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08012916panasoniclz8lz10.asp.

Are the 1st Panasonic pocket-shooters (about the size of a pack of smokes {100s} ) that will have 'A', 'S' & 'M' along with 'P', Full auto & a bevy of scene modes.... Otherwise I might've suggested the Tz line that has the best 28-280mm wide zoom in a small package but no 'A', 'S' or 'M'... Strictly a full-auto & 'P' mode with more scene modes than anyone knows what to do with, camera.... They're all Rear LCD-only without any OVF or EVF....

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Have a look at the Ricoh R8, which has one or two features you won't find on other cameras, like a 'smallest aperture' setting.Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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Orientblue wrote:.

What is a "Sneaky mode"? like you can take a photo without take thecamera out of bag?.

Bag? What bag? I would make the camera settings prior to going into the theater (flash OFF obviously). Wear a sport jacket and slip the camera into a pocket. During the performance peek it out of the pocket just enough for the lens to clear, and snap off a shot. Tricky bit is this means you're aiming the camera as a "hip shot". Not using the LCD for the framing as usual, thus hoping for the best..

Cue 007 theme music ....

Kelly..

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