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Hello, I'm in the market for a new camera but after looking and looking, I've only confused myself as to what I want/need. I currently have a old Sony DSC-S85 camera. It takes nice photos, but it's old, SLOW, and I'd like a better zoom..

I also have a pocket sized camera which is a Sony DSC-T50. I like this camera for it's size and it takes great photos, but it is a little slow for what I need and the zoom on it is horrible..

So I'm looking for a new camera. My kids are just getting into motocross and other sports, so I am looking for something which is fast. In other words when I push the button to take the picture I want it to take it then, not 2 seconds from when I push it. I also don't want to have to wait 5 seconds between shots for the camera to get ready to take another picture again..

Up until a couple of weeks ago I was set on getting either a Nikon D80 or a D40x. Then I found out that I can't actually use the screen on a digital SLR to take the pic with, that I actually have to use the viewfinder. I've been spoiled with using the screen for years and I think that I would miss that option..

With that said, can anyone recommend a camera to me which would fit my needs or at least come close to it? Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!..

Comments (7)

A DSLR with live view (so you can use the LCD to frame your picture)..

Turtletrax wrote:.

Hello, I'm in the market for a new camera but after looking andlooking, I've only confused myself as to what I want/need. Icurrently have a old Sony DSC-S85 camera. It takes nice photos, butits old, SLOW, and I'd like a better zoom..

I also have a pocket sized camera which is a Sony DSC-T50. I likethis camera for it's size and it takes great photos, but it is alittle slow for what I need and the zoom on it is horrible..

So I'm looking for a new camera. My kids are just getting intomotocross and other sports, so I am looking for something which isfast. In other words when I push the button to take the picture Iwant it to take it then, not 2 seconds from when I push it. I alsodon't want to have to wait 5 seconds between shots for the camera toget ready to take another picture again..

Up until a couple of weeks ago I was set on getting either a NikonD80 or a D40x. Then I found out that I can't actually use the screenon a digital SLR to take the pic with, that I actually have to usethe viewfinder. I've been spoiled with using the screen for yearsand I think that I would miss that option..

With that said, can anyone recommend a camera to me which would fitmy needs or at least come close to it? Thank you in advance for anyhelp you can give me!..

Comment #1

You've been RUINED by using the lcd, not spoiled..

Using a viewfinder on a DSLR is very natural and actually helps you steady the camera and you will soon adapt to the new regime. Its the best way to use a camera..

You need a DSLR simply because you need fast and accurate focusing. You can also take faster bursts of photos. Most DSLRs will do well for you. Note that a even if the camera has a fast AF system it's less effective if the lens cannot react quickly. You will have to read reviews and compare them carefully. I'd be very surprised, however, if any DSLR with kit lenses was not a major in performance leap for you..

Bare in mind there is a step learning curve with a DSLR and you this sometimes discourages people. The shots you're planning to take ( sports ) are quite challenging at the best of times and require technique, not just a camera system. In many ways technique ( practice ) is vital..

A lot of using a DSLR well is in how comfortable you are with it. You need to try some out in shops. We cannot tell you that and entry level DSLRs are generally quite similar in performance terms..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #2

You can save money and get satisfactory results with a couple of DSLR-likes. The Canon S5 and the Panasonic FZ50 have shutter lag of one-tenth of a second. That ought to be fast enough for you..

Turtletrax wrote:.

Hello, I'm in the market for a new camera but after looking andlooking, I've only confused myself as to what I want/need. Icurrently have a old Sony DSC-S85 camera. It takes nice photos, butits old, SLOW, and I'd like a better zoom..

I also have a pocket sized camera which is a Sony DSC-T50. I likethis camera for it's size and it takes great photos, but it is alittle slow for what I need and the zoom on it is horrible..

So I'm looking for a new camera. My kids are just getting intomotocross and other sports, so I am looking for something which isfast. In other words when I push the button to take the picture Iwant it to take it then, not 2 seconds from when I push it. I alsodon't want to have to wait 5 seconds between shots for the camera toget ready to take another picture again..

Up until a couple of weeks ago I was set on getting either a NikonD80 or a D40x. Then I found out that I can't actually use the screenon a digital SLR to take the pic with, that I actually have to usethe viewfinder. I've been spoiled with using the screen for yearsand I think that I would miss that option..

With that said, can anyone recommend a camera to me which would fitmy needs or at least come close to it? Thank you in advance for anyhelp you can give me!.

Ngk20000..

Comment #3

Thank you for the advice. I'm curious how fast the focus is on a DSLR compared to the DSLR-like cameras. I realize the speed won't be as good on a DSLR-like, but the Canon or Panasonic that were suggested seem pretty fast, especially compared to what I'm used to. Any other comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks...

Comment #4

Quite irrelevant, you are much better off prefocusing for fast sports unless you have a really fast camera (pro DSLR or something). Also the lag from LCD on a bridge will force you to take bursts all the time..

From prefocused to picture will be actually faster on a bridge than a DSLR though..

Turtletrax wrote:.

Thank you for the advice. I'm curious how fast the focus is on aDSLR compared to the DSLR-like cameras. I realize the speed won't beas good on a DSLR-like, but the Canon or Panasonic that weresuggested seem pretty fast, especially compared to what I'm used to.Any other comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks...

Comment #5

When you refer to a bridge, are you referring to a DSLR-like camera? Sorry, but I truly am a newbie to these fancy cameras so I'm not quite sure which type of camera you were suggesting to me...

Comment #6

Turtletrax wrote:.

When you refer to a bridge, are you referring to a DSLR-like camera?Sorry, but I truly am a newbie to these fancy cameras so I'm notquite sure which type of camera you were suggesting to me..

Yes. there is nothing DSLR-like about those cameras except the external aspect...

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