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I'm purchasing my first digital camera and after doing some research, I've decided on the Canon Powershot A630. My initial budget not including accessories that will inevitably be purchased later is $200..

The only thing I'm not sure about is ISO. This camera's highest manual setting is 800. I probably won't be taking low light pictures, but I will be photographing pets. I would like to be able to get a snap of a dog at the peak of his jump, which I would probably do in burst mode to get a few chances at the right shot. This won't be the main use of the camera, but it is a concern. I don't really know how much ISO is needed for a given application..

The main uses will be landscapes (including cloudy and stormy skies), slower moving people and animals, portraits, and architecture..

I want at least 6 megapixels, but would prefer as many as I can get for $200. I would also prefer at least 4x optical zoom, and an LCD screen of at least 2.5 inches. Some other cameras I'm looking at:Fujifilm Finepix F650Canon Powershot A540Panasonic DMC-LZ6.

Thanks for reading...

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Disaosa wrote:.

The only thing I'm not sure about is ISO. This camera's highestmanual setting is 800. I probably won't be taking low lightpictures, but I will be photographing pets. I would like to be ableto get a snap of a dog at the peak of his jump, which I wouldprobably do in burst mode to get a few chances at the right shot.This won't be the main use of the camera, but it is a concern. Idon't really know how much ISO is needed for a given application..

The main uses will be landscapes (including cloudy and stormyskies), slower moving people and animals, portraits, andarchitecture..

I am not a pro, but ISO generally is of concern only in low light situations. A shot with a moving pet in low light may require a higher ISO, but if you anticipate an adequate amount of light then a limit of ISO 800 should be fine. I take low light shots and only once in the last year have I used more than ISO 800..

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Comment #1

Thanks for the answer, that's good to know. The shots in question will likely be taken in sunlight. A630 it is I suppose...

Comment #2

Why don't you get more zoom & I.S. at the same price? i.e. consider Canon A710IS..

Disaosa wrote:.

Thanks for the answer, that's good to know. The shots in questionwill likely be taken in sunlight. A630 it is I suppose..

Regards, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #3

2 drawbacks to the DMC-LZ6....there is no viewfinder and there is NO audio for taking videos. Only the DMC-LZ7 offers sound to accompany video. Other than that, a nice little camera with many different settings for al kinds of modes...

Comment #4

Hi,.

Action shots of animals and people are more about your technique and timing than anything else. People have been taking them for at least the last hundred years with very primitive equipment and ISO 25 or so would suit the bill outside in sunlight - once you've got the technique right..

I also think you ought to be looking at AF and shutter lag but again, with action shots you have to anticipate what is going to happen and catch it at the right moment. Usually at the height of the jump as they stop going up, pause and start coming down again. You'd be surprised how slow the shutter speed can be for that but your brain and finger response have to be very fast. It also helps to learn about zone focusing and the DoF..

Hope this helps the decision..

Regards, David.

PS If you want proof, then look at the action pictures taken during the Great War of 1914-18 by the PBI (that's the common soldier with his amateur equipment) and then go into Google and look up something like the Kodak Vest Pocket camera and it's film speeds...

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