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Initial post: 27 Jan 2013 11:27:15 GMT
K. Charlton says:
Hi i am currently on the lookout for an easy to use point and shoot camera that is small enough to put in a coat pocket and that will take FAST ACTION shots (of my dogs running, playing etc),
work well in LOW LIGHTING (for in house shots and dark days),
GOOD QUALITY pictures that can be blown up to make pictures for the wall.
EXCELLENT VIDEO for videoing taking/making.

I currently have a Panasonic DMC-FS10 12 mega pixels but find the lowlight quality and action taking not as good as i would like it to be.

so far i have had lots of recommendations but am still stuck as to what to get on my short list was:

CANON POWERSHOT S100 (but was not sure how fast action shot taking was compared to my old one i am wanting to update, plus not sure if it looks really small and wondered how easy it ws to manage!?

PANASONIC LUMIX TZ30?

SONY CYBERSHOT DSC - HX20V?

FUJI f550EXR?

would love to know what people who have have these cameras think to if it ticks all my boxes or if the more experienced can recommend something that will be suitable for me that will be easy for me to use.

Thankyou

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 11:33:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 11:57:43 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
If you find something that does all that and fits in a pocket, please be sure to let us know. I'll have one! :-)

I have to use a big heavy Nikon DSLR for fast action shots, 35mm slide film for huge resolution and expensive and bulky lenses for both for low light.

On a more helpful note, no compact camera that I know of is going to do all that. You can get all the technical quality you could ever need, and speed, by using a small DSLR (Like a Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit - Black (24.2MP) 3 inch LCD for example) But it's not going to slip in a pocket.
You can get great video and enough resolution to print on a large scale from a (large) pocket sized camera such as the one I have ( Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera - Black (12MP EXR CMOS, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD Screen ) But it doesn't lock and focus fast enough to reliably photograph running dogs.

What you're after is a compact with the speed of a DSLR, and I honestly don't know of anything that can do that. If there was, then journalists would be using them instead of lugging around a DSLR.

Of the shortlist above I would have the Canon S100. I have an IXUS95IS and it's extremely simple to use (Like all Canon compacts) and produces very good results of static subjects. But it won't do action.
If I had that budget I'd go for results every time and live with the size, and to that end I'd go for a used DSLR.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 11:52:48 GMT
K. Charlton says:
i was told by a camera site that the Fuji F550 EXR would tick all my boxes of requirements, but wasnt sure as there were some niggles with it when i checked out the reviews from other sites, so thought i would ask about some more.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 11:58:25 GMT
K. Charlton says:
Thankyou G Hearn had not seen the rest of your reply before i replied with the first comment. i have been able to get some good action shots with my current camera the panasonic DMC-FS10 , but i think i could get better quality one than that that would get me the shots i was after with one that had a slightly faster response between pressing the button and taking the shot.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 12:00:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 12:19:56 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
You see, the sticking point is going to be action and quality in low light. For action, the contrast-detection autofocus systems on compacts are never going to be fast enough. The phase-detection AF system of a DSLR will be fine.
For quality in low light you need a big sensor. Not big as in number of pixels, but big as in physical size (surface area). There are compacts that have sensors in them that are as large as those on DSLRs, but they'll be waaaaay outside a sensible budget and again, you'll still be lumbered with a slow autofocus system.

Some compacts may be 'slightly' faster than others, but I would put money on all of them still being woefully inadequate for what you want to do with it.

Having a good read through this page will give you a good general idea of the differences between the different types of camera and their capabilities:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm

My short version:

Compact camera:
Plus points: Convenience and portability. Possibly better/easier video than some DSLRs.
Minus points: Everything else. Won't hold a candle to a DSLR in terms of capabilities.

DSLR:
Plus points: Will do everything way better than a compact and produce better results with the possible exception of video.
Minus points: Larger than a compact and won't go in your pocket.

It's going to be a trade-off of results against convenience. As with most things in life, sadly!

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 17:05:56 GMT
The new technology has phase detect elements on the sensor itself and this improves focusing speed. So far it is available on the Nikon V1/V2 and J1 and the Sony Nex 5R. One of the Olympus Pens is renown for quick focus too. Neither will fit your pocket - unless you have a very big one.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 17:46:18 GMT
Zelazowa says:
Mr Charlton... you have highlighted an area where the world of photography took a giant step backwards with the advent of digital cameras. Shutter lapse... the time between pressing the shutter button and the photo actually being taken... the actual heart of photography. And then you might have the added problem of a confused autofocus system for focus speeds.

I agree with the advice from GEH and Dr A... other than a DSLR I don't think there is a digital compact up to it?
What about a 35mm film compact...? you may be surprised and you might stand a way better chance of getting those photos of your dogs!
[I hope that last comment does not upset anyone]

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013 06:43:40 GMT
K. Charlton says:
Thankyou will check all of them out.

have just read some really good reviews though about a SONY CYBERSHOT DSC-RX100....what do you think to that one? needs to be a simple one for me to use and something i can just get out of my pocket and start shooting without taking ages to set up!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013 06:45:27 GMT
K. Charlton says:
Thankyou. have you got a nikon v1, as when i read up it didnt have a really fantastic right up. i think it would prob fit in a coat pocket?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013 10:57:16 GMT
I looked at the V1 but unless you have the very wide angle pancake lens it would need a big pocket. It is said to focus quickly though.
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