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Camera for sports shots

by tbeims / January 10, 2012 9:40 AM PST

I have girls in sports (volleyball, rowing & barrel racing), and would like to get some decent action shots. Budget $500 or less.

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
by KenHusveg / January 10, 2012 10:08 AM PST

Have a look at the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.

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SX40 may not do well for indoor volleyball...
by MarkatNite / January 10, 2012 11:08 AM PST

...but should be fine for beach volleyball, as well as rowing and barrel racing.

Just FYI - Mark

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Indoor events
by tbeims / January 11, 2012 4:14 AM PST

Thanks, I was wondering about the SX40. I have the Nikon Coolpix S9100, and it does okay if there is not a lot of fast movement.

The volleyball is indoor. The barrel racing is both in & outdoor. The exposure could probably be adjusted for the indoor events.

Thoughts are appreciated.

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No Better
by PistonCupChampion / January 11, 2012 5:42 AM PST
In reply to: Indoor events

The SX40 is not going to do any better than your S9100, because both camera's share a similar sized sensor and lens apertures. If you adjust the exposure to compensate for low light, you will get noisy and/or blurry photos. Only a camera with a larger sensor and brighter lens can hope to get good quality indoor sports photos. For $500 the best you can get would be a budget DSLR (perhaps used or refurbished) and a 50mm prime lens. That won't get you close to the action; a bright telephoto prime or zoom lens would cost as much as or more than your entire budget.

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indoor events
by tbeims / January 11, 2012 7:16 AM PST
In reply to: No Better

That helps a lot! I'll stick with what I have for a while & look for an upgrade when my budget increases.

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