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Concert Camera?

by CrescentRoses / April 13, 2009 3:36 PM PDT

I'm looking for a camera that takes good, clear photos for concerts with low light and lots of motion. I'm not a professional, and I don't need a lot of MP's (images will be 640px

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Low light action
by hjfok / April 13, 2009 5:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Concert Camera?

Depends on how low the light gets, generally a D-SLR is much better than a PS camera for this type of photography.
In general, you need high ISO, large aperture (the smallest f number)and a shutter speed of at least 1/125 to freeze slower motion for a sharp blur free photo. Faster motion will need faster shutter speed (1/500 or faster for sports). Image stablization helps to avoid blurring from your own hand shake while holding the camera, does not help blurring due to subject motion. Also try not to zoom out too much because motion blurring worsens as you zoom further out. Using high ISO and large aperture is to allow maximum amount of light to get to the sensor to allow use of faster shutter speed to freeze motion in lower light.
If D-SLR is out of your budget, then a Fuji camera may be a better one than most other PS cameras in low light. Fuji camera has a unique sensor design where the octagonal photosite has 2 photodiodes instead of one. This helps to capture better photo in lower light.

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Concert Camera
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 14, 2009 1:12 AM PDT
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I have to agree with hjfak.
There is no good small concert digital camera.

Since you mentioned a picture size of 640 x 480 I assume that you are wanting to take video (not still pictures).
A still photo of 640 x 480 is too small to even make a 4 x 6 print.

A video of a concert will turn out better than a still picture with a small camera. With a video, you do not notice the motion blur as much.

Audio with a video is a problem because if the music is too loud it will overload the microphone and audio circuits, and you will get lots of static and very poor sound quality.

A camcorder can do better (video and audio) than a small digital camera when taking video in low light.

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Thanks for the suggestions!
by CrescentRoses / April 14, 2009 4:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Concert Camera

I don't think I'd take a lot of video, but maybe a few clips of the concerts I'd go to. I'm not trying to take magazine quality photos, but better than my camera phone (Samsung Blackjack I). The photos I take on there are horrible, as most smartphone cameras are, and I'd be happy with just a few steps up from that.

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