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New camera - Night shots with moving objects

by loizos13 / September 9, 2010 12:51 AM PDT

I am gonna buy a new digital camera. I used a canon so far but i am not really happy with the night shots, especially with moving objects. My budget is around $300 and i am looking for 10mp and optical zoom of at least 4x. Any suggestions?

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Low Light Camera
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 9, 2010 7:10 AM PDT

No one has been able to build the camera you want.

Plan on spending well over $1,000 for such a camera.

You should think about using a camcorder for any action shots in low light.
The smearing will still be there but will be less noticeable to the eye with video.


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re: New camera - Night shots with moving objects
by MarkatNite / September 9, 2010 11:18 AM PDT

snapshot2 is right (above). But a couple of options that are kinda sorta close: Canon S95 and Pany LX5. The catches would be: only 3.8X zoom, only fast/bright (f2.0) on the wide end (fully zoomed out), and over your budget ($400 for S95, $500 for LX5).


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bright lens on compacts
by hjfok / September 9, 2010 12:12 PM PDT

The f/2 lens on a compact with small sensor is more or less like a f/11 on a D-SLR. So the Canon S95 and Panasonic LX5 are not likely going to be adequate for indoor/night low light actions without flash. Agree with snapshot2, you are going to need something over $1000 to get decent photos freezing low light actions.

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re: bright lens on compacts
by MarkatNite / September 9, 2010 6:10 PM PDT
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by loizos13 / September 11, 2010 11:24 PM PDT

I have finally turned to Canon S90 / Sony HX5V / Sony WX 5 despite the fact that they are over original budget. It seems that HX5V has good results in low light conditions. Thank you.

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sony nightshot
by Winkybok / October 14, 2010 1:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

I ama paranormal investigator and I use an older model sony camcorder that has the nightshot feature( sony has decided to discontinue this feature)To get better range I use an external infra red illuminator. I get beautiful video in complete darkness. Of course I am not a photographer and don't have the same needs as some of you.I also am now looking for a sony digital camera that has nightshot. Does anyone know of any older models I could look into. I need something that I can use quickly I dont have time when evidence presents itself to mess with manual settings and low shutter speeds. I am wondering if i will have the same luck with a digital camera as long as I use the ext. light. I know digital technology captures some of the infrared and ultraviolet spectrum. I figure I will start my research here and see if any one can point me in the right direction. Thanks any input would be greatly appreciated. I want an older sony model if anyone can help. Thanks Paige

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