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Compact Camera for taking NASCAR pictures

I am looking for a camera that can take pictures at a NASCAR races and everyday uses. So I would like one that can take pictures without the "blur". I also want it to fit in my pocket and for under $200.

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In reply to: Compact Camera for taking NASCAR pictures

If you are talking about taking photos of the cars in motion during a race, I doubt that any camera under $200 is going to have that capability. And you're going to need something with a significant zoom, too. If you find something at that price range that gives you satisfactory performance, let's hear about it.

If you're talking about cars sitting still, then just about any brand name point-n-shoot camera should do.

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Any camera should have a high enough shutter speed available to freeze motion, but not all cameras have manual or semi manual control that allows you to select the shutter speed. Many inexpensive cameras only have a sports mode to raise shutter speed, but there is no control over the actual shutter speed. One other point about blur: an unsteady hand can introduce a blur of its own. A camera with Image Stabilization is more desirable than one without.

For about $200, you might check out the Panasonic DMC-ZS5, a "Dave's Pick" at, a site with some of the most in-depth reviews of cameras:

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