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Digital Camera for Ice Hockey Sports Action

by lb4hockey / November 16, 2005 3:26 PM PST

I'm looking for digital camera suggestions for a camera that's good for indoor sports photography (i.e., ice hockey). I need a camera with a good zoom lens, image stabilization, and works well in low light conditions without a flash.

I would like to keep the cost under $800. Am I dreaming? Does a camera exist that meets these requirements? It seems like cameras with the combination of a good zoom (10x-12x) with image stabilization, struggle in low light.

I've heard ice hockey photography is one of the tougher things to do. Has anyone had good luck with a particular camera?

Thanks!

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 16, 2005 11:10 PM PST

Low light action shooting is difficult for any camera.

That is why you see the professional photographers using about $10,000 worth of photographic equipment to get good photos at such events.

There are two cameras that have possibilities:

Fujifilm S5200 and S9000. (5 and 9 megapixels)
They have 10X lenses but do not have image stabilization.
What makes them attractive is their ISO settings that go to 1600.

Few non-DSLR cameras have such settings.
Fujifilm is using their 5th generation sensor which is proving to produce low noise.

Each jump in ISO setting (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600) doubles the amount of light.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=fuji_finepixs9000z%2Cfuji_finepixs5200z&show=all

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by john2kvtr / November 18, 2005 1:43 AM PST
In reply to: Ice Hockey

I'm looking for a new camera myself, however not for hockey, but for indoor and outdoor soccer.

I'm leaning towards the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 or Z6. Both have 12x zooms and the CCD-shifting Anti-Shake system. Something else I think that I'll need is the hotshoe capability for the indoor shots.

Here's the side-by-side: http://tinyurl.com/d4z6g

That said, I'm no pro and open to suggestions without spending 500 bucks.

Cheers,

John

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 18, 2005 6:18 AM PST
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The Fujifilm S9000 has the hotshoe but is quite expensive at about $600

The Z5 and Z6 have image stabilization which is desirable in any long lens camera.
They do have hotshoes and are more affordable than some other long lens cameras.
An external flash will cover a much larger area than the built-in flash.

They should work well for your usage, if the playing field is well lit.

Under some low light situations you will have to switch to the manual controls, and use some method to prevent camera movement.

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