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Digital compact cameras

by DeborahFS / February 18, 2008 12:06 AM PST

I have been asked to purchase a compact camera for our office. Many people will be using it, so it has to be easy for the 'non-photographer' to use. They want great images that can be used in powerpoint shows, etc, but don't want anything larger than a compact. I picked up a Canon SD850IS this weekend and am trying it out. The outdoor pic's are good, but the flash indoors was disappointing. (I shoot with Nikon D70, so maybe I won't find a compact camera that I'm not disappointed with...) This camera will be used overseas (so the battery life and recharge capabilities are important), in the office and in churches (thus the importance of good flash photography) and by many different people. Is there a better camera for this situation?

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Compact Digital Camera Flash
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 18, 2008 8:29 AM PST

You, along with thousands of others, have discovered the Achilles heal of the small digital cameras.

Two major problems:

Small camera dictates small battery.
Small battery dictates small flash.
The average coverage of small digital cameras is about 12 feet (at best).

You need to use high ISO settings indoors.
Small camera dictates small CCD sensor.
Small CCD sensor dictates excessive noise at anything over ISO200.


The DSLR camera has:

A large battery.
A built-in flash that can cover almost 40 feet.
An external flash that can cover over 100 feet.

A large CCD or CMOS sensor
ISO settings up to 3200 with low noise.


You need to rethink your requirements.

Perhaps something like a DSLR camera with a bright lens
and some photographic training for your people.


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maybe also
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / February 19, 2008 1:51 PM PST

He could go for the Fuji F31fd with it being able to do 800ISO as well as most other compacts 200ISO. It won't do as well as the DSLR, but it would take care of most of what he is looking for.

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Digital Compact Cameras
by DeborahFS / February 20, 2008 2:23 AM PST
In reply to: maybe also

Thanks both of you for your response.

An SLR (my choice, too) was out of the question, but I discovered the Canon Powershot A650IS outperformed the 850 by a long shot. It was within the size and price range that they thought was reasonable. I did tell them that the indoor shots of meetings will never be very good with a compact camera and they're willing to live with that.

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