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Good Digital camera's for live music and low light events

My very old digital camera has finally given up within the past 3 weeks and it was a gift, therfore now that i need a new one i'm clueless to what i should be looking for.
I need it mainly for nice outdoor photo's whilst on holiday and out with friends and family but i also need one that works very well in low-light conditions such as Gigs, shows, and any other live music events.
I have been reading up on how to set up a digital camera to prepare for such events and all have said that digital camera's aren't the best way to go. But i know this is not true, i have found some wonderful photo's online taken by fans. Also to take an SLR into small venue's requires a photopass from the band so thats a big nono.
Luckily i always end up near the front anyway which makes picture taking a lot easier.
I have been recommended by a friend that the Olympus MJU series are a good camera for low light. I noticed it has some scene modes such as firework and candle and alot of others but i'm still unsure.
I asked in a shop which cameras would work for the exact situation and i was simply told "they're all very good" (obviously a sales tactic).
Seeing as you guys on here to seem to know what you're talking about, could anybody give me a good honest opinion on good camera's that work very well in such conditions?

i simply request a camera with an optical zoom higher than 3.0 that is lower than

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Low Light Photography

In reply to: Good Digital camera's for live music and low light events

Actually none of the small digital cameras come close to working as well as a DSLR camera in low light.

The small cameras that work better than most small digital cameras are the Fujifilm cameras that use the Fujifilm Super CCD sensor.

They are about the equivalent of two to three f-stops better.
This is due to the low noise Super CCD sensor.

Anytime you are shooting in low light it is better to have some manual controls too.

Here is a list of Fujifilm small cameras with the Super CCD and manual controls (shutter priority and aperture priority):

Fujifilm F30, F31fd and the brand new 12 megapixel F50fd (available in September).


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In reply to: Low Light Photography

Thank you for your help! Happy

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