The most difficult thing a camera can do is take action shots in low light.
The camera makers are starting to address the low light situation for the smaller cameras. But so far, you would have to settle for noisy (grainey) photos.
Fujifilm is releasing the F30 in May in England and Europe. It will be the closest thing to what you are looking for. But the action low light photos will not be as sharp as the daylight photos, and they will contain some degree of noise.
The lowest cost camera that can produce good action shots in low light is the Canon 350D fitted with the 50mm F1.8 lens. The price will be around $850.
And it is not a compact camera.
I've been mulling over what digicam to buy for the past 5 months. Please help!
I'm looking for
* an ultracompact camera (although I'm willing to settle for a compact if the picture quality is incredible)
* that will take great indoor and outdoor action shots.
* I will be printing out at least 8" X 10" size photos.
I'd prefer not to spend more than $350, although, depending on how good the camera is, I might fork over up to $500.
Cameras I'm considering:
* Casio EX Z750, but I'm not happy with the blurry action photos I took when playing with it at the store, but maybe I didn't use the correct settings.
* Fuji F10 (although, it's kinda big)
* Canon Powershot S80 (although, it's above my preferred price range and I heard the pics aren't that great in low lighting)
If it helps... my first camera was the Canon A70, which I love (except it's kinda slow between taking photos and pictures were extremely blotchy even in small prints of indoor pics). I really liked the manual controls on it and the autofocus green squares on the LCD screen.
Thanks so much.