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Looking for a good point and shot camera for concerts

I am going to a music festivial this summer and I am in need of a new camera. My old camera is a Canon Powershot that still works fine, but the battery is starting not to hold a charge. I am looking for a camera with at least 10 mega pixels, at least a 7x optical Zoom and a pretty good battery life. I also needs to be able to take pictures in bright sunlight and low lights. I would like to spend under $200 but if it is a really good deal i will go as high $250. Any suggestions would great!

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Low Light Performance

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Look at shutter lag

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This is a good site for comparing shutter lag, but it is not a complete list. The Panasonic LX5 mentioned previously is not on it, but the Canon S95 does not rate very high. Lowest shutter lag is Nikon Coolpix P100, Nikon Coolpix P7000, Olympus FE-5050, Sony Cybershot DSC-WX1 and Sony Cybershot DSC-TX1. I am also looking for a good point and shoot for concerts and shutter lag is the biggest problem for me. By the time the camera takes and processes the picture, they move and it is blurry!

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Blurry

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Minimal shutter lag would only fix the framing, it won't help with the blurriness. For that you need a faster shutter speed. In low light, to use a faster shutter speed you need a wider aperture lens and/or a higher ISO (sensor sensitivity). That virtually eliminates most point-and-shoot cameras.

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Forgot the link. ;-)

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