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Looking for your expertise in choosing a camera

by Binello / August 18, 2012 10:09 AM PDT

I'm in need of a new camera to take photos of animals for an animal rescue website.

My two "must haves" are 1) FAST shutter speed since animals are always on the move and 2) a rotating LCD (this allows me to "trick" them so they don't know I am concentrating on them directly). A third HUGE plus would be good photos in low light.

Photos do not need to be professional quality for print. Most will just be on the web. I would like to stay under $400.

PLEASE HELP! Thank you so much!

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"Fast shutter speed"
by PistonCupChampion / August 18, 2012 2:08 PM PDT

In order for a camera to achieve a fast shutter speed, you either need to set it manually, or there needs to be enough existing light for the camera to select it automatically. Indoors lighting is usually too low for a camera to use a fast shutter speed unless some other conditions are met. It might require a lens that can let in more light. Such a lens will be designated with a number like f/1.8 or f/2.0. The smaller the number the better. The other way to get a faster shutter speed is to make the camera more sensitive to light by selecting a high ISO; ISO 800, 1600, etc. The downside to a brighter lens is cost, and the downside to a higher ISO is noisier, i.e. less sharp photos. But for photos that will be posted on the web, high ISO is not a problem.

There aren't many cameras with a rotating LCD. Within your budget, I would suggest the Canon G12 or Samsung TL500. Regardless of what camera you buy, you should learn the basics about exposure:

http://www.shortcourses.com/use/

http://camerasim.com/camera-simulator/

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FZ150?
by Binello / August 19, 2012 6:52 AM PDT
In reply to: "Fast shutter speed"

Thank for the helpful links!

The G12 reviews complain about sluggishnes, so that concerns me. What are your thoughts on the Pan FZ150?

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Sluggishness
by PistonCupChampion / August 20, 2012 2:33 AM PDT
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If used correctly, the G12 is fast enough. With any camera, it is better to prefocus on the subject by pressing the shutter button to its first detent. The allows the camera's autofocus and exposure systems to engage. If you just mash down on the shutter button, then the G12 is slower than some other cameras.

The FZ150 is one of the best megazoom cameras available. It won't have quite the image quality of the G12 because its imaging sensor is smaller. But the difference in image quality would not be apparent in images reduced in size for web use.

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