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Need camera recommendations for camera dummy mom!

Hi I am pretty much a dummy when it comes to digital cameras so hope I can explain what I am looking for....I have a toddler and the Kodak camera I have now takes pictures too slow and I am often missing her cute moments. I want a camera that will allow me to take pictures in a quicker fashion...I think this is called the shutter speed but am not sure. I also of course want decent quality and clarity to the pictures. I am willing to spend upwards of about $250 for a good quality camera. I of course would like one that is not overly bulky but more important is how quickly it can take the pictures and the quality of those pictures.

If anyone has any suggestions I would be very grateful!

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In reply to: Need camera recommendations for camera dummy mom!

I don't know of a camera that will do what you want, in that price range.

If you are taking flash pictures; all digital cameras take about 2.5 seconds between pictures. Most of that time is to recharge the flash.

If you are taking pictures in low light (no flash); the camera must use a slow shutter speed in order to collect enough light to produce a proper exposure. This also requires that the camera be held steady to prevent blurring. And the subject must be motionless.

The only solution is to use flood lights to illuminate the subject.
That is the way, the professionals get those great shots.

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thanks...

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Ok well thank you for giving me some input...truly appreciated. So basically any of the digital cameras out there are going to do the same thing? Any recommendations for a good one for me? Otherwise I am just looking for a sale one.

Thanks!

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Right ... If you spend between $350 and $500, you will get better picture quality in low light and some improvement in shutter speed in low light. Recycle time for flash still remains about 2.5 seconds.

Cameras to look at in that price range:
Fujifilm F200, Canon S90, Canon G11 and Panasonic LX3

Some tips for flash:
Before using the camera for a series of photos, charge the battery.
A fresh battery will recycle the flash faster.
Just before taking the first flash shot, waste a picture just to charge up the flash. Just take one flash photo of anything nearby.

If you are going to shoot with available light (no flash), turn on every light in the room. If it is daytime, open window curtains and/or blinds. You want as much light as possible.

If you are shooting indoors without flash, concentrate on holding the camera very steady. If possible, set the camera on a solid surface.

If you are looking for a camera in the $250 price range, start by looking at any of the Canon SD series of cameras. They all have image stabilization and a very sharp lens.

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thanks again

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Once again thanks so much!! At least now I wont feel like there is just something wrong with my camera. I will check out the ones you suggested. Thanks!

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Are you talking about lag time..?

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I was wondering if instead of recycling time, you are talking about the lag time? ...as I call it...the time between when you press the shutter and when the camera actually takes a picture. I know with kids...they have this cute expression or are doing something fun, you press the shutter, and by the time a point and shoot camera actually takes the picture...they are gone. I know an DSLR camera is better for capturing photos of children on the move...they pretty much take a picture when you press the shutter; they behave more like film cameras do. But they are more expensive than what you have budgeted. The Nikon D40 is a nice little DSLR camera, but it costs more than $250. I am not sure if that is what you were asking about...the lag time.

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There are numerous point and shoots that have a shorter "lag time" than the D40. The difference is only 1/10ths of sec and probably won't notice, but they have improved a lot in that area.

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Ok so please tell me what are your recommendations?

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