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Which digital camera should I get?

by mmmkish / February 29, 2008 4:11 PM PST

I want to get a digital camera that can take shots of my two children (2yrs and 3yrs,9mths). My two kids move like lightning so I need something that can keep up. It also has to be less than $300.00.

Any suggestions?

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Indoor Shutter Lag
by AndyfromVA / February 29, 2008 9:15 PM PST

Most compact digital cameras have very short shutter lag when shooting under normal conditions. The problem is that they all take longer when shooting indoors, under low-light conditions because they are searching for focus. DSLR's focus very quickly indoors, but they are quite expensive, but compact cameras vary. I have 2 compact Canons which focus quickly indoors, and I've read that Sony and Casio also are quick focusing cameras indoors. However, Nikon's compact cameras seem to have focusing problems in low light.

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My suggestion
by mike_july17 / February 29, 2008 11:10 PM PST

I have found that my Samsung Digimax A6 (I am in UK, name may be different in US) works very well for photographing my kids birthday parties, indoors and out. I have recommended this make to others. It has been superceded and the replacement is probably even better.

Don't be fooled into thinking that more megapixels is better. The Digimax A6 has 6 megapixels and easily makes good prints up to 11inches by 8inches. I have found that cramming more pixels onto the small sensor increases noise especially in poor lighting.

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NEW technology FOR you
by leoham / March 1, 2008 8:47 AM PST

The new Canon power shot SD1100 or A590 will do the job
both of them have IMAGE STABILIZER (IS) for ur movment in 3 deffrent
modes continuos, shoot only and panning which u can find only in
Canon. these two models have new thing for u that they have
MOTION DETECTION technology with face TRACKING also which
will Reduce the Blur automatically.

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Indoor kids photos
by hjfok / March 3, 2008 11:06 AM PST

Unfortunately none of the compacts will do a very good job. But D-SLR will be more than 10x your budget to get good results (to get fast lenses on top of the D-SLR camera body).
You will need high ISO or use flash to freeze action in low light. There are not that many compacts that have acceptable noise at high ISO. The Fuji compacts probably are the best with high ISO, but still a long shot from an entry level D-SLR.
You can also practice and learn how to anticipate the peak moment and compensate for the delay of your current compact camera, using flash to freeze the action.

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