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Hi, I've been looking for a camera for over 6 months and whenever I think I've found the one I want I read another review which puts me off, so please can someone help?.

I'm new to photography and whilst I might be best with a point and shoot, I wouldn't mind something a bit more technical either. I would be using it to take pictures of animals, usually dogs some of which would be close and others up to approx. 30ft away in both outdoors and indoors. The indoor events are usually in sports halls with poor lighting. I would also be taking some action shots and if the camera has it some movie clips too..

I thought about the Fuji Finepix S9600, but it doesn't have image stabilisation which put me off, though I don't think the camera I use now has it either!!! I then thought about either a Panasonic DMC FZ50 or a Canon Powershot S5 IS, but am not sure what sort of photos these take and whether they would suit my requirements fully or if another camera would be best - any ideas?.

Thanks in advance...

Comments (14)

...so for action, pay attention to a fast lens and reasonable quality at high ISO and ignore stabilization tech..

(*) mostly because single-axis stabilization can be used for panning shots, but not in the general case..

Comment #1

Only consider cameras with Optical View-Finders, as these will help in tracking live action without any delay/freeze. So.

A) If budget allows than buy a DSLR e.g. Canon 350D or Pentax K110D. Both cost less than $500..

B) Else consider buying Any of CAnon A series cameras e.g. A710IS, A570IS, A630/640 etc which have OVF..

Talamasca wrote:.

Hi, I've been looking for a camera for over 6 months and whenever Ithink I've found the one I want I read another review which puts meoff, so please can someone help?.

I'm new to photography and whilst I might be best with a point andshoot, I wouldn't mind something a bit more technical either. Iwould be using it to take pictures of animals, usually dogs some ofwhich would be close and others up to approx. 30ft away in bothoutdoors and indoors. The indoor events are usually in sports hallswith poor lighting. I would also be taking some action shots and ifthe camera has it some movie clips too..

I thought about the Fuji Finepix S9600, but it doesn't have imagestabilisation which put me off, though I don't think the camera I usenow has it either!!! I then thought about either a Panasonic DMCFZ50 or a Canon Powershot S5 IS, but am not sure what sort of photosthese take and whether they would suit my requirements fully or ifanother camera would be best - any ideas?.

Thanks in advance..

Keep smiling, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612(Thanks for your precious time & invaluable comments)..

Comment #2

Hi, how can I tell whether it has a fast lens and takes good quality at high ISO - where does it say on spec?.

Leejay Wu wrote:.

...so for action, pay attention to a fast lens and reasonable qualityat high ISO and ignore stabilization tech..

(*) mostly because single-axis stabilization can be used for panningshots, but not in the general case..

Comment #3

Hi, thanks for reply but action shots are not as important and having a camera which takes excellent quality photos both indoors and out..

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Only consider cameras with Optical View-Finders, as these will helpin tracking live action without any delay/freeze. Soa) If budget allows than buy a DSLR e.g. Canon 350D or Pentax K110D.Both cost less than $500.b) Else consider buying Any of CAnon A series cameras e.g. A710IS,A570IS, A630/640 etc which have OVF..

Talamasca wrote:.

Hi, I've been looking for a camera for over 6 months and whenever Ithink I've found the one I want I read another review which puts meoff, so please can someone help?.

I'm new to photography and whilst I might be best with a point andshoot, I wouldn't mind something a bit more technical either. Iwould be using it to take pictures of animals, usually dogs some ofwhich would be close and others up to approx. 30ft away in bothoutdoors and indoors. The indoor events are usually in sports hallswith poor lighting. I would also be taking some action shots and ifthe camera has it some movie clips too..

I thought about the Fuji Finepix S9600, but it doesn't have imagestabilisation which put me off, though I don't think the camera I usenow has it either!!! I then thought about either a Panasonic DMCFZ50 or a Canon Powershot S5 IS, but am not sure what sort of photosthese take and whether they would suit my requirements fully or ifanother camera would be best - any ideas?.

Thanks in advance..

Keep smiling, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612(Thanks for your precious time & invaluable comments)..

Comment #4

Talamasca wrote:.

Hi, how can I tell whether it has a fast lens.

A fast lens is one that has a large maximum aperture - the more light you can get through the lens, the faster the shutter speed that you can use and therefore the easier it is to freeze action shots..

You can find a tutorial on Aperture in the Learn/Glossary section of this site: http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Exposure/Aperture_01.htm.

The maximum aperture of a lens is quoted as a number like F2.8 or F3.5. The smaller the number, the more light the lens can let through. It is normally printed on the front inner ring of the lens and is shown in the camera specifications under "lens". Have a look at this page of the Canon S5 review: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons5is/.

If, like the S5, the camera has a zoom lens, it may have a range, e.g. F2.7-F3.5. The first number will be the maximum aperture at the widest angle of the lens and it will decrease as the lens is zoomed out..

And takes good quality at high ISO - where does it say on spec?.

It doesn't. You need the read the reviews.Chris R..

Comment #5

There is no right answer. Go visit the Canon and Panasonic forums and see the photos that are being posted with these two photos..

Then look at the features of the cameras, concentrating on the differences between them. Decide which of those features will be important for your type of shooting..

I picked the FZ50 because of:1. The zoom and focus rings on the lens2. The convenient wheels for adjusting shutter speed and aperture.3. The Function button4. The ability to attach filters & accessory lenses without an adapter.5. The less that 1 sec.

The very effective IS.

These are mostly features that have an impact on the speed of shooting for the wildlife photos that I want to do. Other people will have different priorities, and may very well select a different camera.Joel Orlinsky.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window..

Comment #6

Right. But your applications i.e. animal shots and indoor sports are action moments. So OVF will help in not missing the animal/player in frame..

And believe it or not, all P&S (except Leica M8, Sigma DP1 and to some extent Fuji F31fd) take similar quality photos once you understand to use them. Only DSLRs differ (due to their much larger sensor size, and consequently larger pixels)..

Even the cheapest DSLR will be much much better in indoor lights (which are typically considered as low light situations) at high ISOs..

Talamasca wrote:.

Hi, thanks for reply but action shots are not as important and havinga camera which takes excellent quality photos both indoors and out..

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Only consider cameras with Optical View-Finders, as these will helpin tracking live action without any delay/freeze. Soa) If budget allows than buy a DSLR e.g. Canon 350D or Pentax K110D.Both cost less than $500.b) Else consider buying Any of CAnon A series cameras e.g. A710IS,A570IS, A630/640 etc which have OVF..

Talamasca wrote:.

Hi, I've been looking for a camera for over 6 months and whenever Ithink I've found the one I want I read another review which puts meoff, so please can someone help?.

I'm new to photography and whilst I might be best with a point andshoot, I wouldn't mind something a bit more technical either. Iwould be using it to take pictures of animals, usually dogs some ofwhich would be close and others up to approx. 30ft away in bothoutdoors and indoors. The indoor events are usually in sports hallswith poor lighting. I would also be taking some action shots and ifthe camera has it some movie clips too..

I thought about the Fuji Finepix S9600, but it doesn't have imagestabilisation which put me off, though I don't think the camera I usenow has it either!!! I then thought about either a Panasonic DMCFZ50 or a Canon Powershot S5 IS, but am not sure what sort of photosthese take and whether they would suit my requirements fully or ifanother camera would be best - any ideas?.

Thanks in advance..

Keep smiling, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612(Thanks for your precious time & invaluable comments).

Keep smiling, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612(Thanks for your precious time & invaluable comments)..

Comment #7

With the 2 cameras you mentioned the FZ50 and S5 IS if I was purchasing one I would go for the FZ50 without a moments hesitation...

Comment #8

I agree with the above. The EVF is not that much of a hinderance at all and I use it always, even for review and delete. My version is the Leica V Lux 1 but it is essentially the same camera. Here is an example..

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

Regards,PJGhttp://shorengro.zenfolio.com.

'Remember there's a winner in every race.'..

Comment #9

Thanks for all your help. I've decided on the FZ50...

Comment #10

Low light is tricky. I have the fz50 and it's a great bridge camera...but in the low lights situs like you describe a full dslr may be better...but how bad is the light and what quality images do you want...magazine quality?.

I stick by my fz as have been able to make it work in most situations. I do a lot of bird shots often in low light and it does very well.

Happy hunting.

Liamhttp://coolpix.shutterchance.com/archive.php..

Comment #11

Hi, the low light situations are usually quite bad as they're in sports halls and though I wouldn't want quite magazine quality, they'd have to be go enough to go on my website. Any recommendations as I have only been looking at SLR like cameras?.

Liamb wrote:.

Low light is tricky. I have the fz50 and it's a great bridgecamera...but in the low lights situs like you describe a full dslrmay be better...but how bad is the light and what quality images doyou want...magazine quality?.

I stick by my fz as have been able to make it work in mostsituations. I do a lot of bird shots often in low light and it doesvery well.

Happy hunting.

Liamhttp://coolpix.shutterchance.com/archive.php..

Comment #12

Hi there.

Sorry for replying so late to this...can I suggest you post a thread in the panny forum asking this question as there are many guys better equipped to answer than me. I dont use the iso much although did play around today with iso 400 and 800 in some low light and the results where acceptable. I prefer to use only iso 100, max 200, but am quickly changing my thought especially for situ's as you describe..

Overall I am so happy with this camera....i do eventually want to upgrade but am so happy to have this as my "training wheels".

Best of luckliamhttp://coolpix.shutterchance.com/archive.php..

Comment #13

Hi, thanks for replying. I'll post in diff forum and see what others think...

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