Need help buying new camera

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by chess, Jan 11, 2009.

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  1. chess

    chess New Member

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    Budget

    Max $400

    Size

    Size doesn't really matter, but I would prefer something small, but I'm open

    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you?

    At least 7


    What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x)


    Standard or Ultrazoom

    How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)

    8 or 9

    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?

    I guess it doesn't matter as long as the camera works well for my specified general use.

    General Usage

    What will you generally use the camera for?

    Indoor, fast moving objects, cheer competitions (In a gym)

    Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?

    No, the largest 5x7, maybe 8x10

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?

    Yes

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?

    Yes

    Miscellaneous

    Are there particular brands you like or hate?

    I bought an Olympus Stylus 850SW in the beginning of 2008, only because it's waterproof, I do a lot of swimming with my kids. But other then it being waterproof, I hate it! indoor pictures are horrible, it took me forever to figure out how to get an indoor picture that wasn't dark, it took a lot of messing around. and still indoor pictures half the time are blurry or if they aren't blurry they are grainy, it's horrible, I wish I would have never bought it, at least not for the amount that it is. It's very frustrating using it. I want a new camera, a good indoor one that can take good action photos and I will just use my Olympus 850SW when I go swimming.

    Are there particular models you already have in mind?

    No, I'm open

    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)

    No
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The Fuji F100fd is the best small camera for taking low light pics.
     
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