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Old Jul 21, 2004, 4:58 PM   #11
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Well, I typed my "long winded" reply before you responded that you would use flash indoors!

I just got the feeling you were not going to. I should have waited for your response.

As for outdoor photos, it will depend on the lighting. For example, if you have well lit streets, it may be a little brighter than you'd typically have indoors, so you may be able to get away with a model that doesn't work quite as well.

Also, I just now noticed the reply from pianoplayer88key

He is correct that you may be able to use an older model camera (although, I think he's wrong about some of the choices available).

Some of the older 2 Megapixel Model did use 1/2" CCD's (close to the size of the newer 1/1.8" CCD's, and sometimes you see them designated as such). However, nobody that I'm aware of has ever made a 3 Megapixel 2/3" CCD.

The closest that you'll find will be the Olympus 2.5 Megapixel 2/3" CCD used in the C-2500L. However, this CCD (despite it's low pixel density) was a HORRIBLE low light performer. I know this from personal experience. I owned this model. Noise was unacceptable to me in many low light conditions -- even with a darn flash. It was a terrrible CCD from a noise perspective in my opinion. Also, you'd be lucky to find one without a lot of hot pixels (even at normal shutter speeds). This CCD had it's share of problems.

Also, the 2 MP models using 1/2" CCD's would be very difficult to find in good condition, and many don't have very bright lenses. There are some exeptions. The old Epson 850z was a good low light perfomer with a bright lens.

Another pretty good light perfomer is the 3MP Olympus C-3040z (very bright F/1.8 - F/2.6 lens).

I like pianoplayer88key's idea of the F700. However, I don't know how it's low light focus is, and it's lens is not very bright when more zoom is used. I'd have to research it.

We'd also need to make sure these models can actually focus in low light conditions (or at least have a *useable* manual focus option).

He is right that because you'll be posting on the web, that you won't need the extra resolution. Also, when you downsize higher resolutin photos for web use, noise will tend to blend in.

So, the main thing I'd be concerned with is getting fast enough shutter speeds in lower light (without so much noise that it would destroy too much detail at web viewing sizes). Again, there are some pretty good tools to reduce it now.

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