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Old Feb 12, 2017, 9:16 AM   #2
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Most if not all compact cameras have flashes with guide numbers from 10 to 12, which makes them useless for subjects that are 30-40 feet away, especially if they're ethereal.

I suggest you go with something with a large maximum aperture so you have as much light gathering capability as possible. Sony's RX100 II has an f/1.8-2.8 lens over a respectable zoom range that would probably work well for your purpose. It also has a relatively large 20MP sensor that will deliver images with lower noise than those from comparable cameras. It's $600.
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