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Old Jul 13, 2010, 5:54 PM   #1
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Hi, new to digital cameras of this caliber, I had a cheapie digital camera for a couple of years.
I took some pics with my new canon SX1 camera, but came nowhere near the quality of the sample images on the review page, especially the portrait shots.
Is there any special settings i need to use?

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Old Jul 13, 2010, 6:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. I moved this thread down to our Canon Forum, where you may get some tips from users.

You're using the flash, right?
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 7:09 PM   #3
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Haha, yes, I am, and actually tried different iso settings.
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Old Jul 14, 2010, 6:16 PM   #4
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OK, since I may not be getting my point across correctly, is there a way for one of you that has this camera and takes these wonderful pics, to give me an idea of settings?
Trying to take portraits of my daughter, and i get a lot of noise in the pics. It's worse than my kodak easyshare i had before! I have all the lights on in the basement and using the on camera flash. Taking shots both in the auto mode , night snap shot mode and portrait mode. Have not used the camra in day time, since I just got the camera and don't get home until late.
Any feedback appreciated.

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Old Jul 16, 2010, 12:00 PM   #5
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The Canon SX-1 does not do well at ISO settings above ISO 400. It is even better when you can keep the ISO down to a ISO 200 and below range. Move that portrait of your daughter outdoors. The lighting will be much better, and therefore you can us much lower ISO settings. The background will be natural, and I think you will achieve far better results.

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Old Jul 16, 2010, 7:18 PM   #6
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Thank you Sarah.
My problem here is that I want to use a solid background for the portrait, so I can change it in photoshop. That was my reasoning for inside portraits. Will I be better off using ombrella lights and a low ISO setting? Or maybe an external flash?
Will an external flash give me more light and lesser noise if I keep the iso to 400 or even 200?
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