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Old Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM   #1
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Default Re poor indoor/flash IQ with SX30?

Has anyone found a way to work around the poor quality of the indoor/flash IQ shots with the SX30?

I purchased this camera (undecided if I'm keeping it). I love many things about it - great outdoor IQ. More detail of leaves and flower petals than my SD700. Great color. Amazingly sharp zoom even at 140x. Great IS even hand held with 1/15 second flash shot. But....the indoor flash shots are extremely noisey, underexposed and have very dull color. I've managed to lower the noise to a pretty good level by using Shutter Priority with ISO100 but the exposure and color is still unacceptable comparing it to my SD700.

Has anyone had these problems and found a way to deal with them? I'd love to keep the camera but can't justify the purchase if the indoor flash shots are this poor.

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Old Oct 28, 2010, 2:58 PM   #2
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to get any good flash shots with a megazoom you will need a good extrernal flash. The Built in ones just are not that great and any camera really. Including the ones on a dslr.
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Thanks, shoturtle. I've been reading great things about external flashes. Sounds like a must have! (I used an external flash some decades ago but got away from it.)

I seem to have solved my poor exposure, noise and color issues on indoor flash shots. (Not using the full zoom.) When I used Shutter Priority and and ISO 80 and either 1/15 or 1/30 for shutter speeds - that did the trick. (I had tried ISO 100 but wasn't completely happy. The color wasn't great.) I was doing side by side shots with my SD 700 and the exposure, noise and color were almost identical using ISO 80. Whew. So far I really like this camera except for the indoor flash/exposure issues. I think it's a keeper now. If anyone is having similar difficulties....try ISO 80.
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get a dedeicated canon flash, form any of the big brands, you can take advantage of the TTL on the sx30
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