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Old Feb 23, 2006, 7:33 PM   #1
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Hello,

I am thinking about purchasing the Canon S2 upgrading from my Olympus C-740UZ. Had a question about the S2...After reading some reviews, I noticed that the S2 does not have a sports mode. Was wondering how well the S2 takes pictures at indoor sporting events such as soccer, football and professional wrestling or moving images outdoors such as birds. Any comments?

I appreciate your insight.


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Old Feb 24, 2006, 12:16 AM   #2
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Some past threads cover some of this.

In good light and bad
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=15
In not so good light:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=15
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=15

In good light you can just use shutter or aperture priority mode, and then choose settings that force the shutter speed up high (1/1000 sec. or above).

Because this is a super zoom you have to also balance the effect that zoom has on shutter speed and depth of field. High amounts of zoom in bad light means poor depth of field and slow shutter speeds. Indoors, and in poor light, the high end of the zoom becomes less usable due the need to balance these constraints. Note most people lock the ISO at 100 or below, ISO 200 is OK, but ISO 400 is very noisy - in poor light ISO 400 might be considered a last resort.

Birds perched in good light, seagulls, pidgeons, sparrows feeding of crumbs, and and big birds like emu or pelican- no worries. But for bush-birds, or tiny birds, you need a heck a of a lot of luck, or a handy bird feeder. See my flickr page for some bird examples:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/


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Old Feb 24, 2006, 3:04 AM   #3
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The thing that people don't understand is that 'features' like 'sports mode' are simply settings shortcutted to a menu or button.

Almost any camera that you can adjust shutter speed, etc.. can accomplish this.. Obviously having different results per camera, but all essentially capable of it. I'd be curious to find out exact camera settings for different cameras that have 'sports' settings..


Most cameras have settings like 'snow', 'beach', 'portrait'.. all camera shortcuts.

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Old Feb 24, 2006, 10:24 AM   #4
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Thank you so much for your replies. I realize that the scene modes that all digicams have are simple point and shoot shortcuts to dumb it down for people with little knowledge of the technical aspect of taking pictures. Along the lines of vwmom, I wish camera manufacturers were more forthright about the technical setup of the different scenes that they advertise so users cannot only compare the differences, but also learn more about how to take good pictures as well.

Is there a website out there that gives recommended setups of different scenes? I'd like to replicate pictures using scene modes by manually adjusting the settings myself. It would be a good learning exercise.

Thanks again!
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Is there a website out there that gives recommended setups of different scenes? I'd like to replicate pictures using scene modes by manually adjusting the settings myself. It would be a good learning exercise.

Thanks again!
The Canon online DSLR book is a pretty nice intro - most of it applies to the S2 IS because the S2 IS is DSLR-ilke in terms of the automatic and manual modes that it supports. It has a section called "Quick and Easy Great Shots" which walks through P, Av, and Tv mode.
http://web.canon.jp/Imaging/enjoydslr/index.html
Some people have reported that these online short courses are good (haven't got around to looking at them myself):
http://www.shortcourses.com/index.htm
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