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Old Jan 22, 2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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I was wondering how much the AF-assist illuminator really helps. I am trying to make a choice between a fuji with one and one without.
Please let me know how much it helps take pics in low light or is it just one of those things that sounds good in the reviews.
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 11:06 PM   #2
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I have the S5100, and it really helps, especially across the average size room (about 20') in daylight, or low light, it is bright compared to the one on my Canon A40, and I haven't noticed a problem focusing with it yet!
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 11:10 PM   #3
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Do you also have the 602Z
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Old Jan 22, 2005, 11:33 PM   #4
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I have an S7000 which doesn't have a focus assist light but does have something because in low ambiant light, even when it says the focus might be off, the pictures are normally great. I had a Cannon G5 and it had one and had many blurry images. I think it really depends on the camera model you are talking about.
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Old Jan 23, 2005, 12:00 AM   #5
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The s602z does not have an AF illuminator, and I will not buy a new camera without it.

And as you know Ring22, I'm a proud s602z user. =o)

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Old Jan 23, 2005, 4:15 AM   #6
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The S5100 can focus-assistin complete darkness. Say, if you pop up flash and point it at something with sufficient contrast- it will shoot out the light, confirm focus, andtake the picture... all without ever being able to even see anything in the viewfinder. And the picture will likely be perfectly focused and illuminated.

The 5100 has one of the best focus assist lamps for a point & shoot, and is indeed an extremely desirable feature for low light (or even dark shade).

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Old Jan 23, 2005, 12:32 PM   #7
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It appears to be exactly my findings also,Bjane.
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