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pwright2 Jun 2, 2004 9:07 AM

A while back I had a thread ( looking for a point-and-shoot with good indoor low-light capabilities. A number of good suggestions but I never acted on them. NOw I am ready to spend a little more cash (say $500) and there are lots of new cameras, so I thought I would ask for new suggestions.

I would still like the camera to be pocketable (but I have big pockets). High ISO with low noise. A 28mm (equivalent) zoom would be really good. No problem with buying a used camera, so it doesn't have to be the latest model (though the 28mm thing kind of mitigates against that).

Anyhow, any new suggestions?


pwright2 Jun 4, 2004 9:58 AM

Well, I've been searching the reviews as best I can and it looks like the answer is ... there are none. Not in pocketables, not in non-pocketables, not in wide-angles, not in 'normals'. In the sub-$1000 class of digital cameras, not one has the equivalent of 400 speed sensitivity without significant noise in the pictures.


I guess there is always next year.



Wildman Jun 4, 2004 10:58 AM

The only way to do what you want is a DSLR with a fast lens. Point and shoot cameras have very small sensors which displaydegraded noise performance as ISO numbers are jacked up. ISOs over 400 are pretty much worthless in P&S cameras but DSLRs can produce useable pictures at 1600 and even 3200 on some occassions. Even DSLRs will perform better with faster lenses.

Mikefellh Jun 4, 2004 11:07 AM

The Olympus C-5050 has a "super bright" lens which opens up to f1.8, but again it has a small CCD and will suffer from noise at higher ISOs, as well it is only 35-105mm (and it's not pocketable).

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