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Old May 19, 2003, 5:05 PM   #1
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I have an Olympus C-730 which very well meets 85% of my needs. My biggest frustration is low light. I would appreciate any recommendations for lowlight digital photgraphy, at least 3.2 MP in size. Minolta Dimage 7Hi, Olympus 5050 and Sony DSC 717 all seem like possible candidates. Or, should I just save my money and spring for an SLR in a year or two? Your opinion? THX - john
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Old May 19, 2003, 7:07 PM   #2
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WHy? is it picture quality or you can't see through the EVF?

Drives me batty with my Fuji 3800 too to be honest. Takes a nice shot but be damed if i can see what i am shooting!
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Good question - picture quality, I can see the monitor OK in my Olympus (When avialable, I throw a towel over my head when I'm reviewing the shots in bright sunlight).
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??? it should takea decent shot .. you've got a load more settings than me and mine is OK except in BIG rooms where the flash isn't strong enough.
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Old May 19, 2003, 9:56 PM   #5
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You make another good point - I shoot natural light as much as possible, so my need is for low, natural light. I do get good flash snapshots, but for good photos, I find I want to shoot in natural light. THX.
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Stick it on "nightscene" ... works for me if i can keep my hand still.
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Old May 21, 2003, 12:42 AM   #7
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I'd wait for the dslr. They are better in features, function, picture quality, etc. than the regular consumer oriented cameras. Also, they should perform much better in low light than any of the non slr digicams due to wider iso range, the option of faster lenses, etc.
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Very few digicams take decent 'low-light' pics, it's the nature of the beast. Most can't 'focus' well on a dark subject.
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...Most can't 'focus' well on a dark subject.
Ability to focus is one issue, apperature and ISO are the other main issues for low light shooting. Large aperature (low f/number) is easy to determine, but you will need to carefully read the reviews to figure out the highest useable ISO - that is very closely related to the amount of noise. It seems that the highest one or two ISO numbers quoted by the manufacturer are pretty much worthless unless you are going to downsize for the web.

It does seem that high useable ISO comes with a high priced camera.
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THX all - your advice is very helpful. I do get good low light shots on about half my attempts, so I guess I'm doing better than I realized. Best - john
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