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Old Sep 24, 2005, 6:08 PM   #1
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Old Sep 24, 2005, 6:09 PM   #2
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Old Sep 24, 2005, 6:20 PM   #3
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Liked the second one but what do you mean by ugly dog??? Huh?? LOL



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Uh-oh, thems fightin' words fer Dawg...lol
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Old Sep 25, 2005, 4:33 PM   #5
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Well, I got a chance to try some night and low-light situations with the P850 last night at the Costa Mesa Speedway watching the Flat Track National Finals. I will say up front that I didn't really care for the P850's night action shooting ability. Of course, it's likely other cameras in this class have the same issue - but I don't know for sure.

I first tried taking action shots of the bikes going around the track in Auto mode - no good at all, as anything that moved was blurred. So then I went into shutter priority mode to try and freeze some of the action, and I bumped up the ISO to 200. Now this partially worked as I was able to freeze most of the action, however I never got a proper AE/AF lock and all the shots came out dark. But brightening up the image afterwards brought the pictures to a usable view IMHO.

I also took a few movie pics in 320 mode, and for the most part these actually came out okay. Although the AF had trouble keeping up with the moving action a lot of the time when panning or zooming. Here's some pics...
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The rider who eventually won this event:
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After winning, the rider gets tossed up and down in the air:
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Most of the above night shots were taken at close to full telephoto, and some mid-telephoto (no digital zoom). The flash was pretty much useless for these shots also. Too bad I can't upload the videos here, as they turned out better than the single shots I think.

I wonder if the Canon S2 IS, or the Sony DSC-H1 would've had the same problems as the P850 with these shots. Outdoor night and action photography is something I'd like my camera to be capable of, and I'm wondering if the P850 will suit my needs now...
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