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Old Dec 10, 2002, 4:13 AM   #1
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Default Does V3 take good night shots?

Hi!!! I'm looking for my very first digicam and before I make a decision, I hope someone can give me with some advise. I'm looking at the Canon Ixus V3 but I heard that it doesn't take good night shots and this is quite important to me. Is this true?? Or can anyone recommand me a better camera of similar range. I will prefer a compact camera. Thanks in advance :P
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Old Dec 10, 2002, 8:03 AM   #2
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What do you mean by "night shots"? If you mean exposure times longer than a second with ISOs more than 400, you are getting to the edge of what any consumer digicam can do.

Noise is the limiting factor, and the best predictor of low noise in a camera is high price.
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Old Jan 16, 2003, 12:51 AM   #3
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In other words, this problem affects all consumer digicams.

The S230 has a great advantage over many other consumer digicams in that it has focus-assist AF which may help the camera get a focus lock in low-light.

But unless there's enough light (natural, artificial, onboard or external flash), the camera will use a very slow shutter speed (hence increasing the probability of blurred shots due to camera shake and/or subject movement) and even switch to a higher ISO (hence increasing noise). Unfortunately, only the higher-end DSLRs seem to have good noise reduction.

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