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Old Apr 24, 2003, 8:38 PM   #1
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Need a digicam for taking pictures indoors (inside museums) where no flash is permitted. Need a digicam that works well in low light and also has an excellent zoom with low distortion.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 3:30 PM   #2
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You mention nothing about finances.

Check up on this:

1. flexible ISO setting - the higher the better (most)
2. very light-strong lens i.e F. 1.8 on compact cameras or if you plan on buying a Dslr - a lens with aperture down to 1.4.
3. Good noise reductionsystem to eliminate grain/noise on the high ISO setting.
4. A steady TRIPOD to attatch the camera on. I recommend GITZO or MANFROTTO.

You def. need a tripod - then check up on the OLYMPUS C-5050 which has an F.1.8 lens and a reasonable price (to me) or do as I - buy a Dslr and choose a good lens for it. Most of the Dslr on the market right now comes with all the features described.

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Old Apr 25, 2003, 7:19 PM   #3
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Klaus -- Thanx for your suggestions.

A tripod is not an option, museums do not permit visitors to use them.

I'm also interested in something that is small enough to carry everywhere and not attract too much attention from the museum security staff.

I've done some additional research and have identified the following options with f1.8:

Pentax Optio 430 ($390)
Olympus C-4040 ($419 but large and ugly)
Olympus C-5050 ($527 and it's a little too large for my taste)
Canon PowerShot G2 ($400)
Canon PowerShot G3 ($454)

Do you have any specific warnings/recommendations for any of these models?

Thanx again for your answers!
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You may want to consider also the Fuji S602 - it has ISO settings all the way up to 1600.
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The only ones I've tried shooting with,is the two Olympus and Canon G2. I know the Oly 5050 seems expensive, but you must remember it's a semi-pro digicam, with most features of pro-digicams. You can adjust almost every settings for your need. I'm the kind of person that like to grow with my equipment, and learn new things. You will with this. It's very small sized compared to the other digicams you consider. Very powerfull and the lens is PINSHARP (Olympus is known for this ...microscope a.s.o)

The Oly 4040 is almost similar, but with a smaller CCD. Not that much difference though.
The G2 has (and still is) a very fine digicam, that has got a lot of recmmendations for its true colors and crisp pictures. But I think it seems too big in size.
From the ones you mention - I'll choose the Oly 5050 and pay that extra.
But try read about them in i.e DPreview, Megapixels a.s.o.

LGs suggestion is fine too - but it could be too big for you!

It's not easy deciding which to buy - there's as many opinions as digicams (and thanks god for that!)

Good luck!

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Klaus -- Thanx for your suggestions.

A tripod is not an option, museums do not permit visitors to use them.

I'm also interested in something that is small enough to carry everywhere and not attract too much attention from the museum security staff.

I've done some additional research and have identified the following options with f1.8:

Pentax Optio 430 ($390)
Olympus C-4040 ($419 but large and ugly)
Olympus C-5050 ($527 and it's a little too large for my taste)
Canon PowerShot G2 ($400)
Canon PowerShot G3 ($454)

Do you have any specific warnings/recommendations for any of these models?

Thanx again for your answers!
Uh where are you getting these prices?
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