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Old May 31, 2010, 10:05 AM   #1
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I stated on my prior post that the ZR1 is an excellent little point and shoot for most situations given it's price point. However I must also say that it fails miserably in most situations when the flash is used indoors. I took a few photos at my daughter wedding during the reception and the outcome was less than positive. I say this having seen other photos that my younger daughter took with her Canon sorry don't know the model of hand but in the same price range and the pictures were better. So what to do now bring the ZR1 back since I have 14 days to try it, if I do that what do I get? I want better performance indoor than what the ZR1 offers, is there a Panasonic that is better at low light than the ZR1 that does not cost a lot more.
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I use a simple, less than $20, Slave Flash with my ZR1 when the Flash Range (the distance measured in feet between the cameras and the subject) get beyond 7 feet and have had very good results. The Slave Flash I am using is a very small Zeikos brand one that cost $14.95 and it has really worked well. Here is a sample photo.

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Here is a photo of the Zeikos Slave Flash.

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Thanks so very much for your reply. The idea of the slave flash is very good one and inexpensive at the same time. However since I was able to return the ZR1 to the store for a refund or an exchange I did so opting at the advise of one of the sales staff to try a Canon SD PowerShot 1300 IS. My first impressions in low light with the flash used are way in favour of the Canon I guess the 2.8 lens helps with the low light situations. Still have to try shooting outdoors, I will surely miss the 8x zoom lens of the ZR1 when comparing to the 4x zoom on the Canon. I guess I will have to wait and see.
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Here is a photo of the Zeikos Slave Flash.

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Hi- I'm new to digicams; how does one attach the slave to the ZR1? The specs of ZR1 says it has no external flash. there is no flash shoe. I'm wonder how the connection is set. Thank you very much. -- mina
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I have attached a photo showing the ZR1 and the Zeikos Slave Flash mounted together. As you can see, no hot shoe is required, nor is any electrical connection required, as the firing of the ZR-1's built-in flash, triggers the photo-electric cell on the Slave Flash fires the Slave Flash. Synchronization is perfect due to the speed of light, which is 192,000,000mph.

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Wow! thanks Sarah! great explanation. It's been 30 years since I last dabbled in serious photography (SLR/film days). all these digital developments excite me anew.... but there's so much catching up to do. thanks!
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I say take the ZR1 back if you are not satisfied. The slave flash is an option but it makes the entire ensemble much less portable and convenient to carry around. By the time you attach the bracket and the slave flash to the camera, the little ZR1 becomes very cumbersome to deal with. If I were you, I'd find out that Canon model and give it a try.
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For even better low light shooting the canon s90 will yield even better results then the canon sd 1300IS. But it is a quite a bit more. It can shoot ok up to 1600iso, match that with a f2 lens at the short end of the 3.8x zoom. It is a nice compact light weight package. But no HD video either.

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Thanks so very much for your reply. The idea of the slave flash is very good one and inexpensive at the same time. However since I was able to return the ZR1 to the store for a refund or an exchange I did so opting at the advise of one of the sales staff to try a Canon SD PowerShot 1300 IS. My first impressions in low light with the flash used are way in favour of the Canon I guess the 2.8 lens helps with the low light situations. Still have to try shooting outdoors, I will surely miss the 8x zoom lens of the ZR1 when comparing to the 4x zoom on the Canon. I guess I will have to wait and see.
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There is also the new introduced Canon SD-4000 which has a F 2.0 lens, greater automation and is advertised as being a low light camera.

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