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Old Dec 29, 2010, 2:12 PM   #1
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Hi - I am planning to buy a ZS7 after looking at rave reviews on this site and elsewhere. I had a couple of questions before I finalize

1. I am looking at $249 as the best price on amazon with free shipping, Is that a good deal or I should wait it out.

2. I understand the low light pictures are not best but want to get a sense of how pictures are in an indoor setting like a hotel or house. Can anyone share pictures of similar setting or point me to them. My requirement is not to shoot in dark but too shoot indoors where you would have normal indoor light.

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Unfortunately without using flash, photos with normal home lighting or hotel lighting will be rather marginal and showing lots of visible noise or grain.

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Thanks Sarah. How about with the in built flash on the ZS7 camera.
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Unfortunately without using flash, photos with normal home lighting or hotel lighting will be rather marginal and showing lots of visible noise or grain.

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I have to disagree, Sarah. These are straight from the ZS7 with NO PP. ISO400 in room lighting, no flash. I didn't do anything but put it in iAuto, toss the subject out, and shot.



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A Tip of the Hat to Gary-

You are correct. I find that images will still make small prints at ISO 400. At 800 it is a somewhat different story. The noise then has become more apparent. But the bottom line is noise has different effects on different folks.

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All ISO400 No Flash ZS7 shots...
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Dang! There's one in there that reminds me of my first wife! Woof.

Nice LOW LIGHT images, Cole! As I've stated in the past on the topic of low light: Low light is a relative term. What one person considers low light another person does not.
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You are correct. I find that images will still make small prints at ISO 400. At 800 it is a somewhat different story. The noise then has become more apparent. But the bottom line is noise has different effects on different folks.

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Does 8" x 10" meet the small print criteria, Sarah? I've printed out images with the above settings (party or two, meeting, wife in the kitchen) at that size and they look every bit as good as what you see here.

In fact, these were taken at church using only the stage lighting from about 25 feet away. Note the EXIF data.


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Wow, Gary-

That is really impressive. I retract my comments about ISO settings and noise. Those really do look great. Thanks for posting them, Gary.

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Wow, Gary-

That is really impressive. I retract my comments about ISO settings and noise. Those really do look great. Thanks for posting them, Gary.

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THAT'S why the ZS-7 was chosen as my pocket camera. I think it's very versatile. And, depending on the stage lighting, I believe it would make a pretty good concert camera that no security people would have a problem with as they would with my HS-10 or E-620.
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