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Old Aug 8, 2011, 1:00 AM   #1
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Few days back I took some photos of my son performing on stage (low light) with my FZ40. Wasn't convinced with the quality as prominent noise was present. Not a Pro. All snaps in Ai mode. Should I change the camera or am i doing something wrong (camera settings). Please advise.

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Old Aug 8, 2011, 1:25 AM   #2
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You really want to avoid iA mode and learn the other modes as quickly as possible. P is the easiest to start with. Even in low light conditions like this, you want to keep your ISO to 400 max, to minimize noise. And, in low light conditions, your shutter speed will be set slow, so you will be very sensitive to motion. To avoid camera movement, you should be using a tripod for events like this. So if I were you, I would try P mode, ISO 400, and tripod. I'm sure there are other solutions too.
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Thanks Saly, thanks for the reply. Next time I will try this new settings. Should i change the camera and opt for the new FZ47 or this FZ40 is good.
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FZ40 is an excellent camera. While the FZ47 has some improvements, I don't think you will see a vast improvement over the 40. I would stay with the 40, and practice a lot, and you should be very happy with it.

Take a look at this post:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wh...3-fz-40-a.html
There's an excellent "how to get started" step by step instruction by mtclimber.
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The other option saly, is to use the SCN mode option of 'High Sensitivity', the only draw back is pixel count drops to approx 3m.
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saly, how about asking the mods, to make all of mtclimers 'camera instructions' into a sticky thread?

I don't know how to go about doing that.
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How to use the SCN mode option of High Sensitivity...
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Hi airgarg

Setting SCN mode is easy...

On the mose dial turn it so you reach SCN (iA, P, A, S, M, (movie), (cust), SCN)

On the LCD screen you will now see 15 icons, using the left, right, up, and down arrow keys move to the third icon from left, then move down 1 row, the LCD screen should now say 'HIGH SENS' push the SET key, choose the picture ratio you want (I would select 4:3), push select and you are ready to take pictures.

Don't expect to take shots in almost total darkness.

The pixel count will also be smaller, 3m with 4:3 ratio

Hope this helps you
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