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Old May 17, 2007, 4:05 PM   #1
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Hi!

I´m looking for a recent compact-camera to be used principally in low-light and interiors situations.

If it starts under 35mm, better.

Thanks for your help.



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Old May 17, 2007, 7:01 PM   #2
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I think the best low light compact cameras are made by Fuji at this point: the F20, F30, F31, and the F40. If you want a real bargain at this time, you might go for the F20 , which is now selling for less than $150 at a number of places. The F30 and its successor, the F31 have lots of manual controls. Check out the reviews on this site for more information.
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Old May 18, 2007, 4:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for your answer!

What about Olympus, is there any comparable model?
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Old May 18, 2007, 9:55 AM   #4
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The Olympus Stylus 760 is touted by its makers as being good in low light. Go here for Steve's opinion of it:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_...us760_pg5.html

However, I think the Fujis I mentioned are better in low light.
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Old May 18, 2007, 11:00 AM   #5
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Are you normally able to use a flash? If you can use flash, that makes it easier. There aren't many compacts that would do well without flash indoors, for which you need higher ISO settings, and possibly brighter lenses. Also, if you are shooting still subjects, you can use a tripod or a camera with image stabilization, and longer shutter speeds.

The Fuji models mentioned are the best at higher ISO shooting.

A good alternative with a wide angle would be the Canon SD800IS:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/sd800_pg5.html

That would probably be second to the Fuji at ISO 400, plus it has the IS (Fujis don't). It's 28-105mm f2.8-5.8 zoom is bright on the wide end, but somewhat dark if you zoom in.

A few of the Panasonics offer wide angles, and they have IS as well. But for the most part they tend to be noisier than most at higher ISO. See the FX07 for example (and Steve's comments about it being a bit "noisy" even at ISO 100:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_.../fx07_pg5.html

I think the newer Panasonic TZ-3 might be a candidate though. It has IS and a 28-280mm f3.3-4.9 zoom, but you probably wouldn't want to shoot over ISO 200.



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