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Old Dec 1, 2007, 2:04 PM   #1
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Hello again

I'm back again needing some more help concering my digital cameras. (I think I'm becoming a camera freak )

Last summer thanks to you I happily bought the Kodak Z612.

Now I am thinking about replacing my old Ixus55 against something new, because I still need a small cam to take with me and I don't like that pictures taken with my Ixuswithout flash are always unsharp.
But I am confused, because someone told me, It'd be better to keep my 55 instead of buying a new one, because those would be worse. IS THAT TRUE?? I cannot imagine that!


I saw that Canon has some really interessting new Ixus available.
Does anyone know how good these are? I thought about the Ixus 860IS, 950IS or 960IS.

I really like that they have IS and the 950 a 4x zoom.
OR do you recommend any other model from another producer? for me it's just important to have SD cards.



Thx in advance!!!




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Old Dec 1, 2007, 2:51 PM   #2
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Now I am thinking about replacing my old Ixus55 against something new, because I still need a small cam to take with me and I don't like that pictures taken with my Ixuswithout flash are always unsharp.
The vast majority of cameras are going to have photos that are not sharp if you don't use a flash in low light (and indoors to a camera is low light).

That's because the camera needs to keep the shutter open long enough to expose the image, and you'll see motion blur from subject movement and/or blur from camera shake indoors without a flash using most cameras. ;=)

If you want to do significantly better for non-stationary subjects in low light without a flash, you'll need a DSLR with a bright lens (not a kit lens).

If you are taking photos of still subjects versus people, then you may be able to get by with a camera that uses Image Stabilization instead.

But, your best bet is to use a flash for people in low light, unless you want to go with a DSLR and bright lens. Even then, a flash can be better, depending on how low the light is.

In a smaller camera that's better than most in low light, look at the Fuji F10, F20, F30, or F31fd models. They have higher usable ISO speeds compared to most non-DSLR models. But, you may still have to use a flash in many conditions with this type of camera to keep from getting motion blur.

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Old Dec 1, 2007, 4:07 PM   #3
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this is so frustrating!

i have a good big cam with my kodak, now i wanted a small camera that is as good as this.

how can it be that all those praised cameras aren't usable at all?!
i mean, there are so many situations where you can't use flash...
so you also think the is won't make any difference? well then indeed i can keep my 55 :O

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Old Dec 1, 2007, 4:26 PM   #4
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They're usable, if you use a flash and stay within the rated flash range if you're trying to shoot non-stationary subjects in low light. ;-)

If your subjects are still, that's one thing. Then, you can keep ISO speeds set lower and take advantage of stablization and/or a tripod.

But, if your subjects are moving, you'll need higher available ISO speeds (which is how sensitive the sensor is to light) and a brighter lens to get shutter speeds fast enough to help prevent blur from subject movement in less than optimum lighting.

Even a DSLR will have problems in low light without a flash unless you have a reasonably bright lens on it and use higher ISO speed settings, and even then, you may still need a flash in many conditions.

That's why you have a flash. ;-)


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