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Old Nov 1, 2008, 9:40 PM   #1
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Hello. I'm looking for a great compact camera for taking pics of my all-over-the-place 14 month old (ie won't sit still for more than a half a second at a time). So I guess something with virtually no shutter lag would be required. :? I also want something that's good for indoor (sometimes very low light) pics with a 5-6x optical zoom. I'd also really like to get good close ups of my baby, so whatever other kind of features I'd need to that would be great. My budget is probably < $300. Any recommendations? Thanks so much!
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Old Nov 1, 2008, 9:56 PM   #2
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Hi Julie,

Have a look at the Canon SD880:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_...non_sd880.html

The SD880 has Canon's new Digic IV processor, so it's going to be very, very fast with very good image quality.

This cam does not have a 6x lens, it has a 4x lens. However, more importantly, it has a film equivalent of 28mm on the "wide" end, which is very useful when your indoors and you don't want to get backed into a far wall trying to get everybody in the shot.

Also, the lens is very "fast" (F/2.8) which means you'll get bright photos even indoors.

The SD880 can be bought online at BH photo video (very reputable online digicam seller) for $264 in gold or silver - free shipping!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...S_Digital.html

Here's some samples of the sort of photos you can take with this cam (mind you they are taken by professionals - normal human results may vary!)

http://www.canon.co.jp/imaging/dcp/p...s/samples.html


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Old Nov 1, 2008, 10:21 PM   #3
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I'm going to add a few words of caution. And I do this as a parent of a very active 2 year old.

Do NOT expect any camera on the market to take indoor shots of an active child without flash. A 2.8 lens is hardly enough. Like it or not, you're going to have to use flash. The tough part is also going to be the shutter delay (as you are already aware). Part of that problem is going to be focusing. So, when possible you'll want to pre-focus (half press of the shutter) and wait for the moment you want. I know you want instant firing but that's not going to happen with a non DSLR. I'm not saying you need to buy a DSLR. I'm just trying to set your expectations. You also then have to deal with flash re-charge time which can take a couple seconds.

And while the photos on Canon's website are nice - they're much easier to get than the types of photos you're looking to get.

Take a look at Steve's recommended cameras. At the end he usually discusses timings. That will help you close down the time a little bit. But no camera under $300 is going to be very quick from power up to first shot in a low light flash situation. There are some great cameras out there but this is a particularly difficult task. I'm not trying to discourage you - just trying to set expectations that success for your task will depend quite a bit upon your anticipation of a photo op and having a few seconds to get the camera up, focused and charged.

Good luck in your search!
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Old Nov 3, 2008, 9:00 AM   #4
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Thanks for the responses so far! John, yeah, I know I'm going to have 'give' a lot. I guess I'm just trying to find the absolute best camera I can in my price range. I actually do have an older DSLR that I'm learning more about/experimenting with....but when I'm out on my own with the kiddo it's just way too bulky to carry around in addition to all of the other obligatory stuff you have to bring for a toddler. So I need a good compact camera for that. But I know it's not going to be perfect - thanks for the warning!
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Hi friend, NIKON is the best brand in worldwide . Go for it. It serves better than other in the way of long life, easy handling etc.

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Old Nov 6, 2008, 2:34 AM   #6
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im sorry to say sukumaran, that looks like a very generic and a biased opinion. ive used most of the brands from Epson, olympus, canon, sony and you wont find me making a statement saying a particular X brand is the best.

i dont think there is a best in the market. you just need to compar your requirement and priorities with the features available in the marked for a particular price range.

and i agree with the person above I find Canon to be a good buy.


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Old Nov 10, 2008, 1:57 PM   #7
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I actually have a great point and shoot camera for you.

The Casio EX-V8. I own one, and for the past 6 months has kept up with my 4 nieces (all under the age of 4) almost flawlessly.

You can find many sample shots under my flickr account, including both indoor, outdoor and indoor dark areas. The flash is easily adjusted for intensity, and rarely do i get a washed out photo.

http://flickr.com/photos/mikkitorres...7602652434841/

http://flickr.com/photos/mikkitorres...7602652434841/

http://flickr.com/photos/mikkitorres...7602652434841/

http://flickr.com/photos/mikkitorres...7602652434841/

However, i do recommend if you buy this camera, to get the accidental insurance. One tiny ding on my camera voided the warranty when it stopped working suddenly after 6 months. And they want about 66% of the amount i paid for the camera to fix it. *sigh*

i loved that camera, never missed a moment, both with the kids and out at clubs with friends. It took the best photos.
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Another cool cam to look at is the Panasonic DMC-FZ28.

It has a 28-300 lens, can do HD videos, and has pretty good picture quality.

Can do macro as well.

Sells for under $300 at B&H photo video:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_...z28.html#specs

Here's the B&H listing - $276 + shipping:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_Camera.html

Here's some sample images:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/panasonic/lumix_dmc_fz28
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