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Old Oct 15, 2009, 8:17 PM   #1
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Default What is best in low light - not too many MPs?

Hello,

I am looking for a camera, probably an older model, without more than 5 or 6 Megapixels (3 would be fine), which is good in low light. I would like to be able to take indoor shots that look as they do to the human eye, and decent twilight and sunset pictures. I don't care for all the bells and whistles such as face or smile recognition, or huge files, so I would probably want an older model in a quality camera. I would like at least 3x or 4x optical zoom.

I've tried Canon A510 and S40 - the A510 isn't bad using the "indoor" setting, but did rather poorly outdoors. The S40's indoor shots turned out very dark, despite having a clamp lamp shining on the subject - example attached. (I was using some zoom, which may have reduced the available light.) Does anyone have another suggestion?

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Shirley

PS: My guy has a red nose in this picture because he'd been eating Salmon cat food! :-)
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Old Oct 15, 2009, 9:08 PM   #2
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The Fuji F-70EXR and the F-200EXR are cutting brand new ground in the high ISO capability area. With the F-70EXR price at $235.00, that is budget-wise workable.

The Canon S-90, another new camera is also demonstrating a lot of high ISO capability potential as well.

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Don't these newer cameras have too many megpixels for me, though, and create huge files? What is best in low light in the 3 to 5 MP range?
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That is the beauty of cameras like the Fuji F-70EXR, the resolution can be reduced as you desire. Attached is an ISO 800 photo sample from the F-70.

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I routinely shoot with my Fuji F45fd set at 4Mp, don't use the full 8Mp very much. All compacts give you some other choices below the camera's full Mp rating.

http://fujif45fd.needsabeach.com/F45...ht/HTML_Index/

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