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Old Oct 18, 2009, 4:27 PM   #51
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It just occurred to me that one of these images could have been a single image extracted from a video, and that would explain the quality.
I don't think so, although it's possible. I'm sure she's just using the camera on Auto...so she wouldn't be choosing the shutter speed, etc. Would this camera even allow her to do that?
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... so I will remove them until I ask her if it's okay.(Emphasis mine. -TCav)
I think it's best just to forget it, except for sending them to the OP in a PM.
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Judging from the conversation/discussion they were probably taken with a Panasonic TZ-5. Not zoomed the lens is only F 3.3.

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I'm sure she's just using the camera on Auto...so she wouldn't be choosing the shutter speed, etc. Would this camera even allow her to do that?
If she was at all familiar with the camera, she probably would have selected the scene mode for SPORTS, which keeps the shutter speed high by using the largest (of two) apertures, but, unfortunately for indoor sports, the ISO is limited to 800 by default. It can be set to 1600, but someone would need to know to do it. The ISO can also be increased to 3200 or even 6400, but not in SPORTS mode.
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I think no matter what P&S you buy, shutter lag could be a concern (the only way around that is a dSLR), and I feel your pain, believe me! I didn't specifically ask about it, but they were getting shots of the girls on bars, so I am guessing it couldn't be a huge problem.
Another mom there uses a Nikon D40, as well, and she is also happy (that's an SLR though)...but she said the lag can be affected by certain conditions, also. I believe that in a darker situation, you might be more likely to notice it??
The darker situation will definitely affect the shutter lag. The other issue is that some cameras (cannon in particular) have a red light that shines brightly when taking a pic even when no flash is enabled. I have been chastised previiously at a meet that the light is distracting.
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THanks to all for the great information - I think I'm way out of my league with all of you....
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The darker situation will definitely affect the shutter lag. The other issue is that some cameras (cannon in particular) have a red light that shines brightly when taking a pic even when no flash is enabled. I have been chastised previiously at a meet that the light is distracting.
I think that's probably the AF Assist light, and that can be disabled as well.
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THanks to all for the great information - I think I'm way out of my league with all of you....
I hope that doesn't mean that we've discouraged you in any way. What you said you want to do, you can do with the right equipment and with practice. Right now, we're trying to help with the "right equipment" part.
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The darker situation will definitely affect the shutter lag. The other issue is that some cameras (cannon in particular) have a red light that shines brightly when taking a pic even when no flash is enabled. I have been chastised previiously at a meet that the light is distracting.
I was wondering about that myself, as some cameras say the flash will assist with low light focusing, and I wondered if the "assist" light would be a problem...sounds like it WOULD be.
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THanks to all for the great information - I think I'm way out of my league with all of you....
Did you get a chance to see the images I posted with the point & shoot? If you are happy with that level of quality, you are set. If NOT, then I think you're into the same situation as I am, which is that I need an SLR (not cheap!)
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