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Old Oct 15, 2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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My daughter does gymnastics and I'm looking for a camera that has little shutter lag (seems to be difficult to quantify) and does well with no flash (flash is not allowed at meets) sometimes in low light. I'd like a compact camera if possible. Any suggestions?
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 12:38 AM   #2
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I have to laugh, because I was looking for the same thing in an SLR and it is becoming quite a "project..." (the thread is titled "more questions about the xsi" or something like that, as that was the camera I was initially considering...seems it's not up to the gymnastics task, though)
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Unfortunately the answer to your question is no, it's not possible.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 8:06 AM   #4
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Just to sum things up - no, there is no compact camera remotely capable of the task.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 8:48 AM   #5
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Ok I get it - if I forget about the size of the camera, what is my best bet to get the functionality I'm looking for?
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A dSLR with a good autofocus system, good high ISO performance, and a large aperture medium telephoto lens. Think >$1,000.

I'll let JohnG respond further.
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Old Oct 16, 2009, 9:24 PM   #7
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If you're still around, I can tell you that I was just at our gym tonight and 3 of the moms there were very happy with their Panasonic Lumix camera they bought at Costco for under $200. They said it zooms in nicely, and takes nice sharp pictures of the girls even on the bar, without a lot of noise. Now, I realize this is subjective, so I asked one of them to email me an example...so when I get that, I will be happy to post it! But I was impressed with their comments. They said one of them had it and the others noticed over her shoulder that the pictures were coming out a lot better than theirs were, so the other 2 specifically went out and bought the same model, and have been very happy.
I will post more, like I said, if she sends me the sample...
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javacleve - thanks so much - I'll look forward to seeing the picture if you get it. Did they say anything about the shutter lag/delay? That's my biggest issue, I've missed so many moments - it's frustrating! Thanks again.
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I can only speak for myself. However, I will be very interested to learn of the Panasonic Camera model being used and to see some photo results.

I have used Panasonic cameras for years and I can tell you that the FZ-28 model is capable of fairly good photos at an ISO setting of ISO 800. I will post ISO 800 samples. However, based on my reading of the discussion you have had with JohnG, I was under the impression that at least ISO 1600 would be needed under the typical gym lighting conditions.

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See National Gym Challenge

See Daughters gymnastics compitition

See Gymnastics

See Gymnastics Event (2 tiring days)

And don't just look at the photos. Read the comments.
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