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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:22 AM   #21
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Yes, there will be occasional photos from P+S camera that do surprise. For example take the attached photo sample from the Fuji F-70EXR. Zoom was used in that photo and it does look good.

However, please correct me if I have the wrong impression, you need a camera that will consistently produce very good high ISO low light photos and that, I must say will be a good DSLR.

Image stabilization, at least for me is very desirable as in the typical low light situation you do encounter rather low shutter speeds.

Have a great day and a Merry Christmas.

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Old Dec 24, 2009, 11:55 AM   #22
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Sarah - As I understand it the lens I would be able to afford for a dSLR would not have a higher aperture at zoom than the standard one on a top end P+S. I think from discussion that this is my limiting factor and so I wouldn't gain from a dSLR.
Do you have a different opinion, and if so help me understand why.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 12:38 PM   #23
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With budget being a limiting factor, in terms of really getting a wide aperture zoom lens for a DSLR camera, that is why I brought back the idea that there are a few P+S cameras out there that can hit a "home run" in terms of image quality. That quality is not perfect, but perhaps it is a viable option.

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Sarah, so khblue can decide if the quality is enough can you please post a 100% crop and the camera settings for the photo? Why a resized photo is no use in showing camera quality
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Yes, Mark-
I do understand the need for a 100% crop very well indeed. As a Mom to a very busy family, Christmas Eve is almost frantically busy. I posted the initial photo and hoped to get back sooner than I have, but I did not.

We're not talking about MK II DSLR photo quality here, the F-70EXR is only a $200 point and shoot camera.

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I appreciate it is a busy time for us all, just wanted to give the 'full picture' LOL to our members and visitors.
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I am always happy to co-operate, Mark-

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I just played with a Canon G10 ina low-lit house.
I was managing at best 1/60th sec at ISO800.
Skin tones are really quite speckled.
Would you expect the Panny LX3 or Canon S90 to be better ?
Which make has the best reputation for low noise at high ISO?
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f3.5, 1/30th, ISO800
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The S90 does a pretty good job, it has a pretty fast lens letting quite a bit of light in and the high ISO is better than average in the compact range. Check out the below which is a sample at ISO800 from Steve's review.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...0/IMG_0501.JPG
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