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Old Jan 12, 2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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I think I'm asking the impossible here. My daughter plays softball, and I would like a p & s camera with a good zoom, takes decent sports pictures, and the ability to take more than 3 pictures in a row in burst mode. My current camera is a Kodak 6490 and it just broke. Is there anything that will do what I want without going dSLR?
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 11:02 PM   #2
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You may want to look at some of the big bridge camera it will not be as good as a dslr but will give you allot better results over a pure p&s. Somthing like fuji s200exr, it can do burst of more then 3, has a very long zoom 14x and has a decent aperture form 2.8-5.3. It may not be an idea for sport but it will be better then what you had. But it about 450 or you want to spend a little less, the nikon p90 it not as long in the zoom.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 11:03 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum. We're please that you dropped by.

If you are just looking for occasional snapshots of your daughters games something like a Canon SX-120 (around $200) with 10X optical zoom or a Kodak Z-1012 (around $200, still available on E-Bay) with 12X optical zoom that could handle the chores easily. However, if you are looking for many, many close-up sports shots taken from the stands, like a tag out at second base, with a player sliding in with excellent image quality results, then you are talking about a DSLR and long zoom lenses. This reply is based on daytime games with good sun light type lighting.

If we are talking night games then things get really expensive in a big hurry. JohnG
is our resident sport photography specialist who can give you lots of info if you want to get into DSLR sport photography. However, my guess is you are speaking about sports snapshots. Please correct me immediately, if I am incorrect.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 11:51 PM   #4
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I actually want something better than snapshots, but maybe not a dSLR. At 15 and 16 years old, the kids don't like the big camera in their face - it's embarrassing (isn't everything at that age?). I was just hoping there was something out there that could do it all. If I did do the dSLR thing, are there inexpensive classes online to teach you how to take better pictures. Also, my friend has a Panasonic Gi that she wants to sell. Again, if I did do dSLR is that one good?
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www.dslrtips.com free youtube video workshop. Good for new dslr owners. If you get a one of the big bridge camera, you can use the same workshops to learn new shooting skills.

The big bridge camera, are actually smaller then a dslr, but bigger then a point and shoot.

The G1 may not be the best for the action shots. But it is a very good camera for landscape and portraits.
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I've been looking at the Fuji reviews and it looks pretty intriguing. Would it be better for sports than the G1?
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 12:19 AM   #7
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Well with the G1 you will have to get a long zoom right off the bat, and they are kinda pricey. Adding another 320 dollar on top of the G1 to get the 45-200mm zoom. This will have about the same range as the fiji bridge camera. But I think G1 may be better as it has a larger sensor area compare to the fiji, while the fiji will have a bit better zooming distance. In lower light the big sensor will let the G1 take better pictures. But if you are taking softball in day games, G1 has an slight edge, but in twight light game, the advantage grows for the G1.

Do you have a price range you are looking at?

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But if sport shots are the top priority, and in night games also. There is nothing that can beat a dslr. But it will be very expensive as sarah has mention.
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You may also look at the panasonic FZ35 and canon sx20. They both a very long zoom also in the bridge camera category. They have HD if that is something you are interested in having. The canon has better better reach out of all the bridge cameras mention.

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I softballmom and welcome to Steve's.

Are all the games in the day or will you want to shoot at night? If it is the latter than as Sarah says you will be looking at a lot of money as even an entry level dSLR/lens combo won't do the job.

You say you are looking for more than snapshots, have you seen examples of that sort of photo you are hoping to get, if you can post links so we can better understand your expectations.

You are likely to get OK batting shots with a bridge camera but unlikely to get anyone running etc? One thing that you can't do with a bridge camera is create shallow depth of field shots where the background is out of focus.
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