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Old Jun 8, 2010, 1:07 AM   #1
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Default Low light with good zoom

I am looking for a digital camera with good optical zoom. 5+ is a must - more than that would be great. Just as important, I want the ability to take good pictures in low light without flash (for example in a museum and also outdoor sceneries in twilight).

The 3 camera on top of my contention right now are:
Sony HX5V
Canon SX20
Canon S90

Suggestions for these or other with low light image samples would be great.
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 3:22 AM   #2
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The HX5V can't even hope to compete with the other 2. The HX5V does better than other cameras with the same tiny sensor due to the backlighting, but it is by no means "good" in low-light. If you can do with the zoom and lack of HD video on the S90, it's an excellent choice.
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 10:42 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

It is not often that you find the qualities of an ultra zoom combined with low light level shooting abilities. However, you may want to consider the Fuji F-70EXR is you are willing to make the many small manual changes required to get the most out of the camera. There are some very good shooting hints in our Fuji P+S folder about using the F-70EXR.

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Old Jun 8, 2010, 12:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies! I do not expect to use my camera for videos at all. However, the 4X zoom on S90 might be a handicap for trips to places like Yellowstone?

I would check out Fuji F-70EXR. I do not mind learning to make manual tweaks to suite the conditions. I had used a friends EOS rebel for a couple of months and had learned a few of the simpler manual tricks with it - if not for 2-3 times the price, I would have loved to buy one!

This forum looks great - it has so many resources!
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I sounds like the Fuji F-70 EXR might work rather nicely for you. I am happy that we were able to help out.

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s90 is the only one that is really good in low light. But you give up a long zoom. With the other camera mention. You can shoot at the higher iso, but will need to do some noise reduction in post production and you will need to give up some of the details from the noise reduction.
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You ought to look at FujiF70EXR photo samples. Dustin has posted some. The F-70 is capable of ISO 1600 with good image quality, with the proper adjustments.

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I have seen them, they are good, but Dustin has a very good work flow to get those results with the f-70
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