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Old Oct 15, 2010, 9:14 PM   #1
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Default Best compact digicam for live band photos

I'm searching for the best compact digicam for taking photos of live rock bands. I prefer a natural look without using the flash. So I need something which has solid IS if i'm taking pics in the mosh pit, fast shutter response, good low light with minimal noise, and a powerful zoom.

Maybe i'm asking too much from a compact, but I thought i'd put the question out there.

I currently have a Panasonic DMC-ZR1, which isn't too bad, but the camera noise can be very intrusive at anything over ISO 200 (much worse then the Canon IXUS I had previously). I love the 8X zoom on this, so I wouldn't be inclined to choose anything less. I also like the Max shutter speed and leave it 1/3oth second when taking the band photos

This is about as good as I can get from the Panasonic:



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Old Oct 16, 2010, 8:42 PM   #2
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They generally don't put high quality sensors with great low light capability into a compact cam (DSLR's are the way to go).

You could look at a Panasonic LX3.

Not much zoom, however. I'm assuming you can get close to the action.
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you are not going to find anything with 8x or more zoom that performs well in low light.

the best compact for low light are the larger sensor cams. the canon s90/95 (4x zoom 105mm at full zoom), the panny lx3 (3x zoom, but only 60mm at long end this is not a good choice), panny lx5 (better but still only 90mm at full zoom), and Samsung EX1 (3x zoom only 72mm at full tele).

so the s90/95 is your closest choice in the full compact market.


if you can go up in size a bit, nikon's new p7000 uses the bigger sensor and has a 200mm equivelent zoom (same as the ZR1). but it is a bit bigger and bulkier.
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Old Oct 17, 2010, 12:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for that, the S95 is on my shortlist (I might be able to take the concession of zoom).

I curious, is the IXUS 1000 upto similar level as the S95 in low light?

How about the Fujifilm F300EXR?? I noticed that the review pictures display fairly soft images.

Has Panasonic improved the noise at higher ISO with the TZ10 compared to previous model?
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the other models you listed will not compare to the canon s90/95 in low light.
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From what I understand from a few reviews of the S95, the optical zoom doesn't function in video mode. This would be a big disadvantage for me. Does the Panasonic LX5 have such a feature?
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From what I understand from a few reviews of the S95, the optical zoom doesn't function in video mode. This would be a big disadvantage for me. Does the Panasonic LX5 have such a feature?
Yes, the LX5 zooms in video. Keep in mind that the LX5 is small but it isn't pocketable unless you've got very baggy jeans or a nice coat. You'll probably need a belt case or similar.

btw, you can optically zoom before hitting the record button on the S95, but not during recording.



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