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Old Jan 30, 2011, 11:47 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I am looking for a camera that takes quality picture, I need a camera that can take pics of puppies that move fast, so it needs to be quick and also to take pics of my 5 year old

I have narrowed to the following 3 :

- canon s95
- canon g11
- samsung tl500

Which camera would be best suited!

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Old Jan 30, 2011, 1:17 PM   #2
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Anyone will be fine but remember for quick-moving animals skill is the deciding factor .
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Old Jan 30, 2011, 1:46 PM   #3
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That's a problem then, I am a total newbie, have a canon A470 so what do u suggest,
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The Canon S95 and G11 will certainly be faster than your A470. But keep in mind that neither camera has much zoom, which might be more flexible for shots of your 5 year old.

If you need more speed, an entry level DSLR will provide more speed.

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Thanks Sarah,

If I had to get a 2nd hand Canon 450D would that be a good starter Dslr?

Or what camera would be good in low light too,
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Michelle-

Yes, the Canon 450D would indeed be as good starter DSLR camera. But keep in mind that a DSLR camera brings with it a lot of added costs, for: additional lenses, an external flash, camera bag, card, etc. A DSLR camera is also a rather sizable kit.

Having raised 8 children myself, sometimes the stuff you need to take with you for the children PLUS a DSLR kit becomes just TOO MUCH! Consider if a good super zoom like the Panasonic FZ40 might be a good option.

I am not attempting to talk you out of a DSLR camera, rather I want you to be sure of what you are getting into in terms of budget, and kit size.

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So now she should get a superzoom?

You just suggested an SLR two posts earlier.

I'm confused, especially since a superzoom will be a worse option than the 3 cameras she originally asked about.

Michelle, I personally do not think that a large zoom is at all important for taking pictures of kids. However a Canon G12 or G11 does give a reasonable degree of flexibility in the zoom stakes. Highly recommended for your purposes.
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Thanks peripatetic, I think I will go view the g11 and g12 tomorrow!
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The G series have long been popular with DSLR users as their "portable" camera. They are not as tiny as some, but strike a nice balance between features and good image quality in a reasonably small package.

One of my semi-pro photographer friends has a G series and that is the camera she always has with her at kids parties, etc. When doing paid work she uses her DSLR.

If you find the G12 too big, then the S95 is an amazing camera. We have one and don't find it at all limiting. I mean really unless you live in a barn or an aircraft hanger you don't need a long zoom indoors.
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If your children practice sports (baseball, ...) a superzoom would be very useful. There are many possibilities, depend on your personal needs.
In my personal use I prefer pocketability, and bright lens over a power zoom.
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