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Old May 12, 2011, 6:17 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

New to the forum, trying to get some advise on a camera. We want to buy a camera that is quick to shoot, a camera that can shoot picture after picture and capture a toddlers smile.

We have a simply $200 point and shoot but it takes too long between pics and we are missing everything.

Any suggestions on a camera with a great lens and very fast shooting abilities.

Budget low end is $500.00.

Suggestions greatly appreciated...we've looked on line but cant figure out which camera is as fast as we need it to be...we dont need super fancy features, just great lens and fast..
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Old May 12, 2011, 10:28 PM   #2
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If you are looking for fast shot to shot time and nice burst mode, then dslr's are the way to go.

These three are in your budget: Pentax K-x, Nikon 3000, Canon XS

Personally, I own a Pentax K-x and it's great. Good low-light shooting with higher continuous shooting then the other 2 (4fps). The shot to shot time is also lower than the others
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Old May 13, 2011, 9:11 AM   #3
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Hi Folks,

New to the forum, trying to get some advise on a camera. We want to buy a camera that is quick to shoot, a camera that can shoot picture after picture and capture a toddlers smile.

We have a simply $200 point and shoot but it takes too long between pics and we are missing everything.

Any suggestions on a camera with a great lens and very fast shooting abilities.

Budget low end is $500.00.

Suggestions greatly appreciated...we've looked on line but cant figure out which camera is as fast as we need it to be...we dont need super fancy features, just great lens and fast..
I don't think you can get "a camera with a great lens and very fast shooting abilities" for $500 ... you will have to up your budget and it definately will have to be a DSLR. But what exactly do you have in mind when you say "great lens" and "very fast shooting abilities" ... do you mean a f1.4 or 2.8 lens and camera spped at 6fps or 8fps or 10fps, if you can identify that than it will be easy to advice.
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Old May 13, 2011, 11:03 AM   #4
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We want to buy a camera that is quick to shoot, a camera that can shoot picture after picture and capture a toddlers smile.
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Let's break this down a little bit.
Part 1: start-up time - time it takes to turn the camera on and be able to take the first photo. Is this a big problem or no?

Part 2: Outdoors: is there a problem on the first shot between button press and photo being taken? Or is the problem that you want to take several shots and you have to wait a second or more between shots?

Part 3: same question as 2 but indoors?


Other people have mentioned a DSLR. Most dslrs have very quick start up times. Although there may be a straggler that still does some dust reduction at start-up (can't recall which dslrs did this). In good light, a dslr will focus much faster and you'll be able to take shots quicker than you're used to. You'll also get a minimum of 3 frames per second in good light. BUT, a dslr is NOT a miracle worker. In low light, there will still be issues. AND, when you have to use flash (which you will in low light with a kit lens) and you use the built-in flash you still will have agonizing time for the flash to recharge between shots. To really improve flash performance you need to use an external flash. Additionally, in low light, it will still take a bit of time for a DSLR to focus until you add the external flash. An external flash has a larger focus-assist beam that makes a difference. Some DSLRs have a focus assist beam built in. Reports are they can work ok - but like the built-in flash itself it's poor compared to the larger beam of an external flash. The external flash recharges much quicker because it has it's own battery supply - not using the tiny battery of the camera to charge it up.
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Old May 15, 2011, 10:14 AM   #5
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go for panasonic fz100 very fast in its class, start up time, shot to shot time, auto focus time are fast. moreover it has 11 frames per second burst shooting capability and 40/60 frames per second at 3 megapixel.
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