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Old Nov 26, 2012, 4:55 PM   #1
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Stepping up from point and shoot camera will mainly be used at my daughters dance competition.
I'm looking for good low light able to record so far i have it down to the Nikon 3200 or panny FZ200 should i consider another?

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Old Nov 26, 2012, 8:05 PM   #2
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With my little knowledge, if low light is your prime requirement rather than zoom and better video, go for Nikon D3200 dSLR, else fz200 is an all-in-one package.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 2:51 PM   #3
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On paper, The FZ200 with it's fast f/2.8 lens might have some merit in your application- whereas the Nikon's performance largely relies on the lens attached- and an equivalent lens would be extremely expensive.
Maybe do an online search and see if you can find some images taken in a similar scenario to what you require with a given camera- say the FZ200- and see if they're acceptable.
Maybe ask a FZ200 user here at Steve's- or nose around sites such as Flickr...

Bridge camera's are quite often scoffed at- especially for indoor work- and indeed,they are inferior to their larger sensor cousins (with good glass up front).
That said, if your expectations are reasonable, one might just suffice.
Yes, you'll have to work a bit harder- using techniques such as pre-focusing where you expect your target to be, in order to compensate for a slower AF system (though The Panny FZ200 is not slow...).
Of course- dancers generally move about a great deal- and given the bridge camera's usable iso ceiling and usable shutter speed, I'd suggest capturing slower movements, at the end of a movement (brief pause) or when posing.

Here's a couple of images shot in indoor/artificial lighting- maybe akin to the lighting you expect in your daughters dance competition..?
These were shot with a humble Fuji S100fs.
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Here's a set of some indoor action taken with the FZ200....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/5016762...th/8218667106/

Are they adequate...? Could another user do better...? Who knows...!
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Both are good but FZ200 better choice.While recent models have been relatively minor upgrades, the FZ200 returns to its roots by featuring a lens with an F2.8 maximum aperture across its entire zoom range.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 5:45 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone for your input. I'm going to buy the FZ200 looking at some pictures and the video this camera can take i think this will work just fine.

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