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Old Feb 10, 2006, 10:28 PM   #1
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Hi, I know very little about digital cameras. Right now I have a Nikon CoolPix 5900 but I'm looking to upgrade. I'mthinking in the$500 range. I go to a lot of concerts in all different types of venues and lighting. I'd like a camera with a high zoom, good focus, all around good for concert shooting. I'd also like to eventually learn Photoshop and edit concert pictures. I don't want a huge camera because I'd also like to just be able to use the camera for everyday candids w/ friends. I've researched a bit about the Canon PowerShot 5.0MP Digital Camera - S2 IS and seen concert pictures taken with that and they look good. Does anyone have any opinions on that camera or suggest a different one? Thanks so much.
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Old Feb 11, 2006, 2:09 AM   #2
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Hi there, if you are satisfied with S2 is, have a look at sony DSC-H1 also. High ISO performance is better in H1. You need a fast lens too. Why can't you consider an entry D-SLR along with a fast lens? If you are o.k. with the size of S2 is, entry D-SLR must be o.k. for you too.
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Old Feb 11, 2006, 7:21 AM   #3
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The maximum ISO of both the S2 IS and the H1 is 400, which isn't very high, but if performance at ISO 400 is what was meant, I would have to agree with the H1. However, concert lighting is notoriously poor for digital photography, so the OP may want to consider a camera with higher ISO capability. I would also agree that a DSLR with a fast lens is the best way to go, but that may be considered a huge camera, and would easily propel the OP well beyond the stated $500 price range.

You may want to consider the Fuji S5200. It is a little larger than the S2 IS, but is a little lighter. It also has 5 MP resolution, but has ISO 1600 capabilities, which could be helpful in available light settings.

Good luck with your search.

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Old Feb 11, 2006, 2:35 PM   #4
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Two other factors I did not mention above are that I'd like the camera to have good video capabilities and to be relatively easy to use.

Thanks for the replies Yeah, the Canon is a little big for my liking but not horrible. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into that.


What is DSLR? Sorry, I really don't know anything haha
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Old Feb 11, 2006, 3:01 PM   #5
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DSLR = Digital Single Lens Reflex = large footprint, expensive, more difficult to use, and no video capability. Not for you? OK, check out the S5200.

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Old Feb 11, 2006, 3:30 PM   #6
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ooo ok. thanks!
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