View Full Version : Advice for newbie please

11-07-12, 06:42 AM
I want to buy a super zoom camera for general use and before I go to the Olympics next month.
I have only had point and shoot compacts before, most recently Fuji 10mp, but my daughter has a Nikon 14mp compact and the images seem so much better than the Fuji.
I can't spend more than 200 so what would people recommend? The Fuji S4400 at Currys looks good (14mp, 28x zoom, 720p video) or a used Nikon P90 / P100 / P500?
Thanks for your help.

Sorry should have specified that I really want a viewfinder so that I can steady the camera better for longer zoom shots.

11-07-12, 07:01 AM
if you can up your budget i would look at the canon sx40hs.

11-07-12, 07:19 AM
Sadly the budget is pretty fixed. I am pushing it with 200!
You know how it is, particularly in light of how much I had to pay to get the Olympics athletics tickets! If I spent any more, my wife really would expect me to start selling some organs!

Chris Cool
11-07-12, 01:16 PM
Hi, the Fujifilm FinePix S4400 uses a small sensor about the size of your fingernail. So do the Nikons you mention. And so do hundreds of other compacts (I have one).

The problem is LIGHT! Not very good light means images will be dark and grainy if using full zoom. You can use less zoom and crop the centre of the image if only printing say 6"x4" or for the net.

So, the Fujifilm FinePix S4400 is as good as any. You will have to adjust your ISO Clicky (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/techniques/camera-skills/mastering-your-camera/492018/iso-settings.html) and zoom according to the lighting in the stadium.

Take a few shots and zoom in on the screen and see how they look at different zoom and ISO settings.

Also, do turn the flash off in the stadium. It won't reach the arena and will save you joining the many thousands that don't and spoil it for other viewers...

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/) to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool: