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    Default Advice on buying for an absolute beginner


    I run a youth theatre and I am looking for a good digital camera. It will mostly be used to take pictures of the kids performing and the costumes and sets that they build, and will be going up on our website and occasionally included in programmes and brochures.

    I'm a bit clueless when it comes to cameras because I've only ever had your basic family holiday type cheap digital before.

    My budget is two hundred pounds (from a grant we've been given, so we really can't go much over this). Our computers run XP and Windows 7.

    I'm looking for something:

    -Relatively easy to use. I am willing to take the time to learn all the features, but it would be nice if the kids could sometimes take pictures without too much fuss.
    -Without too much delay between pressing the button and taking the picture. Most of our pictures will probably be as the kids are working rather than posed, so I want to be able to snap quickly if I see something that looks good.
    -Ideally with a continuous shot mode
    -Good for portraits and for indoor use. It will almost exclusively be used indoors and to photograph people

    Does anyone have any suggestions about where I should start? I'd really appreciate any advice or tips on what features or specs I should be looking for. I've been looking at the Fuji FinePix s1600, which comes in around 160. Any thoughts?

    Thank you!

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    Hi! I am not a professional photographer but I took a lot of pictures with my Panasonic TZ-6 - both in- and outdoor - and I was always more than satisfied with the result. Regarding your concerns, I can tell you this:
    - it's very easy to use, you can select the EASY mode on the selector and the camera will decide which is the best settings to use. All you need to do is to press the button
    - in my experience it's quick enough to catch real life scenes
    - it probably has got a continuous shot function, though I am not sure as I haven't used this function at all in the past. You can check up a review on the web about that
    -I used mine to take a lot of shots indoor during parties and evening with friends, the result is really good with or without the use of the flash

    In terms of price you can easily find one online betweek 160 and 170 pounds, then you can use the rest for a good case and the memory and you are still in the budget. Have a look at this comparison website to check up a couple of prices:
    Ah! I nearly forgot! The zoom is a good 10X optical, this helps a lot if you want to take pictures of children and catch some particulars, like their face expression for example.

    I hope it helps,


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