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    Default Samsung WB100? vs Canon SX220 + other options?

    Hi all,

    After spending the last week reading hundreds of reviews from varying websites, I am now even more confused than when I started in regards to purchasing a decent digital camera.

    I have read good reviews about the Canon SX220 but also like the look of the new Samsung WB100 although have been unable to find much about this in regards to reviews. Has anyone used the new Samsung?

    I have around 150 to spend and would consider other options. Was also considering a CSC but going out of my price range.

    The Samsung only has a CCD rather than CMOS sensor but still says it can cope with night shots well?

    Any further advice and other options would be much appreciated!


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    NW England


    what do you shoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by wave View Post
    what do you shoot
    Hi, looking to use it for wedding photos and scenery shots at the moment plus will be used for any days out and holidays etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by supraruss View Post
    Hi, looking to use it for wedding photos and scenery shots at the moment plus will be used for any days out and holidays etc.

    Wedding photos, especially in the church or indoors at reception, require some serious glass costing many hundreds of pounds. Plus you would need a large sensor camera to work in low light... think in terms of a minimum of 2000 before doing wedding photography.


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    Sorry,my reply was slightly misleading. Looking for a basic camera that has lots of features to introduce me to photography. Something that will produce good quality images in a variety of locations.

    The wedding photos are for a family event and not professional just need a camera that can produce a respectable photo indoors, outdoors and low light also would be nice.

    cameras similar to the Canon SX220 I think may cover these areas but looking for other recommendations please.

    Thanks very much

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    Okay, well, no digital camera in your price range will work well indoors. You would need something like this Olympus Pen E-PM1 which has a much larger sensor. Now under half price! Check out this video

    However, the Canon SX220 will be a tad better than others due to its cmos sensor. You will have to try some test shots at 400 and 800 ISO to see what shutter speeds and noise you will get on your images. Expect to use flash indoors for best results. You won't be able to use zoom indoors as this cuts down the light to the sensor, but you could crop the centre of the image for prints up to A4.

    If it's a church wedding, then it's best to go along and see if the vicar will allow flash during the ceremony. You also need to check out the ambient lighting in the church and in the signing room. Take a friend along and take some test pics, noting where the best places are to shoot without flash. Also test the light where the reception is being held. If it's a Registry office then check that out prior to the wedding.

    For outside shots you need to note where the sun is with regards shooting the bride and groom and family. You need to make sure you have a decent backdrop (like the church wall or hedge etc as everything you shoot will be in focus). So, go in advance and see where the sun is at the time of day you are shooting. Fill-in flash is OK to use outside as it fills in shadows on faces.

    Make sure you get the best man to help organise the various groups for shooting. Write down the order of shooting including the arrival by car etc.

    Read this cheat sheet
    Also read "Wedding Photography. Avoid the pitfalls"

    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 to get you started. The most useful is the and for even more adjustment. The 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


    Last edited by Chris Cool; 09-09-12 at 02:39 PM.

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    Thumbs up

    Chris, thanks very much this is extremely useful information and much appreciated. I was considering a CSC but thought the low price of the PEN EPM1 may have meant it was a bit basic. Thanks for your recommendation.

    I will sit down and read through all of the links you have kindly provided as this is also very helpful for me, being a complete beginner but also wanting to ensure I get some good quality pictures.

    Thanks again for your valued reply. Hopefully many others can benefit by reading this.


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    Okay, well, do let us know how you get on and I look forward to seeing some samples in the future

    If you'd like some basic help in picture form then why not have a look at this:
    Beginners DSLR, CSC or Compact tutorial to get you on the right track!
    Totally new to photography and just got a new DSLR, CSC or compact? Then take a look at Canons basic tutorials and learn how to use your camera. In Part 2, find out about ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture priority, Shutter priority etc in picture form this applies to all makes of camera.

    Good luck!


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    Thanks again, I need all the tutorials I can get! Will have to post some pictures once I make the purchase (after a bit of practice)!

    Have a good day!

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    Hi all,

    After a long day shopping, I ended up purchasing a Canon Ixus 125 HS. I tried loads of cameras out in varying shops and just felt I wasn't quite ready for anything much more complex than a point and shoot but was told this was a very good one and has loads of settings and features. The link below shows a couple I have taken already this afternoon. Hopefully once I get a little better I may go for a DSLR or CSC.
    Last edited by supraruss; 09-09-12 at 09:59 PM.


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