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    Question 24+ zoom, good in low light? Help!!!!

    At present I have a Fuji S5700 (10 optical zoom, 7 megapixels). But I want to get another camera with 24+ optical zoom and 14+ megapixels.

    I want to use it for all sorts!!!! Photos of wildlife (hence the large zoom), family pics ( with the possibility of doing extra large prints (hence the highish megapixels) - but also good in low light indoor conditions (kids plays at school).

    I like my existing Fuji - but it's not too good in low light conditions and isnt man enough when out bird watching and trying to get snaps of birds.

    Not too bothered whether it is a bridging camera or compact but prefer battery powered and do need a viewfinder (I do find it much easier to get a good photo by using a viewfinder).

    Problem is I've only got a max of 150. Did see the Fuji s4500 - but one of the reviews said that it wasnt good in low light.

    Could some kind soul point me in the right direction please?

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    Hi and welcome.

    The problem with compacts and most bridge cameras is that the sensor is about as big as your finger nail. To get light onto it means it needs plenty of light. So, you can't shoot at 24x in poor light anyway because the lens opening gets smaller as you zoom allowing even less light to reach the sensor!

    I don't know if you've seen a film being shot outdoors in good light. Well, they still have banks of lighting to light the scene. So, the answer is always light and plenty of it!

    A way round of shooting in low light is to up the sensor size of the camera (allowing more light to reach it), You should then be able to shoot a well lit stage. However, the camera I'm going to recommend, costs 229 and does not have a large zoom so book the front seats lol

    Beg, borrow, steal, and get this at half price http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...s_epm1_review/ for details - http://www.jessops.com/online.store/...2660/show.html for price.

    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 http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/ to get you started. The most useful is the http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/...06_Levels.html and for even more adjustment. The http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/...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

    Cheers!

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    Last edited by Chris Cool; 04-10-12 at 10:37 AM.

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    Thanks for the reply Chris - really cant afford it - 150 is the max.

    As long as I can get some half decent photos in low light, I dont mind - it's really when the kids are doing plays at school or taking pictures of them in the house - and I would like some 'snaps' that arent blurry. I have sat at their plays fiddling around with my fuji and it always seems hit and miss if I get a half decent photo. My main need is the zoom and high megapixels - I really dont take that many indoor pictures.

    Any other suggestions, pretty please

    PS thanks for the links to the tutorials - they look really handy.
    Last edited by mrspatch; 04-10-12 at 10:40 AM.

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    I cannot recommend anything that will better your Fuji S5700 as it will have the same sensor size, so needing good light to work properly. It's up to you to understand how to use a workaround in low light.

    For shooting children indoors, you need to Pre-Focus the camera.. That means pressing the shutter half way in the area the children are, then following them and pressing the shutter all the way when you have the shot you want. Anticipation is the Key. It's the same on stage. Use as little zoom as possible. Press the shutter halfway. Follow the action on stage and press all the way when you have the shot.

    However, if you want a nice new camera (again at half price) with more zoom etc for outdoors, then I can highly recommend the http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...c_tz20_review/ at 159 http://www.buyacamera.co.uk/search.asp?RecId=PANCA5001

    I shoot with the previous models Panasonic TZ7 & 10 See some zoom samples http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk...ht=zoom+images

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Chris Cool; 04-10-12 at 11:11 AM.

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    Oh dear - I always pre focus anyway But thanks for the tip abt not zooming as much.

    Ideally, I am looking for a larger zoom than 16x - for taking snaps of birds from either from a long distance or trying to get a good close up of a small bird.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    The Fuji S4500 will be great for bird snapping in daylight. Get one refurbished by Fuji themselves for 119.99 here http://shop.fujifilm.co.uk/finepix-s...furbished.html

    When my daughter was young, I went to B&Q and got some cheap 500 watt lamps and lit the room up that way lol

    Sorry I can't be of more help

    Cheers!

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