New camera help please
Hi, I need a camera that i can take to concerts/ events , needs a great zoom so I can get good pics of what's on stage and also a camera that's good for dark events with flashing lights. Cheers
Hi and welcome.
Read this first then let us know your budget. The more you spend the better the images
Thanks for the link, Some interesting info in there ESP about turning flash of. I don't really want to spend more than £200 on a 2nd camera,mi have a Panasonic Lumix dmc fx33 which is ok for everyday photos. Looked a a bridge camera Nikon l810 as it is on offer. Any help would be appreciated thank you
Hi, well, if you read all that was in that link, then you should realise that getting good images with a small sensor camera (which most compacts and bridge cameras have. Including the Nikon Coolpix L810), means that your pics will be poor unless you're right at the front of the stage. They forgot to mention that zooming causes even less light to reach the sensor, thereby causing noisy/grainy images...
If you're really serious about your gig photography then you need a camera with a much larger sensor to capture low light images. I'm going to recommend the Olympus E-PM1 http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...s_epm1_review/ and it's reduced to half price at £229 http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/olympus...FXHLtAodv1MALA.
The lens that comes with it has a Focal Length factor of 2x http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/tec...uivalents.htmlwhich means the standard lens that come with it the 14-42mm Zoom is an 28-84 zoom.
With this lens you will be able to have some usable zoom and be able to crop the centre of the image to blow up the subject matter on your computer.
You need to learn about some basics about photography as well http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/part2/2A.html
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
Bet you thought this was gonna be easy lol - not to worry! The more effort you put in. The more you will get out - trust me. I'm a photographer
Thanks again, it's very complicated all this!! I've had a look at this camera and I still have no idea. I'm just wanting decent photos def not a prof photographer at all! I did seek advice in a camera store today, they advised Canon sx240, when I read reviews several say that it's not good in poor light which is exactly where I want to be able to take photos. The Olympus reads well for this .
I'm still undecided but will pursue your recommendation and appreciate this.
The problem lies in the very tiny sensors used in digital cameras. In film days the area of the film was 35mm x 24mm. The sensor in the Canon is only approx. 6mm x 5mm. About the size of you're fingernail. No wonder it's no good in low light.
The Olympus sensor is 17.2mm x 13mm so is able to collect more light.
If you can get near the stage then any camera will do!
Sorry I could not give you an easy answer