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  1. #1
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    Nov 2005
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    Camera for action shots?

    Thanks so much for your suggestions! I was so happy to find this board.

    Budget

    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. Of course as inexpensive as possible <g>. I've been tempted to get in on the Black Friday sales but have held back because I don't really know which camera would work for me.

    Size

    * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you?
    Doesn't matter.

    Features

    How many megapixels will suffice for you?Occasional 8x10's, definitely lots of 5x7's. Not sure how many MP's I need.

    * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x, Other - Specify) Again, not sure what I need. I have an Olympus D-380 now and it doesn't cut the mustard. My daughter rides her horse in eventing. I take lots of outside distant shots, and they look beautiful on my camera, then when I try to enlarge them at all they become terribly blurry.

    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
    Very 9.5

    Do you care for manual controls?Maybe, I don't know anything about them.

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?Family get-togethers, both inside and out. ACTION shots of daughter and horse jumping. Another thing I'd love to be able to do is take indoor shots in the riding arena. With my camera now, all that shows up is the dust in the arena.

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?Some 8x10's. May even pay for larger shots if I could get them to come out without the blur.

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?See above, would love to be able to take indoor arena shots.

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?Yes

    Miscellaneous

    Are there particular brands you like or hate?No

    Are there particular models you already have in mind?Not really.

    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)I have wide angle now, so perhaps I would miss it? Don't know what image stabilization is, from reading the posts here I am thinking I need it? Don't know what hotshoe or rotating LCD is <g>.

  2. #2
    Join Date
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    You really need to be a bit more precise with the budget for us to be able to suggest the best thing to go for .. for some people, Ferraris are "inexpensive" .. *sigh* ..
    Pentax *ist DS
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  3. #3
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    >>You really need to be a bit more precise with the budget for us to be able to suggest the best thing to go for <<

    I guess what brought me out of the woodwork were the sales this weekend. Most sale cameras seemed to be between $150 and $300. There was one with 6 MP's but only 3 optical zoom (maybe a Panasonic) that I was really looking at. I ended up suspecting that I needed a higher zoom for my action shots. Thanks for your help.

  4. #4
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    Mar 2005
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    As general recommendations, you could check out the Canon A610 / A620, or the Fuji F10 .. the Canons have full manual controls, AA batteries, and a nice flip-out LCD; the Fuji is the best low-light performer around. They're all snappy performers, and should easily get you nice-looking 8x10s .
    Pentax *ist DS
    smc-P DA 18-55 f/3.5-5.6
    My flickr gallery

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