IS vs AF-assist?
Hi, everyone. I'm a bit of a newbie to advanced photography, and I'm looking to buy my first advanced camera. My price range is on the low side, and it looks like I'll only be able to afford a camera that has either AF-assist or IS - not both. My question is, which is most useful? My current camera has neither, so I'm not very familiar with the features. I understand them, and what they're used for and how, but I've never actually experimented with them.
Any help would be appreciated, since that's one of my main factors in narrowing my choices down. Thanks.
I don't know how "advanced" you meant. If you meant dSLR then I have no idea. dSLR is kinda too "financially advanced" for me. But if you need something as advanced as I think, such as an automatic and also fully manual digicam which equipped with both AF-assist and IS (which is supposed to be "Image Stabilization"), then I think the Canon S2 IS (or S3 IS) can fit the bill. I think the S2 is not too expensive now, roughly $350+ some $200 accessories.
DSLR can cost double for the entry kit.
PS: btw, it seems there is no IS in the dSLR class.
You can have both, but...
AF Assist amounts to a little light beam that comes on when you're trying to shoot images in low light. It helps to illuminate the subject, so that your camera will have an easier time trying to focus on the subject with its AF mechanism.
Originally Posted by 1000silentwords
IS, on the other hand, helps to steady your camera so that you can shoot shots without having them being affected so much by the shaking of your hand. Many cameras have both of these features, I think the Canon S series does, and the Panasonic FZ cameras, as well as the new TZ1, have both AF assist and IS.
Speaking of the Panasonic TZ1, it's a pretty nice little instrument, has both AF Assist and IS, and sells for ~$300. It's small enough to fit in a pocket or purse, and has a 10X 35-350mm stabilized zoom lens. I love mine, so maybe I'm biased?
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Just a heads up, Konica Minolta 5D and 7D are two DSLR's that have built in IS.
Originally Posted by ironbadge
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With dSLR you can also buy Image Stabilization lens for a few different brands. Canon has it IS line, Nikon is VR, and for the 4/3 systems Lieca is coming out with O.I.S. The K-M dSLR bodies have IS built in so it works with every lens.
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There are plenty 'advanced' models with AF-assist and IS:
IS can be replaced by using a tripod and helps at any shutter speed, but isn't as handy as IS wich only cover a smaller shutter speed range (tough night fotography always requires a tripod).
For an ultra-zoom (+10x zoom) IS is a must, even when it's rather bright you still get blurry pictures at full tele.
AF-assist can be replaced by using a small led light (strong models can cover a longer range that the built-in light), but that isn't as convenient as having it built in.
Hi everyone, thanks for your replies.
I've decide to go with a Canon S2. It has all the features I want, plus most people around here seem to be very happy with theirs. I read that it's a good camera for everyone, from beginners to experts. Since I'm a beginner wanting to someday be an expert, that seems perfect.
So I guess chosing either IS over AF-assist isn't really an issue now. Thanks for your help, though!
If your in the point and shoot market then this is a nice rig with both I.S. and a Focus assist lamp. Lens is 35-420mm or 12X zoom, 6 mp, with a large 2.5 LCD.
If you want to talk to some of the users of this rig you can look here. Under KODAK
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/ or here under KODAK.
http://www.dpreview.com/ or you could talk to users here.
or you can listen to people that have never had one in thier hands.