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05/16/2006 09:10:21 AM · #1
Hi guys, just ondering if someone can help me out here.

I go to a lot of concerts and rarely bother taking photos anymore because it just aint worth the trouble with my A70. In fact I made a quick entrance and exit regarding photography and want to get back in after a 2 year stop.

As a result I need a camera that has a good low light performance and probably good zoom aswell.

The low light issue makes me wanna get a dSLR and the zoom issue makes me want to get a super-zoom type camera such as an Canon S3IS.

Id love a dSLR but probably cant justify the cost of a good long range lens etc and they are nowhere near as portable.

I already have some 52mm filters from A70 days if this comes into it.

Maybe I need 2 cameras. Easily argue that point.

Cheers for any help.

05/16/2006 09:23:34 AM · #2
Check out DPCer elmakias. He's shot tons of concerts with a Canon Powershot S2 IS with great results (see his Smugmug galleries also). He's now shooting with a 350XT but most of the shots in his galleries and portfolio are from his Powershot days.
05/16/2006 09:27:55 AM · #3
the S2IS will work in low lit areas only if you have the flash on. It doesnt do to well indoors unless you use the flash, its quite annoying!
05/16/2006 09:28:54 AM · #4
The Fuji F-10 is very good in low light.
05/16/2006 09:40:20 AM · #5
Wow thanks for the quick replies.

Unfortunately flash will be out of the question.
05/16/2006 09:47:11 AM · #6
I recommended this guy a Panasonic FZ5:
I think all his 2005 photos were taken with it.
It helps that he's a good photographer... he really gets the best out of it, but if I had to chose a cheap p&s to take to gigs, that's the one I'd get.
05/16/2006 09:50:45 AM · #7
I second the Fuji recommendation, although now it's up to a Fuji Finepix F30, which has full manual controls and ISO3200. The resolution is very good at 6.3mp, but it only has a 3X zoom.

The new crop of high-zoom EVF cameras handles noise better at high-ISO settings (most go to ISO800 or higher now). This includes the Canon S3 IS, Sony H5, Panasonic FZ7 and a Kodak model (I forget which). They are all reviewed briefly in the current issue of Popular Photography.
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