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I have an older POS digi camera and it's time to upgrade. So I'm looking for some advice on what to get. I'm looking to spend around $600. I've seen a few on Overstock.com like the Nikon Coolpix 8700 (8megs) for around that price. One of the main issues w/ my current POS is that its so damn slow and is impossible to take action shots w/ it. One of the cool features on that Nikon is that you can switch from fully auto to fully manual, which I like. Are there others out there that have that same feature? Any advice would be great. Thanks..........
 

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Just about any P&S is going to be a PITA when it comes to actions shots. Yes some are better than others and they have sports modes and all, but it isn't the same. I would look at the entry level digital slrs. Nikon D50 and Canon Digital Rebel. A little out of your price range but well worth it.
 

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there is a new camera forum for just the question you ask....ask photo-john
 

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While I think that DLR camera's are a lot better quality and featurse than a P&S, it depends what you want to use it for. If you're riding with it, then it may be a hassle because of the size. I use a small P&S camera because I do long rides and a DLR would be a hassle to carry it. But if you're more into gettiing to a site and jumping and stuff and having somewhere to place the camera (preferably a friend ;) ) and take pics of you while on the site, a DLR would be a good option.
 

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While I think that DLR camera's are a lot better quality and featurse than a P&S, it depends what you want to use it for. If you're riding with it, then it may be a hassle because of the size. I use a small P&S camera because I do long rides and a DLR would be a hassle to carry it. But if you're more into gettiing to a site and jumping and stuff and having somewhere to place the camera (preferably a friend ;) ) and take pics of you while on the site, a DLR would be a good option.
While they are called DSLRs(Digital Single Lense Reflex) They do out perform most P&S cameras.
As for sports photography i would perfer a DSLR such as a Nikon or Canon because of there FPS (Frames Per Second) and vast amounts of adjustability also unlike most P&S cameras you can always upgrade a DSLR such as Flashes,lenses,Ect.

Also if a DSLR is not what you want i would definantly get the Nikon 8700 its a great camera.

Also i would try checking out sony there new camera is amazing!
http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INT...c_DIDigitalCameras_CybershotProDigitalCameras

www.bhphoto.com has them for cheapest!
 

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One of the main issues w/ my current POS is that its so damn slow and is impossible to take action shots w/ it..........
i use a p&s canon and have the same issues, eventually you get used to the shutter lag and adjust accordingly. canon p&s' take nice looking pics, but they have noticable shutter lag. the canon S80 is supposed to be quick, however.

for point and shoot, check out the panasonic dmc-lx1, it's 8.4 megapix and is supposedly rather quick, with regards to shutter lag. it also has a 28-112 lense, 28 is wide-ish. the big issue with this camera is noise, but for mtbr, you would never notice it.

another p&s to check would be the casio exilim 750, this is photojohn's favorite pocket cam, but it's widest is 35, not as wide as the lx1. it's really fast.

if you're considering a dslr, check out the new olympus e-500. you can get it with a daul lense kit for $899 (expect prices to drop after xmas).
or look into a canon digital rebel.
 

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While they are called DSLRs(Digital Single Lense Reflex) They do out perform most P&S cameras.
As for sports photography i would perfer a DSLR such as a Nikon or Canon because of there FPS (Frames Per Second) and vast amounts of adjustability also unlike most P&S cameras you can always upgrade a DSLR such as Flashes,lenses,Ect.

Also if a DSLR is not what you want i would definantly get the Nikon 8700 its a great camera.

Also i would try checking out sony there new camera is amazing!
http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INT...c_DIDigitalCameras_CybershotProDigitalCameras

www.bhphoto.com has them for cheapest!
Thanks for the link on that Sony. Deffinately worth checking into. I think what I really need to do is go into a shop and check these things out side by side. I'll probably wait till after the holidaze to purchase one though as priceses usually decrease. That and maybe pic up a new dictionary for photographical accronyms... :D
 

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free-rider_down-hiller said:
While they are called DSLRs(Digital Single Lense Reflex) They do out perform most P&S cameras.
As for sports photography i would perfer a DSLR such as a Nikon or Canon because of there FPS (Frames Per Second) and vast amounts of adjustability also unlike most P&S cameras you can always upgrade a DSLR such as Flashes,lenses,Ect.

Also if a DSLR is not what you want i would definantly get the Nikon 8700 its a great camera.

Also i would try checking out sony there new camera is amazing!
http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INT...c_DIDigitalCameras_CybershotProDigitalCameras

www.bhphoto.com has them for cheapest!
Thanks for the info on DLR... oops DSLR. I really didn't know, and it's nice to. I agree that a DSLR is a better camera than a P&S. But it's just that for riding I'm not sure it's the best option. If he needs to carry the camera on a ride, a DSLR I think would be too big, and risky in case of a fall.

I went with a Cannon (I don't remember the model), which is a nice, small 4.0Mp P&S wich I think it's pretty nice. I know I'm sacrificing quality and features from a DSLR, but it's size makes it more feasible for me. But that's just my preferences and use.

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Compact vs SLR

Current compact cameras are much faster than older ones. About two years ago the camera companies started realize that shutter response was the weak link in compact digital cameras. Most are a lot better now. Digital SLRs are still much, much better. However, not very many people want to ride with a digital SLR. It sucks. They're heavy, bulky, and you definitely don't want to crash and destroy $1000+ of camera. On the other hand, if you want the absolute best quality, and you're willing to carry the camera, a digital SLR will deliver the best results.

That's my little primer for you. For more info, please post a question on the sports or digital cameras forums on my site, PhotographyREVIEW.com. Here are links to those two forums:

Sports photography: http://forums.photographyreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=13

Digital cameras: http://forums.photographyreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=27

And here's a link to the 2005 PhotographyREVIEW.com Choice Award winners: http://www.photographyreview.com/choiceawardscrx.aspx

Last but not least, pro reviews: http://www.photographyreview.com/proreviewscrx.aspx

Hope that helps. Always glad to encourage someone to get more serious about photography. And always glad to welcome a new person to PhotographyREVIEW.com. It's all in the family, brother!
 

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Photo-John said:
Current compact cameras are much faster than older ones. About two years ago the camera companies started realize that shutter response was the weak link in compact digital cameras. Most are a lot better now. Digital SLRs are still much, much better. However, not very many people want to ride with a digital SLR. It sucks. They're heavy, bulky, and you definitely don't want to crash and destroy $1000+ of camera. On the other hand, if you want the absolute best quality, and you're willing to carry the camera, a digital SLR will deliver the best results.

That's my little primer for you. For more info, please post a question on the sports or digital cameras forums on my site, PhotographyREVIEW.com. Here are links to those two forums:

Sports photography: http://forums.photographyreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=13

Digital cameras: http://forums.photographyreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=27

And here's a link to the 2005 PhotographyREVIEW.com Choice Award winners: http://www.photographyreview.com/choiceawardscrx.aspx

Last but not least, pro reviews: http://www.photographyreview.com/proreviewscrx.aspx

Hope that helps. Always glad to encourage someone to get more serious about photography. And always glad to welcome a new person to PhotographyREVIEW.com. It's all in the family, brother!
Awesome, thanks John! I actually met you briefly the other weekend on that RideSFO ride in Pacifica. You were riding w/ Joh Heim and a few other cats. I was the guy on the Burgandy Chaparral.. Anyway, thanks for the links to your page. I'm sure I'll be spending a few hours over there to soak up some knowledge.
 

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Awesome, thanks John! I actually met you briefly the other weekend on that RideSFO ride in Pacifica. You were riding w/ Joh Heim and a few other cats.
I remember! Jon and I were actually talking about you yesterday. He's trying to talk my into going to SLO and SB with you guys, weekend after next.

Happy to help!
 

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I remember! Jon and I were actually talking about you yesterday. He's trying to talk my into going to SLO and SB with you guys, weekend after next.

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Dude, you should totally come. It's gunna be great riding! (as long as the weather holds up)
 

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Dude, you should totally come. It's gunna be great riding! (as long as the weather holds up)
it was 48 degrees when i went to school today, and in the thirties last night!!!

that's only like 4 miles from the ocean too!
 

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JBsoxB said:
it was 48 degrees when i went to school today, and in the thirties last night!!!
it was a lot warmer at the top of the mountain for the sunrise ride this morning.
temperature inversion!
 

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Fuji S5200
Good shutter speed. 2 pics per sec for action shots
Great for low light. I dont have to use the flash as often.
heres the link for it S5200

Here are the pics i took with it.

 

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Fuji S5200 [/img]
those guys are wipers... :D
j/k nice pics man...
just get a camera cameron, the first one you see, then you won't have any more excuses as to why you aren't posting pics. ;)
 

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I have the Canon Rebel 6 mega pix and it shoots 2.5 frames per second for upto 4 frames. If you want any worth while shoots you really need a SLR either digital or film. BTY almost all 35mm cameras shoot really fast canon's fastest one is 9 frames/second. You could go through a whole role of film in about 4 seconds.
 
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