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    digital camera to recommend?

    i would like to get a digital camera. my budget is around rm400 - rm600. any good ones to recommend?

    my current one is a nikon coolpix. it takes GREAT outdoor pictures. but when it comes to indoor or night shots, it's TERRIBLE.

    thus, i would like to get one that captures great outdoor and indoor pictures.

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    For that price range, you can't really expect much.

    You can do some research at these 2 sites:
    www.dpreview.com
    www.steves-digicams.com

    Their reviews are very comprehensive.

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    The main problem with these cheaper cameras is that the flash is not powerful enough to take good pictures in poor light. Even the build-in flash in SLR cameras are not that good. For really good indoor/night pictures, you need a separate flash.

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    Look for a camera that can have the ISO adjusted to 400 or 800. I think Fuji cameras have a very good CCD that captures images under low light.

    Even with my old Lumix LC20, I could manage to take indoor pics without flash but need to have a tripod to avoid hand-shake.

    Do not attempt to photograph moving people like dancers on stage because the slow shutter speeds mean blurred images - even with expensive SLRs

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    I bought a BenQ at 499 a few months back. I think its down to 399 now. Its OK, got all the features and quite solid too

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbearer
    .... but when it comes to indoor or night shots, it's TERRIBLE. Thus, i would like to get one that captures great outdoor and indoor pictures.
    indoor or nightshot require a higher ISO to capture low lighting conditions.
    P n S (Point and Shoot) cameras... not easy to capture great shots esp. when it is in [auto] mode.

    Best shots taken under low-light conditions are with high ISO settings (camera) and bigger apertures (lens). A decent flash SB600 AND a Tripod helps, too !!!

    Dun believe??? Ask Frankly....

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    I have an Olympus . Waterproof and shockproof. It's great when I go trekking and waterfalls. But it's lousy when it's for potrait or indoors. You can't have everything.

    On the other hand, the Panasonic Lumix T5 is a killer. Everybody swears by it. My gf has one and the zoom factor is incredible. Check out my blog for the sample pictures of Perhentian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbearer
    i would like to get a digital camera. my budget is around rm400 - rm600. any good ones to recommend?.
    Budget 400-600 can get you a Kodak digital camera [above 5 megapixels]...

    just bump up the [ISO] when you shoot in low light [ISO 400 up]... And also the [EV] exposure level.. +0.7 to +1.5 depending on light levels. ALWAYS test a few shots first... then fire away.
    Hey... its digital - so no more worries about screwed up pics AFTER it comes back from the photoshop!

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    if u can still find the older Fuji F31fd http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/FujifilmF31fd/

    or the newer Fuji F50fd http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilmf50fd/

    they fit nicely in your budget and produces good indoor pictures

    u can see what other people say about the F50fd here http://www.dphotojournal.com/fujifil...sample-photos/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbearer

    thus, i would like to get one that captures great outdoor and indoor pictures.
    for your budget, there's none that take decent low light indoor pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabe18
    for your budget, there's none that take decent low light indoor pictures.
    Ouch! dun-la like that... surely got one that can take decent pics... he din mention GREAT pics...



    [Moonstruck! no flash/handheld Nikon D60 with AF-S DX 70-300mm VR]

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    Quote Originally Posted by USJ27Resident
    Ouch! dun-la like that... surely got one that can take decent pics... he din mention GREAT pics...



    [Moonstruck! no flash/handheld Nikon D60 with AF-S DX 70-300mm VR]

    Actually it depends what he defines as horrible in his first post.. Maybe tbearer should post a pic he took in low light indoor condition..

    As we all know, photography is all about light. no light = no photo. so low light photography is always a challenge. there are 3 main things you can alter: Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO.
    - the bigger the lense aperture(the smaller the 'f' number) the more light can enter. However, most point and shoot has f value of 2.8 and above.. FYI, the recently launched Panasonic Lumix LX3 has a f value of 2.0, making it a good low light point and shoot digicam (about RM1500)
    - the longer the shutter remains open, the more light entering (provided your hand is steady and the subject remain still for as long as the shutter is open)
    - the higher the ISO, the sensor becomes more sensitive to light but also there will be more noise grains.

    Of cos you can have flash but most pop up flash won't give you what you would like. So even pro photographer would have add on accessories for their expensive flashes to diffuse the light more evenly.

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    For indoor and night shots nothing beats a Fujifilm, especially those that uses the SuperCCD sensor.

    Quote from dpreview on the Fujifilm f31d: There simply isn't another compact camera on the market that can get close to results like these - if you want better ISO 1600 you need to buy a digital SLR.

    Fujufilm f31d review

    There are newer Fuji models around, but an older model might suit your budget more.

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    Here's one ISO1600 picture taken with my old Fujifilm F10



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    Another vote for the Fuji. Check out the Fuji F47 which is ~ Rm100 more than ur budget. I used to own the Fuji F30 which can be considered the "King" of low light photography for a compact camera.
    The F47 should be able to give good/better results in low light since it uses a newer generation of Super CCD.

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