Cheap low-light cameras available?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Nosey Nanci, Sep 30, 2006.

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    Nosey Nanci Guest

    I would like to get a digital camera that would work well in low-light
    without flash if possible. Anything like that exist? I can probably
    only afford around $300.

    Thanks for your help,
    Nosey Nancy
    Nosey Nanci, Sep 30, 2006
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    stevenp Guest

    I have found that most digital cams. have to be tripod mounted for
    longer exposures. My dinky casio takes excellent pix if the lighting is
    right. (it's also the tiny'ist can around)
    stevenp, Oct 3, 2006
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    There are some Fujis claiming low light capability but I'm not sure
    what their prices are in dollars, or how good the cams actually are.

    the F30 claims ISO sensitivity
    • ISO 100
    • ISO 200
    • ISO 400
    • ISO 800
    • ISO 1600
    • ISO 3200

    E900 claims
    ISO rating Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800

    S5600 claims
    ISO 64 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600

    Z3 claims
    ISO 64/100/200/400/800/1600

    V10 claims
    ISO 64 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600

    The lower end cams seem to just do upto 400 and it qualifies this with
    a 'depending on conditions' warning.
    Paul Heslop, Oct 3, 2006
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    Bart Byers Guest

    I bought a refurbished HP R607 the other day. With a tripod it will see
    better in the dark than my eyes. It made a nice picture of a bedroom
    when the only light in the house was in the room across the hall. It
    also made a nice picture in a room lit by just two candles.
    Bart Byers, Oct 9, 2006
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    AAvK Guest

    One of the old "C" series Olympus cams that has a fast 1.7 zoom lens, should do it.
    AAvK, Oct 23, 2006
  6. One of the old "C" series Olympus cams that has a fast 1.7 zoom lens,
    Or not. The 5050 (and its later brethren) had great lenses, as you note. But
    above the default ISO, things got pretty noisy. ISO 200 was barely usable,
    in my experience. The newer cameras like the F30, on the other hand, take
    darned good photos at ISO 400, so the benefits of the nicer lens in the 5050
    are eaten up, and then some, by the newer imaging sensors in cameras like
    the F30. And yes, I have personal experience from taking many thousands of
    photos with each.

    Having said all that, I do miss my 5050. Really nice, sharp lens on that
    camera. Unfortunately, I let my daughter take it on a trip, and it got left
    behind somewhere. But overall there's a lot to be said for the F30.

    --Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles
    Mike Jacoubowsky, Oct 25, 2006
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    pegleg Guest

    The Fuji S5200 (aka S5600), (5 Megapixels, 10x zoom) has been
    superceded by the new S6000, so that the price, today, on Amazon, is
    around $229. That would give you enough left over for incidentals: 1 GB
    card, camera case, maybe UV lens (to protect the camera's lens).
    pegleg, Oct 26, 2006
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