Good P+S for indoor use

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Bigguy, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. Bigguy

    Bigguy Guest

    I'm looking for a good P+S camera for indoor stuff mostly...

    Good w/a view
    Good AF in low light (AF assist lamp?)
    Good flash (?)
    Accurate WB

    A decorator friend of mine wants to take pictures of rooms in houses
    before/during/after restoration.
    Unfortunately this appears to be where most P+S cams are at their worst -
    low light.

    Anything around 4 or 5Mp around the GB£220 mark jump out as a good choice?

    Best solution would be to get a good tripod but it's not too practical on a
    building site... ;-)

    Any suggestions?

    Bigguy, Apr 24, 2005
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  2. Bigguy

    BucketButt Guest

    Interior details under available light, eh? That's a tall order for
    most point-and-shoot cameras.

    I have no idea of camera prices in the UK, but I suspect you'll have a
    hard time finding a good low-light digital camera in that price range.
    Two important determinants of low-light capability are lens aperture and
    digital sensor size. Generaly, point-and-shoot cameras in all price
    ranges use small image sensors that result in greater digital-image
    noise at high ISO settings. Finding a P&S with a reasonably large
    aperture may be easier, but bear in mind that many zoom lenses stop down
    as they go toward the telephoto end of their range -- this isn't a big
    problem at the wide-angle end of things, but keep it in mind for getting
    "detail" shots.

    Ordinarily I'd suggest additional lighting, but I can't think of any P&S
    cameras with either powerful-enough flashes or a provision for accessory
    flash units that might fall into your price range. Besides, I doubt you
    want to bother with one or more accessory flashes.

    One way to get the pictures you need using a P&S is to mount it on some
    sort of steady support and use a longer exposrue time. A tripod is the
    obvious first choice, but you might also consider a monopod ... or even
    a beanbag. The key is to reduce shake as much as possible, so that the
    image doesn't blur at longer exposrues.

    If price were not a consideration, I'd recommend a DSLR using a large
    (APS-C or 35mm) image sensor and a large-aperture wide angle lens. Even
    then I think I'd prefer to use a tripod, but that's just me.
    BucketButt, Apr 24, 2005
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    mort Guest


    Metz makes a small slave flash unit for digital cameras, that has a computer
    chip built in. It automatically synchronizes with the light output from your
    built-in flash, while it ignores the pre-flash. It really extends the flash
    range a lot, and works nicely. It is called "Metz Mecablitz 28 CS-2 digital" in
    the USA, but might have another name in other countries. The unit has a
    built-in bracket that screws into your camera's tripod socket. It is also small
    and attractive. This is one way to expand your indoor photo capabilities.

    Good luck.

    mort, Apr 25, 2005
  4. The Nikon 8400 has 24mm wide-angle and good flash coverage (for a built-in
    flash), but fails to meet your cost criteria.

    To cover the low light situation, which implies low shutter speeds, you
    could look for an image stabilised camera such as the Canon S1/S2,
    Panasonic FZ20, Nikon Coolpix 8800, but you would need to get a wide-angle
    adapter to improve the wide-angle coverage. The Canon S1 is about £250,
    but only 3MP.

    David J Taylor, Apr 25, 2005
  5. The 6.3Mp fujifilm finepix f10 has 1600 iso, so takes pretty good low light
    pics without flash and costs about £230 online.
    Adrian Boliston, May 2, 2005
  6. Bigguy

    Bigguy Guest

    Bigguy, May 2, 2005
  7. Adrian Boliston wrote:
    What qualty are the ISO 1600 images from this camera?

    David J Taylor, May 2, 2005
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    Larry Guest

    Though Sony no longer makes it the V-1 was a GREAT indoor point and shoot.
    It has the "lazer" focus assist which will allow the camera to focus in full
    darkness if the target is within range (about 20 feet in real world use).

    The camera is still being sold by a few vendors.

    Picture quality is GREAT for a 5mp P&S.
    Larry, Jul 14, 2005
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