Image Quality Indoors

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Alan Stein, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Alan Stein

    Alan Stein Guest

    After years using a 1 megapixel digital (Olympus D400), I decided it
    was time for a newer camera. I was generally pleased with the quality
    of the Olympus except for indoor photos with flash, which had poor
    quality if I was more than about 10 feet away.

    I picked a Canon SD400, mostly because of its convenient size, knowing
    I couldn't be sure of the quality until I started using it. I was
    expecting some improvement over the old Olympus, but I'm finding
    indoor photos are still extremely disappointing, particularly with
    flash. When I have a tripod or something to lean on to use available
    light without camera shake, the quality is much better. But that's not
    always feasible.

    I've tried different settings, including different ISO's and indoor,
    with little difference.

    I still use film for anything serious, but it's much more convenient
    to use a digital for a lot of stuff, particularly ordinary snapshots
    and stuff I want on the web.

    Any suggestions?
    Alan Stein, Nov 19, 2005
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  2. BIG interiors cannot be effectively illuminated by a puny on-board flash.
    I am not sure why anyone, with the needs you posted, would make a statement
    like that ... "film for anything serious". Are you serious or are you a
    Charles Schuler, Nov 19, 2005
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  3. Alan Stein

    Whiskers Guest

    Ten feet is probably beyond the effective range of any built-in flash gun.

    Have you tried placing additional 'remote' flash guns with triggers
    operated by the small flash from the camera's own gun, to get lighting 'in
    depth'? I don't know how well that would work with an automatic camera,
    but if you have a manual mode that lets you set the aperture and exposure
    time, and operate the on-board flash, then the experiments might be
    rewarding. It's a bit more than 'point and shoot' though, and not really
    a digital-versus-chemical thing either.
    Whiskers, Nov 20, 2005
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