looking for great 6mp or less portrait P&S camera

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by joe mama, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. joe mama

    joe mama Guest

    any suggestions? new or used. portraits are the only thing i want this
    camera to excel in. therefor, good at full aperture, and a great lens. i
    already have a DSLR, so i want a P&S that will do the trick in a bind.
     
    joe mama, Oct 24, 2006
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  2. I would say you need a camera with a manual aperture setting. The only
    P&S cameras I know of like this are some of the high end Fuji Film ones.
    Check Dpreview.com for some reviews of them.
     
    Brendan Gillatt, Oct 25, 2006
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    Jim Blue Guest

    My Canon A620 has a manual aperture setting. It's 7.1MP, inexpensive
    now that the A630 and A640 have come out. The on-camera flash isn't
    good for portraits, though.
     
    Jim Blue, Oct 26, 2006
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    Bob Williams Guest

    Choose an aperture, e.g.f=11, that will cause the puny on-camera flash
    to contribute very little to the overall exposure. The flash will,
    however, be bright enough to trigger one or more strong slaves to
    actually provide the correct exposure.
    Bob Williams
     
    Bob Williams, Oct 26, 2006
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  5. It does rather depend what you mean by portraits, doesn't it? Take a look
    here for some great people shots - all done with a P&S.

    http://www.larry-bolch.com/CP8400/

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Oct 27, 2006
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    Ronald Hands Guest

    If the A620 is anything like my A75, you can set it up in manual
    mode, thus choosing any lens opening within its range, and then also
    control the flash output manually. I find if I set it to 1/3 flash
    output (the minimum), it's enough to trigger an outboard flash which
    will provide most of the illumination. Nice thing about this mode is
    that there's no pre-flash so a standard slave works fine.
    I have an A630 but haven't tested its manual mode yet. I notice it
    also allows manual control of flash output in several of the automatic
    modes, but I don't know whether this means it also dispenses with the
    pre-flash. Obviously I need to do some testing, unless someone has
    already checked this out ... ?

    -- Ron
     
    Ronald Hands, Oct 27, 2006
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