Point and shoot recommendations for work

Started May 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Henry Falkner
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Re: Point and shoot recommendations for work
In reply to placebo1969, May 20, 2012

placebo1969 wrote:

I work in a Child Protective Services (CPS) unit and our point and shoots are several years old. We actually got the go ahead to buy some new cameras. Unfortunately, I wasn't given a budget yet other than to be "reasonable." Also I guess we have to buy them from Staples, but I think there may be some flexibility with that requirement.

I guess my preference would be Nikon for Canon due to prior experiences. I think we just need some decent point and shoots that don't have too big of a shutter lag. Our subjects (children) aren't as still as we would like. Also something that would work under lower light would be helpful. Sometimes the flash can blow out bruises and othe injuries.

The faster P&S jobs have BSI CMOS sensors in them. The elements sit directly behind the filters, rather than at the end of a tunnel hemmed in by wiring. This gives them more useable capture area when compared to conventional CCD sensors.

Here are two pocket jobs with 5x zoom (Canon) and 4.2x zoom (Nikon) -

The Canon is - http://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/compacts/canon_elph320hs
The Nikon is - http://www.dpreview.com/products/nikon/compacts/nikon_cpp310

As to the flash emphasising skin blemishes - preset the camera for fill-in flash rather than AUTO. The camera will fire every time, but the flash strength will match the ambient lighting.

I use the Olympus SZ-30MR with a BSI-CMOS sensor in it. But that is a 24x zoom with dual processors and the ability to do video and (two) stills at the same time. It might blow your budget and be overkill. It does however take better low-light pictures than my CCD equipped P&S (Olympus Stylus 9010).

Henry

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