Best point and shoot camera for low-light macro shots?

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myclic
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Best point and shoot camera for low-light macro shots?
Dec 5, 2006

Looking for a point and shoot camera with the best macro feature for low-light conditions. I had a Canon A620, liked the swivel screen and size alot, and it took great day light pictures, but not in dark. I'm photographic small mushrooms in forest conditions, things less than 5 cm under tree canopies. Ideal camera would have the swivel LCD option, AA or easily purchased batteries, less than $500, and maybe a good movie mode. Any suggestions?

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myclic wrote:

Looking for a point and shoot camera with the best macro feature
for low-light conditions. I had a Canon A620, liked the swivel
screen and size alot, and it took great day light pictures, but not
in dark. I'm photographic small mushrooms in forest conditions,
things less than 5 cm under tree canopies. Ideal camera would have
the swivel LCD option, AA or easily purchased batteries, less than
$500, and maybe a good movie mode. Any suggestions?

Fuji F10/F11/F30 - best compacts for low light photography. But no hinged/articulated LCD.

How about supplementing the light? Small slave flash/reflector....

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If you are willing to buy a used camera then go for the Sony DSC-V1 or the Sony DSC-F717.

Read the reviews on this site.

NO manufacturer has EVER produced a system for taking shots in low light that even comes close to the Hologram AF, NightShot and NightFraming systems on the Sony cameras just mentioned.

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In reply to plevyadophy, Dec 6, 2006

As a person that shoots 95% of his pictures in the dark, I cannot completely agree with the V1 and F717 recommendation. I agree that the Hologram AF and Nightframing are incredibly useful features for night photography. They are definite aids in composition. Nightshot, is not so much low-light photography as it is infrared light photography and not everyone wants those vivid city lights or deep tones of woodland landscapes to be muted monotone. Please do not get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Sony. I don't go anywhere without my trusty F828.

However, for general normal low-light photography, the Fuji F30 is the better camera to go with. It allows ISO 3200 (the V1 and F717 top out at 800) and does a much better job with noise handling.

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Well, the laws of physics say that Sony F717 should be much better than the Fuji 530 because the sensor on the Sony is much bigger.

However, having just read the Reiew on the Fuji F30, I am amazed by the performance.

It really is a brilliant little pocket cam.

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The laws of physics also go by a large number of assumptions, such as "all other things considered equal". That is seldom the case. Out of a single lot of sensor chips, not all of them are equal. That is why they are sorted by quality and distributed as such. You are comparing a camera sensor released this year and still in production (Fuji F30 - released 02-06) to a camera released in 2002 (Sony F717) and has long since been discontinued. Alot has changed and progressed in 4 years, especially in-camera processing.

So I think you have to look beyond just the size of the sensor to get a better idea of low-light image quality.

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Grimstone wrote:

The laws of physics also go by a large number of assumptions, such
as "all other things considered equal". That is seldom the case.
Out of a single lot of sensor chips, not all of them are equal.
That is why they are sorted by quality and distributed as such. You
are comparing a camera sensor released this year and still in
production (Fuji F30 - released 02-06) to a camera released in 2002
(Sony F717) and has long since been discontinued. Alot has changed
and progressed in 4 years, especially in-camera processing.

So I think you have to look beyond just the size of the sensor to
get a better idea of low-light image quality.

Read up on the Fuji Super CCD sensor. It's unlike any other sensor used in digital cameras. The laws of physics hold, they're just being applied in a more creative fashion.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0301/03012202fujisuperccdsr.asp

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