S90 & G11 – my final conclusions & suggestions

Started Oct 12, 2009 | Discussions thread
ProtoPhoto Contributing Member • Posts: 984
One Stop Can Be Enormous

Personal needs vary widely. One of the reasons I have a DSLR and fast prime lens is that I have small children, and I want to be able to capture them moving indoors at night, with no flash. Millions of parents have the same need, the DSLR forums are full of them.

In that situation - using that 2.0 instead of 2.8 is both routine, and of enormous importance. Not at 1/3 second, but to allow 1/320 instead of 1/160 at 1600 ISO, to reduce or eliminate movement blur.

Indeed, it could be that the single biggest source of S90 sales doesn't turn out to be enthusiasts, but parents, if enough figure out this is the only true shirt pocket compact that lets them photograph their children at night without a flash.

Now, that doesn't invalidate ebrandon's perspective, and I very much appreciate all of his work and analysis. Thank you! But saying one stop doesn't matter, eh, all depends I guess, but it matters a lot to me...

Tigerotor77W wrote:

I'm going to defend ebrandon here. For one thing, while it's true that 1-stop at 28 mm might save a photo, the number of times one would shoot at

ISO1600, 28mm, 1/3 sec shutter, f2.0

and have a photo ruined by going to ISO3200 because of one less stop on the G11 is probably pretty low... (my example is in atrocious light, wide open, and also on the extreme limit of hand-holdability with IS). If these are conditions that a photographer routinely finds him or herself in, chances are the need for a specific camera are beyond the scope and intention of the OP's review.

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