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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Mochahooligan, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. OK guys and gals. Wife is wanting a new camera, she is stating that it should be a HIGH speed one that takes Fast pictures. Also that it should be not too big . Insert humor if you want. I am just asking for some camera advice. Pics being taken are going to be of family,kids, vacation stuff like that. Any help is very much appreciated.
  2. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

    Dec 5, 2002
    Dallas TX

    Low light?

    Action or stills for the most part?

  3. Budget 300-400 probably low light.

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  4. Action and stills yes 5 year old 18 month old stills when they sleep yes!

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  5. Costco has an excellent Fuji that has 30x zoom.
    saw it today
  6. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

    Dec 5, 2002
    Dallas TX
    It gets complex. But if you aren't in perfect light and/or using a tripod 30x zoom isn't good for much. And the Canon digic-4 brain rules the world in porti-cams.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2012
  7. I have had good experience with Canon Powershot series, but for some reason their most attractive cameras come with CMOS sensors (which will drive you crazy if you shoot 1080p video).

    I have a Canon SX1 myself, great camera... except for the CMOS. Never again will I buy a camera with one of them.
  8. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

    Dec 5, 2002
    Dallas TX
    Long story but use 720p if you can.

    All Canon DSLRs up to the 1Dxxx use CMOS sensors.
  9. *ASH*


    Jan 12, 2008
    most any good camera today has settings to take quick pics like in sports mode. or running

    you are gonna get 1,000 different opinions , and if you got to sites online a 1,000 more

    best thing >>>>>>>>>>. go to a camera store , right down what you are looking for in a camera

    ease of use
    name brand

    you really cant go wrong with , nikon, sony ,panasonic lumix ,canon , fuji

    i will post a picture of all our cameras lol . we got over 10 lol , be back with pics

    ok here is 8 of ours ranging from 10 to 16 megs , used a canon to take pic so we have 9 and daughters got 2 others of ours

    got 2 sonys ,samsung, nikon , panasonic, canons

    the big nikon is bulky but its the cats meow .

    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  10. Why would I want to use 720p outside of broadcast video environment? :dunno:[/QUOTE]
  11. sharpshooter

    sharpshooter Member Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Canon pretty much rules the roost if quality images is important to you in a consumer or pro-sumer grade point n shoot. Any ol' digital camera can "take pictures". I really like my Canon G10. I had a older Canon SD710IS before that, great little cameras.
  12. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

    Dec 5, 2002
    Dallas TX

    I was afraid you would ask that. A an old friend of mine, and a two time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, told me that during a seminar for pro photographers Canon technical types told the pros to always use 720P and why. But he does not remember why.

    I have a 7D and there is zero question that 720P video "looks" better than 1080P. If I had to guess I'd say it's due to less upsampling/interpolation at 720P. I've been told and noticed that stills shot in "small" jpeg look identical to "large" jpegs even though the small jpegs are about 1/2 the size, sometimes smaller than that, in memory size terms.

    My 7d is advertised as having an 18 megapixel sensor. That's a lie, the sensor is maybe 9 megapixels upsampled to 18. Everyone does this. I think this is why stills/video taken at closer to the sensor's native resolution look as good as or better than pushing the sensor and brain to the max.
  13. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

    Jul 21, 2005
    At the beach
  14. Well, I am in the broadcast TV industry, so there is no chance I wouldn't be curious about it. :wavey:

    On a particular camera, it's very possible. But in general, there is nothing that would make 720p look inherently better.

    There would be some logic to that, but 1080 video is only 2 megapixels (1920x1080~2M). Surely all modern camera sensors have that many. :dunno:
  15. Detectorist


    Jul 16, 2008
    Multiply the frame rate by those 2mp. Then you see that the processor has a lot of work to do.
  16. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

    May 1, 2010
    Las Vegas
    The new Compact System Cameras are cool. Interchangeable lenses like a DSLR, but a much smaller body. The Nikon 1 and the Sony NEX series cameras are pretty awesome.
  17. That's why cameras have processors with enough computing power to do that work. :dunno: 1080p video only has 2 times as many pixels per second as 720p. We are not talking an order of magnitude difference.
  18. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

    Dec 5, 2002
    Dallas TX
    I agree that 720p per se is not better that 1080p, generally speaking I'd argue the reverse. Glancing over my handbook it appears 720p video may be taken at up to 60fps and 1080p at 24 or 30. That is likely much of the issue at hand. I'd bet this peculiarity also has to do with image processing in the camera and onto the card not so much sensor density per se.

    [ame=""]Butterfly - Canon 7d 720p test video - YouTube[/ame]
  19. .264 magnum

    .264 magnum CLM

    Dec 5, 2002
    Dallas TX