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A friend of mine and his girlfriend are looking for a P&S camera for mostly sports, etc. Mostly baseball and indoor basketball. Does anyone highly recommend a particular camera? I shoot DSLRs myself most of the time and I'm not really up to knowing what's the best these days in the P&S world. Thanks for any suggestions. They will mostly have the camera in Auto and Sports mode on the dial. They are not really experienced in photography at all. -J.T.


Jul 01, 2012 at 05:51 AM
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JTMeuret wrote:
A friend of mine and his girlfriend are looking for a P&S camera for mostly sports, etc. Mostly baseball and indoor basketball. Does anyone highly recommend a particular camera? I shoot DSLRs myself most of the time and I'm not really up to knowing what's the best these days in the P&S world. Thanks for any suggestions. They will mostly have the camera in Auto and Sports mode on the dial. They are not really experienced in photography at all. -J.T.


Sorry, their price range is roughly $300 - $500. Thanks.



Jul 01, 2012 at 05:53 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


What are they trying to achieve? Photos they can sell or just a good all-around camera that they will take to the game?

I loved my Panasonic LX3, and replaced it with an LX5. Haven't noticed a lot between the two, but I would recommend either! Put it in manual focus mode and prefocus to wherever, there isn't much lag when taking a picture which might be beneficial for sports...

They aren't interested in a small DSLR?



Jul 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


a tall order that in reality can't really be filled.


Jul 02, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???




Indoor basketball I almost spit out a nice craft beer on THAT one



Jul 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


something 2nd hand that you can manuely focus, ie turn a ring on the lens...


Jul 03, 2012 at 03:04 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


as much as I like my S95, I wouldn't dare trust it for action shots at important to me events


Jul 03, 2012 at 03:27 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


Simple solution: Pay you $300-$500 to cover a few games for them.
They get better shots than any PoS and get to enjoy the game!



Jul 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


Nikon J1?


Jul 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


Here's a few shots I took with my Olympus XZ-1 at the epic triumph of the most excellent New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos, last December in Denver. I'd prefer to be standing on the sidelines with a 1DIV + 70-200/2.8L IS II and 1DsIII + 500/4L IS, but the XZ-1 is what I had with me, in the stands.

Go Pats!

P.S. getting decent P&S images of moving subjects without using a flash requires good light. You generally won't find good light at an indoor BB game, unless the game is televised on a national network, in which case, the lighting might be almost OK.






















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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


now show me some indoor high school basketball. not a well lit stadium (sun still out) with a few hundred thousand watts of lightening that reqs sunscreen at 10PM




  NIKON D4    66mm    f/5.6    1/500s    18101 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jul 04, 2012 at 01:35 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


Constructive reply...

jcolwell wrote:
Here's a few shots I took with my Olympus XZ-1 at the epic triumph of the most excellent New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos, last December in Denver. I'd prefer to be standing on the sidelines with a 1DIV + 70-200/2.8L IS II and 1DsIII + 500/4L IS, but the XZ-1 is what I had with me, in the stands.

Go Pats!

P.S. getting decent P&S images of moving subjects without using a flash requires good light. You generally won't find good light at an indoor BB game, unless the game is televised on a national network, in which case,
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Not so much...

trenchmonkey wrote:
Indoor basketball I almost spit out a nice craft beer on THAT one




Jul 05, 2012 at 03:53 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


Right tool for the job, Nola
Maybe you'd like to post your P&S BB captures.....yeah, didn't think so.



Jul 05, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


P.S. getting decent P&S images of moving subjects without using a flash requires good light. You generally won't find good light at an indoor BB game, unless the game is televised on a national network, in which case, the lighting might be almost OK.

and even then you will note in a BB arena the house flash system going off controlled by the resident photographers equipment.



Jul 05, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


Thanks for the replies everyone! They are just looking for a good all-around camera, but not a DSLR. I have a Coolpix and a Powershot in mind for them, which should be "good enough". And yes, they do want me to take sports photos for them eventually.


Jul 06, 2012 at 05:06 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


I've been pretty happy with my Canon G9, but I've never used it for fast paced indoor stuff. My wife has an S95, it does pretty well for the most part, but I don't know how it'd do with the faster shutter speeds. The biggest issue I have with using a p&s for action is the lag when you press the shutter, I find I miss more shots due to that then blur, noise, or anything else.

Maybe a micro 4/3 camera? You could get into a kit for $300-$400 without a problem, and they could expand it later if they like shooting...



Jul 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


at minimum the Nikon V1. and that will be limited by the lenses.


Jul 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


Canon SX40 HS - 10.1 fps - over 800mm optical zoom and can easily be found under $400.

-Tim



Jul 14, 2012 at 05:32 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


a P&S can be used fairly well if you pre-focus (half press) and you know the subject is going to be at a known place and you can wait for it - like any sport with a course. Even then, you pretty much get a single attempt and is less than ideal. Sports where the subject can be at a random place at a random time, it's going to be highly frustrating to the point of being a non starter. For indoor sports, not great at all.

So, basically, I agree with Trenchmonkey.

J.



Jul 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Point&Shoot for Sports ???


jcolwell wrote:
Here's a few shots I took with my Olympus XZ-1 at the epic triumph of the most excellent New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos, last December in Denver.


Yep. That's what I said.

nolaguy wrote:
Constructive reply...


Thanks.

I guess your response was supposed to be dripping with sarcasm. Sorry I didn't notice it earlier. Speaking of noticing, did you notice that the original post by J.T. mentioned...

JTMeuret wrote:
Mostly baseball and indoor basketball.


...with baseball first on the list? I assume he wasn't talking about indoor baseball.

I posted some examples of decent photos taken at an outdoor pro game with an inexpensive P&S. Where's your constructive reply?



Jul 16, 2012 at 09:08 PM
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