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Best Compact Cameras For Low Light...

This is a discussion on Best Compact Cameras For Low Light... within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi... I decided to introduce two very small cameras that take incredibly great pictures in ...

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    Question Best Compact Cameras For Low Light...

    Hi... I decided to introduce two very small cameras that take incredibly great pictures in low light... Both have larger than usual 10 megapixel sensors...
    First there is the Panasonic Lumix LX3 which has been around for about a year and has more manual and pro options plus a hotshoe slot for attaching external flashes....
    The next one is the Canon PowerShot S90 which is really tiny but has all the manual options anyone would ask...
    Size issues aside (LX3 is bigger), the biggest difference in the cameras are the lenses... LX3 has a f/2.0-f/2.8 lens which is usable in both tele (24mm) and wide (60mm) settings but S90's lens (28-105mm eqv.) has a f/2.0-f/4.9 aperture so the tele setting is much less usable...
    So... Is this difference important for you?... Which one has a better opportunity to become one's low light compact camera?...
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    My personal favorite is the Canon, but that is probably because I am more used to using it. I have a little Canon PowerShot SD800 IS and it is great for quick photos.

    Cheers,
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    You will get slightly better wide angle with the LX3, but not by much, and the Canon has a much longer range with the 105mm. If I had to choose between the two it would probably be the Canon...but seeing as its not released yet I would almost want to wait and see what kind of reviews it gets first.

    For low light photography you really need a camera than can do an aperture of F1.4 or F1.8 if you don't want to have to use a flash. I personally am a Nikon fan (sorry BD ) but I was hard pressed to find a point and shoot that was less that F2.6

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    Always interesting to read other's reviews and note preferences. I have a friend who, like Shann, is a big Nikon fan .... just because. Don't think she's ever owned a higher end camera of any other brand. I, on the other hand, tend to be a Canon fan. Largely, I suspect because of my old SLR (a hand me down from my dad)

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    I used to use a fully manual SLR before the digital age.Now I'm using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. I love it.Many modes to pick from. Have Fun,Rich

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    I have largish hands so I need something with a bit of size otherwise I am hitting other buttons, so I have a Cannon 1000D and a EFS 60mm Macro and if I live long enough I might learn to use it fully.
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    IMHO every DSLR owner needs a compact... And being a DSLR owner means concern about image quality, noise, fast lens/autofocus etc... (I remember my PowerShot A75 took around 1.5 seconds to achieve focus but these new IXUS/Elph cameras just do it in a blink of an eye)... So the choices are very narrow and these are two of the few cameras one can get with paying agreeable amount of money...

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