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Old 05-05-2010, 11:42 AM   #16
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I checked all the ads in the paper from over the weekend, and I saw that camera everywhere with the case and 2gig memory card

It's a "Mother's Day special"

That Fuji EXR camera looks nice- especially with that zoom it still doesn't look too big and bulky. I've always wondered if Fuji cameras are any good.

Do you mind me asking how much that was?
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:44 AM   #17
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I decided to order the Fuji F70EXR:



Basically, it has a manual mode and the lowest ISO 400 noise of any compact selling for under $300 or so.
Ha. That's the one I originally bought and got rid of it for the Canon I didnt like it.
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:02 PM   #18
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Ha. That's the one I originally bought and got rid of it for the Canon I didnt like it.
Oh- oh, what didn't you like about it? Paid under $200 on ebay - oh well.
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Oh- oh, what didn't you like about it? Paid under $200 on ebay - oh well.
Well you're much more into cameras than I so I'm sure you'll like it fine. The settings were very confusing to me and I could never get any of them right for the pics to come out any good. I also noticed that on plain auto mode, it really didnt take as great pics as my previous canon's and there was a lot of noise even with a flash! Not sure how it was rated with the least amount of noise at 400 ISO? Was that listed on a website somewhere? Anyway, everyone has their preferences, and for me I am glad I sold it back on ebay and got the Canon, even though its bulkier I think it takes better pictures. But again, you will probably be able to take phenomenal pics with it and I will end up grumpy and mad that I couldnt do the same when I had it lol.

*edit I found my post where I complained about it
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:30 PM   #20
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Thanks for the info.
This is where I saw the comparisons for mid-high ISO noise, towards the bottom of the page:

Fuji FinePix F70EXR Review | Digital Camera Resource Page

It mentions - "I think it's safe to say that the F70EXR really cleaned up in this competition. While it's not going to rival output from a digital SLR, Fuji definitely has at least a full stop advantage over other compact cameras in terms of noise. The only non-Fuji cameras that really come close are the Canon PowerShot G11 and (presumably) the S90, though the F70EXR pulls away at ISO 1600. "
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I'm still wondering if the camera Maddy already has is just not good at night/low-light pics, or if it's the users (us). We're usually using auto settings and/or even the night one. But still... I'd hate to buy a new camera for it to basically be the same or almost the same as the one she already has

And yeah Mrs.S, I knew they were Mother's Day specials. That's why the pressure is on to decide in the next couple of days if those on sale are something I want, or wait til 4th of July Specials, which is her actual birthday.
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I'm still wondering if the camera Maddy already has is just not good at night/low-light pics, or if it's the users (us). We're usually using auto settings and/or even the night one. But still... I'd hate to buy a new camera for it to basically be the same or almost the same as the one she already has
Auto settings shouldn't be used for concerts - some other threads have manual settings used. Compacts are inherently noisy compared to dslrs/superzooms (at least at mid to high ISOs used for low light) because their sensors are smaller.
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I'm hearing

And it's not only for concerts. Night shots in general on her camera have not been so hot.
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I guess auto settings shouldn't be used in low light, period (except maybe if the camera's on a tripod). You'll have either too much noise or motion blur.
Noise control has improved in compacts over the past few years though.
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Lila wants a magic camera.
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Lila wants a magic camera.

Is it here yet?


Should I be reading her old manual to see how to figure out how to use the camera manually at night?
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I'd say read the manual plus practice with different modes and settings. Newer cameras do have image stabilization, which helps reduce motion blur.
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I received the Fuji F70EXR, my first compact in months. I forgot how crappy compacts are at ISO 400 and above (in terms of low light noise/grain), especially at full resolution. I'd recommend resizing images to 25% or so of original size, and possibly applying noise reduction afterward. I can see why Sicy didn't like the F70EXR - its menus are a pain and the manual mode is difficult to use and quickly change settings on. That being said, I think I will be able to get some decent concert shots from it (at small sizes).
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Yeah. I used it for a week and gave it a fair enough chance before it drove me crazy.

Do you mean resize after taking the pics, or changing the settings on the camera to like Medium size or something? I think on my Canon I have it at the largest setting. Is it better to set it smaller?
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I'd resize it afterward (because I crop away as much as two thirds) - I use large/fine. Some continuous shooting modes on compacts do take a lower res image though to get more frames per second.
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