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Old 02-11-2009, 02:46 PM   #41
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:51 PM   #42
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And, roadfix, no the camera did not survive, it ended up in little pieces on the side or a building.
I'm sorry to hear that. Your boss owes you a new camera.
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:12 PM   #43
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I'm sorry to hear that. Your boss owes you a new camera.
No, it was the office camera. He just needs anger management classes.

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Old 02-11-2009, 03:20 PM   #44
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No, it was the office camera. He just needs anger management classes.
Was it Fuji or the AA batteries he hated so much? Or both?
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Was it Fuji or the AA batteries he hated so much? Or both?
It was a Fuji with propriatary batteries that died while he was taking pictures and he couldn't do anything about it. If it had had AA's it likely wouldn't have been thrown against a wall because he could have gotten batteries and finished what he was doing.
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It was a Fuji with propriatary batteries that died while he was taking pictures and he couldn't do anything about it. If it had had AA's it likely wouldn't have been thrown against a wall because he could have gotten batteries and finished what he was doing.
Dang! I would never throw my employee and camera under the bus out of frustration over a silly battery??? This is not right.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:33 PM   #47
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Wow, thank you everyone!

Okay, since I seem to have the attention of a couple of pros...

I'm curious about action shots. As in me standing still, taking a picture of something that's moving, such as a horse. Horses can move pretty fast...30-40mph is not uncommon.

What do I need in a camera so it doesn't turn out like a blur?

What is the difference between digital and optical zoom?

Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:54 PM   #48
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You need a fast shutter speed to freeze action. Any camera should be able to handle that. Most point and shoot cameras have a setting that is for action shots. That will change the shutter speed and aperture to what you want automatically.

One of the problems with point and shoot digital cameras though is the lag speed. That is the amount of time it takes from when you push the shutter button to when the picture actually shoots. This is not a big deal when you are doing still live or portraits, but when you are taking pictures of things that are moving then it can be a big deal. What you will have to do is learn your camera and learn to anticipate the shots. With horses that will mean taking your picture a half second or so before you think you need to. This will vary from camera to camera and it will just take some practice.

Optical zoom is a true zoom. The lens moves and gets you the same picture, but closer. Think of looking at something with your naked eye and then looking at the same thing through binoculars. The thing you are looking at is magnified and all the detail is retained.

Digital zoom is just a camera trick. It is the exact same thing as if you are looking at a picture on your computer and you enlarge it by zooming in on the computer. You can zoom in 1000x if you want, but each time you zoom in you lose detail and the picture gets more and more pixilated. It is really quite worthless and camera makers know this. They just put it in because it sounds good when they can say optical zoom of 3x with digital zoom of 40x.
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What do you think of these?

Kodak ZD710

Canon A590

Sony Cybershot DSCW150/B

I like the idea of being able to go to Target for it. However, if I'm really better off ordering something online, that is better quality for a better price I will.
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I would stay away from the Kodak. I have found the color reproduction to be lacking, especially with blues. Not to mention that that camera is large and bulky. You can't just put that one in your pocket.

Canon and Sony make very good cameras. I do not know either of those models specifically, but chances are they decent cameras.
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