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IamSam
07-09-2009, 10:55 PM
Alrighty folks. I am going to a concert in August and am contemplating buying a new digital camera to go with me. My question to you is this: What type of camera do you use and how good is it? Any suggestions of cameras? Any photo samples from concerts that you have taken your trusty camera to?

Any and all help will be appreciated!

Gracias!

hshduppsnt
07-09-2009, 10:57 PM
for concerts I imagine you want a nice point and shoot and not something with big/interchangeable lenses right?

I personally enjoy various cannon powershots that I've seen/used

IamSam
07-09-2009, 10:58 PM
Oh yes, point and shoot for sure!

hshduppsnt
07-09-2009, 11:05 PM
I can only really talk about cannon powershots... they're pretty good.

If you want a sample of a few pics I took go to
http://gallery.me.com/bobakm

mine's a few years old - 7.1 megapixel -
takes good video too (but ive been too lazy to upload that if you want a sample just pm me).

and most importantly its small, not too much bigger than a cell phone in any dimension, which is nice.

edit: has what most of these have, auto, manual, then multiple modes (not all the best), night shooting, portrait, action
and a video camera

edit2: Pretty good review site in my opinion is where i looked too CNET Review (http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camera-reviews/?filter=1104641_5465074_&tag=mncol;srt&sort=userRating+desc) that link shows compact and highest rated editor and user ratings

_Lost_
07-09-2009, 11:23 PM
the best one i've ever had was a sony cybershot. those things are fantastic damn cameras! only downside to those is that they cost a little more (well worth it for the higher quality pictures) and you have to buy a sony memory card. regular SD cards aren't compatible.

Don't look at megapixels as a factor really. That only gets you so far. I had to replace my sony cause i broke it. I got a kodak. its okay. the sony took better pictures even though it has lower MP.

a recommendation with point and shoot cameras that i can give is to leave the flash on. tape over it or something. if you turn it off, the shutter speed slows down and most of your pictures will be blurry. The stage lights are more than bright enough to give you a good picture with a quick shutter speed.

Case in point:

kodak with the flash on
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/lost_nvrfound/The%20Offspring%20Nashville%20TN%20May%2015%202009/100_0195.jpg

kodak with the flash off
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/lost_nvrfound/The%20Offspring%20Greensboro%20NC%20April%2015%202 009/100_0045.jpg

sony with the flash off
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/lost_nvrfound/The%20Offspring%20Charlotte%20NC%20Sept%2020/DSC01009.jpg
and this one is the better camera

the kodak does an alright job i suppose. the main problem I'm having now is that i went to the fair before the nashville show and broke the screen on a ride so now i just have to point in a general direction and hope for the best. I plan on borrowing my boyfriend's camera for charlotte.

hshduppsnt
07-09-2009, 11:34 PM
^ Yeah the sonys have been pretty good too but I will openly say that the sony-specific memory cards have always annoyed me enough to cause me to avoid them.

_Lost_
07-09-2009, 11:59 PM
yeah... its pretty lame

hshduppsnt
07-10-2009, 12:04 AM
I missed _lost_'s point about the flash and shutter speed and completely agree.

The night time mode is the only way to get it to work well when the flash isn't on, but then in a concert atmosphere it just over-exposes.

Plus, how quickly the flash recharges - and the camera focuses and then determines if it should use the flash - is always something to keep track of if you feel like taking multiple photos real quick.

Not sure how you can figure that out aside from reviews and actually playing with it, but definitely something to consider none-the-less

Alison
07-10-2009, 07:11 AM
I have a really good digital camera, a panasonic lumix. It has a really great zoom on it.
Here's some photos i took off it at gigs, for an idea of the quality, mind you, I did touch them up a bit after.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a280/irishpunkrockgirl/3289220516_7fcdf50dc1.jpg
^ that was taken at Oxegen, so the fact it was outdoors and bright really helped

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a280/irishpunkrockgirl/3685530720_a7daf50b5f.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a280/irishpunkrockgirl/RiseAgainst.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a280/irishpunkrockgirl/TimMcIlrath.jpg

It takes a bit of fiddling around with the settings, but I really like it.

Also, I hate using the flash during gigs, it always picks out people's hair rahter than the person on stage. Without the flash, you get everything, even though it means having a steady steady hand. However, I do have a "high sensitivity" mode on my camera, with high shutter speed, which is what I usually use

come out swinging
07-10-2009, 08:18 AM
I have the Nikon CoolPix L18. Photo quality is pretty good for outside. Im not sure how they come out for inside dark places. Lets see how they come out tonite.:D

Rag Doll
07-10-2009, 09:10 AM
i have a sony cybershot and i absolutely hate it. i find that even in bright areas with no flash or dark areas with flash, it takes FOREVER to actually snap a picture. my pictures from roseland are in the thread in GOD (i think you saw them already though). they came out decent, but meh.

perhaps it's because the camera is like 3+ years old. i don't know.

Little_Miss_1565
07-10-2009, 10:24 AM
My camera is some manner of Canon Powershot, and it has a wee dial with some settings on it. I had the flash off and the stage lights were so bright they were sometimes blowing out the entire frame. I realized though that if I set it to A for aperture priority, I could get some really good looking shots on a shitty point and shoot. Gives you some options to have a few knobs and shit on your camera, and options is good.

_Lost_
07-10-2009, 01:22 PM
Mine wasn't very old when it died on halloween. A lot of it has to do with the software on the camera. The new Sonys are even quicker than mine. Its pretty astounding. Not to mention that the latest version of the model I had is half the size and price.

Rag Doll
07-10-2009, 01:28 PM
Mine wasn't very old when it died on halloween. A lot of it has to do with the software on the camera. The new Sonys are even quicker than mine. Its pretty astounding. Not to mention that the latest version of the model I had is half the size and price.

how old was yours? i'm planning to get a new camera at some point and i'm sort of wary of getting another cybershot.

IamSam
07-10-2009, 05:44 PM
So the large push I'm getting is for Canon Powershots. What do you think about this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120352) and this one? (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120345)

nameless
07-10-2009, 05:51 PM
some venues are funny about actual cameras being used so i normally just take them on a phone, they arent great but you get a few good shots!

Rag Doll
07-10-2009, 06:56 PM
So the large push I'm getting is for Canon Powershots. What do you think about this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120352) and this one? (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120345)

i would personally prefer one with more zoom. i felt i didn't get "close" enough with the 3x i have. =\

hshduppsnt
07-10-2009, 07:52 PM
i would personally prefer one with more zoom. i felt i didn't get "close" enough with the 3x i have. =\

agreed on this one, go with the 6x optical zoom.

Little_Miss_1565
07-10-2009, 08:29 PM
Allison your pics look AMAAAZING! Is it a small point and shoot or is it a digital SLR?

IamSam
07-10-2009, 08:36 PM
Yeah Allison, which Lumix do you have? Because I currently have this one: Clicky. (http://dickquinn.com/Cameras/FZ20-front-angled.jpg)

sKratch
07-10-2009, 08:39 PM
Sit on slickdeals.net for a few weeks until there's a camera.

Although I think cameras don't actually come around that often...
Edit: There's currently a refurb on the front page.

_Lost_
07-11-2009, 06:36 AM
how old was yours? i'm planning to get a new camera at some point and i'm sort of wary of getting another cybershot.

less than a year old. it took pictures really quick. much quicker than my friends camera which i ended up using on halloween instead of mine.

i really really like some of the newest ones.

Alison
07-11-2009, 07:11 AM
http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TZ5.jpg

This is mine...the Lumix DMC-TZ5... I see yours is a 12x zoom. Mine is 10x, but that's plenty good.
And nope, not a digital SLR.
Many people have mistaken my pictures to be professional too and are rather surprised when I tell them it's off a normal digital camera :)

IamSam
07-11-2009, 04:25 PM
I'm impressed with yours, Alison, but like mine I'm not a fan of some of the graininess the lens puts on there. I'm going for the 6x Canon Powershot! Thanks for your help everybody!

KHWHD
07-11-2009, 05:25 PM
I guess it all depends on how much money you're willing to spend.

http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-locale=en_US&pq-path=7356

This is the one I have. I've had it 4 years now and it's great. When my oldest daughter dropped it into a kiddie pool, I managed to pull it out, remove the batteries and still works like a charm. I paid nearly $200 back in the day. But the pics. are amazing. Mostly outside, and inside. Crystal clear. Only problem I've had is taking pics. in the dark (outside) with the flash. Possibly I don't have it set up correctly, but for me - it's a great camera. The memory cards are also very cheap. I recommend it.

IamSam
07-12-2009, 10:47 AM
I went on a drunken adventure last night and ended up buying this! (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830120285) I even talked the Best Buy people down $20! After not messing around with new cameras for around five years now this thing blows my mind! It's super easy to use, has hundreds of settings, and completely makes my Panasonic obsolete! I just need to go give her a test drive! Thanks to everyone for your help!

Little_Miss_1565
07-12-2009, 11:39 AM
Glad you solved your problem! That looks like the updated version of the one I got last year!


http://www.itechnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TZ5.jpg

This is mine...the Lumix DMC-TZ5... I see yours is a 12x zoom. Mine is 10x, but that's plenty good.
And nope, not a digital SLR.
Many people have mistaken my pictures to be professional too and are rather surprised when I tell them it's off a normal digital camera :)

Ohh giiiiiirl, I just found the secret to your camera! The lens is by Leica. I have SUCH A CRUSH on Leica. Kudos. I want one!

IamSam
07-12-2009, 11:44 AM
Ohh giiiiiirl, I just found the secret to your camera! The lens is by Leica. I have SUCH A CRUSH on Leica. Kudos. I want one!

Exactly! I'm saving mine because of that reason! I have taken some amazing shots with mine and its Leica lens such as this:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj256/birchwl/Pic4.jpg

Alison
07-12-2009, 03:41 PM
Ohh giiiiiirl, I just found the secret to your camera! The lens is by Leica. I have SUCH A CRUSH on Leica. Kudos. I want one!

Just today I saw an ad for my camera but with a 12x optical zoom. I love my camera.:)

Alison
07-12-2009, 03:42 PM
Exactly! I'm saving mine because of that reason! I have taken some amazing shots with mine and its Leica lens such as this:

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj256/birchwl/Pic4.jpg

This photo reminds me that you never posted the results of that artsy fartsy photo comp....although i'm pretty sure your photo won anyway =P

IamSam
07-12-2009, 06:53 PM
This photo reminds me that you never posted the results of that artsy fartsy photo comp....although i'm pretty sure your photo won anyway =P

Oh that's right! I completely forgot about that! I'll go find it!