you're gonna need a faster shutter speed. I'd say at least 200 for a twitchy dingo
if you are completely new to photography you may want to spend some time reading these forums and also look at gordon's tutorials for some basics.
Also... there is nothing wrong in shooting in program or auto mode til you get the hang of things.. pay attention to what the camera pics for settings and use those as guidelines under similar circumstances... after that.. prractice practice and practice soem more... and of course... ask a lot of questions.... ppl here are very friendly and more than willing to help you out
Personally I would leave this camera on auto focus and learn all the other settings. These cameras, from what I hear, are not the easiest things to focus manually. I had the SX3IS for several years and it was a great learning tool for me before I moved up to a DSLR... I never tried to use it in manual focus.
And of course.. welcome to camera labs
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