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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:30 pm 
Am I expecting too much from this excellent camera?

I have tried to take the following pictures; concert hall with usual stage lighting and perhaps 30 feet away in an auditorium that is not dark but with subdued lighting. I go to the scenic mode.

The flash obviously does not work to that distance....am I right.

I can adjust the exposure via the menu to apparently brighten the image and so get a chnace at a better picture.

The result is a reddish cast. Obviously I should have selected another light setting - the light bulb icon. Also pushing the exposure messed up the definition on faces at that distance.

The setting I used was 5 meters or something to infinity. Not being an expert I thought that would do (scenic - mountain icons).

Before, I have taken out the colour information and made the best of it with a decent-ish b/w picture; but the image is not at all sharp.

Any advice please!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:45 pm 
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Hi jrk,

May I wish you a warm welcome to the CameraLabs forum.

I'll leave giving advice to those familiar with your situation but I did take the opportunity to remove all those capital letters from the thread title. It's often perceived as SHOUTING and sometimes can actually attract the sort of replies you don't want. :evil:

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Such a camera isnt made for that sort of photography...
You get noise, I think, what you call a cast.
The camera isnt excelent, it's just a simple P&S camera.
If you brighten up the image, two things could/do happen:
The ISO value gets higher-> results in noisy and unsharp pictures;
The shuttertime goes down-> results in motionblur.

Both dont you want, if you want to get better quality, you -at least- have to go to the Canon G11, G12 (or its Nikon ''brother'') or the Sony NEX.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:15 pm 
Thank you for your comments they are useful and appreciated.

It is though, in the opinion of quite a few, an excellent P & S camera. Your comments however, are relevant and helpful. I appreciate your loyalty to the cameras you mention and would go with that apart from the price.

In anticipation of a need to move on I did look at a camera that promised better results for me shall we say i.e. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38EB-K.

More in my price range and, for my sins I am impressed by universal approval of Lumix and the lenses.

I would appreciate your comments and those of anyone else.


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Well, I guess for indoors the FZ38 isnt much better than the FX55, but it is a bit better though.
Can you manually set the ISO value? And, do you really shoot that much indoors?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:43 pm 
Stuff to think about..... thank you.


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