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Nov 22, 2010, 6:31 AM

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Re: [kennoyce] PAS - lense vs sensor, what features to sacrifice?
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Thanks for the advice guys.

kennoyce wrote:
Really it all depends on how you plan on using the camera. If you are wanting to take shots in low light situations, then sensor size is of upmost importance. If you are going to be taking mostly shots in good light then the sensor size isn't all that important.


Oh, and look for a camera with a fast aperture so that you can keep the ISO as low as possible in low light situations.

So, sensor size is more important than a low f aperture in low light conditions - or do they work off each other? If I could get a camera with an f2.2 or f2.4 with a 1/2.5" sensor would that be better than a 1/1.7" sensor with apertures from, say f2.8? It looks like almost all the larger sensor cameras actually have better than f2.8 anyway.

kennoyce wrote:
Personally if I were looking for a point and shoot, I would be looking for zoom range rather than sensor size. The reason for this is that I want a p&s for versatility rather than image quality. If I want IQ I'll bust out the DSLR (don't get me wrong, in good light most modern p&s's will have good IQ even with a small sensor). Also just IMO, it is almost always better to frame the shot correctly the first time than to crop it later.

Interesting... and I agree. For now though I think the purpose is just to find a good p&s for traveling (to include decent indoor stuff), since we don't want to bust out the dollars for a DSLR (in the next year or two we will).

JasonsDrivingForce wrote:
You should be asking yourself what shots will she be missing if she used a fixed focal length lens. Then what shots would she be missing if she used a slow F3.3 or higher super zoom lens.

My guess is that she will probably end up getting super blurry and unusable pictures indoors and just slightly unsharp pictures do to cropping outdoors.

Basically, you can always crop with todays cameras because they cram so many pixels on the sensor. There is nothing you can do to help a slow lens with an ultra tiny sensor.

So what you're saying is go for something with a small f or a large sensor? And sacrifice a long zoom?

It looks like I can go up to about 5x or 7x and still have a decent lens and smaller CMOS sensor (i.e. f less than 2.8 and 26mm or wider). I think this may be the best compromise without spending more than 400 bucks.

(This post was edited by kachoong on Nov 22, 2010, 6:39 AM)

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