Originally Posted by Dools2007
Looking for a camera for taking photos of newborn.
Newborns are not too difficult at first, but they become progressively more
difficult as they get older. Indoor shots of fast moving toddlers can be
very tricky unless you use flash.
Also, would like something pretty good for outdoor shots from time to time.
Outdoor shots in good light are relatively easy. Just about any camera
can produce good results in these conditions.
I am a relative newbie although I had the FZ38 which I liked but wasn't the best in low light conditions and the newer Panasonics seem to suffer from this also so this is one of the reasons that I am not rushing out to buy one again.
The FZ38 was one of the better bridge cameras. I have the older FZ28 which
is also great in good light, but not good for low light or the worst case scenario
of fast action in low light. This is an inherent limitation of superzoom/bridge
cameras which have a very small image sensor and a slow (small aperture)
Trying to decide between Panasonic FZ-45 / 48 and the Nikon P500 and the Canon SX40
None of them are ideal for your indoor shots. Of the available bridge cameras,
the Canon SX40 and the Panasonic FZ150 are probably best in class. Both
can be fitted with an external flash for the more challenging indoor shots.
These cameras are relatively big and quite expensive. I think
a camera with a larger image sensor would be better value for
the money. You have a few choices:
A compact camera with a larger sensor and fast lens.
Pansonic LX5, Olympus XZ-1, Canon S100... These
cameras trade zoom range for better low light performance.
Panasonic or Olympus Micro-Four-Thirds. Sony NEX. Samsung Nxxx.
Better low light performance and IQ than a compact. The better ones
like the Panasonic G3 are close to DSLR quality.
Canon 1100D, Pentax K-r, Nikon 3100....
Probably the best option for your stated requirements. Best quality
but potentially more expensive if you decide to buy extra lenses, flash etc...
I think the Nikon and Canon would be better in low light conditions and also would like to see the high speed movie capture, sounds like a cool feature but is it overrated?
It can be useful to have the ability to shoot HD movies. Your FZ38 makes a
reasonably good camcorder in good light. Shooting movies with a still camera
and particularly with some DSLRs can be difficult and frustrating because they
don't have proper full-time autofocus. I believe the Sony SLT cameras can
overcome this limitation. If video is a priority, they might be a good option.