Found 26th Nov 2009
Hi

I am looking by a compact camera which gives good results indoor and especially low lighting. I had Ricoh R7 (which came highly recommended and had excellent reviews) with 7x optical zoom but unfortunately the results were very poor for indoor shots. So need to replace that.

Can somebody recommend a compact with good optical zoom and also able to take good photos indoor? My budget is £150 max (but around £100-£120 mark would be better). The Ricoh R7 cost me £125.

Thanks.

Robie

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dont mean to sound insulting, but have you adjusted the ISO and EV settings on the Ricoh to brighten the image? Most compact cameras only have a small flash therefore indoor shots are often dark.

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peter_griffen;7012872

dont mean to sound insulting, but have you adjusted the ISO and EV … dont mean to sound insulting, but have you adjusted the ISO and EV settings on the Ricoh to brighten the image? Most compact cameras only have a small flash therefore indoor shots are often dark.



No, I didn't. I am point and shoot merchant - hoping the auto set would do everything for me. That's why I bought a compact. In fact, I have returned the camera back to Amazon since it was still under warranty. It took brilliant day-light pictures though.

For indoor shots you need either a good flash, good high ISO, optical image stabilisation or a mix of those technologies.

If you try to photograph subjects which are quite far away (even the other side of a large room) then you probably won't get enough flash light to properly light your subject. The only other way then of getting enough light to make the exposure is to go to higher ISO settings. That is where compacts are not very good. Nearly every one has a small sensor and limited processing capabilities and it's difficult to get good high ISO pictures with those restrictions.

Are you just wanting to get good party pictures or are you photographing something else indoors?

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Spod;7013162

For indoor shots you need either a good flash, good high ISO, optical … For indoor shots you need either a good flash, good high ISO, optical image stabilisation or a mix of those technologies. If you try to photograph subjects which are quite far away (even the other side of a large room) then you probably won't get enough flash light to properly light your subject. The only other way then of getting enough light to make the exposure is to go to higher ISO settings. That is where compacts are not very good. Nearly every one has a small sensor and limited processing capabilities and it's difficult to get good high ISO pictures with those restrictions.Are you just wanting to get good party pictures or are you photographing something else indoors?



You are absolutely correct. I am just wanting 'good' party pictures. Nothing special. I know if I need great picture then I should by an SLR but not for me, yet. Ricoh was struggling with something at 2 metres even!

Robiesanta;7013492

You are absolutely correct. I am just wanting 'good' party pictures. … You are absolutely correct. I am just wanting 'good' party pictures. Nothing special. I know if I need great picture then I should by an SLR but not for me, yet. Ricoh was struggling with something at 2 metres even!



I have the Ricoh R7 and although it's not like my Nikon D60 for indoors, it still does good snaps if you have it on sensitive mode and/or the higher ISO. Can't beat it for daylight pics IMO.
I guess what I'm saying is - get it back again!.

Sounds to me what you really need is a compact with a hotshoe and/or far more powerful flash - but I can't see you getting anything significantly better than the Ricoh for

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chesso;7015131

I have the Ricoh R7 and although it's not like my Nikon D60 for indoors, … I have the Ricoh R7 and although it's not like my Nikon D60 for indoors, it still does good snaps if you have it on sensitive mode and/or the higher ISO. Can't beat it for daylight pics IMO. I guess what I'm saying is - get it back again!.



Thanks. I am thinking of the same thing but the Finance Minister will not allow me to get another Ricoh :-(. I know Ricoh R8 is out now which I could get. Perhaps, I will try a Canon of some sort.
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