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Mr.Nipples
01-27-2007, 11:55 AM
Any suggestions. I want something that is of great quality and that i can bring into the festival with me. i dont know dick about cameras. thanks...

fsm10
01-27-2007, 01:57 PM
Features you should look into

Megapixels: Ask yourself this. How big am I going to print my pictures? Are you gonna make big posters? Or are you just going to post them on the net or email them to friends. If you're just buying a camera to mess around with, send photos and maybe print something up to the standard 8.5"X11" paper, 4-6megapixel cameras should be fine.

Good optical zoom: 3X or more for close ups. Ignore the Digital zoom specs. Digital the zoom is the equivalent to enlarging and cropping your photo in photoshop.

Image stabalization: if you're in the middle of the pack during RATM you'll want this to minimize blur as you and everyone else are jumping around, bumping into each other, etc.

Large memory card: 2gigs is a good size. Depending on the megapixels of the camera you can get between hundreds up to a thousand or so photos. And there's some room for video clips if the camera records video.

Batteries: 2 ways you can look at this. 1) Some cameras still use AA batteries which are advantagious in that if your high power rechargeable AA's die you could technically pick up a pack of Duracell/Energizers in a pinch. Downside is they don't last as long. 2)Most cameras have proprietary batteries that take a lot more pictures on one charge, but once it's dead you're hooped until you recharge or pop in a 2nd charged battery.
If you choose the AA route, buy a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries and have them with you at the concert. If you go the other route, definitely buy a second battery when you buy the camera.


Everything else is subjective to your tastes. How it feels in your hand, how big of an LCD screen you want, lag between shots, etc.

Any Canon, Sony, Casio, or Panasonic are my suggestions. I personally avoid HP and Kodak.

I also suggest if you buy a digital camera and are likely to store it in your pocket during Coachella or anywhere for that matter, you should look into an LCD protector. The LCD screen is one of the most fragile parts in a digital camera. The moment it cracks, you've basically got yourself $200+ film camera and a lot of warranties don't cover the LCD screen or make you go through a lot of hoops to get it fixed.

tiffdud41
01-27-2007, 02:07 PM
woah, ask and ye shall receive. that was great

cashew
01-27-2007, 04:02 PM
The biggest advice I can give you is to try and get a camera with a fast shutter speed. It doesn't matter how many megapixels your camera has if the subject of the picture is a colourful blur. Assuming you'll be shooting from the crowd, the crowd moves and the band members move... a lot. Using flash will eliminate blurring, but it washes out the stage lighting and usually looks bad because you'll most likely be far from the stage. When you go test out your camera, make sure it captures photos instantly, instead of having a 2-3 second delay, because by that time, the singer will probably be on the other side of the stage.

shoveitupmytoolbox
01-27-2007, 04:13 PM
I have this one http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelDetailAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=13019 very nice get it cheap online

devon
01-27-2007, 04:14 PM
I just got the Panasonic LX2K for christmas, it's the nicest compact digital i've ever seen, it's never got anything less than a great review. It's expensive but worth it.

Devon

arbouler
01-27-2007, 04:18 PM
the better ones are those with aperture f/2.8 min on the lens, also iso 400-800 should do it. the rest dont even matter if you wanna take awesome night shots.

try to keep your setting to manual at f/2.8, iso 400, and slowest speed 1/40-1/60 (also depends on the light set up at the event, which i bet should be very good, and then you can make your shutter speed go up even higher to 1/100 sometimes.

fatbastard
01-28-2007, 08:53 AM
What did you land up buying?

SWEETSHIVERBURN
01-28-2007, 09:11 AM
best buy has a decent selection of cameras. The Cannon and Fugi ones are decnt for Coachella and relativily inexpensive.. anput $250 and below. Mega pixs do count.. anything lower than 4 is useless really look for 6 and above.. but 10 is usually professional grade. You want multi funcational, easy to use. The battieres are usually the cr3.. that are not rechargeable so have many on hand. Also memory cards. i am bringing three with me even though you can upload your pixs from computers available at coachella( thank you guys).

But with memory cards... dont change the quality of the pixs. On my coolpix camera you can change tha quality and size. the lower the quality the more pixs you get but are complete crap!!!!

stick with the best ..i think 1600 on a coolpix( not a bad camera either.)

Bahamut727
01-28-2007, 09:57 AM
I was going to make my own thread, but decided Id just tag along on this one instead.

Anyways, I have a panasonic DMC-LZ5 and have used it for taking pics at concerts. I have learned a lot about how to use it from trial and error over the last year, but was wondering if anyone could give me some tips to get even better pics.

My biggest concern is for at night, especially in the tents. Last year the day pics (especially from the stages) came out really well, but a few of the night shots were sorta hit and miss, although I did get some great pics.

So right now here are the settings I have set up.
ISO: 400 (400 is the highest setting)
Pict Size: 2M EZ (can someone explain exactly what this setting is? that is the default and Im not sure exactly what it does)
Slow Shutter: 1/8

Also what is AF and the purpose of the AF assist lamp

Thanks to anyone who can help

suprefan
01-28-2007, 10:02 AM
My personal suggestions are the Canon SD630 and the Sony DSC T10. Check them out and you should be pleased....

dinosaurateme
01-28-2007, 11:05 AM
My personal suggestions are the Canon SD630 and the Sony DSC T10. Check them out and you should be pleased....

I have a canon sd630. one of the best cameras out there, i think, anyway.
I would go with a canon though. I think they're the highest quality cameras made right now. But i probably wouldn't go the AA battery way, get the rechargable battery kind. More convenient. I've only, ever, probably charged my battery three times in the year and a half i've had it.

ivankay
01-28-2007, 12:05 PM
If you plan on taking a lot of pictures, get a camera with a rechagable battery and buy a few batteries (last year i had 4 batteries). Get a big card so you can get tons of pictures and movies.

i used a few cameras last year because i dropped my Canon Powershot S70 (the S80 is out, i would recommend them) accidentally and it stopped working the next day. i ended up borrowing a couple of old cameras (Pentax 3.2 and a camera phone with a large card) from a friend. It was a growth experience to have to work within the limitations of not being able to use my camera and prepared mentality to go with it. If you got time to go through a buttload of pictures:

http://renegademartian-coachella2006.buzznet.com/user/photos/

Mr.Nipples
01-28-2007, 12:32 PM
i bought a nikon coolpix L5. what do you guys think? i can return i decide i dont dig it in the next few days. how do find the shutter speed? fsm, thanks for taking the time giving me all that info.

R3d Snapper
01-28-2007, 02:53 PM
So right now here are the settings I have set up.
ISO: 400 (400 is the highest setting)
Pict Size: 2M EZ (can someone explain exactly what this setting is? that is the default and Im not sure exactly what it does)
Slow Shutter: 1/8

Also what is AF and the purpose of the AF assist lamp


Usually with concert photography it is best to use a high iso. It would not be uncommon for a professional shooting a concert to use 1600 iso. Typically 400 is used for indoor shots and 200 or less is used for outdoors or bright conditions. If your cameras highest iso rating is 400 and your shutter is 1/8 then its just not meant to be used in the type of setting typical with a night performance. If you really want to take decent shots with consistent results your best bet would be to buy a better camera.

AF is the auto-focusing feature built into most consumer grade cameras, typically they have an AF assist lamp that lights up your subject temporarily to help the auto-focus in low light conditions

pewter14
01-28-2007, 04:29 PM
I have a sony-cybershot DSC-W70 ... I love all the pics it's taken during the day but am still getting used to trying to take night time/low light pics that aren't all blown out white like an 80s music video. This is obviously user error, and I need to figure this out before April.

One thing I will suggest ... don't forget to watch the show .... sounds silly, but, I cannot tell you how many people I see fussing with their cameras so much they forget to WATCH THE SHOW ...

fatbastard
01-30-2007, 02:50 PM
You bought a good camera. I have a Canon PowerShot A530.

MarkO
01-30-2007, 11:01 PM
Image Stabilization would be a huge bonus.

Mr.Nipples
02-05-2007, 12:23 PM
hey is it normal for this thing (nikon coolpix L5) to suck up batteries so quick? im thinking of returning because ive switched the batterys twice in the last 2 days and have only used it for a total of 2-3 hours. anyone have any suggestions on a similiar camera that treats batteries like batteries and not like fucking food?

dekr510
02-05-2007, 12:27 PM
what's your budget?

dekr510
02-05-2007, 12:28 PM
hey is it normal for this thing (nikon coolpix L5) to suck up batteries so quick? im thinking of returning because ive switched the batterys twice in the last 2 days and have only used it for a total of 2-3 hours. anyone have any suggestions on a similiar camera that treats batteries like batteries and not like fucking food?

what kind of batteries are you using? try using digital camera batteries, energizer makes good ones, or rechargeable.

SheriNOIR
02-06-2007, 04:56 AM
I'm buying a camera soon for coachella too.
I haven't got a clue what half this thread means but hopefully I'll do my homework and get a good one :)

Thanks.

dekr510
02-06-2007, 09:06 PM
These work pretty good.


http://www.budgetbatteries.co.uk/store/images/products/AA/e2LTDFB2_80_L91_LR_big.jpg

suprefan
02-06-2007, 09:10 PM
If you plan on taking a lot of pictures, get a camera with a rechagable battery and buy a few batteries (last year i had 4 batteries). Get a big card so you can get tons of pictures and movies.

http://renegademartian-coachella2006.buzznet.com/user/photos/


I managed last year with 2 batteries for each camera I had. The sony has a timer which tells you how long you have til it runs out and The Canon just dies when it does. Yes a big memory card is a must and make sure its a high write speed one because your camera will run more efficiently and make your battery last longer because of it..

landa321
03-31-2007, 04:15 PM
how about some sample pics to go along with these camera suggestions?
i am thinking of getting a CANON Power Shot S3 IS. anyone have any luck taking concert shots at night or in low light with this camera?

gaypalmsprings
03-31-2007, 04:50 PM
I have a Kodak & I LOVE it

Here's some pix I took with it at Coachella 2006

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/rimac/glow/100_1885.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/rimac/glow/100_1886.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/rimac/glow/100_1897.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/rimac/glow/100_1902.jpg

suprefan
03-31-2007, 05:28 PM
how about some sample pics to go along with these camera suggestions?
i am thinking of getting a CANON Power Shot S3 IS. anyone have any luck taking concert shots at night or in low light with this camera?

Get it for sure, it wont let you down its a Canon.

Example with my camera a Canon SD630
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3456/img098920cr.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/6513/img21002bk1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/4585/img19942db2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/2233/img23822of4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Sony DSC T9
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3372/dsc010702er6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/8586/dsc015242yq6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/8629/dsc016182ns2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/2231/dsc015942cn3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

landa321
03-31-2007, 08:42 PM
those pics are great! that two Yorke pics are excellent. I bought at Canon Power Shot S3 IS tonight. I am going to try it out and see if I like it. It is a 6 megapixel with 12X optical and it has ISO 800, so hopefully I should be able to get some good pics.

how close were you when you took all those pics?

suprefan
03-31-2007, 08:50 PM
The front of the railing or stage pretty much. You will have a field day with the Canon camera I will say that. Like take my little canon and give it a big lens and image stabalizer and thats what you have. My one thing is that it uses regular batteries. I know that they could make rechargeable lithium ion ones for their bigger models but they dont wanna do it, it baffles the mind.

landa321
04-01-2007, 04:56 PM
yeah and it used 4 AA. I am going to have to stock up on those puppies.

by the way, everybody - DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR BATTERIES!
RECYCLE THEM!

suprefan
04-01-2007, 05:04 PM
yeah and it used 4 AA. I am going to have to stock up on those puppies.

by the way, everybody - DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR BATTERIES!
RECYCLE THEM!

Or make sure they are rechargeable ones so you can keep using them. This helps not having to throw batteries out so often. Yeah you will need plenty of batteries for it. And you need to have a charger too. Luckily I have this all planned. I got an AC to DC converter for my car so I have an outlet to charge my camera batteries. And also, I dont have to have a laptop to upload photos I bought a portable hard drive that reads memory cards and uploads a full card in about 5 mins depending on the size. It holds up to 40GB.

rideincircles
04-01-2007, 10:30 PM
I was thinking about getting a Canon a710, but the other options I am looking at are a Casio Exilim or a Canon a570is. The big difference between the two canons is 6x optical on the a710 and 4x on the a570 is. along with the a570 has face recognition, the two have different lcd's. And the a570is is cheaper, is it worth $50 more for 6x optical? After comparing them while posting this I think I will buy the a570is since it is newer. Any casio canon comparisons?

suprefan
04-01-2007, 11:13 PM
Canon > Casio I think thats enough of a comparison. You saw the kind of photos you can get with a Canon so get it.

landa321
04-02-2007, 10:09 PM
suprefan - what kind of settings did you use for the radiohead pics? do you remember?
good call with the batteries. i have a re-charger. i just need to go and buy some rechargeable AAs. i also have a power converter for the car. i'll be bringing my laptop and downloading on to the laptop each night.

suprefan
04-02-2007, 10:37 PM
suprefan - what kind of settings did you use for the radiohead pics? do you remember?
good call with the batteries. i have a re-charger. i just need to go and buy some rechargeable AAs. i also have a power converter for the car. i'll be bringing my laptop and downloading on to the laptop each night.

Flash turned off in burst mode, ISO was on automatic I think and thats pretty much it. The lighting was good enough that I didnt have to do much to get the shots to look good, oh and nothing is photoshopped, I just cropped and resized and thats it.


A few more(quality dropped a lil due to hosting them)

http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/4855/dsc014042iz0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img133.imageshack.us/img133/2636/dsc00858ox3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img133.imageshack.us/img133/1123/dsc011302fh6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/595/dsc005812lc4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/6826/dsc006822ud9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/6811/dsc007182xp3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

orbit
04-03-2007, 01:22 AM
Those are really great pics suprefan, what lens did you use?

Im bringing my Canon A630

suprefan
04-03-2007, 06:26 AM
Those are really great pics suprefan, what lens did you use?

Im bringing my Canon A630

These are all with a point and shoot. I was using a Sony DSC T9. The top ones before the Radiohead shots I was using my Canon SD630. I am in the crowd for all these shots..

rideincircles
04-06-2007, 03:22 PM
I ordered my Canon A710 today, 7.1mp with 6x optical zoom. If you have any questions about cameras check out cnet.com they have great reviews, and I got my camera from one of their merchants, buydig.com for $75 cheaper than I could find it around here with free shipping. Buy your memory cards from ebay just check the sellers ratings.

gaypalmsprings
04-06-2007, 03:23 PM
i buy my memory cards from buy.com - i buy the ones on sale & with a mail-in rebate.

2nd best place is ecost.com - check the hot specials

GTI_GRL
04-06-2007, 09:54 PM
About 2 weeks ago I bought the Canon SD800IS, I love it. BTW Bestbuy has been having 2G SD cards by Sandisk for $29.99. I picked up two 2G SD cards, should that be enough for the weekend? My camera is 7.1 mp, so about 1000 pictures give or take. Also battery life, buy an extra battery ($45) or try to charge every day/night at the comp area in camping?

suprefan
04-06-2007, 10:01 PM
That should be enough, you wont take as many photos as I do over the course of each day. And yes an extra battery is a must. And the high write speed SD cards by Sandisk are the ideal ones to buy, its worth the extra money.

djoz187
04-09-2007, 12:37 AM
I had the CASIO EX-S500 last year and it was awesome! I really wanted a small camera and this was the coolest smallest camera I could find. The battery lasted all day long and my video quality was great! I since lost that camera and got the Canon SD630 but I didn't grow too fond of it so now I have the Casio EX-S770!

Here's some 2006 pics

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/djoz187/Coachella%202006/CIMG4172.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/djoz187/Coachella%202006/CIMG4221.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/djoz187/Coachella%202006/CIMG4156-1.jpg

rideincircles
04-14-2007, 04:41 PM
I got my canon a710 this week and i like it a lot, its got a really good zoom, and records decent videos. I plan on making a good video from Coachella. Buydig is the cheapest place for cameras with free 3 day shipping. You still have time to order one if you need to save money.

suprefan
04-14-2007, 04:44 PM
I
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/djoz187/Coachella%202006/CIMG4156-1.jpg


Yeah this photo, one that I covet and wish I took.



Oh and I got a Sandisk 2GB high write speed SD card on ebay for $25. Go me.

dflood75
04-14-2007, 06:50 PM
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons3is/

Heres is a review on the Canon S3. This site is super helpful for camera reviews.

Buy this camera! Its badass. This much zoom is what really made it my choice. I've had good luck with Canon products. Badluck with Sony camera's....

suprefan
04-14-2007, 08:14 PM
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons3is/

Heres is a review on the Canon S3. This site is super helpful for camera reviews.

Buy this camera! Its badass. This much zoom is what really made it my choice. I've had good luck with Canon products. Badluck with Sony camera's....

I use each for its own advantages so I can do everything I want in whatever conditions are presented to me. Yes the S3 rules, but the new shiznit camera now is the Canon SD750. Its an updated version of the SD630 and it kicks major ass. I am shocked its so cheap at $349 for 7 megapixels and the newest image processor and whatnot.

dflood75
04-18-2007, 06:30 PM
Smoking deal at Newegg.com!!! Free 2gig mem card with purchase of Canon S3, two cards and cam shipped for 343.00! The zoom on this badboy is unbeatable, 12x plus more with digi-zoom. I think for total of 48x.

suprefan
04-18-2007, 06:35 PM
Smoking deal at Newegg.com!!! Free 2gig mem card with purchase of Canon S3, two cards and cam shipped for 343.00! The zoom on this badboy is unbeatable, 12x plus more with digi-zoom. I think for total of 48x.

Nice, digi zoom is of no use. If you want the quality to suffer than use it. I never use digi zoom its pointless.

GTI_GRL
04-19-2007, 09:51 AM
just bought an extra battery, $40 at bestbuy, $20 after $20 rewards...... perfect timing

dethroned
04-19-2007, 10:02 AM
I just bought a Canon PowerShot SD30 Digital Elph off of eBay. I hope it's not a piece of crap. I had an SD10 that I loved and lost after a drunken night, so I think this one should be good.

elChurro
04-19-2007, 10:32 AM
uhm, just how big of a camera can you bring into coachella?... time to read the faqs.

suprefan
04-19-2007, 05:38 PM
uhm, just how big of a camera can you bring into coachella?... time to read the faqs.

Not how big, WHAT TYPE is the question.

Good Luck Bear
04-21-2007, 11:38 AM
Does anyone have a Casio EX-Z700. I just got one today and wondered if anyone had any pointer tips on how to take some great shots the manual it came with sucks. It has something like 30 different modes and if anyone can help me narrow down the best ones to use that would be great.

1litro
05-16-2007, 09:39 AM
http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL844/8886649/16404593/253043010.jpg

A lieca D Lux III and photo shop will give you everything you need for coachella

seandlr
01-28-2010, 10:15 AM
Canon Powershot, SX120 10mp w/ 108 optical zoom. $249
A good buy?

wewantmuse
01-28-2010, 11:47 PM
i have a canon g10 which i absolutely love. it's not the best in low-light situations (could be that i'm a complete novice at photography, too). camera produces beautiful pictures and i don't have to know what the fuck i'm doing. it's pricey though.. and a little bulky for most pockets. battery life is unreal. lasted me all of coachella last year and i took ~1000 pictures. it takes really high quality pictures though. each picture is ~4mb (running at the highest res.) and that's just shooting jpeg. raw would get even nastier.

Pixiessp
01-28-2010, 11:54 PM
I've got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1. Has a 25 mm wide angle lens which I love so much. 12x optical zoom. It suits my needs just fine.

wazdog
01-29-2010, 12:18 AM
not sure if the model number is the same for you guys, but canon S90, is pretty money.

iammrcandyman
01-29-2010, 01:23 AM
I know my fair share about cameras so listen up if you want advice. I'm going to make this short, sweet, and easy to follow.

Megapixles: At this point in technology it doesn't really matter any more since the minimum you're going to find on the market is around 10. Aim for a minimum of 10. You don't really need a 90000MP camera unless you plan on blowing up your pictures.

Lens: ASK ABOUT WHAT LENS IT HAS. Even the little cameras need a good lens. This is the main detail that separates the champs from garbage. Plastic unnamed shit made by the company that made the camera usually = trash.

Brands: Cannon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic. Period. Don't bother with any other brand unless you want trash, regardless of what owners here say those are the only four brands you should be looking at ask any professional photographer. Or a Leika. :)

Shutter speed: Faster the better. The end.

Price: Bare minimum spend 200-250 USD.

Battery: Make sure you can buy a new one if something happens to yours. Last thing you want to do is to dish out another 300 because your battery got fucked and you can't get a new one.

Bullshit: Don't let yourself get caught up with face detection, red eye reduction, touch screen, etc. Pay attention to the details mentioned above.

Memory Format: Most use SD now but make sure you don't get asses out with some bullshit card tha you're going to have trouble finding.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask. And once again do not bother with bullshit brands like kodak, polaroid, fuji, hp, and even casio. They're all trash.

PS: If the in store model is broken there's a reason it's broken, its a piece of delicate shit. All those cameras get equally abused. Especially the high end ones that get handled more and yet the low end ones are the broken ones, think about it.

JustSteve
01-29-2010, 07:56 AM
what about the sensor?

**JwOx**
01-29-2010, 08:56 AM
hey guys anyone know how much a new memory card is?

BlakeG
01-29-2010, 10:21 AM
Anywhere from 15-40 bucks depending on the gig size.

**JwOx**
01-29-2010, 10:35 AM
Anywhere from 15-40 bucks depending on the gig size.

k cool. Thanks man.... my girlfriend lost hers on new years at some party. First she lost her camera and i came to find out that i was the one who found it except it was new years and i was wasted and had no idea where i found it so had no idea who could have taken the card or where it could have been haha bust but at least we found the camera and the card isnt too much to replace

iammrcandyman
01-29-2010, 11:02 AM
what about the sensor?

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/digital-camera-sensor-size.htm

Hope that helps.

im_a_starfish
02-01-2010, 01:51 PM
question for all you camera nerds ;)
my boyfriends camera stopped working the last day of coachella last year
he is getting it fixed
i guess its nothing serious

but can the heat have something to do with it?

donkey sex
02-01-2010, 03:23 PM
going to buy upskirt shoe cam soon with disability check and do alot of mall shopping

JustSteve
02-20-2010, 09:52 AM
alright, so i am planning on getting a new camera for coachella from costco, mostly because i will probably use it for the weekend and then return it and get my money back since i am still pretty happy with my current point and shoot. just want something with more than a 3x zoom for the weekend and one that is easy to deal with, don't want to have to mess around with settings...anyone ever used the canon sx1 or sx20? if so, how are they?

mofomofo
02-21-2010, 12:46 PM
Personally, I got my eye on the forthcoming Canon SX210, mainly b/c I want to have it fit in my pocket.

lowfront
02-21-2010, 05:29 PM
I just got Canon PowerShot SD780.

Bad ass small camera...awsome quality, HD video

O ya...


Ordered a 32gig memory card for 75 bucks... And have two 8 gig cards and a ton of 2 gig cards


so this year is HD coachella year for me...coming back with 60 gigs of video

shotglass75
11-11-2010, 07:05 AM
Thinking of getting a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-ZS7-Digital-Stabilized-3-0-Inch/dp/B00395WIXA) in the near future but I want to make sure that when recording video (mostly shows) the audio sounds great. Does anyone have any experience with this camera or does anyone recommend a camera in the similar price range (about $250) that will not only help me take great photos but will also record great sounding and looking video? Thanks.

Boourns
11-11-2010, 12:46 PM
Just got a Canon SX130 today.

mistakenstrangers
11-11-2010, 09:35 PM
hey guys do ya'll know what kind of drugs they let into coachella, lemme know if you know thx

Wheres the beef?
11-11-2010, 10:09 PM
Thinking of getting a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-ZS7-Digital-Stabilized-3-0-Inch/dp/B00395WIXA) in the near future but I want to make sure that when recording video (mostly shows) the audio sounds great. Does anyone have any experience with this camera or does anyone recommend a camera in the similar price range (about $250) that will not only help me take great photos but will also record great sounding and looking video? Thanks.

I have a ZS3. The previous generation from the ZS-7. I think the videos speak for themselves...
Do yourself a favor and get the ZS7. It is the best point and shoot camera for shooting concerts on the market.

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grannock
11-12-2010, 12:34 PM
I got the Zoom Q3, I love it, it was 199$, the memory cards are cheap and hold 9 hours of video. The sound is the best available, the video is sub par, but if you get close it doesn't matter. Best part is, it runs on batteries so I can easily record all day at a festival.

shotglass75
11-13-2010, 01:18 PM
I have a ZS3. The previous generation from the ZS-7. I think the videos speak for themselves...
Do yourself a favor and get the ZS7. It is the best point and shoot camera for shooting concerts on the market.

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exactly what i was looking for. thanks.

coach10
11-14-2010, 02:31 AM
anyone looking for a camera for an event like coachella i recommended either one of these 2 the pentax w90 (http://www.pentaximaging.com/digital-camera/Optio_W90_Black/) or the Olympus stylus tough 8010 (http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1497) i have the olympus and i love it. they are both waterproof, shockproof, weather proof cameras! the olympus is good size and takes great video and shots. a lil expensive but you can get an older model for cheaper. but with this camera you can bring it to the do lab, sweat all over it, throw it around and not have to worry about it at all.

BlakeG
11-14-2010, 07:18 AM
If I buy a camera that uses a battery pack, how long do they last? And when I charge it how long will that take? I'm used to cameras that take AAs. Willing to make an upgrade but only if the camera's batteries last long enough.

Stickjohn
11-14-2010, 08:06 AM
Battery life varies greatly, depending on the camera and how you use it. You can get a lot of good information at a site like http://www.dpreview.com/ I think a lot of people, myself included, get an extra battery pack.

BlakeG
11-14-2010, 09:26 AM
Battery life varies greatly, depending on the camera and how you use it. You can get a lot of good information at a site like http://www.dpreview.com/ I think a lot of people, myself included, get an extra battery pack.


Thanks for the link and yes I'm with you, I'd buy an extra battery pack.