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best digital camera for motorsport pics ?( max £400 )

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  1. F1F3R

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    hello,

    Can any1 help me choose best digital camera for novice upto max £400 which would take good motorsport pictures.

    im a novice and no preference to any camera ..( i know nowt about camera's but just remember instamatic polaroids when i was a kid :laugh: )

    ive been looking at a few and got this as my shortlist..( any other suggestions welcome. )
    which would be best suited for trackside pictures, fast moving bikes cars etc,

    i would like too see the bikes or cars as well ..so possibly a zoom if the picture quality still remains. ( not a dot in the distance which resembles a bike or car like the pics from my old camera )

    heres a few ive looked at...

    fuji finepix s7000 .
    minolta's Z2 or Z3 .
    olympus 5060

    can u please help !! :blush: thnx.
     
  2. mr jones

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    your always gonna suffer with compacts because of the distance between yourself and the action,



    this was taken with an olympus 750UZ from the spectator area at foulstons chicane at oulton park, its not bad, its just not brilliant either
     

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    Probably the Panasonic FZ20 (£359 from pixmania), 12x optical zoom (F2.8 aperature!) and optical image stabilisation system, etc. Unbeleivable camera for the price imo.

    Have a look at this review:

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz20/
     
  4. F1F3R

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    thnx for the replies. :smashin:

    im away too look at both camera reviews.
     
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    dont buy a 750UZ, its outdated now and its not particularly good, i cant for the life of my get it to manually focus, which is a ballache, its also a very very noisy camera
     
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    thnx for that advise .. but that pic looks fine to me .

    what is your personal opinion off the other cameras i mentioned for motorsport shots. ?

    fuji s7000,
    minoltas z2 or z3
    olympus 5060.
    panasonic fz20.

    you have alot more idea than me , for sure.
    and thnx for the input.
     
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    I would have thought that the biggest problem with the high end compacts that you're looking at is electronic viewfinders. I've had an S7000 &, very briefly, & FZ20. I've never tried motor sports as a subjuct but did have a great deal of difficulty following birds in flight. The problem is that the screens in the viewfinders have a fairly slow refresh rate. You may be better off with a camera with an optical viewfinder. If you add that to the perrenial problem of shutter delay then I would think that getting good, tight shots is going to be a bit tricky. This is speculation however & maybe someone with direct experience can chip in.

    Try making an appointment with your local Jessops to try out the FZ20. If you ask specifically for them to have a charged battery ready you can get at least some idea with the passing traffic!

    If you have any specific questions re the S7000 or FZ20 I'll try to help.
     
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    Just noticed that Minolta are bringing out an updated version of their ultra zoom camera see here
     
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    thnx for that JohnG.

    i will read the difference's over the Z3.

    cheers.
     

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