Coolpix 5400 - low light issue

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by tom_sawyer70@yahoo.com, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Can someone quantify the alleged low light issue with the 5400? I've
    read many concerns about the lack of an AF assist lamp and that one
    "should not" buy a camera without it and that it is a limiting factor
    in the rating of the 5400. However, I have not found a description in
    layman's terms...i.e., you cannot do xyz in pdq situation?

    Are you precluded from anything in-house after dark? Or during/after
    dusk? Or if it's cloudy?

    Can the AF be overcome with manual focus and/or some other technique?

    I'm interested in the camera for a variety of reasons, but I guess my
    concern is similar to what I found in other technologies...the review
    is accurate, technically, but there's no solution given to the person
    who may wish to "step up" to the camera. Or the person who wouldn't
    identify or care about slight details that a pro might see compared to
    his/her $8000 camera.

    Thank you,
    Dave
     
    , Feb 27, 2005
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  2. On 26 Feb 2005 16:36:26 -0800, wrote:

    >Can someone quantify the alleged low light issue with the 5400? I've
    >read many concerns about the lack of an AF assist lamp and that one
    >"should not" buy a camera without it and that it is a limiting factor
    >in the rating of the 5400. However, I have not found a description in
    >layman's terms...i.e., you cannot do xyz in pdq situation?
    >
    >Are you precluded from anything in-house after dark? Or during/after
    >dusk? Or if it's cloudy?
    >
    >Can the AF be overcome with manual focus and/or some other technique?
    >
    >I'm interested in the camera for a variety of reasons, but I guess my
    >concern is similar to what I found in other technologies...the review
    >is accurate, technically, but there's no solution given to the person
    >who may wish to "step up" to the camera. Or the person who wouldn't
    >identify or care about slight details that a pro might see compared to
    >his/her $8000 camera.
    >
    >Thank you,
    >Dave
    >

    One simple trick I've used when all else fails, use a cheap and low
    powered laser pointer. On, focus, half press shutter to lock focus,
    Off, then full press to shoot.

    Olin McDaniel
     
    Olin K. McDaniel, Feb 28, 2005
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  3. Boch Guest

    Over all its the best point and shoot out there....I've used one for 2
    years...And can be had-very cheap....Shooting Bulb will give you fair low
    light pictures. Macro is very good/accessories are plentiful/fast AF/I'd
    love to see an upgrade to this style. Very adaptable to telescopes.

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    news:...
    > Can someone quantify the alleged low light issue with the 5400? I've
    > read many concerns about the lack of an AF assist lamp and that one
    > "should not" buy a camera without it and that it is a limiting factor
    > in the rating of the 5400. However, I have not found a description in
    > layman's terms...i.e., you cannot do xyz in pdq situation?
    >
    > Are you precluded from anything in-house after dark? Or during/after
    > dusk? Or if it's cloudy?
    >
    > Can the AF be overcome with manual focus and/or some other technique?
    >
    > I'm interested in the camera for a variety of reasons, but I guess my
    > concern is similar to what I found in other technologies...the review
    > is accurate, technically, but there's no solution given to the person
    > who may wish to "step up" to the camera. Or the person who wouldn't
    > identify or care about slight details that a pro might see compared to
    > his/her $8000 camera.
    >
    > Thank you,
    > Dave
    >
     
    Boch, Mar 5, 2005
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