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    Camera for Someone With Shaky Hands?

    I am an elderly woman and my husband and I love taking pictures. We have 2 grandchildren in sports and we love to take pictures. I have a compact digital camera now, but I cannot take pictures at a very far distance and when I try and make them larger, they become fuzzy. I want to buy a camera around $400, but I am totally confused with what to buy.

    Would it be asking to much for someone to help me in some way, figure out the zoom and digital or what I want. Some people say if you are a little shaky, you shouldn't use 12 zoom or whatever..

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    Re: Camera for Someone With Shaky Hands?

    If you want to avoid blurry photos (fuzziness), here’s a quick list of things to look for:

    1) An image stabilized lens (also known as IS or vibration reduction)

    2) A large max aperture lens (such as f/2.8, f/2.0…the smaller the number the better for your purposes)

    3) A camera with low image noise to enable high ISO speeds

    For Sports: A high zoom range to enable easy close-ups in sports (but beware that zooming in too much makes hand-shake more prominent, as others have told you). Image stabilization helps with this greatly.

    Ignore cameras with digital zoom; this will not enable sharper zooms in your photos, but will instead just effectively crop the image. Also check out this website's page on understanding camera lenses.

    Don’t pay too much attention to the megapixels. Around 6 should be plenty and I would not recommend looking for higher unless you are doing so because the camera happens to have some other feature you want. When you have a better idea of what you are looking for, you might also want to look at dpreview.com to evaluate a few different models.

    Hope this helps get you started.
    Last edited by McQ; 16th April 2008 at 12:47 AM.

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    Re: Camera for Someone With Shaky Hands?

    I second the advice above, and wonder if you are willing to purchase a used (pre-owned) camera.

    Many photography enthusiasts trade up for newer models and so excellent small digital SLR cameras become available in camera shops, eBay and Craigs List cheaply. This can deliver excellent value for money. Something like a Canon EOS350D (for example) with a kit zoom lens (because they are light and will be better to hold if you are a bit shaky) may well suit you very well and be in your budget range.

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    Re: Camera for Someone With Shaky Hands?

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    ... my husband and I love taking pictures. We have 2 grandchildren in sports and we love to take pictures. I have a compact digital camera now, but I cannot take pictures at a very far distance..
    All good advice but to get specific, take a look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. The only place it falls short is Mq's point #3 about "noise." I suspect 90% of your photos will be printed in small sizes for photo albums -- 6" x 4" or so. Under that circumstance noise is negligible. And you are correct, a longer zoom increase the chance to see camera shake. But this camera does have image stabilization and it has a very long zoom for such a small camera. Just don't use very long zooming -- much like not using the top speed of your automobile though its available if you need it. The TZ5 has an excellent lens and although small it is large enough to be held comfortably. Some cameras are too small to be held steadily.
    For more information on the FZ5 follow this link... http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec...nic_dmctz5.asp

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    Monopod???

    A monopod is a camera support sort of like a single tripod leg.

    It will not hold a camera lens up by itself but will do a good job in stabilizing a person's shaky hands.

    Monopods come in all weights and sizes. However, some of them are quite lightweight.

    Before selecting a monopod, it is best to decide on the camera and lens you will be using so that you can get the lightest monopod that will support the planned load.

    BTW, monopods can be very inexpensive.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...opod&x=16&y=17

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