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Old 02-06-2015, 08:41 AM
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Are there any? It seems all newer small p and s cameras have scrappy flash . Either Too bright or too dark depending on distance. Like to take close up o kids but often washed out. My old Casio was good for this but they don't make it anymore. Any good Nikons saw a 9700 Coolpix in store seemed to work great but I see bad reviews
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:30 AM
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Get a digital SLR, use your cell phone, or turn off the flash. No one cares about point and shoot cameras anymore - most people use their phone or invest in a nice SLR. Trying to find a better product in a shrinking market is difficult.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:46 PM
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I have used the Olympus Stylus Tough for years now, daily, inside and out, and I rarely use the flash.


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Canon makes a nice point and shoot but it is a little on the expensive side. One of the biggest problems with point and shoot cameras has to do with the tiny flash. They are OK for close in photos and for fill in flash but don't have to power to shoot across a room. On a positive note this camera can shoot in fairly low light and still come out with a decent image. They also have a mode where it combines multiple shots to one exposure for better detail. I bought an older version of this camera for my wife as she hates lugging around my 5DII DSLR and the image quality is very good. Also you can get some decent images with the built in flash as long as you are not trying to light up an entire room. Shooting with flash takes time and practice. Get away from full auto mode and explore a little. Your photos will improve vastly!

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Look into some of the nice larger-sensor, removable lens, non-SLR cameras. There are a whole crop of good cameras out now with interchangeable lenses and electronic viewfinders. They have big sensors, and that's what matters most.

What I mean by a big sensor is a physically big sensor. Look at the actual size of the unit, and even get lower megapixels if you can (you don't really need anything over 10MP for huge prints). This will allow you to take pictures in very low light and not need the flash. That's what will get you the best results.

The flash units crammed into these little P+S units are powerful,but the diffusers and reflectors are much too small, so they end up blasting whatever is right in front, and the rest stays dark. If you notice the big flash units that professionals put on their SLR's, you'll see that they have a huge head with a very broad light dispersion. The little P+S cameras can't fit that, but they want the power to get useful flash at a long distance, so they focus the beam so much that it blows out the picture for anything closer in. That's why a big sensor with lower megapixel count will be good. The bigger the sensor, the more light it can grab, and the better picture it can take in low light. Lower MP count means bigger individual sensor cells, which means better low-light performance, which means less need for powerful flash.

The less power you need to put to the flash, the better.
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I am using a P7100 every day

get the newer version

it bristles with features including a +/- dial so you can dial the exposure up and down

couple that with capture NX software and you are good 2 go
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
I have used the Olympus Stylus Tough for years now, daily, inside and out, and I rarely use the flash.


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I 2nd the Olympus Stylus Tough, I love mine works great and takes great photos.
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I bet if you look in your manual your camera might have an adjustable flash in a menu somewhere. If not theres always a few tricks you can do or even a few cheap items you can buy for the on camera flash to help diffuse it. Even a fancy DSLR, your still going tohave play with the settings to get something right
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Get a digital SLR, use your cell phone, or turn off the flash. No one cares about point and shoot cameras anymore - most people use their phone or invest in a nice SLR. Trying to find a better product in a shrinking market is difficult.
Have a Nikon D-70 DSLR - fine but a bit heavy and right now the flash is broken. I will get a iphone when you pry my cold stiff hands off my flip phone. Seriously I am not cool enough or disciplined enough for an iphone. Already spend too much time on the internet.,

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I bet if you look in your manual your camera might have an adjustable flash in a menu somewhere. If not theres always a few tricks you can do or even a few cheap items you can buy for the on camera flash to help diffuse it. Even a fancy DSLR, your still going tohave play with the settings to get something right
I am doing that now with the Nikon 9600 Coolpix I got for a trial. It worked great in the store for all kinds of flash situations and distances. Worked great at the boat show yesterday.it has TTL flash which apparently feeds back to the camera or something. Maybe they all have this????

Thanks to all for the advice!
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