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Russell A.
Russell A., Camera and Video Technician
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Experience:  30 years of experience as a TV station technician gives me a unique understanding of technical equipment issues.
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Im wanting too take picture of wildlife in low light

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im wanting too take picture of wildlife in low light situations . what would you recommend
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

What camera are you using. Brand (Nikon, Canon, Kodak...etc) & Model (Coolpix L18, Canon Powershot G5...etc)?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
sonny DCR-PC350 and Zeiss VCL-HG2030 Lens
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

Unfortunately, you camera is relatively "very old" technology so any result will not rival anything newer cameras produce. There are 2 setting changes that you can try. The first is to set the mode to "NightShot", which gives you the optimal settings for shooting at night.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I want to purchase a new camera . I know nothing could be better than what I had it took amazing pictures but nothing available for it anymore
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

OK, Nikon, Canon, Sony & Panasonic all have cameras that will serve your purpose well.

Please give me a price range that you would like to stay within. $100 - $200 $250

- $350...etc

Are you sticking to mostly photos or is your focus video?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
sorry been out Canon and $800 or less video mostly
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

Because the technology has changed, there are very few options in the conventional style camcorder market. DSLRs that shoot both photos and HD video have taken over and the palm style camcorder has been almost completely discontinued. What is left is a few low level ($200-$300) and professional ($2000 & up) models. While it is still possible to pick up a VIVIA HF R60 or R62 (really mid to low-level units) this is probably the last year for them and the support will become scarce quickly. Take a look at the information on the R62 at the link below:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_hf_r62

As a more practical alternative a DSLR will give you more flexibility and higher quality video output. These units are smaller and give you a better grip than the larger old style camera of this type. The 18 mega-pixel resolution allows you to use very high sensitivity to shoot in low light without degrading the image. The good thing is that for around $500, you can purchase a kit that includes a standard zoom lens and a 70-300mm zoom. Your price range would allow you to pick up a 500mm+ lens for long rang shooting. See the SL1 kit below:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1060566-REG/canon_eos_rebel_sl1_dslr.html

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Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

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