06-21-2012 11:35 PM
I think for concerts you have to get a camera that's good at taking pictures in low light environment. Do you just want a point and shoot? I read about canon powershot elph series and they said it's good for that purpose
06-22-2012 12:23 AM
09-16-2012 08:06 PM
I was hoping to get some serious help on choosing a digital camera for concerts. I am looking for something under $300 and isn't too bulky. If there is anyone who can help out ASAP it would be greatly appreciated. I have a concert in less then a month and need to get a super duper camera for it and my other ones I have planned to go to.
09-17-2012 12:22 PM
For concert photography, I love using Canon's S-series (Canon S90, S95, and S100). They may be a little bit over the $300 mark, but its image quality is one of the best for its price. However, your distance from the stage will be a factor.
Here is a photo I took at a Shakira concert a couple of years ago with the S90. The one thing is if you have to change the aperature, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity to get the clear shots you are mose likely looking for.
I don't think there is a point & shoot you can purchase and use the 'auto' mode to get those shots.
09-17-2012 12:39 PM
09-17-2012 02:22 PM - edited 09-17-2012 02:23 PM
Even the most complicated professional DSLRs can be set to fully automatic, and would require no decision making on the part of the user. With a budget of $300 you will only have the option to purchase a Point-and-shoot camera, and it's the settings that aren't an option on Point-and-shoot cameras that really produce the best concert photos.
Concerts provide one of the most challenging shooting environments there are. Concerts are typically very dark, the subjects are shot from a longer distance, and the subjects are typically in constant motion. This is not meant to discourage you, and if you are patient you can get decent results with a Point-and-shoot camera.
You will need to take some ownership of the settings on whatever camera you purchase. Without knowing the exact camera it would be less than helpful to suggest specific settings. My suggestion would be to purchase a camera towards the high-end of your budget, stick with a brand you know, and get one with a decent optical zoom on it.
My next suggestion would be to try and simulate the conditions of the concert you are going to. Maybe go out and try shooting cars moving on the road towards dusk or dawn. Shoot these subjects with each setting the camera has, and record which setting produces the best result for you.
If this camera has the option to turn the flash off do this. The flash would not have the strength to reach your subject (unless you are right under the stage), and will only result in the wrong color balance being set by the camera.
If the camera has the ability to manually set the sensitivity of the sensor (ISO) do this. Try setting the ISO as high as you can without getting too much digital noise.
I can't stress enough that you should try shooting moving subjects in low-light before hitting your first concert with this camera. I personally like Canon Point-and-Shoot cameras, but most manufacturers today make very nice Point-and-Shoot cameras. I hope this helps, and most of all remember to have fun with it.
09-17-2012 02:36 PM