thowman
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Compact Digicam For Cabin Shots

Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:18 pm

Walking around one of Iberia's B744s taking photos on the way to Tenerife with my D20, battery grip and expensive lense - I was attracting a lot of looks, especially from the cabin crew. Indeed, when myself and IBERIA747 we in the forward galley chatting to a couple of cabin attendents, the Chief Steward came by and asked me if my camera was some kind of weapon!

Anyway, is there a decent compact that anyone can recommend for taking discret cabin shots without flash that anyone can recommend? Any example of these on the database?

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Kukkudrill
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RE: Compact Digicam For Cabin Shots

Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:33 am

This might not help you very much but I think the key issue is grain at higher ISOs. Many point-and-shoots are prone to grain even at the lowest ISO setting. I have a Canon Powershot A85 and it is so bad at high ISOs that a handheld shot in dim light would be a complete waste of time for a.net purposes. So at least you can eliminate this one from consideration.

My impression is Olympus cameras deliver fairly clean images. Anyone here who's taken shots on high ISO with an Olympus?
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LIPH
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RE: Compact Digicam For Cabin Shots

Wed Jan 19, 2005 5:43 pm

Kukku, can you display an example of a shot with the A85 ? I have an A80 (4 megapixel) and wouldn't say it is prone to grain if you handle it in a certain way...(A.net get some shot made with A80 too).
For sure, for cabin shots a tripod is necessary, if you don't want to use the flash (guess it's pretty difficult to get into the cockpit with a tripod though).

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Kukkudrill
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RE: Compact Digicam For Cabin Shots

Wed Jan 19, 2005 5:57 pm

Here are a couple. The first one turned out nicely in the evening light, but I had to Neat Image the Emirates A330 to remove the grain even though it was shot in bright daylight. Perhaps it's simply because I underexposed this pic by 2/3 of a stop to avoid burning out the highlights. Because I used Neat Image you won't actually see any grain.


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LIPH
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RE: Compact Digicam For Cabin Shots

Wed Jan 19, 2005 6:24 pm

Kukku, I think the A330 came out pretty well...Of course if you'd have a MkII it turned out pretty different...Tell me : how many Mpixel has the A85 ? 5 Mpixel ? Do you use the A85 profile to remove the noise with NeatImage or you just go by yourself each time ?
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RE: Compact Digicam For Cabin Shots

Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:35 pm

The A85 has 4 megapixels. There's another model, the A95, with 5 megapixels.

I've never used profiles in Neat Image. I just run each photo through separately using the on-screen profiling.
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