The success of capturing quality images was largely predicated upon the type of camera you used and the type of zoom lens involved. Not to mention the hassle of getting the film developed, the chance of losing a crucial picture during the exposure phase was always a possibility.
When Digital Cameras started to enter the marketplace in the late 1990’s, the ease of use was upped greatly in comparison to the cameras of old. However, the picture quality still lagged behind conventional cameras for many years. It was understood back then with technological advances making huge strides year by year that the quality of digital cameras would eventually equal and surpass conventional cameras.
That day finally came in the mid 2000’s when better CMOS and image settings started cropping up in new digital camera models. With the ease of use and the ability to print out high-quality images at home, the old conventional cameras of the past were finally deemed obsolete. When Kodak finally ceased production of new film cameras in 2005, the final nail in the coffin was completed and Digital Cameras were here to stay.
Capturing sports as it happens as stated above is largely dependent upon your position and the zoom quality that you have. With today’s digital models, zoom and quality are available in many different styles and colors. The options might seem endless as there’s so many to choose from, but with some research and price comparisons, you can whittle the list down to a manageable number while you scout for the best one that suits your needs. To delve further into the Sports field, which type of Sports will be shot? Will it be indoors? Outdoors? these questions all need to be asked to narrow down your choices of a good quality camera of the job.
Need to get good shots of a soccer game outdoors? Ideally, you would need to get a camera with a good shutter speed and a wide range of zoom to play with. A good shutter speed will capture fast images with no blurring. There’s nothing worse than capturing a critical moment on the soccer pitch and realizing later that you ended up getting a blob of blurriness. The zoom comes in handy when you want to capture something up close. A facial expression of a player scoring the winning goal, the grimace of pain etched upon the face of a player getting tackled. All of these situations would be captured well with a good quality camera with a good shutter speed and a good range of zoom.
What if the game is indoors? Then one needs to consider stepping up to a DSLR camera. These cameras are more expensive than your standard digital cameras. But the quality also steps up exponentially. DSLR Cameras use bigger and better sensors than their standard counterparts with better image quality. The additional expense also comes into play when you factor in that the lens is purchased separately. This also gives you more options with respect to zoom, you’re not locked into a limit as you would with a regular digital camera.
Obviously, the bigger the zoom…the higher the price. You also need to look at f-ratings in relation to lens quality. The lower the f number on the lens, the better. The f-number is in relation to Aperture which measures how much light gets in while the lens is fully-zoomed. In an indoor sports situation, the more light that gets let into the image….the better quality image that you’ll have. These are the most pertinent things to look out for when selecting a point and shoot camera for Sports.