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    My friend is a noob and would like to get one point and shoot digicam at less than $300.

    Any recommended brands/models which are good in taking moving animals in the night?

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    Even with high end DSLRs with high-end lenses, capturing images of *moving* animals at night (without the use of flash, of course) represents a great challenge.

    For $300, you'd be overly optimistic if you're hoping to get even semi-decent pictures of such subjects.
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    You will need night vision equipment and somehow rig it to work with a digital camera. Its plausible if you have got the know how.

    otherwise just rent a night vision capable camcorder.
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    Probably the old Sony cams with 'Night Shot' feature will be able to track the animals but getting the shot is another story especially if the animal is moving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by augeniz View Post
    My friend is a noob and would like to get one point and shoot digicam at less than $300.

    Any recommended brands/models which are good in taking moving animals in the night?


    OK confirm noob.

    $300 cannot make it if he is thinking of owning it.
    $300 is OK if he want to rent it.

    What animal does you friend need to take photo of?
    A bat? tough luck.
    A cat or dog in fully lit house, this is kind of reasonable.
    A sleeping elephant at Night Safari (er do they have elephant?) probably can, with tripod.
    Swinging monkeys? at night? tough luck.

    There is one option if you do not mind 2nd hand and black and white result: Sony F707, F717 or F828, they have night vision but not so clear, based on infrared. I am not sure if F505 has night vision.
    You can buy infrared illuminator overseas if you are keen, used by hunters and wild-life reporter (the one used by military & police you cant buy but you can make your own).
    I own and still keep my F717 for sentimental reason, having captured many rats and stray cats with it. LOL. Night vision is quite fun to play with esp if you have active neighbor, sadly I dont have so I have to have fun with rats and stray cats.
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    Thanks, i just told my friend, overly ambitious!

    how about those "dummy" digicams that can take stationary animals in the night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by augeniz View Post
    Thanks, i just told my friend, overly ambitious!

    how about those "dummy" digicams that can take stationary animals in the night?
    I really doubt any digicam can take acceptable photos of stationary animals in the night if you use it hand held. You will have better luck if you use a tripod with timer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by augeniz View Post
    Thanks, i just told my friend, overly ambitious!

    how about those "dummy" digicams that can take stationary animals in the night?
    better idea...buy postcards with animals caught at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reportage View Post
    better idea...buy postcards with animals caught at night.
    I like this answer.

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    may be this one , reasonably good at high ISO shots.
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    Infrared capability tops when it comes to shooting in the dark compared to high ISO. High ISO is nothing if there is little light. So go for 2nd hand sony with infrared if you can find any.

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