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10-27-2006, 10:39 AM
I do NOT wish to "move up" to a DSLR camera. But what I do need is one that has manual shutter speed settings. If one is made, I'd like the ability to "lock" the shutter open for timed exposures. I reviewed a Panasonic Lumix model that has what I need, but the review I read wasn't all that positive about picture quality with that model.

So my question is then, what's the "best" I can do (price not a consideration) in a NON-DSLR camera that has manual settings for the shutter speed (and aperture too if possible)?

Thanks in advance for replies!


10-27-2006, 11:38 AM
Try dpreview:
The left sidebar has buying guides and cameras. You can even plug in a few camera models and get side by side comparisons.

10-27-2006, 11:55 AM
If you want to do long timed exposures (more than 30 seconds) then you might want to use a film camera. Supposedly, the sensors on digital cameras tend to heat up during long exposures and give noisy pictures. You may not find a digital camera that allows longer than 30 second exposures in any case.

I've heard that the older mechanical shutter film cameras are better for that type of work. Supposedly, long exposures are hard on the electronic shutters in modern cameras and some may not give you that ability. Many modern cameras (digital and film) have a maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds.

If you want to use shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds, you'll want to verify that the camera you choose has a B or bulb setting. On the newer cameras, That allows you to open the shutter with the first press of the button and close it with the second press. The mechanical shutter cameras give you long shutter speeds via cable release. You set the shutter dial on B and then use a mechanical cable release (hopefully with a locking screw) to hold the shutter open.

I hope this helps.

10-27-2006, 04:04 PM
Digital SLR cameras do have "bulb" settings and a timed shutter (longer than 30 seconds).
My son uses 15 minute+ exposures for doing star trails. (w/ built in timed shutter).
Which all of the Nikon DSLR's can do.
(and can accomodate shutter release cables and remote shutters as well)

Since you are primarily looking for a non-DSLR, the above references to DSLR is a moot point, but the type of camera you're looking for (P&S with manual settings), some will have manual + a bulb setting.
I just recently read some reviews on cameras such as the ones you are asking about. And will try to come back later and post some models.

10-27-2006, 04:24 PM



10-27-2006, 05:16 PM
I have a Nikon CoolPix 5700 that allows all you ask and the time exposure is 5 minutes max.
damar has some good links, I like Steve's digicam reviews too.

10-27-2006, 07:44 PM
Thank you SOOOO much for your replies. Now I have MY work cut out for me trying to read through everything I've been given by way of references. Thanks again. :clap:

10-28-2006, 10:55 PM
the 8700 is long since been discontinued.

11-03-2006, 02:49 PM
i have a fuji fine pic 5200....with fully manual settings and timed exposure to 15s...great clarity in a modestly priced camera...

11-06-2006, 10:25 PM
Try looking at the Fuji S 9600 (or whatever number they give it in the states), I have the Fuji S 9000/9500. A very nice piece of equipment.