Is it possible to capture motion trails (like throwing a ball or running) using a camera like the Nikon Coolpix S70?

If so, how do I do it?

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    \$\begingroup\$ What about making it explicit on the question that this is about the Coolpix S70? Or maybe even on the tags as this may be helpful for other point and shoot cameras. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 26, 2010 at 10:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ See also photo.stackexchange.com/questions/6667/… and photo.stackexchange.com/questions/566/… for technique on using flash to freeze motion with a trail behind. Probably not with this camera, though. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 16:47

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Unfortunately, due to a lack of a manual or shutter priority mode on the S70, it may be difficult to capture motion in the way you describe.

If there are no 'scene' modes available that provide a long shutter speed your best bet may be to mount the camera on a tripod, disable the flash & set the ISO to its lowest (if possible) then shoot in a low light situation. This will hopefully force the camera into a long enough shutter speed to create some form of motion trail.


If you had a Canon point & shoot you could install CHDK on it and manually adjust the shutter speed. I don't think there is anything similar for Nikon cameras, unfortunately.


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