I'm an amateur photographer. I own a Sony DSCT200, and i'm looking for something better. I need a camera that can clearly capture moving objects, which mine fails to do even with most trivial things, like people running or a dog turning its head.

By moving objects, I'll stress I don't expect to capture anything faster than a car, but I look to be able to capture flying birds, and even small insects such as butterflies, both in close and far range. I also hope to get clear shots while moving, as in a train or car.

Video capture capabilites are desirable, but not a must. What is the best bet I can take nowadays that'll satisfy my needs?


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Using a cheap compact for moving objects is a hard proposition but, as a general advice, I'd suggest looking for a compact camera that works well in low light (such as the ones mentioned in How do I tell which point-and-shoot cameras take good low light photos?) but using it on scenes with lots of light.

This will allow the cameras to use lower ISOs and fast enough shutter speeds that will help freezing the movements in the scene.

Keep in mind that a bigger issue with cheaper compacts is their slow focusing speed. In order to circumvent this you've better pre-focus on your subject and then wait with the shutter button half pressed until that "decisive moment" happens.


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