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Shutter Speed too slow on indoor sports for Nikon D60

When I set the camera on "sports" and use it outdoors for baseball or football, the shots are great even when the person is moving quickly. But when I use the camera indoors with the same setting for volleyball or basketball all of the action shots are blurred. The shutter speeds show to be much slower indoors than out. I am sure that is because of the amount of light indoors. My question is "Can I take action shots indoors?"

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  • w sass Jan 18, 2009

    I have had the same issues with other cameras but try setting the ISO at 1600 or Hi1 with a 55-200 lens and RAW or JPEG fine. It has worked much better for me.

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Maybe. Assuming you can't add more light, you can either increase the ISO and/or open up the aperture. Try going to A (Aperture) mode and opening up the lens all the way. This will give you the fastest shutter speed possible under the conditions. That may or may not be fast enough.

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