Having problems with your Canon PowerShot G7 Digital Camera ?

I am trying to take photos of my daughter cheering at football games ... I am having to zoom in and the pictures are grainey ... typical night game football lights ... how can I improve picture and get rid of graininess?

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This is a general problem with low-light photography. The human eye can adapt well enough to see the action on the field and sidelines, but the camera can't. This leads to digital noise, which appears as something similar to film grain (and will henceforth be refered to as grain). Here are some suggestions, none of which are perfect.
  • If you're close enough and it's permitted, use flash. This is harsh lighting and will turn the background black, making her appear to be cheering in the void.
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  • Lower the ISO and use a slower shutter speed. This will cause any subject motion to blur in the photo. Some of that might be put to use by panning the camera to follow the action. Otherwise you'll need a steady support for the camera, such as a tripod or monopod.
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  • The other big reason for the graininess is the small size of your camera's sensor, compared to that in DSLRs. Smaller sensors mean less light hitting them and thus more grain. Larger sensors make DSLRs more sensitive to lower levels of light and thus provide better low-light capability, with less (not no) grain. DSLRs can also use faster lenses, which further alleviates the problem.
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  • The noise can often be reduced in software. Refer to your photo editor's manual for details on the procedure.
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