Originally Posted by SlurpeeBlueMetallic
The fireworks mode might help although I bet the color balance is WAY off and it will be grainy. It should at least force the camera into its fastest shutter/highest ISO setup.
I thought about that, but wouldn't that suck to have every action shot picture come out in the wrong colors? How annoying.
Let's have a bit of fun and play with real numbers here. So we know he wants to freeze motion here. His EXIF info says the first shot was taken at ISO 400, f 4.5, 1/10. Let's try to get at least 1/150 to try to stop motion. If you move the shutter 4 stops, he'll be around 1/160 or so. Adjust the ISO so you still get a good exposure and you'll end up at ISO 6400. Which is insanely high. Closing the aperture to f/16 or so would be a better option buuuuut he can't do that. Soooo, time to get a new camera!
Now, I'm not recommending him to get a SLR. I'm just saying he should get something with a sports mode.
*edit: after looking at the shutter speed and taking another look at the image, the biggest problem this image has is hand shake. The weightlifter would of probably been decent. Get a new camera or a tripod. Either way, my double vision will thank you. The second one has no hand shake but needs to quicken the shutter speed.