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« on: October 08, 2005 03:49:06 PM »

i need to get a digital camera that can take pics that are actually good, lol. i have seen some pics on craftster that are really well lit and clear.  Would anybody reccommend their camera? or NOT reccommend their camera? lol

sorry i know this isnt really craft-related. but i didnt know where else to put it.
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2005 04:09:51 PM »

i recommend not getting the cheapest one you can find.  i went through two el cheapos in a year before finally thinking, "hmmmm, maybe paying a little more would be worth it."  luckily it was my birthday, so i didn't have to do any actual buying, i left that up to my boyfriend, haha.

i have a Sony DSC-V3.  i think it retails for around $500.  kind of pricey, but i wanted something that i could use for my online store for a long time.  my pictures come out really good... the only reason they don't come out spectacular is because i don't know the tricks yet.  so it has the potential for taking spectacular pictures (if only i knew more, heh).
i picked it because it had the best reviews (from several sources) and best specs in that price range.

my brother has a nikon Coolpix.  i'm not exactly sure which model, but i think it was around $250 (and that was 2 years ago or so) and 4 megapixels, and it really takes great pictures and he loves it. 
my mom has a sony something (sorry, i know this isn't too helpful) that was also in the 250-350 range which is the same story as above.  great quality without the semi-enormous price tag.

basically, i'm saying: you don't have to shell out $500 to get a nice camera.  it really depends on what features you'd like and how much you are willing/able to spend.
hopefully that helped a little. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2005 06:10:14 PM »

I had one of the canon powershots, like in the $150 range, and it broke exactly one year after I bought it. And apparently, lots of other people's have broken also. boo!

I agree that you should get the next level up from the cheapest you're looking at.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2005 09:50:30 PM »

hehe, my first camera was purchased at the grocery store.  it was $99.  it actually took semi-decent pictures.  i dropped it once, and it quit working.  i did EVERYTHING i could think of to try to get it to work again.  and then i remembered all of those crappy tv shows where someone gets bumped in the head and gets amnesia, and at the end of the episode, they get bumped in the head again and are back to normal.  so i slammed my camera on my desk and what do you know?  it worked again.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2005 09:52:03 PM »

Oh, I was just going to start a thread about this, and then I found this one!  I don't know ANYTHING about digital cameras.  Does anybody know how to tell if a particular model will be able to take good closeups?  I use a digital at work sometimes that can take terrific regular shots but only takes dark blurry pics of small objects and detail.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2005 09:59:24 PM »

you probably want one with a macro feature, and also optical zoom.  don't let them sell you with the digital zoom... it's trickery.

"digital zoom is not really zoom, in the strictest definition of the term. What digital zoom does is enlarge a portion of the image, thus 'simulating' optical zoom. In other words, the camera crops a portion of the image and then enlarges it back to size. In so doing, you lose image quality. If you've been regularly using digital zoom and wondered why your pictures did not look that great, now you know."  (more here: http://www.photoxels.com/article-optical-digital-zoom.html)
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2005 10:06:46 PM »

Thanks!
Yep, the digital camera I use at work has a zoom that does nothing.  It actually turns out better to take a regular picture with the best resolution and then crop & zoom with photo editing software. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2005 10:56:11 PM »

I have a Canon Powershot SD300 (it's an ELPH) and I lovelovelove it.  It has a 3x optical zoom, which could be better but it works for me, and the macro-focus is fantastic - that's what I really bought it for.  It can focus at 1.5 inches away (!), and it's still clear as day.

Something I would really, REALLY recommend is getting it from Best Buy, becasue they offer insurance.  My camera cost me about $300, with another $60 for four years of insurance.  BUT the insurance will take care of anything other than "obvious abuse," as it was stated to me.  Basically, as long as I don't take a hammer to it, they'll replace it for free. 
Another big bonus of the insurance is that is includes one free (rechargeable) battery every year.  With batteries going for $15-20 a pop, it pays for itself right there.

And if you want to see examples of what kind of pictures it takes, primarily with the macro focus, then just check out the links in my signature.  I get TONS of compliments on how professional my photos look, and I really don't have a clue what I'm doing beyond point-and-shoot.   Grin

Hope that's some help.

EDIT:  A lot of product pics are really enhanced by using a light-box.  However, all my pics were taken without anything fancy at all, except a nice clear day.  If you're interested in making a light-box, there is a tutorial here.-->
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51642.0
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2005 01:40:49 PM »

THANK YOU ALL SOO MUCH.

it is really helpful to hear what non-salespersons have to say about their cameras, lol. really helpful, thanks a barrel!
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2005 09:39:47 PM »

I have a Canon Powershot SD300 (it's an ELPH) and I lovelovelove it.  It has a 3x optical zoom, which could be better but it works for me, and the macro-focus is fantastic - that's what I really bought it for.  It can focus at 1.5 inches away (!), and it's still clear as day.

Something I would really, REALLY recommend is getting it from Best Buy, becasue they offer insurance.  My camera cost me about $300, with another $60 for four years of insurance.  BUT the insurance will take care of anything other than "obvious abuse," as it was stated to me.  Basically, as long as I don't take a hammer to it, they'll replace it for free. 
Another big bonus of the insurance is that is includes one free (rechargeable) battery every year.  With batteries going for $15-20 a pop, it pays for itself right there.

And if you want to see examples of what kind of pictures it takes, primarily with the macro focus, then just check out the links in my signature.  I get TONS of compliments on how professional my photos look, and I really don't have a clue what I'm doing beyond point-and-shoot.   Grin

Hope that's some help.

EDIT:  A lot of product pics are really enhanced by using a light-box.  However, all my pics were taken without anything fancy at all, except a nice clear day.  If you're interested in making a light-box, there is a tutorial here.-->
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51642.0

Ooh, your pictures do look really good.  Thanks for the tips!
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