I finally decided to buy one, and would like some advice on what (not) to
look for. I need a camera for simple things : holiday snap shots (wife and
dog), and models (ARC who knows !). No movies, sound, etc...Which attributes
should I look for ? I don't care much for printing my pics, as most pics
will be viewed on a monitor (mine and yours).
Looking at adverts it seems the following attributes are often mentioned :
optical zoom (how much required ?)
internal memory (flash ?)
slot for memory card (definitely needed I guess ?)
compatible with SD memory card
USB (required I think)
I can choose between the following brands : HP, Nikon, Canon, Sony,
Any input appreciated, the consequences of which might soon be seen on the
The most you can afford. For model work, I wouldn't go for less than 5:1.
I have an Olympus with a 10:1 optical zoom. I have often used that in
taking pictures of ship models in museums.
Forget digital zoom. Anything you can do with digital zoom you can do
better by post processing in your computer. Digital zoom is really more of
a marketing trick.
The internal memory doesn't much matter. It's the exernal memory that
A camera without a slot for a memory card is totally unacceptable.
Don't know what this is. Most good cameras can output in several formats.
The most convenient is to treat the camera as hard drive and take the
pictures off the computer.
Why this restriction. SD cards are good, but I wouldn't make that as a
Without a USB port, totally unacceptable.
You should consider Olympus, also.
You've left out a very important feature.. a good macro capability. This is
essential for any model photography. Having a good optical zoom doesn't
mean you have macro capabilities.
Refresh rate. For taking model pictures, this isn't an issue. But for
taking pictures of the family, events, etc. it is very important. One of
the big differences between high-end, versus low-end cameras is how often
you can take a new picture. Some are very slow -- e.g., 10 seconds. Don't
confuse this with the ability to take a fast burst of consecutive pictures.
Two different features.
Pixels. Nothing less than 2 megapixels. However, watch out. Having lots of
megapixel does not necessarily mean greater resolution. More digital
trickery. What matters is the number of pixels on the CCD sensor screen
and not the number of pixels allocated to each photo in the memory. Also,
note that high megapixels usually mean slow refresh rates.
Interchangeable lenses. ONe of the major features of the high-end cameras
is that they have interchangeable lenses .. e.g., Nikon, Canon. Then the
issue of macro and zoom isn't an issue. If you need a higher zoom, you buy
a longer zoom lens. If you need really good close-ups, you buy a macro
lens. It's a qualitative difference, but also a quantum leap in cost.
Aperature versus shutter priority and depth-of-field control. You want
good automatic modes, but you have to have the ability to select the f-stop
and speeds manually so that you can control the depth of field and other
stuff. Otherwise, taking good model pictures becomes quite difficult. Also
you want to ability to deliberately over-expose and play other photography
tricks. Again in the interest of taking good model pictures.
At least 3 times
Forget it - doesn't do you any good
Not nessecary, a good memory card will do you better
Only if you need to print from printer without using the PC
Why bind to SD? Both CF, XD and the others are just as good, choose the
camera, and then buy the extra card
I can live without, and belive you could too with a card reader, but most
have it anyway
For smaller model like Pocket type, I have good results with Canon Powershot
series, they have a good macro function. HP may be a little easier to
handle, but are generally slightly smaller, and have less capable macro
As for the high end SLR's I have only tried Canon EOS D-10 and can only
recommend it, but that's a whole different price range.
The bigger the number the better it is.
Digital zoom is a bullshit spec that does nothing to improve photos,
it's a software trick that is basically just cropping and destroys
resolution. Mine is disabled since it is a "feature" that is in reality
Other than that money is the object, as in how much are you willing to
Pierre Francois a présenté l'énoncé suivant :
I have a Coopix 5700 (Nikon) and a D70 (Nikon also). I am very
satisfied with these two cameras. If you want we can talk about it by
email, in French, it will be easier... ;o)
"Flying Frog" wrote in message
Have to second the Nikon recommendation, even though
I own an Olympus. For non interchangeable lens camera's
tthe Nikons have the best Macro focusing ability. The also
(in the 900 series) are more like a conventional 35mm camera
in camera control and function.. Nikon 900's and 995's have
been out of production for a while and are STILL very
popular camera's. Their manual controls are second to none.
(my Olympus 4040Z is just as good in that regard)
Dont get an Olympus, their macro ability is very poor.
Ease of use for an external; flash coiuld be important to
you, again the Nikon 900 series takes aftermarket
flash units well. Look for a camera that has a hotshoe, and or
takes a conventional flash unit. (not an Olympus again...)
You want at least 3 - 4 megapixels for an good 8 x 10 print
which will give excellent 4 x 6, and 5 x 7 photo's also.
Digital zoom is nothing more than a fancy name for the
camera equivalent of the crop tool in PS. Total
waste of time except..... for long range shots where it can
help to properly frame the shot. (and you still could just
crop in PS later too.......)
You DONT need video, or sound recording though most
camera makers put it in the prosumer non removable
If you can afford it a Cannon Digital Rebel, or Nikon N 70
are the way to go. Both excellent camera's !!!
(for right around $1000.00)
Only A Gentleman Can Insult Me And A True Gentleman Never Will
You didn't mention Kodak, but I have a DX6440 & I'm crazy about
it. Went thru 3 Sony Mavicas & never found one where the camera or
hardware worked, so went with the Kodak.
Pierre Francois wrote:
Beg to differ. Depends on the model. My 740 has a 10:1 optical zoom and an
excellent macro. It doesn't compare to an interchangeable lens camera
macro, but so far, the ability to focus down to about 10cm is all the macro
I have ever needed.
Several of the OM models have an external shoe for an external flash.
Le 19/05/2005, AM a supposé :
Right ! When I did the first tests with my 5700 I was really amazed
with the macro quality (it's a 5 Mp)... even this is better with my
reflex... but with dedicated lenses In fact I have always the coopix
with me, and the D70 for special events... Just another thing : With
the coolpix I own a set of macro filters also very efficient...
Video is never as good as with a digital cam. In fact I rarely used
this function... I use photo cam for photo only.
in article 428b4b4c$0$26076$ firstname.lastname@example.org, Pierre Francois at
email@example.com wrote on 5/18/05 9:03 AM:
I'm not going to try to answer the specific questions -- looks like there
are a lot of good responses already. FWIW, I HIGHLY recommend the Canon
Powershot series. I bought an A-75 last summer (3.2 megapixel), and I
totally love it. It's got excellent macro capability, a lot of flexibility
for exposure control, very comfortable ergonomics, a straightforward user
interface, and it takes wonderful pictures. It also uses 4 AA batteries,
which means you can buy new batteries at your local pharmacy, and of course
you can get chargeable AA batteries, which gives you the best of both
I found a very good webpage -- Steve's DigiCams -- with a lot of helpful,
comprehensive reviews and explanations:
I used to feel cheap 'cause I had no signature.
Concur - I have a Coolpix 995 and use it almost exlusively for shooting
photos of my models. Very happy with it.
However - I have been reading a lot of buzz lately about Nikon
encrypting the RAW format in firmware on some of thier newer cameras so
that you can only use Nikon software to process the RAW image. If you
want to do some serious photography and this is a concern for you, beware.
Rufus avait prétendu :
Right : Nikon uses a special raw size... It's a good process, but not
really RAW... Not a problem for me because I only use Nikon cameras,
but it can be one for people who have different brands of material...
I've got and old Kodak DC265 (2MP) that I really loved, until the
motherboard died. The camera wouldn't work unless the AC adapter was
plugged in. Which was no big deal as I primarily used it for model
photography. Now, sadly, it won't even workt with the adapter. Called
Kodak and they wanted as much to fix the motherboard as they wanted for
a new camera . So, now I'm in the market for a new digicam, too.
Been leaning towards another Kodak. Just need to save up enough
Used the flashcard for storage and then using a card reader could
transfer pics right to my iBook. The computer just saw the card as
being another disk drive, none of the TWAIN software needed or any of
j'ai essayé de t'envoyer un mail à deux reprises, mais sans succés ? Tu peux
me joindre sur pierre firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Fri, 20 May 2005 08:21:18 +0200, "Flying Frog"
Doesn't the (new) Photoshop handle the any raw image without a special
plug-in? I just got the new Creative Suite 2 upgrade, and it seems
pretty clear they have most raw formats integrated... You can even
adjust in the "Bridge" or file browser.
As I don't have a Nikon, I am not sure...
On Wed, 18 May 2005 16:03:55 +0200, "Pierre Francois"
If you want to use for models and macro stuff professionally, I would
splurge on a slr style. Many more options, but larger size. If you
want something to take on vacation, which you can fit in a shirt
pocket... Different thing altogether.
For Vacation, I have a Casio Exlim Z50 which is 5Mpix, has great
startup and response and a very usable range of manual ISO and focus
settings ... Does not do raw, but with a 1 gig SD card, I can get
about 550 shots at 2048x1563 in fine mode. Terrific for vacation stuff
as it is so small. In fact too small, as you tend to leave it about ;)
Our office has a Nikon D100 that I take out from time to time, and it
does give spectacular pictures, but again depends on the lenses and
lighting to get the results you are looking for, Most our stuff is
shot in a studio, against a backdrop with special lighting.
We do often need to get very close on some of the things we shoot,
like the graduations on a caliper face which are only a few thousands
of an inch in width, but we seem to get it right only after the
lighting is correct.
As far as interfaces go, I tend to Fire Wire/IEEE 1394/iLink as the
best solution. It is fast and efficient, does not grab processor time
and also the best for DV transfer unless you have a dedicated vid