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Old 09-10-2003, 05:07 PM   #1
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We are looking for a digital camera that has the macro mode so we can take pictures of the things in our tanks. Does anyone have any suggestions? Does anyone use a good one or know of one? We don't want to waste money one that won't do what we want! =) Also, if anyone is selling one please PM me! Thanks much!!
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Old 09-10-2003, 05:20 PM   #2
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I like Nikon Coolpix they seem to work the best.. They can range from 200.00 all the way up to 1200.00 all kinda depends what you are looking for.. I had a Fuji camera that was for sale but it happened to get something wrong with it and barely works now.. So i could not recommend Fuji.. Nikon or Canon both seem to be well rated and easy to use not to mention High Quality.. But listen to what others who have those have to say about Them.. I can only speak for Fuji and would not recommend them as it only took a year for mine to stop working and I took extremely good care of it...

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Old 09-10-2003, 05:22 PM   #3
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I would look into the Nikon, Cannon, Fugi and higher end Sony lines.

A good place to look at camera specs is www.dpreview.com as well as look through there brand specific forums.

Moving to the Show Off/Photography forum.
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I really like my Canon S30. I don't think they sell them anymore now they are the S45:
http://www.powershot.com/powershot2/s50-45/index.html

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I really enjoy my Nikon coolpix 5700 (see recent posts in this forum)

only drawbacks; auto focus is very slow in certain situations and manual focus is difficult to use.

for manual focus, you have to hold in a button with your left hand, while turning a knob with the right hand.
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Old 09-10-2003, 06:14 PM   #6
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Thank you!

Thanks for all the posts! I owned a HP315 and I loved it but I never used it for anything more than everyday pictures, nothing that needed macro mode. We bought one digital camera but it wasnt working right and didnt have a macro mode(and was horrible for tank shots) so we got a refund. I will check out the cameras you named. We want something that is nice but doesn't cost a fortune. Thanks again, you guys always give good advice! =) (Thanks for moving it too Reef, I didn't know where I should have posted it!)
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I have a Pentax Optio 330GS, and LOVE it, that particular model isn't made anymore, but got excellent reviews at http://www.dpreview.com It has all kinds of different modes, and takes GREAT pics. I'll post some tank pics later, I'm usually in the freshwater getting started area, soo, look there
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After a lot of research, some points to offer:
Unless you want to print poster-sized photos, 2 megapixel is enough. Go for the optical zoom feature instead. For example, I chose the Fugi A204 for the 3x optical zoom, and because the reviews all said "Cracking Pics", which far outweighed "eats batteries" for me. The macro on it is STELLAR to say the least, check out this wallpaper-sized close-up of my crab's newly-shed-exoskeleton: http://hhouse.net/j/p/crab1024x768wall.jpg
I got my camera refurbished so it was cheaper than normal, but I think this camera goes for about $200 USD these days.
I am happy with it!
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Unless you want to print poster-sized photos, 2 megapixel is enough.
3.2 MP will barely print an 8 X 10 at 250 DPI, if you go upto the recommended 300 DPI for print you won't even get that. Another thing is in macro shots have a huge picture allows for cropping and resizing, much more than a smaller one

I would get the largest MP camera with the best reputation and features you want, that is in your budget.
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