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Old Dec 11, 2008, 11:22 AM   #1
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I have an old Nikon Coolpix 5200 which takes good but not great close-ups but has a small view screen and is occ hard to focus. Most of my shots are from 3 inches to 3 feet with this camera at my work.
What is the best pocketable camera for macro photography which produces accurate images?
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Old Dec 11, 2008, 12:33 PM   #2
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This may not be the direction you want to go in but, the best digicam I ever had that produced outstanding macro images is the Olympus C-5060WZ. It is no longer in production but you can still find it on EBay from time to time and the used camera outlets such as KEH.com, Adorama, or B&H Photo.

Here is a photo lesson using the C-5060WZ for macro shooting. It is a 5MP, with a really sharp wide zoom lens, and articulated LCD screen. This camera series was one of the best that Olympus has produced.

You can also find information regarding the camera itself at wrotniak.com as well as Steves camera reviews.

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Old Dec 11, 2008, 6:54 PM   #3
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Although somewhat outdated by today's standards, the Olympus 5050 and the 5060 were really great cameras, that had excellent macro capabilities. I still have one of each. Scanning the web, I found one at www.amazon.com for $(US) 200.00.

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Old Dec 11, 2008, 10:46 PM   #4
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I have one of those as well. Very slow and poor facussing, and mediocre image quality. Nikon Coolpix 5200, also 5 mp, much better.
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Old Jan 8, 2009, 3:54 PM   #5
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Hi cbfish1,

Not sure where you are in the world, but for my small pocket / handbag camera I have a Ricoh R4. Ricoh are apparently known for being macro specialists and I've been please with it. It also has a 28 - 200mm zoom and is not much bigger than a pack of cigarrettes.

Ricoh are up to the R10 now, with 10 megapixels, 3" LCD and 1cm macro. If you're in the US you may have problems finding somehere that stocks them though...

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