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Old Oct 7, 2003, 4:08 PM   #1
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Default Alternative uses for a digicam

Whilst on holiday last week I found a number of different uses for a digicam - other than shooting pretty scenes and the family! So I wondered if other members had some unusual applications.

Here's a few I used:

Photograph Spanish bus timetables on the stops - they are always changing them.

Use the optical and digital zoom at max if you forget the binocculars - then in preview mode do digital zoom again. (Yes I did find a use for digital zoom!)

Photograph menus in restaurants to preview/translate for a return visit.

Keep the camera manual pages on a spare flash card.

Photograph 'how to get there' maps in stores.

What alternative uses have you found? VOX
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Old Oct 7, 2003, 5:11 PM   #2
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You're not the first...with my previous digital (JamCam) which I can carry anywhere since it's light I'd photograph grarage sale notices I came accross while walking along (faster than entering it into the PDA on the spot).

With my Oly C-700 I've used it when I'm repairing something, so I know where the wires go when I put it back together (faster and better than doing a diagram).

Another thing I've done is take pictures of the programs entered into my VCR's timer...when I go away I might cut down what shows are taped due to the tape time limit; when I get back I look at the picture stored in the computer to see all the shows I normally tape and enter them back into the VCR.
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Old Oct 7, 2003, 8:33 PM   #3
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I've used mine to take blind shots in the cabinet, under the sink, at the back to quickly see where the @#$% plumbing leak was coming from. I set the camera to Program mode, set the zoom by best guess, aimed the lens in the general direction and took a shot--repeated until the framing was right.

Advantages:
-saves wear and tear on my old knees and back,
-can quickly enlarge photo enough to see exectly what's going on,
-helps determine what hardware is needed to fix the blasted thing,
-can take a print of the plumbing hook up to the hardware store to show the floor person what I can't other wise describe and buy the needed repair parts.

Obviously the digicam can be useful to visualize other hard/awkward to see mundane things around the house, car, or boat.
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Old Oct 7, 2003, 9:34 PM   #4
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Don't have my new compact camera yet (A-80) but I envision using it at the library to photograph research articles, usually 2 or 3 pages each for later review on the monitor or low resolution printing as a photo copy -- just good enough to see the words and photos etc. Hopefully it will beat using their expensive copy machines and the result will be in color rather than B&W. Don't know if this is practical or not. I am thinking low or medium resolution on the Jpeg and low to medium printer settings willl work.

I really like the idea of taking shots of hard-to-see plumbing (blind spots inside a cabinet, etc.) -- pretty good idea.
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I wish I had used it to photograph my knee when it was really swelling. By the time I got to the Ortho surgeon, it was about 1/3 the size it was before.

I've used it to take pictures of maps of new hiking areas.

I've used it to take pictures of furnature in a store which buys up estates and resells them. Showed the table to my girlfriend, went back and got it the next day. I invented a new unit of measure while there. I had my mom stand by the table to make it easier to know its size... It's 1/4 a "mom" high (unlike the 4 shelf filing cabnet which was 1 "mom" high.)

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I wish I had used it to photograph my knee when it was really swelling. By the time I got to the Ortho surgeon, it was about 1/3 the size it was before.
Here's a nice X-ray picture for you:
http://www.photobucket.com/albums/08...h/fun/Xray.jpg

It was taken by placing the x-ray on a lightbox.
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Old Oct 8, 2003, 2:25 AM   #7
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I am currently shopping around for some (classic wood) furniture and art to brighten up my living.

I have used my digicam shooting a lot furniture in several shops for comparison, including taking pics from a number of ordering books that were there (which was handy to record actual sizes of the furniture listed).

Also used it to get impressions of art objects, always after asking whether taking pics was allowed of course. It is amazing how many galeries will let you take pics, if you tell them it is for comparison purposes only and not to be distributed to others. Very nice, and it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the buying decision at home (art is quite expensive i found).

Oh...and I also used it to convert a flap-over presentation to a powerpoint presentation. That was quite a challenge, but worth it.
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When I go on my hikes, I take a picture of the maps and stuff at the trailhead. I can then zoom in on it later if I need to figure out which path leads where etc
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I wish I had used it to photograph my knee when it was really swelling. By the time I got to the Ortho surgeon, it was about 1/3 the size it was before.
Here's a nice X-ray picture for you:
http://www.photobucket.com/albums/08...h/fun/Xray.jpg

It was taken by placing the x-ray on a lightbox.
That looks really painfull!!!
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Thanks so far - the photoshot of the plumbing is creative, presumably it works on hard to see car engine areas as well!

Xray digicams - there's an idea. VOX
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