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Old Dec 13, 2005, 2:46 PM   #1
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Reason I'm asking...I'm having a heck of a time figuring out which camera to buy to take closeup shots (2 to 14 inch range.)

I understand Nikon is known for its macro capabilities...the Coolpix 7900 was looking good, but it doesn't have the manual settings I need (such as depth of field and aperture settings.) I want more capablititiesthan point-and-click, but I don't need the functionality of an SLR.

So then I looked at the Coolpix 8800, but I don't need a zoom lens.

Finally, I discovered the Coolpix 8400. I thought I had found the perfect solution, but it's a wide-angle lens camera. Does the fact that it is a wide-angle lens camera mean it will be better for taking closeups or does this not make a difference?

Even thought I'm mostly usingit to take pictures topost to the web,I still need a camera that can take suberb closeups.
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Old Dec 13, 2005, 3:16 PM   #2
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It evidently does OK in macro. This is Imaging Resource's test results:

"Closeups: A very small macro area with great detail, though some strong softening in the corners. Flash has trouble up close though. True to Nikon form, the Coolpix 8400 performed very well in the macro category, capturing a minimum area of only 1.83 x 1.37 inches (46 x 35 millimeters). Resolution was very high, showing a lot of fine detail in the dollar bill. Details were quite soft on the coins and brooch due to the close shooting range, as well as some softening of detail in the corners of the frame. (The soft brooch and coins are due to the shallow depth of field at macro distances, so aren't the camera's fault. On the other hand, the soft corners are, but most digicams produce images with soft corners when shooting in their Macro modes.) The Coolpix 8400's flash had trouble at such close range, overexposing the majority of the frame. (A good idea to have alternative lighting for macro shooting with this camera.)"

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Old Dec 13, 2005, 7:59 PM   #3
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OK, but not great. I'm looking for great...so that means I'll keep looking.

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