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Old Oct 2, 2003, 6:45 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a digital camera to use primarily for web design and I need some suggestions as to which one to choose. It's important that the camera takes good, clear close-up photos. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old Oct 2, 2003, 7:18 PM   #2
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For static subjects I recommend Nikon, good macro, good colors. Most people will suggest for webwork that pixel quantity is not a point. However (speaking from my profession), i found that a larger image helps to get a good image even when things look blurred (low light, no tri-pod at the office and so on). Also a 3 or 4 mega Pixel image will leave much more choice in cropping than a 1 mP image.

From your description I guess you need to shoot objects, in such case don't be suprised if you have to shoot 30 or more to get 1 right. Imagine candidate camera on a tripod and look if you can access battery/cfcard while mounted on tripod. Flash light lense cast in macro mode should not be a big deal: Last thing you like to publish is an object lighted by straightforward flashlight. More important is flexible whitebalance setting.

Here are some rough highpoints to help you; Nikon macro & color, Canon color & lowlight focus, Olympus sharpness & color, Fuji colors & speed of camera response. Ofcourse each brand has models that do not fall in their average line of expectation. You want a camera with great sensitivity to light, thus look for wide lense diameter.
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Old Oct 2, 2003, 8:18 PM   #3
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The Olympus C4000 has a macro and super macro mode, it is a 4mp camera. Read steves' revies
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Old Oct 2, 2003, 10:36 PM   #4
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The Nikon Swivel Bodied Cameras have the best out of the box macro capability of any digital cameras, at any price.

It all depends on what you mean by "close up".

You may want to try and locate a used Nikon Coolpix (one of the swivel bodied models -- Coolpix 950, 990, 995, 4500).

Even a 2 Megapixel 950 would have plenty of resoluton for web work.

The swivel bodied Nikons can "fill the frame" with an object as small as 0.7 inches across, with virtually no distortion -- no add-on lenses needed.

See Phil Askey's Macro tests for the Coolpix 995 here (the older split bodied Nikons work just as well):


Here's the same type of test for the newer Coolpix 4500:


Even the older 2MP Coolpix 950 can do this well.

These cameras can be found on Ebay at bargain prices.

Nikon also offers a Macro Light (SL-1), which iluminates your subject with a ring of white LED's. It simply attaches to the front of the lens (and it will work with all of the swivel bodied Nikons). It's under $100.00 from most any dealer.

BTW, you can also buy a reconditioned 4 Megapixel Coolpix 4500, directly from Nikon for only $369 (retails for $699). But, you can probably find a used CP 950, 990, or 995 for less on Ebay.

Here's the link to the reconditioned 4500 (note, you can still order one, even if it's temporarily out of stock -- they won't bill your credit card until it ships):


Also, Nikon has a unique feature known as "Best Shot Selector". It only works without flash enabled. But, this is the way you'll take most macro shots anyway (because reflections from a flash would not be desirable for most macro photos).

With BSS (Best Shot Selector) enabled, you can hold down the shutter button while the camera takes multiple photos. When you release the shutter button, the camera automatically saves the sharpest one. It's a feature unique to Nikon, and I've found that it works well -- allowing sharper photos with lower shutter speeds, than would otherwise be possible without a tripod.

If you do not need macro capability this good, as the previous poster mentioned, the Olympus C-4000z does have a Super Macro Mode. It's capable of filling the frame with an image as small as 1.2 inches across.

Personally, I'd prefer the Macro Capability of the Nikon -- especially given the optional Coolight SL-1.

A lot depends on what type of objects you'll be photographing, as to what camera would work best.

Also, since your purpose is for the web -- you could always use a camera with lesser macro capability than these cameras -- and crop out the portion of the image you needed to publish (since resolution is not as important for onscreen viewing).
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