Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > Newbie Help

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Dec 13, 2005, 2:46 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 9
Default

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.
nightowwl is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Dec 13, 2005, 3:16 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Posts: 4,036
Default

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.)"

slipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 13, 2005, 7:59 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 9
Default

OK, but not great. I'm looking for great...so that means I'll keep looking.




nightowwl is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 2:06 PM.