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jeronay Sep 19, 2014 2:06 PM

Wish to take pics of jewrley
I am looking for some guidance regarding the selection of a camera for close up pics of jewelry to be posted on a web site. Thus the camera must have download (WiFi) capability. Any input will be appreciated.

I have reviewed these options:
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera (Red) (Black)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and DSC-H300 Digital Camera
Fujifilm FinePix S9200 Digital Camera
Fujifilm FinePix S9400W Digital Camera
Pentax Q7 Compact Mirrorless Camera with 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 Zoom Lens (Black)
Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens
Nikon COOLPIX P530 Digital Camera (Black)
Nikon D5200 and D5300

I'm looking for an all around good camera and lens in the mid range of cost and skills needed. Good movie, battery life, remote release, compatible with PC and MAC (but one is OK) and likely in a package of some sort. Used from a known provider is fine as well.

Even with just the options above I'm bewildered by the complexity and number of choices. Could be that I through a dart and hope but I suspect one or more of you may have some experience and strong opinions.

Thanks in advance, Jim

VTphotog Sep 19, 2014 2:33 PM

For your purposes, I would tend to rule out the interchangeable lens cameras. The kit lenses are not the best for close-up work, and a macro lens, which is what you would need, would but them out of the price range you are working with.

TCav Sep 19, 2014 6:34 PM


Originally Posted by jeronay (Post 1380605)
I have reviewed these options ...
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 and DSC-H300 Digital Camera

You should know that the H400 and H300 don't have eyelevel viewfinders, which you may or may not consider essential. If you want an eyelevel viewfinder, you need to move up to the HX400 or HX300.

rudimaes Sep 20, 2014 2:22 AM

The Panasonic FZ200 is good for close ups, has a articulated screen, good EVF and video and can use (wireless) remotes.

pcake Sep 20, 2014 2:14 PM

i'd go with the FZ200, also.

jeronay Sep 21, 2014 8:49 AM

Thanks for the input.
Insightful observations and suggestions. I'll look at the FZ200.

I do appreciate your time and experience.


jeronay Sep 21, 2014 9:04 AM

This is what one review location says about the FZ200


  • Zoom range/performance (168)
  • Good image quality (164)
  • Easy to use (153)
  • Image stabilization (137)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (136)


  • Poor flash (8)
  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • Poor image quality (5)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (146)
  • Travel (142)
  • Wildlife (118)
  • Family photos (117)
  • Low light (92)

jeronay Sep 21, 2014 9:13 AM

The above is from:



  • Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Excellent build quality and good handling
  • Impressive image quality


  • Lack of eye sensor can be a pain
  • EVF could be larger

jeronay Sep 21, 2014 10:56 AM

Is this a good cost/benefit buy?

rudimaes Sep 21, 2014 10:59 AM

Here you have a good review of the Panasonic FZ200:


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