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Old Jun 10, 2007, 6:03 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am looking for a camera, obviously. I am a scientist, a paleontologist, and I am looking for a camera that can produce some good detail for me. Many pics I take are not in the best of lighting conditions and I still want a good quality detailed picture. I take lots of pictures of skulls and teeth, often close up. I was assuming i needed a good macro, and something with a decent iso. Of course I assume the more mega pix the better. What would you all suggest.
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Old Jun 10, 2007, 7:20 PM   #2
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The very first question we must ask is how much do you want to spend?

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Old Jun 11, 2007, 9:11 AM   #3
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And second question is how much do you want to be INVOLVED?

Without the later any old 5MP AUTO BS camera willl serve you just fine.

You don't take an active interest you will never have more than a snapshot likely.
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Old Jun 11, 2007, 9:24 AM   #4
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Hayward, makes a good point-

Our photos improve, just as much as we are determined to learn and to sharpen our skills. Learing can very much be the fun part. Each new skill set that we add, improves our photos.

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Old Jun 11, 2007, 9:42 AM   #5
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Of course I assume the more mega pix the better.
Not necessarily. Depends on the sensor size. In most P&S cameras with their small sensors 7MP is about as much as is useful, more is likely to cause as many problems as it solves. DSLRS with APS-C sensors seem to be able to go to 10 MP without problems. Whether that necessary or not is another matter.
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DSLRS with APS-C sensors seem to be able to go to 10 MP without problems. Whether that necessary or not is another matter.
One WORD...... CROP.... with an APS 10 MP image I can crop it by half and still have a very printable 5MP image.

PS you are right.... P&S no need to go over 5MP or so.... even at lower ISO noise will become a major issue... craming to much SH* into too small an area :?
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Old Jun 11, 2007, 6:25 PM   #7
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Well first off thank you all so far.....

For price i'd like to stay under 500 preferably under 400 as I am a grad student and funds are limited....

I was looking at the Canon A640, even though I like the G7 a lot more but it doesn't seem to be a big enough diff for me to warrent the extra 200 dollars...

Like I've mentioned before i am very interested in low light quality and macro but it will also be a recreactional use camera as i do find myself in the wilderness quite often.
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another thing is that i do end up croping a lot! like sometimes i only use an 8th of my picture....so would more mps be neccessary then?
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If you do a lot of heavy cropping, a camera with a 10MP sensor might make sense. One I might mention is the Fuji s9100. It has a long zoom, 10MP, a quality sensor, and the ability to manipulate controls to customize shots.
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If you do a lot of heavy cropping, a camera with a 10MP sensor might make sense. One I might mention is the Fuji s9100. It has a long zoom, 10MP, a quality sensor, and the ability to manipulate controls to customize shots.
A DSLR with a 10 MP sensor. A 4:3 sensor or a APS-C sensor.
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