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Old Nov 25, 2009, 6:57 PM   #1
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Hello there, I need to buy a few cameras to take pictures of purchase documents and serial number tags for household appliances. The appliance manufacturers require this information when submitting warranty claims. Do you know of simple, robust cameras that will give good results for me?
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Old Nov 25, 2009, 7:08 PM   #2
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For documents, you're better off with a simple, inexpensive flat bed scanner than with a camera.
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The trouble is it has to be portable and be able to copy the serial # tag inside fridges, washers & dryers.
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The trouble is it has to be portable and be able to copy the serial # tag inside fridges, washers & dryers.
For that you'd need a camera, but a small flatbed scanner wouldn't be much larger than a laptop, and for documents, it will do a much better job than a camera.
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The trouble is it has to be portable and be able to copy the serial # tag inside fridges, washers & dryers.
For those labels, a handheld scanner would do a better job than a camera, but those are hard to find nowadays.

If you want an image of something flat, a scanner will always do a better job than a camera.
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I use a Canon point and shoot camera with 'Macro' mode. In other words nothing fancy and it is 3-years-old. I've used it for shooting documents and labels without issue. It may not be ideal but it works. Unlike scanning, the picture usually has to be cropped and I take two or three to be sure. I even did this with transcripts that had to be sent electronically for a job application.

Both of the following are fairly small the lable is less than 1 inch and the 2nd card is 2x3 inches if that. It is a hang tag.





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