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Old Mar 15, 2010, 2:29 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a digital camara for taking sharp clean images of bottles for uploading to my website. I'm aiming to be shooting against a white velvet-effect background with controlled lighting, but I would be really greatful for any advice on what type of camara would be suitable. My company has a budget of $200-$350 dollars or so, possibly $400.
We have been using a Canon Powershot a470 as a stopgap - it's time to move up!
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 7:33 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're delighted that you dropped by.

I agree that the Canon A-470 is only a stop gap kind of camera and it must be used on a tripod for image uniformity.

(1) What is the distance between camera and the item you are photographing?

(2) What is your proposed lighting for these photos?

(3) What degree of quality and uniformity is required for this project?

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Old Mar 16, 2010, 9:17 AM   #3
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Dear Sarah,
We've been looking at shooting at qite close distances - 40cm? We would like to use a clean, dispersed lighting which doesn't throw any shadows against a white background.
I'm looking for something capable of taking goodlooking pictures when they are in about the 1000x1000 pixel size, in order to be able to use them for different purposes beyond this.
Any suggestions?
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Good Morning, Joe-

Thanks for your reply.

Well your 40cm=15.75 inches, so you are in the Macro range of any camera. Bounce lighting would provide no shadows on the back ground. And 1000 X 1000 pixels is an E-Bay size photo. I assume you want to take the photos right from the camera to production with no post processing. Would that also be correct?

Take a look at the attached photo, please. Is this approximately what you are looking for in your project? I have a few more details to check out, but I believe we may be close to a solution.

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Old Mar 16, 2010, 3:25 PM   #5
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The Sigma DP2 would be perfect for your needs, except for the price. It's a small compact digicam, with an image quality as good as a DSLR.

It's price however is close to $600...





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Dave, don't mean to detract from the thread, but that is one clear and excellent shot of a baby. Can't get over those eyes, and the colour is just fabulous. Thanks. Ned
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Dave, don't mean to detract from the thread, but that is one clear and excellent shot of a baby. Can't get over those eyes, and the colour is just fabulous. Thanks. Ned
It's a fixed focal lenght camera and the "zoom" consists of your feet...

Image quality matches anything out there.

It would be perfect for Joe, except for the price - $575 or thereabouts.

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Well, that baby picture is awesome... a credit to the camera and your abilities. I am impressed... Thanks for the info. Ned
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Wow - cheers guys. All of those pictures are easily of the quality of shot that we need. We are definitely looking for something close to an ebay size/quality. So the consensus is to look to spend a little more?
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Joe-

Do you want to use the photos directly out of the camera? O, will there be some post processing? For uniformity, you should use a fixed pedestal for your item and a tripod for the camera. The background drape should ideally be at least 12 to 24" behind the object photographed.

How skilled with the photographer be? To make this as simple and inexpensive as possible, the camera's built-in flash unit can be used. The attached photo was taken with a Panasonic FX-500 using the camera's built-in flash unit. Camera cost: $200.00

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