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Old Jun 17, 2010, 7:01 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am trying to find a digital camera with the following features:

Compact or Sub-Compact Size (pocket size)
Good Macro ability (ability to photograph toy soldiers 25mm tall)
Performs well in lower lighting (indoors)
Image Stabilization
Facial Recognition
Touch Screen Controls would be nice

Does anyone have any recommendations? The biggest features that I need are the camera size and the ability to take decent macro photographs indoors.

Thank you for any assistance!

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Old Jun 17, 2010, 1:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

In reviewing your requirements, "...performs well in lower lighting (indoor)..." stood out to me in a big way. That requirement may eliminate any P+S camera, depending on what your definition of this requirement might really be. Generally speaking P+S cameras on the current market can handle ISO settings as high as ISO 800, without showing excessive noise.

The attached photo was taken with flash at ISO 200 to eliminate the need to have to use a higher ISO without flash, and to have to deal with the resulting noise. No, this camera in the photo is obviously much larger than 25mm, but it is a good example of the detail that can be recorded.

So to begin this discussion, I think that it would be important to know it you would consider using flash to stay with P+S cameras, and their reduced expense.

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Old Jun 17, 2010, 2:14 PM   #3
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Hi Sarah,

I don't have any problem using flash as long as it doesn't wash out the detail on the toy soldiers when I photograph them.

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Old Jun 17, 2010, 3:14 PM   #4
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Since you didn't mention needing zoom, I'll say what I always say - Panasonic LX3 and Canon S90. The LX3's macro mode can get in a little closer I believe.
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Brian -

That is what using the Flash Compensation feature or bounce flash lighting is all about. The camera used to take my photo sample cost less than $(US)150.00 delivered to my home and it has Flash Compensation.

Using creative flash techniques I am sure that you can get the photos that you desire with a P+S camera at minimal cost. This attached sample was taken of a camera battery that measures 1 3/8" from to to bottom. It was taken with a less than $(US)100.00 camera using the macro mode, Flash Compensation, and the camera's built-in flash unit. The camera used was the Kodak Z-915.

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Camera: Sony DSC-W300, ISO 400, no flash, incandecent lighting white balance

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Camera: Sony DSC-W300, 1/80th , f2.8, ISO 100 , exp comp -0.7, no flash, auto white balance.

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Good Macro ability (ability to photograph toy soldiers 25mm tall)
Facial Recognition
Is this to recognise the faces of the toy soldiers? I just tried a quick test with some of my son's toys and while it recognises Luke Sykwalker, it completely fails to recognise Darth Maul (he's the one with the red/black facepaint). I'm not sure what type of soldiers you're photographing but unless they're painted really well and aren't decorated too much in the way of warpaint etc. then the face recognition might not work.
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Morning and welcome to the Forum!

Usually macro photography and P&S cameras do not go together, so your request for a small compact with macro is not a daily request here. Pentax USA's president Ned Bunnell has an online blog that I read every so often, and a while a go he wrote something about one of Pentax's new cameras - W90's "Digital Microscope" mode. This may work for you. Here is the link.

http://nedbunnell.blogspot.com/2010/...cope-mode.html

I do not have the camera nor have used it, but have not seen any other P&S that has an equivalent functionality.

hope that helps...
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The W300 is a great performer but it lacks the zoom.
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