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Old Jun 6, 2014, 12:35 AM   #1
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Default Compact digital camera with identifiable focal length setting


I work with plastic surgery residents in a training program. We encourage them to take photos of their patients. Ideally, facial photos should be taken with a 90-105 mm lens (relative to 35 mm) and body photos should be taken with a 50 mm lens. The best solution is a digital SLR with a digital zoom lens, but these are impractical for the residents to carry around to different hospitals. Are there any small digital cameras that will allow the user to set a particular focal length with their zoom lenses?

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Old Jun 6, 2014, 7:30 AM   #2
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I bought the Sony A6000, small system camera, APS-C sensor, very fast, good low light capacity.
Has different lenses to choose from but not as much as a DSLR.
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Old Jun 6, 2014, 5:31 PM   #3
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The answer here is 'yes - maybe'
At the moment you seem to be thinking in 35mm film camera lens terms [and that's quite okay]

All P&S pocketable cameras quote their lenses as 'equivalent to xxx in 35mm terms', so that a small camera may be regarded as having a 24mm to 135mm equivalent lens
Therefore you can state that 'when the P&S camera is showing 2x zoom, it's very close to 50mm equivalent ... and 4x zoom is close to 100-105mm'

If this is anywhere in the ballpark, you might like to chase up a suitable P&S camera to play with ~ I use Panasonic and they certainly show numbers like '3x' & '5x' rather than just a moving line across the screen as the camera zooms

Hope this helps a bit
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Old Jun 6, 2014, 7:21 PM   #4
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Fuji x10 or x20

fixed lens 28-110mm with 1cm macro capability & optical finder !

(I have the x10 and am happy with it)
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