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Old Dec 30, 2004, 6:42 AM   #1
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A friendly hello from Germany! -so please forgive bad English ...

I decided to post this here, as I think and hope to meet the digicam experts

A friend is a doctor and wants to takemainly pictures and some few movies to document the things he gets to see - allergical reactions, the way of walk etc.

The thing is: There are so many cams on the market, I lost the overview.

Now, I need the (perfect?) camera for his needs:

-good macro function for detailed and clear pictures, so a focus assist illuminator might be usefull

-movie functionality with at least 24fps and with sound

-automatics for light situation and moving objects and stuff, hope you know what I mean (babies rarely do not move when taking pictures )

-battery life shouldn't be too short - usage of standard batteries would be nice


As he wants to use the camera at home too, it should be in the size of what you can carry around easily, but it shouldn't be so lightweighted that it is a problem to hold it still when taking macro pictures. I thinkCanon Exilims are to light, I think. The Canon Axx (I use an A70) are the right size I think. But I don't mind about the size too much.

I would be glad if someone understood what I want and could help and suggest a cam.

Valentin

PS: I know what I am talking about, but I can't translate it
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 6:58 AM   #2
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This sony camera should be a good purchase for you.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/v3.html
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Old Dec 30, 2004, 11:38 AM   #3
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That one looks nice!

579,00€ @ amazon - I should try this one!

Thank you so much!

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Old Dec 30, 2004, 6:02 PM   #4
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battery life shouldn't be too short - usage of standard batteries would be nice

Guten Abend,

The V3 mentioned above does not use standard batteries. It is a 7 megapixel camera, which will give you huge files that you might not need. Also, it is a very expensive camera, and your requirements could be met with a much less expensive camera. In fact, your requirements are not unusual, and can be met by many different cameras.

How big do you want to make your pictures? No use getting an expensive 7mp camera if all you want to do is 8x10's, or make pics to put into a patients chart or computerized patientdatabase. Knowing how many mp's you need will help to streamline the numbers of suggestions....

tschuess!

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Old Dec 30, 2004, 6:09 PM   #5
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Right, I don't need 7mp.
The pics will be saved on a hard disk and are only viewed on the screen, not printed. So 4 or even 5mp should be fine too.

I just cannot fiend a site where I can choose by the specifications I need.
I don't mind the medium to save data on.

I want good macro (and so on ...)

Any suggestions yet ? It would help me a lot.

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Old Dec 30, 2004, 6:34 PM   #6
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true true ... it doesn't take normal batteries. But maybe if you get two of the same batteries then it might be ok. I was just thinking of the V3 because it kind of looks the part for a doc to use...kind of like professional looking, so it suits the part for a doctor. I mean..it's not too flashy, but it's not too plain in its looks either. This might be important for some professionals (docs etc). And it's not overly expensive for a doctor to buy maybe. And it'll take real good pictures as well. With the 7 megapixels. You can always set it to take pics at lower resolution.

But phil is right. There's a whole bunch of cameras out there with lower megapixels. But just a matter whether the doctor friend prefers a camera that looks more professional, than a little pocket one. Either is ok..just depends on preference I guess.
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Old Dec 31, 2004, 1:45 AM   #7
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Valentin wrote:
[quote]Right, I don't need 7mp.
The pics will be saved on a hard disk and are only viewed on the screen, not printed. So 4 or even 5mp should be fine too.

I just cannot fiend a site where I can choose by the specifications I need.
I don't mind the medium to save data on.

I want good macro (and so on ...)

Any suggestions yet ? It would help me a lot.

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Good Macro?? Look no further than the Nikon Coolpix 4500. Steve did a good review on it when it came out..
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...nikon4500.html
A brand new "import" (grey market) can be had on ebay for under $350 delivered...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...862713946&rd=1



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A good look doesn't matter at all. It's only for PERSONAL use. He's not working in a hospital, and his patients, mostly children, won't care about the cam's look, nor will the parents.

Nikon was recommended by a pro photograph from a hospital who takes pictures for "medical technical book" ( babelfish :/ ).

But he recommended the Coolpix 5700 which is much too expensive.

I found the Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 Digitalkamera
which is around 300€ (280€@amazon).

As the review isn't bad, I just need the confirmation this camera suits
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Valentin wrote:
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I found the Konica Minolta Dimage Z2 Digitalkamera
which is around 300€ (280€@amazon).

As the review isn't bad, I just need the confirmation this camera suits
This would be a very good camera, especially when you consider the price. However, it does lack one thing that you stated you might like. I believe that the Z2 does not have a focus assist light. Personally, I wouldn't let that stop me, as it's other features greatly outweigh this omission.

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