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Old Sep 1, 2005, 12:45 PM   #1
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Hi folks,

I'm seeking your advice: which approx. 5 mp camera would you choose when the primary use would be taking pictures in the library or in the archives (doing genealogy research).

I won't be allowed to use a tripod. Would the stabilizator coming with the Panasonic line be a major factor here?

Also, it's possible that no natural light will be available, or even the lighting might be plain weak.

I don't want to make professional photos, simply hope for sharp shots with readable text.

(As a wish of secondary importance: 640x480 video with sound)

And oh, yes, cameras working with standard batteries instead of Li-Ion ones are preferred.

Here are the models I've looked at on the web so far:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8
- Canon PowerShot A95
- Fuji FinePix F10 (read about it here on the forum, this is a 6MP)
- Nikon Coolpix 5600 (had the chance to have it in my hands for a minute or two)
- any other suggestion? Please refer to cameras that are generally available

Thanks!
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Old Sep 1, 2005, 3:15 PM   #2
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About the only thing that would work and have good movies would be the F10 from your list. The Panasonic FX9 has good movies as well and stabilization but I don't feel you want to go to a pricier camera. For still subjects like you will be shooting I think stabilization is superior to higher ISO. If the pictures are more important than the movies I think the FX8 would probably give you better results than the F10.

Even with either of those it seems you wouldn't have enough light from what you describe. You could probably get away with one of those little LED battery powered lights in that situation. I found some sticky putty like stuff from Super Glue called Handi-Tak and put one of the little keychain LED lights on the top of my stabilized camera. It allows me to copy stuff in fairly low light. You need one with an on-off switch rather than just a momentary switch though.

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Old Sep 2, 2005, 7:40 AM   #3
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hi

I think Sony DSCM1 5.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom Or

Canon 6.3 MP Effective CCD EOS DigitalCamera

Both are Available at

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Old Sep 2, 2005, 7:49 AM   #4
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I think Sony DSCM1 5.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom Or

Canon 6.3 MP Effective CCD EOS DigitalCamera

Both are Available at

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