Help! What type of digital camera should I get?

@rocketj1 (6960)
United States
October 7, 2008 11:46am CST
I don't really want a brand, unless you highly recommend a certain one. What I'm really looking for are the "specs" that I should require from the camera that I choose. I am fairly new to computing in general so I would appreciate layman's terms (or even more dumbed-down if you must). Be gentle.LOL I have never owned a digital camera and therefore it's all new to me. I am looking at using a camera to take photos of crafts (generally small objects) that I would like to sell on etsy.com. If you've used your camera in such a way, or are just one of those "photo bugs", then I would appreciate any comments here. Thanks, mylotters!
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• United States
7 Oct 08
I bought my daughter a camera for her birthday. It is a little kodak easy share. Was not real expensive, but it takes some GREAT photos. C613 was the model number I believe. I know you were looking for specs but I know that camera is great. Here is the specs 3x zoom 6.2 megapixel.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I was wondering about megapixels. Is the bigger the number, the better? Thanks!
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• United States
8 Oct 08
Yes. It is basically the number pixels per sq unit. The pixels the better the quality. Especially if you are digitally zooming in your picture. On the flip side, the more pixels, the more dosk space it takes.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Oh, I see. That's all really good info to know! Thanks:)
• Malaysia
7 Oct 08
I would suggest Canon. If you are going to take small items with it, get one with 3 or 4x optical zoom. That means you can zoom into the item as well without making the picture blur when you go too near the item. You need not have a high megapixel camera. Just one that is at least 5 mega pixel is good enough as you are going to upload pictures into a website. Once you get a camera, play around with the functions and get used to it. And your pictures will be fine. :) I hope this helps, and if you need other advise once you get a camera, contact me.. Because some sites have file size limits. And there are probably online sites where you can minimize your file size.. Or I can tell you which program you can use.. :)
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Wow. You are very helpful. I'm definitely "taking notes" here and I will let you know what I end up purchasing.
• Malaysia
4 Nov 08
You're welcome! I hope you bought your camera already.. :)
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Probably going to get one with a little Christmas money!
@ddp_dev (184)
• India
8 Oct 08
i also want to buy if you like any one kind give me information about it
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
There have been many good suggestions here that you may want to read too. Happy camera shopping
@ddp_dev (184)
• India
9 Oct 08
thank you
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@VE3IYB (209)
• Canada
8 Oct 08
I am not sure about your area of the country but, around here you would be hard pressed to find a digital camera below 8 Megapixel these days! Some of the Digital SLR Cameras are now over 12 Megapixel here! As others have said, for your application 5 Megapixel or more is probably a bit over kill but technology marches on.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
SLR?
@VE3IYB (209)
• Canada
8 Oct 08
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera, a high end Digital 35mm camera sans the film.
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@PrarieStyle (2486)
• United States
8 Oct 08
If you want pics of crafts and small objects you want to find a camera that has as many mega pixels as you can get. The more mp, the more clear the pic will be. 7 or more is the best in my opinion.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I was wondering about that. Thanks so much!
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Be careful about the pixel count. More pixels do not necessarily mean better photos. On cameras with small sensors, high pixel counts equate to "noisy" images... they don't look good!
• Australia
9 Oct 08
there is not a digital camera on the market from any major brand that will not handle what you want easily. A zoom lens would be handy, but not really necessary. You want to be able to fill the viewfinder with a small object: anything with a macro or close-up feature will fill the frame with a postage stamp! And they almost all have macro mode.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Thanks, you are the first to mention Macro mode.
• India
8 Oct 08
well i would not suggest you the exact brand but the information i can give you is since you want to take the photo of smaller objects go for the camera with more megapixel more megapixel means higher resolution higher the resolution clearer the pictures hope this information helps you
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Thanks for the helpful info
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
8 Oct 08
I was in the same boat as you not so long ago and I asked myLot friends the same question. Everyone seemed to think Canon was the right choice. My 35 milimeter camera I had was a canon and I had never had a digital camera before. I went whole hug so to speak and paid a fortune for a good one. I bought a Canon 6.0 Mega Pixels Power shot S315 and it has a 12X zoom. I do selling on Ebay and needed a camera. I wouldn't have needed one this good for selling on Ebay but when buying a camera keep in mind if you ever plan to take any action photos like say children, you know how fast they move well this camera is the answer. It also works as a camcorder. Where I live I paid five hundred and some dollars and at first it was overwhelming I'm not going to lie to you I thought Good Grief I'll never get to learn all this camera will do and I'm going to return it. Lucky enough I'm stuborn and I read the book and asked my daughter who is 22 years younger than me and smarter and after she looked this camera over she wasn't long buying the same camera. I wasn't long loving this camera and I haven't touched my 35 mm camera since. I'm still learning and you need to play with it and get used to new tech. Good luck my friend.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Thank you so much. It sounds like quite a camera! And I will probably be seeking the assistance of my son too. He is only 14 but it is amazing what kids can figure out these days. Your advice is highly appreciated!
@tammytwo (4302)
• United States
8 Oct 08
For your specific use nearly any digital camera should work well. I have a Nikon D50 which I use for taking photos for work and to sell. But your need wouldn't require such an expensive piece of equipment.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Thanks for your expertise
• China
8 Oct 08
Hi, I can a canon E750 but I will not recommend that one becasue it is just so common. My boyfriend got a SONY and it is also ordinary. Then I used Nikon once and I compared the pics we take. Wow, Nikon is the one. It really takes ptotos that are so natural and real, and the color is good as well. I use digital camera only to take sceneries but seldom sth very samll, so I am not sure which spec will fit your need specially, but I think Nikon is a good brand and you can find the one you need in their products.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Thank you. Others have mentioned the Nikon also. I think that must show me how good they are.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
7 Oct 08
We have a nikon and are happy with it's easy to use and takes pretty good pictures, a couple have even been shown on local TV news.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Thank you. I have heard good things about Nikons.
@mom4kids (658)
• Canada
7 Oct 08
I have an HP digital camera. I love HP camera's as they are simple point and shoot and not too hard to use. Mine has a close up setting and a super close up setting that would be great for pics of your crafts. Whatever you get just make sure there is a setting for close up shots.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
That sounds wonderful! Thanks:)
@efc872 (1078)
• Jamaica
7 Oct 08
There is one that I like very much, it is the Cannon G9. This would suit you with right lens for small objects
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Thank you so much for your recommendation. As I said before, I really appreciate the expertise of others.
• Australia
8 Nov 08
Virtually any camera with more than 3 megapixels will produce great craft shots for etsy. You don't want a lot of megapixels, though, because the higher the number of pixels, the larger the file the camera makes, and the longer it takes to load into the website. You may find a large LCD viewfinder will be a help, but in bright light, a "real" viewfinder is better. Setting up and lighting your craftwork is more important than the camera for this kind of photography. Could I suggest you have a look at my article on product photography for some tips; people will be making buying judgements based on the images they seen on-screen, so they should be as accurate and as professional as possible to compete with the thousands of other craftpeople making what you make for say through etsy.com. www.qassia.com/photographing-jewellry-and-similar-objects
• Australia
8 Nov 08
Oops! That should have read "...what you make for SALE..." sorry.
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
Hello rocketj1, You may want to check this lens http://www.squidoo.com/howtobuyadigitalcamera for tips on what to look for in a digicam and why. Good luck!