Help! What type of digital camera should I get?
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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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.
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.. :)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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