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    Hiya,

    I have been saving my pennies and I think I may finally have enough to buy a proper camera.

    Has anyone got any recommendations or ones to stick clear of?

    All advice would be much appreciated,

    Deb
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    Much love,
    Deb

    www.debrajacksondesigns.com

  • #2
    sorry cant help but i am interested in seeing what advice people have for this also,
    some people on here take fab piccies and i've tried all shapes and mine are just rubbish so i'm thinking its my camera(which is very old)
    emma

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    • #3
      I have a Panasonic FZ18 it is wonderful! I got it to take pics of my jewellery which it does at a touch of the button all automatic, but also I have got some great photos of the children as a result of having a decent camera at last too!

      I love it!
      Harriet

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      • #4
        Originally posted by hdflred View Post
        I have a Panasonic FZ18 it is wonderful! I got it to take pics of my jewellery which it does at a touch of the button all automatic, but also I have got some great photos of the children as a result of having a decent camera at last too!

        I love it!
        I have a slightly older version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ18 . . and it's been a superb companion for taking photogs . . it's not quite a digital SLR . . but it's somewhere between an SLR camera and a point and shoot holiday camera type . . I would happily recommend it!

        Also know that there are some great deals on Amazon.co.uk on cameras . . might be worth a few minutes of your time checking them out . . and looking at the customer reviews as well . . cos these can offer more information about user friendlyness, quality, etc.
        Gloria

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        • #5
          A lot depends on your budget. When canon introduced the new EOS 400D I picked up the older 350 model brand new for about half it's original price. Generally speaking any decent digital camera should suffice whether it's a point and shoot version or one of the more expensive SLR's. Most decent camera stockist's will be able to point you in the right direction if you let them know what you want the camera to do.

          Caroline
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          • #6
            Originally posted by jackpot_coventry View Post
            Hiya,

            I have been saving my pennies and I think I may finally have enough to buy a proper camera.

            Has anyone got any recommendations or ones to stick clear of?

            All advice would be much appreciated,

            Deb
            x
            I think the big issue is how you intend to photograph the jewellery.. if you want to use natural daylight or independent light sources, you can use most of the cameras on the market and get reasonable results - from fairly basic point and shoot models to the all singing and dancing ones..

            Using independent light sources means you can take the photo from further away, with the flash switched off, and the camera set at highest resolution. Then you have a very detailed picture which can be enlarged and cropped to size. The benefit is that by having distance, shiny beads do not have so much camera reflection in them.

            I would also think about a camera with an optical zoom too, this enables you to be further away, but get a close up image.. Avoid digital zoom as this artificially "zooms" by cropping the image in the camera, and enlarging it to the original size, so you lose picture resolution and detail.

            If you are only going to use artificial lighting sources, think about something like a light tent which is basically a canvas box that diffuses your light source to give a more even spread and avoid harsh reflections.. you poke the lens of the camera through a small aperture in the tent, so again you reduce the chance of the camera being visible in a reflection off shiny beads and the like...

            For close up work, many point and shoot cameras have a macro and super macro facility allowing you to get very close indeed - fantastic for detail work.

            If you are prepared to spend a little more than the cost of basic cameras, look for ones that have pre programmed scenarios in them.

            I have a Pentax S50 - about 3 years old, which then cost £150.. it is relatively low resolution these days at 5 megapixels, but there are settings for night shoots, water (Sea, lakes), snow, Text, and also a museum setting.. this sets the camera for no flash, but also adjusts the shutter speeds to a long exposure to compensate for the much lower light levels.. you may find these options ennable you to get a really good pic without resorting to photo enhancement via computer software, though for truly good pictures, you should consider something like photoshop elements (the basic version of Photoshop, and 1/10th the price!).. it takes some getting used to, but the ability to tweak and enhance your pictures will give you endless possibilities.. and far better results than you are likely to achieve just with a basic camera.

            From a point and shoot camera you need easy to use controls - so go and play in a decent camera shop even if you plan to buy elsewhere.. a big screen is better for seeing detail, fiddly controls are annoying if you dont have slender fingers.. and check what sort of battery the camera uses, and how long it lasts.. mine uses 2 AA batteries, and they last no more than 30 photos !! thats not much use if you end up with a great compact camera, and a pocket full of rechargeable batteries!!

            I love my pentax, the styling is uncluttered, and the controls simple.. I also love the Panasonic Lumix cameras.. though they were out of price range when I bought mine! some folk love Olympus, I find the shape annoying.. same with many of the Sonys.. but try them in your hand before deciding !

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            • #7
              i have a minolta dimage Z5,with a really good macro. its only 5 mp (only!) and it came with a tripod, as its quite a sturdy camera with a good grip. It has a good anti shake feature too

              Since then ive bought a smaller casio with a larger MP but keep going back to the Minolta to use, i think the macro is far superior.

              a small tripod is a must.

              this is a really good site for camera reviews

              http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html
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              • #8
                Thanks everyone!

                Thanks all for the great advice... i have about £200 to spend and want to make sure i make a good choice.

                Deb
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                Much love,
                Deb

                www.debrajacksondesigns.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jackpot_coventry View Post
                  Thanks all for the great advice... i have about £200 to spend and want to make sure i make a good choice.

                  Deb
                  x
                  More than enough to get something decent..

                  But as gbell said, do save some of the budget for a tripod - even a little pocket "bendy" one is better than nothing.

                  Oh, and forgot to mention.. most cameras don't have much internal memory, so budget a bit extra for a decent sized memory card!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sparkysdad View Post
                    More than enough to get something decent..

                    But as gbell said, do save some of the budget for a tripod - even a little pocket "bendy" one is better than nothing.

                    Oh, and forgot to mention.. most cameras don't have much internal memory, so budget a bit extra for a decent sized memory card!
                    Poundland have some of the table top mini tripods.
                    Chris xx
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                    • #11
                      i have a little bendy one, works a treat, tripod that it lol, ive seen some that you can get to point downwards, i think that would be good.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by gbell View Post
                        i have a little bendy one, works a treat, tripod that it lol, ive seen some that you can get to point downwards, i think that would be good.
                        Oooerrr Missus!!

                        Seriously though.. a tripod with a swivel mount will allow you to angle the camera forward/downward and on it's side (i.e. portrait style)..

                        One slight issue with compact cameras is that most have the tripod mount offset to one side, this can make it difficult getting the camera lined up properly, as all the weight is off to one side!

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                        • #13
                          I've the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8, takes fab pics although I've no idea what half the buttons do, lol
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                          • #14
                            depending on how much money you have it might be worth investing in a digital SLR. I recently bought a Nikon d40 for £246 from argos, they've been discontinued hence the super cheap price. Check your local argos and jessops (same price at both) and I would highly recommend you get one whilst its hot!! Nikons are some of the best SLR's out and the lenses are cheap too, if you're serious about pictures get a macro lense too which means you can take close up detailed shots.
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                            • #15
                              Oh I do so need all this advice.

                              Someone please tell me what SLR is and what it'll do for my shots

                              My own little camera (a measly 3 megapixels) really isn't up to the job. It's ok for snaps, but can't cope with close-ups. (I'm hoping it isn't me that's not up to the job )

                              I take most of my pics outside, and don't need to be as close as most jewellers do, but some of my stuff is smallish.
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