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    Hi,

    I thinking about getting a digital camera to take photos of the jewellery I've been making. I don't want to spend a lot of money (ideally less than £100) and am happhy to get a refurbished or second hand camera, but not sure what I should be looking for.

    I'm guessing I want something with good optical zoom, (at least 5x ?), what about megapixels? I used to have a 3.1 MP camera and the pictures it took were fine, however this time I'll be wanting close-ups and crisp detail.

    Any manufacturer or lens recomendations? (my first digital camera was a Kodak with a schnieder lens - the reviews said they were one of best lens at the time - is this still the case or do the standard lens e.g. samsung or fujifilm etc do just as well?)

    sorry for so many questions, just don't want to waste my money - got great 8mp camera in my phone for general pictures but it's not great for close-ups. Any advice would be welcomed.

    Nicola
    Nicola

    My Webpage (finally finished - ish!) www.thejewellerygirl.co.uk

    My Blog: http://thejewellerygirl.blogspot.com/
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Je...0585549&ref=nf
    Folksy: http://www.folksy.com/shops/TheJewelleryGirl

    So many beads................so little time!

  • #2
    Check out this thread.
    http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=29252

    Melanie

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    • #3
      If you're only taking photographs for a website, you don't need to worry too much about the mega pixels (most on the market are 6 or above now anyway). You will need to look out for a camera/lens with good macro capabilities, though. If taking for printed leaflets/cards/posters etc, trying to get 8-10mp or above may be the best way to go.

      Your budget suggests you're looking for a point and shoot (or maybe 2nd hand dslr). Try going into a camera shop and asking their advice. Independent shops & even somewhere like Jessops are happy for you to get the camera out & talk it through qith you.

      I'd also recommend investing in a small tripod, some plain material and maybe some natural light bulbs/lamp to light it if you don't have access to plenty of natural light (as an on camera flash may well be too limiting).
      Sarahleigh

      www.sarahleighphotography.co.uk

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      • #4
        Although ir maybe overkill I'd recommend getting a 2nd hand DSLR if possible. It will have much better iso which is very important for taking pictures indoors.
        www.pure-light.co.uk - Pretty soaps, candles, bath and gifts.

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        • #5
          thanks for all your advice, I already asked in Jessops, they were ok, but not hugely helpful, just said to go for something with 5x optical zoom. I've been looking around for 2nd hand cameras, found some 2nd hand or refurbished ones on Amazon, there's one i'm tempted by, an Olympus with 8x optical zoom, but it's only 2 mega pixels and I can't find any reviews about it macro capabilities, on the up side it's only £45 second hand (with USB cable and 256mb memory card) which also means I should be able to get a natual light lamp and a desk top tripod. Just have to wait for my other half to give me the go ahead (dish washer's playing up so that might have to come first!)
          Nicola

          My Webpage (finally finished - ish!) www.thejewellerygirl.co.uk

          My Blog: http://thejewellerygirl.blogspot.com/
          Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Je...0585549&ref=nf
          Folksy: http://www.folksy.com/shops/TheJewelleryGirl

          So many beads................so little time!

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          • #6
            I don't think 2mp will be good enough to get the detail you need.
            Mine is one of these
            http://photography.shop.ebay.co.uk/i...86Q2ec0Q2em282
            See my album for the detailed pic's it takes.

            Melanie

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            • #7
              That actually sounds quite expensive for a 2mp camera. I agree, that you should be looking for a better resolution one than that. At least if the resolution is higher you don't have to worry about zooming in so much as you'll be able to crop in to the image later to get closer if you need to.
              Sarahleigh

              www.sarahleighphotography.co.uk

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              • #8
                Hi Nicola

                Comet are doing the Pentax E75 half price at £79.99

                It has 3x optical zoom 10 megapixels and macro setting.
                I started off with nothing and I've still got most if left.

                www.folksy.com/shops/fluffysstuff

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                • #9
                  I think you're going about it in slightly the wrong way.
                  What size images are you after?
                  If you're doing macro you'll need a tripod if fine detail is important.
                  In my opinion, 5mp & 5x optical zoom will be fine if taken correctly, too much is made of mpixels on compact cameras with only a little glass.
                  www.derekhenderson.ifp3.com

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nicola-D View Post
                    thanks for all your advice, I already asked in Jessops, they were ok, but not hugely helpful, just said to go for something with 5x optical zoom. I've been looking around for 2nd hand cameras, found some 2nd hand or refurbished ones on Amazon, there's one i'm tempted by, an Olympus with 8x optical zoom, but it's only 2 mega pixels and I can't find any reviews about it macro capabilities, on the up side it's only £45 second hand (with USB cable and 256mb memory card) which also means I should be able to get a natual light lamp and a desk top tripod. Just have to wait for my other half to give me the go ahead (dish washer's playing up so that might have to come first!)

                    I work at part time jessops and sub £100 your best bet from us would be the J210 (Fuji) 5x zoom, 10mp if my memory is correct and a reasonable macro function, tho to be fair for the macro shots u need it to be on the widest setting anyway, as kreed said a tripod is key for macro, we sell them for about £7 but i have been told poundland sometimes have them in.

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