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Posted: 5/19/2003 4:56:11 PM EDT
i like to take good pictures of my firearms/knives etc. for when i need to sell, or just to show someone. plus, its good to catalog firearms, serial numbers etc... anyhow, i want a good digital camera for these purposes. i think ive got it narrowed down to these two, but chime in if you know of any good one that meet my criteria. i want: manual and auto focus 3 or more mega pixels under $550 or thereabouts adjustable shutter speed (manual) so far, these 2 are the finalists. Nikon Coolpix 995 Fuji FinePix S602 thanks
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 5:16:39 PM EDT
Both are great choices. I have the Coolpix 5000 and love it so am a little partial to the Nikons. The 5000 is a little pricier ($900ish new). You might be able to get it on ebay or on sale in your price range.
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 5:20:54 PM EDT
i have heard that this Fuji is similar in function/quality to the Nikon 5700 series. obviously not equal im sure, but comparable. and at about 1/2 the price... about the same features i believe...
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 5:38:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Offspring: .. I have the Coolpix 5000 and love it so am a little partial to the Nikons. The 5000 is a little pricier ($900ish new).
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... i have one of these. They're great! But I still haven't figured every feature out yet.
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 5:46:32 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/19/2003 5:52:08 PM EDT
The 995 has a speedlight (a separate purchase) sync terminal to extend the flash beyond 10 meters. I'm not sure about he Fuji. I have an 885 and it has manual focus and will cost less than the 995. The main difference I've heard between the two and seem to agree with is that the 995 will focus a little closer in Macro mode.
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 5:52:35 PM EDT
you dont need three mega pixels to do any of the stuff you mentioned. have you looked into the smaller and less expensive cameras? to me one of the most enjoyable aspects of the digital camera is that you can take massive numbers of images and not worry much about cost. a smaller camera allows you to take them pretty much anywhere. and with photoshop and other editiing tools, you can pull decent snapshots out of just about anything. if you are new to digital photograpy, a small compact camera will allow you to take pictures in places and of things you may never would have considered with a film camera. either way, when it comes to digital photogrpahy, too many people i've worked with have bought big and soon after wished they had small. good luck.
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 6:24:24 PM EDT
Either are good choices. Go to the local electronics store and handle both of them. Get a feel for each of them and decide which one you like the feel of. When I bought my camera, I got it down to 2 and just the way the one camera handled with the menus and the controls, the choice was easy to make.
Link Posted: 5/19/2003 6:27:13 PM EDT
I bought the wife the Sony DSC-S85. One heck of a nice camera.
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Link Posted: 5/20/2003 4:32:36 AM EDT
I just got a Canon S50. It has the same guts as the G3 in a smaller case AND 5 megapixel. It can go from fully auto to full manual in 1 sec. I got mine for $509 shipped. Check it out. ByteTheBullet (-:
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 6:29:37 AM EDT
ive got one of the canon a10's (1.3MP) auto everything. its ok for some stuff, but not what i want to do. well damn, now i have another 3 in the running... ruled out the Nikon 995 (auto focus only) but now i have Canon Powershot G3 Sony Cybershot DSC-F717 Nikon CoolPix 5000 Fuji FinePix 602Z geez... :)
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 6:39:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SkaerE: i like to take good pictures of my firearms/knives etc. for when i need to sell, or just to show someone.
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For knives, handguns and similar smallish objects, I actually use a $59 H-P flatbed scanner rather than a camera.
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 6:42:43 AM EDT
The Nikon 995 has a manual focus mode. Focus modes 1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor) 2) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu) 3) Manual (50 steps from 0.8 in. to infinity with focus confirmation indication)
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 7:27:02 AM EDT
GET THE COOLPIX 5000!! It is very close to your price range, has all the manual control you'll ever need, it's 5 megapixel and has a hot shoe for external flash. If you want to use an external flash on the 995 you have to buy a bulky bracket and a synch cable. The LCD screen also swivels so you can get some really cool anges. I've had my 5000 for a year now and have taken over 3000 pictures with it. This is my third Nikon and by far my favorite.
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 7:35:09 AM EDT
In case it's not obvious, "digital" zoom is a worthless feature in a camera. Look for optical zooms only. Digital zoom is a software feature and has no place on a camera. You generally will do fine with any camera whose name ends with Pix: CoolPix, FinePix, PeachyPix, FunkyPix, DogBonePix, etc. [;D]
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 7:57:30 AM EDT
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[b]You generally will do fine with any camera whose name ends with Pix: CoolPix, FinePix, PeachyPix, FunkyPix, DogBonePix, etc.[/b] aww man, that rules out the ones that end in Shot ;) well, at least that helps me narrow it down some. yeah, i realized that digital zoom sucked the first camera i bought. its like the camera is just guessing at that point.
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 8:10:12 AM EDT
Since you want the camera to help sell stuff, make sure the camera you pick has a good macro feature or can take very close pictures. This way you can get the details into the photo. most digital cameras don't do very close up shots well.
Link Posted: 5/20/2003 8:40:31 AM EDT
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