Help me choose a camera

Posted Mar 29, 2004 in Making Ends Meet.

I would like to buy a digital camera so that I can take pictures for use in web design projects. It should have the following qualities:

  • The ability to take macro shots (make small things look big)
  • Can be mounted on a tripod
  • It should look the part - I don't want to turn up at a client's office with something that looks like it came from a box of cornflakes
  • Should be good indoors or out
  • Should have some sort of preview screen

I don't know the first thing about cameras, except that they cost a fortune. I'd appreciate any advice, including brand and model suggestions. Since I have a laptop that stays with me at all times, the camera needn't have a huge memory. I'd like it to be idiot-proof USB, if possible.


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    The Minolta DiMAGE Z1 is a great 3.2 Megapixel cam, and good value for the money. It is somewhat rather small. Takes great pics. If your budget is higher, the Canon EOS-300D is a 6 Megapixel cam that is in the prosumer category, although rather expensive; I found one w/ lenses for $719 (Froogle search). The Nikon Coolpix series offer several levels of great cameras too.

    Posted by Curt on Mar 29, 2004.

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    Since my last comment I've been eyeing the Fuji S7000. It's listed at for $466 with a $100 rebate. 6.3 megapix but they have some way of getting 12.3 megapix out of it for high-res prints. I'm shying away from the Coolpix. I read a negative review somewhere about noise.

    Posted by Curt Granger on Apr 12, 2004.

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    Thanks for the advice, Curt. I am still not sure what to do about buying a camera. I think I am going to have to grit my teeth and shell out around $1,500, the way things are going. If that is the case, I'm going to have to wait a few months until I have some income coming in from my web business...

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Apr 13, 2004.