Cheap Digital Camera

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  1. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    I'm looking for a cheap digital camera but I haven't a clue as to what's a good value or not. My main use is photos of my laser discs for sale on Ebay.
     
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    dave_brogli Screenwriter

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    Try to find a 1.2 megapixel with an LCD screen (then you know when you mess up) You can probally get one for under 80.00 (cheaper on ebay) For what you need that should be good
     
  3. Andrew Pratt

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    define cheap? Are you sure that's the only purpose it will get? If it is you might consider just buying a very cheap scanner and a disposable camera. You'll end up with much better photo's and scanners can be found very cheap these days....for that mater most places will now give you the photo's on a CD so you can skip the scanner if you like...though if you're doing a lot of photo's the cost of the CD option might surpass a cheap scanner pretty quickly. I just wouldn't bother with a cheap sub 2 mega pixel camera.
     
  4. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    Well, I don't know how cheap - under $200 would be nice. Scanner's don't work well with laser discs - they can't scan the whole jacket - and I have a nice, regular camera.

    My main, and currently only, purpose is photographing laser discs. If I become interested in going beyond that, then I'll invest what it takes to get there. But not now.
     
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    dave_brogli Screenwriter

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    then under 2.0 would be more than enough for you.
    try the sony cybershot 1.2 I used it for 2 years and it was excellant!
     
  6. Andrew Pratt

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    Actually I meant just shoot photo's of the LD jackets with the regular camera and then either 1)get the film developed onto a CD or 2) get regular photo's and scan them.

    that said if you can spend $200 then you should be able to get a fairly decent 2 megapixel camera. Look at the Olympus or Canon's and you'll likely find them very close in quality to your 35 mm camera.


    Hmm just took a quick look on price grabber and for a hair over $200 you can get the same camera I have which rocks!
    link here

    Or for a lot less money this one's decent as well...though it lacks the features of the Canon

    link here

    You should be able to find these locally as well.
     
  7. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    Do digital cameras normally come with photo transferring software to PC or is that something extra?
     
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    Most digital cameras come with software.
     
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    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

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  10. DavidAM

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    For under $200 the Fuji 2650 takes great pictures. I have the 2800 which is the same camera, just has a bigger zoom. Reviews on it are great also. Its also very user friendly.
     
  11. Greg_L_C

    Greg_L_C Stunt Coordinator

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    For around $240 you can get the canon A60. 2mp with 3x optical zoom, a ton of auto and manual features, and canon's next generation image processor.

    Greg
     
  12. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    The problem with taking 35mm photos of laser discs and scanning the pictures is the developing time and cost - I want my pictures now!

    Thanks for your suggestions.
     
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    I'll second the Fuji suggestion.
     
  14. Bob Graz

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    Another vote for the Fuji 2650. Compact, takes great shots, can be used as a webcam, takes short movie clips (no sound)costs $169. Excellent value.
     

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