which camera should i buy for extreme closeup pics of very small items.

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by burienb, May 15, 2014.

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  1. burienb

    burienb New Member

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    * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. $250-500


    * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? size does not matter.


    How many megapixels will suffice for you?

    * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) not sure, doing macro, not far shots.

    * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) image quality is very important 9 or 10

    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? does not matter

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for? need to take hi quality pictures of extremly small items (beads)

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? no, just posting images to websites.

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? all will be indoor and/or low light photos

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? no, will not be.

    We sell beads (very small beads, vintage seed beads, crystals, etc) and need to take very hi-quality images of them which needs to showcase thier cut, sparckle, minute diferences in shades or textures, etc.

    any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I'd go for a large sensor point and shoot camera. As long as you don't need lots of optical zoom, the Panasonic LX7 is the way to go. Excellent sensor, sharp lens, excellent image quality, very good in low light. It also has a flash hotshoe if you feel you need a high quality flash. The only point and shoot camera with possibly better image quality is the Sony RX100, but that exceeds your price range. Here are some images taken with the LX7 and the RX100:
    https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=interestingness-desc&text=panasonic lx7 macro

    https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=interestingness-desc&text=sony rx100 macro
  3. KCook

    KCook Well-Known Member

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