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'[OT]: Digital camera recommendation'
2001\09\26@193954 by David Huisman

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Hi,

I am looking for recommendation for a digital camera suitable for
photographing PCB's for the purpose of making Data Sheets.

What would be a good choice that has a suitable macro feature.

Also, anyone know of a wholesale source in Australia.

Thanks in advance

Best Regards

David Huisman

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2001\09\26@205224 by Stephen Webb

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> I am looking for recommendation for a digital camera suitable for
> photographing PCB's for the purpose of making Data Sheets.
>
> What would be a good choice that has a suitable macro feature.
>
> Also, anyone know of a wholesale source in Australia.


I bought a camera about a year ago.  It's an Olympus D-460 Zoom.

I've used it for this purpose before, and I was pretty happy with it.  It
has a macro feature, but I don't think I needed to use it for the pictures
I was taking (12" away from the PCB)

I still find myself staring at the pictures in disbelief.  I paid $300 or
so for the camera, and I'm VERY happy with it.  I would be willing to take
a few pictures of some circuit boards and send them to you if you would
like.

Of course, this is a low-end camera by todays standards.  If you are
looking to spend $1000 or more, you certainly can do it. (and get a better
product, no  doubt)  But, if you are looking for a low end camera that
takes good pictures, be sure to consider the Olympus offerings.

-Steve

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2001\09\26@221849 by dpharris

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Hi-
I have one of these too and am very happy with it.  It was good value then --
may be good value now, but I expect the price point has fallen.
David

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2001\09\27@074300 by Thomas McGahee

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I use a Nikon Coolpix 950. This camera has macro focus down to
about 2 inches. Current price is about $800 US.

I think all the Coolpix cameras have the macro feature. I
saw one of the Coolpix cameras listed for about $550 US the other
day. They are all excellent cameras.

Fr. Tom McGahee


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2001\09\27@085127 by mark
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Have you tried a tabletop scanner ?

There are models that scans everything up to 3 cm from the glass.



On 27 Sep 2001, at 9:37, David Huisman wrote:

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2001\09\27@123255 by John Ferrell

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Most of the digital cameras on the market will probably do your job.

I would recommend that you find the minimum cost device and then see what a
couple of hundred dollars more will buy.  Once you have one in your hands
you won't believe how many uses you have for it. A quick look at an off site
project is greatly enhanced with a few pictures. Trying to explain to a
vendor or customer via email/landline? A picture can save hours. Have to
remove a lot of components to repair this board? Take a few pictures, better
than an hours worth of notes. Need to do a quick presentation? Run it out of
the camera to a TV set. The back room of many restaurants already have a TV
that can be used.  Don't remember anything about that job? Pull the CD out
of the archives and get up to speed in ten minutes...

I don't think my EPSON PC 800 is very popular or even available any longer.
It is the smallest I have seen which means I am likely to have it on my belt
with my cell phone & Palm Pilot. With the 64M flash card I get nearly 100
high res pictures or 1000 internet grade pictures. Or a mix. Tough on
batteries but better than some. Go ahead and factor in an AC adapter. I use
mine a lot.

If you are on a tight budget there is a steady flow of good trailing edge
cameras on EBAY...

John Ferrell
6241 Phillippi Rd
Julian NC 27283
Phone: (336)685-9606
Dixie Competition Products
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2001\09\27@233734 by M. Adam Davis

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You might try a scanner.  Even a cheap scanner will get a good, high
resolution image of an item with features one or more inches away.  The
further away the object is, the darker the image, though, so photoshop
skills are useful.

You can see some scanner images of one of my projects here:
http://www.ubasics.com/adam/electronics/ha/pics.shtml#pictures

-Adam

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