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Best camera for low light manufacturing plant?

by potato_writer / April 3, 2013 7:43 AM PDT

I am trying to find a camera that takes good low light pictures. I work in a manufacturing plant. We build large agriculture equipment. I need to camera that will take good pictures under these lighting conditions. I want more than just a small compact camera, but nothing that can change lenses. So something midsized is what I am looking for. We do some outdoor photos, but 90% of what we do is indoors. The camera we have now is about six years old and all the pictures come out very grainy, even with the the flash one.

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Clarification Request
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 3, 2013 8:18 AM PDT

Since one of the contenders is the new Sony RX-1
you better let us know about the budget for this camera.
The RX-1 costs $2,800


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by potato_writer / April 3, 2013 10:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Price?

As for price $2,800 is way to to much. I need to keep it under &1000. I would say I like like to stay in the $500 range. I know this limits my choices, but i need the best option within this price range.

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Point and Shoot
by PistonCupChampion / April 4, 2013 2:38 AM PDT
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Results you want aren't tied to a monetary number. A $2800 camera won't guarantee success over a $1000 or even a $500 camera. Indeed, the more expensive a camera is, the more likely it is that you would need to know something about photography in order to take advantage of a more expensive camera's capability. As an analogy, it would be like expecting the average person to drive an F1 car the same way as Michael Schumacher. The average person can't, because the average person doesn't have the experience.

If you don't want to mess with learning about photographic exposure, the best you can do is get a camera with an intelligent auto mode and hope it does what you want. In that vein and with respect to your desired budget, I'd suggest either the Panasonic DMC-LX7, or the Sony NEX-3N. But maybe you don't even need that good a's hard to say without know how you view or use the photos, and what you deem as good image quality.

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A Possibility
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 4, 2013 6:55 AM PDT
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Focal length?
by MarkatNite / April 3, 2013 11:42 AM PDT

In addition to budget, it would also be helpful to know what focal length(s) you need. (It should be noted in the EXIF of the pics you've already taken.)

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Use a tripod
by PistonCupChampion / April 3, 2013 8:41 AM PDT

A tripod will allow you to use the lowest ISO for the best image quality, and a long shutter speed to gather enough light, no flash necessary. Using a tripod will allow you to use any camera, even a point-and-shoot, with very good results.

If you are unwilling to use a tripod, you will want a camera with as big a sensor as possible, and as wide aperture a lens as you can get. A camera that also does in-camera HDR would be handy as well. There's no law that says you cannot buy an interchangeable lens camera and just use one lens; an entry level DSLR with a wide aperture prime lens would be the cheapest way to get the best performance...far cheaper than the aforementioned RX1.

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It's a small (no, I won't write that word here.)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2013 2:50 AM PDT

I'm working on a system where they take snaps at the end of the line and I'll share that we use an EyeFi card to cut the cord and fumble issues of image transfer. But that's just me sharing.

More to the point, a few WalMart construction lamps would be under 100 bucks and we put that on a timer switch so they can hit and get 15 minutes of good light. I won't guess what your install would cost but this was far cheaper than getting a many thousand buck camera.

We are using a 70 buck camera with the 35 buck EyeFi card so the cost of removing the lighting looks to be a great way of escalating the cost of this system.

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