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Compact that will also take good pictures of text documents

by mcinem / March 24, 2006 2:53 PM PST

I work a lot wih archival documents and need to take pictures of them. They are usually in the form of A4 text. I hope someone can advise on best compact or ultracompact digital camera(easy to carry to Archives) that would be good for my archival work, as well as for family pictures.

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Photographing Documents
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 24, 2006 11:19 PM PST

The biggest challenge here is not the camera but the ''set up'', especially the lighting.

Two small portable lamps are better than flash.
A tripod is essential.

When photographing a bound book, the problem is to get the page to lie flat.

Here is a good article on the subject:


I would choose the Canon A620....because:
It has automatic and manual controls.
It has a flip and swivel LCD.
It has 7 megapixel.
It has a reasonable price.


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Photographing Documents
by mcinem / March 28, 2006 3:16 AM PST

Thank you very much for your response and truly useful advice. The camera I have in mind is Casio Exilim EX-Z750. It also has 7MP, a number of manual features, and is much smaller in size. The size does play a role when you have to carry it with the laptop, with a notebook, etc to the Archives. What do you think? Once again, I am gratefu for your time.

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Casio Z750
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 7:14 AM PST
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Taking docs photos etc close up.
by gemaman / April 2, 2006 3:57 PM PDT

The camera I use is a Kodak Z700 which will take pictures in close up from as near as 2 inches and further back of course. Actually a all rounder camera taking very good pictures having a 4mb resolution and also a 5 optical zoom 35mm to 175mm can come in very handy. A good resonable priced all round camera.

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