You didn't give any SPECIFICATIONS of what DPI you need of what SIZE PAGE you were going to photograph. But here's how many pixels you would need for an 8x10 photo at 300 dpi.
8 x 10 = 80 square inches
300 x 300 = 90,000 pixels per square inch
80 x 90,000 = 7,200,000 pixels.
You'll be looking at the 8 to 10 megapixel cameras.
what should i be looking for in a camera if one of its main functions would be taking shots of printed material (from old books/manuscripts)?
does anyone have any recommendations not exceeding the 300$ barrier? is the Sony SPC-93 good for that purpose?