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by lanaember / February 13, 2006 7:51 AM PST

I am a dentist and need to take close up pics of teeth. I'm looking for a digital camera with excellent macro capabilities as well as an excellent zoom for other times. Price-wise I'm looking to spend about $800-$900. Also, does a high megapixel have anything to do with the macro function. In other words, does a camera with an 8mp have any better macro function as a camera witha 3 or 4 mp camera. It seems as if all the camera review sites can be broken down into size of zoom, size of mp, and price. I can never find any info about macro size. Please help me...

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Digital Cameras
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 13, 2006 10:03 AM PST
In reply to: Digital Cameras

Macro range on digital cameras is usually specified in cm (centimeters), which defines the distance between the lens and the target.

Example: The Canon A620 camera has a macro specification of 1cm to 45cm. Meaning that (when in macro mode) the camera can focus from 1cm to 45cm (0.4 to 18 inches). At 1cm, the image of a postage stamp should fill the screen.

Megapixels play no part in the macro specifications.

The Canon A620 would probably do what you want and it sells for around $350.

The very best macro tool is a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera fitted with a macro lens. But such a camera and lens will cost about $1,200.

When shooting with macro, you must have the camera on a tripod to prevent camera movement while taking the photo.

I suggest you visit a local camera store and have them demonstrate the macro feature of a Canon A620.


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Macro answers
by fredericksphoto / February 13, 2006 12:12 PM PST
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I know that with Digital cameras we see a whole lot of talk about Megapixel (MP), and zoom lens 3x optical and digital but these issues have little to due with what is important for you. The solution to your problem is a good macro lens like Nikon's Nikkor 60mm Micro lens, or Canon's 60mm Macro lens, These kind of lenses would allow you to get close up and a 1 to 1 ratio. I noticed you mentioned a cost of 800 - 900 dollars. If you are talking US then a Nikon D50 with the 60mm or a Tamron 90mm Macro will like put you a little over your budget but would give you the best results. I have a number of Dentist for customers and many prefer the DSLR ( digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras to the ultimate solution. If this is not possible than you could try a number of Point and Shoot cameras like the Panasonic FZ4 for less than half your budget.

Hope this helps

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Nikon Coolpix..
by lanaember / February 14, 2006 1:10 AM PST
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Hi Tim,
Thanks for your reply; but do the DSLR cameras also have good zoom capabilities? Which ones would you suggest? What do think of the Nikon Coolpix 8800 over the Nikon D50 because I didn't really like the Panasonic FZ4. With the Coolpix you can get interchangable lenses. CNET reviews said the flash gets in the way of the macro lens of the FZ4.

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