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Recommend a digital camera model for object photos- ebay

Hi there, I will need a camera which takes great photos of objects, and decent/good photos of people. I prefer something slim and all on the same plane (just because others are bulky). Either AA rechargeable or a built in battery as long as it does not require only a usb to charge.
-It's nice to have an image stabilizer, but I prefer good quality images of objects above all. I have two sizes of tripods.

I will be using ebay- just because even the $400 cameras go for $35 (the Nikon COOLPIX 775 Digital Camera goes for around $30 and rumors are that the store price was or is $400. There is a IXUS 950 going for $40 right now and i've used it for many many years),

so please -if each person can- recommend me more than one and i'll check them all out. Please dont recommend me something that might go on ebay for more than $60 =P I know money=quality but just looking for something for this situation, so try your best 'shot'.

I really am appreciative of this help~! (I just would like to get a few camera models to look into please :3 thanks much~!)

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If you are wanting to do table-top photography, most small cameras can do a good job of that.

It has more to do with good lighting and a tripod.

A light box is very handy for small items.

Certain camera features are desirable:

Manual Controls let you control the Depth of Field (DOF) by controlling the aperture setting.
This is important when photographing small three-dimensional items.

Spot Focus lets you focus on a place on the object instead just of the object itself.
This also helps with DOF.

A swivel LCD is helpful when you are working at an awkward angle.


You also mentioned that you are interested in portraits.
That brings up the subject of DOF again if you want blurred backgrounds behind the person.

So you need to understand how Depth of Field (DOF) works so that you can control it.


I can't help you with buying on eBay, as I have never done that.


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eBay Prices

Of course the Nikon Coolpix 775 is only $35 on eBay...the camera was introduced 10 years ago. It had a $450 pricetag because digital cameras were just starting to enter the marketplace. Digital is a mature technology now; you can buy a far more advanced camera for the same money.

Regardless, go with the above advise. You don't need a great camera, but you do need good lighting. Still, I personally wouldn't buy a 10 year old camera. Most consumer products don't have that long of a service life; I would only buy one that old if I knew it had seen little use.

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I sell on ebay

And I use Kodak. They take very clear pictures and are user friendly. My ebay name is vedderbargains you can look at my photos. I recommend the models which have a li-on battery, not AAs. Models I suggest are: Z1275,
M340, M380, M1063, V1253, basically any of the M, Z or V series are good choices, do not buy a C series. When taking pictures for ebay you want to use macro setting and then you can adjust the amount of back lighting as opposed to using bright flash or lights. If you are photographing a shiny object where you have glare, try zooming in so you can move away and the flash won't hit the object so directly, then just experiment with different angles, shoot from above or below when facing the object etc. Hope that helps

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