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Suggestion for best small camera with real macro

I've had a Fuji finepix 550 for 5 years and it fell into a lake recently, with the lens open. I fished it right out and it eventually dried, but you can imagine that, although I can finagle indoor shots manipulating settings, the camera is technically ruined. Outdoor shots are all washed out - too much exposure I can't reduce at all.

The thing is, it took excellent macro option (the tulip symbol engaged) shots. I got excellent, sharp closeups of things like mouse whiskers and insects.

Macro was my main concern, but I needed a new - not too pricey - camera in a hurry for the arrival of a new grandchild as well, spent three days online researching and bought a consumer recommended Sony something or other. I rationalized it would be a good stopgap camera that would last awhile until I could spend more time looking if it didn't fulful my needs well. It didn't fulfil them at all.

I don't recall the model I bought, but there was no definite macro option since the "easy" setting was supposed to zoom in automatically to closeups within a few mm of the subject. Great new technology I thought. Not! I tried to shoot a plant pod and had to back up about 2 feet to get any clear picture at all. The lens kept trying to focus, but couldn't. I took the camera back. It wasn't even a good interim because it totally failed my main consideration.

So, what can anyone suggest for a camera in the $200-300 range that can really shoot detailed macro? (Or is this impossible at the price?)
Thank you. Zippy

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I assume you are talking about the Fujifilm E550.
If so, be reminded that the E550 was full featured and expensive.

Now you want something equivalent for $200-$300.

I have doubts that you will be happy with what is available in that price range.

I suggest you start by looking at the Canon G11 or G12.
Price is around $500.


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Sony Macro

You don't use the zoom to get macro. You need to set the zoom control to W(ide), and move the camera in close. You should be able to get within two inches of the object you want to photograph.

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Sony Macro

To Piston C C,

I don't know if you're still following this thread. I re checked your post and saw I'd made an error reading it the first time. A distance of tpproximately two inches is what I'd been used to while taking my macro shots. I'm going to follow your advice using whatever camera I wind up with. Thank you. zippy

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I got the camera in 2005 for $269.00

I assumed that (as with computers) I'd get even better technology at approximately the same price (or for a little more) today.

Therefore, I'm pretty surprised even the simple Macro technology (just engaging the "tulip" feature) has reversed itself or disappeared altogether. Is it because other features take precedence? I really don't care. My needs are pretty simple (a backyard flower, odd beetle, etc.) so I think I'm re-buying the Fuji whose results were fine. zippy

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Sony Macro

I wasn't using the zoom but rather the "Easy" option, and following directions prescribed in the booklet that came with the camera. This function was supposed to automatically focus on close objects (point,let the camera focus and shoot)without engaging a separate dial selection and doing the work yourself. As I said, the automatic function didn't work at all so I tried most other dial options (obviously not twilight).

Included directions mentioned nothing about what you're suggesting, use of the W(wide) view and closing in on the subject for macro. Even if that had been the case, two feet is totally unacceptible for the details I was very used to capturing from a closer distance (e.g. flower pistils dusted with individual pollen grains) from a five-year-old camera. Maybe I'd have had to futz around being sure I kept within optical zoom range. The old Fuji had an indicator.

Yours is an interesting tip, but using optical zoom only, to keep in mind though. Thank you. Zippy

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