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supermacro plus long zoom plus hi res?

by Doug1029 / April 21, 2004 4:13 PM PDT


What digital cameras give the best value among ones that combine the features above? I'd like one with a macro or supermacro feature that can focus on objects inches away from the lens, a long optical zoom (10x if I can find it with the other features), and at least 5 Mpixel resolution. So far I've liked K-M Z2 (though resolution is only 4 Mpixel and it takes ordinary AA cells) and A2 (can't get as close to the subject in macro mode, according to the specs, and only 7x optical zoom, but 8Mpixel and relatively affordable). I expect to use it for casual "art" photography, and also would like to be able to image, on a light table or a microfilm reader, archival microfilms of genealogical records - that's what the supermacro is for.

I'd rather not spend much over $500 if I can get away with it. I've actually seen the A2 for that little. Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance

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Sony DKC-ID1
by pfeffer3 / April 21, 2004 10:01 PM PDT

If you can find one. And, make sure that it has not been modified for specific professional use. I first discovered this camera at a photo shop auction that was going out of business; they had several but were modified for TV monitoring. Later, one was found on eBay for $200, and it is in perfect condition.

Should be able to get one for about $200 even though they sold for $2000 when first released.

12X zoom with super macro.

Go to eBay and do a constant, daily search for Sony DKC and leave off the ID1. Be prepared for a long wait because these cameras are rare. I have one and will put it up against any so-called mega-pixel for close ups.

Pixel rating is not high, and I am no longer sure that pixel is not a hype because photos are sharp.

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Re:supermacro plus long zoom plus hi res?
by snapshot / April 22, 2004 12:51 AM PDT

You might also check out the:
Olympus 750,
Kodak DX6490 and the
Panasonic DMC-FZ-10

All are 4 megapixel and I am not sure about the Macro range on Kodak and Panasonic - the Olymus 750 closest macro is 3.9 inches.

For Ultra Macro, 3 centimeters (just over an inch) check out the Olympus 5060, 5 megapixel, but has just 4x zoom.

Looks like no one makes the perfect camera for you.


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by snapshot / April 22, 2004 1:22 AM PDT
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Re:supermacro plus long zoom plus hi res?
by Doug1029 / April 22, 2004 8:33 AM PDT

An update - sorry, I was wrong about the K-M A2 under $500. It was the A1. You'll find it if you search with froogle.


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