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What kind of Camera are you using.

by pontic
posted 12-13-2018 03:44 PM

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 03:57 PM

I use a Sony cybershot bought at least 15 years ago I love it but it does not make phone calls LOL I have a flip phone for that LOL :<))

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 04:00 PM

What do you plan on using the camera for? Even the top of the line SLR’s are capable of capturing both stills and video nowadays.

You could get a compact point-and-shoot type camera that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. You could get an SLR type camera that allows for a variety of lenses and come in a variety of sizes and form factors. Mirrorless is also an option. Prices range from reasonable to really expensive.

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 04:34 PM

It is hard to buy a new camera, at any price, that does not capture video. Based on your limited experience, I would recommend a moderately priced point and shoot style camera. I like Canon, Sony and Panasonic brands but just about all major brands are good compared to just a few years ago. Here is a link to camera reviews from a website I trust.

Even these “budget” cameras may be a little expensive for what you need. Unless you want to become a fanatic like me, I advise steering clear of the more complex DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. There is a steep learning curve before you reap any benefits from the added cost and complexity.

Edit: I just realized that I didn’t answer your original question. I use a Nikon D7200 DSLR with a wide variety of lenses. I use it for “serious” artistic and portrait photography. I also use it in a tiny studio to make product pictures. I use a Panasonic FZ1000 super zoom as a vacation camera and to do video. I use a tiny Canon S100 pocket camera, which is obsolete, when I am in situations where the camera might get damaged. They all capture video but I prefer the Panasonic for that purpose. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend any of these for you.

Here is a product picture I took with a Nikon D90 in the cardboard box studio. It isn’t great but it allows me to control the light and background. It might be useful for you to look into that. For this type of pictures, I think the studio is more important than the type of camera.

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 05:02 PM

I agree with ArtMann, get a good point-and-shoot camera. Most take videos now days. I have a big Nikon DSLR that takes great photos, but I seldom use it. I used to travel with it but it becomes an additional piece of luggage with the lenses and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. My wife’s little Canon point-and-shoot takes excellent photos and fits in your pocket. I tried several and settled on a Canon like hers. Now my Nikon rarely sees the light of day.

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#5 posted 12-13-2018 05:07 PM

Do a quick search in your local Craigslist… you will find some pretty nice once top-of-the-line cameras being sold dirt cheap. I picked up a great little Cannon power-shot for $5 that does pretty much everything you would want it to do including video, and uses standard USB to talk to the computer (makes it look like a hard drive, so you can just drag and drop between them).

There are tons out there – cheap. Wait until after Xmas and there will be even more :)


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#6 posted 12-13-2018 05:27 PM

I believe you are interested in upgrading your phone to get a better camera?
Depends on what you have now, but almost any newer smart phone take very
good Pic./Videos . Personally I dislike Apple/Iphones but they are simple to use and
provide good Pictures.
I had upgraded to a new Samsung S9 but was very disappointed and returned to
my 3 year old Motorola G3, may have to look at Costco as they have the G5 for under
$200 here in Canada?
Remember the Camera/Phone is still only as good as the conditions and knowledge
of the user, the nut behind the button in this case ? :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 12-13-2018 06:04 PM

MrUnix makes a great point!

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#8 posted 12-13-2018 06:08 PM

If you are going to be using it in a dusty shop environment all the time, I would look for one of the cameras that is designed to be water resistant/proof. Keeps dust from getting in the lens. Right now, in that category, you should look at an Olympus TG-5. Should be around $350-400. And you can take it in the water with you if needed on vacation.

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#9 posted 12-13-2018 06:13 PM

All my LJ pics taken with iPhone camera. I’d personally never buy a separate camera and deal with the file mgt side of it anymore. Too easy to point and shoot and post w/in LJs via smart phone.

What’s the primary destination for your pics and vids? That’d help decide what’s appropriate.

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#10 posted 12-13-2018 06:48 PM

That is way too broad of a question without more background info. Are you planning on getting into photography? What do you want to shoot, family and travel or just woodworking projects? If it’s for projects proper technique with an iPhone is fine. The issue with that is that the lens is designed to be all things to everybody which is not possible. If that’s the case then a $50-$100 used GoPro will shoot HD video and have various ways of attaching and clamping to things to get the best camera angle and the files are easily transferred and edited. It usually comes with a housing, has a decent microphone and can be left in the shop. I shoot both sports and under water and would never keep my D3 in the shop (that my wife calls garage) or allow it to be exposed to the fine dust in that environment. You can keep a GoPro in the shop and blow the case off with compressed air and you’re good to go.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#11 posted 12-13-2018 07:59 PM

Andybb makes a very good point. There are myriad types of excellent used cameras to be had out there. IF you’re using it mainly in the shop, a GoPro is a good choice primarily for the ‘harsh’ conditions in the shop. They are typically concealed within a casing. Dust is the enemy! SLR’s are great, however the external controls will suffer from dust/grit build-up as well as temperature and moisture. Chemicals/Solvents in the shop atmosphere will have ill effects over time as well. Microscopic grit in a lens can, and probably will, destroy it. Wait a bit and many will probably be up for sale post-Christmas. Shoot with ‘Stills’ in mind, proper lighting and you’re good to go. IMHO.

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#12 posted 12-13-2018 08:28 PM

i want to get better pictures of my projects in my shop. Thanks for the info guys.
I’m using a Samsung IDENT smart phone right now. I sometimes have trouble getting it into focus and getting it oriented correctly when I upload it to my computer.

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#13 posted 12-13-2018 08:49 PM

Auto focus is the bane of photography. Period.

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#14 posted 12-13-2018 09:20 PM

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#15 posted 12-14-2018 02:33 AM

Might try adding some lighting first, any camera will take a picture if you have proper lighting.

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#16 posted 12-14-2018 04:56 AM

There might be some tutorials on LJ’s re: taking professional pictures. I think you can find some on YouTube. Lighting is very important. I have a sony that I bought many years ago, does good close up and wide shots and it’s sort of idiot proof. LOL! A dial tells you what setting you have clicked on. When I am taking pictures of projects I bring the camera and set up the shots. otherwise it’s in my office.

I was forced into the smart phone era by my wife and I find that my Samsung note four has a really good camera for test shots to get an idea of what it will look like in 2d.

Good hunting. Might look at Amazon critiques too. I usually start with the most negative, then the most detailed, helps.

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#17 posted 12-14-2018 05:07 AM

I have had the Canon Power Shot (SD1200 IS) Digital Camera for years and it has performed quite well providing quality pictures. The size and convenience have been a big plus and it is often in my pocket when I want something I can quickly grab to snap a picture. It also does a great job of taking pictures of various items, projects and such, and the zoom is quite handy for things that are further away. I will attest to its durability and it has been well used regularly handled and while it’s appearance is now very worn, it has yet to let me down. It has been discontinued but Canon has similar cameras available and I wouldn’t be afraid to get one if the need ever arises.

When I replaced my 35 year old Canon AE-1 Program 35 mm camera, I went with a Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR camera with two zoom lenses. It provides outstanding pictures and the zoom is particularly helpful for wildlife and other further away tasks. The camera has many features to allow more customized picture taking, or you can choose for everything to be automatic (including the focus) and still get amazing pictures.

I have had great success with Canon cameras and would give a recommendation toward the brand. Both cameras take still pictures or video. If you want to take extended video of a musical, play or other activities, a dedicated video recorder would be needed because there is a law or regulation that only allows a certain amount of video to be captured by a camera and thus the video length is limited by that and not by what the manufacturer could provide if allowed.

For a SD Flash Memory Card, the ‘Class 4’ cards are cheaper, but in taking a photography course to become more familiar with the Rebel T5, the instructor recommended the use of a ‘Class 10’ card (which I had bought with the camera at the recommendation of the salesperson). A tripod can also be a handy addition, particularly if you wish to use less lighting or to forgo using the flash and limit the chance of blur from camera movement. For a good photo of a shop project, having lighting all around the item is helpful and shadows in a picture can be annoying.

The camera on my Samsung Galaxy S-4 phone (now outdated) does a pretty good job of taking pictures but as you noted, a phone camera can have it’s limitations, though I still use it a good bit.

Lighting and other recommendations have already been mentioned, but the pictures you take can also be greatly improved simply by providing a good background (perhaps a white sheet or such with your project in the center) and allowing the viewer to see the subject without unnecessary distractions.

I would post some pictures from the cameras, but to get the full appreciation of their quality, the file sizes would be quite large and I’m not sure of the uploading limits here, suffice it to say that both cameras provide more than enough to meet my needs on all levels.

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#18 posted 12-14-2018 12:28 PM

All my pictures are taken with a phone which is a a Samsung Galaxy S7. I am amazed at how well it works.

The most important thing is learning to use your phone or camera.

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#19 posted 12-14-2018 12:35 PM

+1 Redoak

I’ve often thought I should get a better camera so I can take better pictures, but the truth is I need to learn how to take better pictures before I get a new camera.

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#20 posted 12-14-2018 12:37 PM

I can say that for a point and shoot I really liked the Canon Powershot. For a higher end camera I now have a Fuji X-T2 and like it very much.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#21 posted 12-14-2018 01:13 PM

For taking good quality shop shots and videos, get a good tripod. Most cameras, including the little point-and-shoot ones, are compatible with standard tripod mounts.

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#22 posted 12-14-2018 02:04 PM

As has been mentioned above there are quite a few good entry level DSLR cameras. Nikon D3500 kit comes with 2 lenses. The Canons come in kits also and are very good. If you get a DSLR or a point and shoot I would also recommend getting a tripod.

All the camera manufacturers make good cameras now, you just need to figure out what suites your needs.

-- mrg

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#23 posted 12-14-2018 04:17 PM

Pontic, Check out this thread….

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#24 posted 12-21-2018 06:21 AM

Like others have noted, I have a full complement of Canon DSLR equipment. But I too got tired of lugging it around and went to point and shoot cameras about 2 years ago. They can be as complicated as you want them to be but will take very good photos on automatic settings. Of importance to me was a camera that would do well in low light conditions and have a bit of focal length.

So I chose the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100. You can see the specs here:

That camera only stops down to f2.8 but it has a 250mm focal length (35mm equivalent). I wanted something a bit faster after a year so I got a Sony RX100 III. That one stops down to f1.8 so it really let’s more light in. I can shoot without a flash on most occasions. It’s focal length is 24-70mm so I gave up some far away shots but it really takes great pics. Here’s a link so you can see the specs and price.

These cameras are in the 500 – 600 USD range but have been well worth the investment for me. Pocketable. Batteries last all day. We take them on cruises, camping trips, family functions. I hope this helps some. All the best.

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#25 posted 12-21-2018 06:34 AM

You might want to look at Nikon coolpix p1000. It has very long optical zoom range, macro mode and 4K video. I have the previous model and it takes excellent pictures. It doesn’t do 4K video, but still has been a very good camera

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#26 posted 12-22-2018 02:16 AM

The thread continues… and it’s a very good one! Pontic, you’re getting a lot of very good perspectives here. If you have the funds and would prefer a new camera, sweet! Still, very good gear can be had used. A solid tripod, getting to know the camera, lighting, versatility and patience are key. Moreover, your woodworking is what’s most important. Don’t get bogged down with the infinite details of photography. Have fun with the camera and you’ll see what suits your taste and needs.
That being said, if you are going to get into doing some video….........

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#27 posted 12-22-2018 03:29 PM

You haven’t taken many photos in the last 30 years have you?

Auto focus is the bane of photography. Period.

- MSquared

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#28 posted 12-22-2018 06:15 PM

As I was taught in a photography class eons ago. I learned using sheet film in black and white. Cameras are not responsible for a bad picture it is the operators skills and knowledge that counts. As mentioned above it is all about lighting. Second is the focus. After that is becomes more artistic.
You did not say what your phone camera was but if you want to stick with a phone camera it is hard to beat the newer iPhone 8 or the iPhone X models. The main thing phone cameras lack is adequate flash features but they make up for some of that with good low light capabilities….that don’t always produce good pictures however.
Fortunately with digital images you can often make adjustments to lighting and to a lesser degree sharpness after the fact on the camera (phone or other type) or on your computer. I have even click-dragged images from this web site to my computer desk top and been able to adjust the brightness and contrast so the subject was easier to see.

I see people all the time who have the fanciest new iPhone and don’t know how to use the camera features. One of the biggest lighting mistakes is having a big contrast between background and foreground light on the subject being photographed. Even the best automatic camera needs need help there.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#29 posted 12-22-2018 06:32 PM

Yeah, I have. I’m kinda familiar. I like using that focus ‘thingy’ on lenses.

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#30 posted 01-19-2019 02:44 AM

LesB-I Haven’t popped in here in a while obviously! You put it succinctly, beyond my writing capabilities. Thanks. A Camera is a Tool.

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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