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Old 02-11-2011, 08:04 AM   #1
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Camera suitable for food pix

I'm thinking about getting an inexpensive camera to use for making pretty pix to post.

I need a camera that is compatible with my laptop and the ports I have (USB and one other that is rectangular with 3 rows of pin sockets).

I know next to nothing about cameras, and even less about digital.

Would some of you give me some pointers of what I need to look for, please?
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The digital cameras I have all have usb ports - and if your laptop is fairly new, it should have a slot for the sd card to go directly from the camera into the computer. If all you want to do is take food pictures, any of the inexpensive cameras should be fine (IMHO).
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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The laptop is only a year old, but I don't see any slots except for one on the front edge that has a little plastic piece plugging the opening 1" wide. Is that for the sd (?) card?
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Yeah, that might be it, Z. Push it in and see if it springs out. My laptop has the same thing. It's sort of a filler piece.
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For what you are looking to do any digital camera will do fine. You will end up buying a card reader for your computer. It is a small inexpensive ($10-$20) thing that plugs into your usb and the memory card goes into it.

Stick with Nikon, Canon, Sony.
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I'm thinking about getting an inexpensive camera to use for making pretty pix to post.

I need a camera that is compatible with my laptop and the ports I have (USB and one other that is rectangular with 3 rows of pin sockets).

I know next to nothing about cameras, and even less about digital.

Would some of you give me some pointers of what I need to look for, please?
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Take the laptop with you when you go shopping for a camera and try if it works with your laptop at the store (most likely, any camera will). Also consider getting a tripod, as less expensive cameras tend to have a huge lag (the time you press the button to take your picture and the actual moment it happens) and usually are pretty bad in low light conditions (read indoors). So put the camera on the tripod and turn the flash off. The pics will turn out better. Take lots of pictures, zooming in and out. You will pick whatever you like at a later stage.

You will then need to edit your pics. I use FastStone Image Viewer, Screen Capture, Photo Resizer ... to do bulk renaming, resizing, adding frame etc. It can also do basic gamma/brighness/contrast manipulation. For tougher jobs I use Gimp (GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program). Both are free.

As an illustration, all pics on my new blog are taken with a cheap Samsung ES29 (~$70), because someone borrowed my Canon Rebel for a while. They are not too bad. I was using a tripod and flash was off.

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I bought a Sony a year and a half ago and it came with cable that connects the camera to the computer for downloading pictures. No need for a card reader.
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Yeah, that might be it, Z. Push it in and see if it springs out. My laptop has the same thing. It's sort of a filler piece.
Yes, it does pop out. It is exactly 1" wide is that right?
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Yes, it does pop out. It is exactly 1" wide is that right?

Check your computer and camera manuals. Some computers only take a certain type of memory card. If you put the worng type in, it can get stuck.
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Check your computer and camera manuals. Some computers only take a certain type of memory card. If you put the worng type in, it can get stuck.
Thanks for the warning. Will check.
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