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Documents again: camera for academic research
I need a camera to take photographs of documents. I can't use a scanner, and although I know I'd get better results, I can't use a DSLR with a macro lens. I need a camera that would fit in a trouser or jacket pocket. I'll be traveling in fairly rough conditions, and using the camera with available light (plus flash)..

I've looked through a couple of threads on this forum that have addressed the same issue, and a couple of cameras were mentioned: the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ5 and the Fuji F40. I was wondering if one or the other was better. I notice also there are two later Fuji models, the F50FD and F100FD. For what it's worth, the Fujis have a "Text" mode, although I assume the same results could be achieved manually in other cameras. I'd be grateful for any advice or recommendations, especially from someone who is already using a camera for this function. Are there any other models I should be considering?.

I'm pretty much a rank amateur when it comes to photography, but I pick up technical skills fairly easily, so a camera with an "easy" mode but with the ability to override would be great..

Thanks for your help..

Vikram..

Comments (6)

Hi there,.

While I don't have the TZ5, given that it has 25mm wide-angle it will help to capture a bigger area of a page. I would think it is a better camera, with a Leica lens and all the photos users have posted. I've taken photos of documents with a very old (3 yrs old) panasonic p&s and I am quite pleased with the quality..

Hope this helps..

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Comment #1

Fuji F20 or any of the F series will work well for shooting document pages..

I've had good luck with an F20...

Comment #2

If you have reasonable light present, there probably won't be much difference at all between cameras. Shooting documents should be one of the simplest tasks for a camera, easy to focus, simple contrast. Pretty much anything will do fine, I doubt you could tell the difference until you got into something big...

Comment #3

As the previous poster said, almost any camera will be ok for reasonable light levels, so you might consider other uses as well..

The FUjis I mentioned earlier will excel in low light levels...

Comment #4

It's true that all compacts will focus close enough for document copy work. And nearly all have a "text" scene setting now. However, a superzoom still seems like a very odd choice for copy work to me. Take at least a look at the Nikon P5100, good macro, plus manual controls..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #5

I tested multiple cameras for my dad who was scientist and bought him Canon Powershot 570 IS..

It does good photos of documents in Auto mode. But also good photos of various subjects in different situations (people, groups, landscape, macro).

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