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I am buying the company a camera, and need help.
Greetings to everyone,.

I am a rookie at both forums and to digital cameras, but alas I have been tasked with researching and finding a digital camera for my department..

I am a mechanical engineer, and the camera will be used to take pictures in poorly lit distribution centers..

The following is my criteria,$1,000 or lessCompactExternal flash (optional)135 mm zoom minimumVideo capabilities.

Suggestions?.

Thanks greatlyKevin..

Comments (7)

If by "compact" you mean smallish without changeable lenses, then look at the Fujifilm S6000/6500..

If by "compact" you mean pocketable, then look at the Fujifilm F-series (the F20 is good & available.).

These cameras cost much less than your budget limit, but I doubt you'll find anything as good for the conditions you outlined without stepping up to a DSLR..

It'll be very helpful for you to read the reviews on this forum..

Dave.

PS I'm presuming you want the photos to "look good". If image noise is of no concern (it probably doesn't matter for most measurement purposes) there are a wide variety of options out there...

Comment #1

The effective range of the internal flash on most compact cameras is about 6-8 feet. If you want a compact camera capable of taking pictures in poor light, then you almost certainly will need an external flash. This will take the effective range up to 30-40+ feet. However, the flash will be twice as big as the camera..

There are relatively few compact cameras that can take an external flash, mainly Canons. Try looking at the Canon S5 IS and the Canon G7, and a Canon 430EX flashgun..

If you are photographing stationary objects, another alternative would be to use a tripod with available light. You might be able to make do with a relatively small table top tripod and a compact with reasonable low light performance like the Fuji F31fd..

What you are looking for is pushing the capabilities of compact cameras but this might be OK if image quality is not too important. If you can do without the video capability and a slightly larger size, a small DSLR with a suitable lens and an external flash would give much better image quality.Chris R..

Comment #2

Ghost Man wrote:.

I am a mechanical engineer, and the camera will be used to takepictures in poorly lit distribution centers..

Sounds like a dSLR would be the way to go for the much better high ISO performance..

The following is my criteria,$1,000 or lessCompactExternal flash (optional).

There are lots of dSLRs that meet these criteria: Canon 400D/Xti, Nikon D40/D40x, Pentax K100D, Olympus etc..

135 mm zoom minimum.

I dont know you mean by this, 135 mm is a short telephoto focal length, not a zoom range. Generally for interiors, a wide angle lens is needed, something like an 18mm to whatever, or even wider..

Video capabilities.

You wouldnt get this with a dSLR, you would have to go with a P&S type camera. With most P&S or compact type camera, you would lose the low light capabilities in order to gain the video capabilities. Or you could use the P&S on a tripod..

Brian A...

Comment #3

There are a few good options that lie within your budget. I have no idea what a distribution station is for sure, but that really doesn't matter..

Canon S3IS or S5IS with an external flash will fit in your budget. Canon G series will work as well, but they are harder to handle with an external flash due to the shape..

Fuji S6500/S9000 would do, with an external flash..

Panasonic fz30/fz50 are contenders, I don't know of a dedicated flash for these..

Even the Kodak P-880 would work with your criteria..

The flash can be something simple and cheap, or a fancy dedicated unit..

Can you give us some idea of how large this interior space is, and what sort of ambient light you have to deal with? Some of the less expensive flashes may not light up a large space well, while the higher powered dedicated units can get expensive..

I have some experience trying to light difficult scenes, interior and exterior, with a P&S camera. It can be challenging, but it is certainly possible..

Crime Scene PhotographyA small gallery of personal work: http://picasaweb.google.com/PID885..

Comment #4

Well depending on how much video you do you may want to get a digital video camera??.

As for lighting get a camera with fast lens IE low F stop or one that does well in low light. The external flash is a good idea as long as the people taking the shots have been informed on how to use it..

If you have a number of people using this camera you may want to get some kind of extended insurance on it. This can be from the credit card company, the shop you bought it from, or the camera maker them selfs. Try to get one that covers drops and falls..

Also if more than one person is using the camera it might be worth your wild to show them the tricks on how to use it to get the shots the company needs from the camera..

Good luck and please write back on what you end up getting...

Comment #5

Don't forget a tripod in order to shoot in poor light..

BAK..

Comment #6

Caoedhen wrote:.

There are a few good options that lie within your budget. I have noidea what a distribution station is for sure, but that really doesn'tmatter..

Canon S3IS or S5IS with an external flash will fit in your budget.Canon G series will work as well, but they are harder to handle withan external flash due to the shape..

Fuji S6500/S9000 would do, with an external flash..

Panasonic fz30/fz50 are contenders, I don't know of a dedicated flashfor these..

Even the Kodak P-880 would work with your criteria..

The flash can be something simple and cheap, or a fancy dedicated unit..

Can you give us some idea of how large this interior space is, andwhat sort of ambient light you have to deal with? Some of the lessexpensive flashes may not light up a large space well, while thehigher powered dedicated units can get expensive..

I have some experience trying to light difficult scenes, interior andexterior, with a P&S camera. It can be challenging, but it iscertainly possible..

Crime Scene PhotographyA small gallery of personal work: http://picasaweb.google.com/PID885.

25 years as a freelancer,(news,magazine, wedding photography) camera equip. over the years: Practica MLT, Canon A1, Minolta 9xi, 7xi, Dimage Z1,Fuji 5200,Canon S2,Pentax K100D,Olympus 380(see my Z1 shots athttp://www.photobucket.com ALBUM NAME: buckl the COMMUNITY album was done with the Z1, and most of the photos in the album:Other were w/the Z1)..

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