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Old 04-10-06, 09:55 AM
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Need digital camera for real estate needs

I'll need it for indoor and outdoor pictures of homes mostly. I have no idea what the digital camera lingo is, I just need something that is pretty simple to use.

But I also don't want to have to upgrade in a few years. My current camera is misplaced and was a Fuji finepix that's about 5 years old.

Help? I can spend $300-400.
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Poke around Newegg.com and look at Canon's line of Powershots. It looks like all of them are in your price range and will offer you everything you need and then some. If you want to futureproof yourself, the 7.1 MP ones would be right up your alley - otherwise the 5.0 MP ones would suit your needs as well.
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oooh, great site. Thanks! I'm leaning towards this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...30120171#Combo
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If all you want is to print pictures 8X10 or less
Post pics on a web page
typical 'harry homeowner' type stuff, then don't worry too much about huge megapixels or a ton of features.

I would go with a 5.0-6.0 megapixel
512mb or greater memory card
something that used AA batteries (in case your batteries go dead in the field, any 7-Eleven will do to get up and goig again)
I assume you need a fairly good flash (taking indoor pictures of room)

I am thinking about buying a second digi cam as there have been plenty of times my wife and I need the camera on the same day for different things.

I currently have a canon S45 that I bought several years ago, 4.0 megapixel. The ONLY thing I dislike about this camera is the special canon battery (I have two and a charger to carry around) Otherwise it is great. Most photo labs do an excellent job of interpolation these days, I can even get very nice 8X10 prints from the pics I take.

I am thinking about buying a canon A610

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/a610.html

or possibly 620 (if you feel the need for 7.1 megapixels)

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/a620.html

and then getting a high speed 512mb SD card to go with it

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820218069

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something that used AA batteries (in case your batteries go dead in the field, any 7-Eleven will do to get up and goig again)
I assume you need a fairly good flash (taking indoor pictures of room)
Excellent points!
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If you want the S2 I can post details on how to get it for $285.
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Originally Posted by X
If you want the S2 I can post details on how to get it for $285.

That would be awesome! Please do!
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Go here:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...&page=external

Put it in your cart and add these coupons:
$V7CQWF82D0518
QFTPZQCNBRH9TD

I recommend you do it ASAP if you're sure you want that camera. That second coupon is only good for 1000 uses. However you can buy another one on ebay for $1 if need be.
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Thanks X!
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The S2 for $285 is an excellent deal. Be sure to get rechargeable NiMH batteries. The NiMH batteries are rated for 550 shots per charge whereas the alkalines are rated for 130 shots. Plus you save $$ with the rechargeables.

Anyway, read all about the S2 here:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/s2is.html
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$285 is a great deal on a vrey nice camera that will suit your needs perfectly (as long as it isn't too large)
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Try to get a camera with a lens that's as wide as possible so you can get the indoor shots (kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms etc.). It can get pretty tight taking pictures indoors and a wide angle lens will help out a lot.
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Originally Posted by yakuza70
Try to get a camera with a lens that's as wide as possible so you can get the indoor shots (kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms etc.). It can get pretty tight taking pictures indoors and a wide angle lens will help out a lot.
The Canon has a built-in stitch assist feature that allows you to take several shots and stitch them together to create a wide view (panorama).

Example:



Alternately, you can use a wide angle lense for this effect:

Native wide angle:



With wide angle lens (WC-DC58A):



I have a Canon Powershot A610 and I use mine for real estate with great results. I recently purchased a Kaidan 360 One VR lens and am able to create virtual tours with only one shot. Here are a few samples.

Sonic

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