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    Cameras?

    I'm in search of anew camera...and I want to know what others are using to take pictures of their quilts. I need a camera that will take pictures so I can post them on my blog. What's everyone using. Any special features I should be looking for. Although the camera phone is ok...I feel it does not do any of my quilts justice.

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    I have a simple Cannon I bought on clearance in Target. I photograph my quilts with it and I really like the end result. It has settings for indoors which is what I use for quilts on shows and at home. The photographs are clear and fabric colors come through the way they should. I think I paid about $90 for it. Good luck!

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    The higher the pixel number the better the pics. I use my Iphone 5. It has 8 megapixel. The pictures are very sharp and focused, good enough for me and no settings to have to deal with.
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    I was thinking of getting a FugiFilm Fine Pix s6800.....

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    I have a Nikon S570 that I love has many features and is small
    enough to fit in your purse or pocket.

    I also have a Nikon D70 and my dh has a D500. Both are awesome cameras
    but for me they are just to "big" and bulky for the quick snap of a project I
    am working on or just finished. They only come out when I am in need of the
    big "guns" for excellent photos.
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    I have a Nikon D60. I really like it. I can take pics without flash in indoor and low light situations which can be really helpful. However, it is bulky and heavy to take with me when I go to quilt shows. My husband had a Coolpix which I'm thinking of using for Quilt Fest next year. It has many of the features of my D60 but is small and takes really great pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The higher the pixel number the better the pics. I use my Iphone 5. It has 8 megapixel. The pictures are very sharp and focused, good enough for me and no settings to have to deal with.

    So do I. Also, my iPad. Everytime you get an upgrade, it's like getting a newer camera.

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    I have an iPad 1st generation (iPad1) and it does NOT have a camera.

    But since it was given to my hubs by his dad than given to me, I won't complain.
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    I have a Canon Xsi DSLR. I really don't use it much anymore-just for my kids' annual pics and for taking pictures of projects. It's also nice for taking places where lighting isn't that great, since I have a good fast lens for it.

    It's a lot easier to use my little lumix or my phone these days.

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    I have a Canon Elph that I like a lot (battery holds a charge a long time and the pictures are pretty good). I do have to re-size my photos (can't figure out how to set it on the camera) everytime I download, but it only takes a few extra minutes to do.

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    I have had a Vivitar for about 9 years. Bought it for $80 at Walmart. It finally quit. I bought another one for $40 from a third party seller on Amazon, it was brand new. I figured I was used to it and the price was right. Vivicam 3710, don't think they make them any more. I was looking at a Canon Elph also.

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    I have a Sony but I still am not able to take very good pics

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    I have a Cascio which takes good pictures, but I don't use it anymore. Instead, use my iPhone 5 which takes good enough pictures for me.
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    My current Kodak EasyShare (circa 2004) has 3.2 megapixels, 16 MB storage, and a 3X optical zoom, but I'm saving up my Staples rewards for a Nikon CoolPix S3500. It has 20.1 megapixels, 64MB internal storage, 7X optical zoom, and much more...everything I need for now and a long time to come. I'll have it by the end of the month at less than half price, and I can't wait!! Now if I can only decide what color to get....
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    Nikon Coolpix is very good. Several models are now less than $100 depending on pixel count.

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    My DH gave my DD and I each a Kodak M1033 (10 mp). One of his favorite phrases is: "I got you one that is idiot-proof!" Said with love, of course! lol I do prove him wrong sometimes, though! But this one has been very good and I just plug it in and download.

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    When you look at the specs, make sure you look at the color rating, some are truer, and some enhance them, thus making them different than what you see. I have the Cannon Powershot 230hs with 14x optical and 56x digital zoom. Works for everything from quilts to taking on vacation and its small & easy.

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    Most cameras now will take a very good picture, and most cell phones for that matter! Cameras have come a long, long way. I just upgraded to a semi professional camera, and love it..but honestly, if I were just taking quilt pics, I'd go for a good name brand point and shoot...kodack, olympus, nikon...sure i'm forgetting some..but they will all take a very good pic..if you just want it for the occasional family pic and quilts..don't stress yourself out too much..they all will take great pics.

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    I have 2 camera's - a Canon and a Nikon. However, I use my phone - Samsung S3.
    It's camera has 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, antishake, led flash, etc. I also take a lot of sunrise/sunset pics with it and they are much better, imho, than the camera camera.
    One note on quilt pics - I think it makes a HUGE difference to use natural light.
    Good luck.

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    I use my camera phone for simple shots. But I have a Canon Powershot SX10 is. This camera adjusts for the light and has a great image stabilizer (cause I am not the best photographer) I have taken some great shots with it, even printed several off and framed them. I picked the canon over the nikon because the canon takes AA batteries and figured if I was ever out and about and ran out of battery, I can always pick up more just about anywhere. It was a bit pricey, and is a big camera. However I love the shots I take with it. It will last me a good long time which is what I was going for when I selected it.

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    I also use my cell phone camera to take MANY pictures.

    I ALWAYS tell my husband (the MAJOR computer geek) that in
    MY opinion one of the best inventions in my 49 years besides
    the computer is the digital camera.

    20 years ago I had a NICE Canon camera setup with ALL the
    different lenses, and it was film. I can't begin to count the number
    of pictures I took that was a waste of film due to over/under
    exposure, blurred, or just not the "right" time to click the shutter.

    I LOVE my digitals because I don't have the added expense having
    to get photos developed only to get one or two "special" pictures.
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    I have a Pentax OptioX10 8 megapixel with 7x optical zoom. It takes decent photos, and is quite small and light weight. It's about 5 yr old. I had a Fuji finepix before that, which produced photos indoors with a yellow cast.

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    I have a Canon D60 with 5 difference lenses. I bought it for myself because I photograph my husband's gospel trio and maintain their Facebook page. Mine is a 14MP, among many other wonderful traits. It was my passion before I discovered quilting. Although, I will still get up early to photograph a sunrise and it seems I always have a camera in my hand.....except when I'm quilting. .

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