RE: Digital Camera Recommendations? [Getting off the RP thread a little but...]

From: Somsel, Jim P. (
Date: Thu Jan 21 1999 - 18:55:15 EET


I have a Kodak 260 and it takes excellent pictures. I've been very
satisfied with it and would echo your thoughts about not skimping on a
camera used for business applications. It does especially well at
engineering-type photos of parts where you want to get close-ups and
show things like material condition and detail. However, I have one
annoying problem with it: the batteries must be changed almost daily.
The LCD and motorized zoom are large current draws verses other digital
cameras without them! We've contacted Kodak about it but are told to
just get better batteries and keep changing them...

Recommendation: buy the Kodak and get 3 sets of rechargeable alkaline if
you need to use it a lot.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Denton, Karl R. KD1588 []
> Sent: Thursday, January 21, 1999 11:55 AM
> To: ''
> Subject: FW: Digital Camera Recommendations?
> Hello all,
> Glenn - after having two different digital cameras over the past
> couple
> of years for use in a professional setting I can tell you the
> following:
> 1) Purchase one based on being "Mega-Pixel" this means that your
> resolution will be at a minimum of 1280x1024.
> 2) Don't be afraid of the "special" download software! It's not as
> bad
> as you think, most of the cameras come with some sort of a memory card
> and that card can fit into an adapter that fits into your floppy
> drive.
> I use the Fuji MX700 and have had no trouble with reading the device
> as
> it uses the Windows Explorer as if it's a floppy.
> 3) Although I thoroughly enjoy and use my MX700 (logged well over 3500
> images in less then a year!) I would recommend the Kodak DC 260 (
> Around
> $800 in the Detroit area) as it uses optical zoom as opposed to
> digital.
> This is extremely important because your image will be drastically
> degraded (become pixelated) if you do use the digital zoom.
> 4) If this camera is going to be used for business then DON'T TAKE THE
> CHEAP ROUTE! you will be disappointed trust me!
> 5) One more point...All of these cameras use the JPEG standard to save
> images. If the Sony is using a 1.44 meg floppy then they are saving
> the
> files using setting that compress the daylights out of your photos,
> once
> you compress a file using JPEG some data is lost and never
> recoverable.
> This is why there are many level of settings when working with JPEG.
> When using a program like Adobe Photoshop ( I also highly recommend
> the
> use of this program) you are given a choice as to the level of
> compression, more compression=smallers files=more lost data=poor
> picture
> quality!
> I hope this helps!
> Karl
> ----------
> From: owner-rp-ml
> Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 1999 10:38 PM
> To: Rapid Prototype Mailing List
> Subject: Digital Camera Recommendations?
> Dear rp-ml:
> I'm embarking on a new business enterprise and need to buy a digital
> camera,
> preferably in the $300-$500 U.S. Dollar range. I like the Sony Mavica
> (Models FD-51 and/or FD-71) because the floppy drive is easy to use;
> it
> saves a JPEG-format file on the diskette and you're ready to go.
> Other
> camera brands like Kodak's require special download adaptors and use
> proprietary software which I would like to stay away from as much as
> possible. I would also like to maintain a fairly good resolution such
> as
> 1024x768 pixels.
> Any recommendations on which models to look at and where to buy from
> users
> out there?
> Thanks in advance,
> Glenn Whiteside
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