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what is a good camera for documenting projects? Answered

my current camera has auto focus and wont focus up close. what are some good cameras for close ups that are under 200$?

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KitemanBest Answer (author)2011-09-03

Look at your current camera's controls - is there not an option for "macro"?

It is usually indicated by an icon of a small flower. Some cameras have an extra-close macro option (or "super macro"), indicated by the same flower icon with a small magnifying glass over it.

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blkhawk (author)2011-09-06

Any digital camera with enough resolution will work nicely for you.

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thegeeke (author)2011-09-04

Macros are life savers, but check to see if you have manual focus. If you do buy a new camera, don't buy a sony. They break the day after your warenty expires... ask me how I know that!!! :) I would probably go for a canon or nikon.

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seandogue (author)2011-09-02

Even a cell phone like an Android or IPhone has a MACRO mode, which the mode one needs for close up photography.

MACRO is the key element in your search. My Android does a half decent job.

As an example, this photo is of a turn-of-the-century button, approximately 1" in diameter, that I dug up while installing my vegetable garden earlier this summer...no special lighting was used, just point and shoot.

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frollard (author)seandogue2011-09-02

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Virtually every digicam with any sort of zoom/focus ability has a macro mode. It's the button/setting that looks like a flower and usually allows focusing between .5 and 30 centimeters.

Good lighting never hurt. In the absence of a spare lamp, use sunlight and/or reflectors.

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seandogue (author)seandogue2011-09-02

oh, btw, if your camera is a film camera, you may simply need to purchase a macro lens. If not, well, as I said...

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Re-design (author)2011-09-02

A camera you can afford. That is small enough that you will carry it to have when you need it. A digital camera is a must now. Macro is almost a standard and is a must for most purposes.

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