My New Outside Blog: December 2010

Looking for Suggestions on a Camera for Business and Pleasure

Buying a new camera. Usually not something to reblog about, but this blog post goes deeper than the basic question and also shows Dennis is really doing his homework.

Costco has good prices and a good selection of digital cameras. I find that 18 degrees for the wide angle end of the lens will usually work unless it's a tiny room.

 I was able to find a lens that zooms down to 14 degrees but it wasn't cheap and Costco didn't carry the lens.

I am thinking of buying a new camera.  Based on what I Camera tipshave experienced with my Pentax MX, I made a list of requirements.  The lens I have now is a 5.8mm (30MM) and is not wide enough to capture an entire room.  I use a .5x adapter, taking it to 15MM, which may be a little wide. 

Most of the cameras I am looking at are 24MM or 26MM.  Are these wide enough to capture an entire 12 x 12 room?  Which is the size of a small dining room, or bedroom.  Or will I still need an adapter?

Here is my list of requirements.

24 or 26 MM wide angle
Min 18x optical zoom
Pop up flash. 
Would the option of a hot shoe be advised?  Will the diffuser soften the photos enough to make a difference in MLS and Internet Photos?
8 MP min.  The real catch I have seen is some newer cameras save images as 10MP, 5MP, 3MP, 2MP, and no longer offer 1MP or 640 x 480.  The MLS will not allow pictures larger than 100k in size.   This requires 1MP format or smaller. Saving to the camera on a larger format will require a reduction  using a photo  editor before sending to MLS.

Panorama mode.  I just discovered this on the camera I have now.  I also found a program that stitches the pictures in much better quality than the software that came with the camera.   http://www.photopos.com/Pos-Panorama-Pro-Panoramic-Image-Software.asp

I also like to take close up shots in macro, flowers, nature, etc.  Let me know the results you have experienced.

Any other features, suggestions you may have on a camera will be appreciated. 

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