Digital Camera's - For Chicken Picture Taking =D

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TerrasCritters, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    Hey everyone,
    I am now onto my 4th Digital Camera and still not impressed!

    I am looking for a camera, I can take good pictures with, I am tired of snapping so many dupliate pictures until it takes the right shot. So offten the image is to bright/white or to dark/black. I am always messing with my flash button to try a new shot without the flash when its so bright and with the flash when it is taking a dark picture. But I am getting sick of it!

    Is this just something that will always be?

    I got a new camera yesterday.
    Kodak Z712 IS 12x Optical Zoom 7.1 MP with Fast Click to Capture speed of 0.26 seconds
    I have been snapping pictures all day with it, but not real impressed.

    I wanted to get the Kodak P880 8.0 MP but they stopped making it.

    I like Kodak, I have had all Kodak Digital Cameras they are simple to use and over all a decent camera. With nice pricing.

    But I want to wean myself from Kodak.

    I liked the shots of Diana's Cannon Powershot 710IS but they also have stopped making them, or so I am finding, can you prove me otherwise with either??

    I only find them on sites like Amazon . com etc.

    I would love to beable to afford to get one of the expencive $1000 cameras or a SLR Digital but with only my only imcome being from my chickens right now, I cant afford one of those Lol

    I am looking at spending $250 - $300 or better!


    So my questions is,
    What Digital Camera do you have? How do you like it?

    How are your pictures turning out? Do you have to keep snapping the same picture until it turns out right?
    Another thing I REALLY want to do is beable to get CLEAR shots of my chicks! Close up shots, I am sick of the blurry pictures of my chicks!

    Thanks for all your helpful ideas.
     
  2. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out the Panasonic Lumix DFC series. I have one and it's great for a less than SLR but more than a pocket camera.

    I have a Panasonic DFC-FZ5 and a Kodak easy share of some sort that's a 7.1 megapixel. The Kodak goes everywhere with me but when I want a serious picture and the 12x zoom I pull out the panasonic.

    http://www.beachcamera.com/shop/SearchResults.aspx?cti=2014&scs=true&kwd=panasonic+lumix

    Sample pic from the Panasonic DFC-FZ5. Keep in mind I had to resize and tweak the quality for webhosting. The original file was 1.64mb. New file size is less than 900k.
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. Lilychick

    Lilychick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Fujifilm S5100. I like it for some things, but I do have to snap more than one picture and play with the flash/no flash for the same reasons you mention - too bright, then too dark.

    I think you need to have a macro lense to get close-ups of the chicks? I have tried with my digital (which doesn't have a macro lense), and it doesn't work.

    (Of course, I have never read the directions. I don't do that unless I really really have to. That would be a truly drastic measure).

    For now, I went back to film for close-ups - a canon A-1 with an old macro lense.
     
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  4. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the light/dark issue is common with Fuji's, Samsung, some nikkons and kodaks.

    All of these pics were taken with the Kodak I have.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=4655-Micro_Waterer

    Also, don't forget, use your flash even when outside. ESPECIALLY if you get an olympus. I like olympus cameras but their auto focus is screwy unless you use the flash all the time.
     
  5. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Daughter has an hp Photosmart M525

    It has turned out to be a great little camera for her. She gets some great shots and awesome close ups.This little camera can also record videos!!

    I do not use her camera but I do help her load her photos onto photobucket and I really like how they are looking/quality. I do however recommend you buy rechargable batteries for it as I am ALWAYS buying her batteries for it. You can also buy a docking and photo printing station for it too!

    I use a different camera I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, mine!!! But it is a Canon EOS Digital.

    Edited to say: I can load up some of her photos from it if you want to see them.
     
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  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I like mine for close ups. Here's a baby lady bug on my spoon next to a blue berry.

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    I can get to about 1cm of the lens and it will focus. Or I can back up and zoom in and take pictures.

    Shots in the dark turn out pretty good too:

    [​IMG]

    Most my pictures turn out to be between 3-5mb each...

    I like the fact I can use rechargable AA batteries so no down time plugged in and no expensive one compnay only battery.
     
  7. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    I really like the shots from your camera, to bad I cant find them available!

    I have a Film Camera Canon Sure Shot 90U
    But I dont use it often enough.

    I was always steered away from HP products, but will look into them a little more.

    Thanks for all of the replys and remember to please let me know what your camera is!
     
  8. Lilychick

    Lilychick Out Of The Brooder

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    Silkiechicken, what kind of camera are you using?

    I could never get shots like that with mine. (I don't think). Those are neat!
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I have a cannon powershot A710IS.

    My guess the new version of it is the powershot 720IS
     
  10. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    When you turn your camera off does the shutter shut on its own or do you have to cap it?

    This new one I had to cap, I am NOT going to do good with that.

    Oi I am picky!
     

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