I wondered if people had thoughts / recommendations about the best small digital camera for getting good close up shots of insects, plants etc for i.d. purposes. I would be thinking about a price of up to about £100. Thanks,
you might be interested to see my post on using a cheap cameraphone with a hand lens to get surprisingly good close-ups.
The link is in my sig, below:
How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
Thanks Rachy, looks like an easy way to get good shots. Will give it a go. Ian
and let us know how you get on.
I am a bit evangelical in pushing this option, as I think it's a brilliant way to get excellent close-ups without expensive equipment: I didn't invent the technique, but I am very happy to encourage everyone to have a go at it!
I think that these days it's more a matter of finding what's on offer at the time.
Having said that I am quite impressed with Rachy's suggestion although it wouldn't be quite so easy with my phone as the lens is immediately behind the screen and so any securing rubber bands would have to be carefully arranged to not cover the screen.
But back to cameras - while I haven't looked at very many, and there are so many these days, the standard close focus distance seems about 10cm, that's not too bad but my more serious camera (an old zoom 'bridge' camera) does go down to 1cm. The other thing to look for is image size - I see that someone is selling a phone with a 40Mpixel camera with the slogan "snap first, zoom later" (or very similar) with the not unreasonable proposition that with that large an image you could easily just use the central 10 % - and that's still a sizeable chunk.
As it happens I've just had to replace my 'pocket' camera and got a Fuji AX650 for £50, the predecessor model with hardly much difference in specification was available a few days before for £25 - had I been a little quicker ! It's quite a nice camera but I do notice that these tend to not have very much in the line of manual controls and so one may have to learn how to convince the machine to do what you want rather that what its software wants.
I tend to set out a few criteria and then see what's on offer and use dpreview.com for comparing the camera specifications and, perhaps, the user reviews.
Sony have a sort-of phone addon called a lens...well you'll see what I mean if you have a look at the BBC item www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23954377
But a little more expensive than a hand lens...
There is also this cheaper kickstarter idea, looks promising, with the potential for a lens of greater magnification in the future.