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upgrading from Sony DSC W 120

June 29 2011 at 4:39 AM
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Hi guys,

For taking pictures of my models I use the Sony DSC-W120 (a compact camera) a photo tent, 4 photo bulbs, a tripod and the P mode of my camera. The images I get aren't bad but some more depth and sharpness would be good I guess. I always take those pics during the night so those bulbs are the only source of light. I always edit images and often highlight them. I do like the DSCW 120 as it shoots pictures quite well but... I feel a small change would do good to me. The main issue is I have a very limited budget (around 100EUR =140 USD) so buying a DSLR camera is out of the question.

Here are the results I get using the pocket camera I have (slightly edited in Picassa mainly contrast and highlights).

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For the budget I have (around 140 USD but keep in mind that in France were I live price are a bit higher than in US A for example) I could get one of these:

Canon PowershotG6

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camera-reviews/canon/powershot-g6/canon-powershot-g6-review.html

Nikon Coolpix 5700

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camera-reviews/nikon/coolpix-5700/nikon-coolpix-5700-review-6.html

Sony DSC-H2

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camera-reviews/sony/dsc-h2/sony-dsc-h2-review-5.html

Sony DSC-V3

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camera-reviews/sony/dsc-v3/sony-dsc-v3-review-5.html

Any hint which one of those four would fit the best? What should be the order of interest. the G6 the best(?) and than? Any other "oldy" which would be good?

I would appreciate your help.
Pawel


 
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Val Bueno
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W 120? Great Photos with a Point and Shoot!

June 30 2011, 10:42 AM 

I have a Sony W30 and a Sony H50 and you did a fantastic job getting the most out of your camera.

Having bought Sony in the past, I can only comment on the Sony cameras. The V3 and H2 are later incarnations of my H50, so they should be better than what I am currently using. Both cameras have Aperture priority, so you can control the depth of field better. I think these cameras also have a variable focus point, mine does. This means you can manually chose what point on the model is in focus rather than being constrained to the center. This allows longer models to have several photos taken with different points along the model being in focus and the final photo stacked to have the entire model in focus. I use Helicon to stack my multiple photos. The photos below of a Gato class sub is comprimised of 6 photos stacked.

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I would chose the camera with the smallest aperture (4.0 on the V3 I think). This helps with the depth of field.

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The added benefit of chosing the Sony cameras, your Memory Sticks work on the new Camera also!

Hope this helps.

Val

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Pawel RZYMSKI
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thanks

July 1 2011, 6:15 AM 

thanks for the answer. The Sony V3 i the one I can hardly find but I'll check it. The bright white colour of your background is "out of the camera" or it's edited? What lights / accessories do you use.

 
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Val Bueno
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I use a pair of 5000K Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs...

July 1 2011, 9:56 AM 

..installed in the light sockets in the ceiling of the workshop. I use a plain piece of 11"x17" paper as the background and set my EV value to +1 to make sure the white background is white.

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After the photo is taken, I use ACDSee to edit the crop out the edges and adjust the brightness to brighten the background even more and lighten the shadows if needed. I can also blur out the dust particles to a point then sharpen the image as well.

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The camera is on a tripod and I use a remote control to trigger the shutter. The action of pressing the button imparts enough shake on the camera to blur the image, so I make sure my hands are not on the camera when the shutter is open.

Hope this helps!

Val

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great photoes

September 28 2011, 12:08 PM 

hi you get realy good picktures from a compact! i ave just perchased a fuji hs 10 its a good cammera but round the 250 to 300 pound mark, its already being replaced by the hs 20 wich can be picked up for about the same! i only use mine on auto but get excelent picktures! trying to learn more about it! hope this helps alan.

 
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Pawel RZYMSKI
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Re: great photoes

September 29 2011, 1:10 AM 

thanks, two weeks ago I bought a Canon G6 on ebay for roughly 100E shipping from Germany included. I've tried it on my newest build. It's smaller (shorter) vehicle so we'll see what happens when I'll get to some bigger models like Panthers or Tiger II (with long barrel)

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for comparison a shot with DSCW 120 (you can see the barrel is not sharp)

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Those look great! I'm glad you found a good camera.

October 1 2011, 10:18 AM 

Cheers,
Val

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Pawel RZYMSKI
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Re: great photoes

September 29 2011, 1:10 AM 

double post

 
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