Mini Photography -- Selecting a Camera

We've got the competitive market on our side for choosing cameras nowadays, so here's some things to look for when buying a camera for miniature photography:

You don't need anything more than 3.2 megapixel. As the market is pushing 5+ cameras, the "lower" res are getting pretty cheap.

Nikon cameras are known for superior macro capabilities, but I've heard a lot of good about Fuji and Cannon for miniatures.

HP and Kodak cameras have very user friendly features, like camera docking and mating printers, so they can be more versitile for every-day use.

A digital camera is a great investment if you like taking pictures. There's an incredible freedom with being able to snap off hundreds of pictures without wasting money on film and prints.

A couple of recommendations for mini photography --

  • get a tripod!
  • get extra memory!
  • chose your memory format wisely! I prefer compact flash cards because I have other devices that use the same media.
  • In any case, get something with removable media, and get a card reader for your computer for that media
  • get a spare battery and/or an AC power adapter for the camera. I go through two batteries every mini photo session.

Comments are welcome! What camera do you use?

Nikon D40, since you asked....

As Forum of Doomers and my blogg readers will know, following the malfunctioning of my old pocket camera I've just brought a Nikon D40 and this seems to be ideal for photographing minis. If I can take good photos with it, anyone can!

It comes with a lens that is apparently very highly rated-
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-55-ii.htm

Interesting is that I've not had to use the Close up/macro setting yet. All of the shots I've put up here have been made on Aperture Priority setting at a distance of about 13", most on f/20.

A big change is that this camera will take a tripod, unlike my old pocket Samsung. Don't get a "mini-tripod", get one of at least a couple of feet height that you can stand on the floor, since the price is much the same. By not having to sit the tripod on the same table as the mini you have much more flexibility and can pull back from the target when you want to. Greater distance between you and the minis increases the depth of field, which is useful if you are photographing several figures and want them all in focus. See
http://www.outsight.com/hyperfocal.html

Reducing the zoom and reducing the aperture (larger f/stop) also help there, hence my use of Aperture priority setting.

I tend to take shots with a 2 sec shutter delay, which gives the camera time to stop moving after I press the button.

I've not had any problems with the battery running out, and when plugged into the computer it loads real fast and hasslefree. The only software work I now need to do is crop the picture, and the program that came with the camera is perfect for this

Hope that helps

:unclephil

Click the picture, you know you want to....

uncle phil

A whole lot has changed in the past 7 years!

Well, it looks like this is really old info; 3 megapixel cameras are now antique! At some point I'll do something for phone photography...