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Hello guys, let me go ahead and apologize as this has probably been asked a million times, but im a complete camera noob and have 0 idea what im looking for in a camera.

Basically what i want the camera to do is take high quality pictures of rigs / close up parts etc etc, i went out and grabbed a camera from bestbuy last night since they have a 15 day full refund policy on them, so if i end up not liking this one i can return it tomorrow or whatever.

the camera i got is http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-Digital-Camera-2-7-Inch/dp/B00B5HE32I

like i said, i have no idea about camera specs, i dont know whats good i dont know whats bad.

so if anyone could give me hints/suggestions here, it would be greatly appreciated.

i took a few quick pics with the camera, i havent messed with any settings except turning the flash off lol, heres the results, please let me know what you think

EK supremacy block -



a new waterblock for the 780ti classy ill be getting, showing off the crack it had in it :x -





for some reason these just dont feel very high quality to me, some of the pictures i see from people here are just simply stunning, but these i took left me feeling like "meh...ive seen way better"

it just feels grainy and blurred i guess. But hey it beats the phone camera ive been using thumb.gif

so please please please help me out here, what should i be looking for in a camera? or is the one i got a decent one? It feels like its out of focus a lot when i try to zoom in, even when not zooming it feels like the biggest pain in the behind to get a good focused shot without any blur.


Thanks for reading, thanks for any advice!

- Camera noob.
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Your pictures are way better than the average pictures that are on the web.
Your camera should be a pretty good one in its price range.
i don't know if you would notice any difference in your price range.

Sure, some of these are grainy, but the best way to fix this is to use more light from a diffused lamp. Shine the lamp through wax/printer paper, even a sheet.

A tripod (or set camera on a desk) with self timer will make a huge difference. Blur comes from motion of the subject or the person holding the camera.

Avoid using the "Digital " zoom. When you loom in, you will see a bar from left to right that is in two sections. Keep it out of the colored section to the right for a cleaner image.

Keep in mind that a camera focuses where there is contrast in the image. Whether it be light and dark or two different colors. I don't know if you can choose your focus point, or if it is auto.
If you can choose the point, focus about 1/3 of the way onto your subject at an angle like in the last picture, rather than the edge of the plexi glass as more things are in focus past your focus point, than closer to the camera.
If need be, set something with contrast on what you are shooting. Perhaps type on a slit of paper. Set your self timer for 10 seconds, focus on the slit of paper and move it our of the way while the timer is counting down.
Also if possible to change, a larger numbered aperture will make more of the image in focus.

Less zoom and moving the camera closer should also make more of the image in focus. This is a wider angle shot.

It looks like you are in auto mode with out flash. The noise in your images come from a higher ISO setting. The camera will automatically bump the ISO up to compensate for the lack of light.
Go through the menu (when out of auto mode) to set this manually to a lower number. The lowest number ISO has the least amount of grain in the image.

EDIT:
Often people will build a "light box" for taking pictures of pc components out of the case. A quick Google will find a lot of DIY for a light box.
You can also get a cheap "soft box" from Ebay, then buy a light fixture and some daylight balanced light bulbs with a tripod to shine light into your case, but the suggestions posted previously will give about the same results for less of an investment. Daylight bulbs are about 5500K. A tungsten light is orange, but diffusion will help whiten the color, or use tungsten white balance in your camera to remove the orange tint. Fluorescent lights often gives a green color cast.
Edited by micro5797 - 11/16/13 at 7:32pm
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i went out and grabbed another camera today to test vs this one, ill take the losing camera back, gonna fiddle around with the settings on both and see which i like

new camera i picked up today -

http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-FinePix-S8200-16-2MP-Digital/dp/B00ATM1NAU

took some pics with it on its stock settings of an evbot i got today, quality is pretty bleh imo, but the lighting was done in my bedroom with my gf holding one of the studio lamps i got rofl tongue.gif im gonna try to finish my lightbox tomorrow so i can actually take well lit shots.

id take the stuff outside, but its been rainy and overcast all week thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

from the new camera



Edited by szeged - 11/16/13 at 9:07pm
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You can see the camera settings per image here: http://regex.info/exif.cgi
Just post the url of the pictures that you posted to see the info.

With the Canon camera, you were using a low iso. First image was at ISO 250, fairly low. Low grain
With the Fuji, you were at 1600 ISO, very high ISo especially for a P&S camera.High grain
Keep an eye on the shutter times as that is causing blur. Try for around 1/50 for a minimum shutter speed. When you get your light box made, this will make a big difference.

For the Fuji camera, the link shows where your focus point was, i didn't see this option for the Canon.

It is best to test the cameras under the same lighting senario and camera settings if possible.
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i took a bunch more pictures in a quick ghetto lightbox i threw together (rabbits cage wire top part with a sheet around it with paper clips holding everything together rofl)

heres the results, i played around with some settings, nothing too extensive.

lots of pics inc ill put it in spoilers - Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)















i got a lot of playing around to do lol, a couple of them came out nice, most were blurry and had lots of noise in them =\ oh well lol.
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