jeez I wish I had a awesome camera . I just got this Nikon CoolPix S210. Thing I hate the most of these cameras are you can't do the manual focus . Close up sucks
EDIT: Here's a little bit of a pictorial to point out how you can improve those shots.
This is assuming you know how to enable macro mode on your camera (when in doubt, RTFM).
First, we have an example of what happens when you leave the camera on full auto and try to take the macro. Often, the automatic flash fires, destroying the detail you were trying to achieve.
If you defeat the flash and leave it in some sort of auto mode, then the image comes out blurry as shutter speed has to decrease (on my camera, it goes from ~1/40 of a second to 4 full seconds). While some detail is visible, it's not terribly good looking.
If you don't have anything except auto or program modes (i.e. you have no manual mode), then this can get tricky to get detail. You can try to deflect/diffuse the built-in flash of your camera. First, I tried my hand, but that gave the image a reddish cast. Then, I just placed a white envelope in front of the flash, and the result was quite good.
The end result is not bad, but if I just wanted to get the LEDs on the laptop, I would need to change my methodology... This is when I flipped over to a full manual mode (often designated "M"). I set the aperture to f/3.5 (the fastest on my camera's lens), and then set shutter speed to 1/30 of a second (about the slowest I can still hand-hold the camera without blur). I disabled flash, and enabled macro mode (actually, I went to "super-macro" mode on my camera, which basically sets the focusing distance even closer, but isn't on every camera). Focused and... Voila!
So, basically you just need to play around with it, and eventually you should be able to get some decent shots. You certainly don't need a DSLR to get decent macro shots, although they do have their advantages in these situations...
Edited by laboitenoire - 6/8/09 at 7:01am