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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 51
Posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2142 times:

What would be the minimum megapixel digital camera you would use for aviation type photos? Mainly just flight deck, interiors, inflight, and maybe ramp (if things were to get better). I use the Kodak DC-290 at work, and 2.1 megapixels prints out great/sharp 8x10's. Now would it be good enough for this site, or do I need something higher? Does anybody have examples they can show me that are on this site? There are some good deals right now, and I am interested in getting one. Thanks.

Justin

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User currently offlineJasonm From Australia, joined May 2000, 238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Justin,

2.1 Megapixel is fine. This shot was taken with my Olympus 2100 UZ (2.1 Megapixel)


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Cheers,
Jason Milligan


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

I have the same camera, these where shot with it in poor weather


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But take a look at Gary Watts digi cam, Sony DS-70??? It is really good

LGW


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5578 posts, RR: 63
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2037 times:
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Hi

2.1 will be fine, especially for close-ups.

As Ben mentioned, I have a DSC-S70 which is a 3.3 megapixel. Thanks for the comment Ben  Smile

On of my recent close up shots with it:

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Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineA380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2016 times:


I have one of the new Olympus C-700 UltraZoom digital cameras. Only 2.1 mega-pixel but 10x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-380mm 35mm lens).

Only two shots here so far with the "new toy"...


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The results are pretty good so far (still early days) but the G.222 was added almost immediately by the screeners suggesting the quality is really quite good.

Regards,
Dean


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

The 3.3 looks really good Gary, and I'm suprised how well 2.1 looked in bad weather. Some of the ones I am looking at are the:

Coolpix 775 (2.1)
Kodak DC-290 (2.1)
Kodak DX-3600 (2.2)
FujiFine Pix 4800 (4.3)


User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

King767, I have a Kodak DC-280 which is 2.0 megapixels and my chances of getting photos online with that are very very low. Maybe the DC-290 is a little better.

User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Sorry, Dazed767  Big grin

User currently offlineA380-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1994 times:


Dazed767...

When buying the camera of your choice bear in mind that at 4.3 mega-pixels, the Fuji you mention (a nice camera by the way) will only be able to store half as many shots as a 2.1 m-p camera at the same (approximate) quality.

My C-700 stores about 120 at the highest JPEG quality on a 128Mb SmartMedia card which is more than enough for my needs but if you anticipate using a very high resolution digital as your main camera you might want to think about how much media you will need for a days shooting...

The C-700 has just what I need...decent resolution and as a consequence modest file sizes...and a great zoom lens. Worth a look!

Regards,
Dean


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5578 posts, RR: 63
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1997 times:
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Hi all

The Sony DSC-S70 does not have the biggest zoom around but it does accept one of the Olympus Teleconverters and this brings my zoom up to about 200mm, which is just perfect for my needs like:

At home with the converter:

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and at Heathrow with the converter:

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Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineCabbott From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 497 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Gary these shots are fantastic!

I love how clear the B747 at BMI ENG is.

Colin



User currently offlineDee-see-eit From Spain, joined Jan 2000, 435 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

Guys, this is the end.

With a digital camera everybody will be able to make nice quality shots. No more need of better cameras, films, experience in photography, good scanner and some scanner-software notions...

No more slide collections (except the one you already have) and everything will be on your hard disk or CD-Rom's. Slide shows will be done from the PC with digital projectors, etc.

In any case: I will save my money and not buy a better 35mm camera or better scanner and go for digital in spring 2002, and if possible with at least 3.2 or 4.3 Mpx. Hopefully the prices for digital SLR's will drop after X-mas.

Rgds
DC8


User currently offlinePlanedoctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Take a look at the Canon Pro90 IS. It has 2.6 megapixels, 10x Image Stabilized Zoom, flip-out/swivel LCD, and prices are falling fast. I bought mine for 1100 US dollars, but I have seen it online for about $650 on Yahoo!Shopping. Just another option-

-Ken


User currently offlineJT8D From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 170 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

I recently purchased a Sony DSC-S85 4.1 mega pixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. It captured some fantastic images last week when I flew on Virgin from MIA to Gatwick and back. I am still waiting for the screeners to do their thing but I hope if they are added I can post some examples.

Hey Granite- does that Olympus teleconverter work on other Sony's? the one thing mine lacks is good zoom capability (3X optical)



Graham Hitchen, KMIA
User currently offlineTu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 683 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

Just got an Olympus C-2100UZ and love it! 2.1 mega pixels is great for good 8x10s. Don't think I'll ever go back to slides! Easier to view and label and you know if you have the shot right away! Just got back from Moscow and it did great. It is a little tricky shooting moving objects but with a little practice it is no problem. Most of my shots are around 1600x1200dpi and are mid 400kb size. E-mailing may be a little slow but everyone likes the results. Also does great around the house with the pets!
Steve



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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5578 posts, RR: 63
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
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Hi JT8D

Yes, the teleconverter I have will probably work with your camera also.

Mail me at the address in my profile and I will discuss the details with you.

Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


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