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Is This Camera Good Enough?  
User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3543 times:

I want to shoot a few photos for A.net but I don't know what digital camera to use. I have access to a Minolta Dimage X, its really small. I just want to know from you camera professionals if this would take camera would take photos with good enough quality to be accepted here on a.net. THanks in advance..


DeltaASA16

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User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3506 times:

Well, according to Minolta's website the Dimage X is a 2MP camera with a 3X zoom. Many people on here will tell you to just stay home with specs like that. I am not one of these people.
You will have to get close to what you are photographing with the amount of zoom you have available, so action shots are likely out. But there is no reason you shouldn't be able to get some good ramp type shots. Just make sure you let the subject fill the frame to get as many "pixels on target" as possible because if you have to do much cropping, the quality will take a severe hit. I managed to get a dozen or so images on here with a lesser camera than you have to work with, I have since upgraded and this has made it easier for me to get good quality images. But there is nothing wrong with using this camera to "get the hang of it". And as always, the person running the camera is as important as the quality of the camera in his/her hand.



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User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

I use a Olympus D-490, which is also a 2 megapixel with a 3x zoom. I'd like to upgrade, but just don't have the cash right now. I have gotten 5 shots accepted with the 490, though, out of about 9 submitted. What AvroArrow said is pretty much consistent with my experience..get as close as possible, shoot on the highest quality, and set up the shot so that you have to crop as little as possible. The pictures aren't really worth anything until they're resized to about 1024x768 from the original 1600x1200, so if you have to crop a lot, you're going to lose a lot of quality. Granted, you still aren't going to get D-60 quality, but you might be able to get some accpeted if you get really good conditions. Good luck!

User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3412 times:

What is cropping???

Thanks for the responses so far  Big thumbs up

DeltaASA16


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

Cropping is when you cut away useless parts of the picture. Its like a digital pair of scissors.

User currently offlineSdjminton From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 122 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

Yes, more than possible to get shots accepted with a 2 MP digital with 3x zoom.

eg:


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Photo © Jason Nicholls
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Photo © Jason Nicholls



Steve.


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3358 times:

Before you go out shooting and try to upload I urge you to go learn about things like cropping, sharpening etc...Taking the photo with any camera is only half the job....post processing is just about as important. And if you don't know how to do it you won't get a photo accepted.

Tony


User currently offlineBoieng747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3362 times:

My advice is to follow what Tony said but also:
You might want to buy a slightly more expensive camera, you don't know you might actually like the hobby and have to buy a better camera (eg. Myself I will soon be at my 3rd camera in less than 12 months  Insane. Make sure you have photoshop already or try buying the lite version if it isn't included with the camera you can't afford to not have that kind of software with a bottom line camera (some people on here have equipment that costs more than $3000...), note I am not generalizing...

My 2 cents,
Tim


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