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Digital Cameras

Thu Nov 18, 1999 11:51 am

Hi guys and gals,
I've been thinking about buying a digital camera to take aviation photos.
If any of you use a digital camera, can you please tell me some advantages/disadvantages about digital cameras. And what resolution I should buy.
Just tell me anything you know a bout them please. I appreciate all your replies!
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RE: Digital Cameras

Fri Nov 19, 1999 6:40 am

Beware of the digital camera...unless you have lots of money to spend. For the most part, the average digital camera cannot compete with standard film (in terms of resolution). However, there are some professional digi-cams that can shoot really nice images.

FYI, I shoot with a digital camera (Fuji MX-2900). It's not quite a professional model, but it still takes a decent picture at high resolution (1800x1200). The best part is that it offers MANY MANY options (shutter speed, white balance settings, etc.). As long as I'm close to the action, I can get really good shots. Which brings up an important point - most digital cameras don't offer a quality zoom...something which is crucial for something like aviation photography. Check out some of my latest images (October and later of this year) on this site to see what a digital camera is capable of. As you will see, the resolution isn't quite up to 35mm standards.

So...if you want to go digital, get a model with HIGH resolution that offers LOTS of options. In a nutshell, you get what you pay for.

Good luck!

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RE: Digital Cameras

Sat Nov 20, 1999 6:49 am

Digitial cameras are still not really giving photos of the standard that would be obtained by a standard model SLR and as an earlier poster said the zoom lenses on most are fairly pitiful, useless for most aviation situations unless you have ramp access. Another problem is that many of them just eat batteries.

Have a look at the rec group dealing with this topic for up to date assesment of recent models.

My one is only eighteen months old but is totally superceeded by later models. A 20 year old SLR is still going strong as a reserve machine, optics good and the difference from a new one is minor, what chance for a 1998 digital in 2018? On the positive side there are no ongoing film costs and the results are immediate. I only use it for very basic recording of fixed buildings.
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RE: Digital Cameras

Sat Nov 20, 1999 8:08 am

There is a class of digital cameras used by professionals that does fit the requirements of aviation photography. These are either digital camera backs that are designed to add-on to 35mm cameras or built to take standard lenses used on 35mm slr cameras. Midrange cameras like this capture 2 million to 6 million pixels which should be acceptible for most users.

The down side, well the small question of funds. Anywhere from $5 000 to $25 000 (us dollars).
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RE: Digital Cameras

Sat Nov 27, 1999 11:22 pm


I thought about getting a digital camera too but.....................DON'T !!!

You will get far better results with a standard 35mm camera and a scanner.

Gary Watt
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