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Cynthia A. Wojcicki

Veterinary Medical applications

I am a novice and veterianrian. I need a camera, at least 6megapixels, with macro capabilities to shoot pictures of xrays and lesions in and out of body. We often send these to specialists for 2nd opinions. Simpler the better. Cost $300-500. Thanks, Cindy

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12/22/2006 10:40:43 AM

Stephanie M. Stevens   Try the camera calculator on this site. Under the resources button on the header, click on calculators, on the next page go to the text calculator. It's pretty specific, so you should be able to find what you need.

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12/22/2006 1:39:46 PM

Alan N. Marcus   Hi Cynthia,

You can be sure that no matter what I say, there will be other opinions however:

Photography is a great tool for professionals, especially those who choose medicine. You will have your hands and mind full so no need to take on a complicated camera.

I have given this some thought and suggest a Nikon Coolpix S4. This is a 6 megapixel that features a 10x zoom. The camera will also handle extreme close-ups as it has a macro mode.

Others may phoo-phoo this choice because the camera has absolutely no manual controls. Instead, it has a menu selection that covers most situations -- meaning it sets itself based on well-done chip logic. This camera is tiny by comparison and best of all runs on two AA batteries. I love that feature because most digitals are intense users of batteries. Meaning, on an outing or any camera session you can run into the nearest store, buy a fistful of AA’s and you’re on your way. You can load it with Lithium’s that last 7 times longer. You can even pack rechargeable AA’s and a charger.

Nikon has never faltered on quality. This is a win win situation. Additionally the camera features a unique swiveling lens that is great for photographing ceilings and other unique subjects that normally would require the photographer to be a contortionist. I think this model has been superseded so you might get a deal on the S4 or better yet get the newer model.

Best of luck,

Alan Marcus

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12/23/2006 8:36:37 AM

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