I only know Nikon Coolpix 900...
My father got me a Sony DSC-F707 for my birthday (he uses it a lot too [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] ) and I like it a lot! It's VERY expensive, but it gets the job done. It has nightvision, 10x zoom lens, a 5.0 mega pixel ccd, and it can even make video clips! The only problem is that I can't zoom in as close as I want to get pictures of my neps. I'm trying to convince my father to get the closeup lens too. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
I used an expensive Canon that I can't remember the model number of. It did a good job,eventually, but I had to fool it into taking the pictures I wanted. When taking closeup shots, you couldn't use the viewfinder to line it up, but the lcd wasn't sharp enough to judge the focus.
I would recommend getting one that you can fit additional lenses on to do closeup work, and has lots of manual controls. It will likely be quite expensive.
I use a Nikon coolpix 990. It has all the fancy stuff.. full manual controls or automatic. Normally I use the automatic since running manual on a digital camera is a pain and a half. The colors are very good and sharp. My main reasons for the Nikon are the easy to remember and straight forward operations AND the VERY close up capability without fancy lenses etc. Sometimes it takes a little to get the automatic focus to focus on exactly the point I want it to however.
Particularly with something like a tiny Drosera flower on top of a long inflorescence.
Drosera coccicaulis with a 1cm flower
I hear the coolpix is an awesome line, not only for normal photography, but if you are a scuba diver, most of the underwater housings made for digital cameras are for the nikon cool pix line. (Hey, there is a copy of skindiver in the mens restroom where I work, I like to educate myself!)
Any how, You should go to www.zd.net and read reviews, go to any on-line site, and just start reading reviews, both professionaly, and consumer, and pretty soon you'll get a picture in your head of what you want. (no pun intended)
My only advice is stay away from the cheap crap. When it comes to electronics, computers, cameras, and so on, you totally get what you pay for.
Do you want to use it for the web or do you want to print the pics.
For the web : 1-2 MegaPixels are ok, for good looking prints you should buy something with mor than 2 MegaPixels
Good close up posibility is essential, also a good montor because the viewfinder is useless in short distance (I don't think you will spend 3000 $ for a digital SLR)
All other depends on what you want to do
Are you willing to _take photos_ or do you want something like point and shot ?
here are some usefull English links about photography :
many reviews about equippment :
Another review site... http://www.steves-digicams.com/
I've printed good quality 8 X 10 photo's with 2 megapixels... Coolpix has excellent macro capability.
I just bought Nikon coolpix 885
and it's a great one lot of options auto and manual
I already post some photos you can see in the genral folder or Nepenthes one
Well, Cindy, it really depends on your price range. *But if you want to take good pictures of plants, you're looking at 跌+ cameras, although I got mine online for 趚 [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
"good" is relative !
and the reason why I use slide flim and a Canon Elan II (Eos 50e in Germany) with prime objektives.
A digital camera is a much better solution for the web, because it is much easier, faster, (cheaper) and you get more depth of field (because the image-sensor is so tiny).
In analog world you have to use a tripod for satisfieing macro shots...
But for real photography(!) I wouldn't touch one of these "consumer-digital-toys".
Very interesting to look at Drosera tentacels with a diameter of 1m photographed on slide film and shown at your wall :-)