i’m going on a 2 month long trip in june and am trying to decide whether it’s time to get a digital camera or not.
i’m starting college late august as an undergrad in ID. is there a certain digicam that industrial designers prefer? I want to get a camera that will be good for my trip and good for school, and also not be so expensive!
i’m also looking for a good scanner… let’s say i have up to $150 to spend on each one… what would you experienced designers already in the field suggest?
I’ve got a Canon S400 (4MP) and EOS 300D (6.3MP SLR). The S400 I carry around most places because it’s small, and the 300D I use for serious stuff. However, I’m a bit of a photography buff, personally.
I recommend Canon simply because I love them. However, Nikon is also an excellent company. I don’t really recommend Sony simply because you pay more for what you get and, in my experience, their sensors are a little noisy (I have a Sony camcorder and it’s great, but their stilll stuff could be better).
Get something with 5+ megapixels – 4 is my usual recommendation, but that’s a little small to make nice blow-ups of your projects. Don’t get strung out on more megapixels, though; my 6-megapixel SLR, with a large sensor and a good (old Pentax Takumar) lens, has better definition, contrast and color accuracy than my friend’s new 8MP whatchmacallit.
As for scanners, just make sure it can scan at 600DPI or greater, OPTICAL resolution – NOT interpolated. My old Canon (:p) LiDe something or other claims on the box to get 9600 DPI, but its optical resolution is actually 600. If you can get an 11x14 or 11x17 bed for a decent price, snap it up, because you’ll save yourself a lot of anguish trying to make mosaics of your large sketchbook pages.
As someone said, though, if you can only get one – then skip the scanner and get a better camera, because you will use it way, way more than the scanner. Plus, if your school is worth its salt, it will have a scanner floating around somewhere with no one ever using it.
I did that a few times…
Then I got my scanner working and was amazed at the incredible quality difference.
If you have a 6-megapixel camera (3072x2048) and you take a picture of an 11x17 page, the absolute maximum resolution is 180 dpi. Printing good quality needs 300 DPI, and many places like 600 so they can downsample it for smoother lines. It’ll work in a pinch, but don’t expect a camera to do the same job as a scanner.
I was just going to say, good call on the digital camera.
I myself have a Canon A95.
PROS: It runs on AA batteries. I can go to any store, anywere in the country not to mention world and buy them. Rechargables are also an option. LCD flips around. Enough manual adjustments. Takes good enough pics of projects. Runs best on Energizer batts. Cheaper flash cards.
CONS: Bulky. Likes good lighting conditions but which digital doesn’t at that price. Draggin’ extra batteries around but I am trigger happy.
When it comes to picture quality no other camera manuf comes close. My Dad bought a Sony and regrets it. Takes ok pictures but something seems off.