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Old 12-17-2011, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Hi, I am looking for a lightweight! battery-driven CHEAP digital camera (easy to use and w/a USB port). I would only use this for work pics. (merchandise displays, etc.) - and need to upload to my work reports. I REALLY want something lightweight and small. I have a Nikon but it's heavier than I would like - don't really care that photo isn't "pro" quality - just a basic photo would suffice. Any tips? I see a Vivitar for about $40 at Office Depot - need to check on that. TIA for any help.
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Does your phone have a camera ???
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Does your phone have a camera ???
No - I wouldn't need a camera if it did.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Any low-end camera will do what you want, for less than $100. Nikon Coolpix line, canon's low-end powershot line, etc.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Look up spycams. I think Xheli.com has one that is used mounted to model helicopters and planes. Probably 640 x 480 resolution, but is color, and even does movies. YouTube has some of the output from one.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Any low-end camera will do what you want, for less than $100. Nikon Coolpix line, canon's low-end powershot line, etc.
I have a Coolpix (it's an older model so it's larger and heavier than I want for this purpose...having it in a fanny pack, with my other stuff, all day). I was hoping someone knew about the Vivitar line or similar...I'm talking CHEAP (under 50, hopefully 20-30) that would do a basic job.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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It'll work, just not well and not for long. Vivitar makes incredibly cheap (not the good kind of cheap) and unreliable products, I'd save my pennies and spring for the extra $20 for a better camera.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Thanks for the input on Vivitar, sorry to hear it sucks - was hoping it was good enough for the type of pics. I want. Guess I'll just keep using my Coolpix (until I upgrade to a newer, smaller one).
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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It definitely WILL take the pics you need, but for how long? Throwing another $20 at it to gain another 5+ years out of it is how I would do it though.
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