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Subject: Digital cameras

Digital cameras

From: Shelley Sass <sass>
Date: Monday, February 9, 1998
Most low end digital cameras (under $1,000) would not be adequate
for copying 35mm slides.  A more cost effective method would be to
purchase a slide scanner and continue to record your photographs on
35mm slides thus eliminating digital camera purchase.  Scanned
analog photographs and slides are still superior to the digital
images of the low end although with the speed of technology this
statement will rapidly become dated.  If you prefer to wait on your
electronics purchase, slides can be scanned at computer output
services and saved on format of your choice (ie. CD-ROM, Zip disk,
floppy disk).

I currently use the Kodak DC50 digital camera (now several years old
and out-of-date) for reference images but still use analog camera
system (with better lenses and filters) for conservation
documentation to ensure finest detail.  There are several new
cameras recently released which are aimed at the serious photography
market which hold promise, such as the Kodak DC120 and Kodak DC210
and the Olympus 600 just received an encouraging review in PC
Graphics & Video, Feb. 98.  The Kodak series continue to be highly
rated for their color in comparison with other cameras (see recent
PC World).

Shelley Sass
Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

                  Conservation DistList Instance 11:68
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