Advice on Point and Shoot Camera for dermatology
Posted on 2009-07-08
Not a huge fan of taking multiple digital pictures. Maybe I will be some day if I have a good camera. Currentl, I own an Olympus Camedia D-340R which I purchased in 1999 with the a whole 1.3 Megapixels. I think this is the camera Prince intended one to use in his famous song. Suffice it to say, I think it is outdated and I could probably get better pictures with my HTC camera, although I must admit I couldn't figure out how to use if I happened upon Scarlett Johansson whose top just malfunctioned.
Anyway, I am a pediatrician and often come across patients with rashes which I cannot diagnose. Fortunately, the director of pediatric dermatology at Children's Hospital in Boston does not mind at all if I send a picture to him with a little history. Let's just say at the moment that he is hard pressed to diagnose a raging case of Chicken Pox with the way the pictures turn out. Part of the problem (and maybe because I never read the manual), it always flashes and the skin is so bright you can no longer see the rash. Also, there is about three seconds between the time I snap the picture and when it takes it (if it takes it), and by that time that baby has moved in an entirely different direction.
So, there are a few considerations I am looking at when purchasing a new camera:
1. It should be fairly tough, although I would have been better off if this had not been true with the Olympus. (this is the least of my criteria.
2. I am looking to spend between $200 and $300 although I would spend $1,000 given my pension for thinking the more it costs, the better it must be.
3. It must take photos quickly and possibly one after the other (SLR). I know nothing about cameras.
4. It must be fairly simple out of the box unless I spend the $1,000.
5. The transfer of photos to the computer should be quick. Currently, I remove the SD card and it is fairly quick, but I have to go to the office, remove the card, put it in the Dazzle thingy and upload the pictures. Then, I leave it in the Dazzle thingy and forget it is there. So, when I am in one of four rooms, I have to travel back. So, maybe Blue Tooth or something or a direct USB connection.
6. Would uploading the picture directly to Photo Bucket or Flickr or whatever be a good way to go? Could I do it encrypted? Would it come with good software for this?
7. It should have auto focus, which I am sure even a $75 camera has, but I would want it to figure out if it needs a flash or not.
Thanks in advance.
And, I should say I am generous with my points, but this is the type of question where spreading the wealth is most likely. Just because I buy camera "D" doesn't mean I would give 500 points times 4 to that Expert as I am sure others' input will be helpful and should be rewarded.