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07 Jan 2018

What Megapixel is good for Coins?

| CMCC

We have just been sacked by this storm here in the northeast, my dad has been pulled out of town unexpectedly, and I have had to take his place at home, and, due to this storm, it has been a lot of work. Due to this, I have been unable to spend time on this website.

Now, for what I wanted to ask: I have been wanting to get a better camera for several months now, as the camera I have now just doesn't take quality pictures of coins or other small objects. It is a 12 Megapixel Olympus 3000. It is a decent little waterproof camera, but not a very good camera for professional uses (and it has HORRIBLE battery power!). What would you suggest as a good Megapixel for taking high-quality pictures of coins? I was thinking 20M would be good, do you think that is good enough. And, taking it a step farther, do you have any particular camera that you would recommend? I would like a good high-quality camera, but I do not want to spend over $600.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations, please post them below. Thank You

Comments

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I like my plug in Zoomy magnifier. It takes images that I'm beginning to get good feedback about.

Mike

Level 7

Well things change. From lousy blurry pictures to very sharp pictures. I have been using my cell phone. I was do for an upgrade and I was shocked that the wife brought home. So I was so sick of no one seeing detail on my coins and tokens I decided to give it a shot. Wow what a difference you could see everything. Now I need a five dollar lens that goes over the cell and close ups are not a problem. Take the picture and send it to my lap top for down loading the coins. If you go to buy one bring a coin with you and in the store try it. Don't listen to me but others are doing the same. Mike.

Kepi

Level 6

I just use my Nikon Coolpix. Sometimes I zoom in or crop them once they are on my computer.

Longstrider

Level 6

I try to take the photo with the largest pixels possible. Then I resize it down to ANA requirements. It still leaves a lot to be desired on some shots. Especially proof coins..Thanks

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

There are some users on here with exceptional photography skills, not me, I'm marginal at best. I would highly recommend going to a local camera shop and tell them what you are trying to do. Not all cameras, regardless of megapixels, have the same focal range. I use a Canon mirrorless camera because they are supposed to have less distortion. They tend to start at the high end of your budget. Some camera shops have refurbished cameras. If you don't mind going that route you may get a good deal on a better camera.

Just about any camera near 8 megapixels is plenty to take pictures of coins. An 8 megapixel camera can take a 300 PPI professional print picture that 11.5 inches x 7.7 inches. As long as you have a lens that can focus at close range, you'll be good with just about any name brand camera. A camera copy stand is a nice tool to get the best pictures.

Mike

Level 7

Hi I take my pictures with my laptop. I have very good Nikon equipment but not under your price. I'm sorry I can't make a suggestion. I got whacked with the same storm and we haven't had mail in four days. I have coins coming and I'm afraid I won't get them. It never stops it's always something. I'm sure someone will have an idea or you so you can post your coins. W are looking forward to them. Mike.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

dont worry mike the coins will show up

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

i dont know about camera's but ask/look around. check with the auction companies like heritage and stacks what cameras they take pictures of their coins with. there is obviously a good camera out there

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