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I've been using the Ryobi Durashot for the past 4 or so years and have grown really fond of their durability. Problem is I've gone through 5 in the past 12 months and am at my wits end with them at this point. Either the photo button wears out or they just mysteriously quit working.
In either case, I want to switch to a more affordable camera. Dilemna is I can't find a stinking one that has time/date stamp capabilities that are simple and reliable. I have a couple Kodak Easy shares, but they are worthless as you have to manually go through each picture to add the date stamp...and the time forgettabout it.

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PipCo said:
I've been using the Ryobi Durashot for the past 4 or so years and have grown really fond of their durability. Problem is I've gone through 5 in the past 12 months and am at my wits end with them at this point. Either the photo button wears out or they just mysteriously quit working.
In either case, I want to switch to a more affordable camera. Dilemna is I can't find a stinking one that has time/date stamp capabilities that are simple and reliable. I have a couple Kodak Easy shares, but they are worthless as you have to manually go through each picture to add the date stamp...and the time forgettabout it.

Any input?
I've been using Verizon Droid incredible's. They take good pictures and have built in time and date stamp. I liked them so much I had an app built for the business.
 
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Fond of their durability and it lasts an average of 73 days :blink: Me thinks you need to treat it better or try something different.
 
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We went through 6 cameras and the dust, dirt, moisture,..everything in our line of work kills cameras. So over a year ago we switched to fuji finepix waterproof and LOVE it!! It great, EZ to use, durable, dust resistant, waterproof, shock proof. And a great tip from a contractor we worked for........attach sports keychain (long fabric type) around your neck. Then you can put camera in pocket, if you slip it wont fall. Cant tell you how many drops its saved me so far:)
 

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Cannon A series. No need to resize as they take in 640X480. I pick them up at pawn shops for $40 each. Use rechargable Double A batteries. The majority of companies i work for DO NOT want datestamps so i leave that feature off and use Fastone to stamp them as no matter what there is always a date and time in your photo data. http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDetail.htm
 
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I generally use my Canon PowerShot SD1000 for 90+% of my shots for buildings and forensics. The main reason is that it is always handy (very solid body, trim, lens retracts and gets covered). It is only a 7.1 MP, but does have a 3x zoom. It has been very durable over the last 4 years or so, but did need a new mode switch (shoot, view, video), although I never did use the video feature.

I also carry my big Canon SLR in the car with about 14 MP and interchangeable wide angle and zoom lens in addition to the normal zoom because it does have a good macro feature for extreme close-ups in special situations.

Because of the size and bulk, I usually use my little Canon that is always in my pocket until I get into a problem area. The big camera does a great job on architectural photos and I have programs to get rid of the common distortion problems.

If you do need the photos for legal purposes, save the original and then save the modified copies because it can be determined that a photo was modified (even for exposure).
 
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Oh, that would be nice. I usually don't need to take pics that nice. But it sure would be nice for higher end before and afters. .how does it do 360 , does move on its own stand?
 
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Oh, that would be nice. I usually don't need to take pics that nice. But it sure would be nice for higher end before and afters. .how does it do 360 , does move on its own stand?
It's a series of 36 shots taken with a DSLR and 10mm lens, taken 10° apart, and combined using special software.

In truth, this is what is called High Dynamic Range. Each of the 36 shots is really a combination of 5 frames each. 5 frames were taken at different exposure levels to capture the bright highlights as well as the dark shadows. This was repeated 36 times, and the 36 frames (each made up from 5 exposures each) were combined into the final product.

Panos are really that difficult, there's just a huge learning curve up front.

Another HDR 360°:

 
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It's a series of 36 shots taken with a DSLR and 10mm lens, taken 10° apart, and combined using special software.

In truth, this is what is called High Dynamic Range. Each of the 36 shots is really a combination of 5 frames each. 5 frames were taken at different exposure levels to capture the bright highlights as well as the dark shadows. This was repeated 36 times, and the 36 frames (each made up from 5 exposures each) were combined into the final product.

Panos are really that difficult, there's just a huge learning curve up front.

Another HDR 360°:
That's amazing. So are you an electrician or a photographer.:confused.
 
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So your a sparky that love's photography. And has a photography business?:still confused
No confusion necessary. You pretty much got it figured out.
 
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No confusion necessary. You pretty much got it figured out.
That's pretty cool , doing what you love. And hopefully making some cash to boot. I use to work in a darkroom years ago. It was fun once.you got used to the smell, anyhow those times are long gone. All digital now.
 
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That's pretty cool , doing what you love. And hopefully making some cash to boot. I use to work in a darkroom years ago. It was fun once.you got used to the smell, anyhow those times are long gone. All digital now.
Sadly, I don't make enough to support the habit. But the long-term plan is to have enough images that I can retire selling prints.
 
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