Digital cameras forum: Best cameras for digitally copying documents?

by: mitzia June 26, 2008 9:56 PM PDT

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Best cameras for digitally copying documents?

by mitzia - 6/26/08 9:56 PM

I belong to a group that is copying (then transcribing) old birth, marriage, and burial church records.

The person doing the actual photographing has an older digital camera that now needs replacing. Is anyone out there who has done copying of records/documents with a digital camera?

He needs some advice from people who really have experience and knowledge of cameras and document copying. (He's really sort of new to this, and most of the advice he's gettins is on the order of, "I bought my wife a new digital camera and it only cost $125 online.")

We have offered to put together the money for the camera so we can get him that will keep him from having to re-take images that do read well.

From what I've read the higher-end Nikons have the best Optical Image Stabilization. Since he's aparently been hand holding the camera he will need OIS.

Ideas anyone--or any suggestions on where to go for advice?

My only experience has been in copying old photographs with a non-digital Nikon camera and a very sharp 50mm macro lens so there's no edge distortion. (I needed negatives then.)

Thanks,
Mitzi

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