Digital cameras forum: photographing archival documents--query

by: danilo04 October 15, 2008 6:30 PM PDT

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photographing archival documents--query

by danilo04 - 10/15/08 6:30 PM

Dear all,
I am planning to do some research in the British National Archives, and would like to use a digital camera to photograph documents. The archive does not allow one to use a tripod, or a flash. In addition, its not quite clear to me what the lighting conditions will be in the reading room (I assume decent, if I can get a widow seat).
What type of digital camera would be best? i am photographing a wide variety of documents, some handwritten; some in small print on large format pages (phone book size). The Ritz camera salesperson suggested that I choose between a Nikon D60 or the Fuji S2000HD (10mp; 15 zoom)? While the former has a heaftier price tag, the latter gives you far more bang for your buck. Should I invest in the more expensive Nikon or in the less expensive Fuji? Or, is there a good in between option?
Your suggestions are more than welcome.
Thanks

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