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I know this is an equipment question but I thought photographing shrimp is a unique task and would be suited for this sub forum.

The most advanced camera I have ever used I s my iphone. Unfortunately it sucks for taking photos of shrimp. I want to purchase a new camera to photograph my shrimp. Is there a halfway decent camera out there for sub $200? Sub $150? I'm not looking to take photos as nice as Speedie, just something so you can tell what kind of shrimp I'm even looking at, and one where the shrimp don't have to be right up against the glass for.


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i say check amazon and [Ebay Link Removed] look for macro setting and action settings those are the 2 things i use on my shrimp and fish all the time. look for something that has manual settings you can change not just point and shoot. although i have hears some of the nikon in that price range that are point and shoot are pretty good. i have a cannon power shot a3300 i think it is and its not always great on shots but i do get some pretty good ones if i take a lot
 

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I've had both the Canon PowerShot S100 and the Canon PowerShot S110 that I use for a carry camera when I don't want to take my DSLR. For me, both have been really nice cameras for the money. Looking on Amazon for those cameras show some used ones that are pretty close to your price range - maybe worth a look, anyway.
 

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I'm looking at a canon sx170. Great reviews, used for under $100. I did a comparison to the s110 and it showed that the sx170 had better macro.

Anyone ever used this camera?


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Problem N:1 is the light. If you have good light any $100 camera can do good pictures.
This Canon is good. Probably you will need one let say 24" Odyssea LED fixture with 3W LED elements. Put it over the tank. Between tank and led you will need 1-2 leers of regular white copy paper to act like diffuser.
 

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I had a macro lens for my iphone, but the problem was the shrimp still had to be within an inch of the glass to take a picture. I thought a better camera would let me zoom farther into the tank. How do these olloclips work?


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I'm looking at a canon sx170. Great reviews, used for under $100. I did a comparison to the s110 and it showed that the sx170 had better macro.

Anyone ever used this camera?


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That's probably not too surprising on the macro performance given the fact it was released late last year, and the S100/S110 are older models. It has manual mode, macro mode, and image stabilization. All handy things to have and will offer a lot of flexibility. The one other piece that I would suggest getting is a tripod. It can be just a basic, inexpensive model, but letting the tripod hold the camera, and allowing you to concentrate on setting the scene to your liking will help a lot. You'll also be able to do longer shutter exposure which will allow for more light in the frame. It all depends on what your goals are, but a tripod is always a good investment.
 
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