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Default Best+cheapest camera to see a lasers beam

I know there was a thread back, but im too lazy to look.
I'm looking for a Cheap Camera That takes Good pictures of Green,blu ray beams.
My current one is a Samsung S630 and it sucks at taking green, and anything purple appears blue.
it will only see the red beam perfectly. I just really need a new camera and i want to get one thats "Laser Friendly" Any help or links/Experience is Appreciated Greatly !!

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I like Sony Cybershots.
They're relatively cheap, they take pretty good pictures, and they're simple.

And they have a decent macro.

And pretty much any camera you get will pick up near UV as blue. You can use photo editing software to correct this if you know how and have patience.
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I like Sony Cybershots.
They're relatively cheap, they take pretty good pictures, and they're simple.

And they have a decent macro.

And pretty much any camera you get will pick up near UV as blue. You can use photo editing software to correct this if you know how and have patience.
no, i mean like i have some purple Guitar Cables,and they appear blue. its bad for taking photos if i want the real picture. And any sony camera will do good for green laser also ?
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My camera also takes horrible laser pics when there is no light it looks like a led,so i have to take my pics with alot of light,and alot of smoke in there air to visualize the beam.
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I have a canon SD550 and it is a great all around camera, it takes good laser pictures too. The only problem with it is that blu-ray looks near invisible to this camera.
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I have a canon SD550 and it is a great all around camera, it takes good laser pictures too. The only problem with it is that blu-ray looks near invisible to this camera.
Well thats no good ? no blu ray is no fun
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I got my kodak Z712IS on ebay for just under $100. They retail for $250 and have all the manual settings you will need for great pictures. It also does a good job with blu-ray. Here are a few pictures from my camera.











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I got my kodak Z712IS on ebay for just under $100. They retail for $250 and have all the manual settings you will need for great pictures. It also does a good job with blu-ray. Here are a few pictures from my camera.











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Here is a non-laser shot. Pretty cool 8-)

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my cheap sony cybershot seems to pick up blu-ray pretty well, looks just about the same as in person, picks up the beam a bit better than my eyes can




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Here is a non-laser shot. Pretty cool 8-)

That Sure is Beautiful
Is that camera easy to use ? and how good do the video's look>
i was looking at the Z812 IS but idk.
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my cheap sony cybershot seems to pick up blu-ray pretty well, looks just about the same as in person, picks up the beam a bit better than my eyes can




yeah it picks up the beam good, but the pic is all Grainy :-?
and what model is it ?
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[quote author=maxkillz link=1223766884/0#9 date=1223778356]my cheap sony cybershot seems to pick up blu-ray pretty well, looks just about the same as in person, picks up the beam a bit better than my eyes can




yeah it picks up the beam good, but the pic is all Grainy :-?
and what model is it ? [/quote]
not a clue :-[ it's small, thin, and takes memory stick pro duo's [s]I'll get a picture of it when I find a mirror[/s] GOT A PIC! it's grainy because of the very low light i have in the rooms. it doesn't like to take pictures in low light, but in the day it takes pretty decent pictures
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That looks like the cybershot W120
They're ok and pretty cheap, but they don't handle low light situations well... they produce noisy pictures.

The W150 is what I have, I like it. It does it's job pretty well.

But that Kodak Z712IS gooeygus recommended looks like a very good deal... Awesome pictures.
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This type of photography can be demanding. Look for a camera that offers the user easy access to manual settings. Manual focus, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (sensitivity to light) are important manual adjustments. Optical zoom is preferred over digital zoom. Many members here have commented that a time exposure (need the manual settings) is the best way to get good beam shots. You should also have some way of stabilizing the camera, at least a cheap mini-tripod.

ISO - Try to keep lowest setting possible as high ISO speed can give very grainy result.
Aperture - This controls depth of field (how deep of an area is in focus, in front of and behind focal point)
Shutter Speed - High speed lets in little light, but reduces effect of camera shake. If using slow shutter speed, you want to be on a tripod. Slow speed lets camera capture the beam.
Manual Focus - Lets you preset the focal point in the photo. When you turn out or turn down the lights to take your photo, manual focus will not change. Autofocus may change itself when you turn down or turn off the lights.

Try to find a camera with these manual control options as they add a lot of power to the laser photographer's arsenal. I realize that I am not giving you a brand name here, that is because once you have the features available, it's a matter of practice. Try different settings, if photo is dark, adjust to let in more light. (Slower shutter speed, Higher ISO, Larger Aperture) If photo is overexposed, do the opposite and let in less light.

Many cameras offer "white balance" adjustments. This can be key to getting accurate color that doesn't need lots of reworking in photoshop. Try the different white balance settings out, find what works for you.

Find a brand whose controls and menu structure you can live and work with. Most brands have similar features, but ease of access to the manual features can vary greatly.

Hope this helps ...

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