I got a Canon Powershot G-5 --, came to $688.00 which included 2
lithium batteries,recharger, leather case, 32MB flash card, USB
cable, and a number of other extras. The macro is great, and I have
taken excellent pictures of my jewelry–most of which are highly
reflective cloisonne enamels. I use it with the cloud dome, and am
able to difuse the light.
I understand that the G-5 has been superceded by the G-6, and that
the price has dropped quite a bit. I chose the Canon G-5 after doing
all sorts of research on the internet. Steves Digicams rated the
capability as outstanding. He is right.
The past year has seen tremendous improvements in digital cameras,
and the prices have really come down. For family pictures, and its
small size I got a little Olympus Stylus 410, for under $200. as the
Canon is a bit too large to tote around. The Olympus is another
winner. I had occasion to do some quick photographing of some jewelry
which was on its way to a gallery, and I just wanted a photo record
of what I had sent. I just laid the pieces on a table—didn’t take
time to set up the cloud dome, and was amazed at how well the
pictures turned out. It is about the size of my small cell phone and
has a sliding cover over the lens which offers great protection.