I second Noels comments on the Nikon coolpix 950. I have this one
also the Nikon coolpix 4500 is great also. Both are a little scarce
to find now as most people who use them purely for macro hang on to
them as they are a quality camera with a great lens and very true to
color images. Even has video / movie on the 4500.
I keep both of mine even though I have a Nikon coolpix 8800 which is
also great but its lens gets in the way when you want to get up
really close for small stones.
That is when the 950 and the 4500 comes into their own.
If you are buying one second hand, get the seller to send you an
image taken with the lense cap on and then you can see if there are
any dead pixels in it.
If you get the image back blow it up in your photo software and
check for any red or green or clear spots, they are sometimes called
hots spots. If it has one or two and they aren’t in the centre of the
screen you can use it regardless as you most likely will crop the
There are a lot of professional photographers out there who love
these cameras and will recommend them to people as a quality and very
reasonable priced camera.
The only other thing that can go wrong with them is the focus motor
that sometimes fails.
There are quite a few of the Nikon coolpix series for sale on ebay
but try and get the seller to send you an image of the camera
switched on and the lense extended by the telescopic button.
Good luck if you get one of these you will love it. Great for taking
close ups of flowers and insects, the close ups of flowers is great
to use if you are a carver or making wax carvings for jewellery.
Christine in the Ridge. Lovely autumn days.