[SATLUG] Digital Cameras
demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Thu Dec 11 07:56:50 CST 2008
> on 12/10/08 11:26 PM, Alan Lesmerises said:
> > Does anyone know of a resource (web site, article, etc.) that might have
> > an up-to-date list of digital cameras that are known to work well (or
> > poorly) with Linux? And if any of you have personal experiences you'd
> > wish to relay, I'd like to hear those as well.
> What do you mean "works well with Linux"? All the digital cameras I've
> used have recorded their images on a removable card, which I can just
> plug into whatever computer I want, and then it's up to me to find the
> software I want to use to process those files.
> > I want to get my wife a digital camera for Christmas, but I know she
> > will get frustrated with it if it isn't easy to use right out of the box.
> When looking at digital cameras, I usually spend most of my time on
> dpreview.com and stevesdigicams.com.
> I will say that Canon and Nikon traditionally have the best cameras,
> pretty much all the way up and down the line. Some models are better
> than others, but they are the Top Tier companies in this field. The
> dpreview.com website has a really good set of tools to help you select
> the right camera for you, between their buyers guides (including the
> ability to search for specific features), their side-by-side
> comparisons, and so on.
> Right now, I think one of the best point-and-shoots you can get is the
> Canon PowerShot SD990IS -- it's the first point-and-shoot to include a
> Digic IV processor, and with the Canon Hack Developers Kit (see
> <http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK>), you can enable most of the features
> which would otherwise only be available to DSLR owners. Of course CHDK
> has not yet been ported to the Digic IV, but I'm sure that will be fixed
Ditto on all of this. I have been using dpreview.com forever, it is
truly an outstanding site with the best reviews, period. Definitely
consult this before buying. I am a longtime Canon fan, and have bought
quite a few Canon cameras in the past, and ALL of the ones I bought
(both video and still) have been 100% workable under Linux.
I want to add to Brad's comments that I am using a package called
digikam (http://www.digikam.org/) which uses the USB connections on
my cameras to talk to them over a USB cable using the gphoto 2 plugin
(http://www.gphoto.org/), however, I find it is usually faster to take
the chip out and put it into a chip reader with USB 2.0. You still may
want to check the gphoto2 website to see if the camera you plan to buy
There are over 1000 cameras listed at: http://www.gphoto.org/proj/libgphoto2/support.php
However, if your camera has a removable memory card it can be read
regardless using a chip reader, but the digikam/gphoto2 combo may be
the most intuitive setup for the wife.
Good luck, -b.
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