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i'm going to buy a digital camera. ideally it will work perfectly in a modern linux (in fact rh9 but hopefully others too) and as a bonus it would work in windows and macOSX too to keep options open as possible, so...
do you own a digitaql camera with hardware zoom etc that works perfectly in linux? if so what make and model is it and what are its upsides and downsides? this'll give me an idea of which models to look out for.
Canon Powershot S100, Nikkon coolpix 990, Jam Cam. Check here for complete list. Canon, small, portable, great picture quality, only 2 times optical zoom. Nikkon, larger, less portable, phenominal quality on 8x10 photo paper, removable lenses. Have 48x optical zoom lense, widescreen and normal. Of course, much more expensive. JamCam, cheap, cheap, cheap, and the quality shows it. Was really a gag gift from my brother, but it works. Would be good one for 5-8 year old.
Try the Canon Digital Ixus V - the real upside is that it's small but it is also a pretty good unit. I was using it with a card reader until I installed SuSE 8.2 - but now I jus' plug 'er in. It looks pretty cool aswell.
Samsung Digimax V4 - it has all the features of the 4 megapixel class cameras, is very easy to use - excellent menu system - and has the ability to use a wide range of batteries: Lithium-ion rechargable, Ni-Mh rechargable, Ni-Cd, or just alkaline AAs at a pinch. It comes with a fast recharger, which does its supplied Li-ion battery, or any of the AA rechargables. You transfer photos to the computer through a usb cable; the camera looks to the computer as a usb drive.
i'm swithering between the digimax you just mentioned and the mavica CD. I haven't looked into them yet but basically if the mavica has real zoom and good resolution, it will likely win out, somebody else told me he used to have an old mavica which used a floppy disk instead of a CD which he really liked.
keep 'em coming though, it's all good! and thanks for the responses! they are helping a lot.
If the Mavica CD puts the photos onto a CD-R, then I'd look very carefully into battery life, and what the batteries cost. The CD drive motor would eat up more power than camera electronics, you'd think. You don't want to be dragging around a generator with you.
I have a camera that won't work with gphoto, but I bought a pcmcia adapter for smartmedia cards (basically shows up as an atapi controller) and I can mount the smartmedia card like a hard drive. the adapter was about $30 from googlegear.com if anyone else has an incompatible smartmedia device and a laptop.
Honestly, so many of the direct accesses to different cameras are in weird states or questionable, just buy anything compact flash and use a USB CF adapter to access the card, its nice to be able to import directly from the camera over gphoto, but you can do that just as easily with an adapter.
well so far i am still thinking the mavica sounds best, although i will need to find a place that will sell me some 80mm CDRWs somehow, also i'll need some 3 inch to 5 inch blanks so i can use the CDs in my tray loading CD drives!
i got the compatibility list from gphoto2 and i think i will be only considering models from that because i'd really like to use a camera which uses the usb-storage driver as i already use it for my zip drive and i like to keep my drivers and so forth to a minimum (i have a crappy old low spec PC so every little helps)
Calum, you may not need 3 inch to 5 inch blanks. CD drives these days already have a 3 inch inner circle to take the smaller discs. So, depending on the age of your CD drives, you may not need the blanks. My Pioneer DVD-116 drive is at least a couple of years old now, and it has the 3 inch depression to take the smaller discs. If yours is the same, you should see a tiny depression in the centre of the tray, with the depth of about a CD's thickness.
Do Compact flash to PCMCIA Adapters work good in Linux? I just intent to buy one to read my cfs directly (more throughput and less hassle), instead of using the usb cable from the camera.
I don't have a clue if they work (only certain brands do?), so that is why I am asking.
Olympus C 4030 - excellent camera. great picture quality, mech. and dig. zoom, tons of features and settings, and no problems transferring pics in Linux via usb (I just mount the camera directly). the model is a couple of years old, so you can find some great prices on it.
downside is this model only uses smartmedia - but I heard the newer olympus models have multiple media-type capacity.
I have a Ricoh i500. WARNING: It does not work in Linux!!
Seriously though, most cameras do work in Linux, but some with fancy hardware built in do not!
But most good cameras need Compact Flast or Smartmedia or something to store a decent number of pictures, and card readers are cheap and nearly always compatible, and there are other uses for them (taking data to a mate's computer without having to burn a CD, etc).
So my advice is: buy the camera you really want, and get a Card Reader for whatever type of storage it uses if it turns out not to be compatible!