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Terrel L. Shields

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I use Pentax (Ricoh) DSLRs and a couple of old Mavicas. The Sony's great on site, no file size reduction. DSLR's great for distant comp rural property and no lag times. But intrigued by these small mirrorless 4/3 cameras. A 60 - 300 mm lens is about the same as 150 mm DSLR. Much more magnification. And lenses are much cheaper. The quality is excellent and if you like close up pix...so is anyone using them?

 

Digger88

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ive used my phone since ive been able to use my phone. i suppose if you need extreme zoom capability you would need something like this. i even use a low res camera app on my phone to take 200kb pics so they load faster in total, lol.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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ive used my phone since ive been able to use my phone. i suppose if you need extreme zoom capability you would need something like this. i even use a low res camera app on my phone to take 200kb pics so they load faster in total, lol.
For appraisal work the Mavicas are energizer bunnies. But 90% of my photo work requires high resolution for best quality & isn't appraisal work.
 

TRESinc

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ive used my phone since ive been able to use my phone. i suppose if you need extreme zoom capability you would need something like this. i even use a low res camera app on my phone to take 200kb pics so they load faster in total, lol.


could not agree more. we are taking photos of things that do not move. we are not professional photographers trying to capture the wings of a hummingbird mid-flight. with the exception of my first 2 cameras when the technology was still brand new i have never spent more than $100 on a digital camera for appraisal work, and most of them were under $50. since my first smartphone i have never bought another stand alone camera. i still have one in the office and one in the glove box as emergency backups but neither has been used in a long, long, long time. to this day i have never had any client come back and ask me for higher resolution photos on any report i have completed.

on the majority of reports i review appraisers are putting 15 interior photos on a page. what good is a 10+mp file when it is compressed down to a 2"x2" display?
 

Gregory Beck

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I use Pentax (Ricoh) DSLRs and a couple of old Mavicas. The Sony's great on site, no file size reduction. DSLR's great for distant comp rural property and no lag times. But intrigued by these small mirrorless 4/3 cameras. A 60 - 300 mm lens is about the same as 150 mm DSLR. Much more magnification. And lenses are much cheaper. The quality is excellent and if you like close up pix...so is anyone using them?

I use Total Mobile on my iPad Mini2 It uses the iPad camera. It
takes great pics more than enough for any appraisal.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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I use Total Mobile on my iPad Mini2 It uses the iPad camera. It
takes great pics more than enough for any appraisal.
90% of my pix are not for appraisal work and Mavicas are fine for inspect. Comp photos are much better with faster camera. Distant rural shots not practical with phone.
 
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