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The Sony Mavica is particulary bad for wide shots but great for zoom.
Go to Ebay and purchase a really cheap wide angle lens that screws on the front of your Mavica standard lens. Also throw away your lens caps and get UV filters, so you don't have to put it on and take it off.
I printed the 640 X 480 and the next two sizes up on my Mavica to typical paper. The house I took a picture of didn't look much different in any of the photos.
Not per se, but most otf the standard cameras have two optical sizes. I consider the standard size to be wide-angle and the telephoto to be close-up. My camera has a third size, the 3x enlargement, but that's computer generated and not optical, so the resolution is a tad muddy.
That is about what it amounts too, too I'm now using a Kodak DX3600. Very good and inexpensive. Bought it used for $240 from Kodak's own website, then added a dock.
About file sizes to Clients: At the lower-resolution, color photos we're talking about, I'll bet you some Clients are printing the photos in black and white.
For my hard copy, I print black and white on the laser printer. They are far superior to the color photos in gradation.
My Nikon Cool Pix 5000 will go to about 35mm equivalent and about 125 mm equivalent telephoto without digital zoom. You can probably find these kinds of specs on a lot of the manufacturer's web sites. This camera also has telephoto and wide angle adapters available.
If you want to spend really big bucks, the Cannon D series will take all of the Cannon EOS lenses, but with slightly lower equivalents on the wide angle end.
Three things to do with file size for pics.
1. Set camera to middle quality.
2. Use file compression in the appraisal software.
3. If your software has it, use smaller photo size.
I use Athena with 60% compression. Small pic size is 20% smaller than 3 x 5. Camera is Kodak 210 set to better quality and standard resolution.
I can do a 15 page report with seven pictures in about 1.2 megs. If you use Adobe Distiller you can cut file size down to about 500kb and with cable modem send in less an 20 seconds.
For Leon..... The kodak DC 210 has a 29 mm lens (good enough to stand on sidewalk in front of house and get the whole thing) with 2x zoom. You can buy them all day long on ebay for around $100 ~ $125.00 with 20 meg cards (will hold 200 pics). No docks to mess with and very fast down load to program with sandisk reader for about $20.