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Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9176
Needed to photograph insides of rental property to save getting ripped off at end of tenancy. Any suggestions?
"Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5251
    Your phone? 

    Otherwise something from the normal players like Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, Canon. You really don’t need to spend masses of money to get decent pics. 
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 4330
    phone + £10 set of wide angle adaptors from amazon
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9176
    My phone plugs in the wall. It doesn't take pictures. It's a phone.
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • WolfetoneWolfetone Frets: 1031
    Any decent higher spec mobile phone will be perfect. I even make little movies on my Sony XZP.   Many cameras shoot 4k (although largely unnecessary imho). iPhones can take an external mic and you can get many lenses to fit on to enhance telephoto and wide angle capability.

    Unless I'm missing something, I can't really understand why people  bother with vidcams and snapshot cameras.

    Perhaps its time to ditch the phone that won't take photos?
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 666
    Someone Who Knows These Things told me in reality there's very little to choose between budget digital cameras. The best advice is simply to buy the one you fancy and then carefully read the manual, every word.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9176
    Someone gave me a lol because I said my phone plugs in the wall. What's so funny about that?
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 5906
    /\ you said wall...
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  • notanonnotanon Frets: 234
    57Deluxe said:
    /\ you said wall...
    And plugs too he he he he he
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5251
    Someone gave me a lol because I said my phone plugs in the wall. What's so funny about that?
    You are my mum and ICM £5. 
     
    I’m sure you realise why you’re getting the lols really. ;) Seriously, you don’t have a mobile? Or you do and it’s an ancient Nokia without a camera? 

    Get yourself on Amazon or Argos. Avoid the really cheap tat. £40 will get you something basic like a Polaroid that will do acceptable shots. Or you might pick up an old one in a charity shop... our local one often knocks out old 3 or 5 meg compacts for a fiver. If you’re planning to do more pics in the future and want something better, spend £90-£100 on a new one. Just chose a decent brand, as I mentioned above. 

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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9176
    @boogieman no, I don't have a mobile. I have a very old-fashioned device called a 'telephone' which allows me to make and receive, er, telephone calls. I also have a new-fangled device called a "BT hub" into which I plug my computers and this is connected via a strange thing called an "ADSL filter" to my telephone wire. One of my computers is probably as old as the telephone, but it still works and runs the old Microsoft Office programs that I want it to. I don't use it to access the interweb.

    I also have a few cameras. One belonged to my late father, he bought it the year before I was born. Wasn't a top-notch device then and isn't now but it does take nice pix, 16 exposures on a 120 roll. We used to load it with Ilford FP4.

    I've seen various cheapo digital cameras on amazon, I guess you're right about the ones from the big names being adequate for the intended usage so I'll check 'em out.
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • ThePrettyDamnedThePrettyDamned Frets: 3837
    @boogieman no, I don't have a mobile. I have a very old-fashioned device called a 'telephone' which allows me to make and receive, er, telephone calls. I also have a new-fangled device called a "BT hub" into which I plug my computers and this is connected via a strange thing called an "ADSL filter" to my telephone wire. One of my computers is probably as old as the telephone, but it still works and runs the old Microsoft Office programs that I want it to. I don't use it to access the interweb.

    I also have a few cameras. One belonged to my late father, he bought it the year before I was born. Wasn't a top-notch device then and isn't now but it does take nice pix, 16 exposures on a 120 roll. We used to load it with Ilford FP4.

    I've seen various cheapo digital cameras on amazon, I guess you're right about the ones from the big names being adequate for the intended usage so I'll check 'em out.

    Where are you based? If in Cambridgeshire I can lend you one of mine.
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  • RiftAmpsRiftAmps Frets: 1297
    My old man rents out a few properties and shoots a video walkaround with the new tenants rather than taking photos. Seems to cover both parties and you also get a record of any coversation/discussions that can easily be referred back to.

    Tenant - "I think the front room carpet was already torn when we moved in"

    Landlord - "No, it wasn't. And here's the video with our discussion about the carpets to prove it"


    He's never had any problems.

    Rift Amplification
    Handwired Guitar Amplifiers
    Brackley, Northamptonshire
    www.riftamps.co.uk
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9176
    @ThePrettyDamned That's kind of you. I'm in Suffolk, moving to Herefordshire (where pix are to be taken).  'Tis probably easier to spend a few tens of quid and get my own though.

    One thing has just occurred to me - getting the pix out of the camera into a computer where they can be viewed or distributed. How do they do it, and do they expect you to have a Windows machine (I don't)?

    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3888
    @ThePrettyDamned That's kind of you. I'm in Suffolk, moving to Herefordshire (where pix are to be taken).  'Tis probably easier to spend a few tens of quid and get my own though.

    One thing has just occurred to me - getting the pix out of the camera into a computer where they can be viewed or distributed. How do they do it, and do they expect you to have a Windows machine (I don't)?


    Most cameras will store on an SD card.  You might need to buy a card as well as a camera if you don't have a card knocking around.

    If you don't have an SD card reader built into your computer then you can get a USB one.  Something like this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker®-Reader-RS-MMC-Support-Warranty/dp/B00LFIXC8I/ref=sr_1_5?s=computers&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1531476831&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=sd+card+reader

    If you are not on Windoze, then I'm guessing you are on Linux.   I'm not an expert on Linux, but I would have thought most card readers will work with it.  They are essentially plug and play devices.

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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 5640
    If you can't get the camera to work with your particular PC set up then places like Boots have machines in store that allow you to plug in a digital camera or memory card and get physical prints back.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9176
    @crunchman fanx! One of the questions about that Anker device was "Will it work with Linux" which got the answer "Yes it works with my Raspberry Pi"
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 560
    Are any of your computers laptops/tablets with built-in camera functionality, even if just for video conference type stuff? Probably not, given what you've said above, but it's a "camera" that often gets overlooked (and not in the cryptic crossword sense).
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 4926
    Someone gave me a lol because I said my phone plugs in the wall. What's so funny about that?
    LOL, everybody's phone plugs into the wall. How else would you recharge it?
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  • strumjoughlampsstrumjoughlamps Frets: 1960
    Someone gave me a lol because I said my phone plugs in the wall. What's so funny about that?
    LOL, everybody's phone plugs into the wall. How else would you recharge it?
    Mine doesn’t plug in to charge 
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