What I'm mainly interested in a digital camera is the macro-mode for close-up shots of small things. I'm looking for a cheaper camera--the under $200 range or under $100 if I can get something decent for taking close-up shots. And I need something that is easy to plug USB into my macbook to use with iphoto.
However, if you know it makes a huge difference for close-up shots of the kind I've been doing here on LJ to get a camera that is a little more pricey than that, I can wait and save up, so please advise. However, since my main priority now is my latest mania for doing my picfic, I may not want too high a quality pic--fuzzing the edges a bit may give my dolls and miniature settings greater verisimilitude--the blurred vision effect that mechtild delightfully dubs the "elderly lover's friend." (-:
So in selecting a camera, what should I be looking for? As I understand it thus far, the quality of the optical/digital zoom and the amount of megapixels it gets won't make that much difference for macro use. Is that correct? Do you have a camera that is good at photo-ing small things that you recommend? Know any really great sales I should look into?
I'd be most grateful for any advice.