Buying a Camera for your Work

There is a seemingly endless list of cameras or camcorders for farriers. You can use something as simple as the integrated tools on the cellular phone you already own or invest in an expensive single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and an additional lens that could be more expensive than the camera itself.

For this story, we’ll look at a few topics important for shoers who are new to using a camera in their work. These guidelines will help get you started in finding a model that will deliver more than what your camera phone offers, but won’t break the bank. From prices ranging from $75 to $400, there are several options available that will provide what you need as a novice, whether you want to photograph hooves or capture serviceable video of a therapeutic procedure.

You can find several models in this price range, including all of the cameras highlighted, that have popular features, such as an 8 to 10 megapixel range, a respectable optical zoom range and video capability.

What you’ll need to consider is which is more important to you when it comes to integrating a camera into your work: durability, adaptability to changing light levels or size. Several models incorporate all of these criteria at some level, but here are a few of the leaders based on these categories.

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Think about the conditions under which farriers operate. Some deal with periods of extreme heat or cold, the conditions that can ruin a camera. In a…

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Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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