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Getting internal shots of power supply parts in-situ is challenging; is there any camera technology (beyond borescopes) that allows one to get in and obtain unobstructed pictures?
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Here's my two cents... and I'm sure Jeremy will have his since he takes great macro shots of electronics AND beautiful landscape shots.....

Knowing how to use a camera's manual settings (i.e. auto focus, aperature, etc. is the most important thing, IMHO.

I've gotten so used to even good cell phones (i.e. LG G6, Samsung S8, etc.) having the capability of taking great macro shots, low light shots, etc., that when a friend asked me to take a picture of their family in a low lit cave with their older iPhone (6? 7 seems to have the proper controls) I got frustrated that it didn't have the settings I needed to take a decent picture (you can with the third party "Camera+".

For "real cameras", I actually like my old Canon S100, which has been replaced by the M100, but the larger lens makes it feel clunky in close quarters.

The compact, light weight size of my S100 allows me to get in really close and steady, while the DSLR functionality allows me to set up for the perfect shot. Even if it's the markings on a FET just pass a bulk cap taking up 3/4 of the frame.

More modern compact DSLRs are the Sony A5100, Panasonic LX10, etc. Probably the most important thing is to go to a camera store and feel one in your hand and see if it's something you can move in close with.

At the end of the day, and to reiterate what's commonly said amongst photogs, it's not so much the camera, it's the operator. I have a brother in law that has a very expensive EOS 5D. He takes good pictures, but not because he knows how to use it. He has everything on "auto" and then takes about 100 pictures and one or two will come out nice.
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Knowing how to use a camera's manual settings (i.e. auto focus, aperature, etc. is the most important thing, IMHO.
Yep. I hate it when people see one of my shots and say, "Wow, you must have a really great camera!"

The camera is just a tool... it all about the person using that tool.

I have a D800 and a D5100. It's still the old D5100 getting all my review shots with the kit lens. Why? Because it's the best tool for the job. It's small and light, which helps when you're doing disassembly shots. And it's always in full manual mode because I know what I want out of it.
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What I had in mind was something that can get in where things are in the way, i.e. lens on a mirror to get a clear shot of the numbers on a component; that sort of thing.
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Soldering iron.
Tooooooooooooooooo simple ;-)
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