Dont know if you guys know this trick or not. But a simple film loupe can make a regular point and shoot camera into a decent macro camera, even those cameras with the "flower" feature.
I apologize as this is a watch forum, but this is a post I made in my flashlight collectors forum. All that matters is the principle and the results of my poorman's macro solution.
Normally you need a good camera and a macro lens.
Here is an example. This was taken with my friend's Canon 20D and his Sigma Macro Lens
Now you will have noticed that the areas outside of the main focus ("UR" of surefire) are out of focus. This can be solved by upping the F-Stop (actually I think you make it smaller but anyway the number is bigger and this is what it looks like)
Now here is as close as I can get with my friend's Macro lens. The subject is the MN21 bulb of my M6. Please excuse the large size. im showing that by leaving the image in rather hi-res you can get up closer than the camera can. sort of a "digital" zoom.
This next picture is taken with my GF's Point and shoot Sony camera.
This next pic was taken with the Macro "flower" feature. Some cameras have a "magnifying lens" feature that can get closer. But this is as close as I can get with this Sony before it is too close and cant focus properly.
Now here is my revelation/revolution. Again this was taken with the same Sony as above. please excuse the slight blurriness. it is hard to keep the camera still when you shoot macro.
Here is another example of my "revelation", This is one of the nubs of the M6 grip.
Here is the "caution: Hot Surface" logo from my 6PL
If I zoom a little with the camera's optical zoom, then I can get a little tighter.
So what is this revelation? A simple film/slide loupe. those little magnifiers to look at slides or film with.
Here is the Sony camera and my film loupe.
And to use it, I just put it over the lens.
You can also flip the loupe around and use it. You should probably use a tripod with this as any amount of breathing can shake the camera. But the problem is that you need to hold the loupe onto the camera. I suppose you could use tape to get it to stick.