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Well, any old camera usually isn't good enough to get the detail. You'll want a digital camera, with a macro function (the little flower). Then set your models up in front of a blank, preferably white background, and take the picture from around 10 - 12" away. If you want to get fine detail shots, use the zoom function rather than holding the camera close. You'll also want a tripod or at least a pile of books or something to rest it on, as you'll get an inordinate amount of blur through holding it in your hands.
I suppose you could do the same with a standard film camera, but it'd need a zoom and proper functions and that, and it'd be difficult to gauge the level of focus as there's no screen. Some throwaway camera will not have the quality or focal length to get the detail on the models.
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I use a Samsung DigimaxV3, it costed about 200$. It has a super-macro so i just take the pictures right in front of lens. And they turn out nice. Too bad the gallery is all fudgey here.
I went and purchased a Minolta Z6 and a tripod. Cost me an arm and a leg, but it sure takes schweet photos (and hey, with over 30 cats I sure have a lot to photograph...)
I use a Olympus C310. I bought it about 3 months ago for 50 euros online through a store. I specifically checked if there was an affordable camera with a (super)macro function, which it has (about 2 cm, roughly 1 inch).
I don't use a camera for any other stuff basically. So I didn't really want to spend an arm and a leg on a grade A camera just for taking pictures of miniatures. But I think the cam handles it well.
I do plan to buy a tripod sometime soon.