Top 10 Best Cameras for Real Estate Photography 2017

Cameras for Real Estate Photography Real estate photography is a business where there will always be demand. People are always selling houses and so are in need of a photographer who can show their house in its best light. It’s not simply a matter of turning up and taking photos of rooms and exteriors though, there is a certain methodology behind it. Real estate photography is about capturing the essence of a house, its character and personality, as well as its major selling points. To do this, the right equipment is needed. Often photographers will choose a wide angle lens, usually with a wide maximum aperture of at least f/4, a tripod or monopod and of course a decent camera. Many photographers will choose a full or crop frame camera, but there are certainly good mirrorless and even super-zoom point-and-shoots that make great cameras for real estate photography. We’ve selected our 10 favourites from across these ranges and given you details as to why we think they’re so good.

Best ‘Super-Zoom’ Point-and-Shoot Cameras for Real Estate Photography

Although the term ‘point-and-shoot’ sounds rather amateurish, compacts have come a long way in recent years. They’re capable of producing excellent quality photos with the benefit of being cheap and easy to carry. The super-zoom refers to the long optical zoom that many are equipped with. Here are our top picks:

1. Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80

Why it’s great:

  • 60x optical zoom, equivalent to 20-1200mm on a full-frame.
  • Excellent value for money, and image quality.
  • 3-inch touch screen.

Our top three compacts have all been very close in terms of overall performance. The Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 has the widest angle lens of all three, with a 35mm equivalent of an impressive 20-1200mm. This of course makes it ideal for photographing house interiors (and exteriors). Image stabilization is good, and the quality of images remains excellent up to ISO 800 thanks to the 18 megapixel sensor. It’s easy to use and navigate controls using the 3-inch touch screen.

Buying considerations:

  • There’s a lot of image noise at higher ISO settings.

2. Panasonic Lumix FZ300

Why it’s great:

  • 25-600mm, 24x optical zoom with 12 megapixel sensor.
  • f/2.8 constant aperture.
  • 4K video recording and excellent image capture.

Our top choice of point-and-shoots for real estate photography is the Panasonic Lumix FZ300. For a comparatively very low price next to DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, the FZ300 performs to an excellent standard. The 25-600mm zoom is fantastic for capturing the finer details of a room or house, while the f/2.8 aperture means you’ll be able to get great results even in low light. There is image stabilization, a 4K image capture mode, and barely any image noise up to ISO 800. It’s weather sealed, light and compact, meaning you can take it anywhere and capture high-quality images. Overall, it’s a really great camera without the price tag you’d expect.

Buying considerations:

  • There are no real downsides to this camera. If you’re well-versed in cameras and photography, you may want to spend more on a DLSR or mirrorless though.

3.  Nikon Coolpix B700

Why it’s great:

  • 60x optical zoom, equivalent to 24mm wide angle.
  • Vibration Reduction, image stabilization for clearer pictures.
  • 20 megapixel sensor with 4K video capture.

Our second pick is another fantastic camera, with an almighty zoom on it. Nikon’s Coolpix B700 boasts a 60x optical (and 120x digital) zoom, capable of capturing wide angle shots as well as finer details. It’s ideal for a range of uses thanks to its lens. The video capture, up to 4K at 30fps is another great feature, and gives an idea of the sort of quality the 20 megapixel sensor can capture. The 3-inch screen is articulated, helping you get the perfect shot when the angle is difficult, and the camera will automatically switch between screen and viewfinder thanks to a built-in sensor. The B700 comes a close second in terms of compacts for real estate photography.

Buying considerations:

  • Image quality suffers a little at maximum zoom.

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Real Estate Photography

Mirrorless cameras, as is implied in the name, don’t have the complex mirror system that modern DSLRs have. This often means a reduction in weight and size, without having a drop off in image quality. Mirrorless systems are becoming increasingly popular even with serious photographers and should definitely be considered for real estate photography.

1. Panasonic Lumix GH5

Why it’s great:

  • 3 megapixel sensor.
  • Advanced autofocus system.
  • Large OLED viewfinder.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is an excellent camera, particularly for capturing 4K video. The 20.3 megapixel sensor is ideal, not only for high-quality video but for photos too. Using continuous shooting methods, it’s possible to capture 18 megapixel still images up to 30fps shooting rate. The image stabilization is fantastic at reducing motion blur for a steadier shot. From a design point of view, this camera looks and feels really good.

Buying considerations:

  • Although this is an excellent camera for real estate photography, it may not be as versatile as the Fujifilm X range.

2.  Fujifilm X-T2

Why it’s great:

  • 3 megapixel CMOS sensor captures high-quality images.
  • X-Processor Pro for fast and smooth performance.
  • 325-point autofocus system.

Fujifilm’s X range has been impressing photographers for a while now. Their style, level of manufacturing and, most of all, their performance puts them on par with many DSLRs. The X-T2 is our pick of the bunch for real estate photography. The 24.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor is capable of capturing stunning high-detail images and has an ISO range that is expandable up to 52100. Noise suppression is good throughout this ISO range, and the X-Processor Pro makes the operation of the camera quick and smooth. The autofocus is wonderful at reducing motion blur and is beneficial for photographing in low light. With all of its features and not unreasonable price point, the X-T2 is our favourite mirrorless system for real estate photography.

Buying considerations:

  • Again, this camera is pretty flawless. The only thing missing is a touchscreen.

3. Fujifilm X-T10

Why it’s great:

  • High-quality build and stylish design.
  • Great performance, particularly for the reasonable price.
  • 3 megapixel APS-C sensor

The second entry into the list for the Fujifilm X range is the wonderful X-T10. With all the stylings and build quality of the rest of the range, the X-T10 sits at a slightly more reasonable price point. Performance is still good though, with the 16.3 megapixel sensor able to capture some really sharp images. The tiltable LED screen makes it easy to shoot in a range of difficult situations, and the controls are a joy to use. Overall, if you’ve more of a budget, this is the ideal camera for you real estate photography needs.

Buying considerations:

  • Unlike many of the cameras on this list, the X-T10 doesn’t have 4K video recording.

Best DSLR Cameras for Real Estate Photography

DSLRs have long been the choice of camera by professionals and serious amateurs. A good DSLR with a full-frame sensor is unbeatable in the world of digital photography. For real estate photography, there are many that will suffice. We’ve picked out some of the best:

1. Nikon D750

Why it’s great:

  • Affordable, full-frame, 24 megapixel sensor.
  • 51-point autofocus system.
  • Excellent, lightweight build quality.

For the price, it’s impressive that the Nikon D750 has a full-frame sensor. There’s very little in the market that is similarly priced and offer this much performance. Although images aren’t quite at the level of the above Canon model, it’s still more than sufficient for real estate photography. It has all the mod cons you’d expect; a good autofocus system, large and tiltable LED screen, and built in Wi-Fi. For the price, there’s very little to fault with the D750.

Buying considerations:

  • No 4K video capture, although 1080p is still very good.

2. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Why it’s great:

  • 30 megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • 61-point autofocus system.
  • Digital Lens Optimizer technology supresses a range of optical defects.

Unsurprisingly it’s a Canon model that tops the list of DSLRs. The EOS 5D Mark IV is our favourite camera for real estate photography. Its 30 megapixel sensor captures a stunning amount of detail, helped along by the advanced 61-point autofocus system. The clever Digital Lens Optimizer technology reduces the amount of unwanted optical defects from lenses, such as chromatic aberration and barrel distortion. It captures 4K video, can shoot continuously at 7fps, and has a responsive touch screen. As an all ‘rounder it’s fantastic.

Buying considerations:

  • All this quality doesn’t come cheap. Expect to pay a premium for this model.

3. Pentax K-1

Why it’s great:

  • 2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor.
  • 33-point autofocus system.
  • Pixel-shift resolution produces clearer images with excellent colour.

The Pentax K-1 is another camera that challenges similar cameras with its attractive price point. When you consider the range of excellent features, the 36.2 megapixel sensor, autofocus system, pixel-shift resolution, and overall build quality, you you’ll be surprised how reasonable the price is. The ISO range of 100-204,800 makes it a decent choice for low light situations and the shake reduction system means you’ll have no problems when shooting hand-held. If it weren’t for two very strong competitors, this would be our top pick.

Buying considerations:

  • The auto-white balance is sometimes a little off.

4. Canon Rebel T6i

Why it’s great:

  • Inexpensive yet high performing.
  • 2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
  • 3 inch tiltable touchscreen LCD.

Although we’ve mentioned affordability in the list of DSLRs so far, it’s a relative term; you’re still looking at the thousand-mark and beyond. The Canon Rebel T6i (or 750D) is truly affordable, even for the beginner. What’s more, the performance is very impressive. The 24.2 megapixel crop-frame sensor delivers beautifully sharp images, helped by the live view autofocus system. If you’re just starting out in real estate photography, or on a tight budget, this is the camera for you.

Buying considerations:

  • The image quality isn’t quite as good as the other DSLRs mentioned, but it’s definitely more than acceptable given the price.

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