August 12th, 2015
I’ve had a several questions lately about which camera to purchase for real estate photography. For example, Nick said:
I’m in the market to upgrade my camera body and I was excited to find you had expanded on the section in Photography For Real Estate on equipment. The new pages definitely gave me much needed information unfortunately however I’m still left stranded for answers on which body to buy…
I’ve being weighing up the Canon 5D Mark III against the Sony A7R and although the 5D seems like a great camera with excellent reviews and used by many in the field, I can’t help thinking that its already 3 year old technology. The Sony is newer and has more advanced features like more dynamic range, 4k video and lighter in weight. Coupled with a glass adaptor and you still have the same amount of lenses to choose from as the Canon. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.
In a post about a month ago, I pointed out that technically the Sony A7R beats the specs of Canon and Nikon upper-end DSLRs. Two readers made some significant comments on that post that I’d like to highlight because they are right on:
- Barry said, “These tests are so arbitrary – lighting and composition are far more important than which body you use!”
- Ken said, “Better is the enemy of good enough” ~ Arthur C. Clarke. For most RE work, a crop sensor DSLR camera is more than adequate. Even if you are doing more critical work that demands a body with better specs, bringing the APS-C body to an RE job instead lowers the wear and tear, and possible damage to the more expensive body.
I totally agree with Barry and Ken, your real estate photography is going to be much better if you focus on lighting and composition. All you need to do great real estate work is a cropped sensor DSLR with a quality wide-angle lens and a few manual flashes. I recommend any recently released Canon or Nikon, cropped sensor (APS-C) DSLR. Most if not all of your clients won’t be able to tell if you have a full frame camera or not.