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Best Camera for Real Estate Photography [2021 Review]

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Published: 18/02/2021

Real estate listings with clear pictures attract more buyers. The best camera for real estate photography should, therefore, produce high-quality and professional photos that can quickly attract the attention of potential clients. If you're into real estate photography, we got you covered. We reviewed the top cameras for realtors so you can take your pick. 

Our Top Cameras for Real Estate Photography Reviews

The sheer number of cameras in the market makes it difficult to pick one that is a good fit for real estate photography. We went through the multiple options and came with a few models that we think will greatly help you boost your real estate marketing efforts. 

Brand
Best Overall
Canon 5D Mark IV
Best Cheap Pick
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Best for Beginners
Nikon D7200
Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera...
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body,...
Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR Body (Black)
Max Resolution
30.4 megapixels
26.2 megapixels
24.2 megapixels
Style
Body Only
Body Only
Body Only
Rating
Best Overall
Brand
Canon 5D Mark IV
Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera...
Max Resolution
30.4 megapixels
Style
Body Only
Rating
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Product
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body,...
Max Resolution
26.2 megapixels
Style
Body Only
Rating
Price
Best for Beginners
Brand
Nikon D7200
Product
Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR Body (Black)
Max Resolution
24.2 megapixels
Style
Body Only
Rating
Price

Best Overall Cameras for Real Estate Photography

After plenty of research, we found the following options to be the best overall cameras for real estate photography: 

  • Canon 5D Mark IV
  • Nikon D850
  • Sony A7III

Canon 5D Mark IV

The Canon 5D Mark IV is one of our top picks for several reasons. It uses a 30.4-megapixel sensor and will produce high-quality images even in poor light conditions such as property interiors. 

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera...

Additionally, the camera offers a fast and refined 61-point autofocus that allows you to take the most accurate photos for your property portfolio. The video quality is high (up to 4K resolution) and capable of producing stunning property tours. 

This puts it in the same league as the other two of our best overall options; the Nikon D850, and Sony A7III which also have 4K resolution. 

The camera also comes with a long-lasting battery, which is excellent for field projects. 

What We Like 

  • High image quality
  • Exceptional color accuracy
  • Long battery life

What We Don’t Like 

  • Lacks inbuilt flash
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera...
  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range...
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in- camera still frame grab of 4K...
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or live view shooting; LCD...

Nikon D850

The Nikon D850 comes equipped with a remarkable 45.7megapixels which is more than that of the Canon 5D Mark IV. This, coupled with the 4K resolution, wide ISO range, sturdy design and long battery life makes it our best overall Nikon Camera for real estate photographers. 

Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body

 The camera is capable of shooting professional-quality real estate photos even in large format. Just like the Canon 5D Mark IV, it also comes with a 4K video resolution for high-quality real estate footage.  

With an ISO range of up to 256,000, you can take bright images at night or in dim interiors of your property. 

You will also find the camera great for outdoor property shoots with its rugged design that is weather resistant. This means you can shoot property images in any weather without your camera being affected. 

The long battery life ensures that you take images for long enough before having to recharge or replace the battery. 

What We Like 

  • High-resolution sensor
  • Superb dynamic range
  • High-quality images even in large format
  • All-weather body 

What We Don’t Like 

  • Limited autofocus in auto node
  • No on-body flash
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Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body
  • Nikon designed back side illuminated (BSI) full frame image sensor with no optical low pass filter
  • 45.7 megapixels of extraordinary resolution, outstanding dynamic range and virtually no risk of...
  • Up to 9 fps1 continuous shooting at full resolution with full AF performance

Sony A7III

The Sony A7III is capable of outstanding property photos with its 42.4 full-frame sensors. This makes it more powerful than the Canon 5D Mark IV and just a few megapixels behind the Nikon D850. 

Sony a7 III ILCE7M3/B Full-Frame Mirrorless...

The camera can capture clear shots in both the exterior and poor lit interiors of your property. At 10 frames per second and 100-51000 ISO range, the camera also offers accurate images for both small and large prints. 

That's further complimented by the mechanism to counter shaking. As a real estate photographer, you will find this feature useful when shooting for long periods while holding the camera in your hands. You can also get the same feature on the cheaper Panasonic Lumix GH5. 

What We Like 

  • High-resolution 42.4-megapixel sensor
  • High 9 frames per second shutter speed
  • Great image stability
  • 4K video quality 

What We Don’t Like 

  • Slow autofocus when using continuous tracking
  • Limited touch control
Sale
Sony a7 III ILCE7M3/B Full-Frame Mirrorless...
  • Advanced 24.2MP BSI full frame Image Sensor w/ 1.8X readout speed
  • 15 stop dynamic range, 14 bit uncompressed RAW, ISO 50 to 204,800. Compatible with Sony E mount...
  • Up to 10fps silent or mechanical shutter with AE/AF tracking. Battery life (Still Images): Approx....

Best Cheap Cameras for Real Estate Photography 

If you are on a budget and looking for a camera that can boost your real estate marketing efforts without breaking the bank, we recommend these two options:

  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Panasonic Lumix GH5 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

This Canon EOS 6D Mark II offers decent image quality at a lower cost with its 26.2 megapixels CMOS sensor. While this is much lower than that of the Canon 5D Mark IV, you will be able to shoot high-quality property images without blowing your budget. 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body,...

It's also a full-frame camera, which means a wider angle for your interior shots. The shutter speed goes up to 6.5 frames per second, which is good enough for real estate photos in different light conditions. However, if you want even faster shutter speed and are willing to spend a little more, try the Sony A7III. 

Just like the expensive models like the Canon 5D Mark IV, this camera allows you to seamlessly transfer photos to other devices via Wi-Fi.  However, it doesn’t support 4K resolution like Canon 5D Mark IV. 

What We Like 

  • Full frame sensor for interior images 
  • Affordable 
  • Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity 

What We Don’t Like 

  • The rear control dial is not precise
  • No 4K resolution for crisp real estate images 
Sale
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body,...
  • 26.2 Megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
  • Optical viewfinder with a 45 point all cross type AF system. Compatible Lenses: Canon EF lenses...
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase detection and Full HD 60p

Panasonic Lumix GH5 

Although the 20.3-megapixel sensor on the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is lower than that of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, you will still get crisp photos for your real estate portfolio for an even lower price. 

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera, 20.3...

What's more, the camera records high-quality 4K property videos. You don’t get this with the pricier Canon EOS 6D Mark II  which comes with Full HD resolution. The 5-axis system helps remove shake, especially during interior shooting. 

Just like the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the camera supports wireless photo transfers to other devices such as laptops for showing to your clients. 

What We Like 

  • Sharp images and 4K video
  • Integrated image stabilization
  • Easy to use
  • WiFi connectivity 

What We Don’t Like 

  • Autofocus slows down in video mode
  • No on-body flash 
Sale
Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera, 20.3...
  • Professional photo & video: 20.3 Megapixel micro four thirds sensor with no low pass filter to...
  • Splash/Freeze Proof Design: Freeze proof to 10 degrees the durable magnesium alloy body withstands...
  • Dual image stabilization: 5 axis dual image stabilization corrects all lenses, including classic...

Best Cameras for Real Estate Photography for Beginners

If you are just starting out in real estate photography and want beginner-friendly cameras, these three options will be a perfect fit: 

  • Nikon D7200
  • Canon EOS Rebel 800D/T7i

 Nikon D7200

The affordable price, portable body, and easy to use controls make the Nikon D7200 a good choice for beginners. It has a good resolution of 24 megapixels and will capture professional real estate images. Although you can get almost double the megapixels with the Nikon D850, you will have to pay much more. 

Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR Body (Black)

The dynamic range is superb and allows you to shoot clear still images. You also do not need an external flash, which makes the camera compact enough for outdoor use. 

This camera also has the widest ISO range of 100-102,400. This allows a beginner to tinker around with the brightness until they find the desired combination. This ISO range is wider than that of both the Canon EOS Rebel 800D/T7i and Sony Alpha A6000 which are also good options for beginners. However, the D7200 is more expensive than these two. 

What We Like 

  • Good image quality
  • Fast enough autofocus
  • Built-in flash
  • User-friendly controls 

What We Don’t Like 

  • Uses a non-tilting display
  • No inbuilt image stabilizer
Sale
Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR Body (Black)
  • 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 51 point autofocus system

Canon EOS Rebel 800D/T7i

Small and lightweight, the Canon EOS Rebel 800D/T7i packs a fair amount of useful features that make it both user-friendly and really good at capturing property images. The image capability is great for both outdoor and indoor shots, with a 24.2-megapixel sensor just like the Nikon D7200. 

Canon EOS 800D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm is STM...

 It also features a decent ISO range from 100 and can go as high as the Nikon D850 at 25600. You can further expand this range up to 51200 to enhance picture quality. It records high definition videos, which is good enough for most property video requirements. 

You also get 6 frames per second shooting for clear enough pictures in different conditions

What We Like  

  • High image resolution
  • Fast autofocus system
  • Large 3-inch display
  • Wireless photo transfer options

What We Don’t Like 

  • Lacks GPS
  • No option for on-camera editing
Canon EOS 800D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm is STM...
  • Bundle Includes: Canon EOS 800D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (1894C002), Canon EOS Bag, 2x...
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen

Sony Alpha A6000

The Sony A600 presents a professional-grade camera with its 24.3-megapixel sensor like the Nikon D7200 and Canon EOS Rebel 800D/T7i. Its continuous autofocus and electronic viewfinder systems allow for great photoshoots in low light situations. 

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP...

The 5-axis stabilization prevents blurry images for clear photos in different conditions. For video files, the camera offers full HD  shooting capability, which is adequate for most property videos. However, if you want even better quality property shoots, you can consider our 4K options like the Nikon D850 and Sony A7III. 

Just like the Canon EOS Rebel 800D/T7i, it also has an ISO range of 100-25600 with an aperture range of f/3.5 - f/22. This is good for taking bright photos in dim property interiors.

What We Like 

  • Takes crisp jpeg images
  • Outstanding autofocus
  • On-body flash
  • Wireless photo transfer

What We Don’t Like 

  • Single card slot
  • Not enough focus in low light
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP...
  • Advanced 24.2MP back Illuminated 35 millimeter full frame image sensor
  • ISO 100 25600 (expandable to 51200). Lens compatibility: Sony E mount lenses
  • Hybrid AF with 179 point focal plane phase detection and 25 contrast detect points

Features to Consider for the Best Camera for Estate Photography

After our research and testing, we found that the most important features to factor in when buying a camera for real estate photography include the Aperture, ISO range, and shutter speed. 

Let’s quickly go through these features below: 

Person holding his camera for real estate photography

Aperture

This refers to how wide the camera's lens opens to let in light. Ideally, the larger the aperture the better. It allows you to capture sharper pictures that contain more details. In most real estate photography situations, light is bound to be scarce thus the need for large aperture cameras. 

Camera aperture is usually indicated as f. A low number means a large aperture and vice versa. The ideal choice for real estate photos should range from f/4 upward. While such cameras are often more expensive, they are worth every coin when shooting the interiors of buildings. 

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed means the duration of a camera sensor’s exposure to light. If the shutter is too slow, your images are likely to be blurry. If too fast, the sensor may not receive enough light, and your images may not be adequately sharp or clear. 

We recommend that you use slow shutter speed (Sony Alpha A6000 can go up to 30 seconds) if you are taking property images at night or in dim environments. 

On the other hand, use fast shutter speed such as that of the Nikon D850 (1/8000 seconds) if you want to capture clear pictures of moving objects like cars around your property. 

ISO Range 

The ISO range measures the camera's sensitivity to light and determines how the camera performs in low light situations. A high ISO means the camera will work better in low light and the other way round. 

For your real estate photos, we recommend that you choose a camera that has a native ISO of 100 or 200 and that can be expanded to a higher value. 

The Nikon D850 has the widest ISO range of 64 through 25,600. While you might not go that high, it means this camera can take the brightest property images even in dark environments. 

Video Quality

Some cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark IV and Nikon D850 offer 4K image quality. Although these are usually more expensive, they can greatly boost property marketing efforts. If you are on a tight budget, a Full HD (1080p) resolution like that of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II will be just fine.

Conclusion 

Real estate photography requires a camera with specific features. That’s because it’s a unique field, with different light conditions and picture quality requirements. The features explained in this buying guide should help you make the right decision. Pick a camera that fits your needs based on your budget and skill levels, as indicated in our recommendations. 

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