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5 Best Digital Cameras for Real Estate Photography (2021 Reviews)

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Best Cameras for Real Estate Photography

Real Estate Bees’ editorial team asked a few industry leading real estate photographers to share their expertise on the best digital cameras for real estate photography to help our readers make a more educated purchase decision when shopping for a camera.

With the help of the experts, we ranked the most popular DSLR cameras used for photographing real estate from best to worst and described their features, pros and cons. Visiting retailers of the listed products by clicking links within our content may earn us commissions from your purchases but we never receive any compensation for the inclusion of products and/or services in our consumer guides. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about our review and rating process.

— Kimberly Anderson, Senior Creative Editor at Real Estate Bees

All of these digital camera models can be used with a wide angle lens, which is a common practice in real estate photography. We will start with SONY a7 III selected by most of our experts as the best model on the market.

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Experts’ Choice Breakdown for Real Estate Photography Cameras

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#1 Sony a7 III

SONY a7 III Digital Photo Camera

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Camera Highlights

  • Mirrorless
  • Compact and fast
  • Video feature
  • HDR feature that captures dark or bright areas of the house
  • Features a series of lenses that work well in capturing small spaces
  • Low noise grain

 

Works Best For

  • Architectural photography
  • Daytime photography
  • Twilight photography
  • Interior real estate photos
  • Elevated photos
  • Headshot photography
  • Macro/artistic photography

 

Pros

  • Incredible resolution
  • Best dynamic range
  • Good HDR processing
  • Doesn’t need much adjustment per frame
  • Sharp
  • Lightweight
  • Works well with video

The Sony A7 III is a compact and fast camera with excellent resolution.

It has incredible resolution at 42 megapixels, sensitivity, dynamic range, processing speed, and shooting response in a strong, compact body.

— Donovan DeFerraro, Aerial State Media, Owner/Photographer

Below are a few examples of photos taken with SONY a7 III by Donovan DeFerraro.

Sony A7 III - Donovan DeFerraro 1

Sony A7 III - Donovan DeFerraro 2

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The dynamic range of the Sony A7 III is also topnotch and outperforms any other cameras in its price range for this feature.

It has the best dynamic range, especially during low-light scenarios.

— Ben Accinelli, Ben Accinelli LLC, Real Estate Photographer/Video Marketer

Below are a few examples of photos taken with SONY a7 III by Ben Accinelli.

Sony A7 III - Ben Accinelli 1

Sony A7 III - Ben Accinelli 2

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In addition, the Sony A7 III has good HDR processing and works well with video.

The biggest reason I chose this camera is because it works very well with video and not just photography. Especially now the demand for video has increased, so I recommend getting a camera that can handle both effectively.

— Marcelo Martindale, Brown Bear Productions LLC, Owner

Cons

  • Not ergonomically designed
  • Screen swivel is limited
  • Colors need to be adjusted

For some photographers, this model may not come across as user-friendly nor comfortable to use.

Ergonomics isn’t the best and the screen swivel is very limited as well.

— Ben Accinelli, Ben Accinelli LLC, Real Estate Photographer/Video Marketer

The colors produced by this model need to be adjusted as well.

Colors are a little hot and need to be adjusted.

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#2 Canon EOS R

CANON EOS R Digital Photo Camera

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Camera Highlights

  • Mirrorless
  • Flip-out screen
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Easy controls
  • Touch bar
  • Canon ecosystem
  • Video feature

 

Works Best For

  • Architectural photography
  • Daytime photography
  • Twilight photography
  • Elevated photos

 

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Produces great video
  • Easily adapts to old lenses
  • Excellent RF glass
  • Good ecosystem

The Canon EOS R stands out for its features, particularly its RF glass.

I prefer this camera for its flip-out screen, full-frame sensor, and easy controls. It also easily adapts to old lenses and still uses the best RF glass in the market.

I also prefer Canon for its ecosystem. It’s lightweight and fits the specific needs of real estate photography. It also produces great video for its price range.

— Matthew Wilson, Austin 360 Photography, Owner

Cons

  • The touch bar feature has no practical uses

This camera’s touch bar is pretty much useless.

— Matthew Wilson, Austin 360 Photography, Owner
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#3 Olympus OMD EM-1X

OLYMPUS OMD EM-1X Digital Photo Camera

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Camera Highlights

  • Mirrorless
  • Lightweight gear
  • In-camera image stacking
  • In-camera WiFi transfer capability

 

Works Best For

  • Architectural photography
  • Daytime photography
  • Twilight photography
  • Headshot photography

 

Pros

  • Excellent dynamic range
  • Super fast focus
  • Lightweight
  • In-camera WiFi capability enables easy photo delivery

Olympus OMD EM-1X offers value for its features.

It has excellent dynamic range in exposures, has super fast focus yet has a lightweight gear. Besides having superior dynamic range for HDR photos and in-camera image stacking, in-camera WiFi transfer to iPad allows for immediate client delivery.

— Roxy Taylor, Art of Roxy Photography, Owner

Cons

  • Doesn’t perform well in low light conditions
  • Large and heavy
  • Inconvenient menu
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#4 Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital Photo Camera

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Camera Highlights

  • Pentamirror viewfinder
  • Lightweight gear
  • Compatible with most Canon lenses

 

Works Best For

  • Architectural photography
  • Daytime photography
  • Twilight photography
  • Headshot photography
  • Landscape photography

 

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Simple to use
  • Compatibility with most Canon lenses
  • A good camera for newbie photographers

What makes the Canon EOS Rebel T6 a good camera for real estate photography beginners is its budget-friendly price, on top of its outstanding features.

This is the first and only camera I have needed! There are a ton of Canon lenses that are compatible with this camera. This is a good camera for real estate photography because it’s affordable, lightweight, and simple to use even for a beginner.

— Moses Gonzales III, MG3 Photography, Owner

Below is an example of a photo taken with Canon EOS Rebel T6 by Moses’ company MG3 Photography.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 - Moses Gonzales III

Cons

  • Screen does not pop out
  • Doesn’t have a touch screen feature
  • Shutter is a bit louder than in newer cameras
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#5 Sony a7R III

SONY a7 R III Digital Photo Camera

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Camera Highlights

  • Mirrorless
  • 42 megapixels

 

Works Best For

  • Architectural photography
  • Daytime photography
  • Elevated photos
  • Twilight photography

 

Pros

  • Offers plenty of room for wide shots and cropped details with plenty of resolution
  • Good for for real estate video production

The Sony a7R III matches the camera system I use for real estate video production, Sony a7S II. What I like about it is that it’s mirrorless, and at 42 megapixels, it gives plenty of room for wide shots plus cropped details with plenty of resolution.

— Greg Busby, BuzzHome Productions, Owner

Cons

  • Availability and variety of lenses

When the Sony mirrorless system first came out, there were concerns about the availability and variety of lenses. Since that time, Sony has produced a wide variety of lenses to cover a real estate photographer’s needs.

— Greg Busby, BuzzHome Productions, Owner
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What Is the Best Camera for Real Estate Photography?

Best Overall: Sony a7 III

The majority of the real estate photographers surveyed pick Sony a7 III as the leader among the best cameras for realtors. With its compact, lightweight body, it packs all the important features that a real estate photographer needs:

  • incredible resolution
  • excellent dynamic range
  • good HDR processing
  • outstanding sharpness
  • compatibility with most video equipment

 

Best for Newbies

Canon EOS Rebel T6

What makes the Canon EOS Rebel T6 a good pick for new real estate photographers is its reliability.

It is affordable for someone who is just getting into photography, but it is also reliable for a professional.

— Moses Gonzales III, MG3 Photography, Owner

The Canon Rebel series is a good camera to own when starting out in the business.

Start with the Canon Rebel series and learn about different lenses to know what you’ll need to capture the best photo.

— Marcelo Martindale, Brown Bear Productions LLC, Owner

Sony a6400

If you need a camera that delivers without breaking the bank, the Sony a6400 is a smart choice. It is feature-rich for a camera that is below $1,000.

It has 24MP, is small and lightweight, offers excellent image quality, and pairs nicely with the FE12-24mm F4 lens for real estate.

— Greg Busby, BuzzHome Productions, Owner

Any Crop-Sensor DSLR

Professionals advise that newbies need not spend a fortune when getting started in real estate photography. A good crop-sensor DSLR can get the job done and can be a good learning tool as they go along.

Start with a low-end, crop-sensor DSLR, and see if you can cut it. Once you know this is a thing, then upgrade your equipment as you go.

— Matt Olson, Boxwood Photos, Owner

Small, mirrorless crop cameras are good for beginners. You don’t need to break the bank on a full-frame camera and lens if you’re just starting out. Just as long as the camera shoots raw images, you can make any photo look amazing with any/all editing programs.

— Donovan DeFerraro, Aerial State Media, Owner/Photographer
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5 Expert Tips on How to Choose the Best Camera for Real Estate Photography

#1 Know the Right Camera Brands

Looking for a good camera brand makes all the difference, so make sure you know the right brands.

Avoid off-brand cameras that you’ve never heard of or high-end photographers haven’t mentioned.

— Ben Accinelli, Ben Accinelli LLC, Real Estate Photographer/Video Marketer

Avoid any brand that doesn’t fit with your lifestyle or shooting style, or doesn’t adapt to the lens collection you’ve built up over the years.

— Donovan DeFerraro, Aerial State Media, Owner/Photographer

 

#2 Get Advice from Fellow Photographers

If you’re eyeing a certain camera for a while but just don’t know if it’s a good fit, getting advice from colleagues can help you make that choice.

Getting feedback from colleagues or others in the business has allowed me to know about certain models that are a better fit for the work that I do. For example, I personally don’t have a Sony A7 III, but many of my colleagues do, and I’ve heard that it’s a very, very good choice for photographing real estate, so I’m hoping to switch soon.

— Nicole Beaudreau, WindowStill, Photographer

 

#3 Start Small but Don’t Go Cheap

If you know you’ll be in the real estate photography industry for a while and need to build cash, start small with the camera body. Full-frame is ideal because of low noise, but rent a camera first to try out, especially if you’re going to drop a couple thousand dollars on the purchase.

— Ben Accinelli, Ben Accinelli LLC, Real Estate Photographer/Video Marketer

However, starting small doesn’t mean getting your hands on the cheapest brand.

If you are serious about your photography and have to provide excellent images for whatever reason, do not look for the cheapest cameras.

— Jean Williams, Sunhippie Photography and Jeani Waters Creative, Owner

Instead, get the best camera you can afford and allow a budget for other essentials.

Spend on lenses, memory cards, extra batteries, tripod, etc. A camera with 20 megapixels will do fine for real estate photos; full frame/APS-C doesn’t really matter. A 16-35mm equivalent lens is a great place to start for most real estate photography; a longer lens like a 24-70mm is great for detail work.

— Greg Busby, BuzzHome Productions, Owner

#4 Know the Right Specs

Real estate photography entails capturing a property in the best angles, which is why it is important to be in the know when it comes to the camera specifications that will get this done right.

Read this comprehensive article created by professional photography experts about 30+ real estate photography tips if you want to learn how to properly shoot real estate.

Consider getting a camera that has a bracketed timer, so you can set your camera on a timer and it will take multiple shots to create an HDR bracket. This will reduce costs in having to buy a shutter release or relying on your phone connection to take a shot in order to prevent camera shake.

— Ben Accinelli, Ben Accinelli LLC, Real Estate Photographer/Video Marketer

On top of having a bracketed timer, exposure comp, aperture priority mode, and interchangeable lens option are qualities to look for when choosing the best camera for real estate agents.

— Lindsey Torres, Lindsey Torres Photography, Owner

Dynamic range, camera speed, and lens adaptability are the main factors in selecting the best camera for real estate photography.

The Sony line stands out front with stabilization on their mirrorless sensors, allowing the freedom to shoot sharp real estate and architectural photos without a tripod.

— Donovan DeFerraro, Aerial State Media, Owner/Photographer

Look for crisp clean images, good battery life, and easy HDR images straight from the camera.

— Jean Williams, Sunhippie Photography and Jeani Waters Creative, Owner

Apart from the right specs, it doesn’t hurt as well to take into consideration how large each file size will be.

Ultimately these file sizes will be taking a lot of your hard drive space.

— Ben Accinelli, Ben Accinelli LLC, Real Estate Photographer/Video Marketer

#5 Pick the One that Feels Right

At the end of the day, choosing the best camera for taking real estate photos is all about what feels right for you.

Just make sure you have a camera that is comfortable in your hand as well as on a tripod.

— Jean Williams, Sunhippie Photography and Jeani Waters Creative, Owner

It really doesn’t matter so much on camera specs as it does on the quality of glass and how you compose the shot and control light.

— Ben Accinelli, Ben Accinelli LLC, Real Estate Photographer/Video Marketer

And, as long as you take care of your camera, it will last forever, so anything you purchase will be an investment.

— Marcelo Martindale, Brown Bear Productions LLC, Owner
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Learn More About Real Estate Photography Equipment

To help newbie real estate photographers, realtors and homeowners select the best equipment to photograph and film real estate, we at Real Estate Bees, in conjunction with a number of leading industry experts, created comprehensive consumer guides for various real estate photography equipment and accessories: