Choosing the best camera for your ecommerce photography is important, and it can be a confusing process. There are lots of options out there, from compact point-and-shoots to huge professional rigs. The best cameras are often based on the photographer, not the camera gimbals.
Here’s what you need to look for when choosing a camera.
Some people care more about style than function, but there are some features you should consider no matter how much you value style. If you want to get into macro photography or low-light shooting, you’ll want a zoom lens.
If you’re shooting active subjects (kids playing sports or running around), you’ll want plenty of dynamic range in your camera to capture both bright and dark areas clearly. For example, if your subject is in front of a wall with a blindingly bright window behind them, it’s important that the camera capture details on both sides of that window as well as in front of it.
You also want to make sure your camera has a good quality LCD screen so you can preview your photos accurately before taking them. It’s also wise to shoot in manual mode so that you have control over everything from white balance to the shutter speed.
Do you have a camera but no idea where to begin? If money is tight, buying a camera can seem like a daunting prospect. But there are many options and you don’t have to get the best camera in the world to capture beautiful photos.
A point-and-shoot camera is the least expensive and most accessible option if you’re just starting out. That said, most point-and-shoots are pretty dull and it’s easy to miss the subtle differences between models.
The same goes for mirrorless cameras: they’re compact, but you can get more bang for your buck by stepping up to an interchangeable lens model. While the difference in quality between a $500 dSLR and an entry-level mirrorless may not be immediately apparent, the extra flexibility of interchangeable lenses can save you serious money in the long run.
DSLR cameras are also great for photojournalism or other types of photography where you’ll be documenting details. If you’re shooting landscapes or portraits, however, consider going mirrorless instead since it’s easier to shoot handheld with a smaller body.