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Best Camera for Real Estate Photos on a Budget

September 9th, 2007 · No Comments

nikon d40

The Nikon D40 is the best bargain camera for taking real estate photos all at a mere $500. The D40x costs $250 more and you don’t get a lot more for it. I’ve read numerous technology recommendations from Realtor magazines that suggest a nice compact camera but the truth is none of these so called compact cameras go wide enough for real estate purposes and the flashes are useless on the compact cameras. Use a compact camera and all you get is a picture of a bed instead of the whole room. Use a compact camera and all you get is a picture of a couch. Wider is better in real estate photography. This why I recommend the Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm lens and the good news is that your pictures won’t be just a bed or a couch. The 18-55mm lens that comes with this camera gives really sharp photos but if you want to go even wider than get the Nikon 12-24mm DX lens for another $900. I think its worth the money because wider is better. The Nikon D40 gives you a lot of bang for the buck. You can set a manual white balance for those weird lighting situations you find when shooting interior photos with a gray card or Expodisc and you can shoot in RAW format so you can adjust the white balance afterwards. You get a really bright and accurate 2.5″ LCD screen, auto ISO, an on camera remote trigger for your external flash, and its really light and portable. I keep my Nikon on auto ISO (camera chooses the optimal ISO) and P mode (camera chooses the optimal aperture & shutter speed) 90% of the time. The only flash that works with the external trigger on this camera is the SU-800. As with most digital cameras the D40 tends to overexpose, so your pictures will tend to give priority to shadows vs highlights. All you have to do is to keep the exposure compensation at -.7 and problem solved. This camera is pretty much the easiest DSLR camera to use and built for beginners like many real estate practitioners. If you want to take great real estate photos without breaking the bank, then get the Nikon D40. I bought the Nikon D80 6 months before the D40 came out and I would have just bought this one if it was available at the time and saved a lot of money. Its easy to use, offers a wide angle, and give you a lot of useful features. To read more about the D40, you can check out the Ken Rockwell D40 Review or the dpreview. You can also get D40 user guide for dummies at the Ken Rockwell D40 User Guide.

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