If real estate photography amounts to 90% of your picture taking, I suggest you look for a camera with a wide angle lens, don't worry about extreme zoom capability or too many megapixels..
Personally I have a Panasonic LX2 which suits me fine. It starts at 28mm, lets me choose 3 image ratios: 2/3, 3/4 and 16/9 and has a very good lens.If you can find a secondhand LX1 for a decent price, grab it...
You know, I did actually see a review of that, and it specifically mentioned being ideal for real estate photography.....so I immediately started googling it, and saw basically one thing that concerned me-something about sometimes it has "noise" and/or "artifacts" that show up in an image.....but I take it from your apparent satisfaction with the camera, that you haven't experienced that phenomenon?.
Also-sorry to be so uneducated on this topic, but I don't really completely understand the few specification type things you mentioned in regards to the Panasonic. So I'll just ask right out-will this camera give me the ability to upload the image on a pretty small scale, so that uploading them to the internet or sending them through email isn't a problem?.
Also, I do on occasion need to do some cropping-will I lose any resolution or sharpness in doing so on the Panasonic's images?.
Again-really sorry to hound you, but I do also use my camera to take regular old family snapshots-how does it do in that capacity?.
Thanks so much for your help!!..
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As a real estate broker for 20+ years and a person who has become passionate about good photos of my listings let me give you my thoughts. If you are going with a P&S, I've been impressed with the Lumix cameras. I'm currently using a Nikon 5400. 28mm is a minimum, but really isn't wide enough to do the job right. Kodak makes a V705 with a 23mm lens, but I haven't been impressed with the output quality. Honestly, I plan to purchase a DSLR as soon as I can justify the purchase with my wife .
Unless you go with a full frame like the Canon 5D or Nikon D3, a 10-22mm lense will work well for interiors and probably most exteriors, but I'd like to have a fairly normal lens available for exteriors..
In the long run, you will be happier with a budget DSLR with the right lens over any P&S you can purchase unless you need to carry it in your pocket.Lee Jinks..
Thanks so much-I really appreciate that perspective. I will definitely look into the models you mentioned before buying anything. Turns out that this is a very opportune time to be able to shop around-new listings are very low, due to the holidays coming up. I like that you're a realtor, because personally this whole field is new to me. I just happened to sell my house and buy a new one at the beginning of this year. Having looked at probably 100's of online listings, and attending dozens of open houses, I apparently just developed a feel for what works.
When the other realtors in her office saw what I had done, they began calling and asking me to both stage and photograph homes for them. It has all happened so quickly. I have spent lots of time studying and researching the staging side of things, developing my own materials, etc. But as far as the photography part, I've just been sort of winging it-and still my pictures are far better than what most realtors here are posting! (I hope that doesn't sound insulting-I don't mean it to be.).
Anyway, as demand for my services has increased, I've decided I need to tend to the photography aspect to the best of my ability as well! So, thanks again for your help, and if you think of anything else, I'd welcome your thoughts on any of the above subjects...!..