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You are hereHome > Articles > Best Digital Cameras For Real Estate Interior Shots

Best Digital Cameras For Real Estate Interior Shots

Taking interior shots of houses and commercial buildings for real estate purposes poses a number of challenges:

  1. Most consumer digital cameras have a lens with focal lengths starting at 35mm, which does not cover a wide enough angle to show off an interior properly;
  2. The interior may not be lighted well enough.

These two challenges can be addressed a number of ways, e.g.:

  1. Take a number of panoramic shots and later stitch them together;
  2. Set up professional studio lights.

The above solutions are not very practical for the majority of real estate sales agents and interior designers who need an easier and less time consuming alternative.

 

Fortunately, there are alternatives:

  1. Purchase a digital camera that comes with a wide-angle lens as standard (at least 28mm) or that accepts an optional wide-angle converter (be aware that converters may cut off your viewfinder view, in which case use the LCD monitor to compose your shot);
  2. Ensure the digital camera also accepts a powerful external flash which provides the full wide-angle coverage.

The following non-DSLR digital cameras and accessories are presented for your consideration as a starting point for further research. Of course, purchasing a DSLR and the appropriate wide-angle lens is now an affordable option. As usual, do your own research and try them out at a store (try for a similar indoors situation) before you purchase. In alphabetical order of manufacturer:


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D

 


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Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D

15.1 megapixels
18-55mm (28.8-88mm equiv.) 3x optical zoom and Max. Aperture F3.5 with IS Kit Lens
Accepts optional external flash units
Optical Viewfinder
DSLR with interchangeable lens
HD Video
more...

128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm /
5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 in.

Approx. 480g / 16.9 oz. camera body only

 


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Canon PowerShot G10

 


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Canon PowerShot G10

14.7 megapixels
28-140mm equiv. 5x optical zoom
Max. Aperture F2.8
Accepts optional external flash units
Optical Viewfinder
more...

109.1 x 77.7 x 45.9mm /
4.30 x 3.06 x 1.81 in.

Approx. 350g / 12.3 oz. camera body only

 


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

10.0 megapixels
28-560mm equiv. 20x optical zoom
Max. Aperture F2.8
Accepts optional external flash units
more...

127.5 x 88.3 x 87.7mm /
5.02 x 3.48 x 3.45 in.

Approx.585g / 20.6 oz. camera body only

 


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

 


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Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

12.0 megapixels
28-140mm equiv. 5.0x optical zoom
Max. Aperture F3.3
Low Light capability
more...

97.7 x 58.9 x 23.4 mm /
3.8 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.

Approx.175g / 6.2 oz. camera body only

 


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Fujifilm FinePix S100fs

 


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Fujifilm FinePix S100fs IS

8.0 megapixels
28-400mm equiv. 14.3x optical zoom
Max. Aperture F2.8
Accepts optional external flash units
Accepts filters
more...

133.4 ×93.6 ×150.4 mm /
5.3 × 3.7 × 5.9 in.

Approx.918g / 32.4 oz. camera body only

 

Leica M8 Digital


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Leica M8 Digital

10.3 megapixels
Interchangeable wide-angle lenses available
Optical Rangefinder Viewfinder
Accepts optional external flash units
more...

139 x 80 x 37 mm

545 g

 


View the QuicFact Sheet for the Nikon D5000

 


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Nikon D5000

12.3 megapixels
18-55mm (27-82.5mm equiv.) 3x optical zoom and Max. Aperture F3.5 with VR Kit Lens
Accepts optional external flash units
Optical Viewfinder
DSLR with interchangeable lens
Vari-angle LCD
HD Video
more...

127 x 104 x 80 mm /
5.0 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.

Approx. 560 g (1 lb. 4 oz.) without battery, memory card, or body cap

 


View the QuicFact Sheet for the Olympus E-620

 


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Olympus E-620

12.3 megapixels
14-42mm (21-63mm equiv.) 3x optical zoom and Max. Aperture F3.5 with Kit Lens
Accepts optional external flash units
Optical Viewfinder
DSLR with interchangeable lens
Swivel LCD
more...

130 x 94.0 x 60 mm /
5.11 x 3.70 x 2.36 in.

Approx. 475g / 1.04 lbs without battery, memory card, or body cap

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

12.1 megapixels
14-140mm (28-280mm equiv.) 10x optical zoom and Max. Aperture F4.0 with Kit Lens
Accepts optional external flash units
Optical Viewfinder
DSLR with interchangeable lens
Free-angle LCD
HD Video
more...

124 x 89.6 x 45.2 mm /
4.88 x 3.29 x 1.78 in

Approx. 385g / 13.58 oz (Body only)

 

Other digital cameras you may want to consider but that do not accept optional wide-angle lenses or external flash: Canon PowerShot SX200 IS (28-336mm equiv.), Canon PowerShot SD960 IS (28-112mm equiv.), Nikon Coolpix P90 (26-624mm equiv.), Nikon Coolpix S620 (28-112mm equiv.), Olympus SP-590UZ (26-676mm equiv.), Panasonic Lumic DMC-ZS3 (25-300mm equiv.), Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 (25-300mm equiv.), Olympus Stylus 9000 (28-280mm equiv.).

DSLR prices have gone down quite a bit but remember that a good wide-angle lens can sometimes cost as much -- or even more -- than your DSLR! But if you can afford it, a DSLR paired with an appropriate wide-angle lens is the way to go.

Are your indoors shots coming out underexposed (too dark)? One reason might be that it's just too dark and your digital camera cannot handle it (i.e. missing the ability to use slower shutter speed, faster lens, larger aperture, higher ISOs, more powerful flash). Also remember that if a bright light source (such as a window or patio door) is included in the picture, be sure to expose for the interior not the bright light source [point the center of the camera to a dark area, half-press shutter release button to lock the exposure, recompose, and take the picture].

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