What Kind of Camera do you use?

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty

What kind of camera do you use?  My last camera, a Kodak EasyShare V705, is broken.  It is over 1 year old and a discontinued model, so it would take about $150 to fix it.  I am strongly considering buying a new camera and would like to know how much your camera cost and the pros and cons of the camera.  Also, a wide angle lens would be a plus.  The EasyShare camera that I was using claims to be a ultra-wide angle lens, and now I am spoiled.  Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

Believe it or not I use my Blackberry smart phone camera now.  It takes amazing pictures.  No need to carry a phone and a camera.

Nov 23, 2009 03:13 AM #1
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

Hi Liz! Funny you should ask. I just wrote a post last week about the things to look for in a new camera. Have a read, if you like.

Canon has just come out with two new cameras that have both been highly rated, and I think would work well (short of going into the DSLR category). They are both around the $500 mark, give or take. Check out the S90 and G11 models. The Panasonic Lumix LX3 is also highly rated and loved by its users. These are all higher end cameras, but hey, if you want good pictures!

Nov 23, 2009 03:15 AM #2
Richard T. Dolbeare
KW Island Living - Lihue, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Hi Liz,

For real estate, an ultra-wide angle lens is essential.  For that reason, I purchased a Canon Rebel XT and bought their 10-22mm wide angle lens separately.  I don't know of another brand offering a similar lens.  That extra lens itself cost $900 but it turns a photo of a living room wall into a photo of the entire room.  Add the Canon hot shoe flash (also pricey) and you have a professional-grade setup.

Nov 23, 2009 03:21 AM #3
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy there Liz

I use two cameras at the inspections that I do. My main one is a Canon EOS 50D, I've got 8 lens that I use with it.

And I have a Nikon Coolpix S630, 12 Megapixels, 7x zoom, with a 2.7 inch LCD, it also able to do Vibration Reduction. I picked up the Nikon to use in attics and crawl spaces.

This photo was taken with my Nikon.


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Nov 23, 2009 12:43 PM #4
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Liz - I think digital cameras, like everything else in today's world, have planned obsolescence built into them, so all I do when I need a new camera is go out and buy the least expensive one, which usually means Wal-Mart. Least expensive in today's world doesn't necessarily mean that it's a poor camera. My current camera for home inspections is a General Electric, but I still have Kodak, Canon, and HP cameras as backups, leftover from the days when my home inspection was a nine-inspector company and everyone needed a camera.

My only recommendation along with getting a wide angle lens is to make sure that you get an optical zoom/wide angle lens rather than digital. The digital zome/wide angle give you much poorer resolution. The mechanics of the optical zoom/wide angle means that you will pay a little more for the camera versus the same digital zoom/wide angle, but it's a difference of ten or twenty dollars, well worth the better resolution.

Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

Nov 25, 2009 11:59 AM #5
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