Best Camera for Product Photography to Get Your Shot Off the Ground

By on October 22, 2012 — Updated on October 16, 2012

It is common for photographer to search for the best camera for product photography, and whenever I am asked about this, here is my answer:

It depends upon (1.) the product that you are going to shoot, (2.) the quality of photo you wanted to achieve (2.) your budget and (3.) your skill and technical know-how.

The Nikon D700 may be the best camera for product photography but if your budget is not enough for it, you can’t have it. The Canon EOS 7D might be the best camera for product photography but if your skill and technical know-how is mediocre, you can’t achieve the best expected photo.

The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3X are the monster of Canon and Nikon respectively, and if I have to suggest the best camera for product photography, I would mention any one of them. But unfortunately, even I don’t poses any of them because of the cost.

Instead of telling you what is the best camera for product photography, let me give some points to consider when buying a camera for product photography.

  1. Don’t buy neither compact camera nor mirrorless camera. Buy DSLR instead. DSLR will allow you to change many types of lenses for different types of product you wanted to shoot
  2. Buy either Canon or Nikon camera.  Aside from these two brands, you buy at your own risk. You may visit and to check the range of cameras – from entry-level to professional – to choose from.
  3. Don’t listen to salespeople. Read reviews on the web instead. The target of salespeople are to sell the product so they will tell all the good things about the item, but in a review, you will find both negative and positive feature of the product. When you read reviews online, don’t forget to check the date when the article was published – make sure that it is newly published.
  4. Buy  Canon EOS Rebel T3i or Nikon D5100. This is suggested for retailers. These two models are entry-level cameras and are good for general and daily use. The prices are also reasonable. These mentioned cameras have series models; make sure to buy the latest one – in case you’re reading this post a year or two after it is published.
  5. Check the camera package. If you are planning to buy camera for general use, make sure that the lens of in the package  is the standard lens which is usually 18-55mm for Canon and Nikon or 14-45mm fro Olympus. You can also get free accessories in a package like extra battery, bigger memory card capacity, camera cleaning kit, LCD screen protector, camera bag, tripod, filter and other stuff if you spotted a promotion. Take advantage of it.

Thank you for reading. Godspeed!

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  1. Hristo

    July 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    How about Nikon D7100. It just came out and it seems to be a very good camera for pretty much everything. The price is also good for what the camera offers.
    There are also some very good mirrorless cameras that came out lately that might be worth looking at too. I know they were not very popular in the past but they are getting up to speed lately. Like Olympus OM-D E-M5 for example, after all it won the 2012 camera of the year award at dp review.
    Best, Hristo.

    • Jyppe A. Quidores

      July 11, 2013 at 1:18 am

      As far as I know the Nikon D7100 is just announce this year. I have no much idea about this new model.

      Personally, I am not very interested about mirrorless in terms of retail business use like to shoot the products, document events and other photography related activities. Maybe for other purposes like travel and parties, that type of camera is okay.
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      • Hristo

        July 11, 2013 at 5:05 am

        Yes, D7100 came out this year and it is not a full frame camera, but it is definitely very close, with very good pro autofocus system and excellent image quality. And it has double the pixel count of the D700. I think it is definitely worth looking into if one can not afford a full frame camera.
        About the mirror-less, you are probably right, I am not there yet my self, but others might be interested, that’s why I mentioned it. I have a friend that has the Olympus and he is very happy with it.
        Thanks for the good post by the way and all the best.
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  2. Craig

    February 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    If you are looking for the perfect picture then Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3X is the best solution.

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