DSLR vs Mirrorless Cameras for Real Estate Photography

DSLR cameras have been the golden standard for professional real estate photographers for the last couple of decades and they continue to be a superior camera that provides enormous flexibility with a variety of lenses, flash units and other accessories.

The advantages of mirrorless cameras for real estate and interior photography are that they provide a similar functionality to a DLSR (with auto and manual controls), but are more compact and lighter in weight due to their smaller body, fewer moving parts and no optical viewfinder.

Mirrorless cameras currently have less accessories and lenses available, however as these cameras become more mainstream, the number of lenses and flash units available should increase and they will be a stronger competitor to the DSLR camera for real estate photographers.

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The fact that they have a live-view LCD screen and an electronic view-finder (EVF), means that the battery consumption is greater than a DLSR camera which gives you the option of using the live view LCD screen or the optical view finder.

Expect to pay between $400-$1,00USD for a low to a mid-range DSLR camera body and slightly less for a mirrorless camera that includes a lens kit.

The Sony Alpha 9 full-frame mirrorless camera

In summary, both DLSR and mirrorless cameras are perfect for real estate photography if you have the required flash unit and lenses.

Note: This article is an extract from the resources on the Education page on this website.

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