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Best Camera for Product Photography

With the rise of sites like Etsy and Ebay, product photography has become much more widespread—but it is also often not very well understood. Product photography needs to represent an item in the best way possible, a way that sells, and that's no easy task. Armed with a handful of product photography tips, it is possibly to take DIY product photos. But, what are the best cameras for product photography?

Ideally, it's best to pick up a DSLR or mirrorless camera. These types of cameras have higher resolution, but more importantly, the ability to control your camera settings manually. If you're shooting product photos for a big magazine, you'll want a full frame, $1,000+ kit, but to take product images for a website, a beginner's model (around $500 or less) is usually plenty.

If your budget is more limited, or you don't take product photos very often, a sub-$300 compact camera can still get the job done. Look for an advanced compact in order to keep the flexibility of manual modes over the most basic models that only shoot with auto and scene modes.

Beyond just the camera type, the best cameras for product photography will have a large sensor for the best resolution and quality. The ability to shoot RAW files is also a positive. A good macro mode comes in handy if you take pictures of small products like jewelry.

While it's always a good idea to pick up a well-rounded camera that can be used for a variety of different shots, other features aren't as important for product photography. Since product images are typically shot with a tripod of a still object, a fast shutter speed and good image stabilization isn't necessary. Most product images are shot with a mid-range aperture like f/8 to keep the entire subject in focus, so while a camera with a f/1.8 maximum aperture is nice, it's not a must either.

Considering all these factors, here are the best cameras for product photography on the market right now.

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Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon's latest consumer DSLR updates have been mediocre attempts at bringing older high-end features to the more budget friendly line, but the new Canon EOS Rebel T7i uses a new sensor, updated dual pixel autofocus and the company's latest...

Grade: A- Price: $849.00

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Pentax K-3 II

While Nikon and Canon are the most popular DSLR manufacturers, Ricoh/Pentax shouldn't be overlooked--they're continuing to prove their worth with the introduction of the Pentax K-3 II, a high-end APS-C DSLR that offers improved autofocus s...

Grade: A Price: $845.00

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Nikon D7200

If the ultimate test of a good camera is low light performance, the Nikon D7200 is set up as an easy winner. The D7000 line has always been a solid DSLR, Nikon's 2015 enthusiast camera takes the fully featured D7100 and enhances the sensor eve...

Grade: A Price: $997.00

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Olympus PEN E-PL7

We enjoyed reviewing the Olympus E-PL5 and gave it high marks for image quality--its replacement keeps a lot of the solid interior while giving the exterior a much welcomed makeover. The Olympus PEN E-PL7 includes advanced features like interchang...

Grade: A- Price: $570.00

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Sony Alpha a5000

Sony's smallest interchangeable lens camera yet (at it's introduction in January 2014), the a5000 features a large APS-C size sensor in a body that weighs less than eight ounces. Sony is claiming the small shooter has features, including a...

Grade: B+ Price: $498.00

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Nikon COOLPIX P340

The advanced compact market has long been defined by the Sony RX-100, but $600+ for a compact camera is a little bit much to ask for some consumers, considering the price of an entry-level DSLR. That's where this little sub-category of budget ...

Grade: B+ Price: $380.00

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Nikon D3300

Nikon's entry level DSLRs have always been an excellent option for beginners—My first DSLR was actually the D3000, back in 2009. The D3300 is Nikon's latest addition to the line and has proven to be a solid shooter for novices.But al...

Grade: A- Price: $447.00

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Fujifilm XQ1

The popular Fujifilm X line now has a compact camera, putting the company's popular X-Trans sensors in a pocket-sized shooter. The Fujifilm XQ1 is certainly an advanced compact with manual modes, RAW shooting, a 2/3” CMOS sensor with no ...

Grade: B Price: $430.00

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Sony A3000

Sony's latest DSLR is a compact compromise between the size of a mirrorless and the power of a DSLR. The A3000 uses the same lenses as their mirrorless line, allowing for a much more compact system overall, yet has an APS-C sized sensor. Despi...

Grade: A- Price: $346.00

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Fujifilm X-M1

Classic. Compact. Simple. There's a lot of great words to describe Fujifilm's X-M1—and very few bad ones. Fujifilm has really hit the mark with their 2013 classically styled mirrorless in two big ways—one, with the filterless A...

Grade: B+ Price: $900.00

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Pentax K-50

Pentax may be considered the underdog compared to DSLR giants like Nikon and Canon, but the weather-sealed, colorful 2013 release, the K-50, isn't a model to gloss over. Sitting pretty at about $780 MSRP, the K-50 has a feature set and capabil...

Grade: A Price: $480.00

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Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Advertised as the smallest DSLR on the market, the Canon EOD Rebel SL1 has received positive initial reviews. The SL1 has the same sensor and processor as the popular but larger T5i, however it's 4 fps burst speed is slightly slower than the T...

Grade: B- Price: $549.00

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Pentax MX-1

Pentax's new MX-1 brings a retro styling to the small yet sophisticated advanced compact category. Introduced in February 2013, the MX-1 has the undeniable look and feel of a classic camera with a full neck strap, brass trim, textured grip and...

Grade: B- Price: $400.00