Camera for a real estate appraiser
Pocket size preferred. I usually wear it around my neck while I'm walking around doing a building inspection.
The camera MUST have a strap hole.
How many megapixels will suffice for you? 2M-3M.
All my pictures are roughly 4x6's
* What optical zoom will you need?
Standard is fine 3x-4x
* How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10)
Do you care for manual controls?
Only to turn the flash off on occassion.
For example, I may have to take a picture through a glass plate
window at an empty room.
Settings for dark rooms are also helpful
* What will you generally use the camera for?
I photo commercial real estate, inside and outside.
I also drive by comparable sales and shoot them from say,
across the street. I need a camera that turns and
off fairly quickly before that truck approaches and blocks my shot.
* Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos?
Yes, as already commented.
Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
Occassionally I shoot pictures of my family with it,
but that's about it.
I have a 1GB Compact Flash card.
I want a camera where I can use it.
Are there particular brands you like or hate?
Are there particular models you already have in mind?
(If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD)
I would like a camera that can use AA's in a pinch.
When I'm "in the middle of nowhere", I don't want to find
a camera shop for a special type of battery. I have a bunch
Thanks for your help,
The only two cameras with wide-angle, compact flash and AA batteries are here: http://dcresource.com/reviews/camera...43&submit.y=11
I'd say wide-angle is essential for intereor photos. But this goes over your price limit.
If you're prepare to compromise on the memory card then this is a pretty good option: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....ref=25&loc=PGR
Kodak P880 wide angle camera
The Kodak P880 looks like it will fill most of your needs. The price
is in your range, and it goes wide to a 24mm (35 mm equivalent,)
which will give you about a 84 degree field of view. That should
be wide enough to photograph most rooms pretty well.
i agree that the P880 is a prime candidate
this because it has a 24mm wide lens
you could optionaly get the P20 TTL flash
perhaps there are other/cheaper kodak models that the kodak crew can inform about?
John, do you require whole room shotsor just detail shots of rooms, because that might be done easier
Pentax 110 auto SLR
Hi John! I know a real estate agent who has a Kodak P880 and he says that he really likes it. While this is not going to meet all of the requirements that you listed above, you are not going to find one that does within your price range. You would really need to think about investing more money in the camera in order to get everything that you are looking for. However the Kodak P880 does fit well into your budget and it can reach 35mm. This should cover at least 84 degrees. I have seen some of the photos of houses that he has shot and they do look good and he is able to photograph most of the rooms really well. I know that Riley suggested the optional P20 TTL flash but my friend doesn’t even have this and the pictures look great. In my opinion this really is the camera that you’re looking for.
The fact that P&S do excellent real-estate photos makes a bit of a nonsense of the posting on another forum from a real estate agent:
They wanted panorama 3D photos but they can do those just as well with 3D stitching software and a compact. Seemed to me like a load of bother for photos that weren't going to pay anything much!
Equipment needed is to be as close to this as you can get:
A Panorama Rotator head having "16 clicks" (every 22.5 degrees)
for a 360 degrees panorama.
Nikon D50 camera
Nikon 18-55mm wide angle lens
Nikon SB-600 External Flash
Tripod and Head
Canon 20d or 30d
Canon 17-70mm wide angle lens
Canon equivalent to Nikon SB600 external flash
Tripod and Head
im thinking we all read this wrong
and that John is a building inspection engineer
in which case he needs detail pics of damage or problems
in which case he requires s Fuji F30 (dark rooms)
you are quite right Rhys, some peoples ideas go way over the top
that said there is an international franchise for real estate marketing that uses dslrs and all that stuff, quicktime movies and all.
all the participants ive met are unhappy about their choice. they have to charge 3x the market price just to cut out a living
Pentax 110 auto SLR
Thanks for the help so far:
Thanks for all of your help so far.
Ocassionally I do have to do dark rooms. Sometimes, I have
to appraise buildings to be renovated. Those buildings often
don't have power and I'm walking around with a flashlight.
Dark rooms are an occassional issue.
I do have to photograph a "whole" room as much as possible.
The basic idea of an appraisal photo-tour is to give the reader a visual
tour of the property inside and out. We need to convey what is important
and raise "red flags", visually when necessary. A typical commercial
report may have 30-50 subject photographs.
I keep the photo size down a bit so the size of the report is not so huge when it is e-mailed. As it is, my final reports run 75-100+ pages and are usually 5MB to 10MB in size.
Residential appraisal reports (which I don't do), tend to have a lot
less photo's, but often convey the same needs.
I'll read the Kodak and Fuji reviews on my lunch hour.
By the way, there is a popular real estate appraiser's forum.
I'll see if they want to link this thread.
There is always the temptation to go buy another used one on E-bay.
My only grumble with my old camera (Coolpix 3100, the one that died)
is that it is so slow to "reboot". If I pause 30 seconds between
photos, which is common when I'm walking around the building, I
have to wait for the camera software to prepare to take another shot.
Id go with the F30 in that case
learn how to handle its high iso functions
you would have a pocketable, good performing camera at a reasonable price
the iso functionality of this camera really is pretty special
heres a couple of reviews
Pentax 110 auto SLR
About the Kodak P880
I often have to drive 1-2 hours from my office for an appointment.
Whatever camera I pick must use NIMH/ "AA's" in a pinch.
I can't afford to be in the middle of nowhere with the possibilities of dead
The Kodak doesn't qualify and that's one issue I cannot compromise.