What is the best digital camera to take product photos for eBay, Amazon and website sellers?

There are hundreds of camera models in a wide variety of prices from really cheap cameras that sell for under $50 up to the professional Nikon and Canon models that sell for over $2000.  There is no way to answer the question “what is the best digital camera” to everyone’s satisfaction. If I recommend a certain Canon model, someone will come along and say the Nikon Coolpix is better.  So about all I can do is recommend a few good models that will get the job done.  I have used and owned Canon, Panasonic, Nikon, Kodak and Sony cameras and the truth is that all of them worked fine except the Sony which only lasted about 4 months and just went kaput one day. But when it worked it worked really well.

I have broken my recommendations into two groups – Budget and Advanced.  I have not included expensive professional models.

Budget Cameras for eBay & Amazon Sellers

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom – $89.00

There are several later models of this same camera with more features, but this one is the best overall value at just under $90.

  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 5X optical zoom
  • 2-11/16″ LCD screen
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes and large groups


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Nikon Coolpix S3000 12 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD – $99.95

The Coolpix has some really neat features including an image stabilization function that works really well.

•    12.0 megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches

•    4x wide-angle Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens; bright 2.7-inch LCD

•    4-way VR Image Stabilization System

•    Capture 640 x 480 movies with sound at 30fps

•    EXPEED Image Processing; Smart Portrait System

Coolpix S3000 combines 12.0 effective megapixels with a 4x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for stunning prints as large as 16×20 inches. The sleek, all-metal design slips right in your pocket or purse, and the incredible, bright 2.7-inch LCD makes it easy to compose and share pictures even in bright sunlight. The Coolpix S3000, with Nikon’s EXPEED image processing concept and 4-way Image Stabilization System enables you to take incredible pictures, incredibly easy.

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Advanced Cameras for eBay & Amazon Sellers

I prefer the advanced models for two reasons.  They fit in the hand better and are easier to control and they have almost all the features of the professional models without the cost.  However, many people prefer the smaller flat compact models that fit in a shirt pocket and that is fine as these work well too.  If you don’t like my recommendations and would like to select a different camera, please read my article on Digital Camera Selection so you make sure the camera you select has the right features for product photography.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20/B 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization – $353.99

This is a great camera for product photography. The one shortcoming is the lack of a viewfinder –there is only the viewing screen.

•    10.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor

•    10x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

•    720p high-definition movie capture; BIONZ image processor

•    3.0-inch (230K pixels) LCD; Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology

•    11MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)

The Sony DSC-H20 is a full-featured point-and-shoot with outstanding high-power zoom capability and fast shutter speed. It includes Smile Shutter technology which captures smiles the moment they happen, as well as Face Detection technology to optimize focus, exposure and color for up to eight faces. Capture detailed images with 10 megapixel resolution, and get in close to the action with the 10x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens. Intelligent Scene Recognition helps you avoid failure picture, while Sony’s Double Anti-Blur solution (Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization plus High ISO) helps keep your images blur-free. The DSC-H20 completes the package with a 3.0-Inch Clear Photo LCD Plus Display that lets you easily view your images and menu options. Supplied accessories include a rechargeable battery (NP-BG1), a battery charger (BC-CSGB), a multi-connector cable, a lens cap and the CD-ROM software.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20/B 10.1 MP Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 24x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD – $469.00

I have saved the best for last.  This is my all around favorite camera. You just cannot beat it for value, features, quality and price.  This is my everyday camera and although I own 4 cameras, this is the one I pick up first.  It also does great videos.

•    14.1-megapixel resolution; 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens

•    HD movies in AVCHD Lite format; 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD

•    Intelligent Resolution technology for outstanding image clarity

•    Intelligent Auto (iA) mode; new My Color mode

•    Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40 is a feature-packed, hybrid digital camera, combining a powerful 24x optical zoom and creative manual operations to offer photographers of all levels the opportunity to take crisp, artistic photos and High Definition (HD) videos. This 14.1-megapixel model features a 25mm ultra-wide angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and a new image processing system which achieves high picture quality for both still images and videos.

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