questionswhat is the best camera for indoor shots…


Have you tried using a flash or do you just use the available lighting? Seems like the flash would improve your pictures. The cameras may also have an adjustment for various forms of lighting. Most cameras do. Good Luck!


I currently have a Panasonic DMC ZS3, which I like very much. It has choices for things like indoor shooting. It was actually chosen from my asking a question here about what camera I should get. I'm sure they make even fancier ones now.

Fluorescent lighting is really tough, too. I usually find that the flash will distort the color of things I'm trying to shoot. I take a couple with the flash, and then a couple without. It is also very important to choose the background. I have two cloths, one white, one flat black, that I use to put things against.

Good luck with this. I hope there are more answers, but you asked at a tough time (late at night on a Sunday). I also note that you asked another question (the one about healthcare). I suggest that you wait for answers on this one, which you probably care about, rather than asking more questions. When someone starts asking multiple questions, they may get downvotes just for that reason.

Good luck again on the camera choices. :-)


What are you finding unsatisfactory? It's hard to suggest a camera that will correct the failing if we don't know what it is. The odds are good that the shortcoming is in the lighting, not the camera.


It kind of depends on what kind of inventory you are shooting but most people will use a lighting kit like this one for more professional shots if they are shooting smaller items. I can't suggest which one to buy but that is an example of the general idea and you can find kits for larger items as well.

As for cameras, that depends entirely on your budget and how good you need your shots to be. You could easily drop $2000-5000 on a really good camera with a great lens. I just use a Canon t3i and the kit lens that comes with it or the 40mm "pancake" lens but I'm not a professional photographer. It would be more than good enough for basic shots and I also use it as my personal camera outside of work. When I got it there was a big rebate and with the additional lens it was around $650 refurbished.


Find your camera's manual and look up how to change the "white balance" - in using these settings, you can compensate for different types of lighting. Try that before buying a new camera.


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The best compromise would be in the Nikon Coolpix range. You can get by for under $200 if you also buy a cheap full-size tripod. If you're getting poor results with that, it's probably all in the lighting.

Don't use the on-camera flash. Buy a lighting kit or buy/make a lightbox - depending on how large your products are. Cameras need a LOT of light, but cheap on-camera flash is too close and too harsh (and from the wrong angle). With the right lightbox, you can get away with using sunlight.

Learn how to use the manual white balance on the camera, or plan to edit your pictures on the computer to adjust the color.


@moondrake: mostly exposure problems. I build custom PCs and the cases, more often than not, are a black with a varying degree of shine to it, making the use of a flash difficult. I have fiddled with the automatic scene settings to little avail. I may just have to set something up outside the store and see if natural light fixes the problem.


@omnichad: I have a tripod, but I'll give a different light source a shot like you suggest. The on camera flash, as you mentioned just reflects off what I'm shooting. I just acquired a Canon EOS Rebel T3i to take shots of my newborn and will give it a go for inventory as well. The built in flash, even on a DSLR, is just as bad I've noticed and I'm wondering if a Speedlite would be the way to go.


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Fluorescent lighting is odd and many digital cameras can't cope with it well with their automatic adjustments.

I see you have the Canon Rebel T3i so you're good. With it you can set a specific white balance or even a special custom white balance. There are two general types of fluorescents, "cool" or "warm", so try every white balance setting in your camera, all 5 settings, not just the one "fluorescent" setting alone, until you find the setting that works best for you in the lighting you have. I mean take 5 pictures, one with each setting, and view them the way you will use them on the web, put all 5 on a test web page and view in your browser.

The instructions for setting the white balance are on page 117 of the printed manual. You can even set a specific custom white balance which could work better, and the instructions to do that are right there too.

Don't forget to set back to auto white balance - AWB - for normal or flash shooting, or your normal pictures will have bad colors.


Honestly, the T3i is all the camera you need.

As others have said, set the white balance to Florescent and you'll be halfway there.

I would also strongly suggest you get Photoshop Elements. It's a very easy version of photoshop.

Set your camera to shoot RAW format instead of jpeg. It allows for a LOT more adjustments.

Open the picture in elements and the first thing you see is an auto-adjust option for white balance. That will instantly make your picture look perfect. It's a beautiful thing :)

Note that all these options to adjust, such as auto white balance, are only available when shooting in RAW format.


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