Best cameras for portrait photography

By Afrah Khan | Published on 24 Jul 2020
Best cameras for portrait photography

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Portrait photography is one of the most sought-after professions (and hobbies) in today’s time and if you are hoping to start your career in this field or even get better at it, then having the right camera can help you in the long run. Thus, investing in the right DSLR is a great idea. With so many variants, brands and models in the market, choosing the right product might be confusing for new photographers. To help you out, here are some of the best options that are loaded with all the features needed for capturing the best portraits of all your subjects, both indoors and outdoors. Note that these products have been curated based on their availability on Amazon, they have also been selected based on their listed features.

Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera

The Japanese multinational giant rules the market when it comes to designing high-quality cameras, which is why many professional and beginner-level photographers tend to start their search by reading about this brand. Based on Nikon’s reputation, you can expect this camera to work well. The Nikon Z7 has a full-frame mirrorless system and is equipped with a 45.7MP BSI-CMOS sensor with on-sensor phase detection. It also boasts of 493 PDAF points that ensure 90% horizontal and vertical coverage of the frame and an ISO range of 64-25,600 that can be expanded up to 1,02,400. It also supports up to 9fps shooting. With advanced features like an OLED top plate display, UHS 4K capture and its compatibility with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and PC-transfer, this camera can be your ultimate tool to capture every portrait in its true essence!.

Sony ILCE-9

Sony has been a game-changer when it comes to coming up with innovative products and this camera by Sony should be a good product for beginners and professionals alike. Its 24.2 MP, three-full-frame image sensor temporarily stores large volumes of data in the internal memory and hence delivers a readout speed that’s claimed to be 20x faster. The unique combination of the CMOS sensor and the enhanced BIONZ X image-processing engine delivers 20fps continuous shooting for as long as 362 shots. Its image stabilisation system should minimise blurring caused due to handheld shooting. The two media slots provide ample storage for those long photoshoots. You can also share data through one-touch remote sharing or via Wi-Fi and NFC. The shutter speed goes up to 1/32000 seconds, which is quite fast for mechanical systems, thus making it even more efficient than most cameras in this price range.

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm is known for creating sturdy and super-functional cameras but this one’s different from many of its products as it is not only sturdy and feature-packed but also has a sleek and stylish design. Its unique combination of APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor, X-Processor 4 and the 4K/60p video feature should help in making the most out of every picture and portrait.  It has a three-axis tilting touchscreen, 3.69M-dot electronic viewfinder and 30fps shooting in 1.25x crop which should help in clicking rich, colourful and detailed portraits.

Panasonic Lumix G DC-G95

The Panasonic Lumix G DC-G95 is slated to click great pictures with a lot of detail due to its unique feature set including a 20.3MP MOS sensor, 5-axis 5-stop dual image stabilisation, 120fps high-speed video, 3-inch LCD display and 5x optical zoom with a minimum focal length of 12 millimetres. The 746g DSLR has a self-timer mode, a 9 fps shooting mode with AF-S and six fps with AF-C, which should help you shoot lovely portraits of your subjects even in burst mode. The self-timer feature can make it a handy option for those who want to create stunning self-portraits.

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