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Best camera for portrait photography

Updated on August 1, 2013

If you are looking for the best camera for portrait photography you have found the ideal article. This lens focuses solely on the best cameras for portrait photography, as well as associated lenses and other bits and pieces. Digital cameras are expensive and you don't want to waste your hard earned money, right? So, if you have a passion for capturing portraits and want the best camera to do so make sure you carry on reading.

When buying the best camera for portrait photography there are a couple things you need to remember;

  1. When photographing people, or pets for that matter, image quality is the key feature. As a result the best camera for portrait photography will have a high number of pixels. he higher the number of pixels the better.
  2. When taking portraits you will pose your model, i.e. they will effectively be standing still, therefore a digital camera with a high burst rate is not necessary. When buying a camera for portrait photography focus on the amount of pixels as opposed to the burst rate.

Many photographers argue the digital slr camera is the best camera for portrait photography, and I have to admit that I am inclined to agree. Digital slr cameras are jam packed full of features and give you ultimate control over the exposure, which is essential when capturing portrait shots.

There are many different brands and models of digital slr cameras, and as you have already guessed some are better for portrait photography than others. Take a look at the digital slr cameras below for the best camera for portrait photography.

Best camera for portrait photography - Canon digital slr cameras

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full Frame DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full Frame DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)

The awesome full frame Canon 5d and withthe release of the 5d mark III there are plenty of bargains to be had.

 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)

The current model 5d. If you want the newest technology, and don't mind paying for it, this is a great model.

 
Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Lens
Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Lens

A crop sensor digital slr camera that has exceptionall image quality.

 

Best camera for portrait photography - Nikon digital slr cameras

Nikon D800E 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon D800E 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)

The excellent full frame Nikon D800 for the best image quality.

 
Nikon D4 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon D4 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)

The flagship Nikon D4. It may only have 16.2MP but the image quality of this camera is something else.

 

The best camera for portrait photography - Alternatives to the digital slr

If you don't want the size and bulk of a digital slr camera a mirrorless camera, or micro four thirds is a good alternative. These cameras are also great for capturing portraits. For the best mirrorless and micro four thirds cameras for capturing portraits check out the cameras below;

Top rated portrait lenses for your camera

If you want to capture the best portraits you need to remember to use a decent portrait lens. A good portrait lens will help you get the most out of your camera and take your portrait images to the next level. The best portrait lenses are prime lenses, have a wide maximum aperture and are fast. Lenses with a focal length of 50mm- 100mm are the best for portrait photography, so lenses with these focal lengths are the best ones to buy. For the top portrait lenses check out the following:

Top Canon portrait photography lenses

If you shoot a Canon digital slr camera there are some very good portrait lenses available that will help you take your portrait images to the next level. The best portrait lenses include;

Canon 50mm 1.4CHECK PRICE

Canon 85mm 1.4CHECK PRICE

Canon 100mm 2.8CHECK PRICE


Top Nikon portrait photography lenses

If you shoot a Nikon digital slr camera there are some great Nikon branded portrait lenses that are simply superb, and the best ones include;

Nikon 50mm 1.4CHECK PRICE

Nikon 85mm 1.4CHECK PRICE

Nikon 105mm 2.8CHECK

Top Sigma portrait photography lenses

Canon and Nikon branded porrait lenses are expensive but there is a cheaper alternative, and these are Sigma branded lenses. Sigma lenses are very good quality and are tough, durable and built to last. The image quality of Sigma lenses is also very good and they are capable of capuring some awesome images.

Sigma make portrait lenses for both Canon and Nikon digital slr cameras so it doesn't matter what brand you use, there will be a Sigma lens that will work.

Check out the products below for the best Sigma portrait lenses.

Sigma 50mm 1.4CHECK PRICE

Sigma 85mm 1.4CHECK PRICE

Nikon 105mm 2.8CHECK PRICE


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