While there is technically no such thing as an “HDR Camera”, there are certain cameras that are better than others for this process. I have my recommendations below! I am most familiar with Nikon cameras, although these do have comparable versions in the Canon line of products.
For more information about my post-processing “process”, please check out my Free HDR Tutorial. It is a completely free step-by-step guide to HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.
Good Camera: Panasonic Lumix GX1
Priced at about $499, this Panasonic camera is highly recommended if your budget is keeping you at around the $500 level.
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If budget is not a concern, I suggest you jump down to the “Better” or “Best” recommendations. However, if budget is your principle concern, then no worries! This Panasonic will serve you well! It has a 16 megapixel sensor and is based on something called the “Micro Four Thirds” standard. This means that there many different lenses you can attach to this camera, which is something you can add over time. If you’re just getting started, there is no need to worry about lenses, since it comes with a servicable 14-42mm lens that will allow wide-angle shots and a little bit of zoom. It also has a slick 3″ touch enabled LCD screen.
Starting around $1,300 which includes an 18-55mm lens.
See my full Sony NEX-7 Review. In short, this is really a great camera. I carry it! It is compact and powerful. It can be used it almost any photographic situation and is one of the best models available in this class. I use it to take photos of everything, from kids to landscapes to architecture to objects. This tiny 24 megapixel beast has a thousand other features that those clever Japenese crammed inside… see the full Sony NEX-7 Review for more information and sample photos.
Best DSLR Camera
Starting at $3,000 for the camera body.
See my full Nikon D800 Review. This is currently my main camera. I also carry the Sony NEX-7 above as a second camera to get quick shots here and there. But this Nikon D800 is a bigger, traditional DSLR camera. It shoots a massive 36 megapixels and has all the professional-level features associated with high-end DSLRs. For me, I prefer this over the Nikon D4 which is almost twice as expensive. You can see many sample photos and read more in my full Nikon D800 Review.
First Three Lenses
If you are just getting started and want recommendations on your first three lenses, here they are. Note that, often times, your camera may come with a “kit lens”. That lens is usually pretty versatile and can get you a long way. But there are many lenses that are better for more specialized situations.
- Nikon 14-24 Review – A great wide-angle lens for landscapes and architecture
- Nikon 28-300 Review – Perfect walk-around lens mid-range stuff like landscapes, birthdays, sports, etc.
- Nikon 50mm Review – Ideal for cute children, family and close-up objects where you like a blurry background
I only write reviews for lenses that I use and recommend. Here is a complete list of my camera lens reviews.
More Reviews and recommendations
I have many other reviews and recommendations you may find helpful!
- Photo Editing Software Reviews – reviews of five must-have software packages along with many others
- Camera Equipment Recommendations – a look at what’s in my photo bag
- Other Reviews – various other software and hardware reviews
Any questions about the nature of these reviews? Please visit my Ethics Statement. It’s all quite simple!
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Sample HDR Photos
And last, here is a collection of photos I’ve shot with my equipment over the years. There are many more examples if you’d like to surf around the site!
Many of my photos use a special process you can find out more about in my HDR Tutorial. If you’d like to know more about HDR or HDR Photography, click on those links to discover something new and fun!