A good photo of your eBay auction item makes all the difference; therefore a good and quality picture is very important. If the photo looks blurry or the color is off, or it has a low resolution; the description is going to be useless as we all know a photo is worse a thousand words. Quality photographs will make all the difference, therefore you need to be careful when choosing your camera, especially if you plan to add more pictures and let your clients get a closer look of the product by using the zoom capability that eBay offers.
Requirements that you need to keep in mind when choosing your camera:
Good macro (close focus) capability -
You should limit your search to cameras that focus to within at least 4 inches.
Manual control options -
Some manual options re necessary for taking good picture. Manual white-balance control is now available on many compact models and you will find it really useful to achieve accurate color. A manual exposure option will prove to be the optimum solution in many cases. In some cases you will find important the ability to manually adjust the focus on an object or on a part of an object.
Optical zoom -
As the digital zoom is pretty restrictive and difficult to work with you should make sure your camera has an optical zoom feature.
Ease of use
This does not mean that the camera can be used in the "auto" mode and all you will have to do is just push a button. You should be looking for camera that has logical controls and offers an easy access to all its important functions.
Below you can find a list of digital SLR cameras that offer full control over the images you want to take. These models feature adjustable white balance, macro focus and adjustable exposure which are mandatory for taking the best photos of your products.
The Nikon D5300 DSLR camera has an excellent photo quality, it delivers sharper images than most cameras in its class. It produces sharp photos with excellent color reproduction and really good JPEG images and videos.
Offering a great feature set this camera is a great choice as a general-purpose dSLR.
The Nikon D5100 is a solid camera with excellent photo and video quality that you can use both for your eBay pictures and for making a presentation video of your product. Its still and motion image quality are excellent allowing you to display your products attractively.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
This camera has an excellent noise profile, taking good looking pictures even if the conditions are not great. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i offers a great set of frame rates and manual exposure controls that will let you present to your potential customers a clean and nice picture of your product. The video also looks very good, easy to use in case you would like to make a how to use video of your products.
The Pentax K-50 offers a nice and easy to use interface for the Custom Image setting, showing you exactly how the presets and the changes will affect the picture. The K-50's performance should be fine for most Ebay product picture or for making a product video that you plan to upload on YouTube.
Pentax's offers the usual broad set of shooting features, the image quality is noticeable better when using manual settings.
Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless
The Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless is a small, compact and stylish camera with good imaging capabilities. It has incorporated an image processing engine that delivers outstanding photography even in low light.
The Olympus camera has easy to use control and features, several art filters that will come handy especially if you are an amateur in the art of photography.
There are several other camera models that all offer the features we have presented above. The model you choose is a matter of personal preference, price or maybe brand loyalty..
Even if you have chosen the most performant camera, unless you are a professional photographer, the best way to learn how to take good photos is to practice. You should experiment with all of the controls and functions of your new camera until you are comfortable with them and satisfied by the result. This way you photos will look cleaner, nicer, and will probably be more popular on eBay.