Point And Shoot Cameras. The Wider The Better.

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Real Estate Services with RealSatisfied

When it comes to digital point a shoot cameras,
bigger is not necessarily better, but wider certainly is.

One of the first posts I wrote on ActiveRain was titled, "Sell Your Camera On eBay & Buy This One."

That post was written about the Kodak v705, which, along with the Kodak v570, would still be my recommendation for a point and shoot camera. Unfortunately, Kodak decided to stop making both the v705 and the v570 and they are getting harder and harder to find. So I was forced to find another camera I could feel confident recommending.

My search led me to a brand new camera on the market, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35.

Comparing the Panasonic Lumix FX35 to the Kodak v705, I found it's features to be comparable, the photo quality slightly better and its 25mm wide angle lens is the widest currently in production, though not as wide as the v705's 23mm wide angle lens. Still, the review left me wondering if people were being fooled into thinking they were getting a wide angle lens when they really weren't.

The Wide Angle Claim 

Point and shoot cameras with a 28mm wide angle lens, like the brand new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, say they have a wide angle lens. And, compared to the standard 35mm lens, that's certainly true. But is it enough to capture a small room in the best possible way?

I wanted to see the difference in wide angle lenses for myself.

To do that, I purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 as well and borrowed Martin Rodriguez's Sony DSC-H9. (Martin's primary use for the DSC-H9 is not real estate photography, by the way.) The TZ5 has the very commonly 28mm lens that most point and shoot manufactures call wide angle, and the DSC-H9 has the standard 35mm lens. I compared them with the 23mm v705 and the 25mm FX35.

Here are the comparisons between the four different point and shoot lenses.

Sony DSC-HP 35mm Room Shot 35mm lens

Sony DSC-H9 35mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Room Shot 28mm lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 28mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 Room Shot 25mm lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC FX35 25mm

Kodak v705 Room Shot 23mm Lens

Kodak v705 23mm

Smaller rooms will show an even greater difference.

I used my family room as the subject matter, and it is fairly large, so you can imagine what a difference the FX35 or the v705 would make in photographing a very small room. In my opinion, neither the Sony DSC-H9 or Lumix DMC-TZ5 did this room justice. Only the 25mm lens on the Lumix FX35 came close enough to the 23mm lens on the Kodak v705 to get my vote of confidence. A wider wide angle lens makes a huge difference in your multimedia presentations as well. Here is a Real Estate Show illustrating how the different wide angle photos look when put in motion. Click on "more photos" to see them in static form.

My Conclusion?

A digital point & shoot camera with a 28mm lens can certainly claim wide angle status, but for real estate purposes, 28mm simply isn't enough.

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Rainer
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John Evarts
Classic Property Management of Santa Clarita

Jeff - you are the freakin' man. I have been trying to find an alternative to our V705 after it was swiped and all I can find are used ones for $400. Then I thought " I am going to go to Jeff's activerain page and look at all of his posts tagged with camera". Voila. I don't need the whole internet. Just Jeff Turner's stuff. Who needs anything else? Thanks, again. 

May 13, 2009 01:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
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RE/MAX Stars Realty

Recently learned that the old Kodak v570 and v705 cameras can be serviced so if you have a failure don't toss them away.  

April 25, 2010 10:18 AM
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Nicky Dou
TOP LOCAL REALTOR in Northwest Arkansas
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I am going crazy trying to get the RIGHT camera. I used to have a Lumix DMC-TZ4 (not even really that expensive) till it dropped off my counter and broke. Then I decided I would "upgrade"... Well so far I have gone through the small Canon 90 (hated it), Canon Rebel DSLR - it was "ok" but I didn't like how large it was nor that it had video, now I am trying out the Olympus PEN. I feel I need HELP! I would prefer a smaller camera so that I dont have to carry a large case around with me everywhere but I am sort of starting to think I should just get 2. SO - ideas, suggestions? Whats the best LUMIX out there for real estate b/c so far - my cheap LUMIX was my favorite... and the cheapest.

June 18, 2010 08:04 AM
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Phil Leng
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Hi Jeff,

Great post.

I just subscribed.

Thanks

Phil

December 25, 2010 04:52 AM
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Irma Yapor
Yapor Realty
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I wanted to share with everyone that I have been using a great camera for over a year and it has been wonderful for real estate: Samsung NV24HD. It shoots still shots and video in high definition and it is a 24 mm wide lens. Great camera for under $150. Happy shooting! :))

 

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