best dslr camera for close up shots

Macro photography can be fun and rewarding. There’s a whole other world waiting to be explored, and the right equipment can bring it out in exquisite detail. However, there are a few things you need to bear in mind before you start. True macro photography requires a 1:1 magnification, and you have to be able to get close enough to your subject with the right lens to achieve this. As well as a decent lens, you also need a camera that’s up to the task. We take a look at 8 of the best dslr camera for close up shots, best camera and lens for macro photography and what it is that makes them so good.

The best dslr camera for close up shots

5. Olympus TG-5

I am going to kick off this list with one of the most interesting options in the market, the Olympus TG-5. This is a compact point-and-shoot camera that is super durable and can handle every scenario, counting in the most extremes. While it won’t replace your DSLR camera it is a great one for our purpose, macro photography.

It is a great outdoor camera that delivers a good performance with its 25-100mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0 which is pretty unusual for this type of device. I also found out that it can shoot 20 frames per second in burst shooting and it is the best in that aspect.

It has a 16MP sensor that delivers perfect performance on the smaller sensor of this device, making it a superb pick for macro photography. It is also extremely durable as it can go up to 45meters underwater and it is crushproof up to 100kg of force. Counting in its small form factor and its macro shooting performance, this is one of the most attractive options.

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4. Ricoh WG-50

Moving on we have another point-and-shoot model coming in, the Ricoh WG-50. This camera is one of the most durable cameras in the market as it is shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and crushproof, also pretty small and pocket size. Taking in its ability to take great photographs, you will see why I love this camera.

This is an action camera, to be honest, and you will see from its rating of waterproofing up to 14 meters of depth, shockproofing against falls up to 16 meters and freezeproofing down to -10 degrees celsius, this beast can hold itself against different scenarios. I should also mention that this camera is pretty small measuring 61.5×122.5×29.6mm and weighs just 193 grams in total.

It is packed with a four-thirds 16 megapixel CMOS sensor that is combined effectively with a 5x optical zoom with a wide-angle. The display and the live view performance of this camera are rather good and work perfectly. It allows you to focus on subjects that are just 1cm away from the camera and with perfect results at that.

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3. Nikon D7500

Coming up next we have an old model from Nikon’s lineup the D7500, which besides being an aged model it delivers perfect value for its price and great performance in various scenarios. If you are serious about photography, this is one of the best models along with the number one pick to teach you photography properly.

This one is a DSLR model that was launched as a premium enthusiast-level DSLR camera that became one of the favorite options of professionals. It is equipped with an APS-C CMOS sensor with 20.9 megapixels, and it can capture 4K video without any problem. I should state that the ISO range of this camera spans from 100 to 51,200 natively and it does so without any noise.

This camera also weighs a modest 640 grams in total and it has a good handgrip giving you plenty of ergonomics. I should also mention that this camera has a 51 point autofocus with 15 cross-type points and different modes to deliver you perfect performance for macro photography.

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2. Sony DSC-RX10 III

The runner up on this list is an interesting camera coming in form Sony, the DSC-RX10 Mark III. Before moving on I should mention that this camera is packed with tons of features that will help you achieve the best photography and even 4K video which makes it pretty versatile and multi-purpose.

Let’s start by mentioning that the Sony DSC-RX10 III is packed with a wonderful and fast 24-600mm Zeiss lens which works wonders with the 1-inch 20.1MP CMOS sensor. This lens has an aperture of f/2.4-4 zoom which is pretty good and I haven’t seen anything quite like it later in the market. The camera also has a 3-inch tilt-angle display which has a 1,288K dot resolution.

The ISO range of this beast spans from 100 to 12,800 and it can be expanded up to 25,600, without forgetting I should mention that it keeps the noise at a minimum. Overall I can say that it is one of the most excellent options for macro photography and not just that, this camera can do it all.

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1. Fujifilm X-T10

On top of the list, we have an excellent camera coming in from Fujifilm, the X-T10. This camera ranks at the top of this list since when combined with the appropriate lens this camera will shoot up the best photography for smaller objects.

I should mention that this camera has an amazing build quality and a perfect design, and while it is not weather sealed it will get the job done. One of the biggest selling points of the Fujifilm X-T10 is that it has a wide range of manual controls that give you perfect creative control over your image. The LiveView mode is also pretty good and I think that overall it will work perfectly in most scenarios.

This camera has a good dynamic range and it has general-purpose multi-zone metering that will keep your images pretty bright and pleasant overall. On top of that, it has various Fujifilm Film MOdes that work wonders and will help you achieve the best macro photographies. In addition to that this camera will perform wonders for different photography as well.

How to Buy a Digital Camera

1. Determine what you need

A mistake I see some digital camera buyers making is that they get sucked into buying cameras that are beyond what they really need. Some questions to ask yourself before you go shopping:

  • What do you need the camera for?
  • What type of photography will you be doing? (portraits, landscapes, macro, sports)
  • What conditions will you be largely photographing in? (indoors, outdoors, low light, bright light)
  • Will you largely stay in auto mode or do you want to learn the art of photography?
  • What experience level do you have with cameras?
  • What type of features are you looking for? (long zoom, image stabilization, large LCD display etc)
  • How important is size and portability to you?
  • What is your budget?

Ask yourself these questions before you go to buy a camera and you’ll be in a much better position to make a decision when you see what’s on offer. You’ll probably find the sales person asks you this question anyway – so to have thought about it before hand will help them help you get the right digital camera.

2. Megapixels are NOT everything

One of the features that you’ll see used to sell digital cameras is how many megapixels a digital camera has.

When I first got into digital photography, a few years back, the megapixel rating of cameras was actually quite important as most cameras were at the lower end of today’s modern day range and even a 1 megapixel increase was significant.

These days, with most new cameras coming out with at least 5 megapixels, it isn’t so crucial. In fact at the upper end of the range it can actually be a disadvantage to have images that are so large that they take up enormous amounts of space on memory cards and computers.

One of the main questions to ask when it comes to megapixels is ‘Will you be printing shots’? If so – how large will you be going with them? If you’re only printing images at a normal size then anything over 4 or so megapixels will be fine. If you’re going to start blowing your images up you might want to pay the extra money for something at the upper end of what’s on offer today.

3. Keep in mind the ‘extras’


Keep in mind as you look at cameras that the price quoted may not be the final outlay that you need to make as there are a variety of other extras that you might want (or need) to fork out for including:

  • Camera Case
  • Memory Cards
  • Spare Batteries/Recharger
  • Lenses (if you are getting a DSLR)
  • Filters (and other lens attachments)
  • Tripods/Monopods
  • External Flashes
  • Reflectors

Some retailers will bundle such extras with cameras or will at least give a discount when buying more than one item at once. Keep in mind though that what they offer in bundles might not meet you needs. For example it’s common to get a 16 or 32 megabyte memory card with cameras – however these days you’ll probably want something at least of 500 megabytes (if not a gigabyte or two).

4. Do you already own any potentially compatible gear?

Talking of extra gear – one way to save yourself some cash is if you have accessories from previous digital cameras that are compatible with your new one.

For example memory cards, batteries, lenses (remember that many film camera lenses are actually compatible with digital SLRs from the same manufacturers), flashes, filters etc.

5. DSLR or Point and Shoot?

Dslr-Point-And-ShootWhile digital SLRs are getting more affordable they are not for everyone. Keep in mind that they are usually bigger, heavier, harder to keep clean (if you’re changing lenses) and can be more complicated to operate than point and shoot. Of course there are some upsides also.

If you’re trying to make a decision between a point and shoot and DSLR you might want to read my previous posts titled Should you buy a DSLR or a Point and Shoot Digital Camera? and it’s companion piece How to Choose a DSLR.

6. Optical Zooms are King

Not all ‘zooms’ are created equal.

When you’re looking at different models of digital cameras you’ll often hear their zooms talked about in two ways. Firstly there’s the ‘optical zoom’ and then there’s the ‘digital zoom’.

I would highly recommend that you only take into consideration the ‘optical zoom’ when making a decision about which camera to buy. Digital zooms simply enlarge the pixels in your shot which does make your subject look bigger, but it also makes it look more pixelated and your picture ‘noisier’ (like when you go up close to your TV).

If you’re looking for a zoom lens make sure it’s an optical zoom (most modern cameras have them of at least 3x in length – ie they’ll make your subject three times as big – with an increasing array of ‘super zooms’ coming onto the market at up to 12x Optical Zoom).

7. Read reviews

Before buying a digital camera take the time to do a little research. Don’t JUST rely upon the advice of the helpful sales person (who may or may not know anything about cameras and who may or may not have sales incentives for the camera they are recommending).

Read some reviews in digital camera magazines or online to help you narrow down the field. There are some great websites around that give expert and user reviews on virtually every camera on the market – use this wonderful and free resource.

A little self promotion here – one such site is my Digital Photography Blog which is a site that collates the reviews of many sites from around the web. To use it best enter the camera’s model name that you’re looking for a review on in the search feature in the top right side bar. It’ll give you a link to a central page that has information on the camera as well as links to any reviews published online on that camera from around the web.

8. Hands On Experience

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Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a handful of cameras head into your local digital camera shop and ask to see and play with them. There’s nothing like having the camera in your hands to work out whether it suits your needs.

When I shop for a camera I generally use the web to find reviews, then I head into a street in my city with 4 camera shops side by side and I go from shop to shop asking for recommendations and seeing the cameras live in the flash. In doing this I generally find the same camera or two are recommended in most shops and I get to see them demonstrated by different people (this gives a more well rounded demo). I also get to play with it and get a feel for which one I could see myself using.

9. Negotiate

After you’ve selected the right digital camera for you it’s time to find the best price.

Once again, I generally start online (on a site like our store) and do some searches to find the most competitive prices on the models I’m interested in. With these in hand I’m in a good position to be able to negotiate in person with local stores and/or with online stores. I generally find that retail stores will negotiate on price and will often throw in freebies. Online stores are more difficult – most bigger ones don’t give you the ability to negotiate but smaller ones often will if you email them.

Don’t forget to ask for free or discounted bonuses including camera cases, memory cards, extra batteries, filters, free prints, cases etc. I even know of a couple of stores that offer camera lessons that you can ask to be included. Some stores will also consider giving you a trade in on older gear.

I generally do negotiating from home on the phone and only go into a store to pick up the camera after a price is agreed upon.

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