Which Camera Is Best for Portrait Photography?

Portrait photographers aim to capture the beauty, rawness, and individuality of their subjects. To do so they may need a whole range of equipment, but the most important tool is the camera.

If you are interested in getting into portrait photography, you are going to need the best camera for the job. But thankfully, there’s a whole range – compact, mirrorless and DSLR cameras – that could suit you and your portrait photography needs.

Best Compact Cameras for Portrait Photography

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1

The Sony Cybershot RX1 is the Cadillac of compact cameras. It offers full frame imaging and 24.3 megapixels in a small and lightweight body that means you will be able to take it with you anywhere.

Face detection means the camera can detect the faces of your subjects and automatically adjust focus and exposure. Its one-inch sensor is a rarity for compact cameras and means you get a high maximum ISO (great for those darker settings).

If you want high-quality portraits or you plan to shoot portraits in low light, you can’t go past this camera.

Panasonic DMC-LX100

Panasonic DMC-LX100

The LX-100 is a great compact camera for enthusiasts. It’s a high-end compact camera, with a micro four thirds sensor. It has an electronic viewfinder and face detection.

It also comes with built-in wifi connectivity, which means you can share your portrait photography with your subjects as soon as you take them – or upload them to a cloud account.

If you are after a compact camera that gives you the creative control of a mirrorless camera in the form of a compact camera, a LX-100 is for you.

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Portrait Photography

Sony Alpha A7R II

Sony Alpha A7R II

If you are after a camera that combines the benefits of a lightweight compact camera with the high-quality images of a DSLR, a mirrorless camera like the Sony Alpha A7R II is the way to go.

The A7R II has a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with 42.4 megapixels, which ensures your portrait photos are of the highest quality capturing beautiful detail.

Given its breadth of features, it is a lightweight camera, with built-in Wi-Fi and a range of compatible lenses. Its 3-inch display allows you to tilt and angle the camera, so you can capture amazing portraits from any position.

Panasonic DMC-GX8

Panasonic DMC-GX8

The Panasonic DMC-GX8 is a terrific camera for those looking to get a little more serious about their photography. It’s a sophisticated compact system camera that comes with a plethora of features.

For a start, it has built-in Wi-Fi, image stabilisation, and an articulating touch screen display. It shoots video in 4K, so if you can’t rely on the speed of your trigger finger, you can shoot video and take an 8MP still image from that video.

If you want a higher quality option, the GX8’s continuous shooting mode is incredibly fast and convenient. This mode is perfect if you want to capture a series of portrait photos of a person as they react to something.

Best DSLR Cameras for Portrait Photography

Canon EOS 5DSr

Canon EOS 5DSr

The Canon EOS 5DSr is a top-of-the-line DSLR and takes excellent portraits. It has an impressive full-frame 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor. It has a ton of useful features, including an optical viewfinder, face detection, and a large 3.2-inch display. You also have a wide range of lenses to choose from.

With the 5DSr you can change and tweak in-depth settings so you can capture every last detail. It is one of the best DSLRs for portraits and if you are an enthusiast, it’s a must-have.

Nikon D810

Nikon D810

The Nikon D810 is a great beginner’s DSLR, with its uses and abilities growing as its owner becomes more experienced. It features a 36.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and an impressive ISO range (perfect if you plan to capture portraits by candlelight or in other low-light situations).

Nikon’s Picture Control System allows you to adjust and tailor the sharpening, contrast, saturation, and hue of your portrait pictures. It also has excellent battery life, reaching 1200 shots before needing a recharge.

If you’re looking for the best cameras for portrait photography you can see our full range online at Camera House now. For more handy tips, check out the Camera House blog or head in store and talk to our expert staff.


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