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  • Writer's pictureHumberto Segura

Why your cell phone camera is not good enough for real estate photography ?

Updated: Jul 5

When it comes to selling or renting a property, the photographs used to showcase the property can make a significant impact on the success of the transaction. While it may be tempting to use a cellphone camera to take photos of the property, it is important to recognize that cellphone cameras have limitations that can affect the overall quality of the photos.

Limited quality of your cell phone camera

Firstly, cellphone cameras have limited image quality compared to professional cameras. Professional cameras have larger sensors and better lenses, resulting in higher resolution and sharper photos with more detail. This is especially important for real estate photography, where potential buyers or renters will be scrutinizing every detail of the property.


Secondly, cellphone cameras typically have a fixed lens, which limits the field of view and makes it difficult to capture wide-angle shots or adjust for perspective distortion. Professional photographers often use wide-angle lenses or tilt-shift lenses to capture more of the property in a single shot and adjust for perspective distortion, resulting in more visually appealing and accurate photos.

Ability to control exposure

Thirdly, cellphone cameras are often limited in their ability to control exposure, resulting in overexposed or underexposed photos that are difficult to edit later. Professional cameras offer greater control over exposure, allowing photographers to adjust the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to achieve the desired exposure.

Low performance in low light conditions

Fourthly, cellphone cameras typically have limited low-light performance, which can result in grainy or noisy photos in low-light situations. Professional cameras often have better low-light performance and the ability to use external flashes or other lighting equipment to improve the quality of the photos.

Retouching capabilities

Finally, while there are many photo editing apps available for cellphones, they are often limited in their ability to make complex adjustments to photos. Professional photographers use advanced editing software to make precise adjustments to color, exposure, and other elements of the photos to create visually compelling images that showcase the property in the best possible light.

In conclusion, while cellphone cameras have come a long way in terms of image quality and features, they still have limitations that make them less than ideal for professional real estate photography. Professional real estate photographers use high-end cameras, lenses, and equipment, as well as their experience and expertise, to create visually stunning photos that can help sell or rent a property quickly and at the best possible price.

Humberto Segura.

Real Estate Photographer in Barcelona

Creator of DOMUM Real Estate Photography

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