10 Best Cameras for Taking Pet Photos Like the Pros

Best camera for pet photos

Say cheese! By: Lefteris Katsouromallis

A few weeks ago, I decided to work on my holiday greeting cards. I am one of “those” quasi-creative types. I like to design original cards for friends and family. This year I planned to produce really cute cards that feature my dogs. All five of them — yes, I dream big!

I managed to get everyone bathed, brushed and looking good. The day was sunny — perfect for the photo shoot. I took my camera, a bag of treats, some interesting props and we jumped in to the project.

Several hours later, my memory card was filled with pictures of dog tongues, teeth, eyes and various portions of their heads, paws, legs and tails. Not one decent holiday cover among them.

How hard could it be to photograph five spirited, curious dogs? Very hard! What I needed was better equipment.

The following are some features you’ll definitely want from a camera used to take amazing pictures of your pets. Then, near the end of this post, I’ll reveal my list of the 10 best cameras for pet photos.

Ready. Shoot. Aim!

“Ready, shoot, aim” is an appropriate formula for photographing pets. Animals typically do not sit still, they do not pose easily, and they absolutely will not recreate that super shot you just missed while fiddling with camera settings.

Plan to take lots and lots of pictures just to get one good print. For that reason, a digital camera is a must. Digital photography provides the ability to immediately preview your pictures. You can delete the shots you aren’t happy with before you spend a lot of time and money developing prints.

Choose a digital camera with a rechargeable battery, a backup battery and a memory card with lots of storage. 

In a Flash

A digital camera with a flash is a good consideration for general photography. Experts depend on flash photography when lighting is insufficient and to control subject definition.

A flash will not be a great option if your pets are easily spooked by bright lights or sudden motion. A scared dog hunkered behind the furniture does not create the “Kodak Moment.”

Choose a digital camera with ISO setting controls. When possible, use natural light.

Natural Exposure

Dark- and light-colored pets alike can be lost in the background of a picture unless your camera has the proper adjustments for exposure and balance. A good digital camera with exposure compensation and balance settings is an important feature for more interesting pet photos.

Shutter to Think

When working with animals you have an instant to catch the perfect photo opportunity. A split second of hesitation from the shutter and you have lost the entire shot!

Shutter setting is a powerful tool, so look for a camera with appropriate shutter speeds and an auto set capability.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

The best selection of a camera to capture all the charm of your pet’s personality is the one with a good zoom lens. Standing back, giving the animals space and watching until there is an interesting shot is an easier proposition with a zoom lens.

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  • Deborah J Austin

    I need a better camera, Maybe Santa will bring me one.. :)

    • http://www.petsadviser.com/ David Deleon Baker

      Santa knows if you’ve been good or bad!

  • Laurie P

    There are things that trump a camera on our “we really need this” list like a new roof and medicine and special food for our diabetic cat. I have found with my Canon PowerShot A620 I get better pictures if I do NOT use the flash. No problem with the reflective eye a dog has and I just keep clicking and then delete the bad ones. Kind of like a photo shoot for magazines!

    • http://www.petsadviser.com/ David Deleon Baker

      The A620 is a great little camera that has had a long life. You could do worse, for sure. I’ll confess that my high-tech camera equipment at the moment comes down to just my cellphone most of the time. I have probably a hundred photos/videos of my cat on my phone, ha.