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I have taken thousands of Videos and Photos. THOUSANDS.
I Use a CANNON FS100. It has a Flip out Screen so I can get down low Photo Shots with out out laying on the ground.
I can take Roof top photos of High Trucks and Tractors/Equipment by holding the camera above my head and looking at the downward turned screen.
I have 2000 Videos on You Tube you can look at the video quality and sound quality (No wind Noise). luckyphillips is my ID on you tube and EBay. FS100 sells for $349.00 and last 5 6 years. Large SD cards are $50.00 and up. Lucky
In revieiwng the very experienced recommendations to your question, and frankly even the way you posed your question, I undersatand why advice is leaning towards hardware suggestions vs. what I think is the more relevant solution of evaluating people and process.
It was correctly pointed out that current iPhone and iPad platforms offer 8 MegaPixel cameras which are more than adequate to take still pictures given the resolution limitations of most online venues. Similarly, the new stabilazation software included in the IOS6 Operating systems used on these devices provide video capabilities that are also up to the job. The fact that both of these devices have multiple uses to amortize their cost and ROI for you and your dealership is also placing the thumb on their side of the scale when comparing them to even the least expensive camera that you migh consider.
That aside, my sugestion to consider the next generation of software solutions using these devices to automate your picture and posting processes without sacrificing your personal touch and personality provides the best of both. Less expense, less time and most importantly more opportunities to focus your time on the most important reason that you are taking your own pictures and videos - to sell more cars!
Nikon Coolpix L810 great car pics and will make HD video. 200 bucks on amazon. use them at both my stores.
Thomas, do yopu have an IPhone or an Android Phone. With our Platform you can Add, edit, Delete and Manage your entire inventory from your mobile. Give me a call. 502-394-3812 Mike.
As a hobby photographer and car dealer I'll try and help out the best I can.
The first question is the type of camera.
If you just want a basic point and shoot, then I would say most of them out there are the same. I would even suggest you just use your smartphone..
If you want something a bit more advanced I would strongly suggest a DSLR (the type where you buy the lenses apart from the camera's body). with that type of a camera you can use a wide angle lens (that works great when shooting the inside of the vehicle), an external flash (also a great benefit. I use it when I do the outside shoots as well as the flash helps remove shadows from the picture) and last but maybe most importantly, a DSLR will allow you to use a polarizing filter, which helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare (from the windshield . most of this cameras also have video capabilities.
The second question is budget. there are many good cameras out there and it'll be easier to narrow it down by price.
Entry level cameras are the canon EOS Rebel T3 or the Nikon 3100 they come with a kit 18-55mm lens and are priced right under $500. you will have to add a memory card, polarizing filter, and if you want to go all the way an external flash like the Canon - 430EX II or Nikon - SB700 speedlight
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I agree with Patrick, a Flip camera is great for short vidoes and it formats them easily for the web. Don't forget a tripod either this will help keep the camera steady. As for stills any camera that has 8 mega pixel or better but remember that the picture resolution don't need to be super high for web photos (big file load more slowly). Also the camera should have a USB feed to load onto your computer (some of the new WiFi cameras as fun too). I hope this helps. Just for grins let use know he waht you pick.
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