There are lots of cameras to choose from today, and they’re all good. They all basically use the same technology with only minor differences when comparing comparable models. Personally, I like to use a camera that has dual card slots so I have a backup if my SD card fails (which it has before).

There are two main questions you need to ask yourself when buying a camera.

Do I want crop sensor or full-frame?

Do I want mirrorless or a DSLR?

Experienced photographers can use any camera and get practically the same results with what their regular cameras give them.

Sometimes photographers will choose a camera because of a specific lens that only that brand makes really well or at all, but we as boudoir photographers use pretty standard and available lenses, 50mm, 35mm, 85mm, 24-70mm, which every brand has their version of… as well as third party lens manufacturers.

As I’ve matured as a photographer I look for different things I didn’t look for before, the weight, how it feels in my hands, its design. Those things matter to me now. Cameras are like cars. They can all get you from point A to point B, but you also want one that feels right and you like its design and functionality.

Currently, I own a Canon, a Nikon, and a Sony… but I’ve always wanted a Fuji… so, I’m going to get one soon because I’m curious about them, and I think they look cool.

With all that being said, below are my recommendations. This is by no means a complete list, but it will give you some direction.

Recommended Mirrorless Full-Frame Cameras

Sony a7RIII

Standout Features: 42.4 MP, great auto-focus, dual SD card slots

Sony a7III

Standout Features: great auto-focus, dual SD card slots (26 MP), probably the most popular full-frame mirrorless camera on the market. Now that the a7R IV is out, you can pick up one of these used at a nice discount.

Canon EOS R6

Standout Features: 1,053 autofocus points, In-Body Image Stabilization (20 MP), dual SD UHS-II card slots

Nikon Z5

Standout Features: Great entry-level full-frame camera (24.3 MP), dual SD card slots

Recommended Mirrorless Crop Sensor Cameras

Fujifilm X-T3

Standout Features: Back-illuminated (26.1MP) X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 processor, dual SD card slots, retro-rangefinder styling (comes in silver too), now that the X-T4 is out, you can pick up one of these at a nice discount

Fujifilm X-H1

Standout Features: IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization) (24.3 MP), dual SD card slots, top LCD display, IBIS is a nice feature if you shoot a lot of video

Sony a6100

Standout Features: light and compact, eye auto-focus and subject tracking (24.2 MP)

Recommended DSLR Full-Frame Cameras

Nikon D850

Standout Features: Simply the best DSLR ever made, (45.7 MP)

Nikon D750

Standout Features: Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity (24.3 MP) dual SD card slots, great all-around DSLR

Canon 5DS R

Standout Features: 50.6 MP, low-pass filter (LPF) effect cancellation for photographers wanting the ultimate in high resolution and sharpness, make sure you have enough computer power to handle the large files

Canon 5D Mark III

Standout Features: Digic 5+ image processor (22.3 MP) dual card slots, a workhorse in the photography world

For Those Who Want The Ultimate In Image Quality

Fujifilm GFX 100

Standout Features: Medium format,102 MP (make sure your computer has enough horse-power to handle the large files), IBIS (in-body image stabilization), dual UHS-II SD card slots, the ultimate in image resolution, this camera goes to eleven

Fujifilm GFX 50S

The GFX 100’s little brother.

Standout Features: Medium format with 51.4 MP in a compact portable size, IBIS (in-body image stabilization), high-end image resolution, dual SD card slots