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 5DSR, a Nikon D800, and a Sony a6100.

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, cancellation of the low-pass filter effect for sharper images

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, cancellation of the low-pass filter (LPF) effect for those wanting the ultimate in high resolution and sharpness, dual cards slots; 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