You know you have to include plenty of photos in your real estate listings if you want anyone to pay attention to them online. The question isn’t whether you need listing photos, but rather how you should take them. Do you need a digital camera or will your smartphone be enough?
Not every real estate professional has the budget for a professional photographer, and not every listing warrants the expense. When you need listing photos, it’s usually your job to take them. If you’re unsure which option to choose, take a look at the pros and cons of smartphones and digital cameras to help you decide.
Smartphones have come a long way in the past few years. Many now come with better digital cameras than you can buy in a big box store. If you’re leaning towards your smartphone for your listing photos, it’s not a bad decision.
Your phone’s camera isn’t always the perfect solution, though. Smartphone cameras can cause more problems than they solve in specific situations.
Smartphones are a great option if you know you’ll procrastinate or get too busy to go back and get pictures off the digital camera or memory card. If you have a good quality camera built into your phone, and ease of use and convenience are important, a smartphone is a good choice.
For those who have an older smartphone or like the idea of using a digital camera, there are plenty of reasons to choose a handheld camera over your phone.
Choosing a digital camera isn’t without its flaws. Keep these things in mind as you decide.
Ultimately what matters is that your listings have good pictures that let potential buyers get an idea of what the property looks like before they view it in person. Smartphone or digital camera, there is no one right solution for every real estate agent. Consider your personality, your skill level, and your budget to decide which option is best for you.
Former Communications Director for a local Realtor Association and a big cheerleader for all things real estate related, Michaela is now a full-time freelance writer specializing in real estate and other business industries. When she's not writing the serious business-y stuff, she's likely to be found writing about the hilarity of being a Mom to two rowdy boys.