Cameras forum

General discussion

Best &cheapest camera for ecommerce site (modeling/fashion)?

by raechelli / February 5, 2010 10:44 AM PST

I'm thinking about starting an ecommerce site that sells clothing. I want to have the clothes modeled (photos similar to or, but I don't know what camera would be best. I'm trying to minimize start-up costs, so I'm looking for a cheap camera, but with good image quality. I was looking at the canon 350d, but I want to get some recommendations and advice before I invest in something. I know the 350d isn't manufactured anymore, but if I bought a used one, I could still change the lenses on it. I don't mind if it's not brand new as long as it would serve it's purpose. Is it a bad idea to get a used camera?

any suggestions would be really appreciated. thanks.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Best &cheapest camera for ecommerce site (modeling/fashion)?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Best &cheapest camera for ecommerce site (modeling/fashion)?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
different perspective

The problem won't be the camera, it'll be the lights. If you really want to post nice images on the net that convince people to buy your clothing then you'll want good lighting. If you plan on doing outdoor modeling then a DSLR would be a good choice, but indoors, more of the background and lighting will be more important. You could go with an older point and shoot, that has a hot shoe, and do very nice work with the right background and lighting.

To give an example, here is a site showing different lighting schemes. It'll give you a start to doing lighting for fashion/modeling.

Collapse -
by raechelli / February 6, 2010 1:45 AM PST
In reply to: different perspective

Thanks for the advice! the lighting schemes are very helpful.
Can you recommend any camera models? P&S or dSLR?

Collapse -
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / February 6, 2010 4:25 AM PST
In reply to: thanks

If you want to save money then look at one of the older Canon G-series cameras. They have hot shoes and produce very fine photos. I still have my Canon G2 and use it every now and then. It takes very good photos for a point and shoot. If you want to go the DSLR route then pretty much any entry level DSLR will work for you and are able to produce photos in-line with the ability of the photographer.

For lighting and backgrounds, there is a wealth of information on the net, and there is a lot to learn. You might do better to buy used equipment or cheaper equipment if you don't plan to use it often.

Collapse -
To: 5stariipl from the Forum Moderator
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 3, 2010 12:18 AM PDT

Your post was deleted for advertising.

Advertising is not permitted on CNET forums.

Please read "Forum policies"

A link can be found on the left side of this page.


Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?