The best equipment for macro photography.
For the perfect macro and close up photos, you need the right equipment. While you can zoom in using many digital and smartphone cameras, it won’t capture the same level of detail required for high-quality macro images.
You’ll need a camera with a good macro lens with that has as little lag as possible. A mirrorless or DSLR camera is generally best to effectively shoot macro photography.
There are benefits to using both.
- A DSLR camera can accommodate many macro lenses and has little lag between pressing the shutter and capturing an image.
- With a mirrorless camera, focus peaking and an electronic viewfinder enable quick review of sharpness and flash exposure.
Pixel density is also an important consideration when choosing a camera for macro photography. The higher the pixel density, the greater the detail in your close-up photos. Full-frame (FX) cameras are still preferable to crop-sensor (DX) cameras, as they pick up a greater number of pixels.
Some cameras have a macro mode that automatically adjusts the camera’s lens for up close photography. This helps you focus on the subject easily – it’s a great option for beginners. However, macro mode on most digital cameras means you lose control over the camera’s aperture and shutter speed, which can affect your results.