Canon 20x zoom with spare battery. Small, takes great pics and from ground takes close-ups of tall 2 story roofs or chimneys.
I used an Olympus but the zoom sucks. Now, I use a Canon SX620 25x with spare batteries, works great but it doesn’t like crawlspace.
I have been using the Lumix by Panasonic. Water proof, great pictures, and reasonable price under $200.
I do recomend purchasing the Efortek 3.7V 1100mAh 4.1Wh battery pack. $15 for 2 batteries and charger. The stock battery only gets you about 150 pictures. This battery will get about 250.
I loved my LUMIX. First camera I used
Honestly you might look at finding a different inspection software that integrates. We don’t use any other cameras other than our iPhone and then we have small cameras for hard to reach areas : Ferrett, Wire cam etc. It might save you from carrying yet another piece of equipment.
I like my Nikon AW-1. Water Proof, Fairly rugged, Interchangeable lenses and with an adapter it can use any Nikon lens (though not water proof or rugged) so I have a 300mm lens with a 2.4 multiplier to see far when I can’t get close and a wide angle lens for getting everything. It also looks professional. I find clients look at someone using a phone on their inspections, looks a little amateurish. I am not knocking a phone as they do work good but it is not a “PRO” looking tool. The only thing I hate about the AW-1 is the lack of WIFI connectivity. I also recommend getting a 360° camera with date time stamp and creating a recording of every space in the house prior to doing the inspection. That way if anything is obstructed or was broken when you arrived. You have proof.
I do exactly the same with my cell and the Google cloud, I do have the ability to also use my software app but never use it. I type notes as I’m doing the inspection and prefer to complete the report in my office.
I believe I can produce a better more precise report this way.
What do you use to type notes? Is it on your phone? I hear you on the office thing. Using my desktop makes report writing so much easier for me and they are easier to review when I’m done writing it
I use Samsung notes. I like to type any defects as doing report, this allows me to briefly go over them with my clients before leaving the property and a good reminder when doing report.
Hi Ralph, I am deciding whether to buy another camera ($425 for the one I want) or just put that money towards an iPhone 11. Does the iPhone work well in the crawl, do you have to use a flashlight while taking pictures or is the technology good enough to get detailed photos in low light conditions?
Welcome to our forum, Christopher!..Enjoy!
I’ve also been using and loving my Panasonic Lumix for over 5 years now. I buy a new one about every 2-3 years, and rotate into a back-up camera. Gearing up to make my third (upgrade) as current model is discontinued.
Hey Christopher, I have been extremely pleased with the photo quality in the crawlspace with my iPhone 11. I will say that I often use a flashlight in addition to the flash because it helps really clarify the photo, however the flash would suffice.