There are 80 shopping days until Christmas, but just over a week to the second Photo Booth Show. Have you got your tickets yet?
The 2018 show will be held in Leicester, England on 14th & 15th October. The trade show has expanded into two rooms, with vendors and speakers coming from across Europe, the US and Australia. This is a great opportunity to see what’s new, learn from the experts and other boothers.
We are often asked which camera is best for a photo booth. Canon cameras have very good live view quality, an important attribute for photo booths. The models below are not the only cameras you can use. Many older Canon DSLR cameras work very well. You can find a button linking to a list of the cameras you can use with Breeze DLSR Remote Pro here.
At the time of writing* (May 2018) we believe the ultimate photo booth camera is ….. the new (mirrorless) Canon EOS M50.
The standard kit lens ( EF-M 15-45mm STM ) has a flexible 15-45 mm zoom. For a super slim booth, try the EF-M 22mm STM lens
Best: Canon EOS M50
Update: February 2019 Canon have released firmware version 1.0.2 for the M50 which fixes the issues with triggering external flash. The new firmware can be downloaded fromCanon’s UK site
A big thank you to Caroline Winata of Giggle and Riot Funbooth for sharing this example of slow motion video (EOS M50 with DSLR Remote Pro 3.10)
120FPS Slow motion video with no additional processing
Similar performance to the Canon EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 including Canon’s excellent dual pixel auto focus in live view.
Suitable for video with external microphone socket.
Compact, slim and light; the M50 will fit in a smaller housing than Canon’s DSLR cameras.
July 2018 This post has been updated to include cameras supported in DSLR Remote Pro 3.11.2 ie the Canon EOS 1500D (aka Canon EOS 2000D/Rebel T7/EOS Kiss X90) and Canon EOS 3000D (aka Canon EOS 4000D).
The photo below shows the different sizes of the new EOS M50, EOS 200D/Rebel SL2 and new EOS 2000D/1500D/Rebel T7:
Access for external power is underneath the camera instead of at the side.
Update February 2019
Canon have released firmware version 1.0.2 for the M50 which fixes the issues with triggering external flash. The new firmware can be downloaded from the Canon UK site (There was a bug in the original firmware of the Canon EOS M50 which meant that triggering an external flash or studio strobe via the hotshoe could be unreliable. We reported this bug to Canon, who have fixed it.)
Good for video: 200D/Rebel SL2, 800D/Rebel T7i
These cameras do everything the M50 can do except slow motion video. They are larger and heavier than the M50.
Excellent auto focus in live view
Suitable for video & have an external microphone socket
The 2000D/T7 is an update of the popular Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with a higher resolution 24 mega pixel sensor. Unfortunately Canon initially removed the center contact on the hotshoe. This means early versions of this camera cannot trigger most external flashes or studio strobes so is not recommended for photo booth use.
Tuesday 25th February. Canon announced at Photo Booth Expo that the EOS Rebel T7/2000D camera has been updated to add a center contact (X sync) on the hotshoe, making this a great budget choice for photo booth users. More details.
Canon EOS 4000D/3000D
Similar to the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with the same 18 mega pixel sensor but cheaper build quality (plastic lens mount, fewer buttons, no remote release socket and no cable access for external power). This camera has no center contact on the hotshoe. This means the camera cannot trigger most external flashes or studio strobes so is not recommended for photo booth use.
Web cameras & iPad booths
This post does not cover booths powered by web cameras or the built-in cameras provided with iPads, laptops and tablets. The new Breeze Booth (iPad + iPhone) uses thedevice’s built in camera. Breeze Webcam Photobooth software will run a booth with either a webcam or built in camera in a Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC or laptop.
*This post has been updated in February 2020. As new cameras are introduced this post will inevitably become outdated.
120FPS Slow motion video with no additional processing
Support for small new mirrorless camera: Canon EOS M50
Support for new DSLR cameras: Canon EOS 2000D/Rebel T7 and EOS 4000D
Touchscreen designer: Set photo , print and sharing preview areas
Process individual images for sharing (includes resizing, sharpening and new overlay)
Limit number of prints per session
Custom messages when print counter reaches limit
New keyboard shortcuts to accept, retake and abort previews
New option to save XML copies of emails and texts
Privacy information added to the “Sharing Photos” section
Fixed an issue when using transparent green screen backgrounds with Instagram style filters or B&W styles
Fixed an issue with the full screen live view setting when the camera and screen are in portrait orientation
Canon EOS M50
Smaller, lighter and slimmer than conventional DSLRs, this is the first model which can capture high quality slow motion video in a photo booth with no addional post processing.
Video is captured at 120 fps without sound and is saved at 30 fps resulting in high quality play back at 1/4 normal speed.
Canon EOS 200D/Rebel T7
Update of the Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 and virtually identical but with a higher resolution 24 mega pixel sensor.
Canon EOS 4000D
Very similar to a Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6 with the same 18 mega pixel sensor but with cheaper build quality (plastic lens mount, fewer buttons, no remote release socket and no cable access for external power).
DSLR Remote Pro 3.10 is a free upgrade for all registered users who purchased a license on or after May 1st, 2017.