This page lists a selection of photo hardware, that is suited best for shooting HDRIs and panoramic images. I do not claim this list would be anywhere near complete, and the recommendations purely reflect my own opinion. The ratings, however, are done by users - and everyone is invited to put in a vote.

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Digital Cameras

If shooting HDRI is your excuse for getting a better DSLR, look for Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB). The models listed here excel in this feature.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Allows configuration of a personal bracketing mode, with up to 7 frames in 3 EV steps. Burst mode up to 10 fps, which means you can shoot handheld HDRIs in almost every situation.
10 MP | 1.3 crop factor | $4.200 (Body Only) on

Nikon D3

Nikon's new flagship camera. Miraculously captures noiseless images at high ISO, which means you can shoot handheld with fast shutter everywhere. Sports AEB with 9 frames in 1 EV steps, with 9 fps.
12.1 MP | Fullframe | $5.300 (Body Only) on

Nikon D300

Evolutionary upgrade to the D200. Or better put, it's a smaller D3 with a smaller sensor for a smaller budget. Shoots the same 9 frame AEB in 1 EV steps, with 6fps (8 with a battery grip).
12.3 MP | 1.5 crop factor | $1.750 (Body Only) on

Pentax K20D

Big Bracketing on a budget! Shoots 5 frames in 2 EV steps, which is really all you need (and the same end-to-end coverage you get from the Nikons). But has only 3 fps, so don't go without your tripod.
14.6 MP | 1.5 crop factor | $1.300 (Body Only) on

Fisheye Lenses

Sure, you can shoot a pano with any lens. But fisheyes allow you to capture more FOV in one shot, thus getting your panorama done with fewer shots.

Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8

First-class quality lens, best you can get for a Nikon. Gets you 180° diagonal FOV, so there is no circular border visible. Takes you 6+2 shots to cover a full panorama. I use it all the time and love it.

Sigma 8mm f/3.5

A panorama shooter's classic. Great metal housing, moderate image quality. Pictures a cropped circle on small sensor cams, and full circular 180° on a fullframe sensors.

Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8

This one is a little revolution. It is your only choice for getting a fully circular 180° FOV image on anything other than a fullframe sensor camera. Lets you make a panorama with as little as 2-3 shots.

Panorama Heads

It takes a special tripod head to turn the camera around the optical pivot of your lens (AKA nodal point), so your images are free from parallax shift.

Manfrotto 303 SPH

Heavy-duty all-purpose head, that can secure the biggest cameras. Solid metal engineering, weights 2 kg on it's own, pretty bulky to carry around. Has lots of sharp corners, bumping into it hurts.

Nodal Ninja 3

Simple and small, fits in every backpack and available with a padded pouch. Yet solid enough to hold my Nikon D200. Shot 90% of my panos with this head, and I'm entirely satisfied.

360 Precision Absolute

This head is built for a specific camera/lens configuration. As long as you don't change your gear this head is always perfectly calibrated, so you can stitch from a template. Great for power shooters.

Really Right Stuff

Hailed by professionals as the pristine solution. A modular system, where each component is designed for flexible use. Super-sturdy, even with big cameras. Biggest con: The rotator has no click-stops.


Two-axis bubble level

A bubble level that slides on the flash shoe, allowing you to check the leveling of your camera (instead of just your tripod). Tiny, but useful accessory.