What Camera Does Disney World Use for Photos?

For many years, I owned the Nikon D90 camera.  After owning it a few years, I noticed that Disney World also owned that camera.  When I bought it, I had never owned a Digital Camera.  I had been using film-based cameras to take all of my photos.  My son was very young at the time and I wanted the flexibility of being able to take a photo of him, then be able to immediately view the photo to be sure that it was the shot I was hoping for.  Even further, I wanted the ability to take photo after photo without increasing the cost of being trigger happy!

Before buying the D90, I researched quite a bit, hoping that I would purchase not only a camera, but one that was a GOOD camera that would take great photos for many years to come.  After buying the camera, I headed on a vacation to Disney World.  I had heard that Disney Cast Members would take a photo of you with the characters with YOUR camera.  I thought, why not try it on this trip.  I stood in line, and requested that they take the photo.  They took it without issue.  While getting back my camera, I realized that the Cast Member was also using the exact same camera, the Nikon D90!  Immediately, I felt that I had made the right decision with purchasing that D90.  I imagined that surely Disney would do their homework on the purchase of hundreds of cameras to take photos daily of guests in their theme parks.  Check for me on a good purchase!

I have used that camera now for over 5 years!  The camera had made nearly 50 trips to Disney World along the way!  The camera is still working great but recently I decided I would like to upgrade to a camera with a higher resolution.  The D90 was a 12.2 MP.  In the writing of my books and adding of photos here to the website, I wanted the flexibility you can get from a higher resolution photo.  Again, I researched for a semi-professional camera and found the D7100 met the mark.  Here are the specs of this camera:

  • 24.1 megapixed DX-format image sensor
  • Shoot up to 6 frames per second for up to 100 continuous shots
  • Wireless sharing and control with WU-1a adapter (not included)
  • ISO range from 100 to 6400
  • 1080p videos with full-time autofocus and built-in stereo mic

The cost is not cheap at close to $1200 but I hope I will get the same great results from using this camera as I did with the D90.  Right after making the purchase, I took the camera on its first vacation to Disney World.  With the spotty rains, I had to quickly throw the camera in my backpack a couple of times.  During one of the tosses, I scratched the back screen only slightly.  Ironically, I had just ordered this Delkin Snug It Pro Skin for the Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera – Black.

I surely wish I had gotten that Pro Skin in before taking the Disney trip and getting the back screen scratched as that skin is AWESOME and cost less than $30 for great protection!  Not only does it cover all of the camera, but also that screen as well.  The feel of the skin is similar to that found on a cellphone.

While visiting Disney, I again checked out what camera type Disney was currently using and saw that their camera Cast Members were using the Nikon D7100!  Here is a photo of the camera currently being used by Disney:

To find out more about the details of the camera, you can find it here at Amazon for the best price I have been able to find online.  So far, I have found that the photos from this camera are far superior to those I took with my D90.  I am enjoying spending the time to learn all of the features by watching YouTube videos specifically made for this camera.  If you plan on heading to Disney or are interested in taking beautiful photos, be sure to check out this camera.  You will not be disappointed!

Here are a few of the photos I took during my recent visit to Disney World with this new Nikon D7100:

Dumbo in Front of Cinderella Castle Olaf Princess Merida in Magic Kingdom Parade




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