My brother is looking to get a camera for his stone masonry business (think mortarless high end stone work, not brick and block work) so he can take pictures of his work when jobs are complete. The majority of the work is outside residential work. He also does inside jobs as well such as fireplaces. Normally I'd just go and shoot the pictures for him, however he works anywhere from 2-3 hours away from where I live so it's not really time effective. My plan is to teach him some basic techniques when he visits so he can take better pictures then he can with his iPhone (I think some basic technique could just help with his iPhone pics, but DLSR will be better quality) Also these are mostly for his website, but he may want to print a hard portfolio as well to show architects as well.
So he's got a budget of $1,000 for a setup. As most forum readers know I shoot Nikon so I was thinking it might be easiest to stick with a Nikon so I'm more familiar with the controls (I have a D810 though so may be different enough anyway.) My first inclination was to perhaps get the D5500 with a kit lens and a flash for right around $1,000 with the current sales.
That being said I'm open to other options beyond Nikon if say a mirrorless might make more sense or even a point and shoot if the quality is there.
Camera size might be a consideration so he takes it with him all the time. He usually has his truck though so might not be a huge issue.
VR or image stabilization would be awesome as I don't see him buying a tripod and taking the time to use it.
Easy to use in terms of transferring images. Good SOOC JPGS might also be worth considering, not sure I see him editing RAW unless he ships them to me for post processing.
Something I can get a decent wide angle for. It would be nice to not only show his work, but perhaps in the context of the landscape as well.
Can mount a flash for indoor photography.
Thanks in advance! I usually am looking at (drooling over) higher end Nikon stuff so I'm a bit overwhelmed with the options so any help is greatly appreciated.