Top 10 Best Cameras for Blogging 2021
If you’re a blogger, you’ll need a nice camera to take high-resolution pictures with beautiful colors for your blog posts and Social Media accounts.
As an owner of multiple blogs (from a food blog to this camera review site and more), I’ll review the best cameras for blogging for this year.
If you’re a fashion blogger, we have a specific article for you with the best cameras for fashion blogging.
Or check out this list with the best cameras for lifestyle blogging here.
I’ll start with a table with my top picks, but make sure to read the section below the table to understand which one’s the best for your particular situation.
Table of Contents
- Our Top 3 Picks
- How to Choose the Best Camera for Your Blog: 2 Questions to Answer
- Best Cameras for Blogging (Photo & Video)
- Best Cameras for Blogging (for Photos)
- Best Cameras for Bloggers On a Budget
- What’s The Best Lens for Bloggers?
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Our Top 3 Picks
How to Choose the Best Camera for Your Blog: 2 Questions to Answer
It doesn’t matter what kind of blogger you are (DIY, lifestyle, travel, food, beauty, fashion, mom, etc), you need to answer three main questions to know which one is the best for you:
1- Will you use it only for photos or also for videos?
As a blogger, it’s a good idea to choose a camera that is good for both video and photo.
As you may know, videos can help you get more visitors and increase your conversions if you use them in your marketing.
Because of this, I’ll show you some good cameras that are great for both photos and videos.
But I know that not everyone will need to record videos. So I’ll also give you options that are mainly for photography.
2- Are you going to take your camera out often?
If the answer is yes, you probably want to get a light mirrorless camera you can carry around.
But honestly, even if you’re recording from home, mirrorless is probably the best for every situation.
DSLRs are getting old, and each day more photographers and filmmakers are leaning towards mirrorless because they come with more useful features.
That’s why I’ll talk mostly about mirrorless cameras in this post.
So I’ll start by reviewing first the best cameras for photo AND video, and then I’ll show you some options that are mainly for photography.
Best Cameras for Blogging (Photo & Video)
If you plan to use your camera for pictures but to also record videos (for marketing or your YouTube channel), these are the ones for you.
1. Our Favorite: Panasonic GH5
Sensor: 20MP - Four Thirds CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 60 fps | Weight: 725g (1.60 lb) | Articulating Screen: Yes | In-Body Stabilization: Yes
Panasonic is probably my favorite camera brand.
What I love about them is that they’re able to give you a lot of awesome features for a fair price because they use cameras with a smaller sensor.
They use Micro Four Thirds sensors, which are smaller than full-frame and APS-C cameras. This makes them cheaper without sacrificing too much quality — if you have good lighting.
Also, they got a nice selection of good lenses for a fair price.
Since they are a much smaller sensor when compared to full-frames, they do sacrifice a bit of low-light performance.
But as a blogger, you won’t need to have the best low-light performance since you should have good lighting at home.
Because of this, you’ll find that Panasonic cameras are probably the best option for you.
When it comes to the Panasonic GH5, it’s like having a camera for everything that you need (and more) to take pictures with amazing colors, and to record high-end 4k video (up to 60fps) that can make an amateur look like a pro.
It comes with a feature that is unique to Panasonic cameras: Dual Image Stabilization.
It allows the camera’s internal stabilization to work together with lenses with stabilization that are Dual I.S. compatible.
This results in a better stabilization than any other competitor.
And unlike the Sony a7 III, it comes with a fully articulated screen you can use to monitor as you record yourself.
The only real downside of this camera is the size. It’s way too heavy and big for a mirrorless.
But if you don’t think you’ll take the camera out a lot, the GH5 is my favorite option for both photos and videos.
2. Sony A7 III
Sensor: 24MP - Full frame BSI-CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 30 fps | Weight: 650g (1.43 lb) | Articulating Screen: Tilt only| In-Body Stabilization: Yes
This is a full-frame sensor camera, which allows it to take pictures and video with better details, even in low light.
It can also achieve amazing Bokeh effect — the beautiful “blurry” background — when compared to cameras with smaller sensors.
The Sony a7 III comes with 5-axis sensor stabilization, which allows you to take photos in low light without losing sharpness. It also helps a LOT with video stability if you’re moving while recording.
And of course, it comes with features that every camera this price should have: ultra-slow motion (120fps), mic and headphones port, 2 SD card slots, fast and reliable autofocus, high ISO and dynamic range, and more.
But it also has some downsides:
It’s a bit heavy for a mirrorless, and the screen isn’t fully articulated, so you can’t use it like a “selfie” camera.
Also, full-frame cameras are amazing, but they’re also more expensive.
You’ll — hopefully — have a lighting setup to work with at home for your blog, so low-light performance is not important for you.
The Sony a7 III is an amazing camera with incredible details and pro features for both photo and video, but you can get away with a much cheaper camera and still get great results for your blog.
3. Panasonic G9
Sensor: 20MP - Four Thirds CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 60 fps | Weight: 658 g (1.45 lb) | Articulating Screen: Yes | In-Body Stabilization: Yes
The G9 is similar to the GH5 in many ways. It’s a micro four-thirds camera, so you don’t get the best Bokeh effect — blurry background —, but you get a LOT for your money.
We could say that the G9 is a “slightly tuned down” version of the GH5.
The biggest advantage that the GH5 has over the G9 is that it can record video at a much higher bitrate. This results in better video quality.
But the G9 can also record in 4k at 60fps. The AF is reliable, fast, and the photo features are up to par with the best cameras for photography around this price.
Interestingly, it comes with a 6k photo mode. It might not be the easiest thing to use as you need to record a short video and then extract the 6k photo from it.
We’ve tried it out for our food blog and taking extremely high-resolution photos of our dishes is a delight to the eyes. But it’s not easy to do so we just decide to take “normal” pictures with it.
In conclusion, if you have the budget for it, the Panasonic G9 is an excellent choice for both photos and videos.
It comes with all the toys for video: flip screen, external mic and headphone port, hot shoe and internal stabilization.
Fun fact: the camera was made for wildlife photography. So it comes with a bunch of useful photography like excellent animal eye-tracking and fast shooting (20 fps).
If you have cats — like me — and want to take beautiful pictures, this camera is great.
The only downside is the weight and relatively low battery life.
It’s not the lightest camera, but it’s also not as heavy as the GH5. I still take it out with me without too much effort.
Just make sure you update the firmware to the latest since the camera used to be pretty bad for video until a recent update improved the continuous AF.
4. Sony a6400
Sensor: 24MP - APS-C CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 30 fps | Weight: 403g (0.89 lb) | Articulating Screen: Yes | In-Body Stabilization: No
This is the APS-C mirrorless camera that I like to recommend for both photos and videos.
Its sensor is larger than Panasonic’s micro four thirds, but it’s smaller than full-frames. It’s good for low-light shooting and the Bokeh effect is more intense when compared to Panasonic’s.
One of the strongest points about Sony cameras is their autofocus speed and reliability. This camera is no exception. The continuous AF also does an excellent job while recording videos.
It comes with — almost — everything that you need for video: flip screen, external mic, and hot shoe to mount a shotgun mic.
It does lack in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and headphone port though. So it’s a good idea to get a lens with stabilization (the kit lens has it).
But lacking in-body image stabilization probably allows the camera to be more portable and smaller than the rest of the cameras here.
Best Cameras for Blogging (for Photos)
Below you’ll find the cameras that great for photos, but not so much for video.
These are for bloggers that are sure they won’t be recording a lot of videos.
They’ll give you more photography features while sacrificing some video traits.
5. Our Favorite for Photos: Fujifilm X-T4
Sensor: 26MP - APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 60 fps | Weight: 607g (1.34 lb) | Articulating Screen: Only tilting | In-Body Stabilization: Yes
When it comes to color quality, Fujifilm is one of the best brands.
That’s why I love to recommend them to anyone that doesn’t want to spend time editing each picture. Colors look great right out of the original file.
For bloggers, this is great. We don’t know too much about photography, so getting a camera that can take great pictures without requiring editing is a huge advantage.
The Fujifilm X-T4 achieves great colors and has what most photographers want in a camera that doesn’t cost an eye.
Ironically, the downside of this model is precisely the price.
It wasn’t a huge upgrade over the X-T3, yet it costs a lot more.
Its predecessor has been considered to be one of the best cameras for the money, but it lacked in-body stabilization and flip-out screen.
Fujifilm did hear their customers and included them in this one.
But the problem is that they also increased the price too much just for these little additions.
That’s why the Fujifilm X-T3 has a better quality-price relationship.
Remember, even though this new version comes with internal stabilization, you might not need it if you’re using a lighting kit and a tripod at home.
6. Sony a7R IV
Sensor: 61MP - Full frame BSI-CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 30 fps | Weight: 665g (1.47 lb) | Articulating Screen: Only tilting | In-Body Stabilization: Yes
The Sony a7R IV is considered by many seasoned photographers as the best camera for photography right now.
It’s a full-frame camera with the insane capacity of taking 61-megapixel photos.
This allows you to get the best detail out of every picture. It also gives you a lot of room to crop and zoom in any picture you get without losing quality.
Also, with the full-frame you get a beautiful Bokeh effect — blurry background — in your pictures. It’s also capable of taking photos in extremely low-light conditions without losing too much quality.
Ok, now you know the main strengths of this camera, but what about downsides?
Full-frame sensors like this one are heavier and more expensive — they also make lenses more expensive.
But you do get what you pay for. The camera comes with almost every pro feature that any top-end camera should have.
Just don’t count a fully-articulated screen as one of them.
If you’re looking for THE BEST quality for photos, and you have the budget for it, you just can’t go wrong with it.
7. Best Price/Quality Relationship: Fujifilm X-T30
Sensor: 26MP - APS-C BSI-CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 30 fps | Weight: 383g (0.84 lb) | Articulating Screen: Only tilting | In-Body Stabilization: No
The X-T4 and X-T3 are excellent choices for professional photography.
However, they do come with some features that you might not use as a blogger that simply wants a camera to take good pictures at home.
You can sacrifice features like 2 SD card slots, headphone port, environmental sealing, and a slightly higher resolution screen, and get the same sensor and the same color quality.
And you’ll pay a much lower price for it.
That’s this camera’s main strength.
It gives you top image quality and an APS-C sensor but sacrifices some pro features to make it more affordable.
This makes it one of the best-balanced offers for bloggers.
It still lacks image stabilization (I.S.), but as I said before, if you have your own small lighting setup at home — or take pictures outside during the day —, you don’t need it.
Also, the kit lens comes with optical stabilization to offset the lack of IBIS.
8. Sony a6500
Sensor: 24MP - APS-C CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 30 fps | Weight: 453g (1.00 lb) | Articulating Screen: Only tilting | In-Body Stabilization: Yes
The Sony a6500 is NOT the successor of the a6400 we already reviewed. They’re different cameras for different purposes.
While the a6400 comes with articulating screen and no in-body image stabilization (IBIS), this one comes with a tilting screen and IBIS.
This means that this model was made for photography and not so much for filming.
If you want a camera similar in many ways to the FujiFilm X-T30, but that includes IBIS and higher ISO capacity for low light, this camera is a fair choice for the price.
It is a bit heavier than the X-T30, but that’s because it’s also more rugged since it comes with environmental sealing to protect it from the elements.
I like Panasonic and Fujifilm’s color science more than Sony’s, but I have to admit that Sony has probably the best autofocus. It’s fast and accurate.
If you like Sony, you’ll find that this APS-C camera is one of the best choices for this year.
Best Cameras for Bloggers On a Budget
9. Best Budget Camera (Photo & Video): Canon EOS M50
Sensor: 24MP - APS-C CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 4k at 24 fps | Weight: 390g (0.86 lb) | Articulating Screen: Yes | In-Body Stabilization: No
This camera has the best bang for the bucks if you want to use it for both photography and filming.
This is why I consider the Canon EOS M50 the best vlogging camera for starters.
It comes with everything you need to record high-quality 1080p videos in a reliable way.
It’s also decent for pictures. And the price is the lowest possible for this amount of features.
The camera comes with a fully articulating screen, image stabilization, external mic port, and hot shoe.
These are the vital things you’ll want in a camera for vlogs.
But most importantly, this camera comes with Canon’s Dual Pixel AF
To make it cheaper, Canon decided to release this camera without things that aren’t vital, like headphone port and with shorter battery life.
It also lacks in-body image stabilization. But this is not a surprise since Canon doesn’t normally include stabilization in their cameras.
They have a great selection of lenses with stabilization that you can use for a good price. This has allowed them to design more cameras without IBIS without making it a problem.
Finally, be aware that the Dual Pixel AF doesn’t work in 4k mode, and this mode also runs with a higher crop factor.
However, 4k it’s not something vital and most people can’t even tell the difference when you upload these videos to the internet.
That’s why even though it has limited 4k capacities, it’s a great camera for the price.
It’s not a surprise that it’s become the most popular camera for vlogs and YouTube in the last couple o years.
10. Best Budget Camera for Photos: Nikon D3500
Sensor: 24MP - APS-C CMOS Sensor | Recording Quality: 1080p at 60 fps | Weight: 365g (0.80 lb) | Articulating Screen: No | In-Body Stabilization: No
Nikon is the brand to go for if you’re looking for good DSLRs for photography.
They’re better than anyone else at making cameras that are good for photography for the lowest price.
The Nikon D3500 is probably their most popular camera between photography enthusiasts.
It’s an APS-C sensor that is easy to use and can record 1080p.
Of course, it’s nothing fancy, so it doesn’t come with articulating touchscreen, WiFi, stabilization or environmental sealing.
Still, the camera has an absurdly long battery life (better than any other camera in this list with a capacity of 1550 shots). And it’s extremely light and small for a DSLR.
It’s also good in low light and the picture quality is more than enough to take photos that look professional, even if you’re just an amateur.
The camera is obviously much better than any smartphone camera out there.
So if you’re looking to invest in something that can take better pictures than your iPhone, the Nikon D3500 is a good purchase for a low price.
What’s The Best Lens for Bloggers?
The best lens for almost any kind of work will almost always be a fast non-zoomable prime lens (f/2.0. or below).
However, there’s a good reason why I recommend most newbies to get the kit lens that comes with the camera — when I say kit lens I’m talking about the optional lens that you can get with most cameras.
When you’re just starting, you just don’t know what kind of lens you like to use.
So a good idea is to start with the cheapest zoom lens that gives you a good focal length range to work with.
That’s exactly what the kit lens is for.
After you use it for a while, you’ll start noticing the best focal length for your type of work.
Once you know the right focal length, you can get a faster, higher-quality lens that will take much better pictures.
But it’s important to get first the kit lens because you need to make sure what kind of focal length works the best for your work (24mm, 35mm, 50mm, etc.).
I can already tell you that most bloggers will find a 35mm prime lens the most useful for their photos.
However, it will ultimately depend on the kind of use that you give to your camera.
So there’s my answer: get the camera’s starter lens, test the different focal length for a while, and then buy a non-zoomable lens that has an aperture of f/2.0. or lower.
You’ll probably find that these focal lengths work best for each sensor size:
- 35mm for APS-C.
- 30mm for Micro 4/3.
- 50mm for Full-frame.
To save you some time, here are the best prime lenses that are around 30-35mm for each brand, in case you want to get a good lens right from the start:
|Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens||$451.99||Check on Amazon|
|Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens for Canon, Black, 3.7 x 3.03 x 3.03 (340101)||$684.99||Check on Amazon|
|Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens for Nikon, Black, 3.7 x 3.03 x 3.03 (340306)||$664.00||Check on Amazon|
|Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras, 2183, Black||$135.00||Check on Amazon|
|Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux Lens||$399.00||Check on Amazon|
|Panasonic LUMIX G Lens, 25mm, F1.7 ASPH, Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds, H-H025K (USA Black)||$147.99||Check on Amazon|
|Sony - FE 50mm F1.8 Standard Lens (SEL50F18F), Black||$198.00||Check on Amazon|
|Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens||Check on Amazon|
|Sigma 30mm F1.4 Contemporary DC DN Lens for Sony E||$254.99||Check on Amazon|
|Fujifilm XF35mmF1.4 R||$599.00||Check on Amazon|
|Fujifilm XF35mmF2 R WR - Black||$478.00||Check on Amazon|
You might also want to read: Best microphones.
You might also want to read: Best lighting.
Choosing the right camera can be a challenge.
Thanks to this article, you can decide without fear of making a bad choice.
Every camera featured here is well worth the money.
Just don't go for something that is over your budget, and you can't go wrong with any of them.
I hope this article was helpful.
Please let me know if you got any questions below!