It’s no secret that I self-shoot the majority of my content. I get a lot of questions about what I think is the best camera for blogging. I’ve shared via comments or DM but I wanted to put all of the answers in one place. Naturally, I cannot speak to every camera on the market, so my recommendation for the best blogging camera is my personal preference. Whether you’re new to the blogger/creator space or a vet looking to upgrade; here is a full list of the photography tools I use:
Your Phone. The best camera for blogging is the one that you have on you at the time. Most of the time that’s my phone because it’s the one camera that I don’t forget to charge. Additionally, I never have to wonder if I forgot to empty the memory card before shooting. I have an iPhoneX and while I’ve been contemplating an upgrade, I’m still very happy with the photo quality.
Unless you’re a professional photographer, I doubt that you can look at my IG feed and spot the iPhone pix. Whether you’re team Apple or Droid, phone cameras have come a long way; so if that’s all you can afford start there.
Sony a6000 + Sony Prime 50mm Lens. The a6000 was my starter camera and to keep it real, I had it for about a year and a half before I ever started using it. I procrastinated A LOT leading up to really taking myself seriously as a creator.
As a beginner, It was the best choice for my budget and I recommend it as a starter camera. The a6000 is mirrorless, which means that it won’t function without a proper lens. It does come with a 16-50mm lens but the Sony 50mm prime lens was a better fit for what I needed. This is where I mention that once you chose a camera family (brand), you typically stick with it. I chose Sony because my photographer friends had amazing things to say about them. In addition to reading reviews don’t be afraid to ask around.
A prime lens means that it has a fixed focal length aka it doesn’t zoom. If you want to get closer or further from the subject, then you have to move. Prime lenses are typically less expensive than than zoom lenses. They also force you to practice photo composition and getting creative about different angles. I purchased my 50mm shortly after buying the a6000 and together they made my rookie year as a creator a success. The best part is together they are less than $1000, even cheaper if you purchase them used.
Sony a7iii + Sony FE 85mm f1.4 Lens. These are definitely an investment but hands down the best blogging camera and lens on the market. I was making consistent money for over a year before we invested because this duo packs a hefty price tag. It’s also mirrorless so it’s lighter than the average DSLR. Shoots amazing in low light situations and the auto focus/shutter makes shooting with my kids a breeze. My personal experience is that they paid for themselves within the first two months of having them. So for me it was totally worth it.
I’ll give honorable mention to the Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens because it’s next on my wish list.
Lighting Equipment: Whether you’re using a phone or camera, the key to any good photo is lighting. I like to think of the sun being Gods ring light, so I prefer natural light over everything. However, here you can find a few of the lighting alternatives I use to support indoor or evening shooting.
Photos Editing: I edit all of my photos in Adobe Lightroom. I will admit that I tried all the apps in the beginning. From Snapseed to VSCO to dang near everything in the app store but Lightroom is what worked best for me. The presets that I will be releasing will be made for use in Lightroom as well.
Other Tools: Self shooting is a different beast. Whether you’re using your phone or a camera, things like a tripod or camera remote will make a huge difference. Cameras and phones do have timers but sometimes the focus when using times can be off. Using a remote helps ensure a sharp photo every time.
Best Vlogging Camera: For my vlogs I use the Canon G7X and edit in iMovie. Yes, I know what I said about camera families but this one doesn’t have a detachable lens. When I was interested in pursuing YouTube all the veterans raved about this one as a great starter camera. I plan on getting more serious about YouTube over the next few months, so when I try one of the Sonys, I’ll be back with an update.
There you have it, that’s everything we use to create content for my blog and Instagram. This should help you feel better about not having a top tier camera in the beginning or point you in the right direction if you’re ready to invest in a camera. If you are a mommy blogger, make sure you check out my post on how I get my kids to cooperate.
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I love it sis!!! My friend let me use her camera it’s a Canon T5i . I’ve used it like twice it’s literally been sitting for months because I’m intimadated by it (face palm) I plan on overcoming those fears this weekend. Thanks for the post loving everything your doing.
I like photography, but I’m so intimidated by the equipment. Thank you for making it all sound so doable!
This is so helpful. Being looking for a proper camera to not only start with but capture my family moments with. Thanks for sharing 💛
Of course mama, I’m happy to help!
Phone cameras are eons beyond what they were when I got my first flip and snap! I love the quality of pics I get with the Pixel, for those on Team Android.
I have to say, I love all your photos! You have a fantastic understanding of composition and lighting!
They have come a long way. James had a Pixel for work and I agree, it does take amazing photos.
Thank you so much!
Thanks for sharing! I desperately need to shoot photos. Which remote and/or tripod do you use?
They’re linked in the blog post on my Amazon shop did you see?
Actually there are so many options that I don’t know which direction to go. It has to be the most informative and accurate post I’ve read! Thank you very much for comparing everything and deciding what is best for me!
There are so many camera options out there but I am glad you found this helpful!
As a Beginner blog i have to say this blog is very effective and it help to me which camera can i use . Thank you for this well blog wrote on publicly .
I’m so glad you found this helpful Lauren, come back and let me know what you end up using!
Getting the kids to cooperate.. wheww. That’s another job lol. Thank you for this I never even knew they had soo many different types of cameras 😩
Its such a job but once they get the hang of it, it’s gold. Thank you!
This helps so much. I am just getting into lightroom and I like it as well. I am not ready to purchase a camera, but I will keep this written down for when I am ready.
So glad you found this helpful. It’s best to use what you have to it’s fully capacity. Phones can take amazing photos!
Loved this thank you!! Do you use a preset when editing in Lightroom? 😊
Yes, not sure if you saw but I mentioned that I will be releasing my own set of presents soon.
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I am team phone, I also have a Nikon which comes in handy but my phone is always easier
Phones do work in a pinch but from a professional stand point I can’t use it every time and my camera is required.
Great article. I read your article about Best Blogging camera. It’s really amazing and very informative, and also it clear my all Doubts and Questions too about blogging camera. Thanks alot, I will waiting for your next article.
Sony ZV-E10 Is one of the best camera for vlogging
Awesome article shared by you about this topic. Next time in my project I will follow your instructions. Thanks for sharing this.
These are some great cameras to use. These can become very handful for many people. Thank you for helping a lot of you.
These are the same cameras i use. i know these cameras are very budget friendly and good for blogging. Thank you for an informative article.
This camera give the best service ever. i use those and this is wonderful
I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about the best camera for blogging, but I don’t think I have all the information. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be sure to give it a read!
I loved reading your blog post about the best camera for blogging. You’ve written a really informative and helpful post and I really appreciate it! I love how you also mention how the best camera for blogging is the one that you have on you at the time. I’m always wary about spending money on a camera and I love that you mention how to get started with your phone. I’m so grateful that you’ve shared your tips and tricks with us.
Lot of thanks. I appreciate your knowledge. Thank you for sharing such a informative content