If you're looking to stand out from the sea of personal blogs on the internet, purchasing a dedicated camera can be a good way to step up your content game. While image quality is important, there are other things to look out for when buying a camera that depends largely on what kind of blogging you plan on doing. Travel bloggers might prioritize portability for easier storage and travel, while those planning on incorporating video in their blogs might value a fully-articulated screen and different frame rate options. Food bloggers might want a hybrid camera to take stunning photos and record video tutorials of their recipes. No matter what kind of blog you run, the good news is that most modern cameras are very capable of both photo and video, and there are plenty of models for every budget and experience level.
We've bought and tested over 80 cameras in our lab, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best blogging cameras. If you're mostly interested in the video side of things, you can also check out our picks for the best cameras for vlogging. Aspiring travel bloggers might also want to take a look at the best travel cameras or the best compact cameras we've tested.
The Fujifilm X-S10 isn't just the best blogging camera we've tested—it's one of the best APS-C cameras you can get at this price point. Whether you want to showcase high-quality food pics or incorporate short videos into your blog, this camera is versatile enough for photo and video work. It takes beautiful images straight out of the camera thanks to its high-resolution APS-C sensor, and its sturdy build quality gives it a premium feel. Plus, it feels great in the hand, with a roomy handgrip and good ergonomics.
On top of that, it has 4k video recording at up to 30 fps, a vari-angle touchscreen to help you monitor yourself while shooting, and in-body image stabilization (IBIS) to reduce camera shake, making this an excellent video and vlogging camera as well. If you don't need IBIS, however, the Nikon Z 50 is another fantastic choice that's a little bit more affordable. It's a very well-built camera, though it doesn't have a fully-articulated screen and is more photography-oriented.
The Sony α6400 is the best mid-range camera we've tested for blogging. While the ergonomics and user interface aren't as intuitive as either the Fujifilm X-S10 or the Nikon Z 50, the α6400 is still a well-rounded camera, and what it lacks in ergonomics, it makes up for in portability. Sony's E-mount also includes a very wide selection of native and third-party lenses, making this a great choice if you eventually decide to upgrade to a full-frame model.
Beyond that, it has one of the most effective autofocus systems among entry-level cameras, so it's a good choice for faster subjects. Battery life is very good for a mirrorless camera, too. Speaking of which, if you prefer something with a longer battery life, a DSLR like the Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a great alternative. It isn't as well-suited to video as a mirrorless option, but its long battery life and comfortable ergonomics stand out in comparison.
If you're on a tighter budget, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is a great little beginner camera that offers a ton of value for its price. It's one of the few cameras at this price point that comes with in-body image stabilization. That's good news for bloggers who like to shoot video, as it'll help you get smoother camera movements while shooting handheld, as well as make it easier to shoot still images in low light. With its smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor, it's remarkably portable, with small, affordable lenses to match.
For most bloggers, this camera can handle a wide range of photo and video work. That said, if your preferred subject is something fast, like sports, you may find the autofocus a bit lacking. The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a highly popular camera with a more reliable autofocus system and makes for a great alternative. However, it's now been replaced by the Canon EOS R50, and lens options are more limited than what you get with the Olympus.
While an interchangeable-lens model like the ones above will give you more versatility, a compact point-and-shoot with a fixed lens might be preferable if you find yourself frequently shooting on the go. Enter the Sony ZV-1. While this point-and-shoot is designed for vlogging, it's also a capable stills camera. Its built-in lens has a bit of zoom range so you can adjust your framing, and the camera's portable enough to take anywhere.
It also has several helpful features for vloggers and bloggers, including a dedicated 'Background Defocus' button that toggles between a shallow and wide depth of field and special focus modes like 'Product Showcase' that quickly shifts focus to an object held up in the frame. Of course, going with a point-and-shoot camera means sacrificing battery life, and overheating can be an issue for longer recording sessions, but this is still a great option for bloggers and vloggers who need something compact.
Apr 21, 2023: Replaced the Nikon Z 50 with the Sony a6400 as the 'Best Mid-Range Camera For Blogging' and added mention of the Z 50 as an alternative to the Fujifilm X-S10.
Feb 21, 2023: Replaced the Canon EOS M50 Mark II with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV as the 'Best Budget Camera For Blogging'.
Dec 23, 2022: Renamed the Sony ZV-1 from 'Best Compact Camera For Blogging' to 'Best Point-And-Shoot Camera For Blogging'.
Oct 24, 2022: Restructured article to align better with user needs.
Jan 25, 2022: Replaced the Fujifilm X-T4 with the Fujifilm X-S10 because it's cheaper and more suited to the needs of most bloggers; added the X-T4 to Notable Mentions. Added the Nikon Z fc to the Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cameras for blogging for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the U.S.).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for cameras. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.