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The 4 Best Cameras For Blogging - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Cameras For Blogging

Purchasing a "proper" camera can be a good way to step up your content game if you want to stand out from the sea of personal blogs online. While image quality is important, there are other things to look for when buying a camera that'll depend largely on what kind of blog you run. Travel bloggers might prioritize portability for easier storage and travel, while those planning on incorporating videos 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 for both photo and video work, and there are plenty of models for every budget and experience level.

We've bought and tested over 100 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 vlogging cameras. Aspiring travel bloggers might also want to look at the best travel cameras or the best compact cameras we've tested.

  1. Best Camera For Blogging

    The Canon EOS R10 is the best camera for blogging that we've tested. This entry-level APS-C camera offers a ton of value for its price and will suit most bloggers well for everything from capturing high-quality stills to incorporating short videos. Canon's user interface is very beginner-friendly, and the camera has great ergonomics, making for a very intuitive shooting experience. Beyond capturing great image quality, it's also a highly capable video camera, with 4k video recording at up to 60 fps, albeit with a heavy crop and an excellent autofocus system.

    You can also buy the R10 in a 'Content Creator Kit' bundle that includes a stereo mic and tripod grip to help you record vlogs and videos. If you do a lot of handheld video shooting, consider the Fujifilm X-S10. It sits at a similar price point as the Canon but offers in-body image stabilization (IBIS) to help you get more stable handheld shots. However, its autofocus system isn't as reliable, and this model caps out at 30 fps in 4k.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Camera For Blogging

    The Sony α6400 is the best mid-range camera we've tested for blogging. While its ergonomics and user interface aren't as intuitive as the Canon EOS R10 or the Fujifilm X-S10, this is still a well-rounded camera. What it lacks in ergonomics, it makes up for in portability, allowing you to easily take it on the go. Sony's E-mount also includes a 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 a highly reliable autofocus system, one of the best in its class, ensuring your subjects reliably stay in focus. Battery life is very good for a mirrorless camera, too. Speaking of, a DSLR like the Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a great alternative if you prefer a longer battery life. It isn't as well-suited to video as a mirrorless option, but it has a much longer battery life and comfortable ergonomics.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Camera For Blogging

    The Canon EOS R50 is hands down the best budget camera we've tested, and it's an especially great choice for beginners. With a portable design that makes it easy to take anywhere, this is a good fit for travel blogs, but its high-resolution APS-C sensor can capture great images, regardless of the subject. Its auto and creative scene modes are also great for those who don't yet know their way around a camera.

    If you're looking for a more portable overall kit, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is another good budget camera, though it's a tad more expensive than the R50. It's one of the few cameras at this price point to offer IBIS for steadier handheld shooting. Plus, it's part of the Micro Four Thirds system, which has a wider lens selection than you get with the R50, although its autofocus isn't nearly as reliable as the Canon's.

    See our review

  4. Best Point-And-Shoot Camera For Blogging

    While an interchangeable lens model like the ones above will give you more versatility, a compact point-and-shoot might be the best camera for bloggers who frequently shoot on the go. Enter the Sony ZV-1, which is portable enough to fit into a coat pocket. While it's designed specifically for vlogging, the ZV-1 is also a very capable compact stills camera. Though its built-in lens doesn't have the longest zoom range, it still gives you a bit of flexibility to adjust your framing or capture subjects that are a little farther away.

    The camera 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 a 'Product Showcase' mode that quickly shifts focus from faces to any objects 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. Although the Sony ZV-1 II is out now, that model is a bit pricier and doesn't offer huge improvements besides a wider-angle lens.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III: The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a compact point-and-shoot camera with a built-in YouTube livestreaming feature and a more intuitive menu system than the Sony ZV-1. That said, its image quality and autofocus tracking performance are worse overall. See our review
  • Nikon Z fc: The Nikon Z fc is a retro-inspired camera that will appeal to style-conscious users. You're paying a slight premium for the vintage look, and the lack of handgrip makes it less comfortable to shoot with than the Canon EOS R10. See our review
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a Micro Four Thirds camera that's cheaper and more portable than the Canon EOS R10. However, the smaller sensor comes with a slight trade-off in image and video quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 28, 2024: We've reviewed the picks for price, availability, and accuracy and determined that the current selection of cameras is still the most relevant for users.

  2. Feb 01, 2024: Reviewed that article is still accurate and up to date.

  3. Dec 07, 2023: Replaced the Fujifilm X-S10 with the Canon EOS R10 as the 'Best Camera For Blogging' because it's more user-friendly and offers more frame rate options.

  4. Oct 12, 2023: Added mention of the Fujifilm X-S20 and Sony ZV-1 II as possible alternatives to the Fujifilm X-S10 and Sony ZV-1, respectively.

  5. Aug 16, 2023: Replaced the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV with the Canon EOS R50 as the 'Best Budget' pick.

All Reviews

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.