Purchasing a dedicated 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 out for when buying a camera that will depend 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 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 90 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.
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 to do it all. 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. However, if you don't need IBIS, the Nikon Z 50 is another fantastic, more affordable choice. 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 the Fujifilm X-S10 or the Nikon Z 50, the α6400 is still a well-rounded camera. What it lacks in ergonomics, it makes up for in portability. 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 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, a DSLR like the Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a great alternative if you prefer something with a longer battery life. It isn't as well-suited to video as a mirrorless option, but its long battery life and comfortable ergonomics stand out.
Hands down, the best budget camera we've tested is the Canon EOS R50, and it's a great choice for beginner bloggers. With a portable design that makes it easy to take anywhere, this is a good fit for travel blogs, but its APS-C sensor performs well for its class, so it'll deliver excellent image quality, regardless of the subject. It also has an extensive auto mode and creative scene modes, making it a good choice for those who don't yet know their way around a camera or have only used smartphones.
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 budget cameras to offer in-body image stabilization. Plus, the Micro Four Thirds system has a wider lens selection than you get with the R50. However, its autofocus pales in comparison to the Canon.
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 frequently shoot 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 some zoom range to 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.
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.