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The 5 Best Cameras For Blogging - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Cameras For Blogging

If you're looking to stand out from the sea of personal blogs on the internet, each filled with images taken on a smartphone, purchasing a dedicated camera can be a good way to step up your game and capture even higher-quality media. Depending on what kind of blogging you plan on doing, great out-the-box image quality might not be the only thing you should look for. Travel bloggers might prioritize portability so they have a camera that can easily be tossed in a bag or a pocket. Those planning on incorporating video in their blogs might value a fully-articulated screen for self-recording.

We've tested over 70 cameras, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best blogging cameras. These picks were selected not only based on their overall performance but also their feature set and price. You can also check our articles for the best cameras for vlogging, the best travel cameras, and the best cameras for YouTube.


  1. Best Camera For Blogging

    The Fujifilm X-S10 is the best camera for bloggers that we've tested. While it doesn't have the advanced video capability of its sibling, the Fujifilm X-T4, it offers many of the same features at a very attractive price point. It also has a simpler control scheme that makes it a great option for bloggers making the leap from their smartphone camera.

    Using the same 26-megapixel sensor as the X-T4, this model delivers impressive image quality right out of the box, and users can play around with Fujifilm's 'Film Simulation' profiles to get a different look and tone for their photos. If you take lots of photos in low light, the camera has excellent noise handling capability, so you can raise the ISO in dim lighting without introducing too much digital noise. The camera also features in-body image stabilization to reduce camera shake when taking photos or recording video handheld.

    That said, it doesn't have the best battery life. It drains especially quickly when recording 4k video continuously for longer periods, although battery performance can vary drastically with different settings and usage habits. On the upside, it supports USB charging, and you can keep using it while it's charging. All in all, this is a great hybrid camera that delivers high-quality images and videos with a user-friendly and ergonomically comfortable design.

    See our review

  2. Best Camera For Travel Blogging

    The best blogging camera we've tested for travel is the Sony α7C. It's a remarkably compact full-frame mirrorless camera, making it easy to pack or take on the go, and its full-frame sensor delivers incredible image quality and noise handling, making it well-suited to shooting at night or in low light. On top of that, its sturdy-feeling body is weather-sealed, meaning you can take it out in adverse conditions.

    The camera has a fantastic battery life, advertised to last for about 680 photos on a full charge, so you can comfortably shoot for a whole day without needing to charge it. However, this depends on your shooting habits and settings. It has in-body image stabilization, effectively reducing camera shake when shooting handheld. Like other Sony cameras, its autofocus system is incredibly effective, quickly and accurately detecting subjects and keeping them in focus, even when they're moving.

    Unfortunately, it isn't as comfortable to use as a larger alternative like the Sony α7 III since it has fewer command dials and customizable buttons, as well as a smaller viewfinder that isn't very comfortable to shoot with. On the upside, it has a fully articulated screen that makes it easy to take selfies or shoot vlogs. This is one of the best cameras for blogging due to its full-frame sensor, superb battery life, and relatively compact size.

    See our review

  3. Cheaper Alternative

    If you'd prefer something a bit cheaper to capture your travel adventures, consider the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. It doesn't perform as well as the Sony α7C in low light due to its smaller sensor, and it has significantly shorter battery life. That said, it's more portable than the Sony, and Micro Four Thirds lenses tend to be both cheaper and smaller than full-frame lenses, allowing you to save even more money. While images don't quite pop as they do on the Sony, this little camera still delivers excellent image quality out of the box. It also has in-body image stabilization to reduce camera shake, and it's advertised to be weather-sealed for more adverse shooting conditions. It also has a fully articulated screen to help you shoot at different angles or record yourself for vlogs, and it can record 4k / 30 fps video without imposing an additional crop. However, there's a significant crop factor because of its sensor, which means you'll need to shoot with wider angle lenses to achieve the same framing you'd get with the Sony.

    Get the Sony if you want better overall image quality and better low-light performance. If you want something cheaper and more portable, the Olympus is a good alternative.

    See our review

  4. Best Compact Camera For Blogging

    The Sony ZV-1 is the best compact camera for blogging that we've tested. While this little point-and-shoot is designed for vlogging, it's a capable still camera, and it's incredibly portable, making it a good option for travel bloggers too. It has a built-in lens with a 24-70mm equivalent focal length, giving you a bit of zoom range to work with.

    It has several helpful features for vloggers and bloggers, including a dedicated 'Background Defocus' button that toggles between a shallow and wide depth of field, autofocus subject detection that lets you choose between people and animals, and specific focus modes like 'Product Showcase' that quickly shifts focus to an object held up in frame. Its autofocus system consistently keeps moving subjects in focus, and the camera delivers excellent overall image and video quality.

    That said, its menu system can be a little hard to navigate, and more advanced settings are buried within menus. It also has a poor overall battery life, especially when recording a lot of 4k video, though battery performance can vary with different settings and usage habits. It does support USB charging, though, which is good. All in all, this is a great point-and-shoot for aspiring bloggers and vloggers.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Camera For Blogging

    The best camera for bloggers on a budget is the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. This APS-C mirrorless model is lightweight and portable. Its fully articulated screen is helpful for vlogs, selfies, or taking shots from unconventional angles, and it feels comfortable to use, with a simple control scheme and a highly intuitive menu system.

    Its high-resolution sensor delivers great image quality and has decent noise handling at higher ISO levels, so you can shoot in more dimly lit conditions without too much visual noise. It's also a capable video camera, especially when recording in 1080p. Video quality is great in brighter lighting conditions, and you can shoot at up to 60 fps in this resolution to capture quick action or generate slow-motion footage. The camera has a good overall autofocus system, reliably keeping moving subjects in focus in both photos and videos.

    That said, its 4k video capability is much more limited. It can only shoot at 24 fps with a significant crop, and its autofocus performs poorly in 4k. The camera also lacks in-body image stabilization, but it has a digital stabilization feature. Its kit lens is optically stabilized, so it does a great job of smoothing out camera shake for photos and 1080p videos. All in all, this is a well-rounded entry-level camera that offers a ton of value for its price, making it a good choice for all kinds of blogs.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon EOS 90D: The Canon EOS 90D is a crop-sensor DSLR that's very comfortable to use and has a remarkably intuitive menu system. It also delivers very good image quality out-of-the-box, outlasts many mirrorless cameras on a single charge, and has an effective autofocus system. However, it can be inconvenient to travel with due to its bulky size. See our review
  • Canon EOS RP: The Canon EOS RP is a basic full-frame mirrorless camera that captures amazingly high-quality images, even at high ISO levels. However, its video recording capabilities are far more limited than the Fujifilm X-T4, especially in 4k. See our review
  • 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, it offers inferior image quality and autofocus tracking performance. See our review
  • Fujifilm X-T4: The Fujifilm X-T4 is even better than the Fujifilm X-S10, thanks to its greater internal video recording capability. However, the X-S10 offers more than enough to suit most bloggers' needs, and it's a little more comfortable to shoot with. See our review
  • Nikon Z fc: The Nikon Z fc is an entry-level mirrorless camera with a retro-inspired design that should appeal to style-conscious users. Unlike the Fujifilm X-S10, however, it lacks in-body image stabilization. It's also a bit less comfortable to shoot with. See our review
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-S5: The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is a highly versatile full-frame mirrorless camera with a fully-articulated screen that captures remarkably sharp images and very high-quality video. It isn't as portable as the Sony α7C. See our review
  • Panasonic LUMIX G100: The Panasonic LUMIX G100 is another good budget option for bloggers and vloggers, with a portable design and fully articulated screen. It has a smaller sensor than the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, a slower max shutter speed, and worse stabilization performance. See our review
  • Sony α6400: The Sony α6400 is a compact crop-sensor mirrorless camera with longer battery life and better 4k video capability than the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. However, its flip-out screen doesn't offer the same range of flexibility, and it's notably pricier overall. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Jan 04, 2022: Reviewed accuracy of picks; no change to recommendations.

  3. Dec 14, 2021: Replaced the Panasonic LUMIX G100 with the Canon EOS M50 Mark II as 'Best Budget Camera For Bloggers' and moved the G100 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Nov 23, 2021: Reviewed picks for accuracy and availability; no change to recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best blogging cameras 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.

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