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.
The best camera for blogging that we've tested is the Fujifilm X-T4. This flagship model from Fujifilm feels very well-constructed and decently comfortable to use. Its retro-inspired design gives it a sleek look and makes it relatively portable if you need to shoot on the go. It also has dedicated exposure dials that make it easy to adjust settings, and it has a fully articulated touchscreen for selfies or vlogs.
While it uses an APS-C sensor, it still has excellent noise handling capability at higher ISO levels, making it well-suited to shooting in low light. It delivers very good image quality overall. Its autofocus system is good, particularly when shooting video, though it can be inconsistent when taking photos. The camera also has in-body image stabilization and does a fantastic job of smoothing out camera shake when shooting handheld. It also has a great battery life and supports USB charging.
Unfortunately, it's not the most comfortable camera to shoot with. While its handgrip is large enough to suit most hand sizes, its rubber eyecup isn't especially comfortable, and its shoulder strap attachment points can get in the way while shooting. Despite its flaws, this is one of the best hybrid still/video cameras we've tested, making it a great choice for bloggers.
The best camera for travel blogging that we've tested is the Sony α7C. This mirrorless camera is compact for a full-frame model, making it easy to bring along with you while traveling. Its magnesium alloy body feels very robust and is advertised as being weather-sealed, which is great if you plan on shooting in adverse weather conditions. Its touchscreen display is fully articulated, giving you a bit of added flexibility in composing your shots.
This camera offers exceptional battery life, so you shouldn't run out of charge mid-way throughout your day. Image quality is also fantastic, with a wide dynamic range, superb noise handling capability, and a minimal loss of sharpness when shooting at higher ISO levels. Its in-body stabilization function is also impressively effective at reducing the impact of camera shake, and its autofocus system is fast, reliable, and consistent in tracking moving subjects. While it takes some time to clear its RAW image buffer, its max continuous shooting speed of 11 fps is quite fast.
Unfortunately, its menu system isn't very intuitive, with several complex functions being buried within submenus. You also can't use its touchscreen to navigate the interface, which can be a bit of a nuisance. Still, if you're looking for a full-frame camera that's easy to carry around and offers incredible image quality, this is a great choice.
If you're looking to spend less on a camera for travel blogging, consider the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III. Its Micro Four Thirds sensor means videos and images exhibit more visual noise than the full-frame Sony α7C. However, it's notably cheaper, a little more portable, and still offers great overall image and video quality. It has an in-body stabilization function that's amazingly effective in smoothing out camera shake. It can capture images at up to 10 fps, and it clears its photo buffer with virtually no delay, which is very helpful if you're heavily reliant on burst photography. Its mirrorless body is smaller and lighter, making it easier to carry around for extended periods. While its autofocus system struggles with tracking faces in still photography, it delivers excellent overall tracking performance on video. Unfortunately, its menu system is quite unintuitive, as it buries several functions within submenus. Also, its battery life is unimpressive, though this can vary with settings and usage habits.
Get the Sony if you prioritize better low-light performance, a longer battery life, and superior build quality, but consider the Olympus if you're looking for something cheaper and smaller but aren't willing to give up much in the way of versatility.
The best compact camera for blogging we've tested is the Sony ZV-1. This point-and-shoot is designed for vloggers, with a fully-articulated screen, excellent video stabilization performance, and controls that you can easily operate when holding the camera towards you. It's also a good option for more photography-based blogs. Despite its compact size, it's comfortable to hold, though users with very large hands still might find its ergonomics to be a little cramped.
This camera's JPEG image quality is excellent, with a wide dynamic range and great noise handling capability, though you may notice a loss in sharpness at higher ISO levels. Its 20 fps maximum continuous shooting speed is remarkably fast, though you do have to wait for a while for it to clear its image buffer if you're shooting in RAW. Its built-in Zeiss lens has a full-frame-equivalent focal range of 24 to 70mm, which should give you a fair bit of flexibility in framing your shots from different distances. It has a built-in ND filter that lets you shoot at a wider aperture or slower shutter speed in brightly-lit environments.
However, its autofocus system can struggle with tracking moving subjects' faces in still photography, but it performs remarkably well in FHD and 4k video. While battery life can vary somewhat depending on your choice of settings and usage habits, it's still isn't likely to last you throughout a full day's use on a single charge, but it can be charged while in use via its USB-C port. Thanks to its wide array of features, excellent image quality, and pocket-sized dimensions, it's one of the best compact cameras for travel we've tested.
The best camera for blogging that we've tested for those on a budget is the Panasonic LUMIX G100. This Micro Four Thirds camera is lightweight and portable, making it easy to take with you on the go. It's aimed at vloggers, with several vlogger-friendly features, but it's also a solid stills camera for bloggers.
It has a fully-articulated touchscreen that you can flip around to face you, which automatically enables the camera's 'Self Shot' mode. In 'Self Shot' mode, the camera enables eye and face tracking as well as audio tracking, which can isolate sound coming from any direction. It also features several blog and vlog-friendly settings, from beauty filters to background blur settings. The camera delivers excellent overall image quality, with a ton of dynamic range, and its video quality is fantastic in more controlled lighting conditions.
That said, it's not as well-suited to shooting in low light due to its smaller sensor, with just fair noise handling at higher ISO levels. Its autofocus system isn't the most consistent either. It does well with moving objects but struggles to track moving faces reliably. Still, if you're looking for a blogging or vlogging camera that offers a lot of value for its price, this is a good option.
Nov 23, 2021: Reviewed picks for accuracy and availability; no change to recommendations.
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 US).
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.