If you are looking for a camera to use on your blog or YouTube/ TikTok channel, you have come to the right place. In this article, I list out the 17 best cameras for blogging AND, as an added bonus, 7 must-have accessories to go with your new camera. If you are wondering if a camera is necessary at this point in your business, my question is how much you value the quality of photos and videos for your business.
If this is important to you, a camera is definitely an asset that will make you more money. Whether for taking pictures of products you get for sponsored partnerships with brands or videos recorded to be monetized on YouTube, a camera is a great way to make quality content that will make you money in the future.
Technology has enabled people to be their own media personalities. With a wide variety of cameras, choosing the best one for your vlogging and blogging needs is essential. Quality should be the utmost priority, whether it be about fashion, traveling, nature, or just a peek into your day-to-day life.
As a blogger, your audience will look at two things: your written content and visual content. To become a good blogger, you can’t just rely on stock photos to supplement your blogs. Using pictures that you took can significantly boost the quality of your blogs, leading to more engagement and traffic.
In vlogging, video quality is an integral part of making quality vlogs. Having the right camera can help you achieve a professional-looking output without much need for post-production edits.
To help you decide on what camera to use, let’s explore the different types of cameras you can use for blogging and vlogging. We’ll go in-depth on how each camera type works, their disadvantages and advantages, and a list of models you can choose from–considering every budget and vlogging niche you can think of.
Of course, you must also consider other factors before buying one. These include video image stabilization, performance, speed, lenses, etc. Read on to learn more about the best blogging cameras and the best camera for vlogging as well.
Chris and I have used not 1 or 2 but three different cameras on this list, and they have all played an essential part in our blogging journey. We will share the details for each one in the post below. But I hope that the camera that will help you be the most successful in your blog or vlog is included in this list. So read on to learn more.
Let’s first start with the traditional DSLR camera. Digital single-lens reflex cameras, or DSLR in short, are known for their interchangeable lenses. Compared to a Mirrorless camera, the DSLR provides a direct optical view from its lens. This lets you see exactly what you are shooting, making it easier to visualize.
The DSLR, however, only operates with a fixed digital sensor. Each sensor varies in size and can capture enough megapixels to ensure your subject stays focused. It is also more sensitive to light. As a result, DSLR cameras are perfect for grabbing videos/images at night or in dark places.
Although cameras are much more advanced than the DSLR, there are many advantages to using one. The benefits include the following:
Long battery life – Its optical viewfinder requires only a tiny amount of energy. The screen does not need to be open all the time, which saves a lot of battery.
No delay – The light enters the digital image sensor, and the reflection can be viewed via the viewfinder. Hence, you can see the same scene you are shooting, and there is no delay.
Larger sensors – Compared to other cameras, the DSLR has larger sensors which play a massive role in the quality of pictures.
Interchangeable lenses and accessories – You can customize and build your DSLR to your liking. For example, you can opt to use a wide-angle lens to capture sceneries, a telephoto lens to isolate a subject far from you, a prime lens if you want a sharper image for your film, and so on. Mounts, triggers, and flashes are also replaceable to accommodate your needs.
DSLRs are a bit pricey, but you may buy a cheaper body and a good, expensive lens to lessen the price. Of course, you can mix and match however you want!
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages that you have to consider when buying a DSLR. The disadvantages include the following:
- DSLR cameras are bulkier and are not that suitable if you are traveling. It can also cause back and neck pain when you carry it for too long.
- It can be challenging to use if you are a beginner due to its complex nature.
- It is high-maintenance, and you must take it regularly to professionals for cleaning it.
Now that we have discussed how DSLR cameras work and the pros/cons, here is a list of models we found suitable for vlogging.
1. Canon EOS 4000D
The Canon EOS 4000D is an excellent option for vloggers who are only starting their careers. We also recommend this to those who do not have much to spend and are tight on budget. The design and features are simple, its controls are easy to use, and the image quality is evident.
It features an 18-megapixel sensor and uses the Digic 4+ processor that offers an ISO range of 100-6400. These features are sufficient to get highly-detailed images that are low in noise and accurate in color. So as long as there isn’t that much action in your vlogs, the 4000D is good enough.
Not to mention, the 4000D is good in low-light settings because it has a highlight sensitivity of ISO 12,800. There is also a pop-up flash that is already built into the camera. Another feature you’ll love is that it can auto-focus on the subject and cause a blurring effect on the background.
The DSLR also includes built-in WiFI that makes sharing files so much easier. Lastly, 1080p or full HD videos at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.
2. Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera
The Nikon D7500 is a DX-Format DSLR that offers various useful features to videographers and photographers. It has a 20.9 MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image-processing engine suitable in a harsh-lighting setting and shooting fast-moving subjects.
This camera also features an 8 fps continuous shooting range, an ISO range from 51,200 to 1,640,000, 4k UHD video, and time-lapse recording capabilities. It is also easier to hold as it has a slimmer body than other DSLR cameras. The D7500 is expensive but perfect for intermediate-level vloggers and amateurs alike.
3.Canon EOS 90D Digital SLR Camera
The Canon EOS 90D is an improved version of the 80D. It is best for experienced videographers and photographers looking for light and reliable cameras. The handgrip is deeper and more comfortable to hold for an extended period, perfect for vlogging your adventures and capturing highly-detailed images.
It has a 32.5-megapixel sensor, making it the highest-resolution APS-C DSLR Canon. However, the 90D is not the best regarding ISO performance.
Regarding taking videos, the 90D offers 4K UHD capabilities with an ah—rate of 120 frames per second. Therefore, the 90D is worth considering.
A mirrorless camera has a single, detachable lens and a digital display. Unlike the DSLR camera, it does not have an optical viewfinder. However, some may include an electrical viewfinder. These compact cameras and easier to travel with, making them a great camera to blog from the road.
Especially if you are a travel blogger, these cameras require a few camera skills, and you may have to watch some videos to know how to use them, but once you master how to use these cameras, they are timeless.
They are of excellent quality and last a long time. They are also not as complicated to use as DSLR cameras. So you can still have some control over the various features, similar to how you would go with a DSLR camera, but not as steep of a learning curve- but there is still a learning curve. These are also great video cameras, so while you may have a learning curve, it’s worth it for the high-quality images and the excellent video recording.
If you are looking for great options for a mirrorless camera, the ones below are a few great options to choose from.
4. Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera
This Sony a7 III Mirrorless camera is a perfect option for travel bloggers thinking about doing some blogging on the road.
This one comes with an entire kit, including:
- 1 x Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens
- 1 x SanDisk SecureDigital 64GB Extreme PRO Memory Card
- 2 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
- 1 x Corel Photo Software With PhotoMirage, AfterShot, Painter Essentials, PaintShop Pro, and Video Studio
- 1 x Large Padded Case
- 1 x NP-FZ100 charger
- 1 x Memory Card Reader
- 1 x Mini Portable LED Video Light
- 1 x 3 Piece Pro Filter Kit UV/CPL/F 55MM
- 1 x Wide Angle Lens 55MM
- 1 x Telephoto Lens 55MM + more
A sony a7iii camera is an attractive option for both blogging and vlogging.
5. OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body
The Olympus OM-D is another excellent option for blogging. You can buy lenses for this one, which opens up the various opportunities on the types of things you can shoot here.
It has a starry night setting, so you can take great photos of the stars if you are an astronomy blogger, and its weather resistant, so if you are out in nature recording the beauty around you, you don’t have to worry as much about that exact nature ruining your camera. Of course, it’s pretty expensive even before you buy lenses, but it’s a camera that will easily last a lifetime.
6. Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
If you are looking for a more affordable mirrorless camera, the Sony a6000 is a great option. I particularly like the 3-inch tilting LCD, which makes it so much easier to get that perfect shot without having to crane your neck to do so.
It’s simple but gives you all the qualities you want in a good camera. If I had to choose one from this list, I would say it was the best mirrorless camera since it is more affordable and holds up well in features compared to some of the more costly mirrorless camera options.
7. Fujifilm X-S10 Mirrorless Camera
The Fujifilm x-S10 is a full-frame mirrorless camera, so while it has a simplistic design on the outside, it is also pretty jam-packed with features, including:
- five-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system that gives you the freedom to go handheld,
- cinema-quality DCI 4K/30p and super-slow motion Full HD/240p, 18 Film Simulation modes,
- Including ETERNA Bleach Bypass is the newest addition to the much-loved FUJIFILM Film Simulation mode collection, creating a beautiful, desaturated, high-contrast look that any image maker will find irresistible and so much more.
8.Panasonic LUMIX G7 4K Digital Camera
The Lumix is the most affordable camera on the mirrorless list but is still jam-packed with features.
It has 16 megapixels micro four-thirds sensor, 4K video Capture, Intuitive Controls, and multiple ports for all of your camera extension needs, including a 3.5-millimeter external mic port, 2.5-millimeter remote port, USB 2.0 and micro HDMI Type D; Compatible with a newer BUS Class UHS I/UHS-II SDXC/SDHC SD cards capable of storing high resolution 4K videos.
Point and Shoot Cameras
Point-and-shoot cameras are great for bloggers who care more about being bloggers than professional photographers or videographers. If you want a camera that can get the job done for your simple needs on your blog without taking a class on how to use your camera, a point-and-shoot may be right up your alley.
These cameras stand apart because the focus and exposure are entirely automatic. So you don’t have to worry about adjusting the lens, getting the aperture right, adjusting the shutter speed, or any other camera jargon that comes with owning one of the cameras listed above.
These cameras aim to get excellent image quality and more camera automation. This camera is perfect for you if you want to take more photos instead of videos. Now there are video capabilities on these cameras as well.
If you think the point-and-shoot camera may be a good option for you, check out the 6 options below may be the perfect camera for your blogging business.
9. Minolta MN30WP 21MP Full HD 2.8″ Touch LCD Screen
If you are looking for an affordable point-and-shoot camera, the Minolta MN30WP is an excellent option. This is probably the lowest-priced camera on the list, and if that is not enough reason to want this baby, it is also waterproof!
In addition, it’s compact and has an LCD touch screen which, to me, is always an added bonus since it adds to the overall ease of use for this particular camera. Another highlight of this camera is that it comes with a carrying case and an SD Card, which are usually things you must buy on top of the camera.
So these added items make this purchase even more affordable since you don’t have to worry about buying those items yourself. A few additional bonuses for this camera are Face Detection, Anti-Shake Image Stabilization, and Panorama Shooting – all great features for getting great photos and videos out on your adventures.
10. Kodak PIXPRO WPZ2 Rugged Waterproof Digital Camera
We cannot talk about point-and-shoot cameras without talking about Kodak, the company that puts point-and-shoot cameras on the map. Remember disposable cameras?
Or how about “Kodak moments?” This is the company that many think of when it comes to photos, and for a good reason. This camera has all the simplistic things you love about Kodak while rugged enough to go where you go. I think the best feature of this one is that it is waterproof!
While it is a little more expensive than the Minolta MN30WP, it is still a reasonably priced camera. Another essential factor to consider with any camera is its durability.
And what’s great about the Kodak Pixpro is that it is also shockproof. Meaning that this camera can take a beating., You can drop it and carry it with you everywhere. And will still last along for the ride.
11. Nikon COOLPIX A1000 Digital Camera
Does anyone else think of Ashton Kutcher when they hear the name Nikon Coolpix camera? No? Only me?
Well back in my day, Ashton was the face of this camera, and he put it on the map for all of us non-photographers who wanted an opportunity to capture photos of real life without having photography skills.
Check out an old commercial below.
These cameras have come a long way since they first debuted in the early 2000s. But the Nikon Coolpix still has a reputation for being a camera for everyone. You don’t need to be a photographer to own one of these babies.
And it’s so easy to use that anyone can use it. Some cool features of this camera are its small size, ease of use, and a zoom lens that helps you get the right shot.
This particular camera comes with a bundle of items, including the SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card, Memory Card Wallet, 12 Inch Flexible Tripod, Camera Bag, Deluxe Cleaning Set, and a USB Card Reader. Of course, this camera comes at a reasonable price to get these items. But don’t take my word for it; take Ashton’s!
12. Panasonic LUMIX ZS100 4K Point and Shoot Camera
I am not going to lie, this camera is eerily similar to the Nikon Coolpix camera we just reviewed, but it has one substantial key difference – the price! This camera is half the price of the Nikon Coolpix.
Sure Panasonic is a brand that makes you think more about remote controls and TVs as opposed to TVs, but with that brand recognition comes a lower pricepoint than paying for Nikon.
If we are talking about differences, this one is not as compact or sleek as the Coolpix. But this camera has a ton of cool features that will make for great content for video and images on your blog posts. If you want similar features to any other point-and-shoot camera at a fraction of the price from a reputable brand, the Lumix may be your pic!
13. Digital Camera, Vlogging Camera, NIKICAM 4K 56MP Point and Shoot Cameras
If you’ve been watching this list and thinking phew, this list is freaking pricey! I can’t afford any of this. This Nikicam is for you because it is the most affordable camera on the list.
It’s less than $100 and is a point-and-shoot camera designed to take great photos and videos. It’s breast for beginners since it probably has the most simplistic camera with a few options, so it’s easy to use no matter your skill level.
But that does not mean there are not some cool features. One cool feature I have not seen in other cameras is the built-in filter mode, which lets you take photos in 4 different filters, including negative, grey, antique, and red. You also can record while you charge your camera, which is an excellent feature since you do not have to worry about your battery running out while recording.
14. Sony DSC-W800/B Point and Shoot Digital Still Camera
The last point-and-shoot camera on our list is excellent since it is smack dab in the middle of prices for the options for a point-and-shoot camera and has some pretty great features. It’s small and sleek and takes nice and crisp photos.
While it does take HD videos, it does not have 4k capabilities, so it may not be the best choice for a camera if you plan to do more videos for your vlog. But it is a great beginner camera for those looking to take sharp images for their blogs.
If you are into vlogging more than blogging, a digital camera is an ideal choice as opposed to the abovementioned options. Why? Many of these cameras are built to do 4k footage, which is excellent if you do more video.
In addition, they are typically easier to use. So you can start recording pretty quickly, even with a lower skill level.
They are also perfect for excellent sound and video quality without worrying about being a professional videographer. Of course, point-and-shoot cameras can get the job done, too. Regarding video content. But I believe you can get much better quality and more features if you are recording on the go if you go with one of the following options on this list below.
Not to mention that many digital cameras are known for their compact size, making them easy to pack up and go with you as opposed to having to showcase your camera on your neck everywhere you go due to its size.
15.GoPro HERO10 Black
Let’s start the digital camera discussion with a popular choice, the GoPro Hero. This tiny camera was created with action seekers in mind. It’s small and lightweight, waterproof, and has a great picture. The wide-angle lens makes it excellent for landscape photography and video, and it is a perfect choice if you are doing a vlogging-style video.
Vlogging is when you go about your normal day-to-day activities with the camera. Another great thing about the GoPro hero is its video stabilizer. No matter how much you move and shake, you are bound to get a great shot.
Even though we already had a camera for video, we also invested in a GoPro just because it was perfect for our adventures out and around Costa Rica. It came in handy when recording on the beach and in the water without worrying if it would ruin it.
The Hero10 camera is fantastic, but if you want to save some coins, I recommend getting the GoPro Hero9 instead. This is the camera Chris, and I use for many of our venturing-out videos, and there have not been many changes from this version to version 10. So you can learn more about the GoPro Hero 9 here if interested.
16. Canon G7 X Mark II Digital Camera
Next up on the list is the Canon PowerShot g7 X Mark. While this technically falls under the category of a point-and-shoot camera, I decided to put it into the digital camera category due to its small size and digital camera features.
The best quality I saw for this camera is that the view screen shows above the camera. Now, if you are used to recording videos with a point-and-shoot camera where the viewfinder window comes out on the side, it looks like you are looking off-camera while looking at yourself while recording.
But with the screen above the lens, it looks like you are making direct eye contact with your audience. If you are big on vlogging, this is an excellent camera. Also, this is an excellent pick if you have been recording videos using your phone before this purchase.
It’s in the moderate price range for digital cameras and is a Canon. Canons are known for being quality cameras that last a long time. So you are making a great decision if you go with this one.
17. Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera
Last but certainly not least is the Sony ZV1, the best vlogging camera. I did not always have a YouTube channel, and before dabbling in video, I was a satisfied customer of my Nikon Point and shoot camera. But once Chris and I started doing videos, we knew we needed a new camera that would be easier to travel around with the features we needed to do more such as stabilizing, being more compact, better sound, etc.
And after much research, the Sony ZV-1 is what we ended up with. We have done much travel blogging and vlogging with this baby, and it’s still doing pretty well after a year of use. So if you want a good quality camera with 4k capabilities, stabilizing, and excellent sound quality in a compact size without taking a class on how to use the camera, this one is for you!
Bonus: 7 Must-Have Camera Accessories For Bloggers
Now, if you have decided on what camera you will get from this excellent list, woohoo! Kudos to you. But you may now need some camera accessories. So here are a few must-have accessories you are going to want to have.
A ring light is probably one of the first things you want to own to take great photos. Proper lighting is incredibly important and will make a massive difference in how your photos come out. When I first considered buying a ring light, I kept asking myself how important it is for my blog and was going back and forth on whether or not I should get one.
Not only did it become invaluable for my pictures, but it also got even more use once I began incorporating video into my strategy. Of all the accessories, I think the ring light is probably one of the most important.
If you have a camera, you are going to need a tripod. A tripod makes it possible to get a shot further away than just a selfie and also allows you to get the perfect angle you want for your video. It is also perfect for getting pictures you need to take, whether it be a self-portrait or a shot of a landscape.
If you own any camera, a tripod is necessary. One extra tip, try not to go cheap on the tripod.
A nice quality one will last so much longer and not break when you need it most (As mine have done too many times for me not to have learned my lesson by now 🙄). Learn from my mistakes. Invest in a decent tripod.
I went back and forth about getting a camera case with my first point-and-shoot camera. Since I already had a camera lanyard to keep the camera on my neck, so I did not have to worry about putting it away when I was out and about. However, where a camera case comes in handy is having a nice place to store all your camera things. Our camera case includes extra batteries, battery charges, SD cards, kitty, microphones, etc.
So having a camera case is fantastic. Unless you want to carry all of these things into whatever bag you pack that day. And not just for bringing your camera with you on the go, but to have a safe place for all your camera things to go when you’re at home too.
Okay, this next item on this list is SUPER cool. I had never heard of a wind muff until we got one with our Sony ZV1 camera. If you happen to do any filming outside where there is likely to be some wind while you are filming, the wind muff muffles the wind noise so you can hear loud and clear without the annoying whoosh sound that happens every time the wind blows.
Now I realize that this one is not necessary for everyone. But if you have ever watched a video where the wind is louder than the person speaking, you will be thankful to have a wind muff so you don’t end up like that poor soul. And this can be inexpensive. So if you will film outdoors, I recommend you get it sooner rather than later.
I heard once that sound is so much more important than video. If you have good sound, it not only takes the quality of the video up a notch but also makes the video capable of having dual purposes.
Perhaps being turned into an audio podcast. Not to mention, being able to hear the speaker clearly makes the content you create much better. That means that the person watching is getting the most value from the content you create.
While many of the cameras listed here have some great mics, there are occasions when you may want to have another. For example, lapel mics come in handy when you are further from the camera in a shot or if you have multiple people speaking in a video.
A mic also comes in handy if you are using your laptop to record. Depending on the year of the computer, the mics on a laptop are sometimes not as good as what you could get using a camera. So there are occasions where a mic makes sense.
Extra Memory Card
It is not uncommon for a memory card to come with your camera, which is fantastic! But depending on the length of your videos, there is a possibility that the SD card you have may not be big enough to hold all your content in one go.
Having an additional, larger SD card is essential when this happens. If you only have one SD card and run out of space, you would need to stop recording and move the content from the card onto your computer before you can begin recording again.
Not only is this paying to have to do when you are on a roll with recording, but having to edit two separate videos kind of sucks. This is why having an additional SD card is so important.
Make sure you have at least one extra. And if you can get a third to be safe, even better. This makes it easier for you to dedicate longer stretches of time to recording multiple videos so you can work on getting ahead.
Spare Camera Batteries
Okay, let’s talk about spare batteries. Remember when I said it’s a pain to have to stop recording when you run out of space on your SD card? Well, it’s equally painful having to stop because your battery needs to be recharged, and you don’t have a spare.
You don’t want interruptions when it comes to having only one battery for your camera. I recommend having at least 2-3 spare batteries because I can’t tell you how many times one battery is drained, and I replace it with my second battery only for that one to die 10 minutes later. So annoying!
So make sure you have a few batteries ready. An extra tip, make sure all your batteries are charged the night before you go out. And about and plan on recording for most of the day. If you are doing most of your recording at home, I recommend investing in a camera adapter that allows you to plug up your phone and charge while you record.
This is what Chris and I do for the majority of the videos that we record at home. And the peace of mind it brings knowing that we don’t have to worry about our camera dying is seriously priceless. If you ever film at home, buy a camera charging adapter. It is so worth it.
Phew! That we a lot. I hope it helped you decide what type of camera would be the best option for your YouTube videos or blog. No reason you can’t have high-quality videos and images for your content business, no matter your price point.
So I hope this proved helpful. And I am also hoping that the camera accessories I listed here were helpful too. If you’re going to invest in an excellent camera for your blogging business, it makes sense to invest in the accessories to get the most out of your investment.
But tell me, what did I miss? Are there any cameras that were not mentioned here that have proven to be great blogging or vlogging cameras? If so, what are they? Let us know in the comment.? Also, if you think I missed any excellent blogging camera accessories that are ended, let me know about those in the comments!
If you have questions about what Chris and I use or want more details on any of the cameras mentioned here, feel free to post a question in the comments, and we will get back to you!