Quality images can elevate the look and professionalism of your blog. So, which is the best camera for blogging and/or vlogging? It’s worth putting down your phone cam to find a more high-end blogging/vlogging camera with more capabilities. We’ll break down the 10 best cameras for blogging and vlogging and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
The 10 Best Cameras for Blogging or Vlogging
- Sony a6500
- Canon 6D Mark II
- Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
- Canon Rebel T7i
- Fuji X-T20
- Nikon D5600
- Nikon D7500
- Panasonic GH5
- Sony a7R III
- Sony RX100 VI
What to Consider in a Blogging or Vlogging Camera
A blogger’s needs are different than a professional photographer’s. Most bloggers can get away without a cutting edge, professional camera. This is less true for many vloggers, where video quality is very important.
High megapixels in modern digital cameras aren’t always necessary. Full (1080p) HD has just over 2MP while even high end UHD 4K monitors are less than 8.5MP. Images of 20, 30, or 40MP are not necessary and will likely slow down page load times. A camera with a lower number of megapixels but that has a very high ISO range for shooting in variable lighting conditions will be the better choice.
When choosing a blogging camera, think about your budget and what your needs are. While a point and shoot or a compact camera could work, an interchangeable lens camera may be the best option. Being able to change lenses will offer more flexibility and set up a kit perfect for the subject you’re shooting. A high-quality lens on a budget body will give you far better results than a more expensive body with a low-quality lens.
Best Cameras for Blogging
While bloggers will have different needs that are met by different cameras, here are our top choices for blogging.
The Sony a6500 is small enough that it can go with you anywhere, without being so small that it’s hard to use. It has the benefits of a mirrorless cameras’ smaller body size but less battery life than most DSLRs offer.
There are a wide range of lenses available for it, spanning from affordable to high end. It has great photo capabilities, including high burst rates and a very good autofocus, as well as stabilized 4K video.
- 4K video with great 5-axis in-body stabilization
- 11 frames per second and very good autofocus allow capturing fast action
- Weather resistant body
- External mic port
- Great low light performance
Canon Rebel T7i
The Rebel is Canon’s entry-tier camera. While it doesn’t have the capabilities of Canon’s higher-end cameras, it’s still a great DSLR option and is fully compatible with all Canon lenses.
- Relatively compact and light
- Able to shoot 1080p video up to 60 FPS with Canon’s Dual Pixel AF
- Fully articulating touchscreen
- Decent battery life
- Automatic mode works well for casual or beginner photographers
- Good autofocus
- Relatively inexpensive
The Nikon D5600 is a direct competitor to the Canon Rebel T7i, and each one have strengths over the other. They’re both great entry-level DSLRs with good image quality and battery life and both have lens options. Nikon has some of the best low light sensors available and the D5600 benefits from this. If you expect to be shooting in challenging light, this camera can help you get the pictures you want.
- Very good low light performance and dynamic range
- Capable of shooting 1080p video at up to 60 FPS
- Small size and good price
- Huge number of great lenses available, including from third party brands
- Good battery life