As a travel blogger and photographer, I’m sometimes asked what I think is the best camera for blogging and travel photography. Of course, there’s no easy answer to this. The right camera for you will depend on your experience, your budget, and the sorts of subjects and locations you like to photograph. What’s more, I haven’t tried every available camera on the market, so I simply haven’t done enough research to be able to give you a precise answer.
Which is why I thought I would throw the question open to the travel blogging community. I reached out to a range of travel photographers and travel bloggers and asked them which they think is the best camera for blogging and why. And this post is what they came up with.
All of these cameras have been tried and tested by experienced bloggers and travel photographers. These might not be the newest, shiniest, latest models, but these are the cameras they use every day and love, so you can be sure this isn’t just the opinion of a tech reviewer who used the camera for five minutes.
This list contains a full range of cameras, from high-end professional DSLRs to entry-level point-and-shoot cameras for beginners. Some of them are older models, which means that you can pick up a bargain now if you buy second hand, or you can choose to pay a bit more for the latest version.
But matter what your budget or level of skill, you’ll find a camera in here to suit you and your blog.
I buy almost all my camera gear second hand from either Wex Photographic or MPB.com – who also have a US site. If you find a camera you like, be sure to check them out for older models or ex-display stock and grab yourself a bargain!
NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. All prices correct at time of writing.
Canon 5D Mark IV
By me, Bella, from Passport & Pixels
There’s a reason why the Canon 5D is still the camera of choice for pro photographers the world over: it really is one of the best there is. With a full-frame sensor, packed with features, fully controllable, and compatible with Canon’s world-beating range of lenses, this is the best camera for blogging if you want stunning quality photos that will leap off the screen.
Ten years ago, when I decided I was ready to take my photography from adequate to excellent, the Canon 5D Mark I was the obvious choice. I later upgraded that to a Mark II which I carried round the world for eight years, and when the time finally came to retire that, I simply upgraded to the Mark IV, which has a 30 megapixel sensor, shoots 4K movies, has a touch screen, built-in GPS and WiFi, it’s weather-sealed, great in low light, and much more. Just about every single photo you see on this blog was shot by me using a Canon 5D.
Of course there are drawbacks to owning a camera like this. For starters, it’s not cheap, costing about £2,700 if you buy it new or £1800 if you pick one up second hand in the UK / $2200 in the US. It’s also pretty big and heavy, particularly by the time you’ve added lenses and other bits and bobs to your bag. But for me, these are the prices you pay to be able to take the best quality photos. If you’ve always found yourself looking at professional photographers’ images and thinking ‘I wish I could take photos like that!’ then this may be the camera for you.
Fujifilm X100 Series
By me, Bella, from Passport & Pixels
Much as I love my Canon 5D, there are times when I don’t want to be lugging a backpack full of camera equipment around. So for those moments when it’s better to carry something more compact, I have the Fujifilm X100T. I bought it when I was preparing to go off and climb Kilimanjaro, and I knew I wanted something light and portable, that would still take great quality photos.
The X100T was recommended to me by a photographer friend, and I was a bit nervous at first because, unusually for most compact cameras on the market these days, it doesn’t have a zoom. It has a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens, meaning that if you want to zoom in, you have to move your feet. But you soon get used to that – in fact I really enjoy the creative challenge of the fixed lens – and what this camera lacks in zoom ability it more than makes up for in other features. Although it’s a compact camera it has a large sensor giving it fantastic image quality, it has the full range of auto settings but also shoots RAW, video and macro, it has built-in WiFi so you can quickly upload your images to your blog or Instagram, and its classic design makes it one of the coolest-looking cameras out there.
Panasonic Lumix G9
By Ilse de Groot from Digital Travel Couple
The Panasonic Lumix G9 is in my opinion one of the best cameras for blogging and travel photography, but also videography. It is a micro 4/3 camera which makes the weight less than full frame cameras – ideal for travelling and hiking. A micro 4/3 sensor has a crop factor of 2x compared to full frame sensors. The huge benefit of this is that when using a zoom lens, you get twice as much zoom. For example a 100-400 mm lens would give you a reach of 200-800 mm, but the weight and size of the lens is still comfortable to carry around. I found that especially on safari with wildlife photography, or capturing the moon and details in landscapes, I always have enough reach to capture what I want.
Another huge plus that most full frame cameras don’t have is an LCD flip screen. This makes it way easier to capture photos low to the ground or high above your head and still see your framing perfectly. The G9 lenses have Power OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) which is an amazing technology to prevent image blur resulting from hand shake. You can easily capture long exposure photos from waterfalls without using a tripod, or take clear images on safari during a bumpy ride. And thanks to the magnesium body the camera is dust and weather-sealed.
Of course there is a downside of using a micro 4/3 camera. They are not the best in low light, but you can compensate for that by buying a prime lens with an aperture below f/2 for night photography. The 20.3 megapixel sensor is good enough for social media and blog pictures, but there is even an option to shoot in high-resolution mode! This results in 80 megapixel RAW files, perfect if you want to shoot a high quality picture for a magazine or print. Besides all these amazing specifications for photography, the Panasonic Lumix G9 is also a great camera for filmmaking with 4K recording up to 60fps and HD high-speed video recording up to 180fps!
Canon Powershot G7X
By Suzanne from Meandering Wild
The Canon G7X is the best camera for blogging because it looks like a tiny point and shoot but is packed with a lot of features that you will find on larger DSLR’s – including the ability to shoot in RAW and turn on full manual focus and exposure settings.
While travelling I don’t always want a large camera but do want to maintain the ability to take control. The G7X is perfect as a pocket camera for any level of user and can be used equally well by beginners and those with more experience. It sometimes struggles in harsh light or where there are a number of focal points but slowing down and giving it a chance to focus usually solves the problem.
My main reason for choosing this camera was for its underwater abilities when combined with the waterproof housing. It allows me to take one camera on my travels and have the ability to take photographs on land and underwater. This camera costs just under £500 and is really great value for money.
Olympus OM-D E-M10
By Holly from Globeblogging
If you’re looking for the best compact camera for blogging and travel photography, the Olympus micro four thirds cameras are a great option.
I’d always been put off by the size and weight of a DSLR, but was given an Olympus E-M10 that had sat unopened in a box for years. The Olympus E-M10 is a fully interchangeable lens camera, in a compact point-and-shoot camera size. Small enough to be thrown in a handbag and light enough to barely notice. It is also much more affordable than some DSLR options on the market and produces clear, crisp images with great colour capture.
The E-M10 is the entry level into the Olympus range priced at less than £800 for the latest body and kit lens. The lenses will also fit the E-M5 and E-M1 – which increase moderately in size, weight and price.
I’ve now upgraded to the E-M5 model for the greater weather protection and megapixel capability, but the newest E-M10 has levelled up on the megapixels. You can still get older models second hand for less than £150 which is amazing value for money.
The size and weight of these cameras is a huge advantage, however to enable the compact package the image sensor is smaller than that of a DSLR so it has less capability in low light conditions, and the lower megapixel means some limitations on cropping in images. The mirrorless technology also means it has an electronic viewfinder, so while there are fewer moving parts there is also circuitry that can malfunction. Even so, for weight, affordability, and ease of use this is still one of the best cameras for blogging out there.
By Ben Holbrook from Driftwood Journals
Fujifilm’s X-Series mirrorless cameras have become firm favourites among travel and street photographers. They tick all the boxes – they’re reliable, ultra compact and the image quality is insanely good – but there’s also something unique about their tactile physical dials that make you feel like you’re shooting with an old analog camera (especially if you pair your Fujifilm camera with vintage lenses).
Though it’s not the latest, the X-T20 is one of Fuji’s smallest interchangeable-lens cameras and arguably the greatest way to join the ever-growing Fuji family. This little 24 MP beast will get you the same magic Fuji photos (no one can explain what it is, but it’s definitely a thing) as the more recent Fuji X-T30, and more advanced X-T3/4 models, but for less than half the price. Not to mention its amazing autofocus capabilities, which makes it an epic little video camera too. Oh, and the full auto mode makes it a doddle for beginners.
Pick up the X-T30 brand new with the ultra versatile (and stabilised) XF18-55mm F2.8-4 zoom lens for around £1150 and you’ll have all the camera you could ever need to photograph and film everything and anything on planet Earth. Or if your budget won’t stretch to that, get the X-T20 new for about £750 or second hand for around £400. Just be warned that GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is almost guaranteed to set in after your very first shoot!
By Michael Rozenblit from Capture That Snap
One of the best cameras for blogging and travel photography if you’re starting out is the Sony A6000. While there are certainly better cameras on the market, the Sony A6000 is a fantastic option for beginners as it’s significantly cheaper than other cameras in this range but still offers a great range of functionality.
The Sony A6000 is a mirrorless camera, meaning it is significantly lighter than traditional DSLR cameras. So it’s ideal for minimalist packers, which was one of the main reasons I chose it initially. It is also an older model, meaning that the price has come down and it’s currently available for around $550/£500 with the kit lens or just £275 second hand body only in the UK.
The standard lens (16-50mm) that comes with the Sony A6000 offers a good range for travel photography, particularly if you take a lot of wide-angle and landscape shots. While the quality of this lens isn’t the best, there are a number of upgrade lens options available.
The Sony A6000 isn’t the latest or the best model in Sony’s range of A-series cameras, but it’s still a great camera and it’s super affordable, making it one of the best cameras for beginners who don’t want to invest in one of the premium models yet but still want a quality camera that has a lot of different functions and options.
By Fuad Omar from A Walk in the World
When I wanted to buy my first DSLR, I was not sure how much I should spend on it. I didn’t know how to operate a DSLR camera at that time, I just knew that you need to have one to take wonderful photos. Many of my friends told me they spent a fortune on a camera and were not using it at all. So, I chose a Nikon D3300 which is cost effective, lightweight (455 gram with battery and memory card), comparatively compact and still has a good configuration.
I bought it in 2013 at only US$400 and took it with me to over 20 countries. Today you can still buy this great camera second hand which is amazing value for money, though Nikon have since brought out a newer version, the D3500.
I am a backpacker and it easily slips into my Osprey Farpoint 40. I carried it to the mountain of Annapurna Base Camp ; I took it to the deserts of Egypt, and it survived. I just bought a wide-angle lens as I am more into landscapes.
What I love most about it is its battery life: on a single charge it goes for a week. It’s 24 megapixel, which is more than some full frame cameras in the market. What I don’t like is its video quality, however, when I bought it, video was not a big factor. If I change it ever, the only motivation will be to choose a full frame camera, but these are obviously more expensive. So to me, this is the best entry level camera for blogging on the market!
Canon EOS 70/80/90D
By Paula Martinelli from Paula Pins the Planet
I am a world traveller, blogger and I am passionate about travel photography. In my opinion the best camera for blogging is the Canon 70D, a mid-range DSLR great for someone who wants to take the next step up in their photography. It launched in 2013, and the one I have been using for the past years since I upgraded from my Canon 60D. Since I bought mine Canon have also brought out the 80D and 90D, so you can either pay a bit more for the latest model, or save money by buying an older (but still great!) model second hand.
While some people might not consider this to be the most exciting camera for blogging, since the mirrorless cameras seem to be the preference for many travel bloggers, I still love it. I travel to a lot of places that require a sturdy camera, including safaris in Africa and hiking in extreme weather conditions and this camera has a durable body and it is very reliable to shot with. I am very happy with what the 70D has to offer and with the high quality of the photos that I can use for my travel photoblogs.
The Canon 70D is a very functional DSLR camera with 20.2 MP. The main features are great image and video quality, it has high-resolution images and excellent low-light sensitivity, a capable and fast SF system, excellent performance, a good articulating touch screen and many more features. You can get a second-hand 70D in the UK for about £400 and it can be used with any EF or EF-S lens. The latest model, the 90D, is available for about £1200 (body only) in the UK and about $1200 in the US.
FujiFilm FinePix XP140
By Lindsay Hindman from Siouxland Families
As a mom of three who blogs about family-friendly travel, I got frustrated with delicate cameras that couldn’t get wet or get dropped even a few inches. The durability of Fujifilm’s XP line convinced me it was worth trying, and I love that I can truly bring this camera on every adventure. I’ve taken it hiking, sledding, swimming, kayaking, and much more!
The Fujifilm XP line cameras cost about $150/£150 and are waterproof down to 25m/82ft (be sure to buy a float strap for aquatic adventures!). They’re also shockproof for drops of 1.8m/5.9ft, and freezeproof down to 14F. And, you can connect wirelessly to your phone to transfer images! The only downside is that the image quality is definitely less than what you’d get from a DSLR, especially for macros. But my son and I have both won blue ribbons at our county fair with photos taken with it!
This camera is great for beginners, or as a backup camera for anyone who doesn’t want to risk a fancier camera on a potentially messy adventure. I’ve been using my XP140 for several years now, and it’s still working great. I can’t wait to keep capturing great memories with it.
Canon Powershot SX60/70 HS
By Nisha & Vasu from Le Monde, the Poetic Travels
We travel a lot and carry a Point & Shoot camera along with our DSLRs and Mirrorless. However when we lost our point and shoot during one of our travels, we started looking for a replacement. After considering several point-and-shoot cameras we decided to go for a bridge camera instead, and zeroed in on the Canon SX range. We chose the SX60 which was the latest at the time, but now there is an SX70 too.
The Canon Powershot SX60/70 HS is an all-rounder. On point and shoot mode it takes excellent photos with very little adjustments. We can also put it on manual mode and have finer controls, if required, the way we would use a DSLR. But it’s much lighter to carry and easier to use than a DSLR, so it’s great for beginners.
What we found most useful was its 65x zoom! It is incredibly helpful when we are on the move and suddenly we notice a far off bird or a beautiful structure that we want to photograph. Put in the context of DSLR lenses, that’s like having a zoom lens from 21mm to 1365mm. This is sheer magnificence!
The Canon SX60 also allows burst shooting at 6 frames per second to catch that split second action. A couple of drawbacks which we noted is that it does not perform well in low light conditions and at higher zooms focussing is slow. I guess these drawbacks exist in cameras of this type.
By Jiayi Wang of The Diary of a Nomad
For me the best camera for blogging and travel photography is the Sony A6400. The reason I carry it with me everywhere is that it’s perfectly travel-sized, lightweight and compact. It’s also good for a variety of everyday shots, has a sharp focus, and is weather-sealed. The image quality on this camera is amazing; in fact, what I love the most about it is that it’s easy for beginners to use, yet produces professional results at the same time.
While this camera comes with a 16-50mm kit lens (the camera + kit lens combo is currently priced at $998 USD/£1200), I also often use it with the Sony 35mm f/1.8, one of the best lenses for Sony A6400 if you want to take some stunning landscape and street photography during your trips.
The Sony A6400 does come with a few downsides – the main one being its lack of built-in image stabilisation. Personally, I compensate for that by pairing it with lenses that come with image stabilisation, and the great thing about this camera is that it’s compatible with any lens that has a Sony or third-party E-mount. The battery life on this camera is around 360 shots, so I recommend buying some extra batteries if you have a long day of shooting ahead!
Sony Alpha a7R
By Tiffany Schureman of A Girl and Her Passport
Several years ago, I invested in the Sony a7R II just as mirrorless cameras were becoming popular. I picked it for several reasons. First is the fact that it is mirrorless, which makes the camera body extremely light. It’s a full-frame camera which leads to excellent quality images, and it also has a huge resolution – 42 megapixels!
This is a fantastic camera, not just the best camera for blogging but one of the best there is. The full-frame sensor captures so much light it is hard to take a bad photo with it. The ISO range means that I can capture night scenes without the need for a flash. Because of the small size of the camera body, it is an excellent option for travel bloggers who want to pack light. Plus, I really only need one lens for it, the 24-70. It also shoots video in 4k if you need a vlogging option as well.
I have the Mark II version, which you can still get second hand for around £1100 in the UK. Since I bought mine Sony have released two upgrades, the Mark III and the Mark IV, which has 61 megapixels. The more recent versions also have two SD card slots, which is great so you don’t run out of memory halfway through shooting. I haven’t used the Mark IV, but I had a chance to hold the Mark III, and it is even lighter than the Mark II.
The only drawback to these is the price. The body is expensive, as are the lenses – costing about £2500 body-only for the Mark III and £3500 for the Mark IV . This is not an entry level camera, but if you are serious about taking the best possible photos for your blog, you won’t regret buying this. For me, it was worth it as now that I have the lenses, I can just buy a new camera body when I can afford it.
Canon EOS 800/850D (Rebel T8i)
By Daniel James from Layer Culture
As somebody who loves taking lots of photos along my travels I found that my phone just wasn’t giving me the type of photo quality I wanted, so I looked for a camera that could give me more ‘professional-looking’ photos. After doing research, I found that the Canon EOS 700/800/850D range was a popular choice, not only for photos but for video too. In the US this range is known as the Rebel T range, so the 850D is the Rebel T8i and the 800D is the Rebel T7i.
I think this is the best camera for blogging because it has a pivoting LCD screen which allows me to do vlogs and other types of video montages during my solo travel adventures in Latin America. I bought the 600D which was the latest at the time, removed the 18–55mm Kit Lens and bought myself a 50mm lens and a decent anti-theft camera bag so I can keep everything safe in one place.
As I am no expert with cameras I found this to be the perfect entry-level DSLR with the new and improved 850D available for around £840 in the UK and $750 in the US (body only). The only pet peeve I have is how heavy it is when carrying it around, especially when doing urban photography and moving around big cities. All in all, though, any model in this series makes is a superb camera for blogging and although newer models like the 800D are now available, you can still buy older versions second hand which make them even more affordable, and they seem to hold their value which I’m very pleased about.
By Daria Bachmann from The Discovery Nut
The ever-popular GoPro is one of the best cameras for travel blogging if you like taking action shots. GoPro regularly release new models – last year it was the Hero 8 Black, and they’ve just rolled out the new GoPro Hero 9, a sleek camera with amazing photo and video resolutions, a bigger body and crisp 5K footage. It also comes with a front-facing screen, a big upgrade from all previous versions.
A GoPro is a great camera for blogging if you like to film action and you think you might get wet. I own the GoPro Hero 7 and it’s a perfect waterproof camera with 12 megapixels that has worked great for snorkelling trips as an underwater action camera. This camera has several modes (time lapse, slow motion and standard) and is very easy to carry around. It’s light, portable and easy to pack.
GoPros are really easy to use and you can even use them hands-free by buying a mount so you can wear the camera on your head, chest, or helmet. There are tons of available mounts depending on what kind of action you need to shoot.
DJI Mavic Mini drone
By Lora Pope from Explore with Lora
The DJI Mavic Mini is one of my favourite cameras for blogging. I’d been wanting a drone for a long time, but the size and weight of them were holding me back as I try to travel light. When DJI came out with the Mavic Mini I was so excited because it was exactly the product I was looking for.
What’s so great about the Mavic Mini is that it is only 5.51 x 3.22 x 2.24 inches (it can fit in my the size of my hand) and only weighs 249g. It’s easy to fit it in my backpack, and I barely notice the extra weight.
What makes the Mavic Mini so great for travel blogging and photography is the ability to take aerial photos and get an entirely new perspective of your surroundings. This works especially well for landscapes such as beaches. The downside of the Mavic Mini is that because it is so light its wind-resistance is pretty bad, which limits you if you are traveling in windy areas.The Mavic Mini is the perfect drone for beginners because it’s extremely easy to use. You can have it flying minutes after taking it out of the box with a built-in flight tutorial. It’s also a much lower price point than other drones at only £459 in the UK or $349 in the US.
Disposable film camera
By Mikaela of Voyageur Tripper
I’m a firm believer in the mantra ‘the best camera is the one you have on you’ and for a long time I travelled exclusively with disposable film cameras. I started using them because I needed something lightweight for hiking and camping, and I’m fairly accident prone, so I knew I would break a fancy camera. Now I have a DSLR, but I still love bringing a disposable camera or two. I like that you can’t see how the photo is going to turn out and, since you’re limited to 27 shots, it’s easier to put down the camera and be in the moment. I also love how film photographs look and having a physical printout of the photos when you get them developed.
The biggest drawback of a disposable camera is that you can’t control any of the settings or use different lenses. On the other hand, these features also make it perfect for the beginner, no-fuss travel blogger or photographer. This photo below was taken on a month long canoe trip I did. My guiding partner had a DSLR but it died from water damage when one of our canoes capsized. One of my disposable cameras got soaked from a lightning storm, but almost all of the photos turned out fine. In questionable conditions, disposable cameras are the way to go. They’re also super cheap – something like the Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash only costs about £10!
When you get the photos developed they also give you the digital files (on a CD or USB usually) so it’s really easy to put them on social media or a blog. A disposable camera is definitely helpful for budget travel bloggers (as it would be consistent with their brand) or lightweight travel bloggers. The photos also have a timeless look to them, which is hard to replicate with a filter.