Best Cameras for Blogging in 2019

Looking for the Best Blogging Camera?

The search for the best blogging camera warrants an introduction to blogging itself. Specifically about why it is such a good option as a passive income source. Blogging is an excellent way to make a more-than-decent passive income for yourself. Thanks to all the excellent marketing opportunities. Plus, the technical advancements.

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These days, starting a blog and monetizing it is no longer rocket science. Hell, if a tenth standard guy can do it, so can you. No wonder so many people are joining the bandwagon and starting their own blogs.

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The question is finding the right tools. And when we talk about tools the one tool that assumes the top priority is, you guessed it, the camera. Today, we shall be looking at the best blogging camera options.

Entry Level Options for the Budding Blogger

1. Canon EOS Rebel SL3

2. Nikon D5600 (Best Blogging Camera – Entry Level)

Outdoor/ Nature Blogs, Weather-Sealed Options

3. Pentax K-1 Mark II

Low-Light Champs

4. Sony Alpha a7S II

5. Sony Alpha a7 III (Best Blogging Camera – Low Light)

Full-frame Options

6. Nikon D850 

7. Pentax K-1 Mark II

8. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Mirrorless All-Rounder Options

9. Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (Best Blogging Camera – Our Pick)

10. Sony Alpha a6500

Entry Level Options for the Budding Blogger

1. Canon EOS Rebel SL3

The new Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (also known as the EOS 250D) is an entry-level DSLR. It encompasses many features from Canon’s upmarket DSLR and mirrorless systems. That includes the mirrorless EOS M50. No doubt this camera is designed keeping in mind the first time DSLR buyers. Along with it, anybody who is looking to upgrade from a point and shoot camera.

As a blogger, you would want to be able to make great looking high-resolution images. With the minimum possible fuss. The EOS Rebel SL3 allows you to do just that. Even if you shoot images just to highlight your blogs the SL3 produces great images. Don’t know much about photography? Never mind! The Auto mode is a great way to leave the complex settings to the camera. You can just concentrate on the composition and focusing bits.

Sensor

The camera is powered by a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. It is mated with the DIGIC 8 image processor. At the back of the camera is a 3” 1.04m-dots vari-angle touchscreen. Thanks to that the camera is suitable for shooting videos too.

Speaking of shooting videos, the sensor comes with the new dual pixel CMOS AF technology. Plus the vari-angle touchscreen allows you to move it 180 degrees. This means you can point it in the direction of the lens. This is ideal to live-view what’s being recorded and also check focus when you are recording yourself.

Advantage of Lighter DSLRs

Lighter DSLRs are great for bloggers who might not enjoy the heft and bulk of a professional DSLR. Bloggers across all genres will love the lightness of the camera. As they will, the ease of use.

Speaking of ease of use, the camera comes with the quintessential Q button, giving you quick access to the navigation menu. It also has a four-way navigation button at the back. Look-wise and as per the layout of the buttons, the SL3 is pretty much the same as the older SL2.

Bloggers need the option for faster and wireless transfer of images as they shoot them. The EOS Rebel SL3 comes with both built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to give you that option. This is our pick as the best blogging camera for entry-level bloggers on the Canon platform.

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CANON DIGITAL CAMERA EOS REBEL SL3 (BK) Body
  • Lightest, smallest EOS DSLR camera*.
  • High image quality with 24. 1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor.
  • Fast and accurate dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye detection AF.
  • 4K video, 4K time-lapse movie.
  • Vary-angle Touchscreen, 3. 0-Inch LCD, built-in Wi-Fi** and Bluetooth*** technology with auto image transfer. , DIGIC 8...

2. Nikon D5600 (Best Blogging Camera - Entry-Level)

The Nikon D5600 is our choice as the best blogging camera for entry-level bloggers.

Sensor

The D5600 is powered by a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor. It is mated with the DIGIC 4 image processor. At the back of the camera is a 3.2” 1.037m-dot vari-angle touchscreen.

Disadvantages

The only area where the Nikon loses out to the Canon is the absence of 4K / UHD shooting. Both the Canon and the Nikon have stereo mics built-in as well as the option to use an external stereo mic. But then we are not discussing the best vlogging camera here. Rather the best blogging camera.

So, let’s not dilly-dally with those features. So, the ability to shoot great videos is a welcome addition but not the primary requirement. For vlogging purposes the requirements are different. We shall discuss them at some other time.

AF and Other Features

The D5600 is a much better camera than you think it is. It has a Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-point AF sensor. Plus, you get a 5 fps continuous shooting speed. You must be thinking what would I be doing with a continuous shooting? Maybe that feature is lost on me.

The thing is many beginner bloggers have unique blogging ideas. Birding for example. That’s where it will come in handy. And for sports photography too. To be honest 5 fps is nothing compared to what you need for shooting great sports and bird photography. But it’s a good starting ground.

Wireless functionalities are in the form of SnapBridge Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC. So, you can use a compatible smartphone or use a laptop to transfer your images, even on the go.

Nikon D5600 24.2MP DSLR Touchscreen Camera with SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with...
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor. Approx. 0.82x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m(*1))
  • 3.2" 1.037m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with NFC

Outdoor, Nature Blogs, Weather-Sealed Options

In the weather sealed department we have only one suggestion and that is from the Pentax stable. Notwithstanding, the leading two brands have their own offerings in the weather-sealed segment. Canon’s 1DX mark II and Nikon’s D5. But they are prohibitively more expensive. Plus, you don’t need these cameras unless you are professional and making a truckload of cash from your blogs. In which case the cost of the camera will pay itself over a few years.

3. Pentax K-1 Mark II

It is difficult to get a weather sealed DSLR body at this price. And that too, a full frame one. The Pentax K-1 Mark II is thus a very lucrative option. I.e., if you are a blogger who regularly heads outdoors and shoots in intemperate weather. It offers the best balance in terms of sensor size, performance and weather sealing. And not to mention the image quality.

Sensor

Under the hood, the Pentax K-1 Mark II is powered by a 36.4 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. It is mated with a PRIME IV image processor. The back of the camera is dominated by a 3.2” cross-tilt LCD monitor. Unfortunately, there are no touchscreen properties.

But the one feature that dominates is the weather sealing. You will no doubt appreciate this feature. Whether you are regularly shooting outdoors or is an avid landscape photographer. With the Pentax K-1 Mark II you now no longer have to do a weather check every time you head out. That said you must also use a weather-sealed lens to complete the sealing.

Image Stabilization

Pentax uses the sensor-shift type image stabilization system. That makes all compatible lenses image stabilized by default. Image stabilization rating on the K-1 Mark II is rated at up to 5 stops. That means when shooting hand-held you can use up to 5 stops slower Shutter Speed than normal. Getting sharper images hand-held is a lot easier with this camera.

Of course, the concept of sharp image is a bit shady. There are a number of factors that determine image sharpness. We discussed them at length in this article. You may want to check that out if you are interested.

Connectivity

In terms of wireless connectivity, the Pentax K-1 Mark II comes with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. There is no Bluetooth or NFC. You have to pop-in the memory card to a card reader every time you need to back up your images. This is unless you are transferring images using Wi-Fi Direct or using the local LAN in your home office. In 2019, this is a hassle.

Everything said this is the best blogging camera in the weather-sealed segment.

Pentax K-1 Mark II 36MP Weather Resistant DSLR with 3.2" TFT LCD, Body Only, Black
  • 36 MP AA filter-less shake reduction sensor with APS-C crop mode for compatibility with Pentax k-mount lenses
  • Hand Held Pixel Shift Resolution that allows 4 images to be complied into an superior image with increased color...
  • Engine Accelerometer for reduced image noise, faster focusing and increased image sharpness
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather Resistant body for every demanding situation
  • Astro-tracer extended exposure mode with reduced star trails

Low light Champs

Bloggers who make a living out of shooting in low light need a camera that has a low noise threshold. Unfortunately, low light photography pursuits are specialized areas. These include astrophotography, interiors, and travelogues. These pursuits require a camera that has extremely good low light capabilities.

Cheap (entry level) cameras will not work that well in these situations. It is like using a 1.2 ltr petrol hatchback and stuffing it with 10 people. Yes, it will probably move but not at the same speed as a 2.5 ltr truck will do.

4. Sony Alpha a7S II

 

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As our choice for the best blogging camera for low light photography, we stick with two recently reviewed cameras. The Sony Alpha a7S II and the Sony Alpha a7 III. We listed them as the best low light mirrorless cameras. Between these two cameras, we select the Sony Alpha a7 III as the best blogging camera. That is if you are primarily shooting in low light situations.

5. Sony Alpha a7 III

 

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  • Full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization
  • Fast and effective, enhanced Fast Hybrid AF
  • 12.2 megapixels 10 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor Lens Compatibility - Sony E-mount lenses
  • BIONZ X image processing engine ; Clear Image Zoom :Still/Movie: Approx. 2x
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Full-frame Options

As a fashion blogger or product reviewer, you need higher detail. And that is where full frame cameras have an advantage. With a larger sensor real estate, you have a much larger area to pack in a higher number of pixels. Well, at least theoretically. And most DSLR manufacturers do exactly that. Barring the low light champions that we have discussed above.

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6. Nikon D850

That is exactly why we picked the Nikon D850. It has a 45.7-megapixel FX-format BSI CMOS sensor. This camera is a great amalgamation of performance and resolution. It handles low light well.

But generally, it is a good shooter in all types of lighting conditions. The only thing that it lacks is a good weather sealing. The camera will resist moisture and temperature but don’t compare it with the Pentax K-1 Mark II.

Sensor

The sensor on the camera is paired with the EXPEED 5 image processing engine. AF is powered by the Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system. Continuous shooting speed is 7 fps. For a maximum of 51 frames with AE/AF. You also get an 8K time-lapse feature, negative digitizer mode and focus shift mode. In terms of connections, the D850 has SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

As a blogger looking for high res images and excellent low light capability shouldn’t be too much. Right? Put in the extra parameter of a reasonable budget, however, seems like asking for a lot. Add to that the ability to work in a demanding environment and it seems like asking for a lot. But the D850 does all that and in a reasonable budget. If you plan on producing and uploading lots of images then the D850 is a great buy.

Video and Other Features

The fact that it also shoots 4K / UHD at 30 fps is an advantage. It’s a feature that will come in handy if you ever think of vlogging. The only thing that hampers this camera from being a versatile unit is the LCD screen.

The functionality of the LCD screen stops it from being a great vlogging camera. The rear LCD screen only tilts. It does not swivel all the way to 180 degrees. That means recording yourself will be a problem unless you use an external monitor. We have discussed the best DSLR field monitors previously.

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  • Nikon-designed back-side illuminated (BSI) full-frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter
  • 45.7 megapixels of extraordinary resolution, outstanding dynamic range and virtually no risk of moiré
  • Up to 9 fps1 continuous shooting at full resolution with full AF performance
  • 8K6 and 4K time-lapse movies with new levels of sharpness and detail. File system : DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge
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7. Pentax K-1 Mark II

We already listed the Pentax K-1 Mark II in a previous category. That is ‘Outdoor, nature photography blogs, Weather –Sealed Options’. But it is just as good in this segment as well.

Pentax K-1 Mark II 36MP Weather Resistant DSLR with 3.2" TFT LCD, Body Only, Black
  • 36 MP AA filter-less shake reduction sensor with APS-C crop mode for compatibility with Pentax k-mount lenses
  • Hand Held Pixel Shift Resolution that allows 4 images to be complied into an superior image with increased color...
  • Engine Accelerometer for reduced image noise, faster focusing and increased image sharpness
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather Resistant body for every demanding situation
  • Astro-tracer extended exposure mode with reduced star trails

8. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a worthy competitor of the D850. We would have picked the 6D Mark II which is also a good full frame option. But the lack of versatility of the 6D Mark II makes it an inferior choice in this segment. Which is why we chose the 5D Mark IV as the Canon high-resolution full-frame DSLR for blogging.

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I say this at the risk of repeating myself. The sort of camera that you end up investing in will depend on your subject as a blogger. A product blogger or a product reviewer will need a high-resolution camera. Something like the ones that we are discussing in this segment.

A blogger who might be working on publishing travelogues or writing on culinary ideas make not need a high-resolution camera. A decent camera with easy to use features and the ability to produce sharp images in most shooting conditions is more than enough.

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The EOS 5D Mark IV in that sense is a fantastic camera to boot. The 5D Mark IV is powered by a 30.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. It is mated with a DIGIC 6+ image processing engine. The 5D Mark IV has a series of features that you would love using as a blogger.

Auto-focusing is powered by the 61-point high-density reticular AF system. Connectivity options include built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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  • 30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting
  • Up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting speed
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage
  • ISO range 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion
  • 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in-camera still frame grab of 8.8MP images

Mirrorless All-Rounders

The mirrorless bandwagon is definitely getting stronger. So much so that traditional DSLR manufacturers like Canon and Nikon are also looking to get a share of that pie. Sometimes even at the peril of cannibalizing their own well-established DSLR line-up.

We look at the best blogging camera (mirrorless). These cameras give the best combination of image quality and handling. In an affordable budget. Interestingly we have included two mirrorless system cameras under best blogging cameras (low light photography).

9. Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (Our Top Choice)

Our first choice in the mirrorless segment is the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5. For more than two years now the DC-GH5 has remained as a strong performer in the mirrorless segment. A 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus image make the core config. This is a formidable combination.

Video Shooting

4K video with no cropping and internal 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 30p makes the other features. Add 5-axis image stabilization to that. These are great specs for video making. Plus, the camera has a fast continuous shooting speed of 12 fps. This will come in handy when shooting birds, fast action and sports.

Additionally, the GH5 has excellent weathers sealing. The micro four-thirds (MFT) system is a well-evolved system. A number of manufacturers make compatible lenses for this system. Thus, you have a wide range of lenses to choose from.

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10. Sony Alpha a6500

Sony’s latest iteration in the a6xxx segment, the Sony Alpha a6500 is a fantastic camera for blogging. It pairs a 24.2 megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor with the BIONZ X image processor. The Alpha a6500 is great for shooting videos as it has internal UHD/ 4K video with S-Log3 Gamma.

The camera comes with Sony’s 4D focusing system with 425 phase detection points. For birders, action and sports photographers a fast continuous shooting speed is necessary. Thus, the 11 fps continuous shooting speed is a great feature to have.

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  • Wide 425 phase detection AF points, Fast 0.05 sec. AF acquisition
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization steadies every lens. Silent Shooting. Noise Reduction :Long exposure NR: On/Off,...
  • 11fps continuous shooting to 269 frames at 24.2MP w/ AE/AF tracking
  • 4K movie w/ 2.4x oversampling4, full pixel readout, no pixel binning


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