Cameras for Bloggers to Buy in 2017 – Top Choices…
I’ve briefly mentioned a review made by Ciara O’Doherty further into this post; it would be great if you could check out her blog here!
If you’re just getting into blogging, or you’re a more experienced blogger looking to upgrade your photography kit (without breaking the bank), then hopefully, these suggestions of cameras for bloggers can point you in the right direction. As a disclaimer, I just want to say that I am by no means a photography or camera expert, and I don’t own any of these cameras myself. Therefore, I would encourage you to do your own further research to make the best purchase for you.
After doing a little bit of my own research and listening to a few suggestions made by other bloggers; this is the list of cameras for bloggers that I’ve come up with. I’ve also included some links to a few camera comparisons, so if you want to have a look at those, then feel free. Before I get into it, it must also be noted that this is by no means a list detailing the only options out there, because there are plenty of others.
Anyway, here are my suggestions of top cameras for bloggers (listed from least to most expensive):
Canon Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) + 50mm lens – £395 body only / £465 with EF-S 18-55mm lens, on Amazon – Due to its smaller price label, this is the first on my list of cameras for bloggers. I’ve heard some good things about the Canon Rebel T5i, and a lot of bloggers have suggested this one to me. One of my favourite Instagrammers (with around 300,000 followers!) uses this camera and recommended the 50mm lens. This particular lens is supposed to be good for portraits and style shots, so if you’re a fashion blogger wanting to get a clear snap of your outfit, then this might just be the lens and camera for you.
Nikon D5300 – £469 with 18-55mm VR II Compact Lens Kit, on Amazon – Again, I’ve seen other bloggers suggest this camera. According to this comparison, it’s better than the Canon 700D, overall. Although, it is a little bit more expensive which is something to be mindful of.
Olympus Pen E-PL7 (50mm or 45mm lens for pics 17mm lens for video) – £400 body only, via official retailer – This is the camera that I’m most likely going for, as it’s a powerful camera that’s designed for and marketed specifically towards bloggers. If you’re in the blogosphere, you’ll likely know that the upgraded version (the E-PL8) is all the rage with both larger and smaller bloggers. However, this slightly older model is almost identical to the new model and encompasses many of the same features found in the E-PL8. Plus, it’s £100 cheaper. If you want a full comparison between them, click here. Also, here is a fashion blogger’s review of the Olympus Pen E-PL7.
Personally, I can’t really fathom the £100 price difference when 95% of the features are the same, although the E-PL8 might produce slightly higher quality pictures. If any of you have owned both the E-PL7 and the E-PL8 please comment below your experiences with the two. Did you notice a difference in image quality?
Also, as previously mentioned, the 50mm lens is recommended although the 45mm which is designed for the Olympus Pen E-PL7/8 also seems to create a nice bokeh (blur) effect in portrait backgrounds. Also, if you’re looking to vlog with this camera, fashion blogger Ciara strongly recommends the 17mm lens.
Olympus Pen E-PL8 – £500 for the body only, via official retailer – Next on my list of top cameras for bloggers, is, of course, the Olympus Pen E-PL8. This is the latest Pen model and was released in September of 2016, so it’s fairly new. It has much of the same features as the older model, although it has a larger sensor area with the same resolution which means that “it has a larger pixel area, hence better light collecting capacity for a given aperture…” (see aforementioned Olympus Pen E-PL7 vs E-PL8 link). I’m going to be honest and say that means absolutely nothing to me, but if you know more about cameras then it might mean something to you. It is praised for being a powerful camera with the ability to produce very high-quality images, so if it’s within your budget it might be worth taking a look.
One thing that I really like about the E-PL7 and the E-PL8 is that they’re lightweight, they’re compact and they both have an aesthetic design. They also have pancake lenses which are really sleek.
Also, with the Olympus phone app, you can quickly transfer your camera pictures over to your phone via Wi-Fi, supposedly within minutes. This is something that you might not be able to do with a lot of DSLR cameras, which is a bonus. This app can also enable remote controlling, so if you were to put your Olympus Pen camera on a tripod then you could take your own photos from a distance just by using the mobile app.
Samsung galaxy s7/ s7 edge – £569 s7 / £639 s7 edge, via official retailer – Now, I know that these aren’t DLSRs or compact cameras etc., but many smartphones today actually have kickass cameras. It’s also worth noting that both phones have the same camera, although other specifications may be different. If you’re looking for a new phone and want a good camera (and not an excessively high-tech DSLR or anything like that), then it might be a good idea to buy two-in-one. The Samsung galaxy S7 is said to produce crisp imagery with balanced colours.
iPhone 7 or 7 plus – £599 iPhone 7 / £719 iPhone 7 Plus, via official retailer – Just like the Samsung Galaxy S7, the latest models of the iPhone are said to produce beautiful imagery (although personally, I think the Samsung S7 does a better job). However, if you would like to see a comparison between the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7, then click here. Also, if you would like to see a comparison between the iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S7, then click here.
That’s all I have on my list. Hopefully, some of you will find this article to be of use, and I apologise for the abrupt ending. What’s your favourite camera to use? Let me know!
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