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Learning how to choose the best camera for your blog work is a big decision. When I started blogging, I had an inexpensive point and shoot camera that I didn’t know how to use. My photos were awful and I was convinced that getting a new camera would make all the difference. This post contains affiliate links.
How to Choose the Best Camera
I ended up purchasing a DSLR (Canon Rebel T2i) but it didn’t make a lot of difference in my photos because I didn’t know how to use it. After taking an online photography class and getting some pointers from Dawn at Homemaking Hacks (who is a stellar photographer), my photos started to look much better. What that taught me was that skill is as important as what camera you have.
That said, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when selecting your camera.
1. Cell phones and smartphones. Today’s cell phones and smartphones can take amazing photographs with a little skill. My iPhone 6 takes beautiful photos and when I’m taking shots outside, I use it almost exclusively. It’s lightweight and much easier to carry than my big DSLR. If you don’t have a lot of money to invest in a camera, look into upgrading your smartphone instead.
2. Point and shoot cameras. If you cannot afford to upgrade your cell phone to something like the iPhone 6, consider a point and shoot camera. They are typically easy to choose and are often intended for beginners. Look for one with the option to take HD videos as an added plus. Just be aware that you won’t have the range of manual options that you do in a DSLR.
If you’re looking for a DSLR, Nikon and Cannon are the two best-known camera brands. Which is best is highly subjective. I’m partial to Cannon but I know many bloggers who are just as passionate about Nikon.
Whichever camera you choose, be certain that you have the time to learn how to use it properly. It will make all the difference in the world.