This is a topic that I have looked up many times and I have found a variety of answers. I also have received many questions about this topic, so it’s definitely a hot topic and something I thought I should address on my blog. The topic is… What is the best camera for fashion bloggers?! In a world where there are so many options, you can only expect a lot of answers. So that is what I’m going to give you.
To help synthesize the results of my research, I’ve broken out a few different options depending on what your budget looks like, since this is perhaps the biggest investment you will make as a fashion blogger. I’ve also linked articles that ultimately led me to my purchasing decision, which I will also tell you about. I hope this helps anyone who is in the market for a new camera!
Best Camera for Fashion Bloggers at Every Budget Level:
1. Most Affordable: I started out using a Canon Rebel XS and the kit lens. This was years ago and was my first DSLR camera. It produces clearer images than the iPhone (well, not the iPhone7 in portrait mode, am I right?!) but I still wasn’t getting that blurry background that all fashion bloggers look for. This is when I upgraded to a fixed lens, the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 lens (I always recommend 50mm lenses or equivalents in brands other than Canon since it is an all around great lens for portraits and doesn’t produce any distortion). It produced good images, such as the ones in this blog post, but still wasn’t up to the quality that I wanted. Image quality and consistency make all the difference. I also wanted remote settings (such as remote shutter release), video capabilities, and an even more blurred background but sharp image. This is when I knew I had to upgrade.
2. Mid-range: The next step up from the standard entry-level DSLR is the Canon 60D. This camera is still not a full-frame camera, meaning you are not going to get everything in the frame in a close range, but it is the next level up from the entry level, with it’s video capabilities. It is also a very affordable camera and takes awesome photos when paired with a prime lens such as the Canon EF 50mm F/1.2 USM. If you would like a step up from the 60D, you can try the newer versions: 70D and 80D which have additional features, but are still way less expensive than a full frame.
3. Pricey: In my opinion, the ideal camera for fashion bloggers and wedding photographers alike is the Canon 5D Mark III. This is a full frame camera, meaning you can capture everything in the shot without having to shoot really far away (assuming you have a fixed prime lens which is highly recommended). Paired with the 50mm F/1.2 USM lens, this camera will be giving you blurred background for days. Most of my images were taken on this camera (if they are not done by a professional photographer). You can see example images from this camera in this blog post. If you decide to invest in this camera, know that it may take a bit of learning how to use since it does have so many options. It’s one thing to have the equipment, but you for sure need to know how to use it to produce the images you want. I am happy to answer any questions you all may have about how to use this camera!
4. My choice: Now that I have showed you most of the Canon options (I have always been a Canon girl), I’m going to throw you for a loop and say that I chose none of the above for my camera. Actually, my work just bought a new camera, so I am going to end up using this one a lot more! It’s the Fuji X-T2, the newest in mirrorless cameras. The coolest thing about this camera is that it captures the changes you make to any setting in the actual viewfinder. You really can see what you are getting with this camera before you make the shot. This is really incredible and great for people who are just learning to use a Fuji (me)! I will be using it with a 35mm F/2 lens (which is the equivalent to a Canon 50mm). It might not produce as much bokeh (blurry background) as the Canon 5D Mark III does because it isn’t full frame, but the image is SO CLEAR. It’s truly fantastic.
Resources: Check out the below for some additional great articles that helped me learn about cameras and eventually choose!
Hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.
Photos: Laci Havens