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October 24, 2017

Best Cameras for Bloggers and Instagram Content

I thought it was time to do a little round up of...CAMERAS. I know most of you reading this are aspiring bloggers, influencers or maybe you just want to take some epic photos. It took me YEARS to find a camera that worked for me. The DSLR's were too clunky, too "photographer-y" and just not user friendly (at least for me, please keep that in mind! This is just my personal experience). I had no formal education on photography and those shooting me (aka Mom, Emin, Jenna, random person on the street) didn't either. It was an absolute pain to shoot!

Over the years and I would probably say 4-5 cameras later I've found two that I really love and that are super easy to use. These are the cameras I use to take photos seen all over my Instagram feed and blog. Please note that my review below is not a photographers review but rather an every day user.
shot with Sony A6000
SONY A6000 + Sigma 30mm 1.4 Lens

My baby, my go-to, my I-got-your-back-no-matter what camera is the Sony A6000 (shout out to Francis for introducing me to this). This camera is pretty easy to use especially if you have some general photography knowledge. It's compact and super light. Has amazing image quality, fast autofocus and Wi-Fi. I use a Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens which is a prime lens meaning you can't zoom in or out. The 1.4 f-stop is what gives it a shallow depth of field, aka blurred background! And I am pretty much always in focus, it's phenomenal especially for the price at $448 (for the body only). The Sigma 30mm 1.4 is $340.
I usually shoot with the following settings: Aperture Mode, 2.5 - 3.5 f-stop, ISO Auto
shot with Sony A6000
shot with Leica D-Lux 109

The second camera I shoot with is the Leica D-Lux 109. This is a point-and-shoot camera with a fixed lens, meaning you can't buy other lenses for it.  For starters it's a Leica which is the cream de la cream of all cameras. It has an old school "look" and takes great Instagram photos. I like using this camera in place of my iPhone. It also has built in WiFi and great focus. I use the burst option and move around to get candid shots.

You will get a much more flat image with the Leica, no bokeh or super blurred background but it's an amazing camera for traveling and I LOVE the way my edits look with this camera. It's a little on the pricy side at $1095 but definitely worth it!

I usually shoot with the follow settings: Apeture (A) mode, 2.8 f-stop, ISO Auto

shot with Leica D-Lux 109

iPhone 8+

I wanted to include my iPhone 8+ camera because they really do take great photos and some of the biggest bloggers in the game use only iPhone shots! You don't need an expensive camera to make your blogging dreams come true, trust me. I use my iPhone camera when 1. I don't have my other cameras on hand 2. When I'm a little lazy :) or 3. When I'm taking a photo with someone else....Emin, Erin, Enocha.

I hope this helped answer all of your camera questions! Let me know if you guys like these blogging tips or what you want to hear next in the comments below.




  1. I love this post, thank you so much for sharing all the details! I feel like the settings confuse me so much so I’m going to try the ones you recommended!

  2. so nice look ; -)))


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  3. This is so awesome! I have the Sony a5100 with 50mm 1.4 Sony lens but I feel like it makes my photos blueish compared to my cannon. Oh well. 🙂 do you also use VSCO or do you edit in Lightroom or some other application? I love love love your feed!!

  4. Such helpful information! It gets a bit overwhelming when you hear about all these different cameras people are using and you really have no idea what anyone is talking about🙈. Thanks for breaking it down!

  5. Hi. This is so amazing of you to share with us all your secrets!
    Do you use a Camera tripod by any chance..? Or just ask rendom people to take the shot?

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  8. Thank you for a great explanation. I was looking online for a similar idea and really appreciate it

  9. great post on photography gear hun! drafted a similar post and hopefully sharing it soon.
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  10. Such a good post! I have to get myself a 35mm lens for our camera, it is on my wish list, since I tend to use either a zoom or a 50mm lens, which is fine for portraits, but I want something different.
    xx Jenelle

  11. Thank you for a great explanation. I was looking online for a similar idea and really appreciate it

  12. Thank you for sharing!! I'm always curious about the camera and gear that bloggers use.
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Thank you so very much for all your comments they mean the world to me! Keep spreading the love and inspiration. xo ejc

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