The Best Camera for Bloggers
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. There's no such thing as the one-and-only best camera for bloggers.
You can read recommendation after recommendation, but you won't find it because it doesn't exist.
I truly believe good photography has everything to do with your knowledge of the craft and hardly anything to do with your equipment.
However, I've found one little camera to be a great alternative for those of you who want to leave the limitations of your phone behind without going the full (and sometimes intimidating) route of the DSLR.
I recently purchased this camera in order to have something portable to take on vacation - I love my DSLR, but I use it for work. The last thing I want is to see it get damaged on my travels or lost.
So after falling in love with the features of the X-M1 and the super cute vintage inspired design, here's my reasons for recommending it!
This little camera is lightweight and small. It's so easy to carry in my purse and I don't feel ridiculous taking it out at restaurants - something I was never comfortable with doing!
It's size make it subtle and easy to hide, which is great if you don't want to draw attention.
2. Flat Lays
The screen on the back pops out and is adjustable so you can take all the flat lay photos you want without needing to stand on chairs, coffee tables, brick walls, rooftops, whatever dangerous thing you have to do to get the shot!
If you get the X-A2, I believe the screen adjusts to the point where you can take a selfie - perfect for all you v-loggers out there!
3. Manual Features
Iphones and point-and-shoots aren't very versatile when it comes to controlling your light and depth of field. While having manual options isn't always necessary, it's a lifesaver for me when I want to override what the camera thinks will be a good photo and go with my gut and understanding of light and shadow.
With the Fujifilm X-M1, you have the standard settings like auto or portrait, but with the wide range of options you'd also get with a DSLR, such as adjustable ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.
This is great for those that don't want to rely on their phones anymore and are ready to get a little more serious about the ins and outs of photography.
You get the small, compact advantages of a point-and-shoot with the flexibility that comes with SLR lenses. I love that I can put the 27mm prime lens on this little guy to let in a ton of light and achieve great depth of field. I can also switch it out for a wider lens to get great landscape shots while I'm out and about.
I'm not going to lie, this is probably my favorite thing about this camera. I LOVE how easy it is to connect this sucker to wi-fi through my phone. I can browse my camera's images on my phone, select and download the ones I want, and - you guessed it! - share on Facebook or Instagram.
So, are there any draw backs?
The only thing I wish this little camera had was an optical viewfinder - but then that would defeat the purpose of it being small and lightweight. Call me old school, but I like looking through the camera viewfinder. :)
Focusing is a little persnickety. The camera doesn't like you getting too close to the subject, even on macro...but when you get it right, the shot comes out great!
There you have it! My 5 reasons why I believe the Fujifilm X-M1 is the best camera for bloggers.
I sincerely hope this was helpful to those of you looking to improve your photography skills for your blogs.
Disclaimer: I used amazon affiliate links to direct you to the specific camera I purchased. All opinions stated here are my own. Fujifilm did not approach me for this review.