Best Cameras for Food Blog Photography

by CorreenK

Have you been pondering the purchase of a new camera just for taking food blogging photos? Hear what my favorite bloggers have to say about the cameras (with a photo) they use.

Finding yourself tempted to throw up your hands, grab grandma's Browning, take shots, and fix 'em up in Photoshop? I hear ya!

Those issues, along with a few others, sent me on a mission. A mission to pick the minds of my favorite food bloggers about the cameras they use to capture ahh-mazing food shots. Graciously, each has agreed to go along with my idea for this share their camera of choice, along with a stunning food photo, and a paragraph or four about why they love their camera.

This is the most honest discussion about choosing a camera I have ever read on the Internet...I am pleased to be the one to bring you this information complied from a group of stellar food bloggers that I know and highly respect!

✪ Wrap up any one of these cameras with a pretty red bow as a special gift for the food blogger in your life!

What to expect when you read this article about cameras, food blogging, and photography...

  • Each person on here has freely given their opinion about the camera they use and why they love it. With non-techy language, I might add.
  • Food photography shots with a link to the bloggers work online is included, so you have the opportunity to investigate further. are gonna love their sites, I sure do!
  • The cameras, available for sale on, are linked to each recommendation. Yes, I do make a small commission if you decide to make a purchase...thank you btw.

Important Note... I have been given express permission from each of the food bloggers on this page to use their images...they own the copyright. Please contact the person of interest to discuss using their images for your publications!

♥ Grab a pad of paper and pen, you'll want to take notes from here on out! ♥

Feta Cheesecake
Feta Cheesecake

Taken With the Canon EOS 7D

Chef Dennis (A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis)

The Canon 7d has been a lot of fun to use, its ease of use and functionality allows me to have complete control over my images.

It does have a pretty good automatic setting for everyday shots, but being able to make all my own decisions and adjustments has not only improved the quality of my images but my thinking process as well.

While the 7d is not considered a professional camera it comes pretty close in a lot of area’s and the Canon name is certainly one you can count on and trust.

If you have an extra 2k sitting around I would advise the 5D Mark Il, but for the money you can’t beat the 7d!

The Canon above is actually the package I got, which included a very nice walk around lens, but not the L series macro lens, which is incredible! ~A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis

My Interview With Chef Dennis

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Taken With the Sony NEX 3

Sandra (Sandra's Easy Cooking)

My camera is the Sony NEX 3 and this series is the first interchangeable lens digital camera system designed to capture continuous auto-focus and exposure adjustment while recording video, where all the components, bodies and lenses, support the feature.It also has limited to 720p video capture, 14-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, which is responsible for the high quality digital photographs.

I love the camera because it is light, has a great grip while you are taking photos and has all the features that I was looking for. It takes great photographs and honestly I am extremely satisfied with this model. ~Sandra’s Easy Cooking

My Interview with Sandra

Sweet and Spicy Chili Nuts
Sweet and Spicy Chili Nuts

Taken With the Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Gerry (Foodness Gracious)

I like this camera because it is fairly simple to use. I have recently became more comfortable coming off auto and onto other settings and finding things out by trial and error and it is very forgiving when mistakes are made.

Easy to delete images, light to carry and no need for an additional lens in my opinion. I have had this camera for about 3 years and never had any problems with it. The battery life is also very good, taking 4 AA’s.

I think this camera has a huge potential and I am just skimming the surface, it’s going to take a lot of trying new ways and using different settings to accomplish the pictures I am looking for.

I use the flash very seldom because of the scene setting, which can adapt to everything from the beach to fireworks scenery. I would recommend the Canon PowerShot, although I do suggest that you use all of the settings and not just manual, you’ll get way better results. ~Foodness Gracious

My Interview with Gerry

Spicy Teriyaki Salmon with Scallions & Brown Rice
Spicy Teriyaki Salmon with Scallions & Brown Rice

Taken With the Nikon D5000

Jessica (Cajunlicious)

My husband bought this camera for me when I started blogging and I could not be happier. My absolute favorite thing about my camera is that it is so easy to use, I felt completely comfortable from the first time I used it.

A few of my favorite things about my Nikon D5000 is that I can choose from seven picture control settings for image control and I love the 19 Auto-exposure scene modes that adjust to any setting and lighting.

When I read everything about the camera, I loved that it shoots movies, so keep an eye out for my video blog posts. One of the neat things is the one-button view that provides easy live access and offers 4 autofocus modes.

The built in image sensor cleaning has to be my favorite thing, the effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning keeps images spot free. ~Cajunlicious

My Interview with Jessica

Swiss Sausage Salad
Swiss Sausage Salad

Taken With the Nikon D40

Rosa (Rosa's Yummy Yums)

Having always been surrounded by satisfied NIKON camera owners, I was naturally drawn to that brand.Besides, I opted for a NIKON D40 because I could not afford anything more expensive or sophisticated. Nonetheless, I am very satisfied with my choice as, despite this DSLR’s obvious limitations, it proves to be a very good and effective ally.

As it is small and light, you can carry it everywhere you go without being annoyed by weight or size issues. Its high resolution image quality (same as the D70s & D50) is amazing and it is fun to use (not extremely complicated to work with).

This camera is perfect for modest budgets and amateur photographers who want to develop their skills! ~Rosa’a Yummy Yums

✣ My Interview With Rosa

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

Taken With the Nikon D3100

Alisha (The Ardent Epicure)

This is an excellent camera for intermediate or more advanced users, with a much friendlier price tag. The camera has a menu of fully automated options as well as manual options.

Examples of some of the amazing features of the semi auto feature modes are choice of aperture priority, from this mode you choose the desired aperture then the camera auto chooses the shutter speed for best results. The camera also has a full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound in 1920 x 1080 MP.

So this camera will allow you to shoot with the simplicity and ease of a P&S if you choose or allow you to learn the more sophisticated functions to create the shots you want.

My previous camera, the Nikon Coolpix (S3000), is a great starter camera that allows you to learn without the expense of a DSLR (example shot – Mango Melon and Lime Soda with Mint and Geranium). ~The Ardent Epicure

✣ My Interview With Alisha

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies - Thin Mints
Homemade Girl Scout Cookies - Thin Mints

Taken With the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H2

Katrina (In Katrina's Kitchen)

When I began my food blog journey 7 months ago I quickly realized that food blogging is as much about taking striking photos as it is about making something delicious.

I am a N-O-V-I-C-E photographer and I by no means have this figured out. But I do enjoy reading and learning so I’ve been soaking up all the information I can get my hands on. I like my point and shoot camera and am still studying its many features.

I just recently started shooting in Aperture Priority mode and I was so proud of myself! I think this is a good sturdy point and shoot camera. I have a smaller camera as well and it doesn’t deliver anywhere near the quality that the Cyber-Shot does.

In particular I like that it takes a super steady shot. As my photography skills develop I hope to upgrade, but this works for me now! ~In Katrina’s Kitchen

✣ My Interview With Katrina

Creamy Penne with Sausage
Creamy Penne with Sausage

Taken With the Canon 60D

Erin (Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts)

I am still learning about my camera. I have come a long way, but I have a long way to go. I enjoy changing the appeture setting, so I can get the blurry background. I also have the ability to adjust the white balance, to help get better pictures.

Clairity is very important when taking any pictures, but I think it is even more important with food. With this camera I feel my pictures are clear and sharp. Additionally, I use a Canon 50mm F1.8 lens with my camera. ~Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

✣ My Interview With Erin

Taken With the Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Liz (That Skinny Chick Can Bake)

This is my second Canon (the first was a point and shoot), so I appreciated having some familiarity with the brand. I’m sure there are features on this camera that I haven’t begun to utilize, but I’ve got the basics down so I can shoot a decent photo.

Some of the major selling points include a 9 point auto focus feature, dust control, and the relatively compact size. I did purchase a 50 mm lens in addition to what came with the camera, and I use that for all of my food photography.

I have also learned that lighting is just as important as the camera…as is investing in a tripod. ~That Skinny Chick Can Bake

My Interview with Liz

Cowboy Chili
Cowboy Chili

Taken With the Canon PowerShot SX200IS

Priscilla (She's Cookin')

For two years I have used what’s referred to as a Point & Shoot for all the photos on my website!

I’ve taken great pride in the photos that I’ve been able to achieve with my Canon Power Shot SX200IS. I think that camera cost about $300 compared to upwards of $1,000 for a DSLR and macro lens.

I like it because it’s small and portable – I can take it on my travels as well as shoot my food photos. It’s also less intimidating to your non-blogger dining partners when taking photos in restaurants! ~She’s Cookin’

✣ My Interview With Priscilla

Taken With the Canon PowerShot S3 IS

David and Marta (Rewards4Life)

The Canon Powershot S3 IS is a versatile camera with a whole host of easy to use functions and modes most of which are accessed from a simple dial on the top of the body, great for switching between shooting modes whilst maintaining an eye on your subject. It has image stabilization (IS) which compensates for any small movements, a nice addition as a tripod is not always necessary.

The macro and super macro functions are amazing and clear but perform best in light conditions so as not to show digital noise. Even though it’s only a 6 mega pixel camera if your not printing large scale prints this should be enough. The color select option is very useful as you can highlight a color and neutralize all other tones giving your pictures a post production feel just from the camera.

It offers a swivel tilt screen which is great for capturing those trickier shots as you can manipulate the screen finding the best angle, you can also use the view finder for a more traditional approach of picture taking.

I love the fact that it uses standard AA batteries which makes it really convenient for those moments your battery dies, just pop in to a shop and you’re ready for action again. We have invested in some rechargeable NiMH batteries which is a real benefit. For a basic point and shoot style camera we really like it but you do need to play around with the settings to get the best results. ~Rewards4Life

✣ My Interview With David and Marta

Moving from Squidoo to Wizzley
Dave's Killer Bread and Mayo
Dave's Killer Bread and Mayo
Correen K

Taken With the Canon SX40 HS

Correen (Food Lovers Web)

My Canon still feels new because I’ve had it 3+ years and I’m still learning about all its features. Two things that I really appreciate are the comfortable grip and picture quality, especially in natural light.

Using this camera takes little effort…just point, steady (it comes installed with a stabilizer), and shoot. Buttons to make adjustments to flash and camera modes are easily dialed or clicked,and each mode has more in depth settings, allowing you to get the best shot depending on your “light” situation.

The rechargeable battery, that came with the camera, is still going strong. It holds a charge for hours and quickly “juices up” with the wall charger. Kodak used to be my go-to, now it’s my Canon! ~Food Lovers Web 

Green Beans and Chicken
Green Beans and Chicken

Taken With the Canon XS DSLR

Ray (Wok With Ray)

This is my first DSLR camera after a point and shoot that I used to borrow from my daughter (Thanks to her).

I did a lot of research before purchasing a DSLR and most professionals are pointing to one thing — save the money for good lenses! I am glad that I followed that advice and didn’t waste my money on a high end camera with all the bells and whistles that I may seldom use in still photography and in my case — food photography.

The lens that I always use for food photography is a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Shhh, don’t tell my wife because it’s more expensive than my camera. This lens is amazingly sharp both on Auto Focus and Manual. So my advice on buying your first DSLR — get an entry level camera like what I did and use the savings toward good lenses. ~Wok With Ray

My Interview With Ray

Fresh Curry Fettuccine
Fresh Curry Fettuccine

Taken With the Canon PowerShot SD1400IS

Victoria (Mission: Food)

I love my camera for many reasons… for one, it’s compact enough that I can easily take it on the go, use it for my personal needs as well as for photographing food (both at home and in restaurants).

I also think it takes better low-light photos (on the P setting) than many other point and shoot cameras that I have had or experienced.

It’s not as fancy as a DSLR, but it’s also seriously less expensive (and bulky) and just fine for my needs. As long as I have ample natural light my pictures come out just as good (I think) to those taken with much more expensive cameras. Definitely two thumbs up :) ~Mission: Food

My Interview With Victoria

DSLR vs. Point & Shoot...

What is your preference?


In Closing...

CorreenKIt fills me with joy to share the different ideas I'm whipping up in my head. Besides the articles here, I'm also growing my online presence and passion for cooking over at

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Updated: 09/05/2014, CorreenK
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What is Your Fave Camera...I ♥ Comments

WriterArtist on 02/19/2015

I loved the photos - they are so tempting. I especially love to take photos of my garden and these days I am looking out for cameras that can zoom in and out and take images with clarity.
I am doing some study because I am a complete novice when it comes to photography. Your food blog has helped a lot in understanding the different brands. Thanks.

WriterArtist on 02/19/2015

It is great to know that this article was chosen as Lens of Day. I hope something similar can be started on Wizzley too, this will give rise to many articles being rotated on the front page and increase in traffic.

CorreenK on 09/05/2014 nice to see your smiling face! Ta for your kind and encouraging words.

nightbear on 09/04/2014

If the photos on this page is an indication of what this choice of cameras can do. I'm in!! Beautiful photography which you are known for Correen.

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