Best Camera gear for food photography (All budgets)

Choosing the best camera for food photography can be incredibly overwhelming. You browse through the internet or your local camera store. And you’re faced with endless choices. Yet as you read through them all. They all seem incredibly similar and you find yourself not understanding half of the settings or tech names on them. Pair that with the fact that buying camera gear isn’t exactly pocket friendly. A fun creative outlet suddenly becomes an overwhelming experience.

You might find yourself picking up a camera, that ticks all the boxes only to find out a few months or even a year later it’s fallen apart. Or the camera quality is no longer what it was. Each camera comes with it’s own traits and specs that make it unique. Not to mention that there are currently probably thousands of cameras for you to choose from.

best camera for food photography

So, what is the best camera for food photography?

Ultimately this will come down to the budget you have, and are able to spend on the camera. Is this your first camera? Is photography for the time being just a hobby? If you are just starting out, purchasing your first DSLR and seeing your first food photos come to life is hard to forget. For food photography you don’t need some of those crazy fancy features that the new cameras offer.

To make your choice easier I’ve added to the list, a few of the cameras I’ve tried and tested over the years. And I’ve also spoken to professional photographers with over thirty years experience in the field. These are some of the top choices that came up time and time again with a range of choices for every budget.

My top tip: If you’re just starting food photography you don’t need super expensive equipment. If you’re a novice photographer the best camera you can start off with, is the one you can afford. Not to mention you won’t get the best results just because you have that higher end camera. 

The best camera on the market won’t provide the best food photo necessarily. When it comes to food photography, we need to take into consideration not only the light in our image, but our composition, the lens we use. Not to mention knowing how to use the camera itself.

Whether you’re a newbie at food photography, own your own restaurant or hospitality business, or simply wanting to step up your imagery on the gram. There is a camera here for you.

If you are just getting into photography

CANON EOS 2000D DSLR WITH KIT LENS

NIKON D3500 WITH KIT LENS

SONY ALPHA A5000 (My first camera)

SONY ALPHA A6000

Mid range 

SONY A7 II  (My current camera)

SONY LENS 50MM f1.8

NIKON D750 Full Frame

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

For the professional

SONY A7 III

LENS: SONY 100MM 2.8 PRIME LENS

LENS: SONY 24-70

CANON 5D MARK IV

LENS: CANON EF 100MM 2.8

LENS: CANON EF 24-70

NIKON D850

 

I hope you find this article useful. For more photography tips and tricks make sure to check out my photography resources here Don’t hesitate to ask in the comments or over on Instagram any questions you may have.

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