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Which camera to buy for food photography

Which camera to buy is a confusing and expensive decision to make for many of us. This article is to answer the doubts of home chefs when they are willing to buy a DSLR. But the overwhelming information online makes it complicated to understand. The skilful home chefs have the aptitude, and techniques to make great dishes, but there is a loop creating a fake cavity in the world of social media. For anyone who is working in the food industry, should ideally be great in doing food. Taking pictures should not be a skill required. But today the scenario is changed and you need to have a strong social media presence for business to run well. Quite honestly, none of us can render a professional photographer 24 hours for the food we make. Today photography is no less than a must-have skill.

You have a very basic camera in your hand almost all the time and that is your phone. It serves you a decent outcome. But a camera will open up a new door for you and once you have a camera, you will witness the upshot. You will experience new excitement when you have great food pictures. It’s kind of addictive once you taste the pleasure of having successful pictures. 

Cameras these days are absurdly easy to use. With a pretty obvious button, which doesn’t need a tutorial. But having a guitar and knowing the strings of it is one thing, but playing it smoothly is another. Similarly, the more you play with the camera, the more confident you will be in photography. 

Problem is the choices available in this confusing world of photography. Damn to those digital and alphabetical shortcuts which just lead the research to a more confusing mind. I have gone through this and can understand the pain. 

Personally speaking only a professional photographer should and can know all about different models and features of camera and lenses . For most of the home chefs it is one straight question which requires one answer that too in simple language.

I remember when I bought my first camera, It seemed like an alien space where I was looking for a guide who could make it simple. Luckily, One of my husband’s friend who is a professional photographer guided me through in a brief meeting and I blindly followed the suggestions. Later all the learnings happened and I got more and more into the world of photography. It is today quite a fascinating subject for me and I have a curiosity of a toddler to learn more and more about it. 

But this specific post is not for me, its for you who is looking for a simple answer to the question which camera to buy. 

I am assuming you are a foodie and you are looking to take a good food picture using a camera so you can have a better social Media feed to excel in your work. Hence you will not find a standard grid which is filled with the various feature of different camera models, that too in fancy shortcut forms. Just like – Confusion wearing lipstick – and we welcome it in our lives. 

You can take a pretty decent picture using the camera of your phone too if you know how to style your food photo frame. I am holding a workshop where I will be teaching you so many techniques which will help you take good pictures. DIY backdrops, props from home, understanding light and shadows, composition and many more thing will be the point of discussion. If you are keen on learning, do register by clicking on the link. Register here to join

Let’s not waver from our focal point of the post, that is which camera to buy if you are a beginner and you want to take food pictures using a DSLR.

Deciding on a new DSLR is a uniquely personal experience. Although an astounding number of cameras are available, I have tried to narrow down the options. These options below are entry-level models. It is made with an intention of not to exceed with the further expensive camera models available in the market.

You will find elaborated content on internet for further information. This is only for newbies who are entering into the DSLR world.

Canon and Nikon are the biggest names in the DSLR market. They’ve been around for a while, which means they offer a broad choice of both DSLR models and native lenses to match. Which is proven to be very beneficial if you like to extend your work with various lenses and equipment.

You will find these words all over, when you are looking for DSLR. So I have briefly explained them below.

The size of the sensor – In photography sensor size describes the physical dimensions of a sensor. Sensor size can be measured in mm or in inches, for example, a ‘full-frame‘ sensor measures 36 x 24mm and a crop sensor measures 18 x 35mm.

(APSC) – Advanced Photo System type Classic  

In a full-frame, you have larger pixels and in APS-C you have smaller pixels. The full-frame also give you a shallow depth of field and better-looking pictures definitely a choice, if you want the great picture, not just good pictures.

Crop sensor also work pretty efficiently, so if you want a budget friendly offer crop sensor will be a good choice to go with.

CMOS sensor – is an electronic chip that converts photons to electrons for digital processing. CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) sensors are used to create images.

MP means Megapixels – it is a passionate issue for photographers; they’re up there with the “which is better, Canon or Nikon?” debate.

I honestly, don’t want to rain down a lot of information on you. These are the entry-level camera models which will solve your purpose.

Canon EOS 1500D great for beginners or amateur photographers.

Sensor – APS-C CMOS 

24.1 MP (high resolution for large prints and image cropping)

Good picture quality 


Canon EOS 200D II is an entry-level DSLR designed for beginners in mind. It is lighter in weight.

Sensor- APS-C Approx 24.1 mp CMOS



Canon EOS 80D  – good for photography and videography 


24.2 MP 

Full HD video 

45 autofocus points (important for speed and accuracy of autofocus and burst photography)

A responsive camera to keep pace with the action.


Nikon D3500 It’s a good entry-level camera and will give you a bit of room to grow.

Sensor: APS-C CMOS Sensor with 24.2 MP

Good picture quality. 

Nikon D3200, Nikon D3400 and Nikon D3500 all are entry-level and can be considered for entry-level purchases. All three cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. 

The D3200 has a resolution of 24.1 megapixels, whereas the D3500 provides 24 MP.

A noticeable difference is the slightly reduced size compared to the Nikon D3400, and the Nikon D3500 DSLR is 45g lighter. 

The other main difference between the two entry-level DSLRs is the battery life with the D3500 is better, almost 1550 shots which is 350 more shots than the D3400 can capture.

Great auto focus in continuous shoot 

Excellent image quality.

Not great in low light.

But you can consider any of the above camera as a beginner. 


Nikon D5600 The D5600 is a highly capable camera at an affordable price that will appeal to a range of DSLR users.

time-lapse movie function lets you record impressive videos entirely in-camera.

Superior image quality delivered by 24.2 effective megapixels 


Nikon D7500 – I am using right now for photography. So my favourite one. 

Gives you the freedom to shoot detailed images even in harsh lighting conditions. With its 51-point autofocus system and a continuous shooting speed of approximately 8 frames per second

CMOS sensor 



Other then Nikon and canon 

Panasonic g7 – Its mirrorless

Shoots in 4k 

Great for video


Panasonic g80 or g85 

In body image stabilisation 

Sony a6000, a6300, a6500

Good kit lens 


Great auto focus and video 

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