10 Cameras to Help Raise Your Selfie Game

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Do you always want your selfies to be captured on tiny, tiny sensors through tiny, tiny lenses? You might, at first, say, “Yes, that is fine.” But think about it for a few minutes and realize that you want your beloved friends, adoring family members, and admiring fans to enjoy your self-portraits in the highest possible quality—captured by a capable camera that is practical and versatile. Right?

The popularity of the selfie has revolutionized photography and the self-portrait. The selfie has changed how we interact—or rather, don’t interact—with others when we want to include ourselves in photographs. And the selfie has even dictated camera design, forcing camera manufacturers to figure out how to get LCD screens to face in the same direction as the lens. Crazy, right? Yes, that is right. The selfie has changed camera design. Name one other type of photograph with that kind of influence.

Here are 10 cameras that you might want to consider adding to your everyday carry that not only allow you to get better-than-the-average-selfie selfies, but also allow you to take great photos of other things besides your beautiful mug!

1. Fujifilm XT-100 Digital Camera

Replacing a Fujifilm point-and-shoot at the top of our list, the XT-100 has the articulating screen that selfie photographers demand, but it also adds the flexibility of the full range of Fujinon X-series lenses. Besides, it looks great, with a retro shape and top-dial controls. Ask yourself, “When taking a selfie, don’t you want to be holding and looking at a camera as good-looking as the subject?”

Fujifilm X-T100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens

2. Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

If you haven’t learned this by now, know that a camera with interchangeable lenses is perfectly capable of taking great selfies. And, because you can change lenses, you have a camera on hand that can perform myriad other photographic tasks. The Micro Four Thirds system is compact, lightweight, and supremely capable of capturing great images, as well as your best selfies.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

3. Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera

One of the smaller and more stylish DSLRs on the market—especially in silver, the Pentax K-70, when equipped with the right lens, will be more than happy to capture your smiling face from the end of your arm or your selfie stick. Not only that, with a battery of Pentax lenses to choose from, you will have much more than a one-trick-pony as your favorite camera.

Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens

4. Nikon A900 Digital Camera

With the Nikon A900, we have a powerful point-and-shoot camera packed with options and tech. Oh, by the way, it is beautiful to look at, as well. Flip up the screen, take a selfie. Flip it down and turn the camera around to capture great travel shots, scenic vistas, and more.

Nikon COOLPIX A900 Digital Camera

5. Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Digital Camera

A late bloomer to the interchangeable-lens mirrorless market, Canon’s latest line of EOS M cameras is getting well-deserved attention. The EOS M100 looks like a point-and-shoot but allows you to change lenses. Also, it features a selfie-friendly flip-up LCD screen and brings with it, like other interchangeable-lens cameras, outstanding versatility for shooting more than your very own movie-star good looks. The EOS M50 is similar, but with an electronic viewfinder.

Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens

6. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Digital Camera

If you are in denial about the fact that the selfie now dictates camera design, look no further than the latest version of the incredibly capable Sony DSC-RX100—the VI. In response to customers loudly (I guess) demanding the ability to create selfies, the third, fourth, fifth, and now sixth versions of this flagship Sony point-and-shoot currently come with flip-up LCD screens, while the rest of the camera design remains virtually unchanged. Because it wasn’t originally designed to take photos of your face at close range, it is more than capable of capturing numerous kinds of photos, too—especially now, with the VI’s extended zoom range!

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Digital Camera

7. Nikon COOLPIX P1000

To get a good selfie what do you need? A flip-out LCD screen and a lens that can focus at an arm’s length or closer, right? Well, the Nikon COOLPIX P1000 has both of those qualities and then, when you want to take a photo that only telescope users used to capture, the 3000mm equivalent zoom should work well enough for you. Check out this review of the camera’s non-selfie capabilities and get ready to, in between selfies, get photos that no one else can (unless they have a P1000)!

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Digital Camera

8. GoPro HERO7

While not a traditional selfie machine, the ubiquitous leader of the action-camera world, the GoPro HERO7, seems to shine brightest when talented extreme sports and action videographers include their own faces in the frame. It is cool to see majestic mountains from the helmet of a skier, skydiver, or wing-suiter but, add the photographer’s face, and the human element seems to make the videos even more compelling.

GoPro HERO7 Black

9. Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

What a beautiful camera. Swing out the selfie-helpful LCD screen and capture a self-portrait of you smiling while you look at how amazing your camera looks when it stares back at you. Like other mirrorless cameras, you can change lenses on the PEN-F for shots way more versatile than your average selfie. The latest PEN is modeled after a family of film cameras dating back to the 1950s.

Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

10. Ricoh Theta V

Unless you fire it remotely using a mobile device, or hold it directly over your head, it is nearly impossible to take a photo with the Ricoh Theta V that is not a selfie. Because it has a spherical 360-degree field of view, with the Theta V in hand, you are certainly going to be capturing some part of you in the all-encompassing frame. Your job is to figure out how to creatively include your presence inside the all-seeing Theta V images.

Ricoh THETA V 360 4K Spherical VR Camera

What cameras do you find lend themselves to awesome selfies? Do you want to know what cameras could have made the list, but didn’t? Let us know in the Comments section, below!

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Forgive the novice/ignorant questions, but I've only ever done point-and-click iPhone pictures and am looking for some guidance.

If I mainly want to get a camera to take more tasteful/artistic selfies (think: boudoir, bodyscapes), is there one of the above that people would recommend above others? I don't plan on having a burgeoning photography hobby, so I'm comfortable spending money on quality equipment for a single purpose, i.e., I don't need this to be great for nature landscapes.

But I am looking for something that gives me feedback on poses (hence the viewfinder), a self-timing continuous photo-taking, and possibly ability to be more forgiving given standard indoors lighting in a home (50mm lens versus 35mm?)

It seems like the Sony DSC-RX100 V is going to be a quality one, but I wonder whether it's worth getting a camera with interchangeable lens. Thanks for your help! 

Hey Elsa,

I wouldn't say that one camera of the bunch would be better for you over another. The cameras with interchangeable lenses will give you the most flexibility, but when shopping for lenses or looking at fixed-lens cameras, check the minimum focus distance and think about your planned images to make sure you can focus on what you want to image. If the camera/lens has a long minimum focus distance, nothing before that distance can be in sharp focus.

The Sony is a good choice, and it focuses down to about 2" in wide angle mode, approx. 12" in telephoto. It is also a great size and very portable with all the features you mentioned.

Let me know if you have any follow-ups! Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks, Todd! This is helpful. I think the portable aspect is nice- maybe I don't need the interchangeable lens flexibility given my lack of experience anyway. Some of the vloggers / fashion bloggers recommend the Sony a5100 as well. I guess I'm deciding whether the premium on the new, shiny DSC-RX100 V is worth it. I don't know whether you have an opinion on the a5100 relative to the "V" given my indoors, occasional photo shoots, but in my various reading, it seems like I might like either of those. Thanks again! 

Hey Elsa,

Tough choice...again, the interchangeable lens camera will allow more flexibility and grow with you, if you get more into photography. Not that the RX100 wouldn't, but changing lenses means you can do more...and carry more...and take up more room in your place.

If the "V" is too steep, check out the predecessors. Sony still manufactures and sells the I, II, III, and IV. All good cameras, just not as new!

Standing by for more follow-ups. Cheers!

Thanks, Todd. Do you get commission / affiliate fees for when I make a purchase? I think I'll make a purchase decision this week and wanted to buy from B&H in a way that rewards you for the article and info.

Also, do you know whether the Sony RX100 V allows you to mirror over WiFi what's in the viewfinder to say, a PC or mobile device? Do any of the other recommended selfie devices have this ability?

Hope you are having a good long weekend.

Hey Elsa,

Thanks for your questions. To answer your first, none of us at B&H work on commission, but I appreciate the thought. When you place your order, if it is on the phone or in the store, feel free to mention that you did your research on Explora!

I believe the RX100 will allow you to see the Live View image from the camera over WiFi. Almost all of the cameras that I have used with WiFi have that feature.

No long weekend here, Elsa! But, Happy Memorial Day to you!

Let me know if you have more questions. Cheers!

None of my Canon SLR cameras are selfie-friendly. Besides not having an LCD screen, my A-1 and New F-1 are manual focus; both can do autoexposure. My 5D Mark III can do autofocus and autoexposure; while it has an LCD screen, it is not flippy.

I was in a COMPTIA Security+ class two weeks ago and the instructor stated that the smartphone was probably the best camera for having a camera available. But, to me, a smartphone doesn't match the performance of a DSLR; there's the "hunt-n-seek" focus that delays photos..There's a reason why one sees photographers using 400mm, 500mm, 600mm and 800mm lenses shooting the Olympics, the Super Bowl and other events; they are a tool.

Hey Ralph,

I agree. The smartphone is a fantastic solution for photography on many levels, mostly because we rarely are found without them on our person...so always ready to get a shot!

But, you are correct, they have their limits. The field is narrowing, however, as more and more barriers of physics are overcome by technology.

I have used smartphones to photograph some vanity license plates. I got the focus close at a stop light to shoot 3.14159 (this was close to National Pi Day), but then the light turned green. It was a bit difficult holding the phone with my arms on top of the steering wheel.

Drive safe, Ralph!

I was playying the Pokemon GO in mid-town Saterday.  The Lapras was inside B&H store. Right inside. But I could not catch it because store was closed! I ran into door and hurt my face. What do you say to that TODD?? 

Sorry, Murvis. We are closed on Saturday (and on Saterday [sic], too) every week. Good luck collecting other Pokemon things and sorry about your face!

Does anyone know how get to wax statue of Johnny Depp. Thank. In NYc. Please helf.

You are looking for Madame Tussauds, which is right in Times Square. Take a pedicab there so you can take plenty of photos on your way there. And keep an eye out for the real life Kevin Bacon- I've seen him 3 times!!!

It wouldn't surprise me if "Clean Sam" was stealing WiFi- just like he stole my shirts! He said they were lost, but I saw him wearing one a couple of weeks later! Like I would forget what my favorite alabaster blue velour button up looked like!

I thought I was the only one! Where's my nightgown, Clean Sam! More like, "Clean SHAM!" The jig is up! Give us back our garments!

Murvis-

Check out London Bright Cleaners. High quality laundering services right under the Empire State Building. You can take a tour of one of NYC's most iconic buildings while we take your dirty laundry (pun intended)! Enjoy your stay!

thanx Roderick! Most helpfull. Is there clothes washing service at 5 napking burger? Have been in same clothes few days. Road trip! Selfies! Yes 

Murvis, one of my personal favorites is 5 Napkin Burger. Delicious, juicy, gourmet burgers that make your mouth water at the very sight of them! Great for selfies. And NO pet dander or hair at all, so no need to worry. Where are you from? How long are you in town? I can recommend sightseeing tours! 

Oh Todd, nice article! I enjoyed it.

Todd, where is place in midtown for most favorite burgers? Need allergy-friendly. Highly sensitive to pet dander. Cannot eat burger prepared where pets is brushed. Want   To take selfie with burger before eat. Tanks. 

I prefer Snax Spot on 9th Ave. How come you, Roderick, and Clean Sam all have the same IP address? Shared computer?

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your burger!

Murvis, leave Todd alone. Go away. There are people on here who are actually serious about this discussion and aren't just clowning around. You want a burger place? You want somewhere to wash your clothes? First of all, try Yelp. Todd is a professional trying to do a job. He's not an NYC concierge.

Secondly, why would you think a burger place would wash your clothes?

Todd, keep up the good work! Ignore the clowns. 

YOU have same IP address! I'll bet you are type of person who drops meatball sanwich on sidewalk and keeps eating! Send me selfie of you. Now. 

what happened to ask other people to take your picture ? that's what I have done for years and even asked other people if they wanted me to take their picure 

Hi Ruth,

I am a big fan of that! In fact, I might be one of the least qualified people to write about taking selfies, because I can probably count on one hand the number of selfies I have taken.

Sometimes I see folks struggling to take a selfie (especially of larger groups) and I ask if they want me to take the photo for them. I would say that less than 50% of the time, they actually say, "Yes."

The world has changed!

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