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 genre of photograph with that kind of influence.
Here are our recommendations for 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!
The FUJIFILM XT-4, a heavy hitter of a camera, 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?”
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.
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.
With the PowerShot G7 X Mark III, you get a lot of camera, and a lot of top specs, packed into a really attractive design—especially the black-and-silver version. Of course, the screen flips up so you can view your gorgeous face, but it also has several features for capturing other beautiful subjects.
I like to think of the Sony RX0 II as an action camera for grownups. It looks, smells, and feels like an action camera, but it is really a serious picture-taking machine that can also shoot 4K video and has a pop-up screen for vloggers and, of course, selfies! Small, light, waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, rustproof, “abuse-proof:” the Sony RX0 is a unique camera in many ways—perfect for capturing your unique looks while on the go! Check out our hands-on review here.
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 VA. In response to customers loudly (I guess) demanding the ability to create selfies, the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and now seventh 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 VA’s extended zoom range!
The third Sony on this list, the ZV-1 is designed almost specifically to look at you, the photographer (or videographer)—in fact, I am not sure why the screen tilts back! Based on the RX100-series design (see the previous entry), the ZV-1 features a specialized microphone for front facing recordings after you capture that perfect selfie still!
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)!
While not a traditional selfie machine until the arrival of its front-LCD predecessor, the GoPro HERO9 Black, the ubiquitous leader of the action-camera world, 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.
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 and it looks amazing.
Imagine carrying a camera that is not much bigger than your smartphone but can capture better images… and better selfies. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 is just that tool. Small, beautiful, sleek, and behind its Leica lens, overflowing with high tech picture-making specs, this camera can capture beautiful selfies and many other kinds of images.
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 Z1 that is not a selfie. Because it has a spherical 360-degree field of view, with the THETA Z1 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 Z1 images. Also, check out our other 360-degree cameras here.
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!