I get asked a LOT of questions about the vlogging cameras and other blogging gear I use. So, here it all is!

As a full time travel blogger, I carry a fair amount of blogging and vlogging gear around with me. Although I can work from a laptop anywhere in the world, I also need a fair amount of other blogging gear to create what you see here.

If I wasn’t also a travel photographer, I would probably be able to minimise my blogging cameras a little. However, given the amount of wildlife photography I do, there’s simply not way I could leave the heaviest lenses behind.

And then there’s YouTube! While there’s some overlap between my blogging and vlogger gear, there are certain camera and other vlogging equipment I carry purely for my YouTube videos.

In this post, I’m going to break down my blogging gear and vlogging gear so you can see what I actually use.

At the bottom of the page, I’ll also keep a record of my ‘retired’ blogging and vlogging gear.

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Using a laptop for travel blogging

Blogging Gear

A lot of my blogging gear doubles up as vlogging gear first.

However, since blogging is my primary focus and my reason for visiting lots of places, I’m including anything I use for both blogging and vlogging here.



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Blogging camera gear

I don’t have tons of blogging camera gear – at least not compared to the past! – but I probably do have more than most travel bloggers.

My travel photography set-up is, essentially, the same as my travel blogging gear since I’m primarily taking photos for this blog.

CANON EOS RP

Photography is a large part of this travel blog. Not just because I was a photographer long before I even started blogging, but because I like to tell stories through both words and photos.

My go-to blogging camera is currently the Canon EOS RP. I bought it in Singapore and have loved it ever since.

It’s a great camera for blogging because it’s lightweight, full-frame and great value for money (so I’m not super scared of losing/breaking it!).

Close up of the Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera with 50mm lens

The Canon EOS RP does everything I need for both photography and video, so I now use it as my primary camera for both.

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Blogging camera lenses

I’m constantly switching and changing the lenses I use. Since I travel full time, I need lenses that cover every scenario without adding too much weight.

It’s almost impossible to get the perfect photography set-up, but this is what I use right now.

Canon RF 15-35mm f.28

The newest addition to my travel blogging gear, the 15-35mm is the lens I have attached most of the time.

It’s a great wide angle zoom that covers most everyday scenarios.

It’s also my favourite lens for landscape photography.

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Woman taking photos on a telephoto lens and Canon DSLR camera on safari
Canon EF 50mm f1.8

The only prime lens I have in my camera bag now, the ‘nifty fifty’ is one of the most useful lenses around. I use this adapter to connect it to my EOS RP.

It’s also one of the cheapest, making it a great choice for new travel photographers.

I use the 50mm lens for shooting portraits and, sometimes, close-up wildlife shots.

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Sigma 120-400mm

This telephoto lens is great value for the price – if you can get hold of it!

It’s a pretty old lens and has been replaced by the newer 100-400mm.

It’s still a great lens, though, and I’m holding onto it until the Canon RF 100-500mm is released.

It’s pretty the only lens I use when I’m travelling places with lots of wildlife like Ecuador, Namibia, South Africa and Borneo.


Other blogging camera gear

Alongside the camera and lenses, there are few other camera-related blogging essentials I couldn’t live without.

These are the other bits of camera equipment I use for my blog photography:

  • 3 Legged Thing Billy tripod: The only tripod I’ve used in a very long time. It folds down super small but is strong enough to hold steady in the Icelandic winter winds.
  • LowePro ProTactic AW 450 II: I’ve used this camera for over a year now and it’s by far the best I’ve found. It’s the only big enough for two camera bodies, all my lenses, a 15-inch laptop and personal things, too.
  • Haida filter system: Filters make a huge difference, especially in landscape photography. I absolutely love this system because it’s compact and easy to use.
  • SanDisk SD cards: The only SD cards I use in my cameras. I have more of these than I want to count!
landscape photography in Iceland
Battling the elements in Iceland!

Other blogging essentials

Obviously, there’s more to blogging than photography. Fortunately, there’s not much else I need to get the job done!

Here is the other blogging gear I use to build and maintain this travel blog.

My blogging laptop

I’ve been using the ASUS ZenBook Duo since November 2019, after trialling it out on a press trip to Zagreb, Croatia.

It’s the perfect size for blogging on the go and has a handy second screen – something I definitely can’t packing in my suitcase as a digital nomad!


SanDisk SSDs

With so many photos and files, it’s SUPER important to have a secure backup.

The only hard drives I trust are these SanDisk SSDs. They’re waterproof and can withstand all the bumps and jolts they have to face living in my camera bag. They’re also super fast to work from!

I use one of these as my “work from” SSD, and have extras for back-ups of files I may need access to.


Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop

Adobe is my go-to editing suite and I use Lightroom to edit all of my blog photos. From time to time, I also use Photoshop, too.

Working on my blogging laptop at Velvet Cafe Zagreb

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Travel Vlogging Gear

Although I don’t make travel vlogs, per se, I often have my travel vlogging gear out with me so I can film on the go.

I also film a lot indoors, so I need the right vlogging gear to cover both scenarios. Here’s what I use:

Flying a drone on a beach in Antigua

My travel vlogging cameras

Although I use the Canon EOS RP (my blogging camera) for most videos, I do use some other from time to time.

Canon EOS M50

The Canon M50 was my main travel vlogging for a long time. Now, I use it when I need a small camera I can slip into my bag, want to use my gimbal (see below!) or need to film myself using my main camera.

The M50 is such a fantastic vlogging camera for beginners because it’s affordable, has a flip out screen and does everything you need.

My Canon M50 lenses

I only have two lenses for my Canon M50: the Canon EF-M 15-45mm kit lens and a wide angle Canon EF-M 11-22mm lens.

I also occasionally use one of my other lenses, such as the EF 50mm, with my M50. To do this, I have an M mount adapter.

DJI Mavic Air drone

I LOVE including aerial footage in my YouTube videos! To get them, I use my DJI Mavic Air done.

This drone is good enough to get pretty cinematic shots (and photos!) but light enough to not take up much space in my bag.


GoPro Hero 4

For underwater shots, the only camera I use in my GoPro Hero 4.

I’m going to replace this with a newer model that doesn’t need casing soon, so I wouldn’t recommend buying it.

But, until I get my hand on a GoPro Max, it’s the camera I use for all my action and underwater video clips.


Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

This nifty little point and shoot isn’t a vlogging camera I use often, but it’s great for when I need something pocket-sized.

It’s also a great all-round camera for backpackers and travellers who aren’t interested in photography but want to get great shots.


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Other vlogging gear

Just like blogging, the gear doesn’t stop at the cameras. Here’s all the other equipment I use for making videos.

Zhiyun Crane

If you’ve ever wondered how I get those smooth cinematic shots, this is my secret!

This gimbal stabilised your camera so you have total control and it works great with my M50.

My crane is a bit battered but it’s a still a fantastic gimbal and I would (and probably will!) buy it again.

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Rode VideoMicro

My go-to microphone is the small but mighty VideoMicro by Rode.

Even though it’s one of the most affordable vlogging microphones on the market, it’s amazing at blocking out background noise and creating videos with high quality sound. I personally prefer it to any of the more expensive mics.

I even use it for some of my podcasts!

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SanDisk Micro SD Cards

Since I use a GoPro and drone for some of my video, I also have a couple of Micro SD cards.

Once again, I only use SanDisk.

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Adobe Premiere Pro

Like with my photos, I only use Adobe to edit my videos.

Premiere Pro was a small learning curve at first, but it’s all I’ve ever used to edit my YouTube videos and I love it.

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Laptop on a desk at SeedSpace coworking space in Cape Town South Africa

Retired blogging gear

Are you looking for something but didn’t find it here? It’s probably because I’ve ‘retired’ it!

Whether you’re looking for a link, curious about my previous gear or just feeling nosy, here’s all the blogging and vlogging gear I no longer use.

Old blogging cameras

I’ve used a lot of camera gear throughout my travel blogging journey! Here are some of the cameras I don’t use much anymore:

Canon EOS 5D Mark iii

My first full frame DSLR, this camera served me well until the end. It’s super battered and missing a couple of buttons, but I still love this camera.

The Canon 5D is a fantastic camera for travel blogging, but it’s a little on the heavy side – which I switched the RP as soon as it came out.

Canon G7X Mark II

My first ever vlogging camera, the Canon G7X is great for video if you don’t need a microphone.

I’ve also taken some of my more spontaneous blog photos on this camera, especially in Georgia.

Taking a photo in the mirror of a quad bike with a Canon 5D camera

I have a number of lenses I no longer take everywhere with me. I still have all of these lenses but they’re no longer my ‘go-to’ ones.

HP Spectre X360 laptop for blogging

My old blogging laptop

When I first started travelling as a full-time blogger, it wasn’t long before I needed a more powerful laptop to work on.

I chose the most powerful laptop I could find and that was the HPSpectre X360. I absolutely adore this laptop, but it’s now been relegated to a home laptop since I cracked the screen.

When I move into my new apartment in Portugal, I will use this laptop at home, hooked up to a monitor, and my ASUS on the go.

Old lenses

Canon EF 20mm f/2.8: A prime wide angle lens that has been replaced by my RF 15-35mm.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4: Another zoom lens that I love but no longer need to take everywhere now I have the 15-35mm.


My old camera bag

Another item I used for as long as I could, my Manfrotto Street backpack was a great little camera bag.

Sadly, I used it so much that the padding in one shoulder got twisted and no longer offered support.

But, if I only had one camera body to carry around, I would totally buy this one again.


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Jodie Marie Dewberry

Jodie has been travelling the world full time since 2017, sharing the most unique places in the world along with tips for living as a digital nomad. She is a passionate wildlife photographer and has worked with a number of prominent travel brands, including airlines, tourism boards, hotels and tour operators.

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