You are here to find out which is the best camera for carp fishing? Right? Perhaps because when it comes to carp fishing photography, it’s nice to take pictures of the lake you are fishing, but it’s even nicer to take a picture of you holding the fish you just caught – not only for bragging rights but for reference, in ten years time, you may catch that fish again, and if you have taken pictures you can see how the fish has changed over the years.

How you are planning on using the photos makes a big difference on what type camera you should use. Once you know what you are going to use them for, picking a particular type can be quite cumbersome.

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Which is the Best Camera for Carp Fishing?

1. Canon G7 X MK2

Why do I think the Canon Powershot G7 X MK2 is the best camera for fishing?

The photo quality of this camera is second to none. Not only does it take very high-quality images, as can be seen here (example photos) it fits perfectly in your hand or on a tripod and it has a flip-out screen, so you can make sure you are in the shot every time without having to guess.

The build quality of these higher-priced cameras is amazing. They are also very simple to use compared to a DSLR. DSLR cameras will take some getting used to if you haven’t used one before.

The camera is extremely versatile and can be used for other things such as family photos, landscape shots, and even live streaming. You can also control the camera from your phone, which means you can stay by the unhooking mat and look after the fish, rather than running back to the camera to try and get a photo.

2. Sony DSC-WX500

Why is the Sony DSC-WX500 second on my list?

Purely because it has the same benefits as the G7 X2, but is more affordable if your pockets aren’t that deep. The images are still good when used properly, and the Sony WX500 also has a flip-out screen. It also fits easily into your pocket or a pocket in your tackle bag.

Here are some sample photos (example photos).

3. Canon G9 X

Why is the Canon G9 X third on my list of best cameras for fishing?

Despite it being a newer model than the Canon G7, the G7 has a better specification when it comes to the zoom and focal range. The G9 is a great choice, and it is cheaper than the G7, but when it comes to cameras, that little extra goes a long way.

Here are some example photos (example photos)

4. Canon 6D Mark 2

Why have I included this expensive DSLR on the list?

Well, if money is no object, then this is the camera I would choose. It is also the camera that most of the carp fishing companies use for their product photography, and YouTube videos. For me, I want absolutely excellent photos, especially if I have caught a big, or well-known fish. This camera will give me excellent photos, every single time. This camera also gives me a lot of control if I want to edit the photos.

So why isn’t it number 1 if it is the best camera?

Because of the cost… Click the link and you’ll see what I mean…

If you don’t mind spending this sort of money on a camera, then it is the camera for you.

5. Canon 4000D

Why is the Canon EOS 4000D at number five?

Because DSLR’s have their place, and this is a good budget DSLR for the money. As I mentioned earlier, DSLR’s give you a lot of control over the photo if you want to edit the photo, or you believe it will be in a magazine at some point.

The Canon 4000D is one of the cheapest cameras on this list, so you aren’t going to get all of the features that the G7 X can offer, but this still deserves a place on the list.

6. Canon D750

The Nikon D750 is listed at number 6. It is a great camera, although I have always preferred Canon over Nikon. I have used Canon cameras for decades. I purchased a Nikon as my colleagues really liked using them, but I think I had gotten so used to Canon’s that is was difficult for me to change brands.

Although I still own a Nikon as kept hold of it.

Great camera, although it is a bit on the pricey side.

7. Sony DSCHX60

The Sony DSCHX60, despite having a long name, is a good all-rounder. There aren’t any bells nor whistles, but for a budget camera, you will get decent photos.

Things to Consider When Buying a Camera for Carp Fishing

Are you planning on taking the photos just for bragging rights, for magazines, for websites, or simply for memories?

If you are only taking photos for memories, then a relatively new smartphone is probably sufficient. New smartphones generally have at least 10-megapixel cameras which will allow you to print the photo on A4 paper, or upload to Facebook and that sort of thing.

Photos for websites would typically also be ok with a smartphone, but if you want to be able to have a little more control over editing the photo and photoshopping the photos you take, buying a compact camera or an entry-level DSLR would be my advice.

If you want high-quality photos that will allow you to have a lot of control over the editing of your photos and can be zoomed and blown up, then you need a DSLR camera.

Let’s look at a few of each and I can show you what to look for.


The latest smartphones such as Samsung and iPhone have brilliant cameras and can definitely be used on the bank. The thing is with smartphones, is that we usually have mucky and slimy hands when we are fishing and it’s likely your smartphone will get mucky too if you use it to take photos of the fish.

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This photo was taken with a Samsung smartphone, but it took me a while to clean it off after!

I will use my smartphone if I have a friend with me who doesn’t have mucky hands. After all, I don’t want my phone smelling of fish! Especially at work.

Smartphones have great camera’s but its not overly wise to use them in this instance.

Best Compact Camera or Entry-level DSLR for Carp Fishing

If you want the best out of your carp fishing photography, this is the best option. Unless you are a budding photographer, it’s likely that you haven’t got a compact camera or a DSLR lying around.

If you want decent photos without spending too much money, you need one of these.

There are quite a few good options these days as the technology in cameras have advanced over the last few years and continue to get better every couple of years.

I am a budding photographer and have been for a number of years so am suitably qualified to point you in the right direction.

A few years ago, you would have to pay upwards of $900 for any type of camera to get decent photos, especially in low-light conditions when it’s dark and the lighting is poor.

But now, there are lots of great options available to you.

DSLR’s can be bulky, but typically take better photos than the compact cameras so keep that in mind.

Best Compact Camera

A camera such as the Sony DSCHX60 (here is the link to the cheapest one I could find) is a great camera without breaking the bank, it has a good sensor size, takes decent sized images and is great in low-light conditions.

I wouldn’t advise going for camera’s cheaper than the Sony as they are only cheaper because they have important features missing.

If you wanted to spend a little more, the Canon PowerShot G9 X is a fantastic camera and takes stunning photos. This particular camera takes photos that are very similar to the DSLR, but without the huge price tag.

If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II is just about the best compact camera on the market right now and has been leading the ranks for quite some time now. Even the famous Youtubers use them to film videos.

Best DSLR – Entry Level

If you prefer the idea of an entry-level DSLR camera, these are the three I think you should consider.

  1. Nikon D3400 – This is a nice entry-level camera that has all the features you would need.
  2. Canon EOS 2000D – This is a personal favorite of mine and I have one of these in my car for when I need it.
  3. Canon 4000D – The 4000D is a slightly cheaper model, but the shutter speed isn’t as quick as the cameras above.

Best DSLR for Carp Fishing – Professional DSLR

If you have money burning through your pocket, the Nikon D750 or Canon 6D would be the camera’s to look at.

Check out the price of this bad boy!! The Nikon D4!!

Tripods and Gorilla Pods

It’s handy to have one that you can put on a tripod if you need to, and that’s the downside to a Smartphone, the tripod’s are never very stable or versatile. I use a Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ because or the versatility and how lightweight it is. I originally started with a Manfrotto Compact Tripod, but soon outgrew it.

Also if it has a timer or remote control, this will allow you to still get a picture of you holding the fish when there is no-one else around. Although if you need to go and set the camera up, make sure the fish can’t hurt itself whilst your fiddling with the camera. The wellbeing of the fish should be your priority here, not the photo.

When you do finally get that picture of your first fish, upload it here! I want to build a nice gallery of you lot using this website.

Remote Controls

The nice thing about DSLR’s have that most have remote controls that they are compatible with.

This saves you having to wait for a friend to help take your photograph, and also saves you from having to leave the fish unattended whilst you run and set the timer.

They are usually very cheap so remember to pick one up if buying a camera.

How To Guide – Carp Fishing Photography

Taking good carp fishing photos isn’t difficult. But you need to ensure you follow the list below to get it right every time.

  1. Good Background

    Find an area in your swim, or nearby, which would make a nice background without clutter. Don’t take a photo with a car park in the background for example. Find a bush, or have the lake in the background instead.How to catch carp

  2. Be Ready

    Have everything ready to go. Put your camera back in the Bivvy to ensure it doesn’t get taken, but your unhooking mat, tripod and a bucket of water could be set up ready for the photo. Unhooking Mat

  3. Be able to take the photo on your own

    It isn’t fair on the fish for you to have to wait for another angler to rush around to take the photo for you. So, buy a tripod and remote control for your camera so you can be ready to take the photo quickly.Winter Rigs for Carp Fishing