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, if you had 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.

Which 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 which 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.

Smartphone

The latest smartphones such as the Samsung and the 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.

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.

  • Nikon D3400 – This is a nice entry-level camera that has all the features you would need.
  • Canon EOS 2000D – This is a personal favorite of mine and I have one of these in my car for when I need it.
  • 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.