3 Great Robust Workhorse Cameras For Documentary Photography

Documentary photography takes place anywhere, at any time; because of this, you need a camera that can stand up to abuse.

A documentarian’s job can be tough at the best of times. You never know where you might be or what the weather will be doing when you get there. It’s these reasons that make it absolutely necessary to have a camera that can stand up to high levels of abuse. Luckily for us, there are a number of robust cameras on the market today that can stand up to bumps, bangs, and the weather. These cameras boast excellent sensors, fast autofocus systems, and features that will make documentary photography easy. What’s even better is that a lot of these cameras won’t completely destroy the bank. That’s definitely the case for the cameras we have listed after the break.

Nikon Z6 II

Documentary Photography

In our review, we said:

“The Z6 II feels sturdy in the hands — it doesn’t have the lighter, cheaper feel of Nikon’s most affordable DSLRs. The frame is built from magnesium alloy. Like with the first generation, there’s little difference between the Z7 II and Z6 II bodies. While more affordable than the Z7, build quality is not what’s missing to reach that lower price point.”

Hillary Grigonis – Reviews Editor
Documentary Photography

Buy now: $1,999.99

Canon EOS R6

Documentary Photography

In our review, we said:

“The Canon EOS R6 offers precisely what you would expect from a Canon 6D-like camera when it comes to build quality. While it’s not as robust as the R5, the Canon EOS R6 is still sturdy and well-built, and it will be able to survive what the average working photographer throws its way.”

Brett Day – Gear Editor
Documentary Photography

Buy now: $2,499

Pro Tip: Documentary photography will keep any photographer on their toes. You have to change and adapt to new situations and scenarios all the time. One accessory that can help tremendously is a camera bag that allows quick access to the gear you need at a moment’s notice. If you don’t have a camera bag like this, check out our camera bag reviews. There, you’ll be able to find one that will fit your needs.

Panasonic S5

Documentary Photography

In our review, we said:

“We took the Panasonic S5 out into the rain a few times. It stood up to the weather just like we knew it would. Panasonic’s build quality has always impressed me. And even though this doesn’t feel as rugged as the S1 and S1r, it’s still more than able to endure most abuse. Of course, you have to have an equally sealed lens on the camera. But if you’ve got that, then you’re all set.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
Documentary Photography

Buy now: $1,997.99

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.