Do you want to start making porn? Have you been thinking about starting a career as a couple on PornHub? Or maybe you just want to make an amateur sex tape for fun with your significant other.

There are many different cameras to choose from when it comes to making porn. 

Woman filming herself on a DSLR camera

In this article, we’ll look at the different camera options for all different price points to help you make porn that looks sexy!

Before You Buy a Camera For Porn…

Before you start shopping for the perfect camera, you should understand some basic ideas about filming porn and making videos in general.

The most important thing when shooting video is lighting. Even with the best hollywood film camera, your video is going to look terrible if you’re shooting a scene in your bedroom at night with all the lights off.

Try to shoot with as much natural light as possible. Film in the daytime, near a window with the blinds open, if possible (try to not to turn the neighbors on too much!) 

Many amateur couples on PornHub like LeoLulu tend to shoot with “golden hour lighting” meaning right after sunrise or right before sunset when the sunlight is softer and more of an orange color. 

Next, you want to make sure your camera has autofocus and can shoot in HD (1080p) at least. Almost any modern smartphones will meet this requirement.

< $100

Your smartphone

This is the easiest solution for shooting porn. You probably already have one of these (many of you are probably even reading this article on your smartphone right now!) and any smartphone made in the last 5 years or so will have good quality, Full HD video support. Recent smartphones like the iPhone 12 or Samsung Galaxy S10 even support 4k video and come with a good quality wide-angle lens built-in.

The main problem with smartphones is that they won’t be great in low light (though, they are improving all the time). So, make sure to follow my advice from earlier and shoot in brighter, naturally lit environments. You can also buy some LED lighting solutions for when you want to shoot in the dark or at night time.

Logitech c920

This is the webcam used by professional adult cam stars all over the world. It supports Full HD 1080p video at 30fps, has decent low light performance and the design makes it easy to clip onto your computer or to screw onto a tripod.

< $500

GoPro Hero 11 (or older)

GoPros are excellent choices for shooting porn. Many big websites and studios use them regularly in their scenes due to the ability to give a great, immersive POV via a head mount view while also being lightweight and super portable.

The video modes on any newer GoPro from the past few years are incredible. They allow for 4k footage, often up to at least 60fps and even going as far as 4k and 120fps on new models like the Hero 10 or 11.

The Hero 11 black (currently the latest GoPro release) is $449 USD right now. You can buy older or used GoPros if you’re on a budget and don’t mind slightly older specs. Older GoPros are still great cameras!

An important thing to remember about using a GoPro for porn is that the low-light performance is not amazing. If you’re planning on shooting indoors without continous LED lights or similar external lighting, then your resulting footage may not be very good.

However, GoPros are made as sports cameras, intended to be used outside, so they’re perfect for shooting scenes outdoors in nature (for example).

Used DSLR or camcorder

Check eBay or other used marketplaces for older handycam camcorders or used DSLRs. As long as they shoot digitally, in Full HD, and have autofocus then they’ll be good enough for shooting porn.

< $1000

There aren’t that many options on the lower end of the $500 – $1000 USD range for video cameras. The choices below are likely to be more than $900 but still under $1000, so I’ll still discuss them here!

Sony FDR AX43

The Sony FDR-AX series of camcorders. Coming in at just under $1,000 USD, it’s a good prosumer camcorder. Shoots in 4k and has a good sensor for low-light shooting. There’s a built-in gimbal (Sony calls it BOSS – Balanced Optical Steady Shot) for stable footage.

The main issue with handycams like the ones in the FDR AX series is that you only get a fixed focal length (no interchangeable lenses) and you don’t get the same variety of framerates that you’d get on a DSLR, mirrorless, or cinema camera.

Fujifilm X-T30

The X-T30 is maybe the best mirrorless camera under $1,000 that can also shoot uncropped 4k video. It’s also very lightweight with a smaller body than other DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

< $2000

This is the price range where you start to get a lot of really high-quality options to choose from. You can’t really go wrong with anything on this list. Generally, Sony cameras have the best low-light performance right now, so if you plan on shooting in darker environments, you will probably be better off with a Sony.

Sony RX100 Mark VII

The RX100 is an excellent point-and-shoot camera with a very high-quality lens. Arguably the best point-and-shoot on the market right now. It supports a variety of recording types including Full HD and 4k. Low light performance is excellent and slow-mo footage at 120fps looks very clean. You will probably want to pair this camera with a tripod, though, due to the lens not being ultra-wide. It’s not ideal for close-range POV shooting but will still get the job done.

Canon 6D Mark II

Great quality full-frame DSLR. Shoots Full HD 1080p video and 30 and 60 frames-per-second. Has a flip-out screen (some consider this a necessity when shooting porn). Excellent for stills as well. If you have the budget, pair it with a wide-angle Canon 16-35 f.28 L lens for the best effect.

Canon 90D

This is a crop-frame (APS-C) camera. Shoots Full HD 1080p video at 30, 60 and 120 frames-per-second. The variety of framerates helps if you’re planning to shoot slow motion footage. Also comes with a flip-out screen.

Sony A7 III

Great full-frame mirrorless camera from Sony. Shoots Full HD 1080p video up to 120 frames per second and 4k Ultra HD video up to 30 frames per second. As I mentioned earlier, Sony cameras are absolute beasts in low-light!

Canon XA11

Professional camcorder from Canon that shoots Full HD 1080p video.

< $5000

Sony A7S III

This is the gold standard of video right now. It shoots 4k at basically every framerate you could possibly want, has insane low-light performance and even has a flip-out screen (something vloggers in the Sony ecosystem have been wanting for years!)

Even porn legend Rocco Siffredi seems to have switched to an A7S III recently!

Canon R6

This is Canon’s answer to Sony’s mirrorless A7 line of cameras. While the video specs aren’t quite as good as Sony, it’s still a great camera and will be fine for shooting porn. It can shoot 1080p Full HD video up to 120 frames per second and 4K UHD up to 60 frames per second.

< $10,000

Now we’re getting into truly cinematic territory! If you’re considering cameras in this category, then you’re probably already making a lot of money from porn or working for a big studio! Or maybe you’re just trying to shoot a great sex scene for a big-budget Hollywood film… Doesn’t matter, I’ve got you covered!

RED Komodo 6k

The RED Komodo is a digital cinema camera. It can shoot up to 60 frames per second in all resolutions (yes, including 6k!) and also supports RAW format video! It natively supports Canon RF lenses out-of-the-box. Porn site Blacked.com is famous for shooting their content on RED cameras!

Canon EOS C70

Amazing recent cinema camera from Canon. It can shoot 4k footage up to 120 frames per second and has native support for Canon RF lenses with EF lenses all supported through an official adapter. Probably good if you’ve been in the Canon ecosystem for a long time and want to continue using your glass with an upgraded cinema camera.

What Camera Lenses Should You Use For Porn?

Generally, you want a wide-angle lens for shooting porn. If you’re going to be shooting handheld, POV porn, you should be looking for an image-stabilized, ultra-wide-angle lens (focal length of <20mm) so you can fit everything into the hole… I mean frame.

If you want shallow depth-of-field (blurry background, subject isolation, bokeh) then you’ll want to buy a lens with a low f-number. For example, the Canon 16-35 lens has two different versions: one with f4 and one with f2.8. The f2.8 version will give you blurrier backgrounds and better subject isolation, so your videos will look more cinematic. 

If you’re shooting with a camcorder, you might want to get a wide-angle converter to give you more space in the frame when shooting handheld.

If you’re using a GoPro or a recent smartphone with a wide-angle mode, then you don’t need to worry about the focal length as GoPro has a super-wide field of view. The same is true for current generation smartphones as well!

Do I Need a Microphone?

If you have a camera with a microphone input, you may want to invest in a shotgun mic. In-camera audio is fine most of the time but it will also include a lot of background noise, ambient sound, or wind noise (if you’re outside filming yourself having sex in nature!)

Shure and Rode both make very good quality shotgun mics in the $200 – $300 range.

The Rode video micro is a good choice for < $100 and Takstar makes a great, cheap shotgun mic at $40 if you’re on a budget.


    10 replies to "Best Cameras For Making Porn"

    • Tony

      What about web design? Do you guys build the site yourself?
      Is there a website software you can use thats user friendly and still create nice pages to compete with the todays sites?

      How about hosting? How do you find host companies that allow porn?

      • King of Porn

        I have a background in web design, so I often do website work by myself. If you don’t have any web design skills, then I’d recommend hiring someone to handle those tasks for you. WordPress is a great tool for building websites. If you use WordPress combined with a good theme, then you can do almost everything with visual editing tools.

        In terms of hosting, many web hosts allow porn (as long as it’s all legal and compliant). Just be sure to read their terms to check. Hostgator is an example of a web host that allows adult content!

    • Stewart Neal Bowman

      This is very helpful information thank you. I’ve been recording all of my porn scenes with my iPhones, the iPhone 13 promax the most recent paid for from funds from my Xvideos.com account.
      It works ok, but a lot of my fans are requesting to watch me have sex live, so I’ll try the GoPro you recommend, assuming live, cordless streaming can be done with if?
      Thanks,

      • King of Porn

        Yes! You can live stream with a GoPro, but it likely wouldn’t be cordless. You may need some additional hardware to get started like an Elgato cam link (this can be used with any camera that has HDMI output) and then you can configure your livestream with an app like OBS on your PC. Given all the extra effort, GoPro may not be worth it. The webcam I typically recommend is the C920 webcam from Logitech. It gives good, clear 1080p video. Not sure if it would be a step up from an iPhone 13 pro max, though! That’s already a really solid camera out of the box.

        • The hot couple

          I have multiple cellphones and gopros. Was thinking about capturing different abgles with it. What angles and postitions would you recommend?

          • King of Porn

            I prefer to shoot with a single camera for POV and sometimes one secondary camera for a third-person angle. You generally don’t want to use too many different cameras for a single video. For angles and positions: check popular porn videos and try to copy what you see!

      • The hot couple

        Hello. What size penis do I need to be able to film porn and sell it. Like you.

        • King of Porn

          Size doesn’t really matter, honestly. It’s about how good the content is!

    • Ank

      Would you recommend the Sony A7 IV?

      Great informative article and guide!

      • King of Porn

        Yes, the Sony A7 IV is a great camera. Just be sure to pair it with a good wide angle lens for shooting porn! Glad the article was useful for you 🙂

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