Looking for the best vlogging cameras that PewDiePie or Logan Paul use for their videos? Will it be a vlogging camera with flip screen or a mirrorless camera? In this article, you’ll get the list of 15 top vlogging cameras, which will surprise you with their characteristics and help you get more followers and likes.
Today, almost everyone has one or several videos on YouTube. If you want to become a recognizable vlogger you should have a good vlogging camera that show high-quality image and clear sound. Which camera is better for beginners, and what cameras are preferred by professional vloggers? Take a closer look at these 15 models and choose the best vlogging camera for you.
Price: about $520
What camera do YouTubers use to vlog? How to find the best model? Here is one of the best point and shoot cameras that are suitable for beginners. The Canon g7x vlogging camera has a compact size: 6.3 x 5.8 x 3.2 inches, but it weighs quite a lot - 319 grams with a battery and a memory card. Despite the angular design, this camera is pleasant and comfortable to use.
Its big advantage is a five-axis optical image stabilizer. With its help, you won’t face any “camera shake” even during handheld video recording. It is a perfect vlogging camera with flip screen, so you can not only view your photos but also select the autofocus point. In addition, using the folding display, you have the opportunity to take a cool selfie or see what exactly gets into the frame while recording a video for the blog. The camera shoots 1920x1080 video at 50 fps.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is not a professional video recorder, but it is the best vlog camera at an affordable price. At the same time, it can be used for broadcasting, video recording, and other similar tasks.
Price: about $2000
If you have a bigger budget, choose GH5S that has a new 10.2 MP digital Live MOS sensor, Venus Engine, and Dual Native ISO technology, which together make it the most effective low-resolution camera. Cinema 4K and Ultra HD provide very sharp recordings. Slow-motion videos are recorded in Full-HD resolution at up to 240 fps.
GH5S is also equipped with a LUT display that allows you to view the actual state of the frame right in the camera. In addition, the time code can be exported and imported to synchronize with multiple Lumix GH5S cameras, which greatly simplifies the matching of audio and video content while video editing. These features make it an ideal video blog camera.
Price: about $700
Nikon D5600 is one of the most popular vlogging cameras for beginners. It has a 24-megapixel matrix which produces very detailed images, with a wide dynamic range and ensures good performance at high ISO values. You may record FullHD videos at 50 and 60 fps. This handy vlogging camera with a flip screen has a lightweight, compact body.
The optical viewfinder provides 95% frame coverage. The D5600 is also capable of capturing time-lapse video. Moreover, this model has a small stereo microphone. The battery can work for a long time without recharging. Its high productivity allows us to call Nikon D5600 one of the most reliable vlogging cameras.
Price: about $700
The PEN E-PL9 is a perfect video blog camera for beginners who want to get something more than a smartphone, with the possibility to take clear, well-exposed images. Olympus PEN E-PL9 can shoot 4K video at 24 or 30 fps. The picture looks much better than 1080p you get with other entry-level cameras. The device also offers two stabilization modes while recording videos.
Hybrid sensor-shift and electronic image stabilization (EIS) are used by default, while the second one uses only sensor-shift. The only drawback of the video mode is that it is unclear how to access 4K for the first time. The quick menu shows only 1080p and 720p modes. To activate 4K shooting, you need to turn the switch to video mode and select 4K option, but not the standard one.
Price: about $350
This small blog camera has many useful functions such as GPS, built-in Wi-Fi, motion sensors and the possibility to shoot 4K video. These characteristics allow TG-Tracker to be the best vlogging camera for such a price. It will ensure slow playback after video editing. When shooting in motion, the exposure between bright and shaded areas is regulated well, and automatic white balance works fine.
Moreover, the quality of stereo sound recording is impressive. In addition to water resistance, this camera can shoot at temperatures up to -10 C. On average, when using Wi-Fi and recording videos in Full HD resolution, the camera battery lasts for 75 minutes or 1.5 hours without Wi-Fi.
Price: about $1200
Sony a6500 is a good and quite affordable mirrorless blog camera developed by Sony. “Juicy” 4K video, built-in image stabilizer, 425 phase focus points make it very appealing for beginning travel vloggers.
This Sony vlog camera has everything necessary for taking photos and filming videos, not only in usual conditions but also when there is soft lighting. It has a touchscreen display that allows setting a point or a focus area. At the same time, you cannot navigate the menu by touch and other usual actions.
Price: about $820
Canon EOS 70D is an interesting model in many aspects. Firstly, it is the only Canon DSLR with a swivel touchscreen display. Secondly, this is the only Canon mirror camera based on the DIGIC 5+ processor, previously used only in the company's full-frame models. 70D is great for enthusiast photographers or aspiring video bloggers. The video is recorded in 24/25/30p FullHD, 50/60p HD. It has a dust- and waterproof body so you can record your vlogs in the rain or snow.
The viewfinder is rather bright and of high quality and covers 98% of the frame. As one of the best vlogging cameras, it is capable of taking full-resolution photos while video recording. The number of photo frames during video recording is limited only by the capacity of the memory card. The photos are not stored in the buffer but are immediately recorded on your flash card.
Price: about $1100
This vlog camera has a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor with support for Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. It ensures fast and accurate focusing in Live View mode, when leveling on the screen, and shooting video.
Canon EOS 77D offers a classic set of video formats: Full HD at up to 50 frames per second in PAL and up to 60 frames per second in NTSC. 12800, 25600 and 51200 ISO values will allow you to record video in almost complete darkness. However, you will get a picture with much noise and muted colors.
With the help of the swivel screen, you can shoot video by pointing the lens in your direction. It isn’t a professional video camera as it does not shoot in 4K resolution and have headphone output to control the audio track. Nevertheless, Canon EOS 77D provides excellent opportunities for amateurish video filming while walking or blogging.
Price: about $500
If you’re looking for the best mirrorless camera under 500, Fujifilm X-A5 is what you need. Even with a 15-45mm lens, the body of this camera remains surprisingly thin. The touch screen flips up through a full 180 degrees setting autofocus on the eyes. It can quickly recognize moving objects.
Fujifilm advertises X-A5 as a camera with 4K video, but this is only partially true.The camera can only record 15 frames per second, and no more than 5 minutes for one video. According to modern standards, this is not enough, of course. You can choose any speed from 24 to 60 frames/s in Full HD. An external microphone input is good for high-quality sound.
Price: about $500
Panasonic made a very comfy, functional and high-quality blogging camera - Lumix G7. A high-quality body, bright electronic viewfinder, fast autofocus, and many other useful features for travelling and recording videos. The camera has an average rotatable touchscreen with 720 x 480 pixels resolution. The main feature of G7 is shooting in 4K format. It is one of the most affordable cameras with this feature.
The image is very bright, clear and detailed. The autofocus is fast, accurate and works great even in the darkness. Lumix G7 has burst shooting with 8 frames per second. Moreover, there is a 4K-photo function that allows you to take a series of shots at a speed of 30 fps at a resolution lowered to 8 megapixels. These benefits make the Lumix G7 the best vlogging camera currently available for $500.
Price: about $790
RX100 Mark IV is a premium compact digital camera. As a representative of the fourth generation of the RX-series, this vlogging camera with flip screen has all the features that made previous models well-known and popular. Among the main characteristics, it is a compact body that fits in a pocket and 1″ type sensor that is a guarantee of decent image quality.
Moreover, this vlogging camera offers a high-aperture zoom lens, which provides convenient shooting in low-light conditions, as well as the ability to zoom in and shoot distant objects. Video mode is undoubtedly one of the main reasons to give a preference to the new RX100 IV. In the video settings, you can first select the shooting format – XAVC, AVCHD or MP4. It should be noted that for shooting 4K video at a speed of 100 Mbps, the device must use the appropriate memory card.
Price: about $650
Canon EOS M50 has a 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and in-camera image stabilization for shooting videos. It is possible to take pictures silently but it doesn’t matter much for videos. Also it has the state-of-the-art DIGIC 8 processor, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connection. I like its “Eye Detection AF” function that works awesome when you change the objects you’re shooting very fast.
Price: about $380
Despite its small size, the video blog camera has a 40x optical zoom. There is also an optical image stabilization system. Another feature of this model is a 3-inch display, tilting to 180 degrees that makes self-portraits shooting easier. You may record Full HD videos (1920 × 1080 pixels) at a speed of 30/60 frames per second and continuous shooting at a speed of 5.9 frames per second.
The video and audio quality is average. With good lighting and shooting 60 frames per second, you might be satisfied with the result, but in slightly worse conditions the image clarity decreases.
Price: about $2000
Probably, it is the most professional video camera for vlogging but is too expensive for beginning bloggers. Sony Alpha A7R II is famous for its first full-frame BSI CMOS backlit matrix without a low-pass filter. In combination with 42.4-megapixels resolution, it gives excellent clarity with 350 dpi image density.
Price: about $800
Lumix G85/G80 is not the latest model, but it is an exceptional video blog camera because of its main features: 4K video, a flip-out screen and a mic port. One of the most effective distinguishing features of the G85/G80 is the capacity to record 4K video (3840 × 2160 pixels). During video recording, you may control the parameters of the exposure and responsivity. It’s highly used for drone photography.
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Whether you are a beginner in vlogging or an experience travel blogger who is eager to present an interesting material, picking up the best camera for vlogging is important. Check out what characteristics matter for a good camera for vlogging.
The main thing you should decide upon is the format of your videos – 1080p (Full HD) or 4K (UHD). Currently, up-to-date smartphones and compact vlogging cameras provide 4K recording, so your vlog will be broadcasted in high-rate resolution.
It is necessary to have a high-performance computer to work with 4K. A lot of people are still using their smartphones with resolutions up to 1440p to watch the videos, so your stunning 4K vlog might not be estimated to the full extent.
4K-capable monitors and TVs are extremely popular nowadays, so 4K technology allows improving the content and makes it up-to-date. You can develop your ingenious potential cropping the video. You can zoom in on a wide-angle shot and that will look like a close-up angle.
It is better to use a device with built-in Optical Image Stabilization. Such a useful feature will surely improve your vlog quality.
Your vlog will be more attention-grabbing if your followers will hear you well. So that it’s essential to pay attention to the microphone before buying the vlogging cameras. Every camera has an integrated microphone with rather good quality, but it might pick up undesirable background noise.
The microphone position matters. It is better to be placed on the front, that makes the sound clearer. Most DSLR and mirrorless cameras provide a microphone jack which makes possible using an external microphone.
The LCD screen provides useful functions such as an entirely articulating flip screen and a touchscreen for focusing manually. A flip screen helps film yourself and control the process simultaneously. This makes the recording process much easier when you can raise your head and easily change focus while filming.
If you are a blogger, you know that the best camera for vlogging should be portable and small, so it is always possible to carry it with you and record videos on the move. Heavy and massive camera bodies are difficult to use all day long.
Hi there, I'm Ann Young - a photographer, photo retoucher and of course, journalist. Here on FixThePhoto blog you can find all of my reviews, photography and photo editing tips, pricing guides, and photography experiments.