The 19 Best Cameras for Vlogging in 2019

Best Vlogging Cameras // Fine the best camera for YouTubeStarting a video blog aka a vlog? YouTube has quickly become the best way to share your stories and having the correct camera is essential. If you plan on making a vlog a part of your life it’s important to have a camera that’s easy to use while on the go. I have compiled a list of the best vlogging cameras.

There are tons of different options in terms of cameras for vlogging that range in price, quality, and size.

This list is broken down by price so if you’re looking for a camera at a specific price point selected it below.

Tips for choosing the right vlogging camera

  • Consider where you will be vlogging, if you’re vlogging during your commute you will probably prefer a point and shoot but if you want to make a cinematic travel vlog a DSLR or mirrorless would be a better option.

  • If you’re just starting out a point and shoot will be much easier since bigger cameras can be cumbersome due to their interchangeable lenses.

  • It’s important to consider the audio quality of your vlog as well as the video. What people hear is as important as what they see and being able to have an external microphone can greatly increase production value.

  • Having a wide angle lens is important since you’ll be holding the camera. This making having interchangeable lenses a great benefit.

Additionally if you need guidance on building an audience YouTube has a playbook which can help building your channel. There are also plenty of articles with vlogging tips but the #1 tip from my experience is to just start. It’s easy to psych yourself out of starting a vlog and my feel awkward at first but you’ll eventually get comfortable and even better at telling stories.

Best Vlogging Cameras for 2019

1. Canon Powershot G7X

Canon G7X

Canon G7X with its screen flipped out

Pros:
  • Great price for entry level vloggers
  • Great quality video for day and night videos
  • Small, lightweight and compact
Cons:
  • Photo quality is lacking
  • No microphone port
  • Lacks interchangeable lenses
  • Doesn’t shoot 4k

The Canon G7X is the best option for beginners who are just starting out vlogging. Its size, quality, and price make it one of the best vlogging cameras.

I have personally used the Canon G7X on over 40 vlogs and it’s a blast to use as a vlog camera. Since the G7X is a point and shoot it’s fantastic for throwing in your pocket and hitting the town. I typically pair the G7X with the Manfrotto Pixi tripod to make it easier to hold while vlogging.

The camera also has built in stabilization which makes videos day or night look smooth and high quality.

On the downside the Canon G7X does not include a microphone port so you’ll be stuck with using the built in microphone. To improve the audio quality on the G7X you can pick up a windjammer to put on top of the internal microphone.

The G7X can also shoot raw photos but I found the image quality for photos lacking.

If you’re just starting out and want higher quality than using your phone the G7X is the best camera for vlogging, especially at its price point. If your budget permits the G7X Mark II is the newer model but it doesn’t have any notable improvements for the price.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera - Wi-Fi Enabled
  • New 1.0-inch, 20.2 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor combined with Canon's powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor

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These two options are by far the most expensive options for vlogging but will by far give you the best quality. These really are the best options for professional vloggers who want the highest quality vlogs possible.

2. Canon 1DX Mark II

Canon 1dx Mark Ii On Strap

Pros:
  • Superb video & image quality
  • 4k shooting at high frame rates
  • Huge lens selection
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • HUGE
  • expensive
  • Lacks Canon RAW video shooting
  • Lacks a flip out screen

Many will say the Canon 1DX Mark II is the BEST travel camera. Its incredible photo quality along with sharp 4k footage is a must have for professional travel vloggers.

One coveted feature that the Canon 1DX Mark II offers over other cameras is 4k footage at 60fps. That means you can get milky smooth footage all at 4k. Many vloggers will use high frames rates (60fps or 120fps) for cinematic shots to slow them down in post production.

The Canon 1DX Mark II is also HUGE, you’ll likely have trouble putting it into a bag with a lens on. So if you’re going to vlog with the 1DX you’ll likely be carrying it the entire time. The GorillaPod 5k tripod will make it easier to carry the camera and hold it up for vlogging. Additionally the screen on the 1DX is fixed so you won’t be able to see yourself on camera while vlogging. This is a huge downside of using a Canon 1DX Mark II but many YouTubers overlook this downside.

The Canon 1DX Mark II is primarily used by the wildly popular Peter Mckinnon, the quality of his YouTube videos will make you want to go out and buy one of these today.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the 1DX Mark II: 16-35mm f2.8 III
Recommended microphone for vlogging on 1DX Mark II: Rode Videomic Pro+

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Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Fastest shooting EOS 1D, capable of up to 14 fps full resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors. The magnification is approx. 0.76x ( 1meter 1 with 50 millimeter lens at infinity) / 35.1° angle of view

3. Sony a7R IIISony A7r III

Pros:
  • Fantastic video + photo quality
  • Image stabilization built into the camera
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Lens selection can be limiting to some
  • Lacks a flip out screen

The Sony a7R III is a new release from Sony so you know it’ll have some of the latest features YouTubers will want. Including sharp 4K recording and slow-mo video at 1080p/120fps. Additionally the Sony a7R III’s 42mp sensor will make it very desirable for stills as well. With it’s insane megapixel count and incredible video features the Sony a7R III is an incredible mirrorless camera for travel.

The a7R III’s screen tilts so you can see it from lower angles but you won’t be able to use it to see yourself while vlogging.

The 5-axis stabilization built into the sensor will also help for smooth footage even when a lens doesn’t have stabilization.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the a7R III: 16-35mm f4
Recommended microphone for vlogging on a7R III: Rode Videomic Pro+

Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera: 42.4MP Full Frame High...
  • INCREDIBLE DETAIL: Shoot high speed subjects at up to 10fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking

Pair these cameras with a Rode Videomic Pro+ and you’re sure to have the best camera for vlogs. The image quality on these cameras are so sharp and audio coming from the Videomic Pro+ are the best option for professional vloggers.

Vlogging Cameras Under $3000

4. Canon EOS R

Canon Eos R Vlogging Setup 16 35 Rode Video Mic Pro

Canon EOS R Vlogging Setup

Pros:
  • Flip out screen!
  • 4k video
  • Amazing dual pixel autofocus
  • Crisp full frame video and photo quality
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • 4k video is cropped
  • Lacks sensor stabilization that a lot of other mirrorless cameras offer

Canon has finally released their first full frame mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS R. This of the EOS R as a mix between the 5D Mark IV and 6D Mark II. It offers the fantastic video and image quality of the 5D Mark IV, their incredible dual pixel autofocus, and a flip out screen!

On the downside if you already have Canon lenses you will have to use an adapter to use your lenses. But they have new RF mount lenses coming out but none of the currently announced ones are specifically great for vlogging.

Overall this lightweight package and having a flip out screen that includes Canon’s dual pixel autofocus makes it a super solid vlogging camera.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the EOS R: 16-35mm f2.8 III w/ adapter
Recommended microphone for vlogging on the EOS R: Rode Videomic Pro+

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Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera Body
  • 30. 3 Megapixel Full frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor

5. Canon 6D Mark II

Canon 6d Mark II Screen Flipped Out

Pros:
  • Flip out screen!
  • Amazing dual pixel autofocus
  • Crisp full frame video and photo quality
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • Lacks 4k video shooting

The recently released Canon 6D Mark II has been huge for vloggers like Casey Neistat and Peter Mckinnon. The Canon 6D Mark II is the first full frame camera with a flip out screen. This alone makes it great for vloggers since being able to see yourself in the frame is huge for composition.

One thing the Canon 6D Mark II lacks is 4K video which can be a deal breaker for some but the 1080p video out of the camera is top notch. Additionally it offers a timelapse mode that will record in 4K. This feature is great for recording a quick time lapse and adding it into your vlog.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the 6D Mark II: 16-35mm f2.8 III
Recommended microphone for vlogging on the 6D Mark II: Rode Videomic Pro+

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6. Panasonic Lumix GH5

Lumix GH5 Back

Pros:
  • Great 4k video quality
  • Built in sensor stabilization
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • Face detection autofocus isn’t perfect

The Panasonic GH5 shoots 4K video and has a flip out screen which is a must for many vloggers. Combine that with built in sensor stabilization and you can make very cinematic vlogs with the GH5.

One of the complaints about the Panasonic GH5 is that the autofocus is lacking compared to Canon and Sony. Also color accuracy is lacking compared to the other brands but this won’t matter if you color grade your footage.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the GH5: 12-35mm 2.8
Recommended microphone for vlogging on the GH5: Rode Videomic Pro

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  • Professional photo & video: 20. 3 Megapixel micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter to capture sharp images with a high Dynamic Range and artifact free performance

7. Sony a7S II

Sony a7S II

Pros:
  • Fantastic video + photo quality
  • 4k video
  • Image stabilization built into the camera
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • Lens selection can be limiting to some
  • Lacks a flip out screen

The Sony a7S series was built for video and the a7S II is no exception. The camera contains a 12.2MP sensor which can record at 4K 30fps & 1080p 120fps. Additionally it has amazing low light performance and 5-axis sensor stabilization which will make your footage look smooth.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the a7S II: 16-35mm f4
Recommended microphone for vlogging on a7S II: Rode Videomic Pro

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Sony a7S II ILCE7SM2/B 12.2 MP E-mount Camera with...
  • Full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization

Vlogging Cameras Under $1500

8. Canon EOS RP

Canon Eos Rp

Pros:
  • Flip out screen!
  • Great video quality
  • Amazing dual pixel autofocus
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • Cropped 4k video shooting
  • Lacks 24fps for some strange reason

The Canon EOS RP is one of the most affordable full frame mirrorless cameras on the market. With it’s full frame sensor, flip out screen, and small body, it is one of the best cameras for vlogging, especially for the price.

If you already have Canon lenses you’ll love this camera since they will all be compatible with the adapter. Plus you can use all of Canon’s newest RF lenses.

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Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera Body
  • Lightest, smallest full-frame EOS camera*

9. Sony a6500

Sony A6500

Pros:
  • Great video quality
  • Small size
  • Image stabilization built into the camera’s sensor
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • Lacks a flip out screen

Many vloggers starting out choose the Sony a6000 line. The Sony a6500 is one of Sony’s best cropped mirrorless cameras with 4k shooting and 1080p 120fps compatibility. It also has built in sensor stabilization like many other higher end Sony cameras.

One feature the a6500 lacks is a flip out screen so you’ll have to trust you’re in the frame while shooting.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the a6500: 10-18mm f4
Recommended microphone for vlogging on a6500: Rode VideoMicro

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Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/ 2.95" LCD...
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ advanced processing up to ISO 51.200

10. Sony RX100 VII

Sony RX100 VII Vlogging

The Sony RX100 Mark VII has some of the best features for vloggers. Its compact body, microphone port, and 4k uncropped shooting makes it perfect for a travel vlogging camera. All previous versions of the RX100 didn’t include a microphone port so it’s a welcome addition to this point and shoot.

One downside is the lack of a hotshoe at the top to hold a microphone but you can always pick up specialized rigs to hold microphones or use a compact one that sticks out of the side of the camera.

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  • 20. 1MP 1. 0 Type stacked CMOS sensor, Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24 200 millimeter F2. 8 F4. 5 large aperture high magnification zoom lens

Vlogging Cameras Under $1000

11. Canon 70D

Canon 70d

Used heavily by Casey Neistat the Canon 70D is now a few years old but still works great for vlogging due to its light body and flip out screen. If your budget permits you can pick up the Canon 80D which has slightly more dynamic range. I personally use the Canon 70D for many of my vlogs including my video about drone tips.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the 70D: 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
Recommended microphone for vlogging on the 70D: Rode VideoMicro

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Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+

12. Sony RX100 Mark V

Sony RX100 Mark V

Pros:
  • Fantastic video quality for its size
  • Slow mo video!
  • Small for everyday shooting
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Lacks interchangeable lenses

Many vloggers love the Sony RX100 Mark V due to its small size and great video features. These include 4K video, 1080p @ 120fps, and S-Log2.

Many users complain that the 4K video can only record for 5 minutes at a time due to overheating.

If you’re creating more cinematic videos and want to color grade your footage the RX100 Mark V even offers S-Log2 video profiles.

This camera is a bit pricey but it takes some of the best footage possible in a point and shoot. If you want a lightweight setup the RX 100 is a great choice for throwing in your pocket when out vlogging.

Additionally if you have a larger budget for a point and shoot you can pick up the new Sony RX 100 VI which has a 200mm lens.

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  • ELECTRONIC VIEW FINDER: retractable Tru-Finder EVF provides sharp resolution, bright self-illumination, and high contrast to view shots and adjust settings through a ZEISS T* coated eyepiece.

13. Canon G7X Mark III

Canon G7x Mark III

Pros:
  • Flip screen!
  • Video stabilization
  • 4k 30fps, 1080p 120fps
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • Doesn’t include Canon’s iconic dual pixel auto focus
  • No hot shoe spot for microphones
  • Lacking 24fps video shooting for some strange reason

One of the newest compact cameras from Canon that is perfect for vlogging is the Canon G7x Mark III. The changes from the G7x Mark I to the Mark II weren’t that dramatic but the Mark III brings a lot of welcomed features. This mainly includes uncropped 4k video (at 30fps), 1080p (at 120fps), and best of all a microphone port.

Like the previous models the G7x Mark III includes a flip screen which is perfect for vlogging. This time around it even supports vertical video if you are recording content for Instagram.

The lens is stabilized which is great for recording footage while walking.

Audio quality is extremely important for videos and luckily the G7x Mark III has a microphone port. On the downside it doesn’t have a hot shoe mount for a microphone so you may have to get creative while using a microphone. This could include using a cage to hold a microphone or using a lav mic. Either way it’s great to have the addition of a microphone port.

The Canon G7x Mark III also offers built in live streaming to YouTube. Additionally the HDMI output is clean making is a great camera for streamers. The camera can easily be powered while in use via its USB-C port.

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark III] with Wi-Fi &...
  • 20. 1 Megapixel 1. 0” Stacked CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor.

14. Canon M50

Canon M50

Pros:
  • Flip out screen!
  • Great video quality
  • Microphone port
Cons:
  • Weak autofocus when using 4k
  • Cropped video during 4k

One of Canon’s newest releases is the M50 which has plenty of features vloggers will love. Mainly a fantastic dual pixel autofocus system, interchangeable lenses, microphone port, and a flip out screen, all in a mirrorless body.

The Canon M50 will also shoot 4K but the video will be cropped and the dual pixel autofocus does not work in 4k shooting. This makes the 4K mode much harder to use but could be useful for cinematic footage.

Recommended lens for vlogging on the M50: The M15-45mm Kit Lens
Recommended microphone for vlogging on the M50: Rode VideoMicro

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Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit w/EF-M15-45mm and 4K...
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens

15. DJI Osmo Pocket

Dji Osmo Pocket

Pros:
  • TINY
  • High quality 4k footage
  • Stabilized
Cons:
  • Using a microphone can be awkward
  • Focal length of 26-28mm can be tight

One of the smallest and high quality options for vlogging on the go is the DJI Osmo Pocket. Its 1/2.3″ sensor outputs 4k video at 60fps which is insane for such a compact device. The Osmo Pocket can also take 12mp raw photos. There is a tiny display on but device for checking framing but if you want to use a larger display you can hook it to your phone.

The focal length is about 26-28mm which can be a bit tight if you’re vlogging but the DJI Osmo Pocket’s size makes up for it.

There is also a port on the bottom of the Osmo that will let you use a real microphone but you’ll need to get a mount to hold the microphone which will defeat a lot of the size benefits.

Best of all the entire camera system is stabilized so you won’t have to worry about shaky footage.

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DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with...
  • Please note that phones with a Micro USB port can not be connected to Osmo Pocket through the Universal Port.

16. DJI Osmo Action

Dji Osmo Action Camera

Pros:
  • SUPER TINY
  • 4k footage
  • Rocksteady stabilization
  • Front facing screen
Cons:
  • USB-C to 3.5mm adapter required for microphone

DJI has released their take on the action camera and it’s very similar to the GoPro. The DJI Osmo Action has a front facing screen, stabilization, high quality footage, and 4k this is a fantastic way to get into vlogging.

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  • Dual Screens Osmo Action’s dual screens allow you to capture it all with the touch of a button. A vivid front screen lets you frame yourself effortlessly in any setting, while the back screen delivers a crystal-clear, hyper-responsive display. This durable, versatile action camera is jam-packed with advanced technology that lets you spend less time worrying about equipment and more time living the action.

Vlogging Cameras Under $300

17. GoPro Hero 5 Black

Gopro Hero 5 Black

Pros:
  • Waterproof
  • Smallest form factor possible
Cons:
  • Ultra wide angle lens isn’t best for all shots

If you’re a travel vlogger on a budget the GoPro Hero 5 is a fantastic option. Especially since it’s waterproof it’s a blast to record videos on this GoPro. One thing I love over previous GoPro models is that this one doesn’t require a case to be waterproof. So you’ll have crisp 4K video in an incredible small waterproof package.

The built in image stabilization on the GoPro Hero 5 helps a ton by making your videos look professional and smooth.

One added benefit of using a GoPro is their included video editor, Quik.

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18. Canon S120

Canon S120

The Canon S120 is a few years old at this point but still can provide great video. With 1080p video shooting at 60fps it’s great for smooth action shots. Its touch screen also makes focusing a breeze with just a tap on the screen.

Canon PowerShot S120 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x...
  • Built-in Wi-Fi technology allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY

Vlogging Cameras Under $200

19. GoPro Hero (2018)

Gopro Hero 2018

GoPro’s latest “Hero” camera is the perfect budget friendly vlogging camera. It lacks the ability to shoot 4k but for $199 it’s hard to argue with the features. It’s waterproof casing, touch screen, and voice controls make this GoPro a great way to start travel vlogging on a budget.

GoPro HERO — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel...
  • 2 Inch touch screen quickly switch between modes, frame The perfect shot and check out your footage on the 2 inch touch screen

Best Tripods for Vlogging

Depending on the weight of your camera there are multiple tripod options for vloggers. Before buying ensure that the weight of your camera is compatible with the tripod.

Here are the best tripods for vloggers:

1. JOBY GorillaPod 3K

The JOBY GorillaPod is one of the most popular options for vlogging since the legs can form in any direction and the legs make it easy to hold on to.

2. Manfrotto Pixi

One of the smallest tripods to integrate a ball head and three legs is the Manfrotto Pixi. The Pixi is optimal if you are using a point and shoot or small camera. Best of all the integrated ball head makes it compact but also gives you the ability to tilt the camera when you’re using it as a tripod.

3. SwitchPod

Switchpod

SwitchPod has to be the newest option for vloggers and is specifically designed for vloggers. Most tripods just “work” as vlogging tripods but the SwitchPod was designed from the ground up specifically for vloggers. With its metal build and thin frame with a grip it makes it perfect for vlogging.

Vlogging has become such an important part of social media because of the rise of YouTube. I hope one of these cameras meets your needs so you can start vlogging!

Even if you’re on a budget you can use your smartphone’s camera to start vlogging. I just recommend getting out there and creating! Don’t let your gear hold you back.

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