The 19 Best Cameras for Vlogging in 2021

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Starting 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 buying a 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 that can help to build 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 may feel awkward at first but you’ll eventually get comfortable and even better at telling stories.

Best Vlogging Cameras for 2021

1. Sony ZV-1

Pros:

  • Built for vloggers
  • Great quality video and audio without an external mic
  • Small, lightweight and compact

Cons:

  • Cropped 4k video
  • No interchangeable lenses

Sony has built the first point and shoot designed for vloggers, the Sony ZV-1. With a set of features designed for vloggers like stabilization and a three-capsule microphone array. The ZV-1 features make it one of the easiest cameras to get started vlogging, especially if you aren’t familiar with cameras.

The Sony ZV-1 features a flip out screen in a compact body making it a great travel vlogging camera. This makes it easy to carry around and quickly get out for any action. Additionally you can buy the option bluetooth remote that functions as a handle and tripod.

Other features include improved skin tones, a product showcase mode to hold products up to the camera and it’ll focus on it (rather than your face), and a mode to prioritize background bokeh while filming.

Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera for Content Creators, Vlogging and...
  • 20.1MP stacked back illuminated 1” Exmor RS CMOS sensor w/ DRAM. Large aperture 24-70mm1 F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens

2. Sony ZV-E10

For people who want to get into vlogging with a camera that allows interchangable lenses Sony has released the ZV-E10. Designed for vlogging in mind the ZV-E10 features many features vloggers will love. Including skin softening mode, product showcase mode, and of course a flip screen.

Sony Alpha ZV-E10 - APS-C Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless...
  • Large 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor and fast BIONZ X processor

3. Canon 1DX Mark III

Pros:

  • Superb video & image quality
  • 4k shooting at high frame rates + RAW video
  • Huge lens selection
  • Microphone port

Cons:

  • HUGE
  • expensive
  • Lacks a flip-out screen

Many will say the Canon 1DX Mark III is the BEST travel camera. Its incredible photo quality along with sharp 4k footage is a must-have for professional travel vloggers. It can even film videos at 5.5k in RAW for extremely sharp footage with high dynamic range.

One coveted feature that the Canon 1DX Mark III 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 III 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 III but many YouTubers overlook this downside.

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

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  • High Image Quality with New 20.1 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor Combined with Newly Designed low Pass Filter.

4. Sony a7R III
Sony 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 its 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.

5. Canon Powershot G7X Mark II

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:

  • No microphone port
  • Lacks interchangeable lenses
  • Doesn’t shoot 4k

The Canon G7X Mark II 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 Mark II 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 Mark II 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 Mark II 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 Mark II is the best camera for vlogging, especially at its price point. If your budget permits the G7X Mark III is the newer model with improved performance.

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II] with Wi-Fi &...
  • The advanced video capabilities of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera can capture moments in the quality they deserve

6. 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!

Vlogging on the Canon EOS R

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+

Canon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera [EOS R]| Vlogging Camera...
  • 30.3 Megapixel Full frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor

7. 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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8. 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

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel...
  • 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

9. 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

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

10. Canon EOS RP

Canon Eos Rp

Pros:

  • Flip out screen!
  • Great video quality
  • Amazing dual pixel autofocus
  • Microphone port

Cons:

  • Cropped 4k video shooting

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.

11. GoPro HERO9 Black

GoPro Hero9 Black

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Front facing screen
  • Smallest form factor possible

Cons:

  • Ultra wide angle lens isn’t best for all shots

GoPro is well known for their action cameras but they also function great as vlogging cameras! The GoPro HERO9 features a front facing screen to easily see what you’re filming.

The GoPro HERO9 can film up to 5K video but most users will probably film in 4K or 1080P. Either way the GoPro HERO9 can produce some seriously crisp footage. You can also buy the optional Media Mod that includes a shotgun microphone.

When I use my GoPro I typically connect an Rode Wireless GO II which can be done by using the GoPro’s USB-C port.

The built in image stabilization on the GoPro Hero9 helps a ton by making your videos look professional and smooth.

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

GoPro HERO9 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD...
  • 5K Video - Shoot stunning video with up to 5K resolution, perfect for maintaining detail even when zooming in

12. 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

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

13. 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

14. 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

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

15. 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.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera...
  • 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.

16. 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 Vlogging Camera [G7X Mark III] 4K Video...
  • 20. 1 Megapixel 1. 0” Stacked CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor.

17. 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

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit with EF-M...
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens

18. DJI Pocket 2

Pros:

  • TINY
  • High quality 4k footage
  • Stabilized
  • Wide focal length
  • Tracking features

Cons:

  • Poor low light performance

One of the smallest and high quality options for vlogging on the go is the DJI Pocket 2. Its 1/1.7-inch sensor outputs 4k video at 60fps which is insane for such a compact device. The DJI Pocket 2 can also take 64mp 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 tiny display also allows you to change settings via a touchscreen.

The focal length is about 20mm which is a great focal length for holding the camera facing you and getting everything in frame.

If you pick up the DJI Pocket 2 with the creator combo it includes a wireless microphone that connects to the Pocket for improved audio.

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

The DJI Pocket 2 uses microSD cards also which is accessible on its side.

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  • 【POCKET-SIZED】: DJI Pocket 2 weighs only 116 g and offers up to 140 minutes of battery life. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand so that you can take it anywhere. DJI Pocket 2 turns on in a second so you can capture photos and videos in an instant.

19. 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.

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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