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.
There are tons of different options in terms of cameras for vlogging that range in price, quality, and size.
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.
My Favorite: 1. Canon Powershot G7X
- Great price for entry level vloggers
- Great quality video for day and night videos
- Small, lightweight and compact
- 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.
- 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
- Superb video & image quality
- 4k shooting at high frame rates
- Huge lens selection
- Microphone port
- 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 Focus 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.
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.
- 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
3. Sony a7R III
- Fantastic video + photo quality
- Image stabilization built into the camera
- Microphone port
- Lens selection can be limiting to some
The Sony a7R III is a new release from Sony so you know it’ll have some of the latest features vloggers 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.
The 5-axis stabilization built into the sensor will also help for smooth footage even when a lens doesn’t have stabilization.
- 42.4 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with gapless on-chip lens design
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.
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4. Canon 6D Mark II
- Flip out screen!
- Amazing dual pixel auto focus
- Crisp full frame video and photo quality
- Microphone port
- 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.
- 26.2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor.
5. Panasonic Lumix GH5
- Great 4k video quality
- Built in sensor stabilization
- Microphone port
- Face detection auto focus 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.
- Professional photo and 4K video performance in a durable magnesium alloy body.
6. Sony a7S II
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.
- Full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization
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7. Sony a6500
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.
- 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ advanced processing up to ISO 51.200
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8. 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.
- 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
9. Sony RX100 Mark V
- Fantastic video quality for its size
- Slow mo video!
- Small for everyday shooting
- 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.
- 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.
10. Canon M50
- Flip out screen!
- Great video quality
- Microphone port
- 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
- Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Eye Detection AF
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11. GoPro Hero 5 Black
- Smallest form factor possible
- 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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12. 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.
- Built-in Wi-Fi technology allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
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13. 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.
- 2-Inch Touch Screen - Quickly switch between modes, frame the perfect shot and check out your footage on the 2-inch touch screen
There is sure to be an option for everyone to start vlogging here. 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.