Looking to buy a vlogging camera? Well, luckily you’ve found the ultimate guide for finding the best vlogging camera. Wether you’re already a vlogger but looking to upgrade to a better vlogging camera or you’re just about to start a vlog and want to buy a good vlogging camera to start with.
In this guide we will start with what makes a camera good for vlogging. Then we’ll highlight some of the best vlogging cameras in different price ranges so you can find the right vlogging camera for your budget. Our guide features the best vlogging cameras of 2017 and will be continually updated. So without further delay, let’s jump right into it.
Last updated: August 2017
What Makes a Good Vlogging Camera?
- Image Quality: The most important aspect of a vlogging camera is image quality. We recommend you look for a camera that records in at least 1080p or ‘Full HD’. Anything below that is below the average quality of youtube vlogs and can hinder the growth of your channel. We have listed two 720p vlogging cameras in this guide for people on a tight budget. If you are on a bigger budget and want the best vlogging camera. Go ahead and pick a camera that shoots in 4K or ‘Ultra HD’. Note: if you buy a camera that shoots 4K you will also need a good computer to edit the footage on.
- Weight: Cameras don’t weigh a lot but can get surprisingly heavy when you hold one with an extended arm for more than a few minutes. The vlogging cameras recommended in our guide are relatively light so you can carry them around all day and you will not get sore while vlogging. For vlogs where the camera can be set on a tripod or does not need to be carried around we have also picked some good vlogging cameras for your needs.
- Optical Image Stabilization: It is very common to vlog while walking or doing other activities that involve a lot of movement. Although Youtube and video editing software can help stabilize footage a lot, it will not come close to the quality of a vlogging camera with built-in Optical Image Stabilization. This feature helps prevent shaky video footage and improve the quality of your vlogs.
- Audio: Your viewers will not stick around for your entire vlog if they cannot hear a word you’re saying. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the microphone of a camera before making the purchase. Every camera has a built-in microphone with decent quality but may pick up unwanted background noise. Some cameras have a microphone jack so you can use an external microphone for better sound in your vlogs.
- Camera Lens: Given that most of your footage is recorded from an arm’s length away it is important to look for a vlogging camera with a lens that offers good video quality while shooting from close range. Nothing is more annoying then being out of focus for the most part of your vlog.
- YOUR NEEDS: Of course the best vlogging camera is the camera that is best suited for YOUR needs. If you record in low-light conditions you will need to look for vlogging cameras that handle that well. If you vlog while on the move and capturing adventures an action cam is better suited for you. Maybe you need to have perfect audio so you need a vlogging camera with connectivity for external microphones. Think about the type of vlogs you want to make and select the vlogging camera that best fits your needs. A flip screen is often seen as a must-have by most vloggers, most of the cameras in this guide have a flip screen but not every single one. We have a separate article for flip-screen cameras if it’s a must for you.
Cheap Vlogging Cameras (720p)
Want to try vlogging but don’t want to sink a lot of money into it yet? We understand. Unfortunately in this price range you will have to make due with 720p HD because the 1080p Full HD vlogging cameras are (a bit) more expensive. If 720p is good enough for you we recommend:
The Sony W800 is the perfect vlogging camera for the person that wants a cheap camera to test the waters and explore the wonderful world of vlogging. The Sony W800 is a lightweight vlog camera that shoots in 720p and comes with SteadyShot Image Stabilization.
The camera is easy to charge with USB charging and one of the best-selling cameras in its price range on Amazon. For good reason! If you don’t have the budget for a Full HD 1080p camera, this is a great alternative.
The Sony DSCW830 is a 20.1 Megapixel camera with 8x Zoom and shoots 720p HD footage in MP4 format for easy editing.
The optical SteadyShot stabilization with 2-way active mode gives you the freedom to vlog while walking or even running. The intelligent auto mode automatically adjusts to the lighting conditions.
The face detection technology helps with the focus, exposure and white balance. So you can just start vlogging while the camera does all the hard work for you.
Cheap Vlogging Cameras (Full HD 1080p)
If you do not want to spent too much money but still want to record in Full HD 1080p. This category will provide you with our vlogging camera recommendations that offer the most bang for your buck.
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
The Canon PowerShot SX610 is our #1 recommendation if you are looking for a cheap camera that is capable of recording in Full HD 1080p.
This camera features a 18.2 megapixel camera sensor and records in Full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second. It also records in a convenient MP4 format which is easier to edit and share online so you can quickly get your vlogs uploaded on YouTube.
The zoom is a powerful 18x optical zoom and works well with the built-in intelligent image stabilization. The image stabilization has multiple video recording modes so it can correct for hand movement and unwanted shaking and motion blur while recording. The camera has a large 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 922k dots on the back so you can easily review your vlog footage.
The camera is shipped with a wrist strap, battery pack, battery charger and AC cable. You’ll only need to add an SD card to your shopping cart. We recommend the SanDisk Ultra Class 10 (32GB). It is available in storage capacities from 16GB up to 128GB if you need more (or less) storage space.
Compared to the Sony DSC-WX220 featured below it has a better LCD screen resolution, more focal coverage (18x zoom vs. 10x zoom), better manual focus and slightly more pixels. It does however lack the ability to shoot 60 frames per second in Full HD.
The Sony DSCWX220 is the second recommended Full HD (1080p) affordable vlogging camera in our buyers guide.
This camera has a 18.2 megapixel sensor which performs very well in low light conditions and uses the BIONZ X engine for superb detail and noise reduction.
Not only is this camera able to record in 1080p but can also do so in 60 frames per second for even smoother footage. The camera has 10x optical zoom and image stabilization to stabilize shaky footage and prevent motion blur. Even when you are walking while the camera is zoomed in.
Compared to the Canon SX610 featured above this camera has better low-light performance, a slightly faster lens and it weighs 70 grams less. This camera also shoots in 60 frames per second and it’s slightly smaller.
Beginner Vlogging Cameras
Want to produce high quality vlogs on a budget? This category features the best value vlogging cameras for beginners.
Panasonic DMC-ZS45 LUMIX
The Panasonic DMC-ZS45 is one of the cheapest Full HD 1080p flip screen vlogging cameras currently available.
This camera has a 16 megapixel sensor resolution and records in 1080p (30 frames per second). This camera also has 20x optical zoom so you can zoom in very far if needed.
Apart from this, the camera also has a host of different features for vlogging. Optical image stabilization will correct a lot of shakiness in your recorded footage. The wide-angle lens makes it look like you’re further from the camera when you are recording at an arms length instead of being too close to your face.
Another very useful feature is the flip screen. The flip screen can be flipped to face the front of the camera so you can see yourself while you are vlogging and see if you’re fully in frame.
This might be the best camera for vlogging beginners because of its flip screen and excellent quality at an affordable price-point.
Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
The second vlogging camera in our beginners category is the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS.
The PowerShot SX710 HS features a 20.3 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor to capture high quality video with improved low-light performance. With the Intelligent IS and Zoom Framing Assist this camera is prepared to handle a variety of situations by analyzing camera movement and applying the best shake correction method for the current shooting situation.
The amazing 30x optical zoom easily lets you reach objects at any distance. All of these features allow you to capture breathtaking Full HD 1080p video in 60, 30 and 24 frames per second packed into a slim design that is perfect for vlogging.
Intermediate Vlogging Cameras
Serious about vlogging and want to produce high quality vlogs to grow your youtube channel faster? Here are the vlogging cameras we recommend for you:
Our first recommendation in this category is the Panasonic ZS70. The ZS70 is a newly released (april, 2017) compact camera that blows every other compact camera in this price range out of the water.
The ZS70 features a 20.3 megapixel MOS sensor plus 30x Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens (24mm-720mm) with a 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilizer. This camera records in 4K Ultra HD in 30 frames per second or Full HD 1080p at 60 frames per second. This makes the ZS70 the most affordable 4K vlogging camera by far!
The ZS70 has a 3-inch LCD screen that is touch feature-enabled and can be flipped up 180 degrees so it faces the front of the camera which makes vlogging much easier.
The camera is shipped with a battery pack, AC adaptor, USB cable and hand strap and is available in black and gray.
Our second recommendation in this category is the Nikon D5200. If you’d rather have a DSLR vlogging camera with an interchangeable lens and external microphone capabilities then the D5200 will be the best option in this price range.
The D5200 features a 24 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, a 39-point dynamic area autofocus system with 3D tracking and a wide ISO range (100-6400) that is expendable to 25,600 equivalent.
This combination is capable of recording video in Full HD 1080p in 30 frames per second with full-time contrast-detect autofocus. The full-time-servo AF and subject-tracking AF work together to keep moving objects sharp and in-focus.
The screen is a 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen with 921.000 dots that lets you preview shots from any angle and easily view yourself while vlogging. The D5200 also has a built-in stereo microphone that can be controlled automatically or manually.
Semi-Professional Vlogging Cameras
This category features cameras that are used by a lot of popular vloggers. These vlogging cameras produce high quality video with great sound in all situations.
Canon PowerShot G7 X
The Canon PowerShot G7 X is an incredibly popular vlogging camera among YouTubers. This compact and lightweight camera with flip screen shoots very high-quality video in Full HD 1080p at up to 60 frames per second.
Combined with Canon’s innovative Intelligent IS, which automatically corrects any shaky footage, this camera delivers beautiful, stable and clear footage in any situation.
The G7 X has a 3-inch flip screen with touch screen capabilities. Which allows you to easily adjust camera settings or focus by touch. The screen display is crisp and clear and features 1.04 million pixels. The flip screen is almost glare-free and works great, even in direct sunlight.
The Canon PowerShot G7 X is used by vloggers like Shaycarl, CutiePieMarzia, FunForLouis, RomanAtwood, Joey Graceffa and iJustine.
The successor of the G7 X, the G7 X Mark II, has already been released. However, the difference is very small and isn’t worth the extra money for everyone. The Mark II has slightly better battery life and low light performance. If that’s important to you, go for the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II.
Panasonic LUMIX G7
The Panasonic G7 is our top recommendation if you are looking for a DSLR in this price range.
Although it is heavier and bigger than the Canon G7 X. This DSLR allows you to change lenses, use an external microphone or use a tripod for stationary recording.
The G7 features a 16 megapixel four thirds CMOS sensor with a wide ISO range (160 – 25600) that delivers excellent image quality in all lighting conditions. It is capable of recording video in 4K Ultra HD in a native 4k resolution at 30 frames per second. The screen is a 3-inch fully articulated 1,040k-dot LCD screen.
This camera offers excellent battery life and also provides intelligent auto focus so you don’t have to worry about blurry footage.
Note: It is important that you use an SD card rated as UHS Speed Class 3 if you want to record in 4K Ultra HD resolution!
Professional Vlogging Cameras
If you want to create professional looking videos on YouTube on a larger budget. The cameras in this category will be best suited for your needs.
These cameras are capable of recording in 4K Ultra HD which is quickly rising in popularity on YouTube. Most vloggers still record in 1080p. So by switching now you will have an advantage and be ahead of the curve.
It is important to note that 4K video files are bigger and more demanding. You will need to add a high speed SD card to your cart if you are buying one of these cameras. You will also need to make sure that your computer is fast enough to edit 4K video files and you have the storage capacity for 4K video files.
Sony DSC-RX100M IV
The holy grail of portable vlogging cameras. The Sony DSC-RX100M IV shoots in crystal clear 4K resolution and can shoot up to 960 fps for very cool slow motion shots.
This is the perfect vlogging camera for anyone who wants to create professional vlogs and maybe include some cool cinematography shots in their videos as well. This camera has incredible low light performance, especially for a compact camera. So any night-time footage you record will look very sharp without noise.
The camera also has a high-resolution flip screen so you check if you’re in frame while recording. The autofocus is VERY fast with almost no lag at all so you will never have to wait for the camera to focus while vlogging.
Sony has already released the next generation of the RX100 called the mark V (five). The differences between these two cameras are extremely small but the price isn’t. That’s why we recommend buying the RX100 IV over the RX100 V and saving yourself some money.
Panasonic LUMIX G85
Our second vlogging camera recommendation is the Panasonic G85. The G85 is a micro four thirds mirrorless camera. That is why it’s less bulky than regular DSLR cameras which is ideal for recording vlogs.
The Panasonic G85 features a 16-megapixel MFT CMOS sensor with a wide ISO range (100-25600) and sensor-shift image stabilization. This class leading 5-axis body stabilization paired with a LUMIX 2-axis optically stabilized lens will offer the best ‘dual’ image stabilization effect.
The camera is capable of recording in 4K Ultra HD at 24 or 30 frames per second at 100 Mbps and Full HD 1080p at 60 frames per second at 28 Mbps.
The camera body is weather sealed, splash proof and dust proof. It also has a 3-inch fully articulated screen, 3.5mm port for external microphones and the ability to use a battery grip to extend the battery life while recording.
Ultimate Vlogging Cameras
These ultimate vlogging cameras are the best cameras you can possible buy and use as a consumer. These vlogging cameras are a bit bulkier and heavier but provide better image and sound quality with more settings.
One of the best vlogging cameras you can buy at the moment is the Panasonic GH5. This camera was only released in January 2017 but a lot of YouTubers immediately switched over. Tech YouTubers, vloggers and filmmakers have been using the GH5 and have all been huge fans of Panasonic’s newest model.
The GH5 features a 20 megapixel four thirds CMOS sensor with a wide ISO range (200 – 25600, expands to 100) with no low pass (anti-aliasing) filter. The GH5 is capable of recording 4K video at 4k60/50P (4:2:0 8bit) and 4k30/25P/24P (4:2:2 10bit). So you’ll have the flexibility to choose your own video frame rate with a maximum of 60 frames per second. You can also shoot high-speed video in up to 180 frames per second without cropping the image.
The camera body has 5-axis image stabilization and combined with LUMIX 2-axis optically stabilized lenses this will provide a ‘dual’ image stabilization setup to remove any unwanted movement from your video content.
The body is made of durable magnesium alloy and is weather sealed (splash, dust and freeze proof). The screen is a swiveling 1620k-dot 3.2-inch LCD screen with touch control. Other features of the camera are 5Ghz Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2, hot shoe + audio X2R adapter port, microphone port, headphone port, full size live HDMI, USB-C 3.0 port and dual SD card slots.
Sony A7R II
Our second camera recommendation for this price range is the Sony a7R II.
The a7R II features world’s first full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R 42.4 megapixel CMOS sensor and 5-axis in-body image stabilization.
This camera is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video in 30/24p in XAVC S format (100/60Mpbs respectively) with full pixel readout and no pixel binning. It can also record in Full HD 1080p resolution at 60, 30 or 24 frames per second in XAVC S format (50Mbps).
The resolution combined with the cameras fast hybrid autofocus with 399 phase detection AF points and 5-axis image stabilization will take your videos to a new level.
The body is weather sealed and made of a rigid magnesium alloy designed to withstand some abuse. The 3-inch LCD screen tilts up and down for high and low-angle framing but can unfortunately not flip 180 degrees for vlogging. Footage can easily be transferred using the built-in WiFi.
Best Action Cameras for Vlogging
If you vlog a lot while traveling, jumping in pools, swimming in the ocean, doing extreme sports and want to put your viewers in first person point of view. An action camera will be best suited for you. Action cameras are durable and waterproof which means you can use them in more demanding situations.
Due to the waterproof design of these cameras the sound of your video recordings will sound more ‘distant’ than a regular camera. You can always use one of our recommended vlogging microphones for better audio quality.
The GoPro HERO4 is extremely durable and waterproof up to 131′ (40m). The GoPro comes with built-in touch display, photo capture and the GoPro App + software. The camera records in 1080p at 60 frames per second or 720p at 120 frames per second. The camera has a host of different settings for low-light conditions, time lapses, performance audio, field of view settings and tagging so you can mark key moments while recording.
GoPro have already released the newer GoPro Hero5, so should you buy the HERO4 if it there is a newer version available? Not necessarily. If you really want to shoot in 4K Ultra HD then yes, if you are happy with Full HD 1080p then this camera will work great.
GoPro HERO5 Black
GoPro recently released the GoPro HERO5 Black. The hero5 is the most powerful GoPro released to date and is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video at up to 30 frames per second.
You can also record slow motion video in Full HD at up to 120 frames per second. Video is automatically stabilized using advanced video stabilization and the sound quality is good too.
The rugged and durable design of the Hero5 means the camera is waterproof to 33 feet without a case.
It’s also very easy to use. You can control the camera with simple voice commands or using the single physical button to power the camera on and start recording.
The camera features two screens. One small screen on the front to show important information like battery life and recording information like duration and resolution. Located on the back of the camera is a 2-inch touch display to view footage, change settings or trim footage.
And that concludes our guide to finding the perfect vlogging camera for your budget and needs. We hope you have found the perfect vlogging camera for you! We HIGHLY recommend you also add an SD card to your shopping cart (since most cameras ship without one) when making the purchase. Also consider adding an extra battery depending on which vlogging camera you pick and if you have access to a charger during the day.
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