Best vlogging cameras with flip screen 2018

Flip screen cameras make vlogging much easier.

In this post I will go through some of the best flip screen vlogging cameras to help you pick what will best suit your needs and budget!

The reason why flip screen cameras make vlogging easier is because they allow you to see what is being recorded in real time. This allows you to see if your video is under or over exposed, whether you are in focus or not. It also makes sure that you are in the shot 🙂

 

Below I have created a list of vlogging cameras with a flip screen for different budgets.

 

Canon Powershot G7X Mark II

Flip screen: Canon Powershot G7X Mark 2

The original G7X Mark I was a great camera, vloggers loved it, it took great pictures and it done pretty much every really well. Even today the G7X Mark I is a good camera but in May of 2016 Canon released the G7X Mark II.

The G7X Mark II has improved on what was already a fantastic camera. The mark 2 has the same sensor and still only records video at 1080p 60 fps but it has the newer Digic 7 image processor which reduces noise and improves low light performance. It also improves autofocus in low light, this is great news for vloggers as autofocus is a very important when vlogging.

The battery life has been improved by around 25% which is great but another feature that has been added is the ability to charge the camera through the USB port. This was a feature that I was very excited about. Some cameras allow you to charge the camera while recording which enables you to plug a powerbank into the camera to give you much better battery life. Unfortunately the G7X Mark II does not do this. Hopefully if there is a mark 3 that will have the ability to charge and record video.

Another feature that is very popular these days with vloggers is including a time lapse segment in their videos. This can be quite annoying to do and get setup as you would need external tools to help with this. The G7X Mark II however comes with a time-lapse function built in which makes is really easy to record your time-lapse straight in the camera.

A small but in my opinion insignificant improvement, particularly when vlogging, is the fact that they improved the grip on the Mark II. This is a nice improvement but most of the time when you are vlogging you will not be holding the camera in a normal way, or you would be using a small tripod or gorilla pod to hold the camara with. If you are going to use the camera for photography, then this is a very nice addition.

Overall the G7X Mark II is one of the best vlogging cameras with a flip screen, whether you are a beginner or professional. It does everything that one needs and does them well. It is a pity that it does not have 4K video, something which Canon is lagging behind with, but most people do not have 4K monitors or TV’s yet, there is more to 4K than just monitors or tv’s being able to display it, but I do not think that it has a major impact when vlogging.

Key features:

  • Record video at1080p 60fps
  • Flip screen
  • 1 inch sensor
  • Digic 7 processor

 

Sony RX100 Mark V

Flip screen: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

At $848 the Sony RX100 Mark V is not a cheap camera. It is $200 more than the G7X Mark II and doesn’t have a touch screen. However the RX100 has quite a few redeeming features that in my opinion justify the 30% price difference.

One of the main differences is the fact that the RX100 can record video at 4K. Previously I said that 4K doesn’t really matter for vlogging and I stand by that. However there is no denying that 4K is the future and being able to record video at 4K now allows those videos to stand the test of time in terms of resolution. Once of the major advantages of 4K is the ability to be able to downscale and improve your videos sharpness or have the ability to crop the video without losing as much quality if you apply the same crop to a 1080p video.

One different feature is the ability to shoot slow mo video. Doing so you will need to lower your resolution but the camera can record video up to 960 fps. This can help your vlog in a similar way that a time-lapse can add that extra quality to a video.

General thoughts on the RX100 Mark V is very good. It is compact and does a fantastic job, it is a pity that screen is not touchscreen but some of the features make up for that. There is no question why the RX100 Mark V is popular with vloggers. It records great video and is also good for taking pictures.

Key features:

  • Record video at 4K
  • Flip screen
  • 1 inch sensor
  • Slow motion video

 

Canon M3

Flip screen: Canon M3

The only camera with an APSC sized sensor on this list. The M3 has a very similar sensor to one of Canon’s more prosumer camera’s, the Canon 80D. The 80D is a great video camera and the M3 is not too bad itself. Allowing you to record 1080p video at up to 60fps.

Having interchangeable lenses is a benefit. It might shock you at first that you can buy a camera that cannot do anything until you buy a lens but that is what also allows a lot of flexibility and can greatly improve your vlogs quality. Interchangeable lenses allow you to have greater control over the camera with things like focal length and aperture. This allows for more creativity and will add longevity to the camera itself.

Unfortunately, like most other non professional Canon cameras right now, the M3 does not come with 4K video recording. It does do a good job with 1080p recording and can record at 60 fps. The M3 also comes with an external mic jack as well as a hot shoe that allows you to mount the external mic to the camera for easy hands free operation.

Key features:

  • Record video at 1080p 60fps
  • External mic jack
  • Hot shoe to mount external mic
  • APSC sensor
  • Flip screen

Panasonic Lumix G7

Flip screen: Panasonic Lumix G7

Panasonic makes some great cameras. The Lumix G7 is no exception. It is bigger than the Sony RX100 Mark V or the Canon G7X Mark II but it is not a big camera.

The G7 has a lot to offer. It records video at 4K 30fps, it is small and light, it has a Micro Four Thirds size sensor, so it has a bigger sensor than the Canon G7X Mark II and the Sony RX100 Mark V which generally means better handling of noise and better low light performance but at the same time it will generally perform a little worse than an APSC in term of low light performance and handling noise. Most of the time no one will really notice and a lot of the time one will be filming in the day time.

Another great benefit with the G7 is that it has interchangeable lenses. This is quite big step up from some of the other cameras on the list. Interchangeable lenses allows you to upgrade lenses, or get lenses that perform better in low light or have a longer focal length. It allows you to be more creative too since you are not confined to a single lens, so if you like the blurred background look you would be able find a prime lens that has a wide aperture that can allow you to get the look you want.

The G7 also comes with external mic jack as well as a hot shoe that will allow you to mount an external mic to let you get more professional audio quality. External mics have other advantages depending on the type of mic that you get.

Key Features:

  • Record video at 4K
  • Flip screen
  • External mic jack
  • Hot shoe to mount external mic
  • M43(Micro Four Thirds)
  • Flip out screen

Conclusion:

These are some of the best vlogging cameras with a flip screen and compact size. Most of them are small but the RX100 and the G7X Mark 2 are the smallest, they also do not have interchangeable lenses or external mics. Which can be a con but it all depends on what you need. Often the internal camera can do a decent enough job.

When buying any of these cameras remember to budget for an external mic, the Canon M3 and the Panasonic Lumix G7 both allow for external mics. If you go for one of the other cameras you can still get an external mic, but it would need to be hand held.

Be sure to check out my vlogging camera buyers guide where I talk about other vlogging cameras that could suit your needs.