Vlogging camera buyers guide

In this buyers guide we will show you some of the best vlogging camera’s. We will go through their features and what makes them great for vlogging.

Vlogging camera line up:

Canon Powershot s120

Vlogging Camera: Canon Powershot s120

The Canon Powershot s120 is a great little camera. It only has 12.1 megapixels but it shoots video at 1080p at up to 60fps(frames per second). It also has a Digic 6 processor to help improve image quality and improved high iso quality.

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Pros:

  • 1080p 60 fps video
  • Digic 6 processor
  • f1.8 lens at 24mm(full frame equivalent)
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.0 inch touch screen
  • Good low light performance
  • Time lapse built in
  • Great size

Cons:

  • No flip screen
  • No 4k video recording
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Panasonic Lumix ZS70

Vlogging Camera: Panasonic Lumix ZS70

The ZS70 is smaller than the LX10. It has a smaller sensor more typical of a compact camera but it can still record 4K video with a 180° flip up screen.

This is a small camera with big features, one of those features is the fact that it has 30x zoom functionality which could be useful but it wont be used too often when vlogging. Luckily the camera has a 5 axis hybrid optical image stabilizer.

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Pros:

  • 4K video recording
  • 5 Axis Hybrid Optical Image stabilizer
  • 180° 3 inch Flip up touch screen
  • 30x zoom
  • Video autofocus

Cons:

  • No interchangeable lenses
  • Poor native ISO, up to 3200
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Canon M3 & M6

Vlogging Camera: Canon M6

*Canon M6 pictured

These are extremely compact little camera’s. They have interchangeable lenses which is great, but they use EF-M lenses instead of EF and EF-S. You can get adapters but the lenses might not always work the same with the adapter.

EF-M lenses are good lenses. They are built specifically for Canon’s mirrorless cameras.

The Canon M3(Body Only) and the Canon M6(Body Only) both allow for external mics and both have hot shoes so that you can mount the mic above the camera.

Both of these cameras have APSC size sensors. They have similar sensors to the other canon APSC sensor Canon DLSR’s on this list.

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*The pros and cons apply to both of these cameras

Pros:

  • 180° Flip up 3 inch touch screen
  • 1080p up to 30fps (M6 – 1080p up to 60fps)
  • Good native ISO up to 25600
  • Continuous autofocus during video
  • Small and light

Cons:

  • EF-M natively, otherwise you need an adapter for EF or EF-S lenses
  • No 4K video

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Panasonic Lumix GX850

Vlogging Camera: Panasonic Lumix GX850

The GX850 is bigger than the LX10. It comes with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. Unfortunately the GX850 does not have external mic input nor does it have a hot shoe. However, it can record 4K video and it has 180° flip screen.

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Pros:

  • 4K video
  • M43(Micro Four Thirds) sensor
  • Video autofocus
  • Good native ISO up to 25600
  • Light weight

Cons:

  • No external mic
  • No interchangeable lenses
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Panasonic Lumix G7

Vlogging Camera: Panasonic Lumix G7

The G7 is bigger than the previous two Panasonic cameras. It has a M43 sensor similar to the GX850 however the G7 has interchangeable lenses. The G7 can record 4K video at up to 30fps and 1080p video at up to 60fps.

The G7 allows for external mic input and a hot shoe to mount in on to.

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Pros:

  • 4K at up to 30fps and 1080p at up to 60fps video recording
  • Video autofocus
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • M43(Micro Four Thirds) sensor
  • Good native ISO, up to 25600
  • Light weight and compact for interchangeable lens camera
  • Tilt screen to help framing up when recording video

Cons:

  • Bigger and more expensive than the GX850.
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Panasonic Lumix LX10

Vlogging Camera: Panasonic Lumix LX10

This is a compact camera. It has a built in lens so you cannot change it later if you want to try different things. That being said, this is a fantastic little camera.

It has a 1 inch sensor which is good for a compact camera. It can shoot 4K video at up to 30fps and 1080p video at up to 120fps. The LX10 has a 180° flip up screen to allow you to easily frame your shot as well as control the camera settings.

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Pros:

  • 4K video at up to 30fps and 1080p video at up to 120fps
  • Good native ISO, up to 12800
  • Video autofocus
  • 1 inch sensor
  • Lens aperture: F1.4-F2.8
  • Image stabilization
  • Light weight

Cons:

  • No external mic.
  • No interchangeable lenses
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Canon Powershot G7X Mark 2

Vlogging Camera: Canon Powershot G7X Mark 2

The Canon G7X mark 2 is a very popular vlogging camera. It is used by quite a few YouTubers. The G7X is small and compact camera that can shoot at 1080p 60fps video recording. It also has a flip screen so that you can see what you are vlogging as well as easily change settings.

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Pros:

  • 1080p 60fps video
  • 1.0 inch sensor
  • Digic 7 processor to boost image quality in low light
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.0 inch touch screen that can flip 180 degrees
  • F1.8-2.8 lens. Great for low light situations
  • Autofocus during video

Cons:

  • Average battery life
  • No 4k video recording
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Canon SL2/200d

Vlogging Camera: Canon SL2/200D

The Canon SL2/200D(Body only link) is the first DSLR camera on the list. The SL2/200D is one of Canons entry level DLSR cameras. It has 24.2 megapixel APSC sensor. A similar sensor is found in the higher end 80D camera. This is a great beginner DSLR vlogging camera.

When you start getting into the DSLR’s you will find useful features like external mic input, longer lasting batteries, better autofocus speeds and the ability to change lenses and get better ones.

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Pros:

  • APSC sized sensor
  • Dual pixel Autofocus system for fast autofocus
  • Vari-angle 3.0 inch touch screen
  • External mic input
  • Hot shoe to fit external light source or external mic
  • Digic 7 Image processor
  • Small and light weight for a DLSR
  • Comes with a decent kit lens to get started with
  • Continuous autofocus while recording video
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Good ISO range, native ISO up to 25600

Cons:

  • Can be more confusing than the smaller cameras
  • While being small and light for a DLSR, it is much larger than a compact camera
  • No 4k video recording
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Canon G5X

Vlogging Camera: Canon G5X

The Canon G5X is good compact camera. It has decent ISO performance and a nice 1.0 inch sensor. It can take 1080p video at up to 60fps. It has a vari-angle 3.0 inch touch screen which helps when you are recording but also makes it easier to control camera settings if you need to.

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Pros

  • 1080p at up to 60fps
  • 3.0 inch vari-angle touch screen
  • Compact size
  • Hot shoe if you want to add a portable continuous light
  • Image stabilization
  • f1.8-f2.8 aperture
  • Good ISO range, native ISO up to 12800

Cons

  • No mic jack.
  • No 4k video recording
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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Vlogging Camera: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is a highly praised camera, and is used by a few vloggers on Youtube. It is small and compact, record at 4k and has a 1 inch sensor. It can also record video at up to 960fps but at a lower resolution.

The RX100 IV is a great choice as your main or backup vlogging camera.

You could also look at the Sony RX100 V. This is the latest model but it is about $150 more expensive at the time of writing this.

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Pros:

  • 4K video recording
  • 1 inch sensor
  • f1.8-f2.8 aperture
  • Good video autofocus
  • Flip screen to be able to monitor what the camera is recording
  • Small
  • Not too expensive

Cons:

  • Rolling shutter at 4K
  • No touch screen
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Canon 77D

Vlogging Camera: Canon 77D

The Canon 77D(Body only link) is quite a step up from the Canon SL2/200d(Body only link). They have the same sensor but the 77D has more features and it is a bigger camera. This camera is the highest end “beginner” APSC camera that Canon makes. It can take 1080p video at up to 60fps, it also has a vari-angle screen.

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Pros:

  • 1080p video at up to 60fps
  • Digic 7 image processor
  • External mic
  • HDR movie and Time-lapse movie modes
  • APSC sized sensor
  • Dual pixel Autofocus system for fast autofocus
  • Hot shoe to fit external light source or external mic
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Autofocus during video
  • Great price with starter kit
  • Good ISO range, native ISO up to 25600

Cons:

  • Bigger than something like the Canon SL2/200d
  • No 4k video recording
  • Not too much benefit over the Canon SL2/200d for video
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Canon 80D

Vlogging Camera: Canon 80D

The Canon 80D(Body Only link) is a fantastic video camera. The 80d was sort of made for videos in some ways and it is a popular camera amongst Youtuber’s. It has a better focussing system than the other Canon DSLR’s. It has a similar sensor to the others but only a Digic 6 image processor.

No matter the older processor, this is best Canon camera out of all the ones that I have listed here. For video and photography. It is more robust and can take a bit of a beating. It also has a bigger battery so it will last longer when out and about.

Check out this DigitalRev review on the 80D.

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Pros:

  • Canons best APSC camera for video
  • Great autofocus system for video
  • Good ISO. Native ISO up to 16000
  • 1080p video at up to 60fps
  • Good build quality

Cons:

  • No 4k video recording
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Sony a6500

Vlogging Camera: Sony a6500

The Sony a6500(Body only link) is another great vlogging camera. It is a small compact mirrorless camera with an APSC sized sensor. It has good dynamic range and ISO capabilities.

The best thing about this camera is how it brings DSLR features to a camera of this size. It might be more expensive that the previous two Canon cameras but the a6500 can record video at 4k. It also has 5-axis in body image stabilization.

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Pros:

  • Very small camera for the features
  • 4k video recording
  • 1080p video at up to 120fps
  • APSC size sensor
  • Good ISO capability. Native ISO up to 25600
  • Interchangeable lenses

Cons:

  • Tilt screen does not tilt enough to be able to see what you are recording
  • Price might be a bit too steep, especially since this price is for the body only
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Panasonic GH5

Vlogging Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH5

The Panasonic Lumix GH5(Body only link) is a fantastic camera for video. This is one of those cameras that has a sort of cult following when it comes to video recording and with good reason. It shoots great 4k video at up to 60fps and 1080p at up to 180fps. It also has in body 5-axis image stabilization which is great because lenses with image stabilization can be more expensive. Up to 5 stops of image stabilization with compatible Lumix MFT(Micro four thirds) lenses.

The GH5 is also built tough and able to handle a few knocks and bumps with its magnesium alloy body.

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Pros:

  • Fantastic 4k video at up to 60fps or 1080p video at up to 180fps
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • 5-axis in body image stabilization
  • Up to 5 stops of image stabilization when using compatible lenses
  • Interchangeable lens
  • Vari-angle 3.2 inch touch screen
  • 4:2:2 10bit video
  • No low pass filter for shaper images and video
  • External mic
  • Headphone port
  • Hotshoe
  • Dual card slots allowing you to shoot more video
  • Good ISO. Native ISO up to 12800

Cons:

  • Quite expensive, but it does come with some professional grade features
  • Only has a micro four third size sensor
  • First party lenses can be expensive
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Sony A7R II

Vlogging Camera: Sony A7R II

There is no other way to put this but the Sony A7R II(Body only link) is the best camera, the best vlogging camera, the best photography camera. However it is not cheap. At $2700 you would expect it to have amazing features, and it does. 42.4 megapixels, full frame, 4k video, 5-axis in body image stabilization and the list goes on.

This camera is incredible and to be fair is quite overkill for a vlogging camera.

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Pros:

  • Full Frame
  • 4k video recording
  • Great ISO. Native up to 25600 while recording video
  • Good autofocus while recording video
  • 5-axis in body image stabilization
  • Touch magnesium alloy body
  • External mic

Cons:

  • Tilt screen does not tilt far enough to see what you are doing
  • Expensive
  • Overkill to use as a vlogging camera. If you are into photography too, then it is not really overkill.
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Conclusion:

These days cameras are generally quite good and to find a good vlogging camera is not that difficult. There are some things to keep in mind that can make some cameras perform better as a vlogging camera than other cameras. One of the features that help with this is a screen that flips out and is viewable when the camera is facing you. Another feature that is good to look for is an external mic. External mics can really up your audio quality which can make a big difference to the overall quality of your vlogs.

 

If you decide on a camera that has interchangeable lenses, you should take a look at my post detailing what you should look for when choosing a vlogging lens.