Whether you just need a capable smartphone or a more advanced DSLR/mirrorless setup for your vlogging,. These are the finest options for vloggers right now.
Here are the best cameras for vloggers on the market right now. Ranging from smartphones and compacts for everyday vlogging through to interchangeable-lens cameras for broader control and more professional results.
1. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
A flip-up screen, large sensor and a relatively pocketable body makes this one of the best options for vlogging
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1in | Lens: 24-100mm (equiv.) f/1.8-2.8, | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1.04million dots | Max video resolution: Full HD | Mic port: No | User level: Beginner
The original PowerShot G7 X was something of a hit-and-miss affair among photographers, but it certainly became popular among vloggers. And now, this second-generation update appears to be just as much of a smash. While it maintains a 1in-type sensor from the previous model, you now get a 24p and 60p recording option. better battery life and a touchscreen that’s arguably easier to see thanks to the hinge now being placed along the bottom of the camera. The newer DIGIC 7 processor also speeds up performance overall, and the fact that you can slip this into a roomy pocket makes it a more portable option for recording on the fly, where a DSLR would be impractical.
2. Sony RX100 Mark V
Sony’s flagship RX100 model captures excellent 4K footage and boasts phase-detect AF.
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1in | Megapixels: 20.1MP | Lens: 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 | Screen: 3in tilt-angle display, 1.22million dots | Max video resolution: 4K | Mic port: No | User level: Enthusiast
While the previous RX100 Mark IV was already equipped for excellent-quality 4K video recording, the pocketable Mark V made some important strides for the videographer. Perhaps the most important addition is phase-detect AF pixels on the sensor, which allow the camera to keep a better lock on the subject while recording. Furthermore, face detection is also effective here, which further helps the camera to understand what it’s focusing on. You also get an SLog2 option and far better rolling-shutter performance than the Mark IV, although there’s no mic port, so you’ll have to use a mic and an external recorder (or your phone) if you want to improve on the quality of the camera’s microphones.
3. Canon EOS M6
Junior-level mirrorless model from Canon ticks the right boxes for vloggers on a budget
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-M | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1.04million dots | Max video resolution: Full HD | Mic port: Yes | User level: Beginner
With a flip-up screen and a microphone port, and Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF system on board to keep everything in focus during recording, the EOS M6 is a great choice for those who want to keep both their setup as compact and portable.
Video is limited to Full HD recording, although you do have a 60p option if you need it, and built-in digital image stabilisation also helps when you’re recording on the move.
The current collection of compatible lenses isn’t the widest, but if you pair the camera with the EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens, you’ll have a useful 18-35mm focal range (in 35mm-equivalent terms) to work with, together with the benefit of Canon’s STM technology to keep focusing quiet. If you need 4K, the recent EOS M50 is also one to add to the list, although this does come with a handful of limitations, such as no Dual Pixel CMOS AF in 4K and a 1.6x crop factor.
4. Panasonic Lumix G85 / G80
Not the newest Lumix, but the combination of 4K video, a flip-out screen and a mic port make it great for vloggers
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Micro Four Thirds | Megapixels: 16MP | Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds | Screen type: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1.04million dots | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Beginner/enthusiast
With masses of features, a weather-sealed body and crisp image quality thanks to the lack of an optical low-pass filter, the Lumix G85, which also goes by the name Lumix G80, is one of our favourite budget mirrorless cameras even before we get to its video capabilities. And yet, even here it shines, with 4K recording, a mic input, flip-out touchscreen and fast focusing to recommend it even further. The camera is capable of using face detection to keep a lock on subjects as they move, and while it lacks on-sensor phase-detect AF, focus changes happen nice and smoothly while you’re recording. You also benefit from effective image stabilisation from both the sensor and the lens (assuming you’re using a lens with OIS), which is great if you’re planning on moving while you shoot.
5. Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D
Small-format DSLR with the benefit of Dual Pixel CMOS AF and a mic port
Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-S | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1.04million dots | Max video resolution: Full HD (1080p) | Mic port: 3.5mm | User level: Beginner
The EOS Rebel SL2, also known as the EOS 2000D, may simply appear as a compact, unassuming, entry-level DSLR, but for vloggers on a budget it makes a lot of sense. On top of the Full HD option that records to 60p. You get a flip-out touchscreen LCD with a respectable 24.2MP resolution, together with sensor-based phase-detect AF pixels – Canon’s Dual Pixel
CMOS AF system – to help keep focus smooth while you record. You can also hook an external microphone to the camera through the 3.5mm port at its side. The default EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens also has the advantage of using an STM motor for more fluid focusing during video recording. Although something a little wider like the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM would be a better choice if you want to get yourself in the frame while providing environmental context, given the 1.6x crop factor of the sensor.