The 10 Best 4k Vlogging Cameras 2024

These last few years, cameras that can record in 4k have become the norm. I’ve been writing camera reviews for almost 10 years now, and basically, most models are offering 4k. However, some do 4k much better than others.

For example, many of the cheap cameras apply a crop to your images if you use 4k—which means the frame becomes smaller. Others cut the recording time by half or more in 4k mode. This is the type of stuff most buyers are not aware of when they buy a “4K camera”.

That’s why I’m creating this post. Here are the truly best 4k cameras for vlogging this year.

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My Top 5 Picks

Vlogging in 4k for Youtube: Worth It?

The biggest issue that will keep people from watching your video in 4k is internet speed. Netflix recommends a speed of 25mbps to download 4k streams. Worldwide, the average speed is around 7.2mbps. In the US, the average internet speed is 18mbps:

This gives you an idea of how feasible it is for the average human to download your 4k video.

Not very likely, right?

That’s why it’s still okay to use a good 1080p video camera.

However, something a lot of people do is recording in 4k and bringing down the quality to 1080p. This is a way of providing a more accessible high-quality video. The result has a lot more sharpness than the typical HD video because the camera recorded more information and pixels.

4k videos use a codec more complex than the typical 1080p, which is more easily handled by both software and hardware. If you don’t have a good computer, you will struggle to edit a video in this resolution. These files are also much heavier, which will require more space on your disk and more uploading time.

Having 4k is great, but it is recommended to downsize it to 1080p so you still get better quality than native Full HD, but with files that you can handle much more easily

How to Downscale?

To do this, you will simply have to change the resolution of the video you’re editing to 1920×1080—this is the resolution we call 1080p—on your timeline. The exact way of doing this will depend on your software.

Now that you know all the implications of recording in 4k and how to solve them, we are ready for our list.

1) Sony a7S III – Best 4k Vlogging Camera

Sony NEW Alpha 7S III Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera

The Good

  • Amazing for low light (Full-frame sensor)
  • Stunning 4k video at 120p
  • Great image stabilization
  • External mic input and flip screen

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Heavier than most Mirrorless cameras

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Sensor: Full-Frame | Stabilization: 5-Axis | 4k capability: up to 2160p120 (4k) without crop favor and limits | Weight: 699g (1.54 lb)

The Sony A7S Mark III isn’t the most beginner-friendly camera, but it is one of the best in the market for 4k recording.

It can do what only a few can: record up to 120fps in 4k. This allows you to get ultra slow-motion videos in 4k.

It is the kind of camera that can record in complete darkness without losing much quality. It deals incredibly well with high-contrast images that push the limits of dynamic range.

The 5-axis stabilization is one of the best right now. You can pair it with optical from a compatible lens and electronic stabilization to basically get rid of the need for a gimbal.

It’s a full-frame camera that will achieve the shallowest depth of field we all love and that will allow you to record a lot of space. This makes it quite hard for you to get out of the frame, even without being able to watch what you’re recording.

But this camera is only for the serious vlogger or someone who’s truly looking for the best of the best 4k quality. It is expensive and heavier than most vlogging cameras, so this is not for beginners.

Recommended lens to get: 28-70mm f/3.5-f/5.6

2) Panasonic G100 – Best Value

Panasonic LUMIX G100 4k Mirrorless Camera for Photo and Video, Built-in Microphone with Tracking, Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens System, 12-32mm Lens, 5-Axis Hybrid I.S., DC-G100KK (Black)

The Good

  • Made for video (mic. port, flip screen, hot-shoe)
  • 4k recording
  • Affordable

The Bad

  • Not the best for low light (micro four thirds sensor)
  • No IBIS

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Sensor: Micro 4/3 | Stabilization: No | 4k capability: 2160p30 (4k) with 1.23x crop an 10-minutes limit | Weight: 419g (0.92 lb)

This G100 is Panasonic’s latest camera made for vloggers. It sits at a more affordable price range, so you’ll see that it lacks some things that most vloggers would want.

The most relevant thing is the lack of in-body stabilization and the fact that it adds a 1.23x crop when in 4k. What this means is that the frame is going to decrease 1.23 times when in 4k. This makes it a bit less ideal for vlogging in 4k.

Still, it’s not bad for an affordable vlogging camera. You can’t expect top 4k recording at this price range.

You’ll get vertical video mode, a recording indicator so you know for sure the camera is recording (also available in the Sony ZV-1 and ZV-E10), flip-out screen, external mic input, and good autofocus when in vlogging mode.

But if you’re looking for a really good 4k video, you might want to check other options. Even though those other options aren’t targeted at vloggers, they can still be great 4k vlogging cameras

3) Sony Alpha ZV-E10

Sony Alpha ZV-E10 - APS-C Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Vlog Camera Kit - Black

The Good

  • Top quality 4k for a fair price
  • Good for low light and Bokeh effect (APS-C Sensor)
  • Great continuous autofocus
  • Flip Screen, hot-shoe, and mic jack

The Bad

  • No in-body stabilization

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Stabilization: No | 4k capability: up to 2160p30 (4k) with a 1.23x crop but no crop at 24p and no recording limits | Weight: 343g (0.76 lb)

This camera is similar to the ZV-1 in a lot of ways, but with one main difference: it’s a mirrorless camera with a larger sensor.

This means it’s better for low-light recording, and it has an interchangeable lens. But it also means that you’ll need to invest more to get the same quality.

Why? The ZV-1 already has a fast f/1.8 lens with stabilization. You will need to invest a lot more to get the same type of fast lens. But on the other hand, this is a better return on investment in the long run because you can upgrade only the lens, instead of having to buy an entire camera every couple of years.

The only thing I dislike about it is the lack of in-body stabilization. Sony could have included it and it would’ve been the best mirrorless for vlogging. Instead, you’ll need to get a lens with stabilization to be able to use it for video.

However, it comes with everything else that makes the ZV-1 great for vlogging: flip screen, excellent eye-tracking autofocus, vertical video mode, external mic jack and directional built-in microphone.

This is the best choice for vloggers who don’t mind carrying a bit heavier weight if it means they’ll have better quality even if the lighting situation is not ideal.

4) Sony A6400

Sony Alpha a6400 Mirrorless Camera: Compact APS-C Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with Real-Time Eye Auto Focus, 4K Video, Flip Screen & 16-50mm Lens - E Mount Compatible - ILCE-6400L/B, Black

The Good

  • Top 4k quality
  • APS-C sensor
  • Mic jack, IS, hot shoe
  • Small and lightweight

The Bad

  • No in-body stabilization

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Sensor: APS-C | Stabilization: No | 4k capability: 2160p30 (4k) with a crop of 1.2x | Weight: 403g (1.45 lb)

This Sony is one of my favorite cameras ever. It delivers an impressive 4k quality at a relatively low price range. It is comparable to the much more expensive mirrorless we’ve seen up until this point, and that’s already saying a lot.

The camera has one of the most reliable autofocus I’ve seen in a small camera. It is really good, especially when compared to the last two cameras, which are a lot more expensive. This makes it very attractive for vloggers, as you can make use of the Bokeh effect easily achieved by an APS-C sensor like this.

But the bad part is that it doesn’t have in-body stabilization.

This means that you’ll need to get a lens with optical stabilization, which will be more expensive.

And nothing beats in-body I.S. — and let’s not even talk about Dual I.S. —, so this is the big downside of the camera.

But it’s still an excellent choice if you want to record from a tripod.

For the rest of the features, it has the external mic port, and the hot shoe for a shotgun mic.

There is a lot of value for your money on this camera since it can record 4kp30 comparable to models that cost twice as much. A list like this wouldn’t be complete without it.

Recommended lens: 16-50mm Lens f/ 3.5-5.6

Recommended SD card: SanDisk 128GB SDXC Extreme Pro

5) Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Canon EOS M50 Mark II (Black) + EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm is STM Bundle

The Good

  • 4k recording
  • Latest vlog camera
  • DSLR-Size sensor in a small size
  • Lots of vlog-friendly features

The Bad

  • Cropped 4k recording
  • Relatively short battery life

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Stabilization: No | 4k capability: 2160p24 (4k) with a 1.5x crop | Weight: 387g (0.85 lb)

Canon stirred up quite an excitement when it launched the M50 back in March 2018. Vloggers and videographers alike were thrilled to know that this entry-level mirrorless camera comes with the capability of shooting 4K video.

Although this is quite a huge step up for Canon, it came with a minor downside in the form of an added crop factor of 1.7x to its APS-C sensor when recording in 4k mode.

This is why, even though we usually recommend this camera for most vloggers, this camera is so down in this list. If you’re looking for a truly 4k vlogging camera, the crop factor is something you will not like at all.

If you don’t take into account the crop, this is a great vlogging camera overall.

It comes with a flip touchscreen where you can manually touch focus or let its improved autofocusing system (with a whopping 143 AF points) do its job.

And perhaps having vloggers in mind, the M50 is equipped with an external microphone port, unlike the other M-series cameras.

The M50 is also a versatile camera for your all-around vlogging needs as its large 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor gives it a wide ISO range, which can be useful in shooting in poorly-lit spaces.

This is the advantage of a mirrorless over a point-and-shoot like the Sony ZV-1. Low-light recording is much better and you’ll get a more intense blur background effect naturally.

Finally, one more disadvantage is the lack of in-body stabilization. This means you’ll have to use a lens with stabilization to be able to record vlogs with it. But this is not a big deal when we’re talking about Canon since most of their lenses come with OIS.

Recommended lens: 15-45mm kit lens

Recommended SD card: Lexar Professional 633x 128GB SDXC UHS-I Card

6) Sony RX100 VII

Sony RX100 VII Premium Compact Camera with 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor (DSCRX100M7)

The Good

  • Natural colors without color grading
  • Pocketable and light
  • OIS, flip screen and external mic jack
  • Extreme slow motion recording (960fps)

The Bad

  • Not the best autofocus
  • Small sensor

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Sensor: 1″ point-and-shoot | Stabilization: Optical | 4k capability: 2160p30 (4k) with 1.08x crop | Weight: 0.60 lbs

The Sony RX100 Mark VII is one of the best compact cameras for video vlogging. It records really high-quality video with realistic colors. This last thing is something a lot of people like when compared to other cameras that deliver more cartoonish colors, like the popular G7X Mark II.

The camera has really good image stabilization and it is outstanding in low light even though it has a small compact sensor. This allows it to be pocketable and smaller than the mirrorless you will see here. Its autofocus is also pretty good and has a nice flip screen that helps a lot when recording yourself.

However, it seems a bit expensive for a compact. You can get a really good mirrorless camera with a larger sensor for cheaper, but they’re also heavier.

But this is the price you pay to have a small vlog camera that you can hold easily and put into your pock

7) Sony ZV-1 II

Sony ZV-1 II Vlog Camera for Content Creators and Vloggers - Black

The Good

  • 4k recording
  • All the features for vlogging in a small size

The Bad

  • Loss of quality in low light
  • Pricey for a compact

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Stabilization: Optical | 4k capability: 2160p30 (4k) with a 5-minute limit that you can turn off but can overheat the camera | Weight: 294g (0.65 lb)

What most vloggers want is a lightweight camera that can record high-quality video without too much hassle. Nobody wants a camera that gets out of focus randomly or that stops picking up your voice. The Sony ZV-1 is a camera made to cover all these needs.

Sony has developed its autofocus system to the point of becoming arguably the best in 2024. And now, with this model, they’ve also included a directional built-in microphone that makes it unnecessary to use an external microphone. Still, you get the option to use one if you want.

The camera is as lightweight as a 4k camera can be. It can record slow motion and time-lapses. It has a vertical mode that makes it easy to make videos for social media.

It even comes with a product showcasing autofocus mode for when you’re doing a product review and want to change the focus from your face to the product constantly.

The only disadvantage is unavoidable when we’re talking about a really small camera: a small sensor that makes it lose a bit of quality in low light.

Still, this is the best 4k camera for vlogging that you can get in 2024.

8) Panasonic GH5M2

Panasonic LUMIX GH5M2, 20.3MP Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Camera with Live Streaming, 4K 4:2:2 10-Bit Video, Unlimited Video Recording, 5-Axis Image Stabilizer DC-GH5M2 Black

The Good

  • Made for video (mic. port, flip screen, hot-shoe)
  • Best 4k quality
  • Excellent stabilization

The Bad

  • Really heavy for a mirrorless

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Sensor: Micro 4/3 | Stabilization: Dual I.S | 4k capability: 2160p60 (4k) | Weight: 725g (1.6 lb)

This camera is a lot more accessible for lower budgets. It still isn’t cheap, but it will record amazing videos.

The video quality is just as good as the A7 SII, the only things this one is lacking are the night recording capacities and shallow depth of field.

For the rest, it even offers more than the Sony. It has a fully articulating screen, Dual I.S.—hard to match for the Sony—, dual SD slots, and more battery life to work with. The daytime video is truly stunning and its menu is easy to navigate with the touchscreen.

The fact that it is a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is smaller than the DSLRs’ APS-C doesn’t mean you can’t use it at night. The camera still holds it pretty well in low light, and much better than any compact camera here. But it still is far from being the best option for exclusively low-light recording.

The bad part is that it is too heavy for a vlogging camera. Some vloggers still use it, but it’s not comfortable, so I’d go for a lighter one, even if 4k isn’t as good.

Recommended lens: 12-60MM, F3.5-5.6 ASPH

Recommended SD card: SanDisk 128GB SDXC Extreme Pro

9) Panasonic G95

Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera, 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Lens, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2, 4K 24p 30p Video, Pre-Installed V-Log L, 3” LCD Touchscreen - DC-G95MK (Black)

The Good

  • ​4kp30
  • Flip screen
  • ​Lightweight
  • ​V-Log Profile for video

The Bad

  • ​Smaller sensor (micro four thirds), which makes it worse than others for low light and bokeh effect

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Sensor: Micro 4/3 | Stabilization: Yes | 4k capability: 2160p30 (4k) with 1.26x crop | Weight: 484g (1.06 lb)

The Panasonic G95 is one of the cheapest mirrorless cameras to feature internal image stabilization. It also has a Dual IS, which makes it even smoother when combined with a lens compatible with the feature.

So, the Panasonic G95 has basically everything a vlogger could want: flip screen, external mic port, 5-axis Dual IS and a hot shoe for a shotgun mic.

And it can also record 4k up to 30fps. Everything is for around a thousand bucks. It is an excellent deal for vloggers.

You can’t expect its autofocus to match that of an 80D, but it does its job, even if it’s a bit slow. For the price and everything else that you get, it’s a great competitor.

The only real downside is the same as any Panasonic: the MFT sensor. This doesn’t make it the best choice for low light, but it still does an amazing job and it’s better at it than any compact that costs about the same.

Recommended lens: 12-60mm F3.5-5.6

Recommended SD card: Sandisk Extreme Pro – Flash Memory Card – 64 GB – SDXC UHS-I

10) Panasonic G7

Panasonic LUMIX G7 4K Digital Camera, with LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm Mega O.I.S. Lens, 16 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera, 3-Inch LCD, DMC-G7KK (Black)

The Good

  • 4k video
  • Flip screen, hot shoe, mic jack
  • Good price​​​​
  • Lightweight

The Bad

  • No in-body image stabilization
  • ​​Smaller sensor (micro four thirds)

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Sensor: Micro 4/3 | Stabilization: No | Resolution: 2160p30 (4k) with a crop factor of 1.487x | Weight: 14.64 oz / 415g

This one is basically the oldest version of the G85. It doesn’t come with the image stabilization, so you will always need a lens that comes with that, or you will regret it. This makes the upgrade of lenses a bit harder and gives narrower options, but at least the kit lens has stabilization.

For the rest, it is a similar camera since it has everything else that makes it attractive to vloggers: external mic port, flip screen, and hot shoe. It can also record 4kp30 at 100mbps bitrate, like the G85. This means that in terms of video quality, they are very similar.

The camera has a very plastic built, so that makes it really light. Some people don’t like it because they say it makes it feel cheap. Personally, I’d rather be able to hold a camera on a tripod for longer with a lighter camera.

It still isn’t the lightest camera and it isn’t pocketable, but the size and weight are at a great place for vlogging.

Recommended lens: 14-42mm kit lens

Recommended SD card: Sandisk Extreme Pro – Flash Memory Card – 64 GB – SDXC UHS-I