The 7 Best Canon Vlogging Cameras
Canon is one of those unique brands that have managed to establish themselves as the leaders for a really long time. Video performance is one of the main reasons why Canon has managed to stay at the top for so long and compete against Nikon. That’s why they offer a lot of good vlog cameras. They are the best choice for this job together with Sony. SO, to save you time, I’ve put together a list of the best Canon vlogging cameras you could get.
Best Canon Vlogging Cameras 2018
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I’ve divided this post in three smaller lists: compacts, camcorders and DSLRs. This way you can check the best between your favorite kind of camera.
Choosing between compact and camcorder is just a matter of taste (I’d recommend getting a compact because they’re better in low light, but others prefer camcorders for their longer battery life and zoom). On the other hand, DSLRs are good for specific vlogging channels, and they’re better used on a tripod. They are not very comfortable to take to many places.
Canon has great options for each type of camera, so take your time to decide the best one for you.
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Even though compact cameras can’t match a DSLR quality, they are a much better option if you need to go out a lot. There’s nothing better than being able to take your camera out of your pocket and start recording right away.
That’s the main advantage of the cameras you’ll see here, and the main reason why they are a common choice for vlogging.
The main problems that compact cameras have for vlogging are their low-light performance and inaccurate/slow autofocus. The Canon PowerShot G7 X II, however, solves both issues. In fact, basically the entire G*X lineup from Canon solves these problems, but this one is the best they got for vlogging.
The reason is that it has a 1″ CMOS sensor, which is the biggest size you’ll find in a compact camera. Its autofocus is really fast and you can use its touchscreen to set the focus manually. Combined with its flip-up screen you can quickly change the focus point with the tip of your finger. The most important part about this is that the camera does change its focus point fast.
This is one of the few cameras that look like they were made for vlogging. It even has front-facing microphones, which is the best kind of microphone for vlogging because it makes it easier for the camera to catch your voice, and you won’t cover them accidentally while holding the camera.
If you like compact cameras, it’s going to be really hard to find one that can match this one for vlog recording. Alternatives are the Sony RX100—but the versions that are worth it might be too expensive—and the cheaper Panasonic LX10, but its autofocus is not nearly as good even though it records 4k.
I think that when it comes to video blogs, this camera can only be replaced by Sony’s mirrorless cameras. But still they’re not as easy to carry around, and you will need to invest a lot more money to get a lens that matches the G7 X’s quality.
Finally, its fast lens lets you achieve the blurred background effect if you want it. This also improves its performance in low light, as it lets the sensor capture a lot more light than most compact cameras.
Read the full review: Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
The good thing about the M50, the newest release from Canon’s M-series of mirrorless cameras (March 2018), is that it has the high video quality of DSLRs packed in the compact body of a mirrorless camera. Case in point, the M50 is Canon’s first mirrorless camera that can shoot 4K video.
Sitting between the M100, another entry-level camera and the M6 which is marketed as a mid-range mirrorless camera, the M50 features Canon’s new DIGIC 8 processor which enables it to produce crisp and detailed visuals. It also has an improved dual pixel AF system with 143 autofocus points which is amazing especially when compared to the more expensive M5’s 49 autofocus points. Another edge the M50 has over other M-series cameras is its external microphone port which is absent in the other models.
Overall, the M50 almost has everything you might need in a vlogging camera making it one of the most popular Canon cameras in the vlogging community despite being launched only recently.
It is slightly heavier than the G7X Mark II but it features a much larger sensor. This means that it is a lot better in low light.
Read the full review and comparison with the G7XII: Canon EOS M50
Best Canon DSLRs for Vlogging from Home
Between all Canon cameras, their DSLRs are my favorite choice. They’re also the DSLR brand I like the most. This is because I love both photography and video, so with Canon I’m able to get good results for both jobs. That’s the main reason why you see a lot of YouTubers using the cameras you’ll see listed here.
Still, remember that DSLRs are bulky and heavy, so they’re a better choice if you won’t be carrying them around too much. If you want to get DSLR-like quality on a small body, you should look for Sony’s mirrorless cameras. Without any doubt, the Japanese are doing better in that terrain.
However, if you really want a good DSLR for video, you must go with Canon.
If you decide to go for a Canon DSLR, refer to this post to learn about the best lens to get. I don’t recommend getting a starting lens kit, as they are not of good quality and you’ll need to upgrade them soon.
Still, you won’t feel this is a low-end camera if this is your first DSLR.
The video quality you can get with a Canon Rebel camera is beyond mid-to-high-end compact cameras and camcorders. However, you will need a high-quality lens to beat the G7 X. The real quality comes from the lens, so a lot of the time is better to get the best lenses first before upgrading to a more expensive DSLR. That’s why DSLRs like the T7i exist.
That’s why the Canon Rebel cameras are the most popular choice for starters. You get a lot to work with for a fair amount of money, and they should be your introduction to video DSLRs.
This makes it an useful camera if you want to take it out and record while moving, although you shouldn’t use a DSLR if you need to carry your camera around a lot.
It also comes with WiFi and touchscreen, which are features that Rebel cameras used to lack. It still got the external microphone input, which allows you to save a lot of money since you don’t need to buy an external recorder. You can use a shotgun microphone instead
Read the full review: Canon EOS Rebel T7i
The Canon EOS 80D is this brand’s best offer for a DSLR exclusively for video. It has everything you’ll want for this kind of work. Its autofocus is fast, accurate and sharp, so it’s a DSLR you will want for action recording.
If you want to get a reliable camera for video shots that involve a lot of movement, this is the camera to go for. It’s true that DSLRs are bulky and heavy, but this one is fairly light. The big deal with it is that it’s a reliable camera.
You can take this camera out if you don’t want to worry about your shots being out of focus. You got a flip-out screen and the ability of set focus manually through the touchscreen. This is an important ability if you need to record a lot of different kinds of shots. It is a great camera if you’re the kind of creative vlogger that likes to shoot short stories and films.
Besides the next camera I’ll review, this one is basically the only DSLR I can recommend even if you need to record a lot of videos outside. You can’t trust a compact camera for most videos that involve a lot of movement and action in general.
You will need the Canon EOS 80D if you’re a demanding vlogger that needs to record unique video packed with movement. The best thing is that it’s fairly comfortable to carry around when compared to most DSLRs.
I used to not like the 80D over the previous 70D version, but after a while I’ve seen that it is a worthy camera with an updated processor and sensor that make it a bit better. I still don’t think it’s worth upgrading if you already got the 70D, but it is worth it if you’re buying it for the first time.
Read full review: Canon EOS 80D
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has been considered the best DSLR since it came out 4 years ago. This is an important win for Canon, and one of the main products that have earned them the respect of professional photographers.
This camera can get you the best quality a DSLR can give you, even when recording video. It is an outstanding camera in every aspect.
Amazing colors, sharpness, low-light performance and Dynamic Range are what earned this camera the number one place between DSLRs.
Additionally, its autofocus is spot on and fast. You will only miss out on WiFi and a flip-out screen. The main reason is that they designed this camera to be used with its viewfinder, and that this camera has been available for quite some time now.
Even though the 5D Mark IV is the best DSLR out there for video, it might not be the best option for vlogging. Sony’s Alpha 7SII can match up the 5D Mark III and comes in a really small body that you can carry around more comfortably. The biggest downside from the 5D III is that it’s bulky, so you should definitely check out its main competitor.
I believe the Sony camera is better built for vlogging than this one, and it’s slightly cheaper. Still, this is still the first choice of many established professionals and Youtubers that have shows they record from home.
Best Canon Camcorders for Vlogging
Even though I’m not a fan of camcorders, I must say that the ones from Canon are my favorite. They’ve built two kinds of camcorders that I like:
- A really low cost camcorder that gives the best video quality for a cheap price (as long as there’s good lighting)
- A fair cost semiprofessional lineup, which is great for professional recording, as they offer fully manual mode (but works great in auto mode too) on a camcorder with a decent sensor
I will talk about both of them now:
I don’t think I would be able to tell that the videos this camera can record are shot by a cheap camera like this one. It’s a cheap camcorder with good battery life that can record 1080p60 video and has a flip-out screen.
It is also probably one of the smallest camcorders I’ve seen. It’s really comfortable to carry around even though it’s a camcorder. This is certainly a good thing if you want to be able to take it out and record anywhere. The best thing is that even though it’s really small, it’s pretty comfortable to hold. It is a well-designed camcorder.
But finally, what I truly find outstanding about this camera is that you can connect an external microphone to it. For some reason most cameras that are good for vlogging don’t come with mic input. This one does even though it’s a cheap camera.
Sadly, I wouldn’t use it in most low-light situations, but it’s an amazing camera to use in a clear day.
Low-light performance and lack of WiFi are the main downsides to this one. But it’s at an amazingly good price for what you get.
See full review: Canon VIXIA HF R800
Camcorders are usually bad in low light. However, just like Canon achieved better low-light performance with compacts through their GX lineup, the Canon VIXIA HF G camcorder lineup is similar. The Canon VIXIA HF G40 is their last semiprofessional camcorder, and it performs better than most you will find right now in the market.
A 2.84-inch sensor is the largest camcorder sensor size you will get if you don’t want to pay $2500+. This —together with its fully manual mode—, is why the Canon VIXIA HF G lineup is so popular. This basically means that this camcorder is the one to go for low-light recording for a fair price.
It also comes with an external microphone port, but the best you get is without any doubt the high quality video and its manual mode. It isn’t the smallest camcorder, but it isn’t too problematic to take with you either —at least not like a DSLR. However, I would advise to use this camera on a tripod —similarly to a DSLR—.
You can still check its oldest version: the Canon VIXIA HF G20. The improvement the G40 gives is mainly a sensor with better performance in low light. But the oldest version is cheaper and is still better than most camcorders out there, especially in low light.
Read full review: Canon VIXIA HF G40