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. To save you time, here are the best Canon vlogging cameras you could get.
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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The 2 Best Canon Vlogging Cameras for Daily Vlogs
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, 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 extremely fast.
This is one of the few cameras that look like they were made for vlogging. It even has front-facing microphones. This 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. 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 as this one, 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.
Check its new version: The Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II. It comes with better low-light performance, more battery life, faster autofocus, time-lapse recording and improved LCD screen. It’s indeed worth the extra cost if you don’t have a Mark I already.
- High-quality lens
- Great low-light performance
- Flip-up screen
- Reliable and fast autofocus
While the G7 X is my favorite vlogging camera from Canon, the G9 X offers some other important advantages. It is a cheap Canon vlog camera that can record really good video.
Firstly, it is more pocketable than the G7 X. I believe it is the slimmest camera with a 1-inch sensor size available right now. It is also a lot lighter (around 95g/0.20lb less).
Combining this with its cheaper price, its make it a truly valuable vlogging camera and a great cheaper alternative to the G7 X.
The sad part is that it lacks a flip screen. Still, you’re getting great low-light performance and video quality that gets really close to the G7 X’s, but for a cheaper price.
Even though it misses a flip screen, you can get used to it after some usage.
Its lens is also comparable to the G7 X’s. The difference is minimal, which means that you can still get the blurred background effect and amazing performance in low light for the price.
With the Canon PowerShot G9 X you will save money and get a camera that you can truly fit in your pocket. That’s why it is one of the best vlogging cameras from Canon.
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.
- High-quality 1080p60 at 35mbps recording
- Flip-out screen
- Small but comfortable to hold
- External microphone input
- Amazing quality for its cheap price
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.
- A great camcorder for low light
- Fully manual mode, but also reliable auto mode
- Faster and better in low light when compared to its predecessor
- External microphone port
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, the main reason to go for one is that you can get high quality lenses. 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 T6i 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
- Cheapest video DSLR
- Great video quality (good color and sharpness)
- Good price for a video DSLR
- External microphone port
The Canon EOS 70D 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 70D 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.
Needless to say that it is a responsive camera that won’t give you any hassle regarding loading times, overheating or random resetting (like its newer version, the 80D, which I don’t recommend).
- Incredibly reliable autofocus for the price
- Good low-light performance and high quality video
- Fairly lightweight for a DSLR
- External microphone input
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III 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 III is the best DSLR out there, it might not be the best option for vlogging. Sony’s Alpha 7RII 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 5DMIII 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.