On this post you will find a list of the best compact cameras for YouTube vlogging. But before we start, there’s something you should know about looking when looking for a vlogging camera.
Before you even start reading, know that you won’t find cameras here under the $400 mark, so be aware. You can check my lists of cheaper cameras by price if you are looking for more budget friendly machines.
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List of the 5 Best Compact Cameras for Youtube Vlogging
*Don’t Forget this Before Investing in a Vlogging Camera*
If you’re looking for a compact camera, you probably want a camera that is easy to use, lightweight and that has high quality video/audio recording.
However, there are more crucial features you need that you aren’t taking into account.
You don’t want, for example, a fancy camera that can record 4k video but that has an unreliable autofocus (although using manual focus is almost always recommended).
But even more important is that it must have a good Optical Image Stabilization, unless you don’t mind making your viewers dizzy from the camera movement.
These are things that people forget to check before investing half their monthly income in a camera.
“But how do I know if the camera I’m going for has reliable focus and a non-shaky image?”
Well, that’s why I made this list. You don’t have to worry too much about that because I got you covered.
Still, I recommend using manual focus and a proper lens aperture so you don’t stop being focused during the entire video. This way you make sure the camera doesn’t stop focusing you; no camera has a 100% reliable autofocus. You can use manual focus if you keep the same distance from the camera and while using a small aperture.
Why a Compact Camera (or Point & Shoot)?
I’ll just tell you that getting a high-end small camera for vlogging is well worth it. These are perfect to have for this kind of job. It’s not fun at all to carry a heavy gear around just to get a cinematic feeling.
In fact, believing you can’t achieve this result with a compact camera is a ridiculous myth.
It really is worth being able to take your camera out wherever you are and start recording. This is how the best videos are done; you don’t know when inspiration is going to hit you.
The compacts you’ll see here are all good for video blogging — with even better recording quality than some DSLRs. And still some of them do have many incredible features that are really good for a professional photographer or filmmaker. You do not need to get the most expensive camera if you just want to vlog.
The three first cameras I’ll feature here are the ones you should go for if just want a good vlog camera. The rest of the cameras offer a lot more than just vlogging; they come with features that both amateur and professional photographers will like to have.
Those cameras are for the ones between you that have a creative spirit and want to go beyond vlogging.
Now, let’s see the best cameras out there to carry with you at all times.
Best YouTube Compact Cameras Overview
Now, the G7 X Mark II has improved this model and made it even better.
This camera has everything you would want in a vlog camera. Its autofocus is incredibly fast and accurate. It really is on point and doesn’t lose its focus point easily when you’re moving around.
My favorite feature is its lens. The camera comes with a high-quality lens that could be priced at least around $500 if it were interchangeable. The whole package isn’t too far from that price.
It is an f/1.8 24-100mm lens that gives you all the focal length ranges you will find useful for vlogging and it has a high quality optical image stabilization system.
Its f/1.8 aperture lens can give you the blurry background effect we all like and combined with its 1-inch sensor, it gives the camera good performance in low light.
Finally, it has a flip-up touchscreen that you can use to change the focus point while recording.
It also includes a timelapse video feature you can use to record the videos that YouTubers like Casey Neistat made famous.
This is the camera I recommend for those who want a vlogging camera they can use during the night and day without losing image quality. It is the definition of a camera for vlogging.
The Mark II’s battery life is also 25% better than its predecessor, meaning it can shoot up to 265 pictures per charge.
- High-quality lens
- Great low-light performance
- Performs well for almost any vlogging channel
- Reliable and fast autofocus
The Sony DSCHX90 is one good camera that truly gives you just what’s necessary for vlogging, but it adds a little bit extra quality, especially for low light.
It isn’t expensive and has autofocus and 5-axis image stabilization. It also has a flip-up screen, although it isn’t a touchscreen.
Its performance in low light might not be as good as the G7X MII because it has a lower quality f/3.5 lens and smaller sensor. It doesn’t give you as good blurry background effect as the Canon camera. But considering their price difference, this is a good deal.
It delivers nice quality in low light for the price. It’s not the kind of camera that shows a lot of image noise in these tough situations.
It can record up to 1080p60 and you can download apps if you want to add functions like time-lapse to your camera.
This Sony camera’s quality is just great even in low light, and it all comes for a bargain price.
- High-quality recording
- Good low-light performance
- Affordable price
- Downloadable apps through Sony’s PlayMemories
It comes with a higher quality lens, with f/2 aperture. This gives better performance in low light.
This one is the option to go for if you’re really worried about low-light performance and don’t care about a flip screen or a viewfinder.
This one comes however with touchscreen and a timelapse video recording option already installed.
You will basically give up a flip-out screen for these additional features. I know a lot of people don’t believe a vlogging camera is worth if you can’t see yourself while you record, but the fact is that it isn’t completely necessary.
These cameras come with a wide-angle focal length that allows you to record yourself without fearing that you won’t be inside the shot.
Consider that you’re just giving up features that are not 100% needed in exchange for a better image quality. This camera is also really small and lighter than the rest on this post.
Its battery life is shorter than the Sony’s and its zoom is not nearly as large, but the latter isn’t something you should worry about for vlogs and you can get a spare battery.
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- Really close to the G7X II lens quality
- Great low-light performance
- Small and lightweight
- Supports RAW format (useful for photographers)
This camera is extremely small for all that it can achieve. It’s even 21g lighter than the G7 X, and has more features (although it lacks touchscreen).
The Sony RX100 cameras have been the favorite choice between professional photographers and filmmakers for quite some time now.
Each one of its version has offered a great deal to them since they’re basically a professional camera in a very small body.
Its fully manual mode, RAW shooting, high-quality lens, incredibly fast continuous shooting and 4k video recording has made it a really good option for demanding people that are tired of carrying a heavy gear around.
The main reason this camera doesn’t have the rating it deserves on reviews done by the users is that the improvement it’s got over the Mark III is basically only the 4k recording. A lot of people don’t think the price difference is worth for this, so you’ll have to decide how important that’s for you.
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- Semiprofessional compact
- Great performance in low light
- 4k video recording
- Combines both vlogging and photography (flip screen and semiprofessional quality)
While the Sony RX100 is a lot smaller and more luggable in general (almost 100g lighter), the Lumix LX100 performs better for photography.
Just to begin with, it has a much larger sensor. Its four thirds size gets really close to a DSLR APS-C sensor.
It’s obvious that the main focus Panasonic gave to this model was photography, and that’s the main reason why it lacks a flip screen, which is a feature for video.
However, to make it competitive they also gave it the ability to record 4k video. This is something Canon has ignored since they aren’t still convinced that’s what people care about the most.
There are many reasons why the Lumix LX100 is a desirable camera for photography. Its viewfinder is large, and its manual controls are more comfortable than the Sony.
It’s fair to say that the Panasonic is a camera a photographer likes for when they need to achieve a good picture that needs manual mode, and the Sony is more comfortable to carry around and you can use it on auto mode perfectly well.
Ironically, even though this camera is not leaned toward video, it does make one thing better than the RX100 regarding video: timelapse.
Timelapse is about taking pictures at certain time rates and putting them all together, creating the illusion of a really fast video. This is a feature included in this camera and not in the RX100.
In the end, there’s no right answer between choosing one of the other.
If you want to choose between the Panasonic Lumix LX100 and the Sony RX100 IV, you will really need to know yourself and what you want to achieve with your camera and your vlogging channel.
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