Most Panasonic cameras aren’t exactly made for video blogging. However, there are some exceptions that do offer amazing value for video. Even though there’s a small list of Panasonic cameras that are great for this kind of job, they are worth taking a look. That’s why I’ve made this small list of the best Panasonic vlogging cameras for YouTube.
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What’s Good About Panasonic?
It is true that some of these cameras aren’t the most comfortable to carry without a tripod. If you want cameras that were made for selfie recording, there might be better options with other brands.
Still, Panasonic is one of my favorite camera brands right now because they are totally different from others. They’re making mirrorless cameras with good sensor sizes and with lots of unique features. They’re also one of my favorite choices for video recording, together with Canon.
You’ll find two kinds of cameras here: camcorder and mirrorless.
Camcorders are easy to use and you can take them anywhere to record any kind of video (zoomed in or out) and they come with really good battery life.
Still, you will find that mirrorless have better video quality and low-light performance, and you can upgrade them by buying better lenses later on. You also have more options for creativity with mirrorless thanks to their unique features and lenses.
Panasonic is unique in the way that it offers different kinds of mirrorless cameras; some of them are more similar to a compact, and some others are more similar to a DSLR.
Remember that this is a “the-best-of-the-best” list, so you won’t be able to find these cameras for less than $400. Here are other lists if you need a cheaper camera.
Unless you go for a camcorder, Panasonic demands basic camera handling knowledge. These cameras aren’t complicated; in fact, they’re very intuitive. However, you will need to know about shutter speed, ISO and aperture —I highly encourage you to learn about all this— if you want to take advantage of all its tools and dials. Knowing about this will let you stand out from most vloggers out there.
Now, let’s see the best Panasonic can offer to vloggers.
The 3 Best Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras for Vlogging
Panasonic GH 4
I’ve said there are exceptionally good cameras for video from Panasonic. This one is my favorite choice for professional video that doesn’t involve too much action.
The Panasonic GH4 is the camera I like to recommend for YouTubers that don’t plan to record videos with a lot of action. The reason for this is that the GH4 doesn’t have good autofocus, but it’s packed with interesting features for video.
This is one of Panasonic’s best mirrorless cameras that can compete hand-to-hand with established video DSLRs like the Canon 70D.
It offers unique advantages for YouTubers that want to record on a tripod. It’s the kind of camera you should aim for if you make tutorials that take true advantage of good colors and high video quality (e.g. makeup or cooking tutorials).
And still, it’s a comfortable camera to take out since it’s really light. This way you can enjoy DSLR quality in a light body. It’s not a small camera, but it weighs half the 70D’s weight.
It’s a mirrorless aimed at good video performance. Its price is around the Canon 70D —which I consider to be the best DSLR for vlogging—, but this one offers 4k video, better slow-motion, timelapse recording and a cool feature for newbies called Focus Peaking.
The truth is that you won’t need a 70D unless you need to record a lot of action videos. This is why I say to go for the Panasonic GH4 if you don’t think you will be moving around a lot in front of the camera. As incredible as it sounds, it offers higher quality and many more video features than the 70D.
One last thing to note is that compared to DSLRs, this camera has a slightly smaller sensor (four thirds size). I would advise you to use your own lighting equipment even if you used a DSLR, so it doesn’t make much of a difference.
You just won’t be able to get shots as wide as with an APS-C sensor DSLR. This is annoying for landscape photography, but it isn’t a deal breaker at all. It is still much bigger than the sensor you get from a compact camera.
This why I still think this is one of the best choices you can make for your YouTube vlogging gear.
- Great battery life (+4 hours of continuous shooting w/ battery grip)
- No video recording length limit
- Top slow-motion recording
- 4k Video with timelapse option
While the Panasonic GH4 is a truly outstanding camera for professional video recording, the Panasonic G7 is the YouTuber/Indie-Filmmaker level camera. It’s very similar to the Gh4 in many aspects, but much cheaper and lacks a few features that are more useful for professionals.
It is probably the best budget 4k video camera. You can compare its video to the Gh4 recording quality and the difference is basically unnoticeable. This is good if you take into account their price difference.
The things you will be sacrificing by getting this one instead of the GH4 are: that it doesn’t have as good slow-motion, 29 minutes continuous recording limit, lower battery life (around hour and a half of video shooting) and no headphone input.
Still, you have a good selection of lenses you can use to upgrade your camera’s performance for certain videos. The possibilities for creativity this camera gives you for the low price is another good reason to go for it.
You’re also getting touchscreen, flip-out screen, focus peaking and time-lapse recording.
That’s why I don’t hesitate to say that it’s a great offer for YouTube vloggers looking for a practical, high quality camera to use to record from home, but to also take out on trips.
Oh, did I mention it’s lighter than the GH4?
- 4K recording on a budget
- Lightweight and comfortable to take out
- Great video features for the price
- Good extras (touchscreen, flip-out screen and more)
The Lumix LX 100Kis Panasonic’s best offer for vloggers that need to carry their camera around. It isn’t exactly pocketable, but it is light and small. It’s definitely the camera you should go for if you want a 4k camera with and incredible lens for a really fair price.
This camera is one of the reasons why there’s a lot of debate about the future of the camera industry. A lot of people think mirrorless like this one will end up replacing DSLRs. After all, it has a lens that performs excellently for many tasks and that makes it an amazing compact camera for low light.
This isn’t a camera made exactly for video. Its autofocus is fine for vlogging, but it isn’t exactly perfect. It also lacks a flip screen. So even if it records 4k, it’s a camera made mainly for photography.
It is a solid camera with many features for photography. This makes it a really good camera for vloggers that also need to use their cameras for pictures.
It’s definitely a good camera to get for vlogs, but it also offers so much that using it only for this would be a waste. I would recommend it only if you also want a camera to take out and use for your trip pictures.
If you are looking for a camera for the sole purpose of vlogging, Canon offers pocketable cameras that are more focused for vlogs.
- The smallest option from these three
- Great combination for photography and vlogging
- A very expensive lens given almost for free (non-interchangeable)
- 4k video recording
The Best Panasonic Camcorder for Vlogging
I normally don’t recommend camcorders unless they are truly outstanding, and the Panasonic HC-V770is one of the few.
Even though it’s a camcorder, it performs well in low light. This is the most important flaw these cameras have. They have smaller sensors so it’s natural they aren’t as good in low light. But this one does come out between the top ones in the market in 2016.
It comes with a mic input (no phantom power), 20X zoom, a flip screen and long battery life for continuous shooting. It is comfortable to carry around and it’s fairly light.
It comes in three versions:
- ThePanasonic HC-V770 that can record up to 1080p120 (which allows good slow-motion) without Electronic Viewfinder.
- The Panasonic HC-VX981Kthat can record 4k video without Electronic Viewfinder.
- The Panasonic HC-WXF991Kthat can record 4k video and has Electronic Viewfinder.
The first version performs just fine for vlogging and more. Its zoom lets you record multipurpose video, which means you can use it to record basically anything as long as you can hold your camera with your hands or a tripod.
It’s a camcorder you can use for almost any kind of video you want to upload to your channel. This reliability is enough to consider it a good camcorder for video blogs.