At the moment Panasonic is the camera brand I’m using the most. I wasn’t too convinced about their smaller sensors, but it turns out that using Micro 4/3 sensors comes with tons of benefits for vloggers like myself.
They don’t offer a huge amount of camera models, but the ones I’ll review on this list are worth considering. Here I present to you the best 4 Panasonic vlogging cameras for YouTube.
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What’s Good About Panasonic?
Panasonic is totally different from the other brands. They’re making mirrorless cameras with slightly smaller sensor sizes but they are very friendly for vlogs. They’re, in general, one of my favorite choices for video recording in general.
These sensors are called Micro Four Thirds; they are really close to the size of the classical APS-C sensor, but they allow the development of smaller cameras with more features.
This is why you’ll see that most Panasonic mirrorless cameras have features like external microphone input, great stabilization, small sizes, and more. This makes them an extremely appealing deal for vloggers.
- Made for video (mic. port, flip screen, hot shoe)
- 4k recording
- Not the best for low light (micro four-thirds sensor)
- No IBIS
After so many years, Panasonic released a true camera for vlogging: the G100.
It’s an especially small Micro 4/3 camera that comes with the main features you’d want as a vlogger: flip screen, external mic jack, and even a vertical shooting mode to record social-media-friendly videos.
It’s also very easy to use together with your smartphone so you can upload your newly-recorded videos fast and without too much hassle.
However, it’s not the perfect vlogging camera either.
The biggest downside is the lack of in-body stabilization. It does come with electronic stabilization that can work together with a lens that has optical IS, but it’s still not comparable to the smooth result of physical stabilization.
Also, autofocus is not the best either. Canon and Sony have better eye-tracking autofocus that can keep the focus on your face much better.
This was a good try by Panasonic, but a camera like the Sony ZV-1 is simply better for vlogging.
Still, we have to remember that it is one of the cheapest mirrorless available, so it’s okay if it’s not the best at everything. It’s still a worthy vlogging camera if your budget is pretty tight but still want the best quality that you can get.
Panasonic GH5M2 – Best for Professional Videos
- Made for video (mic. port, flip screen, hot-shoe)
- Best 4k quality
- Excellent stabilization
- Really heavy for a mirrorless
I’ve said there are exceptionally good cameras for video from Panasonic. This one is my favorite choice for professional video, and here’s why.
The Panasonic GH5M2 is the camera I like to recommend for YouTubers who have the budget to get the best image quality.
This is one of Panasonic’s best mirrorless cameras that can compete hand-to-hand against more expensive cameras like the Sony A7 SII.
Its 4k recording quality is truly stunning, and it’s a camera made for video, so it has a 5-axis image stabilization, a flip-out screen, and an external microphone port.
The camera can record impressively smooth video—especially when using the Dual IS, which lets you use two stabilization systems at the same time with certain lenses—and has amazing Dynamic Range capacities for situations with high contrast.
The camera is not the best for low light—although it’s one of the best options from Panasonic—but for a vlogger or Youtuber will be more than enough, especially if you use a lighting setup at home.
It’s not the camera you should use if you want to record a lot of nightlife, which is the specialization of the Sony A7S II. However, this Panasonic is simply more comfortable to use, and it’s weather-sealed and fairly portable.
- 4K recording on a budget
- Flip-out screen and external mic port)
- No image stabilization
While the Panasonic GH5 is a truly outstanding camera for professional video recording, the Panasonic G7 brings a more amateur approach. Nevertheless, it has everything you need for video, except for image stabilization—gladly, the stock lens comes with optical stabilization.
It is probably the best budget 4k video camera. You will have the same sensor size and recording resolution as the GH5.
The things you will be sacrificing by getting this one instead of the GH5 are: that it doesn’t have as good slow-motion, 29 minutes continuous recording limit, lower battery life (around an hour and a half of video shooting), and no headphone input.
Also, of course, the camera doesn’t have nearly the same Dynamic range as the GH5. But taking into account the huge price difference, the tradeoff is well worth it.
You’re also getting a 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 YouTubers 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 a lot lighter than the GH5?
- 4K recording
- Made for video (IS, mic. port and flip screen)
- Environmental sealing
- Similar price to the G9, but fewers features
This is an improved version of the G7, as it’s very similar but it adds image stabilization, so you won’t have to invest in a lens with OIS.
It is also weather-sealed and has a few more improvements mainly for photography (new shutter and EVF, for example).
This one comes with 4k recording with a bit of crop (1.26x), and it can record slow motion at up to 120fps.
For YouTube, one of the best advantages this one has over the G7 is the ability to power the camera through USB.
This means that you will never run out of battery as long as you’re recording from home, or if you carry a USB charger with you.
I’d recommend you go for it if you have the money, as it’s a camera with overall better technology and just the IS makes the price difference worth it, since you would need to pay extra money for lenses with IS.
Panasonic LX10 – Best for Daily Vlogging
- Amazing lens for a cheap price
- Pocketable vlogging camera
- Flip-up screen and IS
- Worse for low light than the previous cameras
- Unreliable autofocus
- No external mic port
The Lumix LX 10 is Panasonic’s best offer for vloggers who need to carry their camera around. It is light and pocketable. It’s definitely the camera you should go for if you want to record 4k with a high-quality lens for a really fair price.
This camera is one of the Canon G7X Mark II’s main competitors. It’s available for a cheaper price even though it can record 4k videos.
The main reason for this is that it is not as reliable as the Canon in other aspects. For example, I don’t like using autofocus and the image stabilization is not as good.
However, it does achieve beautiful colors and has an f/1.4 lens, which is even more luminous than the f/1.8 from the Canon.
Go for this camera if you want a pocketable option that can record 4k, and you don’t mind using the manual focus from time to time.
The camera will do just fine as long as you record your own, but it starts to perform worse when you are trying to change your focus subject often.
Panasonic G9– Best for Both Photo and Video
- Made for video (IS, mic port, and flip screen) and tons of features
- Great for both photo and video
- A bit heavier than the rest (excluding the GH5)
The Panasonic G9 is probably the best camera I’ve seen if you want to combine photography and filmmaking.
This is due to one recent update that Panasonic released that made the autofocus excellent for video.
With its face detection mode, you can trust that the camera will keep the camera focused on your face, even if you move a lot.
It can record 4k video even at 60fps, and it has a lot of options for different resolutions and frames per second.
It includes a timelapse mode and ultra slow-motion at 180fps.
Also, it has a Dual I.S., just like the GH5.
This makes it possible for the camera to use double image stabilization when used with compatible lenses.
The end result is a smooth image that looks almost motionless.
And when it comes to photography it even offers a 6k photo mode (no RAW) that lets you produce high-resolution images that look as sharp as they can get.
It’s also a camera that’s marketed for wild photography, so it comes with special focus modes for animals, a 60fps burst mode, and weather sealing.
This camera has nothing to envy the Gh5… and it’s even lighter and cheaper.
What Lens to Buy for These Cameras?
Panasonic offers one of the widest selections of lenses compared to other brands.
For my YouTube videos, I use the following lens because I find it really versatile: the Panasonic Lumix 12-60MM, F3.5-5.6 ASPH
With it, you have a wide angle that is enough for you to record yourself while holding the camera in selfie mode, but you also can set it up on a tripod and zoom in to get a nice portrait image of yourself.
For more options, check out our article with the best lenses for each brand.
Will has been a full-time content creator since 2014. He’s an audio, video, and tech hobbyist dedicated to reviewing products and giving you the best tips he knows to grow your audience.