The 5 Best Sony Vlogging Cameras

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Sony cameras are one of the most suitable for vlogging. They manage to bring together the best of DSLRs and compact cameras in a single product. Their capacity to record DSLR-quality video in a small body makes them good vlog cameras. This is why Sony is turning into the favorite, not only for vloggers, but also for professional photographers. Here you will find the 5 best Sony vlogging cameras.

What Makes Sony Different?

 

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Sony is taking over the mirrorless market and is going all-in with it. After many years of trying to beat Canon and Nikon in the digital camera industry, Sony has finally found their element.

Mirrorless cameras seem to have a great future ahead. They actually look like the next step in camera technology — even replacing DSLRs.

There are good reasons to think this:

  • They don’t have mechanical parts to shoot a picture, so they are less likely to suffer a malfunction.
  • They give good, cinematic quality in a small size.
  • They get rid of the annoying side of DSLRs while still having amazing quality.
  • They also have a wide variety of high-quality lenses you can use for specific situations.  And some of them can use lenses from other expert brands with an adaptor.

It might be too soon to say they are going to replace DSLRs. The fact is that this isn’t going to happen soon, but in a future it will. These are just the first generations of the cameras that will end up taking the mid-to-top-end camera market.

They still have some downsides that you need to bear in mind. The most important one is that they have lower battery life than DSLRs. Good news is that this is easily fixed by getting a pair of spare batteries.

There are also some things professional photographers find annoying about mirrorless. Things like viewfinder lag are always in the word of mouth, but most of the times it’s just resistance to change.

The truth is that for vloggers, mirrorless is the best option and will likely remain that way.

The 5 Best Sony Vlogging Cameras for YouTube

The good news for vloggers is that most of these cameras have a flip screen. The bad news is that most of them lack a microphone port. Still, there are external microphones that you don’t need to connect to a camera.

Bear in mind that this is an unordered list, which means I’m not putting these cameras in any sort of priority. They’re all the best Sony vlog cameras and will fit different vlogging needs and budgets.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

The first two cameras in this list are non-interchangeable lens cameras. They offer, let’s say, the most general needs for vloggers.If you don’t want to worry about lenses, the RX100 Mark IV offers the highest quality video for vlogging.

This is the first camera from the RX100 lineup to finally include a flip screen.

It comes with good image stabilization, which lets you record while moving without making your video shaky.

Still, what seals the deal is that it can record 4k video and that has a good max. lens aperture for a compact camera —f/1.8 at wide. This lets the camera capture more light indoors or in foggy days. You can also get the blurred background effect if you want it thanks to this wide aperture.

This is essentially what makes this camera high-end —besides having a full-manual mode available.

This camera has really good quality and good video quality, but it might not be the best option if you want to use it only for vlogging.

This is a camera that you should get if you want to use it also for photography. Its price isn’t the best if you just want it only for vlogging as you will be missing a lot of cool features —but will be playing the same price.

If you want a camera that is more focused for vlogging and slightly cheaper, you should check the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark I or Mark II.

 

Sony DSCHX90

The Sony DSCHX90 is one good Sony flip screen camera with features that are useful for vlogging, but in a friendlier price range.

It can record Full HD video (1080p60), has WiFi, image stabilization and a flip screen.

Since it’s much cheaper than the RX100 IV, it doesn’t match its performance in low light. Its lens doesn’t have an aperture widely enough to give you the blurred background effect. This also affects its low-light performance, so it will up its ISO and show noise before the RX100 IV does.

This is only natural since you can get the camera for less than half the RX100’s price.

However, if you put its image quality, features and price into consideration, you can see that the camera offers a lot of value to vloggers for a fair price.

It’s better to get just what you need instead of buying a fancier camera with features you might not need. That’s just what this camera offers, so I can’t leave it out of this list.

In all considerations, the Sony DSCHX90 is one of the best Sony cameras for the sole purpose of vlogging.

It is one of the best Sony vlog cameras you can get to start your own YouTube channel.

 

Sony Alpha 5100

The Sony a5100 is my favorite mirrorless camera for vlogging.

There are more expensive photography cameras from this brand in the market. The a6000 and a6300 are good examples. But if you want a camera just for vlogging, this one will be more useful for a better price.

This interchangeable-lens camera gets you decent battery life for a mirrorless. It’s also lighter, has a touchscreen and you can find it for a price between the X90’s and the RX100’s.

The only thing that the RX100 Mark IV does better is the 4k recording and more photography options (electronic viewfinder and higher max. shutter speed).

That’s why we can consider the RX100 IV an all-in-one camera, while the a5100 is just for vlogging.

The Sony a5100 also has a good autofocus for the price, which includes an AF Touch feature. Thanks to its touchscreen, you can change the focusing point in the middle of a video by pressing on its screen.

Finally, you have the option for timelapse recording. This isn’t the most essential thing for vlogging, but it gives you more creative options.

 

Sony 4k FDRA X33

Some people prefer to record vlogs with a camcorder rather than using a compact. After all, the companies made these cameras specifically for video.

One of Sony’s last releases is the FDRA X33 camcorder, which is one of the first ones to be able to record 4k video.

What I like about this camera is that it isn’t all about 4k. Sony made a camera that also has good specifications.

This camera has decent performance in low light for a camcorder. It also offers the blurred background effect. All this thanks to its aperture of f/1.8 at wide

But, remember that it is a camcorder and like them all its performance in low light isn’t as good as a mirrorless’. This is because these types of cameras have smaller sensors that limit the light they can capture.

This is why you shouldn’t get a camcorder if you will do a lot of recording indoors.

Still, the X33 is a small and luggable camcorder with great features. It has a flip-out screen, touchscreen, and it’s the cheapest camera here that comes with a mic input.

This makes it a good 4k video camera that you can take elsewhere and record amazing vlogs during the day.

Its specs and recording quality make it one of the best Sony handycams for YouTube.

Take note that this camera is compatible with SDXC class 10 UHS 1 or higher memory cards. Buying another type of SD card can carry video storage problems.

 

Sony Alpha 7R II and Alpha 7S II

Sony’s best high-end camera for vlogging is actually a tie between the Sony A7RII and A7SII.

These are the ultimate cameras for vlogging that this brand offers. The most serious vloggers will love getting either of these cameras.

4k recording is their least impressive remark. The specs of this camera are mind-blowing, so there was a lot of hype before their release. Its dynamic range, low-light performance, amazing autofocus and sharpness is too good for its small size.

It can even use Canon lenses, so it’s only matched by the best DSLR of the last 4 years: the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Still, these cameras seem to have more advantages for vloggers than the famous Canon camera.

I must say it’s great to get the best video quality you can achieve with a consumer camera without the bulky, brick-like body.

The only thing this camera lacks for vlogging is a fully articulating screen —which is something the 5DMIII also needs.

Now, going back to the Sony cameras, here are the main differences between the A7R II and the A7S II:

The SonyA7R II is more like a generally good camera for both video and pictures. But, the A7SII is better for video, and it’s slightly cheaper.

The A7RII will give you 42.4 MP, which gives you a lot of spareable pixels for photography cropping. Yet, the A7SII has better performance in 4k video in low light. Also, it won’t heat up as fast as the A7RII does, which could happen in long recording sessions —although it’s rare.

If you want to find more about this camera, check the in-depth review I wrote here. There I dig into more details about the differences between both of them and the Canon 5D Mark III.

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4 thoughts on “The 5 Best Sony Vlogging Cameras

  • April 27, 2016 at 10:13 am
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    The RX100 IV isn’t good for vlogging because there is no external mic input. You get a great 4k video with crappy audio.

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    • April 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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      Sadly, most cameras that are great for vlogging don’t come with microphone port. It would be perfect if they did but frankly I really don’t know what’s up with camera manufacturers.

      That’s something I’ve had to learn to deal with by using an external recorder, like most vloggers.

      Thanks for your comment, Enzo!

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    • February 13, 2017 at 3:48 am
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      Maybe record externally with lets say Iphone?

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      • February 13, 2017 at 8:47 am
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        Hey Harry,

        You could try with that, but I don’t think your sound will be improved too much. The best thing is to aim for a good recorder and a lavaliere microphone. You can see a list here

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