Top 6 Best Cameras with External Mic Input [2020]

Best vlog cameras with mic input - Intro

My favorite choice: Panasonic G7

It’s not enough to record high-quality video. You also need high-quality audio, and the best and most efficient way to getting better audio is by using a camera with external mic input.

Not having to sync audio to the video can save you a lot of time. In the end, it will basically make filmmaking, be it for online content platforms like YouTube or for your real-life clients, easier for you.

That’s why I’ve curated this list of the best cameras with an external microphone input.

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The 6 Best Cameras with External Mic Input

Camera

Flip Screen

Image stabilization

Resolution

Price / Our Rating

Digital in 4k mode

2160p24 (4k)

$589.99

2160p30 (4k)

$997.99

2160p60 (4k)

$1,159.99

2160p30 (4k)

$929.00

2160p30 (4k)

$1,299.00

2160p30 (4k)

$1,519.01

Before the reviews, two important things:

First, all the mirrorless cameras you’re going to see here are interchangeable-lens cameras. If you want to save money in the long run —you will be end up paying more today, but you’ll get a lot more quality from your cameras save yourself a lens upgrade—read my article about lenses.

Secondly, here’s a list of good microphones for vlogging. Some of them are perfect for these cameras since you can connect them to their external input. It’s one of the most visited and commented articles on this site, so make sure to go there to check some good mic prices.

Now let’s start.

Best Cheap Vlogging Camera With Mic Input: Canon EOS M50

The M50 is Canon’s first mirrorless camera that seems like it was made for vlogging. And we honestly think it’s the best vlogging camera right now.

Although its most hyped feature is its 4k video shooting mode, the big selling factor as a vlog camera is that it also offers everything else you need to record a vlog: flip screen, external mic input, and the lightest weight possible in a mirrorless APS-C camera.

Also, the M50 is equipped with a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which enables it to capture quality footage in a variety of lighting conditions, especially low-light situations. Meanwhile, travel vloggers will find its five-axis digital image stabilization system quite adequate in handling camera shake when you’re shooting.

Just bear in mind that the 4k mode adds a 1.7x crop to the image and also disables the camera’s amazing Dual-Pixel system. However, it’s unlikely you’ll be getting this camera for its 4k capabilities.

When recording in 1080p, this camera has everything you could ask in a semi-pro machine for both filmmaking and photograph enthusiasts.

The Dual-Pixel autofocus does a great job at tracking the subject’s face as it moves, and the OIS from Canon lenses combined with the Digital Stabilization allows you to have a pretty smooth result — although it could be a little bit better.

For the price that you pay, you couldn’t really ask a lot more from Canon.

Recommended lens: 15-45mm kit lens

Recommended SD card: Lexar Professional 633x 128GB SDXC UHS-I Card

Read the full review: Canon EOS M50.

The Good

  • 4k recording
  • Latest technology (2018)
  • DSLR-Size sensor
  • Lots of vlog-friendly features

The Bad

  • Not as pocketable as the G7X
  • Cropped 4k recording
  • Relatively short battery life

PANASONIC LUMIX G95 – Best Value For Your Money

If you can spend a little bit more, then the Panasonic G95 is probably the best choice for a camera with mic input.

The camera can even record 4k video at 30fps and allows for 1080p slow motion at 120fps.

It’s a micro four thirds sensor so it’s not the best for low light, but it will be more than enough as long as you don’t record in total darkness.

The camera was made for video and because of that it comes with flip screen, external mic port and image stabilization.

This latter feature will let you choose any lens without optical image stabilization. This will let you save money in the long run.

What bad thing can we say about it? Pretty much the basic things mirrorless lack: battery life.

For the rest, you won’t find much to complain about it, especially when you take into account the price.

It is not the lightest mirrorless, but it’s at a pretty decent size and weight for carrying around and will deliver the best image quality you can buy for the price.

Alternatively, you can check the previous model, the Panasonic G7, which is a bit cheaper due to the lack of in-camera stabilization. It’s still a nice option since the kit lens comes with optical IS so you can get away with a camera just as good for a lower price.

Recommended lens: 12-60mm F3.5-5.6

Recommended SD card: Sandisk Extreme Pro – Flash Memory Card – 64 GB – SDXC UHS-I

The Good

  • Made for video (IS, mic. port and flip screen)
  • Great 4k image for the price
  • Fair size and lightweight
  • Comes with V-log profile for better colors

The Bad

  • Not the best for low light
  • Low battery life

Best Micro Four Thirds With Mic Input: Panasonic GH5

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is one of the first mirrorless cameras in the Four Thirds camera lineup to capture 4K-resolution video.

The Gh5 has quickly become one of the best choices for Youtube in 2017. It is kind of heavy for a mirrorless, but it can achieve stunning 4kp60 video.

And even better, it has great image stabilization and a wide dynamic range. The colors are beautiful and has a bunch of features that make it great for both video and photography, but especially for the latter.

As any other mirrorless, its battery life is not the best, and as a Micro Four Third sensor camera, it is not the best fit possible for low light. However, as long as you’re not recording in the night with complete lack of lighting, you will be able to achieve as good as image quality as money can buy right now.

Recommended lens: 12-60MM, F3.5-5.6 ASPH

Recommended SD card: SanDisk 128GB SDXC Extreme Pro

Read the full review: Panasonic GH5.

The Good

  • Made for video (IS, mic. input and flip screen)
  • Dual I.S. for extra smooth movement
  • Stunning 4k video at 60fps

The Bad

  • Really expensive but not the best for low light
  • As heavy as a DSLR

Sony a6400 – Best YouTube Camera

sony a6400 vlog camera with mic inputIt was only in February 2016 when Sony introduced the A6300 as one of its APS-C E-Mount flagship. Few months down the line, the company has announced the new model, the A6400. This new model is a modest evolution of the prior model the A6300, though it does sport some tempting new features.

This camera is probably the one I will be recommending to people who want to start a YouTube channel.

The 4k quality is comparable to other much more expensive cameras, and the autofocus is probably one of the fastest and accurate in the market.

The camera has the ability to record 4K video (3840 x 2160) at 30p, 25p and 24p. Additionally, you will love the ability to record 1080p slow motion video at 120fps.

However, the only real downside to this camera is the lack of internal image stabilization.

Its weak point against the Panasonic featured here is exactly that. You’ll need a lens with OIS if you want to take the camera with you and record as you move.

On the other hand, its strong point against the competitors is the fact that it’s even lighter and even though it has an APS-C Sensor.

This will make it better for low-light recording, and also to achieve that beautiful bokeh (blurry background) effect that we all love to see.

Recommended lens: 16-50mm Lens f/ 3.5-5.6

Recommended SD card: SanDisk 128GB SDXC Extreme Pro

Read our full review of the Sony a6400.

The Good

  • Great low-light performance
  • 120fps slow motion (1080p)
  • Outstanding AutoFocus
  • Really good 4k recording in a small camera

The Bad

  • No in-body image stabilization

Best Mirrorless Camera With Mic Input: Sony A7 III

sony a7 iii vlogging camera with micIf you are the kind of filmmaker that records everything you do, you will most certainly want a camera that can perform in any situation, even if you happen to be in a situation where there’s no lighting and it’s completely dark.

The Sony Alpha 7 III is the best vlog camera for low-light recording, and it’s in general one of the top cameras for this job.

Sadly, it is lacking a flip screen, but as a full-frame camera, and by using a selfie stick and a wide-angle lens you will not have to worry about getting out of the frame if you want to record yourself.

After all, this camera can deliver top 4k quality and really smooth video with its 5-axis in-body stabilization.

And it comes in a package that is much easier to carry around than other mirrorless cameras like the Gh5 and any DSLR in the market.

One of the best things about getting this camera is that its full-frame sensor will allow you to achieve the best bokeh (blurry background) effect you can create with a camera, and will also give you a wider frame to work with.

This will give your videos an amazing professional look with great dynamic range, stabilization, and top 4k recording quality.

Too bad it doesn’t come with a flip screen on top of that.

Perhaps one day we’ll have it all? Update: Sony is releasing the Sony A7S III, which comes with flip-out screen. We’ll replace it soon here once it’s released.

Recommended lens to get: 28-70mm f/3.5-f/5.6

Recommended SD card: SanDisk 128GB SDXC Extreme Pro

Read our full review of the Sony a7 III.

The Good

  • Stunning 4k video
  • Great stabilization
  • Best low-light performance (full-frame sensor)
  • Lightweight and fairly small

The Bad

  • Low battery life
  • No flip screen

Best DSLR With Mic Input: Canon EOS 90D

canon eos 90d vlog camera with mic inputIf you don’t want to use your main camera to go out a lot and record trips, you are probably better off with choosing a DSLR.

The Canon EOS 90D is a DSLR made for video. The camera is made to have the most reliable autofocus you could buy for the price and comes with a new processor a sensor that achieves better image quality.

Although it doesn’t come with image stabilization, there’s a huge selection of lenses with optical stabilization you can choose for it.

This is an APS-C sensor camera that becomes the best option if you want a really good low-light performance, but don’t want to spend so much money on a full-frame camera.

Finally, its battery life has really good capacities; it’s—by far—the best camera on this list in terms of recording duration.

Recommended lens: 18-55mm IS STM

Recommended SD card: SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I

The Good

  • Really good autofocus
  • Good low-light performance
  • Long battery life

The Bad

  • No image stabilization
  • Size and Weight

After Choosing Your Camera, Don’t Forget This

There are several cameras with external mic input that you can consider purchasing to make your filmmaking experience better. The ones that I have reviewed above are the latest in the market today. Just keep in mind that the lack of optical image stabilization isn’t a great deal since they are interchangeable-lens cameras. This means you can always get a lens with stabilization should the need arise.

Another thing to note is that the Panasonic cameras have a smaller sensor than the Canon M50, so they are not as good in low light as Canon models.

However, this is something you shouldn’t worry about if you use good lighting. You can also try to get a lens with a fast aperture since these are a lot more affordable in MFT cameras and there’s a good selection available.

Will A.

Will is the founder of VloggerPro. He's a YouTube Certified partner and has been reviewing equipment and teaching others how to grow and generate real income on YouTube for the last 5 years.

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waqar khan - February 25, 2020 Reply

Brilliant article thanks for sharing great informative tips

Joshua - February 1, 2020 Reply

I noticed you have a mistake on the canon eos m50 it only records 24 frames per second unfortunately

    Will A. - February 1, 2020 Reply

    Thanks Joshua. Fixed.

Robert Waldrup - October 4, 2018 Reply

Great article. Very informative and exactly what I was looking for. However, I am a bit confused because your personal choice of the Panasonic G7 is not on the list of the top models. Please explain if this is your personal choice, why didn’t it make the list?

Thanks!

    Will A. - October 5, 2018 Reply

    Hello Robert, the only reason why is because I’m featuring the G85, which is the direct successor of the G7. Thanks to your question I will add a small paragraph featuring the G7 as a cheaper alternative to the G85 since they’re pretty similar.

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