Top 10 Best Vlogging Cameras 2020: DSLR, Compact, Mirrorless

Top Best YouTube Vlogging Cameras of 2019The time has come.

You’ve decided that you want to start your own vlogging channel… but there’s one big obstacle:

You need a camera… A good camera.

This list of the best vlogging cameras in 2020 will save you a lot of time since I’ve done all the work for you.

My objective with this post is that you learn EVERYTHING you need to purchase the right vlogging camera for your channel.

I’m so excited for you! I remember when I decided to start my YouTube channel. Not knowing what was going to happen was a bit scary, but also really exciting!

Having the right camera will help you build an audience that loves you and that can’t wait to see your next video.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy. We’re in for a ride!

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Our Top 3 Picks

Model
Best Mirrorless
Best Compact
Best DSLR
Image
Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit with EF-M 15-45mm Lens, Black
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II] with Wi-Fi & NFC, LCD Screen, and 1-inch Sensor - Black, 100 - 1066C001
Canon DSLR Camera [EOS 90D] with Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DIGIC 8 Image Processor, 4K Video, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and 3.0 Inch Vari-angle touch LCD screen, [Body Only], Black
Recording Quality
4kp24 (Cropped)
1080p60
4kp30
Sensor Size
APS-C
1" BSI-CMOS Sensor
APS-C
Best Mirrorless
Image
Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit with EF-M 15-45mm Lens, Black
Recording Quality
4kp24 (Cropped)
Sensor Size
APS-C
Price
More info
Best Compact
Image
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera [G7 X Mark II] with Wi-Fi & NFC, LCD Screen, and 1-inch Sensor - Black, 100 - 1066C001
Recording Quality
1080p60
Sensor Size
1" BSI-CMOS Sensor
Price
More info
Best DSLR
Image
Canon DSLR Camera [EOS 90D] with Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DIGIC 8 Image Processor, 4K Video, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and 3.0 Inch Vari-angle touch LCD screen, [Body Only], Black
Recording Quality
4kp30
Sensor Size
APS-C
Price
More info

These are our 3 favorites, but there are more options below for different needs.

But first, we'll take a look at how we choose the best vlogging cameras for our ranking, and we'll help you make a better decision by explaining some key things you need to know like what lens and sensor size to get.

Remember: these are the best cameras out there, so they are quite expensive. You might  want to find cheaper cameras here instead.

The 3 Types of Cameras to Choose From

There are so many types of camera, but which one is the right for vlogging?

You have to know the advantages each kind of camera offers and choose the one right for your style.

Or else you might end up with a really expensive paperweight.

By the way, I'm not reviewing GoPros here because they are useless for vlogs 80% of the time.

I'll explain why in a moment.

For now, you should be looking between 3 types: mirrorless, DSLR and point & shoot.

Which one you choose will depend on the kind of vlogging channel you run.

So, which one is the right for you?

Point & Shoot


when to choose a compact camera for vlogging
  • Ideal for daily vlogging
  • Pocketable and luggable
  • Low battery life
  • No external mic input
  • Bad in low light

Mirrorless


when to choose a mirrorless camera for vlogging
  • Medium Size
  • Good in low light
  • Interchangeable lens
  • Some have external mic input
  • Low battery life

DSLR


when to choose a DSLR camera for vlogging
  • Interchangeable lens
  • Good in low light
  • Good battery life
  • They all have external mic input
  • Big and heavy

How Do We Choose a Good Vlogging Camera?

There are 5 really important things that the perfect vlog camera should have. 

If your camera is missing one of these, it will make vlogging more difficult. 

1) Good Continuous Autofocus

It's really frustrating to record a video with a camera that is always struggling to focus on your face. 

It's very distracting for you and your audience and can make an entire video useless.

So it's great to have a smart camera that knows when it should change focus point (for example, when you show a product in front of you), and that can quickly come back to your face as soon as you start talking.

The latest cameras come with face-detection autofocus, which is great for vlogging. This is what we'll be looking for.

We want to find a camera with a lot of phase-detection points, which is the best type of autofocus there is. The more detection points, the more reliable the autofocus should be.

This might be the most important thing you need: reliable autofocus. 

After all, there's simply no workaround if the autofocus sucks. You'll have to deal with it forever.

2) In-Body Image Stabilization (Workaround Available)

In-body image stabilization (IBIS) will allow you to move around with your camera without making everything too shaky and making your viewers throw up.

This is something you'll certainly need if you want to take the camera out with you and record while holding the camera in your hands.

Just remember that you only need this for handheld recording. If you want to record from home and set your camera on a tripod, you don't need it. 

Also, there's a workaround available.

If your camera doesn't come with IBIS, you can always get a lens with optical IS.

The downside of this is that lenses with OIS are more expensive, and a bit heavier. 

Plus, you'd always have more stabilization if you used a camera with IBIS and a lens with OIS at the same time.

3) External Microphone Input (Workaround Available)

The latest cameras can record decent audio. However, it's not the way to get the best audio quality.

Eventually, most vloggers will want to get a dedicated microphone. It will improve your audio so much.

It's ideal to have a camera with external mic input because it will make it easier to record high-quality audio.e

However, if your camera doesn't come with a mic input, it's not the end of the world. 

You can always use your smartphone. Connect a microphone to it and record the audio with your phone. 

Then, just sync both audio and video in your editor. 

This just adds an annoying extra step, but it's doable.

4) Flip Screen (Sometimes Optional)

Imagine recording a 15-minute video and not knowing if you're inside the frame, or if the camera is indeed recording and hasn't stopped randomly for some reason.

There's nothing better than being able to check that everything's fine as you do your thing. Otherwise, it can make vlogging a very difficult task. 

I guess it's not like it would be IMPOSSIBLE to vlog without a flip screen. But let's agree that it's a pretty important thing — I know I wouldn't want to do it without one.

5) Light Weight

Finally, if you want a camera to hold with your hands and record yourself walking around with it, you'll NEED a lightweight camera.

When you need to hold your camera for hours non-stop, and need to travel around to a lot of places, a lightweight camera will make everything so much easier.

Features That Are Nice to Have in a Vlog Camera, But Aren't Needed

These things aren't needed, but they do add a lot of points to a vlogging camera.

If you want to save some money, you can ignore these features, but they will give you a better experience with your camera.

4k Recording and 60+ Frames Per Second

Most of the latest cameras are offering 4k recording. But the main difference between them is the frames per second.

Most of them can only offer 4k at 30 fps, which is fine for YouTube. However, 4k at 60fps will allow you to record slow-motion videos in 4k.

But bear in mind that 4k files are a lot heavier and require more processing power from your computer.

This is one of the main reasons I prefer recording in 4k and downsample to 1080p

This way I'm handling lighter files that still look pretty neat and almost as good as 4k. 

Thankfully, the cameras that offer 4k also allow you to record in 1080p at 24, 30, and 60 fps per second.

If you get a camera that can do 120fps, it means that you can achieve extremely slow-motion clips — slower than at 60 fps. Cool.

If you want to geek out about this. Here's a great explanation about frame rates and slow motion.

And one more thing, some cameras (like the Canon EOS M50) offer 4k, but they lose some features with it. 

For example, that camera adds an extra crop factor and the autofocus loses a lot of capacity.

Crop factor means that you'll lose part of the frame when using 4k, so your video will look more "zoomed in" in this mode.

But honestly, 4k is nice to have, but it's not something you need, especially for YouTube.

Timelapse

A timelapse is that technique when you set your camera on a fixed tripod and let your camera take pictures every minute or so. Then, you put them all in a video and it looks like time's passing really fast.

It's a common technique used in vlogs to let people know that some time has passed since the previous clip.

Some cameras include a mode that lets you include the timelapse interval and set everything exactly as you want it. 

This is something cool to have in a vlog camera.

USB Charging While Recording

This is very handy, especially if you're using a mirrorless camera. These cameras have very low battery duration, and some of them can't handle more than 1 hour of non-stop recording.

So there are two ways to fix this problem: get a camera that can be charged while recording, or get more spare batteries.

This allows you to use a power bank to recharge the battery if you're going out, or to simply connect it to the outlet while you record your YouTube video at home.

Unlimited Recording Time

Most non-professional video cameras (like every camera mentioned in this article) have a recording limit time of around 30 minutes.

This means that you can't record a clip that is longer than half an hour.

Why does this happen? This is due to government regulations, especially in the EU. If it can record longer than 30 minutes, then it's considered a video camera, and the taxes and bureaucracy changes.

So most cameras are fixed at 30 minutes per clip.

However, lately, this is becoming less common.

As a vlogger, this isn't such a big deal because it's unlikely you'll ever record 30 minutes straight of video. You're probably going to record in shorter clips.

Social Media Wireless Upload

Being able to take a picture or video and send it directly to Instagram or even YouTube is very handy. 

Some cameras with WiFi offer this. It makes everything easier, but it's not the end of the world if you need to use a cable.

Log Recording

This is a log profile that gives you a higher dynamic range and tonal range. If you know about coloring in post-production, you can achieve amazing colors with these profiles.

Also, if you're using more than one camera at the same time, it allows you to have the exact same colors on both cameras, so everything looks consistent.

This is for more advanced users, but you might eventually want to learn about it to achieve the absolute best quality.

Features You Can Completely Ignore For Vlogging

It's important to know what you don't need so you can save some money and get only exactly what you need.

Ignore the following features because they will only add unnecessary costs to your purchase.

  • MegaPixels: MPs just mean something if you're going to print your pictures or crop your pictures. What really matters is the resolution (6k, 4k, 1080p, etc.).
  • Viewfinder: do you know that little hole most cameras have for you to use to compose and take a picture? That's called the viewfinder. As a vlogger, you can use a camera that only has a screen and no viewfinder without a problem.
  • Picture oversampling: when a camera can, for example, take a picture in 6k. Some other cameras offer this, but for videos. They capture video in 6k and then downsample to 4k or 1080p. This latter feature is cool to have, but if it's only for pictures. It's not needed.
  • Fast shooting: some cameras can shoot a bunch of pictures very quickly, for example, at 12 frames per second. This is useful for action and wildlife photography, but not something you'll use while vlogging.

What Camera Sensor Size Should You Go For?

We already talked about types of camera: DSLR, Mirrorless and Point & Shoot. These are the ones we'll review here because they're the best options for vloggers.

However, DSLRs and Mirrorless come with different sensor sizes. The size that you choose will highly affect how your camera ultimately works, and even what lens you can attach to it.

There are 3 sensor sizes most of these cameras come with. 

In order from largest to smallest, they are: Full-frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds (or Micro 4/3).

Most Point & Shoot cameras usually come with a 1" sensor, which is a lot smaller than any of the three sizes I just mentioned.

How Does Sensor Size Affect Your Vlog?

The sensor size you choose will affect:

Low-light Performance

A larger sensor allows the camera to capture more light.

And when we're talking about cameras, more light means better image quality.

If you need to record during the night, a point & shoot with its tiny sensor won't allow you to record high-quality video.

If your sensor is too small, it will have to increase its sensibility to light while recording in the dark. 

This causes your image to show little dots called noise, and the image loses a lot of depth:

If the sensor doesn't get enough light. Little dots called noise will appear in your image.

Depth of Field or Bokeh

Depth of field means how blurry the background will be when you're focusing on a subject — this is also referred to as Bokeh effect.

The larger the sensor, the shallower the depth of field will be. 

In other words, the larger the sensor, the more blurred the background will look:

shalow depth of field example

Example of shallow depth of field. This is easier to achieve with a large sensor.

Crop Factor

The larger the sensor, the larger the frame.

So using a smaller sensor will add more "crop" factor. It will effectively crop in your image a bit when compared to a larger sensor.

Here's a comparison of the same image and how it would look like taken with different sensor sizes:

crop factor example picture

Price, Weight, and Size of Your Camera

If you need to include a larger sensor, then it's only natural to think the camera will be bigger and more expensive. And that's exactly right.

And it will not only affect the weight, size, and price of your camera, but also the lenses.

So, getting the largest sensor (Full-frame) will give you arguably the best quality, but will also make everything so much more expensive and difficult to carry with you.

The Sensor Size I Recommend If You're Starting

I recommend starting with an APS-C sensor. Most people find the "perfect spot" with it.

Full-frame is for very specific needs and wants.

Also, micro 4/3 can backfire if you're new to content creation and you're not sure about what you want.

APS-C is the perfect medium range, and most starters will be more than happy with one of these.

It will give you the perfect medium-sized camera to start. Most APS-C are as light as Micro four-thirds, and only slightly heavier than point & shoots.

That's why they'll give you the best balance between image quality, size, and price.

Summarizing: Making The Right Choice for Vlogging

I highly suggest you read the entire post so you can make the best decision for your money. 

But if you're in a hurry or want a "too-long-didn't-read" conclusion, here it is:

  • You should try to get a camera with good image stabilization, good video autofocus, external mic port, and flip screen.
  • If the camera lacks one of these, there's still a workaround for some of them (except bad autofocus).
  • APS-C is probably the best sensor size for you if you're starting.
  • Your smartphone's camera is probably very similar to a point & shoot, especially if you have one of the latest phones. So make sure you test your phone's camera first before buying a P&S.
  • You need a wide-angle lens to go with your camera. I recommend 15mm for every sensor size. You can choose the wide-angle kit lenses with a zoom range around 15mm-50mm if you're not sure what to go for.
  • If your camera doesn't have in-body image stabilization, then make sure your lens has optical image stabilization.

I'll also help you choose the right lens for each camera, and I'll explain below this post how to choose the right lens for vlogging.

Now, we're ready to list and review the best cameras for vlogging.

I'll start with what I believe is the safest option for most people, and then I'll give some other nice alternatives.

Bear in mind that very few cameras have the exact 4 things we mentioned that make the perfect vlogging camera. 

Most of the time you'll need to make some sacrifices, depending on what you value the most.

That's just how things are. It's difficult to find the perfect camera. But this doesn't mean that they aren't worth it.

I know many vloggers that use these cameras and they're happy with their choice. They just need a workaround to fix their flaws.

Winner of The Best Camera for Vlogging in 2020 Title

Canon EOS M50

Sensor

Mirrorless APS-C

Image Quality

4k (1.7x crop)

Weight (No lens)

12.4oz / 351g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

combination iS

Our Rating

Price

$649.00


Great for

Daily vlogging

Beauty

Travel

Indoors


This camera was released in March 2019, so it is pretty new.

And the best thing about it is that it really seems like Canon thought about vloggers when they designed it.

Despite being a newcomer in the vlogging scene, many reputable camera reviewers like Jared Polin and Kai Man Wong have dubbed the M50 as the best new vlogging camera for beginners and vloggers on-the-go.

Jared Polin

1,000,000+ YouTube Subs

I do think this is going to be a great option for anybody that is up and coming, who's looking for a vlogging camera to make themselves some YouTube videos.

Reviewers praised the crisp quality of the 4K footage produced by the M50 but found it underwhelming considering the added crop factor and lack of dual pixel AF function when shooting in 4K mode.

However, what makes this camera excellent for vlogging is its slim design and light weight combined with the fact that it has every feature vloggers need in a camera.

It’s equipped with a fully-rotating LCD touchscreen which some higher-end vlogging cameras still lack. And it produces top quality videos at 1080p with Canon’s top of the line dual pixel autofocusing system.

And even though it doesn't have in-body stabilization, the optical stabilization from the Canon EF-M lenses is decent. Also, you have the option to use digital stabilization in 4k, taking advantage of the fact that the image will be cropped in this recording mode.

This is still my favorite vlogging camera, and it seems like it will remain like that until a new model is announced, hopefully later this year.

Recommended lens: Canon EF-M 11-22mm

Cheaper option: Canon EF-M 15-45mm (kit lens)

Read the full review and comparison with the G7XII: Canon EOS M50

The Good

  • 4k recording
  • Latest vlog camera
  • DSLR-Size sensor in a small size
  • Lots of vlog-friendly features

The Bad

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

Best Daily Vlog Compact Cameras in 2020

A compact camera is often more useful for vloggers that want to take their camera out. They are usually not good for low light, but the compact cameras listed here have high-quality sensors that allow them to keep decent quality even in the dark, and that's why they are the best ones you can find on the market.

Canon G7X Mark II - Best Camera for Daily Vlogging

Sensor

Compact 1" CMOS

Image Quality

1080p60

Weight

11.288oz / 320g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

Our Rating

Price

$499.99


Great for

Daily vlogging

Travel


Just like the G7 X is still one of the best vlog cameras in 2020, so it is its new Mark II version, which was released in May.

This model has all the good things the G7 X Mark I offers, but with some additional features and tweaks that improve its performance.

So, this model has the same amazing lens, flip touchscreen, wireless connection, great image quality even in low light and accurate and fast autofocus.

But besides all these great things, the Mark II has few additional features like a new rubber grip that helps you hold the camera so it won’t slip through your hands that easily. It also comes with a better processor, which makes it faster, especially when turning on. It also has improved autofocus in low-contrast situations and cleaner quality in low light.

Finally, it has better battery management. It uses the same one from the previous model, but this one lasts for around 265 shots instead of 210.

It still lacks a microphone port, but there’s not much Canon can do since it’s still a small compact camera that is easy to carry around.

Zoella

12,000,000+ YouTube Subs

...the quality is the best... I love it. I really love it. It goes everywhere with me.

The autofocus in video mode is not perfect, but believe me, it's good for a compact camera. It will perform well in most cases; it might have some problems when your face is not shown clearly ---as it works with a face-recognition system---, but this is something you can easily overcome by using the camera's full manual mode. If you have good light, just set manual focus and increase your lens f-number so you won't have any focusing problem ever again.

This is why I still think the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II is one of the best vlog cameras in 2020. Still, if you want 4k recording for about the same price, you should check the next camera on the list.

The Mark III version came out already, but it was so bad that I couldn't put it here. The Mark II is still great though.

Read the full review: Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II

The Good

  • High-quality lens
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Great autofocus
  • Small and lightweight

The Bad

  • Small sensor
  • No external mic port
  • There are cheaper cameras with 4k

Panasonic LX10 - Best Cheap 4k Camera for Daily Vlogging

Sensor

Compact 1" MOS

Image Quality

2160p30 (4k)

Weight

10.935oz / 310g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

Our Rating

price

$497.99


Great for

Daily vlogging

Travel


Panasonic has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to their video capabilities, so it's a brand that you can't skip in a list of vlogging cameras.

They've been making many good small cameras that can compete with the best from Sony and Canon, and the LX10 (LX15 in Europe) is one of the options vloggers are choosing, and for good reasons.

The main reason is that it's probably the cheapest camera that can record 4k and that is actually worth buying. It doesn't have the overheating problem many 4k cameras have (like the Sony RX100).

The flip touchscreen automatically makes it a good competitor for vlogs, but there are also some things that can make you go for the G7XMII instead.

Fenchel & Janisch

270,000+ YouTube Subs

...if you combine it with a good gimbal, most people couldn't tell the difference between this and a $5,000 setup if you just showed them the result

For example:

Even though its autofocus is not noisy like the G7X’s, it does require some work. It’s still usable and it works well in most situations, but I wouldn’t rely too much on it since it can often lose its focus.

However, it isn’t too far from the G7X autofocus performance. After all, it does focus faster than the G7X, but not as precisely as the Sony RX100. This is why I think you should take the recommendation on using its manual focus mode, decreasing the lens aperture to never get out of focus.

And finally, even though this one offers a f/1.4 lens, it isn’t as good in low light as the Canon. The reason is that you can use the f/1.4 only at 24mm. The Canon camera has faster aperture as you zoom in, and it also responds better to lighting changes during video, as the Panasonic can sometimes remain darker than it should when you enter a room with lower light.

However, it does perform well enough for a compact. Its sound quality is better than the G7X, the 4k recording is truly stunning and it can be done in 15-minute clips without interruptions. It’s a good option if you want the highest definition with the best colors.

Read the full review: Panasonic LX10

The Good

  • 4k recording for a cheap price
  • High-quality lens
  • Pocketable

The Bad

  • Unreliable autofocus
  • No external mic port
  • Small sensor

Sony RX100 Mark V - Best 4k Camera for Daily Vlogging

Sensor

Compact

Image Quality

2160p30 (4k)

Weight (No lens)

299g / 0.66 lb

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

Our Rating

Price

$553.49


Great for

Daily vlogging

Travel


The Sony RX100 is also often used by vloggers. It is certainly one of the bests, but it may also be a bit overkill for this job.

It is kind of a combination of a Canon G7X MII and a Panasonic LX10. I like to say that it has a reliable autofocus, like the Canon, with the image quality of the Panasonic (maybe even a bit better).

However, it is also the most expensive of the three, and not exactly better in other aspects.

iJustine

5,300,000+ Subs

Unfortunately, they (Canon) don't have a small tiny camera like this that does 4k .This will also shoot 120 frames per second, so a lot of the slowmo clips that you sometime see in vlogs will come directly from this little tiny camera.

Trying to choose between these options can come down to what you’re willing to give for more specialized features.

For example, both the RX100 Mark IV and Mark V come with an outstanding slow-motion mode at 960 fps. With a limited duration of 4 seconds on the Mark IV and 8 on the Mark V, this provides extremely slow short video clips.

But, do you really need it? That’s something you will want to check before paying so much for a camera that doesn’t bring many more benefits.

It is an outstanding machine, but it offers a lot of features that are mainly targetted to professional photographers looking for a small travel camera. It might come with too many unuseful things for a vlogger.

Read the full review: Sony RX100 Mark V.

The Good

  • 4k recording
  • Ultra slow-mo at 960fps
  • Realistic color profile

The Bad

  • Small sensor
  • No external mic port
  • Pricey for a compact

Best DSLRs for Vlogging in 2020

DSLRs are really hard to hold and carry around. Most of them are also just as good for low light as a similar-priced mirrorless camera. This makes them the worst choice if you want to take the camera out a lot. However, they all have an external mic input and come with a larger battery. That’s why DSLRs are excellent options for vloggers that want to record from home. Choose one of these unless you need to take your camera out a lot.

Canon EOS 90D - Best DSLR for Vlogging

Sensor

DSLR APS-C

Image Quality

2160p30 (4k)

Weight (No Lens)

1.54 lb / 701g

Flip Screen

Stabilization

External Mic Port

Our Rating

price

$1,199.00


Great for

Beauty

Indoors


The previous versions of this cameras were always a favorite for YouTube.

This new version is still a DSLR that is great for YouTube.

Its biggest upgrade: 4k recording.

But it's also lighter, has a newer sensor and much more battery life.

Although it's true that it's not the ideal camera to take out (DSRLs are heavy after all), the Canon EOS 90D has a fair weight, compared to most DSLRs.

And it is one of the few DSLRs that was made for video recording.

Here's why:

It doesn't only has from the fastest, silent and accurate autofocus systems to above-average battery life (1300 shots), but also this DSLR doesn't fall short with other features that help a lot for video blogging.

It ---of course--- has WiFi to upload your videos, Video SnapShots mode, and touchscreen focus, and Bluetooth.

I still prefer to go for a mirrorless camera, but you still get a lot of value if you want this DSLR and I can recommend it.

Read our full review of the 90D here.

The Good

  • Hot-shoe, mic. port and flip screen
  • Great, reliable autofocus
  • Good for low light and Bokeh effect (APS-C Sensor)
  • Long battery life

The Bad

  • No image stabilization
  • There are cheaper cameras with 4k

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 - Best DSLR for Starters

Sensor

DSLR APS-C

Image Quality

2160p25 (4k)

Weight (No lens)

0.99lbs / 449g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

Our Rating

price


Great for

Beauty

Indoors


I'm sure that by now you've noticed that Canon makes excellent cameras for vlogging, well, here comes another!

The Canon EOS Rebel cameras have been used for YouTube for many years. It's a pretty common choice as the first DSLR if you want it for video. 

In fact, this lineup from Canon has been the most common choice between makeup YouTubers. The reason is that they are more affordable cameras that are better than other DSLRs in the same price range when it comes to video. These DSLRs are the cheapest ones you can get that can record excellent video.

To be fair, it really isn't completely necessary to get the 90D if you want a DSLR for vlogging, so the Rebel SL3 will give you just what you need for the lowest price.

Of course, unlike with the 90D, you won't have environmental sealing, headphones port and a LCD screen at the top.

Also, the autofocus is much less reliable than the 90D — this is natural because it's the strongest point of this more expensive camera.

But you still get 4k recording (with more crop, unlike the 90D). This means that the frame when you use 4k will be smaller — or look more "zoomed in" — than if you used 1080p.

However, for this price, this camera is a good choice.

It has almost everything else you need for vlogging: flip screen and external mic jack.

Canon loves to market this camera as “the lightest and smallest DSLR ever made”. With only 0.99 pounds, we can’t argue with that.

It’s almost as light as most mirrorless, so if you still want a DSLR, this one is an excellent choice for vlogging.

I really recommend for you to invest in a lens with image stabilization since it doesn’t come with in-body IS. You can learn what kind of vlogging lens to buy here.

The Good

  • Really light for a DSLR
  • Good for low light and Bokeh effect (APS-C Sensor)
  • Hot-shoe, mic. port and flip screen

The Bad

  • No image stabilization

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Vlogging in 2020

Mirrorless cameras combine the best of both worlds: interchangeable lenses, large sensors, and they are easier to carry around than DSLRs. It’s probable that if you are the kind of vlogger that is looking for a camera to record both at home and outside, a Mirrorless will be your most valuable ally. If you don’t mind not being able to put them in your pocket, go for one of these.

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Sony a7SII - Best Low-Light Vlogging Camera

Sensor

Full-Frame

Image Quality

2160p30 (4k)

Weight (no lens)

1.38lb / 627g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

Our Rating

price

$1,449.99


Great for

Daily vlogging

Beauty

Travel

Indoors


If there's a camera that can beat the classic Canon EOS 5D Mark III, that's the brand new mirrorless Sony a7SII.

That a pretty bold statement to say the least, and just imagine all the debate this camera is causing right now because of it.

Lavendaire

690,000+ Subs

I got this camera because it's really powerful for low-light shooting... whenever I travel I don't have control of the lighting. And the video quality  just looks so gorgeous; it's like film, and people do shoot short films on this thing.

Be it for good or bad, this camera feels like the before and after of the industry.

But this is not something we should discuss here, so here's what you need to know about this Sony camera:

Besides being newer, this camera improves most aspects from the Canon 5D Mark III. You can find it around the same price range and it can record 4K, has a better sensor, better autofocus, new 5-axis image stabilization system (you won't need to get a lens with IS for it to work), WiFi, NFC, it's still full-frame and it's much, much smaller and luggable.

The only real disadvantage of the A7SII? The 5D Mark III can last for 950 shots while this one can only last for 340.

The Sony a7SII is one of the best high-level cameras you can buy in 2020 for any purpose, so even if it’s battery is really low for its price, we must know that this one unique advantages thanks to being a mirrorless; and it’s much lighter and easier to carry around when compared to a heavy brick like the 5D Mark III.

Remember that its weakest link can be fixed just by buying an extra battery. That’s why on Amazon, you can find this camera in a special bundle that includes bag, 2 extra batteries, 1 extra charger, memory, tripod and extra battery because of this reason—for the same price as buying only the body of the camera.

This should be the best camera for vlogging and for YouTube videos this year 2020.

The Good

  • Amazing for low light (Full-frame sensor)
  • Stunning 4k video
  • Great image stabilization
  • Lightweight

The Bad

  • Low battery life
  • No flip screen

Panasonic GH5 - Best Youtube Camera

Sensor

Mirrorless Full-frame

Image Quality

2160p60 (4k)

Weight (No lens)

725g / 1.60 lb

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

Dual I.S.

Our Rating

Price

$1,397.99


Great for

Beauty

Indoors


While most mirrorless brands like to imitate DSLRs by adding an APS-C sensor, Panasonic decided to include a slightly smaller sensor (Micro Four Thirds), and this decision has made Panasonic cameras the best fit for vlogging.

They got arguably the best entry-level mirrorless for vlogs with the Panasonic G7, but they also have amazing choices for mid-range ---with the Panasonic GH4--- and one that might be the best mirrorless for video blogging and their best camera yet, the Lumix GH5.

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I genuinely feel like they designed and made this camera with YouTubers in mind. It has super powerful front facing screen that's the same kind of screen that's on my cell phone. It gives you a really good image. 

All these cameras share something in common: fully-articulating touchscreens, external microphone ports and relatively small sizes. They only sacrifice a bit of low-light performance and Bokeh effect due to their smaller sensors, but these sensors are still a lot larger than what compacts have.

The truth is that Panasonic has achieved amazing video quality with the GH5's 4k capacities, together with its dynamic range and low-light performance.

If you don't believe me, watch the following video:

The GH4 and GH5 might not be the smallest vlogging cameras you can get, but they are extremely useful. Even though I put here the GH5 since it’s the best option, I do believe Panasonic is the best brand for this job. I encourage you to check the full list of Panasonic vlogging cameras here.

I’m sure you learned from the video that the GH5 is much better than its predecessor, but remember that it doubles the GH4’s price. You might want to get one that isn’t as hurtful to your wallet.

Read the full review: Panasonic GH5.

The Good

  • Great dynamic range
  • Made for video (IS, mic. port, flip screen, hot-shoe)
  • Dual Image Stabilization
  • 4k recording

The Bad

  • Not the best for low light (micro four thirds sensor)
  • As heavy and big as a DSLR

Sony A6400 - Best Luggable Vlogging Camera

Sensor

APS-C

Image Quality

4kp30

Weight (No lens)

403g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

Our Rating

Price

$898.00

Great for

Daily vlogging

Beauty

Travel

Indoors


Have you ever dreamed of a camera that could record 4k, have almost perfect---because nothing is perfect---autofocus, external microphone port and everything for a relatively low price? The Sony A6400 is just that.

The bad thing? It lacks stabilization.

Still, it's not the end of the world.

You can always get a lens with stabilization and that problem is solved. The downside is that these lenses are a bit more expensive.

The camera honestly has it all, except for the stabilization. However, the camera compensates this downside by having an amazing autofocus. It's probably the best in the market. It's crazy how reliable and fast it is.

Still, lack of optimization is a shame. I understand this is a deal breaker for a lot of people.

In the end, it will depend on how much importance do you give to not depending on a lens with OIS.

But if you're having troubles with your current camera's focus—which is a pretty common problem vloggers face—, this camera is almost perfect.

For me, this is the second best vlogging camera right now. I could probably put it in the first place just because of how reliable the autofocus is.

The Good

  • Top quality 4k for a fair price
  • Good for low light and Bokeh effect (APS-C Sensor)
  • Great continuous autofocus. 
  • Flip Screen
  • Hot-shoe, mic port and image stabilization

The Bad

  • No internal stabilization

Panasonic G9 - Best Versatile Vlogging Camera

Sensor

Micro 4/3

Image Quality

4kp60

Weight (No lens)

579g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

Stabilization

Dual I.S.

Our Rating

Price

$1,197.99

Great for

Daily vlogging

Beauty

Travel

Indoors


When it comes to buying a camera, the first thing you do is make sure the model you want was made for what you intend to use it for, video or photo.

But the Panasonic G9 is an amazing camera for both jobs.

panasonic g9 vlogging

Since its firmware update in November 2019, the new autofocus features made it just as good for video as the GH5.

And now it is a video camera with incredible photography features.

The autofocus is pretty reliable if you put it in face detection mode, and it's also fast.
But one of my favorite things about it is the Dual image stabilization in video.

If you use your camera with one of the selected lenses by Lumix, you'll have the internal stabilization from the camera body and the optical IS from the lens working together to give you super smooth movement.

This makes your vlog look stable like a movie, which is a huge deal.

And besides recording in 4k60p (with a limit of 10-minute clips), you can record in 4kp30 and 1080p up to 180fps.

The only downside I can think of is the weight. Even though it's lighter than the GH5, it's still heavier than most mirrorless.

However, I don't mind it too much. I find that the weight is still viable for carrying around and record in selfie mode.

So if you want to shoot video and take a lot of photos, this camera is a great option.

There's a 6k photo mode, it can take up to 80mp photos, it comes with dual SD slots, and the bursting mode, viewfinder and focus modes—including one for animals—, make this one of the most complete and well-rounded cameras out there.

The Good

  • Top quality 4kp60 for a fair price
  • Great continuous autofocus. 
  • Flip Screen
  • Hot-shoe, mic port and Dual I.S.
  • Best option if you want a good camera for photo too

The Bad

  • A bit large and heavy
  • Micro 4/3 sensor is a bit smaller than APS-C

What About Lenses?

If you've been reading carefully, now you know how to choose a good camera for vlogging. 

You almost know everything there is to know to make a good, informed purchase decision you won't regret.

But what about the lens? If you go for a DSLR or Mirrorless, you'll also need to choose the right lens for vlogging. 

How Lenses Affect Your Image

When you're looking to purchase lenses, you'll need to understand two things: focal length and lens aperture.

Focal Length 

This is measured in millimeters. To make it simpler, let's say it indicates the "zoom" of the lens.

For example, a 15-50mm means the lens has a zoom range from 15mm to 50mm.

The lower the number, the less "zoom" the lens will have, and the wider the image will look.

However, the size of the sensor will also affect the frame of the image.

Larger sensors give you a wider image naturally. Since the sensor is bigger, the frame is bigger.

Smaller sensors will give you a closer image. Since the sensor is smaller, the frame is smaller, so your subject will look closer to the camera.

This means that, for example, a 15mm lens looks entirely different on a full-frame when compared to an APS-C or Micro 4/3.

To understand this difference, here's a comparison using the same focal length on the three sensor sizes:

mft, apsc and full frame crop comparison
How 24mm focal length looks like on the three sensor sizes

Lens Aperture 

This is measured on a scale called the f-number. 

The lower the f-number, the larger the aperture, and the better the quality of the image. 

This is because more aperture equals more light that reaches the sensor of the camera. 

With more light, the camera can capture higher quality, sharper images.

So, get the fastest lens that you can get. In other words, get the lens with the lowest f-number that you can afford.

If you'd like to understand lens aperture better, check out this resource by PhotographyLife.

Types of Lenses

Now, here are the 2 types of lenses you can choose from:

Telephoto Lenses

A telephoto lens can be anything above 24mm focal length. These will make your subject look closer, or "zoomed in":

They're popular for sports and wildlife because you usually need to be really far away from the subject in these scenarios.

But they're also popular for portraits because they achieve a result that looks a lot like what the human eyes see.

If you want the most natural look, a 50mm lens on a full-frame will give you the closest result to the human eye. 

I like using one of these to record from home on a tripod. 

If you can leave the camera far away from you, using a 50mm on a full-frame (30mm on APS-C and 24mm on Micro 4/3) will give the best-looking result.

However, these lenses are almost impossible to use if you want to vlog while holding the camera with your hands.

Since you'll record with the camera close to your face, you'll need to "zoom out". And that's where wide-angle lenses come in.

Wide-Angle Lenses

Wide-angle lenses are those that capture a wider area instead of making the subject look closer to you:

wide-angle lens result example

Lenses that are below 24mm focal length can be considered wide-angle.

But for vlogging, you need to go really wide. That's why I like to recommend around 15mm for vlogging.

This focal length works well for all sensor sizes. Of course, it will give you a wider angle if you use a full-frame, but I've tested it on the 3 sizes and it's doable with all of them.                                    

I mentioned above the lenses that I like for each camera. But if you're still not sure, or you want to save some more money on your lens, you can just get the kit lens that comes with it.

They're not great lenses, but they have a good price and are just good enough to get started.

Why GoPro SUCKS for Vlogging

As a vlogger, you need people to hear you, and GoPros have the worst audio recording you could find.

But that's not all.

They also are limited to a single fish-eye lens.

Imagine watching the world 24/7 behind a fish-eye lens... I'm sure it would get uncomfortable at one point.

That's exactly what will happen to your viewers. They will get sick of seeing all things so stretched out for a long time.

Only use a GoPro as a complementary camera. It is really useful to take wide-angle shots and for point-of-view recording (those videos where people can see the perspective of what you see), which is nice for sports content.

However, their usefulness is very limited to only this kind of recording.

If you want to record anything else, you will want one of the cameras that we talk about here.

Don't get deceived by their 4k quality and small size together with a "fair" price. There's a reason why they are far cheaper than the other 4k cameras.

That's because high resolution doesn't mean good image quality. You also want a camera that can record videos that your viewers won't mind watching for hours.

Furthermore, you can find a high-resolution camera with flip screen or even one with an external mic input.

Our Favorites and Conclusion

Vlogging is steadily becoming more popular as years pass by. Vloggers gather large audiences of followers, be it through it their Youtube channel, Instagram account, and building their own communities.

Because of this, YouTube is becoming really competitive, and viewers are becoming more difficult to impress.

That's why it's important to get the right camera that can record the image quality people is used to nowadays.

If you're still not sure about which one to choose, remember:

  • Compact cameras are the best choice to go for if you aren't sure. You will be happy with a Canon G7X Mark II. This is the most popular vlogging camera for a good reason.
  • Mirrorless cameras are better if you want a camera to keep in the long term. You can update them with new and better lenses, and most of them are still fairly simple to carry around. Our favorite choice for vlogging is the brand new Canon EOS M50.
  • DSLRs are extremely reliable, but they are so heavy that they become almost useless for travel vlogging. However, they can record for longer time and you can get the best out of them if you often record at the same place. Our favorite choice is the Canon EOS 90D.

If you still got some doubts on which one to choose, just ask and I'll answer you below.

Good luck!

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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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Richard - December 12, 2019 Reply

I personally use Canon G7 X, Can anyone here give me any suggestions on Sony a6500!

    Will A. - December 13, 2019 Reply

    Hi Richard. I prefer the Sony a6400 for vlogging. It has the flip screen. You’ll only need a lens with stabilization.

Rudy - September 14, 2019 Reply

Hey Will,
Thanks for the info! I’m doing sort of a combination of vlogging from nature, gardening, to cooking, to interviewing people, and also talking in front of the camera. I want a camera that will be able to do amazing landscape shots and up-close shots of plants. After reviewing your site: I think the Canon EOS M50 might fit the bill. Although I do feel a pull to the DSLR options for the better low light because of the low light option I can imagine filming events at night as well. What would you recommend in terms of flexibility? Or maybe just get the EOS M50 along with a DSLR? What would be you ideal combo?

    Will A. - September 17, 2019 Reply

    The Canon EOS m50 can do all of that. The only thing you need is either two different lenses (one macro and wide) to have good lighting quality in both situations.

Kari - January 13, 2019 Reply

What are your thoughts about the pros and cons of a GoPro Hero 7 Black for indoor and outdoor vlogging?

    Will A. - January 30, 2019 Reply

    Hey Kari. It’s bad for indoors and outdoors unless you want it to record action video. If you simply want to walk around with your camera, get a real camera. People should know that GoPros are made for a specific kind of video; they’re not for everything. Hope this is helpful!

Caryn - April 17, 2018 Reply

Hi There!

Thanks so much for this article. I’m struggling a bit as I have the Canon EOS M6 and I’m not sure if it is the best camera for vlogging. I wondered why you didn’t review it and if you have any thoughts on this camera for vlogging vs. photography/ food photog. Thank you!

    Will A. - April 18, 2018 Reply

    Hey Caryn.

    Don’t worry, that camera is still pretty nice for vlogging and you can work perfectly with it. I just think there are slightly better cameras for this purpose out there. The Canon EOS M50 is the successor of the M6 and it adds more features, and it was released just a month ago, so I added the M50 instead of the M6 of course. I didn’t want to include so many cameras here.

Mabel - February 24, 2018 Reply

Hi there, I’m going on trip next month alone in Ireland and I’m planning to start travel vlogging as I want to be able to look back at pictures and videos of my trips. I’m currently looking at the G7X mark ii but I’m not sure which tripod to get along with it and which SD card is good. Could you give me some advice as I’m really new to this and have no idea how to decide.

    Will A. - February 26, 2018 Reply

    I’ll be glad to help, Mabel

    I can recommend you three tripods that are pretty nice for holding a camera as if you were using those famous selfie stick. You can find a comparison between them here. As for the SD card, get any class 10 SD card with between 32 and 64gb of storage just in case you end up recording a lot of footage. You’ll want at least 16GB of memory. Just make sure it says “Class 10” or you might not be able to record high-quality video with it. Good luck!

mamerto - February 6, 2018 Reply

Hi, may I know what is your take on the canon G1X Mark 3?

    Will A. - February 6, 2018 Reply

    Nice compact camera, but for vlogging is just better to go for the much cheaper G7X II, unless you really need the weather sealing

Lisa - January 1, 2018 Reply

Hi

We are daily family vloggers on YouTube and are looking to purchase our first camera (I currently use my iPhone). We vlog in the house and out on the go – I spend a lot of time walking and talking lol – which one would you recommend for us? I use iMovie to edit at the moment too if that makes any difference

Thank you so much for your time!

    Will A. - January 2, 2018 Reply

    Hello Lisa,

    I´d recommend you the Canon Powershot G7X II. It records amazing video, it is light and easy to carry around, and it´s really simple to use as it performs well just by having it in auto mode.

Dale - November 27, 2017 Reply

Hello

Newbie here. Trying to understand how I see what I am recording, when recording myself, if I use one of the above cameras? A smart phone has a front facing lens for selfies and selfie videos so you can see your self on the smart phone screen when you choose the front facing lens. How does one see one self on these cameras? Please advise.

    Will A. - November 28, 2017 Reply

    Hey Dale,

    Some of them have a flipping screen that you can use to watch yourself as you record. You can refer to the comparison table to see which ones have a flipping screen.

jessica furner - July 15, 2017 Reply

Thanks for Your review. among these camera which one is cheap and good quality ?

travis - January 28, 2017 Reply

hi! im just getting into vlogging but, i would like to do it on a budget. i didnt know whether or not to get a dslr or a camcoder. My budget is $500. i was looking between Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens THEN Nikon D3300 1532 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens 24.2 MP Digital SLR – Black. Also some camcorders Sony HDRCX405 HDR-CX405 CX405 Video Recording Handycam. Just wanted to hear your opinion!

    Will A. - January 30, 2017 Reply

    Hello Travis,

    The best way to choose is to ask yourself if you’re going to need to record video indoors or at night. Camcorders are bad at this, and they’re only useful if you use lighting or record outside during the day. DSLRs handle poor light conditions much better but they’re also much heavier, so they aren’t as comfortable to carry around. If you need a little bit of both worlds, I would recommend considering a mirrorless like the Sony a5100; it is both light and good indoors, but it does surpass your budget a little bit on Amazon.com

Marijn van Laerhoven - January 28, 2017 Reply

Hi! Great overview. I’ll be traveling to South America later this year. Wanting to travel light as possible (=more freedom) I’d keep my old 2008 MacBook Pro at home. Same for my Canon EOS 550D.

I own a iPhone 6s plus and use it for both pictures and vlogging, just editting it with iMovie on the phone itself and then upload without ever needing my laptop. Limited editting options but tons of freedom. Perfect for travel. But, I might want to bring a dedicated camera on top of that. Small and versetile. There’s a store here in NL called MediaMarkt which has a 21% discount until tomorrow so I’ve been looking at several options;

Canon Powershot G7X mark ii
Sony A6000
Sony A5100

The Canon was the first one I considered, but doing some research on YouTube there’s some people regretting their purchase due to auto focus issues and poor audio quality. The Sony A5100 is cheaper and has a better sensor. They do advise to get an additional lense with it, costing another €250 and making it more expensive plus more gear to travel with.

There doesn’t seem to be one perfect choice to go with, all camera’s have their pro’s and con’s. Not feeling a 100% “YES! THAT ONE” for any of these makes me consider not buying one at all. I also have to take in considering that each € I spend on a new camera will shorten my stay/limit my options for activities while in Soutb America.

Choices, choices…

Any thoughts?

Thanks!

    Will A. - January 30, 2017 Reply

    Hello Marijn,

    No camera is perfect, not even the ones that cost more than 3k. You have to go for the one that better fits your needs. Those three options are really good, but probably the most cost-benefit effective is the Canon. The reason is that it already comes with a high quality lens that lets you record any kind of video blog. You will need to invest a lot more money if you want a lens as good for your Sony cameras (you’re probably going to need to get two lenses, and that means no zoom).

    I’m not sure what kind of issue about the G7 X autofocus you’re refering about. The camera performs fairly well. The downside is that you can sometimes hear the autofocus motor through the camera’s built-in mics, but that’s fixed if you use your own microphone, which is something you should always do. It’s of course not perfect and can do some hunting sometimes, but probably impossible to find something better in such a small body.

    And in case you’re having troubles with the autofocus, you can set it manually for most cases.

    Good luck on your travels!

Debbie - November 29, 2016 Reply

I have a Canon 5D mrk iii and am now looking for another camera to shoot video with. The reason being that when I use the mark iii to film video, edit and save, the quality degrades a HUGE amount. (like you’d think it was shot on someones phone) Even an amateur would look at the quality and notice it is bad. Ive looked at the settings and set them to highest quality. It’s also far too heavy to be used as a vlogging camera. Am I doing something wrong when it comes to shooting video? Because I really don’t get that great quality when I use it for video. Should I bother finding a new camera to shoot with?

    Will A. - November 30, 2016 Reply

    Hello Debbie

    It’s probable that you’re losing quality after encoding your videos in your PC. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is one of the best for video you can find. Does your video look a lot better when viewed on the camera’s LCD than after editing your video? There are a lot of formats you can chose to encode your video after editing, and a lot of them do a lot of compression, which decreases the image quality. Make sure you choose the maximum recording quality on your camera (and only use RAW if you know about processing). Here’s good info on setting the different qualities (see the 8th video, shooting video). Then make sure you aren’t choosing a video file that compresses your video after editing it and uploading your video.

    I wouldn’t upgrade the 5D Mark III to get better image quality. I’d change it only if you need to go out a lot with your camera and record yourself selfie mode while walking around.

Sultan - November 5, 2016 Reply

Hi
I want to start Vlogging and which camera is good for me canon 80d or canon g7x mark ii

    Will A. - November 6, 2016 Reply

    Hello Sultan,

    That will depend heavily on the kind of video you want to record. If you plan to travel or even just go out a lot with your camera, the G7 X Mark II will make things a lot easier, and it still records really good video. On the other hand the 80D is a camera I would get if I dependi a lot on the autofocus. If you are a vlogger that likes to record creative videos once in a while, you’ll find the 80D really helpful; the 80D is a much more complete camera for video (it’s a compact versus a DSLR, after all), but if your needs are just to record your daily vlogs, there’s no need to get a 80D.

Charlie - November 4, 2016 Reply

Hi there – great review, thanks. Tempted by a G7xii but can’t make up my mind. After years as a photographer am just learning to edit video and have an action camera.
A question: In your 5diii review you say: “since it’s a full-frame camera, you won’t depend as much on a wide angle lens for your recordings. This means that you will be able to record videos that look really natural to the eye—since your shots won’t suffer the perspective distortion from a wide-angle lens”
Can you explain what you mean? Perspective has nothing to do with lenses, rather from camera position. A 16mm lens on the 5D will give the exact same distortion as a 10mm on an 80d. What are you getting at here?
Thanks again.

    Will A. - November 6, 2016 Reply

    Hello Charlie,

    What I meant is that sometimes you won’t have the need to use wide-angle lenses too often because you get a bigger picture from a full-frame thanks to its crop factor. And as you may know, perspective distortion is especially noticeable in wide-angle lenses. This is helpful if you need to record close to the camera. This is not that big of a deal like the fact of getting much better performance in low light with the full-frame, but it’s something I really like if I need to record a video from home and I don’t have a lot of space between me and the camera.

      Charlie - November 6, 2016 Reply

      Hi Will. Thanks for your reply. We will have to agree to disagree. The space between you and the camera is THE ONLY FACTOR that influences perspective. To get the framing you want, you have to pick the appropriate focal length for the format you are using, and between an iPhone 4s with a 4.2mm lens to a Canon 5d with a 35mm there will be no difference in distortion. I think your post is misleading on this.

Maddy - October 26, 2016 Reply

This is such an in depth summary of the options. I am so glad I stumbled onto it. Thank you so much for sharing researching and sharing it! I was wondering what your thoughts are on the Olympus Pen F? Yes, I’m embarrass to say that I’ve been swayed by its good looks. It’s just so darn cute 😛

    Will A. - October 31, 2016 Reply

    Hello Maddy,

    Not a bad choice at all the Olympus Pen F; if you like photography too it’s a steal.

M! - September 23, 2016 Reply

Hi Will,

Any thoughts about point and shoot cameras such as sony cybershot dsc hx50v?

Thanks!

    Will A. - September 23, 2016 Reply

    Hello M!,

    I think there are better P&S for vlogging out there. That camera has an outstanding zoom, and that’s its main feature, but that’s not something you will care much about for vlogging. You can refer to this post I wrote about P&S cameras for vlogs: Best Compact Point and Shoot Cameras for YouTube

      M! - September 23, 2016 Reply

      Much appreciated!

Lilkan - September 12, 2016 Reply

I am looking to buy Canon G7X mark II but it doesn’t have mic input. How do you suggest to get a better voice recording in? Thanks!

    Will A. - September 12, 2016 Reply

    Hello Lilkan!

    My favorite way is with an external recorder + a lavaliere microphone. You can go to this post about microphones to find out more.

Luqman - September 11, 2016 Reply

Hi,
I would like to ask, I was looking for a good camera for vlogging and before the update, I saw that the mirrorless camera below the Sony A7RII was Sony A5100, and few days later, it was switched to Canon EOS M3. Why is that so? And in terms of both photography and video recording, which one would be better, Sony A5100 vs A6000 vs Canon EOS M3

    Will A. - September 12, 2016 Reply

    Hello Luqman.

    Good question. The a5100 is just as good as it has ever been seen. I chose to remove it from this list because, at least in America, this camera is disappearing, so it didn’t seem proper to put it on the list of “2016” cameras.

    Since I’m a photographer too and record more videos than just vlogs, I would go for the a6000 —a6300, actually—, since is a superior camera in most aspects. The thing is that, for vloggers, they would probably prefer the a5100 or M3 because they have a flip-out screen, which is lacking in the a6000.

    Regarding a5100 vs M3; the a5100 shows slightly better quality, especially in low light, but the M3 has an external microphone input. This makes the latter a great budget camera for vloggers.

Rick Pastoor - August 31, 2016 Reply

Based on all the reviews I purchased a Canon G7X Mark II (could get my hands on one after some searching) and I was REALLY happy with it, until I heard the sound the autofocus is making. This is not mentioned in your review, but after searching around it does not seem like a one off mistake, but something all G7X’es have. Might be worth mentioning, as it is clearly audible when you record yourself talking in a quit(er) environment.

Otherwise, great review. I’m looking into the Sony RX100 III or IV right now. I’m really hoping on a new iteration from Canon on the G7X though, where they fixed this issue, because I liked the lens a lot.

    Will A. - August 31, 2016 Reply

    Hello Rick

    Thanks for the insight, I will include that somewhere in the review.

    Try to use the manual focus from now on if you don’t need to change focus point often. It will always be more reliable, no matter what camera, to use the manual focus if you can.

    And you can also use an external microphone (you can connect it to an external recorder), which is something I consider more important than owning an expensive camera, at least for vloggers.

    Regards!

TOYOSI - August 23, 2016 Reply

HELLO,

I am thinking of starting a youtube channel and it will be for both indoor and outdoor. which camera do you think i should get that will be best for me because i will be walking with it most of the time. Plus it wont be that hard to use and stressful for a beginner like me. Thanks

    Will A. - August 23, 2016 Reply

    Hello Toyosi,

    The one I like the most to take around is the Canon G7X Mark II – although the Mark I is also really good for the price. You don’t have to worry about using any manual control with it since it has a really good autofocus that will keep you on focus most of the time. Just use the auto mode and it will be as easy as just pressing one bottom.

    Later on it will be good for you to learn the manual controls so you can achieve amazing results. But it works great in auto.

Zachery Brown - August 10, 2016 Reply

What about the Lumix G7?

Tyler - August 2, 2016 Reply

OK I lied this is the last question? Samsung NX500 or Canon EOS M3?

    Will A. - August 3, 2016 Reply

    The NX500 can record 4k, but the Canon EOS M3 has a mic input. For me, it isn’t as important to be able to record 4k for YouTube videos as having good audio. And the Canon EOS M3 can use the best lenses in the market (Canon’s) with the proper adapter.

Tyler - August 2, 2016 Reply

Hey thanks for all the help. I have one last question? What do you think about the Canon EOS M3 for a daily vlog style camera?

    Will A. - August 3, 2016 Reply

    Hello Tyler,

    I think it’s great. It’s light, has flip screen, mic input, touchscreen, wireless, manual mode… I’m going to include a mini review of it here soon, although I’m not sure when. It’s certainly easier to find than the a5100.

Tyler Torres - August 1, 2016 Reply

Hello,

Quick question I am a “Youtuber” and I am currently looking at the Sony A5100 or the Canon G7X Mark 2. out of those 2 cameras which will give me the best audio quality for my videos. Also neither of these camera can have a mic attachment is that correct? What do you suggest for daily vlog camera?

    Will A. - August 1, 2016 Reply

    Hello Tyler,

    Both cameras are equally good when it comes to microphone, since they both lack a mic input I would recommend you to get a Zoom H1 recorder and a lavaliere mic for daily vlogs, if you really want to improve your audio. Here’s a list of microphones you might find helpful.

    Between those two cameras, bear in mind that you will receive a lot more quality straight away if you get the G7X MII thanks to its amazing lens. On the other hand, with the a5100 you can change the lens and keep upgrading your camera as time passes by, and when you get a new Sony camera you will be able to use those lenses in those new machines. The problem is that a lens as good as the G7X Mark II’s for the Sony will cost you at least $600 since it’s interchangeable.

    That’s the huge value you get with the G7X MII: an amazing lens basically for free, just that you won’t be able to change it (but really, if you want it just for vlogging and daily photography, you won’t really need another lens).

      Tyler Torres - August 1, 2016 Reply

      I fell in love with the Sony A5100 I just cant find it for sale anywhere local and online it’s on back order. I been looking at the G7X II and I’m not that impressed with it like i am the A5100.

        Will A. - August 3, 2016 Reply

        Hello, Tyler

        Yes, it is a hard camera to find right now. It’s starting to disappear. It’s sad because the new Sony mirrorless cameras don’t have a flip-up screen like that one. The a5100 offers of course many more advantages in the long run because it is an interchangeable lens camera, but that’s only true for people that want to start collecting lenses for different situations. On the other hand, the G7X II gives you an an amazing lens that is perfect for vlogging almost for free, but you can’t change it later.

Tim - July 22, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the great review.

I chose to go with the a5100 plus SEL30M35. However, after researching other forums and reviews, I have read a lot of great things about getting the E35 1.8 OSS. As a fast prime lens, it’s been touted as the a great overall one step lens for beginners.

Is this better than the SEL30M35 which you recommended? How do these two lenses compare? My primary purpose is for vlogging (both indoor and outdoor) and secondary will be to capture good photo (hence why I chose the mirror less option).

I’m trying to decide if I should return the SEL and get the E35 since the latter has OSS and regarding the former, I don’t need Macro. Is there some kind of bonus of having macro if I’m just shooting video moving around. I imagine I will be doing a healthy combination of selfies and videos at a distance.

I’m also considering starting off with the start kit power zoom lens 16-50mm (which by the way DOES have OIS). This will allow me to play around and get a sense for what I want before purchasing a bigger lens. In fact, while I noticed differences between the starter and the macro lens on my test videos, I didn’t think they were a deal breaker. Of course it could be that I’m a beginner and also that this was using a tripod. Perhaps it’s different I’m walking around outside with t plainly in my hands?

Simply put I want something versatile. In your expert opinion, what is the best lens for my goals? And second, should I buy a lens now or experiment with the starter kit first?

Thanks!
Tim

    Will A. - July 23, 2016 Reply

    Hello, Tim

    You’re right, the kit lens does come with OIS, sorry about that. You didn’t notice any difference between those lenses because there’s really no difference at all, only that the SEL30M35 is cheaper because it can’t zoom in and has the same aperture (you won’t need the zoom for vlogging so that’s why I decided to recommend that one).

    You will notice real difference with the 35mm f/1.8 because it’s a much faster lens (which means that it has a wider aperture to capture a lot more light). So yes, the 35mm f/1.8 is actually a lot better, just more expensive but worth it. I honestly would go for the 35mm f/1.8 instead of the kit lens. The quality you get is too good. The thing is that you will need to get used to not be able to use zoom (still, zoom up to 50mm is a really small zoom that won’t help you much for photography). What I would find more useful about the 18-50mm is that it can zoom out to 18mm. This is actually really helpful for vlogging because it is wide enough to let you to record yourself while walking around without using some kind of selfie stick.

    Basically, if you want to record vlogs more comfortably get the 18-50mm, but if you really care about quality get the 35mm f/1.8.

    Hope this is helpful.

Eduard - July 5, 2016 Reply

Where is the Canon M3 in this story?

    Will A. - July 7, 2016 Reply

    I’m constantly updating this post with cameras as I get my hands on them. The Canon M3 is actually an excellent candidate, I will probably add it here soon.

    Thanks

Kimberly - June 19, 2016 Reply

Hallo, im going to buy the canon powershot sx1 IS from a friend. Is it good for vlogging ? Im going to walk with it the most of the time.

Lola A - June 3, 2016 Reply

hi. I tried ordering the Sony SEL30M35 30mm f/3.5 lens online at amazon but it says on the description that this lens does not come with image stabilization. i’ve tried vlogging with my kit lens on my a5100 but the videos are pretty shaky when I walk or move around. What lens do you recommend to fix this issue?

Thanks!

    Will A. - June 4, 2016 Reply

    Hello, Lola.

    A high quality lens with optical image stabilization and good focal length for vlogging is the Sony SEL35F18. I would use this lens while holding a gorilla pod or a small monopod/tripod since 35mm focal length can still seem quite close to your face if you record yourself while holding the camera.

Joy Christopher - May 13, 2016 Reply

Hi , would you recommend a5100 / a6000 . Could you tell the difference ? Thanks !

    Will A. - May 13, 2016 Reply

    Hello Joy! That’s a good question. I’m just going to say it like this: As a photographer, I prefer the a6000 because it gives me a lot of value for a low price, and it even records video really well. However, as a vlogger I prefer the a5100.

    The a6000 is better for photography because it includes an electronic viewfinder, higher max ISO, an external flash shoe and faster continuous shooting. However, all these things as you many know are relevant for photography, but not really for vlogging.

    The a5100 is almost 100g lighter so it’s easier to carry around, and it has a flip-up touchscreen. For the rest, they perform similarly well for video, so that’s why I stick with this one for vlogging. It’s just easier to carry around and more comfortable for vlogging.

lolly - April 16, 2016 Reply

i want to be out and about walking and vlogging. would you recommend sony a5100 or G7X?

    Will A. - April 17, 2016 Reply

    Hello lolly,

    I see it this way: in order for the a5100 to be considered better than the G7X, you will need to invest in a good lens. The G7X comes with a really good lens with nice depth of field and sharpness, and even though you can’t take it off, it’s a high quality lens that will serve you for many purporses. Also, the image stabilization in the G7X is better than the a5100 starter lens’ (this is what makes it have a smooth image when you walk around with it).

    Let’s just say that the a5100 is like having a G7X that is upgradable through investing in good lenses (which involves spending at least $200-300 more).

    If you get the G7X, you won’t be disappointed at its performance for what you want.

      lolly - April 17, 2016 Reply

      thank you for replying so quickly! I’m now trying to figure out whether to get the G7X or the G7X mark II … any thoughts on that while i dive into researching it and not finding answers as good as yours ha.

        Will A. - April 23, 2016 Reply

        So long for quick answers ha! Sorry :P. I was busy improving the home page with a big guide about getting the right camera without wasting your money.

        Anyways, the G7 X MII comes with an improved sensor, which gives it a better performance in low light and its faster thanks to a new processor (at least that’s what Canon say; it still in pre-order so we can’t be sure until testing it). Now, the price is set at $699, which is right now $100 more expensive than the mark I. I’m not sure that price is worth right now; we would have to see if the difference is big enough.

        The G7 X is an awersome camera as it is for the price, but if you really want to know if it’s worth the new version, I’ll wait until it’s released to see a pair-to-pair comparison in performance.

        Often, newest versions aren’t worth if you have a tight budget, so I’d better be sure first.

        It will come out in May so it won’t take long to see a nice comparison between both of them.

Alaa - March 12, 2016 Reply

what about Panasonic Lumix LX100 ?!
I can’t find any hint about it
most of recommendations are about Canon mainly

    Will A. - March 12, 2016 Reply

    I see the Panasonic Lumix LX100 better suited for photography than vlogging. Yes, it can record 4k, but it lacks a flip screen, touchscreen, it’s heavy (13.86 oz.), its battery duration is low (300 shots). It’s not a bad camera at all; it comes with an electronic viewfinder, has an incredibly fast shutter speed and an amazing lens aperture, but this will help you mostly for photography.

    If you want an alternative for vlogging in 4k, the camera I talked about in the previous comments is more suitable. You will pay 100$ more for an interchangeable-lens mirrorless (lens with optical stabilization included) that has more battery, flip screen and much better autofocus. It is lighter and also good in low light.

    On the other hand, if you don’t mind not having 4k video, you can also go for the Sony a5100—which is featured in the post—and get an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera for cheaper.

Nallely - March 9, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the reply. So by optical image stabilization, this means it already has it built in?, or does it need a special lens for it? Which has better image stabilization, canon G7x or the Samsung NX500?

    Will A. - March 9, 2016 Reply

    Since the NX500 is an interchangeable lens camera, the optical image stabilization (OIS) comes with the lenses themselves, rather than being built in the camera’s body. So, yes, you will need to get a lens with OIS.

    The G7X is not an interchangeable lens camera, so the OIS comes built in the body. This doesn’t mean one is much better than the other, both OIS are good. As long as they’re optical image stabilization and not a digital image stabilization they will do the job. You will get a lot more advantages from the Samsung NX 500, which is why it’s more expensive. People like to get the G7X because it’s slightly lighter and they don’t have to deal with lenses.

    You don’t have to worry too much about the OIS on the Samsung camera because they usually sell this camera with a good kit lens for vlogging that has OIS. Here’s the bundle with the OIS lens on Amazon

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        Will A. - July 27, 2016 Reply

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Nallely - March 9, 2016 Reply

Is the Samsung NX500 good for vlogging?

    Will A. - March 9, 2016 Reply

    The Samsung NX500 is actually a really good camera to record 4k video for vlogging. It has a wide variety of lenses with optical image stabilization and has everything else that makes it good for vlogging (flip screen, WiFi, good in low light). The only reason why I chose the Sony a5100 instead of this one is because I don’t think 4k is too necessary, and the Sony camera also has a little bit more battery duration (370 shots vs. 400 shots) while still remaining cheaper—although this difference is almost unnoticeable. If you want 4k video, the Samsung NCX500 is definitely a good choice.

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