Top 7 Best Vlogging Mirrorless Cameras 2020

7 Best Vlogging Mirrorless Cameras Intro

My favorite choice: Panasonic GH5

Mirrorless cameras are my favorite for vlog recording.

They are basically compact cameras that can record high-quality video just as well as a DSLR even in low light.

What vlogger wouldn’t like this?

For me, mirrorless is the future of photography. You wouldn’t like to stay behind, would you?

This list of the best mirrorless cameras for vlogging will help you choose the right one for your needs.

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Our Top 3 Choices

Model
Best on a Budget
Best Camera
Editor's Choice
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Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit with EF-M 15-45mm Lens, Black
Sony a7 III ILCE7M3/B Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Black
PANASONIC LUMIX G9 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera Plus 80 Megapixel High-Resolution Mode, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2.0, 3-Inch LCD, DC-G9 (Black)
Recording Quality
4kp24 (Cropped)
4kp30
4kp60
Sensor Size
APS-C
Full Frame
Micro 4/3
Best on a Budget
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 Camera
Model
Image
Sony a7 III ILCE7M3/B Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Black
Recording Quality
4kp30
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Price
More info
Editor's Choice
Model
Image
PANASONIC LUMIX G9 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera Plus 80 Megapixel High-Resolution Mode, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2.0, 3-Inch LCD, DC-G9 (Black)
Recording Quality
4kp60
Sensor Size
Micro 4/3
Price
More info

How to Save Money and Get the Most Out of Your Mirrorless

First, all these cameras have interchangeable lenses, meaning that you can upgrade the lens later on. For most of them you will have the option to buy the camera with a kit lens—a cheaper bundle, but with the most basic lenses—or get only the body and get a good lens from the start. The kit lens is the cheapest option in the short term, but I always recommend getting a good lens from the beginning. You will save money in the long run if you ignore the kit lens now and go straight for the better one. You will end up doing it anyway.

Some of the prices you’ll see here are only for the camera body. I tried to organize all these by price without a lens, but some of these cameras don’t have the option of buying only the body unless you buy used. Just make sure that you’re taking into account the extra money you will need for the lens and—even more important—for a good microphone. You should be worrying more about audio than video right now.

You will always get more out of money if you learn a bit about the basics of photography and filmmaking. Knowing about the exposure triad—what lens aperture, shutter speed, and ISO do—will let you use your camera to its full potential. Honestly, it’s not worth getting a $3000 camera if you don’t know any of this. This will let you solve problems you will get while recording. Also, it will let you personalize your shooting and develop your own style.

Now, I think you’re ready to make a decision.

The 7 Best Mirrorless Cameras for Vlogging:

I’ll show you first the best “bang for your bucks”. After that, we’ll talk about the most expensive mirrorless cameras for people with a bigger budget.

Canon EOS M50: A Camera Made for Vlogging

canon eos m50 mirrorless for vloggingThe Canon EOS M50 retails for around the same base price as the EOS M6 but with new and improved features.

It is the first of the M-series line of Canon mirrorless cameras to have a fully-articulating LCD touchscreen and the first one to use the company’s new DIGIC 8 processor. This upgrade allows the M50 to have a better and faster autofocusing system which covers a significantly wider area than the M6. For reference, the latter has only 99 AF points while the M50 has 143 AF points.

This camera truly hast it all for vlogging: flip-out screen, external mic port, APS-C sensor—which is the same size DSLRs use— and it’s really light and easy to carry around.

Of course, there’s also the fact that the Canon EOS M50 is the first M-series camera to have the capability to shoot 4K at 24/25p which is already a great deal considering its relatively affordable price point. Just be warned that 4K shooting with the M50 entails an added crop factor further decreasing its field of view.

The M50 has also been upgraded to perform better in low-light situations with its ISO sensitivity range pushed to 25600 and a five-axis in-body image stabilization system.

I’ve been writing for a while about vlogging cameras, and I can tell you that this model is what I’ve always dreamed of in a camera made just for vlogging. It doesn’t offer much more than what you need for your vlogs. And that is perfect because you don’t have to pay extra for features you won’t use.

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
  • ​APS-C Sensor
  • ​Lots of useful features for vlogging for the right price

The ​Bad

  • ​Cropped 4k recording
  • Relatively short battery life

Sony Alpha 7 Mark III: The King of Mirrorless

The Sony a7III is everything a mirrorless should be, and that’s why we call it the King of Mirrorless.

But this doesn’t mean that it’s perfect, especially for YouTube vlogging.

The main thing that vloggers will hate about it is that it doesn’t come with a flip screen.

However, the rest of the features makes it an almost perfect camera.

Its strongest point is its full-frame sensor.

This makes it possible to achieve a really strong and beautiful Bokeh effect —the blurry background— that everyone loves.

And not only that, it also makes it the best option for low-light recording.

It can record 4k video up to 30 fps (the Panasonic G9 listed below can go up to 60fps), but the image quality achievale and the 5-axis image stabilization allows you to create smooth, high-quality footage. m

And what’s more impressive is its ability to record full-width 6k video and sample it down to 4k24p. That makes it the only camera here capable of doing it.

The downside? Well, besides not having a flip-out screen, 6k and 4k recording might be a bit overkill if you only want it for YouTube videos.

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

  • Top quality in a small size
  • ​Image stabilization
  • Full-frame sensor
  • ​6k downsample to 4k24p

The ​Bad

  • ​Expensive
  • No flip touchscreen
  • ​Heavy (1.45lb)

Panasonic GH5: The Most Complete Youtube Camera

The GH5 is the handy jack of all trades.

The problem is, that it’s quite heavy.

So if you want exclusively a camera that you can take out with you and record your day, this one probably isn’t the best option.

It has a flip-out touchscreen, all its controls are well placed and changing settings is extremely fast and easy.

It also captures beautiful image quality in 4k and can record 1080p up to 180fps for extreme slow-mo.

In terms of dynamic range, it has little to envy to the Sony, and its image stabilization is even better if you use the dual IS 2.0, which is compatible with a handful of lenses.

This allows the camera in-body and in-lens stabilization to work together to achieve smooth videos while moving. This is an awesome feature for vloggers. But even if you don’t have the compatible lenses, you can still use the 5-axis image stabilization.

You can’t really use this camera the same way you’d use the Sony. It is still useful at night, but the image quality is not nearly as clean, and it’s impossible to shoot in total darkness.

It features a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which cripples its capacities in low light. The sensor neither allows you to achieve a shallow depth of field as you would with an APS-C camera, and let’s not say a full-frame.

But hey, it’s cheaper, has a lot more battery life and it shoots just as well in normal light conditions. Both cameras don’t have the best continuous autofocus, which is a shame for their price. But that’s why they aren’t the only two cameras on this list.

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

  • Top recording quality
  • Made for video (flip screen, IS,​​​​ mic jack, hot shoe)
  • Easy to use
  • 180fps slow-motion

The ​Bad

  • Small sensor (Micro Four Thirds)
  • Heavy as a DSLR (1.6lbs)

Panasonic G9

panasonic g9 mirrorless for vloggingThe Panasonic Gh5 was considered the Panasonic king for video.

That was until November 2019, when Panasonic released a firmware update for its G9, and it made its focus incredibly reliable for video too.

Now we have two cameras that are basically just as good for video, but what’s better is that the Panasonic G9 is also amazing for photography.

If you don’t want a camera to use exclusively for video, and you feel a little artistic and want to also take amazing photographies, then the Panasonic G9 is a great choice.

This is the one I currently use for both my videos and photography, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

It can record 4kp60 video and has a slow-motion mode of up to 180fps.

It has also a burst mode for photography up to 60fps, which makes it really useful for action, and wild photography.

The autofocus tracking is also reliable. And in fact, it’s even good for sports and wild photography.

It’s also reliable for Youtube videos when you use the face detection mode.

The only downside is that it is a micro four thirds, so it’s not a good as an APS-C camera for low light, and the bokeh effect is a little harder to achieve.

But it has everything else that you need for video (Dual I.S., flip screen, mic and headphones jack, hot shoe…).

With 658g, it’s still heavier than what I like, especially for handheld recording, but it’s not as bad as the GH5.

For lighter options, the Sony a6400 might be better for you.

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

Recommended SD card: SanDisk 128GB SDXC Extreme Pro

The Good

  • 4k60p recording
  • ​Great for photography too
  • Made for video (flip screen, IS, mic jack, hot shoe)

The ​Bad

  • Heavy (1.45lbs)
  • ​Smaller sensor (micro four thirds), which makes it worse than others for low light and bokeh effect

Sony a6400

sony a6400 mirrorless for vloggingIf I had to mention the main thing that this camera does better than its competitors here, is its continuous autofocus. It honestly has no other like it. If you want a reliable autofocus, this camera is the go-to for vloggers.

It is an APS-C sensor camera, so you will also get good low-light performance, although not as close as its full-frame cousin, the A7 III.

I should also mention that it is a lot cheaper than the cameras you’ve seen up until this point. And still, it can record crisp 4k video, although only up to 30fps. It can also record 1080p up to 120fps for slow motion.

The last thing you will love is that it is a lot lighter and smaller than the others. This is especially good if you have weak arms. It’s hard to carry a camera while recording vlogs for an entire day. The size of this Sony makes it a lot easier.

Still, it does has some downsides. It doesn’t have in-body image stabilization. Ouch! It would’ve been perfect if it did.

It isn’t a big deal, the problem is that you need to get a lens with optical stabilization if you want to record while walking around.

And of course, you won’t achieve an image as smooth as the previous cameras featured here, especially like the Panasonic cameras with Dual I.S.

But it is a really high-quality camera for the price, and it is as light as a mirrorless can get.

You just need to get the right lens if you want to take it out with you, but this won’t be a problem if you record on a tripod at home.

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

  • Top 4k quality
  • One of the lightest and smallest cameras here
  • Mic jack, IS, hot shoe and APS-C sensor​​​​
  • Small and lightweight

The ​Bad

  • No flip screen

Panasonic G7: Another Affordable Vlogging Mirrorless

panasonic g7 mirrorless for vloggingI like to think of the Panasonic G7 as the budget version of the GH4 or GH5. This is a camera that was made for video recording, like the other latest releases from Panasonic. It has everything you’d want in a vlogging camera, and it can even record 4k. The only exception is the lack of image stabilization, but as an interchangeable-lens camera, you can get a lens with OIS. The included kit lens has it installed.

It is lighter than the A6500 without a lens, even though it’s slightly bigger. It also features a hot-shoe mount that lets you use a shotgun microphone on it.

The autofocus feels a bit slow, but it does not do an excessive amount of hunting. It can’t be compared to the a6500’s autofocus, but we are talking about a camera that almost doubles its price.

Taking into account its price tag, this one is amazing for video blog recording. You can’t have a good interchangeable-lens camera that can record 4k25p for cheaper than this. And it’s extremely hard to find a camera that has all the features that make video recording easier for this price. Maybe the reason is its Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is not as big as Sony’s sensors, but they do a pretty good job at taking advantage of this by adding more features.

Recommended lens: 14-42mm kit lens
Recommended SD card: Sandisk Extreme Pro – Flash Memory Card – 64 GB – SDXC UHS-I

Read our full review of the Panasonic G7.

The Good

  • 4k video
  • Flip screen, hot shoe, mic jack
  • Good price​​​​
  • Lightweight

The ​Bad

  • No in-body image stabilization
  • ​Smaller sensor (micro four thirds), which makes it worse than others for low light and bokeh effect

Panasonic G95

panasonic g95 mirrorless for vloggingThis camera is similar to the Panasonic G9, including its price, but it has some key differences.

For starters, it isn’t as good for photography as the other model, and this allowed Panasonic to design it with a more compact and lighter body.

It also includes the V-Log profile that is only available for the G9 for an extra price.

This makes it obvious that this camera was made for video, unlike the G9.

If you’re not familiar with it, the V-Log profile allows for better colors in video mode if you know a bit about color grading.

On the other hand, the slow-motion is only up to 120fps, instead of 180fps.

Since this one is not for photography, it doesn’t include the 6k photo mode, no focus bracketing and other features (including fewer focus points), that make this a slightly less professional camera, but makes it more affordable and luggable for people that only want it for video.

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

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

Read the full review.

The Good

  • ​4kp30
  • Flip screen
  • ​Lightweight
  • ​V-Log Profile for video

The ​Bad

  • ​Smaller sensor (micro four thirds), which makes it worse than others for low light and bokeh effect

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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