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So a new week has started and you still haven't thought about your next video idea.

Don't worry, there are some cheats for YouTube vloggers too.

Doing Q&A Question videos can help you in times of need.

Q&A questions for your youtuve vlog

If you don't have the time to plan and record your next video, ​recording something like a Q&A can give you content you can easily publish.

That is why I've compiled this list of ​questions that you can use​.

You could do these yourself or find someone to do it with: ​a best friend, your partner or siblings.

​Hope you enjoy this list, and good luck in your recording!

​General Q&A Questions

  1. ​Have you ever met someone famous?
  2. Would you like to be famous?
  3. If you could change one thing that happened, what would it be?
  4. If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
  5. Have you ever been in the snow?
  6. Who would be your ideal partner?
  7. Do you still have your childhood teddybear?
  8. How many pairs of shoes do you have?
  9. Favorite holiday: beach, mountain or city?
  10. Do you like TV talent shows?
  11. What's your opinion on reality TV shows?
  12. Do you like scary movies?
  13. Have you ever fired a real gun?
  14. Last film you watched?
  15. Do you like rollercoasters?
  16. Have you ever cried at a film?

Couple Q&A Questions (The Boyfriend/Girlfriend TAG)

  • 17
    ​Who said “I love you” first?
  • 18
    ​Weird habit of each other?
  • 19
    ​Where was our first date?
  • 20
    ​What is my favorite restaurant?
  • 21
    ​How long have we been together?
  • 22
    What pisses you off?
  • 23
    What’s my best friend’s name?
  • 24
    ​What’s my favorite video game?
  • 25
    ​How long do I need in the morning to get ready?
  • 26
    ​What’s my favorite type of junk food?
  • 27
    ​What was my first job?
  • 28
    ​I’m going to Starbucks. What will I order?
  • 29
    ​What TV show do I like that you hate?
  • 30
    ​I won $1,000. What will I spend it on?
  • 31
    ​If I was an animal, which one would I be?
  • 32
    ​Who is more jealous?
  • 33
    ​Have I ever broken the law?
  • 34
    ​How will we spend our holidays?
  • 35
    If I was a girl, would we be friends?
  • 36
    ​If your friends told you to dump me, would you?
  • 37
    ​No friends or toxic friends?

​Brother and Sister/Siblings Q&A Questions

  • 38
    ​Did you get along as children?
  • 39
    What is your best childhood memory of your sibling?
  • 40
    ​What is your favorite thing about your sibling?
  • 41
    ​Describe your sibling in three words or less?
  • 42
    ​Do you have nicknames for each other?
  • 43
    ​Who always had the messiest room?
  • 44
    ​What would you guess is your siblings dream job?
  • 45
    ​What is your sibling’s shoe size?
  • 46
    ​Best at keeping a secret?
  • 47
    ​Which of you is the laziest?
  • 48
    ​Biggest lie you sibling ever told your parents?
  • 49
    ​If your brother/sister was a dog, what breed would they be?
  • 50
    ​Do they like dogs or cats?
  • 51
    ​Who is the better dancer?
  • 52
    ​What is the age gap between you and your siblings?
  • 53
    ​Who eats more chocolates?
  • 54
    ​Describe each other in one word?
  • 55
    ​Complete this statement: “My brother is…”
  • 56
    ​What’s an odd habit of your brother/sister?
  • 57
    ​Am I a good liar?
  • 58
    ​Summer or winter?
  • 59
    ​What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?
  • 60
    ​Who sleeps longer?
  • 61
    ​If your sibling was an animal, what would they be?
  • 62
    ​Who’s the better dancer?
  • 63
    ​What did you most fight about as children?
  • 64
    ​Who learned to drive before each other?
  • 65
    ​Which one is taking more selfies?
  • 66
    ​Have you ever had a crush on one of your sibling’s friend?
  • 67
    ​If your sibling could be invisible, where would they go and what would they do?
  • 68
    ​Who is daddy’s sweetheart?
  • 69
    ​Does anyone of you see nightmares?
  • 70
    ​Who is more religious?
  • 71
    ​Who among you wants to get married now?
  • 72
    Among you both, who avoids taking bath?
  • 73
    ​Guess what each others dream job is?

​Cousins Q&A Questions

  • 74
    ​What is your cousin’s favorite café?
  • 75
    ​In your opinion who will be married 1st?
  • 76
    ​Who is big foodie?
  • 77
    ​Have you ever watched a horror movie together?
  • 78
    ​Who is the fastest driver among all cousins?
  • 79
    ​Have you ever exchanged your clothes with your cousins?
  • 80
    ​Who is more active on social media?
  • 81
    ​Who takes longer to get ready?
  • 82
    ​What’s your nick name family call?
  • 83
    ​Describe your cousin in 3 words
  • 84
    ​On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot is your cousin?
  • 85
    ​Who’s my current crush?
  • 86
    ​Most painful insult you have received from me?
  • 87
    ​Most likely to cry in public?
  • 88
    ​Most likely to do drugs?
  • 89
    ​Where was the last place that we traveled to?
  • 90
    ​What was I dressed as for Halloween last year?
  • 91
    ​What’s my greatest fear?
  • 92
    ​Describe my temper with a weapon
  • 93
    ​Place you want to visit together?

​Teens Q&A Questions

  • 94
    ​What do you call your grandparents?
  • 95
    ​What is your favorite drink?
  • 96
    ​What was your favorite subject in High School?
  • 97
    ​What is your favorite song?
  • 98
    ​Are you a dog person or cat person?
  • 99
    ​Who has left the most impact on your life?
  • 100
    ​Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
  • 101
    ​Do you have a tattoo?
  • 102
    ​Do you believe in love at first sight?
  • 103
    ​What is at the top of your bucket list?
  • 104
    ​Would you ever consider living abroad?
  • 105
    ​What is the last compliment you got?
  • 106
    ​What is under your bed?
  • 107
    ​What is the scariest movie you’ve watched?
  • 108
    ​What is the one item you can’t leave home without?
  • 109
    ​If you have a nickname, what is it?
  • 110
    ​If you could pick one, would you rather have infinite money or unending love?
  • 111
    ​If you could choose only one, would you rather go to Paris or London?
  • 112
    ​Would you rather live in a five bedroom apartment all alone or live in a one bedroom apartment with five kids?
  • 113
    ​Would you rather have a live-in massage therapist or a live-in chef?
  • 114
    ​Pick one, cheat or be cheated on?

​Girls Q&A Questions

  • 115
    ​The perfect job or the perfect relationship?
  • 116
    ​Have you ever cheated on an exam?
  • 117
    ​Do you believe in karma?
  • 118
    ​Do you believe in love at first sight?
  • 119
    ​What’s your favorite candle scent?
  • 120
    ​Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?
  • 121
    ​Short hair or long hair?
  • 122
    Do you wear makeup every day?
  • 123
    ​Are you a shopaholic?
  • 124
    ​How many Instagram followers and pictures do you have?
  • 125
    ​How often do you cut your nails?
  • 126
    ​What is your pet’s name?
  • 127
    ​Quality you look for in a partner?
  • 128
    ​The last thing that made you cry?
  • 129
    ​What profession do you hate most?
  • 130
    ​Have you done any cosmetic surgery?
  • 131
    ​Short guy or tall guy?
  • 132
    ​Proudest moment in high school?
  • 133
    ​Would you date your best friend?
  • 134
    ​Would you consider yourself romantic?
  • 135
    ​What's in my purse?

​Boys Q&A Questions

  • 136
    ​Which sport do you like?
  • 137
    ​What was your most embarrassing moment at school?
  • 138
    ​Have we ever been in a physical fight?
  • 139
    ​Can you swim?
  • 140
    ​Where do you see us in ten years?
  • 141
    ​What is your ultimate goal in life?
  • 142
    ​Hardest drug you ever did?
  • 143
    ​American Idol or Dancing with the Stars?
  • 144
    ​Fame or ​richness?
  • 145
    ​Favorite board game?
  • 146
    ​What physical activity do you enjoy doing?
  • 147
    ​What other languages do you speak?
  • 148
    ​What pisses you off?
  • 149
    ​Wine or beer?
  • 150
    ​What age would you love to retire?
  • 151
    ​If your personality is an animal? What animal are you?
  • 152
    Can you commit to one person?
  • 153
    ​Are you afraid of small spaces?
  • 154
    ​Is anyone in your family in the army?
  • 155
    ​How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?
  • 156
    ​How many countries have you been to?

Kids Q&A Questions

  • 157
    ​Can you whistle?
  • 158
    ​Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
  • 159
    ​Do you have any birthmarks? If so, where?
  • 160
    ​Do you sleep with the lights on or off?
  • 161
    ​How and where do you prefer to study?
  • 162
    ​What do you love about your favorite TV Show?
  • 163
    ​What is the worst grade you got on a test?
  • 164
    ​What is your favorite ice-cream flavor?
  • 165
    ​Who is your best friend?
  • 166
    ​What’s your eye color?
  • 167
    ​Mom or dad?
  • 168
    ​Pizza or burger?
  • 169
    ​What is your favorite game?
  • 170
    ​Ever got lost in market?
  • 171
    ​Santa claus or ice-cream man?
  • 172
    ​Do you watch scary movies?
  • 173
    ​Cat or dog?
  • 174
    ​Do you want to be the micky/minnie mouse?
  • 175
    ​When did you cry last time?
  • 176
    ​Do you still watch cartoons?

Best Friends Q&A Questions

  1. Have you ever had best friend drama?
  2. Do you have any best friend tradition?
  3. Favorite memory together?
  4. Have you ever liked the same person?
  5. Nicest thing you've ever done for each other
  6. Where did you meet?
  7. What was your first impression of you best friend?
  8. How long did it take for you to become best friends?
  9. Do you guys know each other's darkest secret?
  10. Do you have any favorite song together?
  11. Does your best friend remind you more of her mom or her dad?
  12. Name three things you both completely agree on.
  13. When were you most impressed by each other?
  14. Which two fictional BFFs are most like you?

Funny Q&A Questions

  1. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
  2. If you were president of the world, what law would you approve?
  3. If you were offered to become a superhero, what would your power be?
  4. What would your super-hero name be ?
  5. Can you tap dance?
  6. Who would the love of your life be if you were homosexual/heterosexual?
  7. Can you solve a rubix cube?
  8. What was your last dream about?
  9. Can you juggle?
  10. Have you ever been on TV?
  11. Favourite swear word?
  12. How many Pillows do you sleep with?
  13. Have you ever been featured in the news?
  14. Can you stand on one foot for an entire minute?
  15. Can you inpersonate someone famous?
  16. Can you do 10 revolutions with a hula hoop?

About Me Q&A Questions

  1. Whats your (full) name and age?
  2. Do you eat meat?
  3. What's your Birthday?
  4. What starsign are you?
  5. What's your favourite colour?
  6. What's your lucky number?
  7. Do you have pets?
  8. Where are you from?
  9. What's your height?
  10. What's your shoe size?
  11. What's your favorite public transport?
  12. What talents do you have?
  13. Are you good at any skill?
  14. Are you a more artistic or mathematic person?
  15. What's your favorite animal?
  16. What's the furthest you've ever been from home?
  17. What was your favourite holiday?
  18. Where would your dream holiday be?
  19. What food do you love the most?
  20. What sport do you like the most?
  21. Favorite pizza topping?
  22. Whats song do you love the most?
  23. Whats film do you love the most?
  24. Favorite alcoholic drink?
  25. Favorite non-alcoholic drink?
  26. Favorite TV show?
  27. Favorite band?
  28. Do you want children?
  29. Are you good at any sport?
  30. Are you an extrovert or introvert?
  31. Are you religious?
  32. What's your best achievement?
  33. What do you declare yourself? homo, bi or hetero?
  34. Do you eat meat?
  35. Can you curl your tongue?

First YouTube Video Q&A Questions

  1. Present yourself (name, age)
  2. Do you have any studies?
  3. Why are you recording this video?
  4. What is your channel going to be about?
  5. What are your favorite things to do?
  6. Do you hope to get famous one day?
  7. Are you starting a channel for the money?
  8. Is this the first video you ever record?
  9. Are you used to speak to a camera?
  10. What are the main fears of starting this channel?
  11. How often do you plan to publish videos?
  12. Why should people follow your channel?
  13. Are you going to show your real personality or are you a character?

​Juicy Q&A Questions

  1. What color is your underwear?
  2. Would you wear something sexy for your loved one, or are you too shy?
  3. How old were you when you first french kissed?
  4. What's your favorite part of the same sex's body?
  5. Have you ever slept naked?
  6. Do you ever mentally strip strangers?
  7. Do you think you're a good kisser?
  8. What do you wear for sleeping?
  9. Is laughing in the bedroom okay or not?
  10. At what age did you get your first kiss?
  11. What do you prefer: boy shorts or thongs?
  12. What's your favorite part of the other sex's body?
  13. What inspires you to make the first move?
  14. When was the last time you had a sex dream?

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Audio-Technica AT2020

The most important thing you will need for vlogging is a good microphone. The camera comes in second place. After all, nobody will follow you if they can’t hear you well, so it’s an important step to become a successful vlogger. Here are the 11 best microphones for YouTube vlogging, no matter what kind of camera you’re planning to use.

I included each of the types of microphones you might be interested in according to your needs. I’ve separated them according to their utility and nature. You can use the Table of Contents to navigate through the different sections.

I will start with a really short explanation about the different types of microphones. This way you can understand which one is the best YouTube microphone for your needs.

Why You Should Avoid Built-In Camera Microphones

Most cameras have a built-in mic, so a lot of people tend to think that this is enough to start recording good video.

It is not.

The main problem with built-in microphones is that they are on the consumer level. In other words, they’re low quality.

It’s not just that their sound is not clear, but rather they capture every single sound around you, including air. They are noisy and can’t discriminate any sound.

This happens because they are omnidirectional. The recorded ambient sound can get louder than your voice unless you put the mic near you.

There are some omnidirectional microphones that are worth, but only if the situation calls for it.

Why Unidirectional Mics Are the Best YouTube Microphones

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

You want to get a unidirectional or bidirectional microphone if you don’t want to record everything that is happening outside your window. Nobody wants to hear the sound of a truck passing by your house, or the neighborhood kids cleverly insulting each other, right?

The most common type of unidirectional microphone is the cardioid. These are microphones made for speech, and they will only record sound coming from one direction. These are the best you will find for vlogging.

Finally, there are mainly 3 kinds of microphones you will find when looking for the best microphone for vlogging:

  • Condenser and Dynamic Microphones: These are microphones that convert acoustic sounds into electrical signals. Condenser is used to record music, but they are also popular for speech recording. They are made for studio music recording because they tend to capture delicate sounds, which might result in background noise. Dynamic microphones are better for voice recording of live events because they cut out the background noise since they capture the stronger sounds. The latter is ideal if you are recording in a really noisy environment.
Condenser microphone

Source: Wikipedia

There are 2 kinds of condenser mics that are interesting for vlogging:

  • Lavalier Microphones: These are really small microphones that you can clip to your clothing. They are useful when you don’t want to face a static microphone when speaking. These microphones are omnidirectional, but the noise is easy to suppress since they’re attached close to your mouth. You can hide them in your clothing, but you won’t be able to move around because the microphone will capture the sound of your clothing rubbing against it. The best way to use them is by clipping them to the external part of your clothing, like this:
    lavalier microphone

    Source: Wikipedia

  • Shotgun Microphones: These are the most common microphones that can be connected to your DSLR. They have a really narrow area to capture sound in the front, and they cancel sound waves that come from other directions. They don’t amplify sound, like most people think. They just have a very narrow sensitive area to capture the sound waves that approach their front end. They are really good for recording from a long distance.
Shotgun microphone

Source: Wikipedia

Now, let’s start with the lists. I’ve put a lot of effort in getting rid of microphones you won’t need for vlogging, and also those that are not worth the price.
We’ll start with USB microphones. These ones are very popular mics for YouTube vlogging, and for good reasons.

The 3 Best USB Microphones for YouTube

Most YouTubers will want to get a really cheap webcam that can record top quality video —see my post The 6 Best Webcams for Youtube Vlogging— and combine it with a good USB microphone. This is a good idea since webcams are so cheap and the most important thing you should worry about is sound.

These are also the best microphones for YouTube gaming, as you can record directly to your PC and sync video and audio easily.

In general, USB microphones are great for anyone that’s looking to record videos in front of their PC.

There are some really good and popular options for USB mics to connect to your PC, or even DSLR:

Blue Snowball

There is no reason to go for a cheaper microphone than the Blue Snowball. Even if you don’t have the money right now, you should wait for a sale or save money until you can buy it. This is the best priced microphone you can get to record sound to your PC.

Most people even prefer to save more money and get a higher quality Blue Yeti microphone. Nevertheless, you can’t go wrong with a Snowball; that’s why it’s still popular between streamers and vloggers.

With this microphone, you will be able to switch between 2 modes: Omnidirectional and cardioid.

One last thing to say about it is that it comes in different colors. This is cool if you want to show it on your videos or simply for personal taste.

One alternative to this microphone is the Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone. The main difference is that the Snowball has better audio quality, but the Meteor includes headphones jack, mute switch and volume controls. Also, it’s smaller, which some people find useful.

The best budget USB microphone alternative to the Snowball is the Samson Go Mic. You can still choose between cardioid and omnidirectional with it, but its recording quality is lower. Consider that its price is not that different from the Snowball’s.

Still, although I would save for the Snowball, I do admit that the quality of the Samson is fair for the price.

Blue Yeti

This is the best-seller USB condenser microphone on Amazon. It is also pretty common between YouTubers. It offers a wide variety of sound-capturing pattern modes and its sound quality is pretty good for the price.

You can choose between cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo. The stereo mode is close to the omnidirectional, but it’s more selective. It just allows sound from the right and left to give the surrounding effect. Nevertheless, you will most likely use the cardioid mode for vlogging.

Finally, this one includes the useful buttons the Snowball is missing for mute and volume control. It also includes headphones output.

Whether you should get something better than a Blue Yeti or not, it will depend on how much money you have available. You can start with this one and it’s going to be good enough for a long time. You can upgrade to a higher quality microphone that is even better at sound suppression, but it’s not needed from the beginning.

Microphones get to a point where the more you pay, the better sound quality you get. You won’t sacrifice important features whether you get one or another, like it often happens with cameras.

You will get better sound quality as you spend more. That’s it.

Audio-Technica AT2020

This is the one I personally use because I didn’t need the switchable patterns offered by Blue. I only cared about having a cardioid mic that is good at suppressing background noise because my room is a bit of an echo champer. This one isn’t perfect, but it gets the job done as long as you’re recording semi-professional audio.

The reason for its price is that this one only offers the cardioid mode, but it’s the perfect sensibility pattern for vlogging. You won’t need a bidirectional mic unless you need two persons recording at the same time, and omnidirectional is usually a bad idea if you don’t want to hear background noise.

Another reason is that it does not include any mute switch. This is just the trade you get: better audio for fewer features that aren’t completely necessary.

All in all, getting something more expensive than an Audio-Technica AT2020 is only good if you really want to get rid of any background noise. The sound quality of this condenser microphone is amazingly good for both vlogging and podcasting.

It is the best you can get at this price range. Most professional-level microphones are around the $300 mark, and this one is better than some of them. You shouldn’t need to get a more expensive condenser mic unless you want to record music professionally and have your own studio.

The 2 Best Recorder for Cameras Without Mic Jack

Zoom H1

One of the most annoying things you will find when looking for a new camera is that most of those that are good for vlogging —check my post on the 6 best vlogging cameras with flip screen— don’t come with a mic jack.

This is especially true with compact and mirrorless cameras. But there is a simple way to fix this problem: buying an external recorder that you can use to connect a good mic to it.

The most common choice is the Zoom H1. This microphone/recorder is made of two unidirectional mics that are facing each other at 90 degrees. This allows you to get good stereo sound. It is much better than simply choosing an omnidirectional microphone.

It is a great choice when you need to take your microphone somewhere. It’s comfortable to carry around.

It also excels at recording music bands thanks to its 2 unidirectional microphones. You can position the musicians adequately to use it as a stereo recording system.
Still, this recorder will not get rid of the ambient sound. Even though its sound capturing system is unidirectional, its microphones are facing opposite directions. This means that it will capture sound from various directions, so by itself it’s not the best one to isolate sound.

That’s why I still think it’s better to get a lavaliere microphone to connect to it rather than using this as a voice recorder alone. And if you’re walking around with your camera, that’s the only way to record good audio, actually.

For me, the perfect combination is getting a Giant Squid lavalier microphone to connect to the Zoom H1.

This is a good solution if your camera didn’t come with an external microphone port. The Giant Squid might be the best lavalier microphone for YouTube vlogging out there.

This is the easiest way to vlog while walking with your camera. Put the H1 in your pocket and connect the Giant Squid to it.

Zoom H4N Pro

A more expensive option, but also with a lot more advantages is the H4N.
For starters, it’s a lot more resistant, although it’s also twice as big. It also allows you to rotate the microphone capsules, so they’re not fixed at 90 degrees.

It can also record 4 tracks simultaneously.

But the biggest change is that it has 2 XLR/TRS inputs, which are required by most studio microphones and instruments. However, the microphones I recommend here don’t need this kind of input, so it’s only something you’ll need if you want to get more serious about sound.

Most vloggers will find the H1 good enough, but if you want to push things to the maximum, you’ll want to get the H4n Pro.

The 2 Best Vlogging Microphone to Connect to Your Smartphone

PowerDeWise Professional Grade Lavalier

This one is in my opinion, the best cheap microphone for your smartphone in 2018.

I really doubt you can find anything better for that low price. It’s really risky to go for any cheap, but I’m happy with this one. And that’s something I can’t say often.

If you already have a phone with a good camera, it’s okay to start vlogging with it. This one is the solution for your sound; it will improve it a lot. It is one of the few cheap microphones for YouTube that I don’t think will disappoint you.

Connecting a microphone to your smartphone is also an alternative to the Zoom H1, although this option is not as good (it’s a LOT cheaper after all).

There are other similar options that are much more expensive than this one, but I don’t think they’re worth the price; they’re still omnidirectional and don’t present any significant sound improvement.

If you’re willing to spend more money, you can get a Giant Squid with an adaptor. You will get much better sound quality.

Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone

Another good option is the Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone. This one is more expensive but it does come with better sound quality and sound suppression. Bear in mind that for IOS, you will need to pay an extra $5.99 for the app that allows you to use this microphone.

The 2 Best Lavalier Microphone to Connect to Your Camera

If you bought a compact camera, you will most likely need to buy a lavalier microphone.

Remember that lavaliers are omnidirectional, so they will catch ambient sound. However, it’s easier to suppress the noise through editing because your voice will be noticeable higher (since you clip them on your shirt, close to your mouth).

Before starting, I just want to tell you that if you have the money for a Giant Squid just go for it. It’s not even worth for you to keep reading this part. It is hands down my favorite lavalier microphone. Its quality is comparable to many professional microphones, just be aware that the cable is a bit short.

If you prefer going for a cheaper mic, then the following one will do good for the price:

The Vidpro Lavalier Condenser Microphone is another good, cheap microphone for YouTube that will improve the sound you can get with your camera.

The 4 Best Shotgun Microphones for Cameras with Hot Shoe (DSLR, Point & Shoot or Mirrorless)

Hot shoes are found in almost every DSLR and some compact cameras. The following microphones are attachable to a camera’s hot shoe.

There’s a good reason why I don’t recommend extremely cheap shotgun microphones:

The cheap ones don’t deserve the shotgun name; they’re bad at suppressing ambient sound. They are a lot noisier than they should. You’d rather keep using your camera’s built-in mic instead of getting a cheap shotgun mic.

I know three shotgun microphones that are worth your money

Now, are these mics much different from each other?

They’re different in terms of quality. You just need to know how much money you’re willing to spend and how much noise you need to reduce. The prices of the following microphones are relative to the clear audio you achieve, so you don’t need to worry about them not meeting your expectations. Getting a more expensive shotgun microphone will just mean more noise reduction and better recording quality.

This is why I won’t say much about them. I’m just going to show you microphones that are good for their price range.

Gladly, there is one good option if you are on a tight budget. The rest scale up in cost as they scale up in quality:

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Top 7 Best Vlog Editors for 2019 (Paid And Free) https://vloggerpro.com/best-vlog-editors/ https://vloggerpro.com/best-vlog-editors/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:17:40 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4005752 When you're planning to start a vlogging YouTube channel, there are so many things you need to look into: cameras, lighting, microphones, editing software, tripod, lenses... And not only that, but you also need to learn to use all these things like a professional. I know, it can be overwhelming.But don't worry! that's why we exist. ​Here you [...]

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When you're planning to start a vlogging YouTube channel, there are so many things you need to look into: cameras, lighting, microphones, editing software, tripod, lenses...

And not only that, but you also need to learn to use all these things like a professional.

I know, it can be overwhelming.

But don't worry! that's why we exist.

​Here you are going to learn what the best vlog editors are and how to choose the right one for you.

First, see here ​top choices, and then you can start learning about which one is the right for you:

Comparison of The Best Vlog Editors

​Editor

​OS

​Payment Mode

​Price

​Link

Adobe Premiere

adobe premiere

Windows/MAC

Monthly Subscription

​$20.99 - $31.49

​Final Cut Pro

finalcutx

MAC

Single payment

​$299.99

​Filmora

Windows

Single payment or ​annual subscription

​$39.99 - $79.98

​iMovie

MAC

Free

n/a

​Included ​with MacOS computers

​Windows Movie Maker

Windows

Free

n/a

​Download at Windows App Store

​Pinnacle Studio

Windows

Single payment

​$59.95 - $129.95

​Sony Vegas

Windows

Single payment or subscription

$​49.99 - $399

How to Choose the Right Editor for Your Vlogging Channel

Your Budget

If you're still new to vlogging and still aren't sure if you'll like this, I recommend you start with cheaper or free vlog editors.

I know many people think that professional vlogs should be edited using powerful editing vlog editors like Adobe Premiere Pro, but this is not true.

An excellent ​vlog is all about the content and the clarity of the video and audio, and as an average vlogger, you can edit your vlogs using cheaper packages. ​

Using affordable packages will save you money and still fulfill most of your vlog editing needs. ​

A​nd you can always get more advanced software when you are more experienced.

Special Effects

It would be best if you also thought of the graphics and effects, audio effects and all the other elements that are required to make professional-grade vlogs. 

As a vlogger you will probably need a vlog editor that can at least do slowmotions for you.

You should also be aware of how complex ​your editing will be.

If you just want to record simple vlogs that are made of a bunch of clips glued together​, you won't need anything special and you​ can start with something ​free.

Hardware

Then there’s the hardware.

Will the vlog editor run seamlessly on your existing equipment?

Does the software support your operating system?

Some of the top editors ​run much better in high-end devices, are you ready to upgrade your hardware to fit your preferred software needs?

If you want to edit 4k videos, you will need a high-end ​computer.

This is something really important to think about even when you're choosing a camera.

You should have at least a 64-bit PC and 8GB-16GB of RAM if you want a ​crash-free ​editing experience.

Storage.

Think of where the finished videos will go after you’re done editing your vlog.

Does your preferred vlog editor integrate with video servers and other online platforms? 

​Videos are heavier the longer and the higher quality they are. Things like frames per second will also influence its size. 

You will need a considerable amount of storage if you're planning to start a vlogging channel.

Make sure you have this covered up before going ahead.

If you have a good internet connection, you can get a cloud storage solution, but they aren't free.

Now, we can start reviewing the editors that are great for vlogging.

​Top 7 Best Vlog Editors - ​Comparison

​Adobe Premiere Pro is not only the preferred tool between professional photographers; it is also pretty popular between vloggers.

Adobe Premiere Pro has earned its place as the industry’s best vlog editing software, thanks to its familiar video editing interface, robust set of tools and an unmatched ecosystem of features.

This software also supports 360 VR content, 4K, and HDR video, without forgetting the Lumetri Color tool.

This tool allows you to ​apply professional colorization---which is something fairly simple to do even if you're new---, and any image modification to give your video a top-end finish.

And not only that; you have an almost unlimited combination of video and audio effects and transitions that you can easily apply to all of your clips by pressing a couple of buttons.

All these features make ​​Adobe ​Premiere ​Pro well worthy of an Editors' Choice award for a professional-level vlog-editing software

​I mean, ​it is the most popular vlog editor for ​a reason.

​Verdict

I would highly recommend​ it for vloggers. ​

The amount of tools that it offers, and the way you can use them is actually pretty simple and easy once you get used to it.

Don't get me wrong, you are going to feel confused in the beginning.

​And it's going to take you a while t​o learn it, ​but the amount of tools it offers is all you need to ​make videos like Casey Neistat's famous vlogs.

You only need ​a lot of creativity and the ability to use this tool​.

​THe Good

  • ​The light and color correction features are as good as you'd expect.
  • ​Integrates well with the Adobe Creative Suite (over 20 apps).
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    Excellent preset audio modes that stunningly fit into your videos.

​the bad

  • ​The program is a resource hog. Its complex features tend to slow down its functionalities.
  • ​It has a subscription-based model.
  • ​The interface could be presented in a more user-friendly way

​​Right after Premiere, this ​premium tool is ​also popular between vloggers​. ​It is similar to Adobe's editor in many ways. However, this program is available with a single payment and it only runs on MacOS.

If you like making short educational videos, small movies or high-quality music videos, then this software was meant for you.

​It is made for professional work, so it supports several video formats including Mp4, MOV, AVCHD, AVI, and H.264, which are supported by most​ cameras.

Its incredible features cut across simple video editing to complex and fantastic effects.

This is not all; the software has various intelligent features such as Smart collections which automatically organizes your video library. It also runs on a 64-Bit architecture, making it run smoothly on ​most Mac computers.

Even though it's still a complete software, many people agree that it is easier to get into than Premiere, meaning that it is more newbie-friendly.

Still, you will need to learn the same editing techniques and "feel" as when using Premiere. It's just that the tools are presented in a ​simpler way and there's integration with your iPhone or iPad media files.

Verdict

Final Cut Pro is good for a user​ that uses Apple gear.

For those who don’t have skills, the transition from free software like iMovie can be easier with Final Cut Pro.

It also presents a better payment plan, even though it's still pretty expensive if you take into account that you need a Mac to run it, which are ​higher priced than ​most computers.

​THe Good

  • ​A smooth organized workflow and user-friendly interface
  • ​​High-quality effects, titles, and transitions.
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    ​Great importing function for videos and integration with other Apple devices.

​the bad

  • ​Requires MacOS
  • No integrations with more useful media editing tools

​​3. ​Filmora Video Editor (Paid)

​Available on both Windows and Mac, this vlog editor comes with several robust inbuilt editing tools. It is the only editor here to aim specifically at vloggers.

Filmora's main highlights include simplicity, user-friendly interface, compability across all major operating systems and a fast processing speed.

This makes the whole vlog editing process flawless and fascinating. If you’re in doubt of the features mentioned above and its effectiveness, you can start with the free trial version before upgrading to premium.

It's worth to mention that Filmora is aimed at a fairly amateur audience. In fact, they actively promote themselves to vloggers.

This makes using Filmora a lot easier in the beginning. However, it does include limitations over professional editors, even though it's a subscription-based software.

At least it is cheaper and easier to use, which vloggers that have a lot of limited time to learn editing will find extremely useful, and even necessary.

They include a "free" plan but it includes an awful watermark that you won't want to see in your videos, so we'll take this as a fully paid software.

Verdict

Although Filmora doesn't do all the things done by other extensive programs, the software has some great features for ​vlogs.

​If you’re ready to learn using this software using their full range of tutorials, you’ll have no problems using it.

The software can give you a good looking video ​fast ​with its s​imple user interface.

​You can purchase​ additional effects as add-ons from Filmora, ​so if you end up needing too many you should just go with the more expensive Premiere or Final Cut Pro.

​THe Good

  • ​Made for beginners
  • ​Great tutorials for beginners
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    ​Cheaper price makes it more accessible and you only purchase ​the effects that you need.

​the bad

  • ​Only one main video editing track
  • ​Limited ways to change color elements
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    ​Doesn’t support 360-degree videos

​​4. iMovie (Free)

​iMovie is the free editing software from Apple that is available for any Mac user. It offers all the basics you need to edit a simple video.

iMovie by Apple is among the most used video editing tools by vloggers. You can use this software to edit your vlogs or movie in many possible ways, from adding text to your video, adding animations, voiceover, and adding a video to another.

The general layout of the software very simple, which makes it a must-have tool for any vlogger. The Key features include slowing down/speeding up parts of a video, trimming down videos and splitting them.

Moreover, this software comes with plenty of preset animation templates for your vlog.

You can also make video trailers using this software, and the best thing is that you won’t have to struggle with lengthy procedures to do it.

Just select an animation template, edit it and boom, you have your trailer. You can also share your edited video editing on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo.

Verdict.

If you’re thinking of using iMovie, the first thing you should do is adding more templates.

These templates will come in handy if you​ appreciate better workflow.

You can use beautiful templates to customize your vlog and to express yourself on your project.

The software also has tons of tutorials which is a good thing because you will be able to learn anything about the software easily.

​THe Good

  • ​Simple interface
  • ​Abundant audio tools
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    ​Free
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    ​Theater feature that can share videos to all Apple devices

​the bad

  • ​Lacks motion tracking and Multicam, features
  • ​Limited output controls
  • Times
    ​Doesn’t support 360-degree videos

​5. ​Windows Movie Maker (Free)

​This software is the best Windows rival for the iMovie for Mac. It has been pre-installed in the Windows operating system since Windows XP, with several changes to improve the general user interface.

​​Just like iMovie, this software has basic vlog editing features which include video trimming, transitions, text overlay, etc.

However, speed changing in windows movie maker is smoother than in mac. You can adjust the speed from the fastest motion (64X) to the slowest motion (0.125x).

You can also use different Visual effects when joining different pictures and videos for your vlogs.

The best thing with Windows Movie Maker is that one can decide to quickly record a video using the Webcam or make a voice using narration feature in it.

Saving and exporting is also similar to iMovie since you can save and directly upload your Videos to flicker, Facebook, One Drive or Vimeo.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a free and straightforward vlog editor, then this is it.

The software's simple features will do great when editing a simple vlog, but not with a professional one.

If you love its user interface but want more features, try using other video editors like ​Pinnacle ​Pro ​to get better and professional videos.

​THe Good

  • ​Simple interface
  • ​Good timing cuts for audio and video transitions
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    ​Free

​the bad

  • ​Very few video effects
  • ​Video Effects are not adjustable

​6. Pinnacle Studio (Paid)

​Another cheaper alternative for Windows computers. This is also an extremely popular software due to its amount of features and fair price. Available for a one-time payment ​from $59.95 to $129.95

​Most of the professional features are buried in the complex settings of this app. The app is based on 64-bit architecture, which means that it works pretty well with the latest laptops and computers.

The outstanding feature of this tool is that it can edit 4K videos, which is why most professional vloggers use it.

The software comes packed with tons of effects. You can enhance the audio quality and remove the unwanted audio noise in the ultimate version.

Moreover, this software supports creating excellent 3D videos side by side.

​Verdict

This is a fast, professional-level video editing software that supports 4K videos.

​It is a good vlog editor for an average vlogger because of its four-point editing feature and a smooth color grading system that will make your videos more appealing to your audience.

​THe Good

  • ​Simple interface
  • ​Edits 360-degree VR content
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    ​Good price for the feature it offers
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    ​4K and H.265 support

​the bad

  • ​Motion tracking issues on some PCs
  • ​Occasional crashes
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    ​Not as complete as the ​more expensive editors

​​7. ​Sony Vegas Movie Studio (Paid)

​Vegas is basically the closest to outperform Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. It only lacks the 3d capacities, and its ​Available on Windows platform from $49.99.

​This video editing software comes with two editing modes: simple editing and advanced editing.

The simple editing mode has nice necessary edits you can add to your vlogs; you can use this mode to finish your video quickly and directly upload it to YouTube.

On the other hand, in advanced edit mode, you can create projects using multiple layers and effects.

You can also edit 4K videos, use compositing and the color-correction tool to give your videos a more polished look.

You even make green screen projects using this software.

This software has been the main competitor of Adobe Premiere since the beginning.

Premiere ​offers the huge advantage of integrating the other Adobe products to create ​unmatchable workflow.

However, in the long run Vegas is cheaper and has everything you need for a vlog, even if you want to get creative.

Verdict

With a fast running time and plenty of add-on programs, this program does a great job in log editing.

Once you know your way through the program, you will be able to create professional vlogs using this software.

The software also offers its users a great deal of controlling the finest vlog editing aspects to help them get exactly the output they desire.

Its vast library of tools and effects are highly recommended for vloggers who would like to give their videos a unique look.

​THe Good

  • ​Simple interface
  • ​Edits 360-degree VR content
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    ​Good price for the feature it offers
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    ​4K and H.265 support

​the bad

  • ​Requires too much mousing
  • ​Occasional crashes
  • Times
    ​Basically Premiere but without the app integrations

Conclusion ​And Final Considerations

​It's important to consider what other things you will want in the future before choosing an editor that has fewer features and it's cheaper.

For example, you might prefer Vega now because it has basically all the features from Adobe Premiere. However, sooner or later you mi​ght want the integration Premiere offers with its over 20 apps. This integration includes Photoshop, Lightroom and Audition, ​which can ​help you ​edit pictures to use in your videos and thumbnails. They can also let you edit noise out of your audio clips.

​Relearning another editor​ software later on is like starting all over again, so ​the best way is to ​start with the one that is more future proof for what you want to do.

Also, it's difficult to really compare all of these editors because they all have pretty much the same features.

Since they offer similar things, the smart thing to do is to use their free trial to see which interface you like the most. Most people prefer one editor over other because of this​.

​Finally, the best option and most complete one is definitely Adobe Premiere

However, it is​ also the most expensive and you need an even more expensive subscription ​for the license for the rest of the Adobe programs that allow its integration.

So you need to decided according to your needs and available budget. If you got the money, Premiere is never the wrong choice.

​And give it some time to learn how to use the program. There are thousands of video tutorials on YouTube and you can learn ​on your own, like thousands of vloggers have done.

Also, the better you record your video, the less editing you might need. There are many things you can do to improve ​quality without needing your editor.

It takes practice, but you will start doing it faster and better as you practice. So get on with it!

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Is the Sony RX100 Mark V Worth for Vlogging? https://vloggerpro.com/sony-rx100-mark-v-worth-vlogging/ https://vloggerpro.com/sony-rx100-mark-v-worth-vlogging/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:25:37 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4005709 Camera Overview Sensor​CompactImage Quality4kp30Weight (No lens)​10.5 oz (299g)Flip Screen External Mic Port ​Stabilization Our Rating​Price ​View at amazon The Sony RX100 Mark V will require you to dish out between $700 and $​1000. So for many vloggers, the question is whether the camera is really worth it.  At first glance, it is hard to believe that [...]

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Camera Overview

Sensor

​Compact

Image Quality

4kp30

Weight (No lens)

​10.5 oz (299g)

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

​Stabilization

Our Rating

​Price

from $898.00

The Sony RX100 Mark V will require you to dish out between $700 and $​1000. So for many vloggers, the question is whether the camera is really worth it.

At first glance, it is hard to believe that such a compact digital camera could be powerful enough to command that type of price tag. However, when the details, features, and performance of the camera are laid out, the price becomes much more reasonable. 

In the end, vloggers should be asking whether this camera is right for their video needs. Will it help them to create the content that they want to deliver? The following dives into this vlogging camera option to help you make up your own mind. 

Image Quality

A new category of camera was created with the RX100 series—the large-sensor compact camera category. And the Mark V elevates the category to a new level. It has impressive 4K video performance and it can still easily fits into the side pouch of your backpack or the pocket in your favorite pair of jeans. 

And the quality of the 4K videos that this Sony camera can shoot are only enhanced by the fact that it offers uncompressed HDMI out and extremely fast high frame rate video.

So while many cameras are designed around capturing great stills and video is more of an afterthought, the RX100 Mark V treats both forms of content equitably. Sony did this by improving what they already offered in the Mark IV version—the maximum capture rate of 1,000 frames per second and the ultra high definition 4K video recording​, although this isn't unique to ​this camera and you can get 4k for ​a lower price

These improvements are delivered through the fact that users can use the hybrid autofocus feature, which is also utilized for still images.

Additionally, the camera captures video quality that is actually higher than 4K by using nearly the entire width of the sensor, which it then downsamples by 1.7 times to the 4K quality. In other words, videos that are recorded by the RX100 Mark V have the same focal length as 4K footage but they offer a dramatically wider angle. 

As a side note, those vloggers looking to add various video effects will appreciate the features that the RX100 offers.

For example, it can capture up to eight seconds of HFR footage, which means that it can create a five minute long video that has a 40x slow-motion effect. 

Stabilization ​Is a Strong Point

Sony's RX100 has a very smart optical image stabilization. While some cameras require the OIS to be turned on and off based on whether it is on a tripod, this camera does not—it automatically switches it off when it is not needed. 

Overall the optical stabilization works perfectly for vloggers who are on the move. It effectively smooths changes in height and the any panning during the filming process. The only downside is that is that it can make a slight hissing noise when the OIS is on. 

Combine it with a tripod to hold it and you are going to get a pretty smooth image in a camera that is easy to handle due to​ its lightness, which brings me to...

​A Great Travel and Daily Vlogging Camera

The RX100 Mark V comes in at an impressively light 10.5 ounces—and that includes its batteries. Its size is even more mind blowing at 4 x 2.3 x 1.6 inches. There are really no other cameras on the market that can compete in terms providing such impressive performance in such tiny dimensions. 

When doing a side-by-side comparison of the RX100, all of these factors only become more astounding. For example, ​​some ​DSLRs are not as quick when shooting, they can't read light as well, and they are not as accurate with focus and exposure. 

sony rx100 mark v size

It is this size that creates the price tag associated with the RX100. Never before has a camera been so easy to move around with, while also providing unparalleled performance.

And while the camera is small enough to be easily held in one hand, it does feel solid. I know some vloggers could be hesitant that such a small camera would feel too diminutive to use, but it really does feel much more substantial when you are actually holding and using the device. Plus, when you see the end product, all fears will be quelled. 

​It Has Most Vlogging Features, But Lacks One Important One

The RX100 does have a flip screen that folds both up and down from the camera's body, rather than the usual left or right. It also has a variety of angles that it can be locked to, making it ideal for both low and high shots (i.e. your back won't get sore from bending this way and that). 

Additionally, the screen can be flipped all the way up so that it faces forward. This is ideal for vloggers when they need to be in front of the camera but still need to see how the angle looks. 

The only downside to the screen is that it isn't a touchscreen. This can be a deal breaker for some, but the manual buttons really are sufficient in the end. 

When it comes to audio, most vloggers will have a problem with the fact that this Sony camera does not have an external mic port or a headphone socket. So in the end, it is best to view this as a secondary camera that can be used for action content or any content where audio is laid over after. 

​But with this camera it isn't a big deal because ​the built-in microphone ​is better than most ​point-and-shoots. But ​you will need at least a ​windscreen for ​the microphone​.

When it comes to a hot shoe, sadly there isn't one. The earlier iterations of the RX100 had a hot shoe, but Sony replaced it with a pop-up flash. The importance of this feature will vary from vlogger to vlogger, but it should be taken into consideration. 

Low-Light Performance

Over the various generations of the RX100, Sony has improved its stamina in low light. It did this by shortening its focal length, allowing the lens to have a brighter range.

The camera remains consistent with its focusing accuracy as the lighting becomes dimmer and dimmer. It does, however, start to struggle if the subject it is focusing on is low-contrast. 

In other words, if you don't need more zoom, you'll likely be pleased with the camera's abilities in low light scenarios. 

Sony's RX100 is an ideal camera for vloggers who are on the go and sometimes need a free hand while filming. The biggest downside is the lack of a mic port and high price.

​You could get a cheaper camera small camera that is still ​great for vlogging---like the Canon G7X Mark II---, if you don't think you need to record in 4k.

In my opinion, the Mark V is ideal for vloggers who will lay over audio after the video is filmed or who use it as a second camera. 

The Good

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    Semi-professional compact
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    Great lens quality
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    4k video recording
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    960fps slow-mo

The ​Bad

  • High price​​​​
  • ​No external microphone port
  • ​No touchscreen

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Is the Panasonic GH5 Worth for Vlogging? https://vloggerpro.com/panasonic-gh5-worth-vlogging/ https://vloggerpro.com/panasonic-gh5-worth-vlogging/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:21:24 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4005664 Camera Overview SensorFull-frameImage Quality2160p60Weight (No lens)725g / 1.60 lbFlip Screen External Mic Port ​Stabilization Our Rating​PricePanasonic revolutionized the camera industry with a hybrid camera—the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH series. The GH5 is now the fifth iteration of this camera and it is seen as a hybrid because it prioritizes both video and stills with the same intensity. [...]

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Camera Overview

Sensor

Full-frame

Image Quality

2160p60

Weight (No lens)

725g / 1.60 lb

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

​Stabilization

Our Rating

​Price

$1,497.99

Panasonic revolutionized the camera industry with a hybrid camera—the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH series. The GH5 is now the fifth iteration of this camera and it is seen as a hybrid because it prioritizes both video and stills with the same intensity. The benefits of this camera, though, are not cheap. You will find it through various retailers for between $1,700 and $2,000.

With this steep of a price tag, it is essential for you to ask yourself if this camera will elevate your vlogs that much more than other, more affordable cameras on the market. To help you decide, I've laid out some of the most important considerations to think about in regards to the Panasonic GH5 below.

Image Quality and Resolution

Panasonic's GH series was initially developed for both photographers and indie filmmakers. It needed to offer the performance required for motion pictures, as well as advertisements and marketing campaigns. And it does just that.

But the GH5 took the camera to the next level. The camera offers 4K video without cropping. It can shoot at up to both 59.94p and 48p, which is practically unheard of in its competitors.

And the camera comprehensively makes use of its sensor, which can be seen through the fact that it provides sharp footage by oversampling from 5.1K.

Beyond this, the image quality in the GH5 is expanded by newly developed technology from Panasonic. Their new autofocus system, which I won't explain the complexities of here, significantly speeds up focusing and reduces focusing confusion. 

Additionally, the camera offers incredible video-derived stills. This is a great tool for vloggers to use to show their audience a slice of a video clip that captures everything they were hoping to share.

As Stable as a Vlog Can Get

Panasonic further enhanced the GH offering in GH5 by adding in-body stabilization. The camera has a 5-axis in-body image stabilization system that is supported by Dual IS 2. This technology ensures that a video is as stable as possible with five different stops for correction. The technology is especially essential for vloggers who have lenses that don't offer stabilization. It also provides a little extra support for lenses that do have stabilization built in.

This type of stabilization is helpful for vloggers that are on the move, whether they are walking with their camera or doing stunts and action shots. Without it, the shakiness of the video will leave the audience dizzy.

A Bit Too Fat, But Smaller Than a DSLR

When Panasonic created the GH series they made a camera that sounds like a video camera, when looking just at the specifications, but looks like many other mirrorless still cameras that are on the market.

This is an incredible feat considering the fact that all of the power of a motion picture camera is packed into such a small body. The camera itself weighs 1.6 pounds, which is typically on the higher end for most vloggers. This is something that you need to take into consideration. Will you need a free hand during most of the filming? If so, there are other cameras that are a little lighter and more compact.

To get a clearer picture of the weight and size of the GH5 it is easiest to compare it to the midrange DSLR cameras.

However, Panasonic realizes that users, such as vloggers, want smaller and more portable cameras, so they make up for this bulkier body with smaller lenses. And the lenses that are most compatible with the camera are not only light and small, they are also fast at focusing and silent, which is paramount for video creation.

Packed With All Things for Vlogs

Articulating screen

The GH5's screen provides more flexibility that the screens on most cameras. Not only is it larger than the average screen, at 3 inches, but it is also OLED and provides coverage of the entire scene. The screen is also hinged on the left side and rotates out 270 degrees. 

This type of leverage means that vloggers can hold the camera at waist level, above their head, or be in front of the camera and still have a view of what is being filmed. 

Finally, you can fold the screen into the camera. This is something that most other cameras do not offer and it allows you to avoid screen scratches when you are storing or transporting the GH5.

Microphone port and hot shoe

And then there's the question of the microphone options. Panasonic left nothing to chance with this and the fact that they are prioritizing videography shines through.

The camera offers several possible choices for microphones. One option is the fact that the camera has room for attachments and Panasonic has specially designed an accessory microphone jack.

You can mount a shotgun microphone on the hot shoe and never worry about mic positioning. 

However, the positioning of the microphone port and the LCD screen can make it awkward to use both at the same time, which just seems like a design flaw.

Micro 4/3 That Can Film in the Dark

The low-light performance is phenomenal. The camera is able to pick up more details in dim lighting than the naked eye. I would like to note, though, that while it offers up to ISO 3,200 for decent noise levels, it can't match the larger full-frame cameras for shooting in total darkness and still providing enhanced resolution.

The Panasonic GH5 is without a doubt one of the more impressive cameras on the market. It is among the first to truly start serving vlogger's needs. However, due to the price and several other factors, it may not be the ideal option depending on your vlogging needs.

The Good

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

The ​Bad

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

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Is the Sony A6500 Good for Vlogging? https://vloggerpro.com/sony-a6500-good-for-vlogging/ https://vloggerpro.com/sony-a6500-good-for-vlogging/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:38:29 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4005563 Camera Overview SensorAPS-CImage Quality4kp30Weight (No lens)453g / 1.00 lbFlip Screen External Mic Port ​Stabilization Our Rating​Price buy on amazon Sony's A6500 is the top of the line for the company's APS-C mirrorless cameras. And its price shows this, often being retailed for between $1,000 to $1,200. The most impressive aspect of the A6500 is that it [...]

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Camera Overview

Sensor

APS-C

Image Quality

4kp30

Weight (No lens)

453g / 1.00 lb

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

​Stabilization

Our Rating

​Price

from $1,198.00

Sony's A6500 is the top of the line for the company's APS-C mirrorless cameras. And its price shows this, often being retailed for between $1,000 to $1,200. The most impressive aspect of the A6500 is that it provides the same quality as the A7R II and A7S II—Sony's full-frame cameras—but it comes in at half the cost.

However, for vlogging, I do not see any reason to opt for the full-frame cameras, unless you got money to burn. They do ​rock a full-frame sensor with a dedicated exposure compensation dial, ISOs above 25,600, and over 24 megapixels. But as a vlogger, ​it's unlikely you'll use them to ​their full potential--you just won't use them. The A6500 is also smaller, has better focus, provides higher frame rates, and offers a deeper depth-of-field, which are all ideal for vlogging.

To help you take a more comprehensive look at the A6500, especially in comparison to similar models from different brands, the following breaks down key camera considerations for vlogging.

Image Quality

When it comes to image quality, the A6500 is ideal for vlogging because it allows you to have a wide range of options when you get to post production. In other words, you can shoot in 4K and output to HD or shoot at 8-bit 4:2:2 in S-Log2, S-Log3, or Rec 709. This ability is a massive benefit to vloggers who are uploading to platforms like YouTube, as 4K simply takes too much space and HD can provide high enough quality for your audience.

​I'm also a big fan of this camera because it makes it easy to capture high quality videos. The autofocus feature allows you, as the vlogger, to concentrate on the content of your videos rather than the technical aspects of filming. However, it is important to note that autofocus really only works with native Sony lenses. Autofocus lags significantly and hunts quite a bit with lenses from other brands.

Optical Image Stabilization

sony a6500 stabilization for vlogsSony’s A6500 has fairly impressive optical image stabilization. It is provided by the 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE. This option is new and is not available in the camera that is a step below, the A6300.

There’s a limitation that the technology has. You can’t move too quickly. So for vloggers who have a lot of physical action and movement throughout their vlog, this may not be the best option.

On top of this, there is additional stabilization that is provided by the camera’s 5-way mechanical sensor-shift image stabilization. It is also important to note that this stabilization, along with the touch screen are the biggest differences between the A6500 and the A6300. If all of your lenses have their own stabilizers and you don’t have to have touchscreen features, the extra $400 may not be worth the upgrade.

Weight And Size

The A6500 is incredibly lightweight, especially considering the quality of video it offers. It sits at under 16 ounces, including the battery and card. Compared to many DSLR or full-frame alternatives, both the size and weight of this camera can not be beat.

Portability is simply more important for vlogging. Many vloggers need to be able to move with their camera and not just rely on their tripod. And it is the combination of the A6500’s size and its image stabilization that provide this option.

​It Has Most Vlogging​ Features, But Lacks An Important One

While the A6500 does have a touchscreen, it lacks the 180 degree flip screen ability. For many vloggers this can be a big downside. The flip screen on cameras helps them to see what is happening on the screen, which is vital as most of them do not have a dedicated cameraman. However, Sony does offer an alternative. They have a remote control app that users can operate from their smartphone. It allows you to see exactly what your camera is seeing and adjust accordingly—plus it doesn’t require Wi-Fi to work.

When it comes to sound, the camera offers a stereo mic, a 3.5 mm mic input connector, and a mono speaker. And while it has a built-in flash, it also offers a hot shoe for additional accessories.

Low-Light Performance

The low-light performance of a camera can also be an important consideration for vloggers. Many need to film at night, in dark rooms, or in other situations where the lighting is not optimal. With the A6500, the quality provided in low light scenarios is mainly dependent on the lens that the vlogger is using. But when it comes to looking at the camera from a standalone perspectice, it does have excellent low-light capabilities. They are not as good as Sony’s A7Sii, but they do come close.

The single downside that the camera has when it comes to low-light is that it does not offer an option for in-camera raw processing, which can enhance the end product of low-light content significantly. This is somewhat surprising considering how strong Sony’s JPEG engine is in regards to retaining detail. However, even without this feature, vloggers will still be able to capture high quality videos in low-light settings.

Conclusion

The A6500 is a competitive option for almost any vlogger. It provides all the necessary features and, although it lacks a flip screen, it provides users with an alternative with the smartphone remote control. However, vloggers who shoot very active videos will struggle a bit with image stabilization, so for these individuals it is best to opt for another camera like the cheaper Panasonic G85.

The Good

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    Top 4k quality
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    One of the lightest vlog cameras
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    Mic jack, IS, hot shoe and APS-C sensor​​​​
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    ​Great autofocus

The ​Bad

  • No flip screen
  • ​No headphone socket for audio check

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Vlogging on a Budget: How to Start Vlogging for Under $25 https://vloggerpro.com/vlogging-on-a-budget/ https://vloggerpro.com/vlogging-on-a-budget/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:45:09 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4005538 We’ve all seen the vloggers that have the latest-and-greatest gear, live in the McMansion, and have intricate lighting setups that make their face glow and their room bright and vibrant. However, when you ask them for tips for starters, they never say that having the most expensive equipment is the key to success. When you’re [...]

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vlogging on a budgetWe’ve all seen the vloggers that have the latest-and-greatest gear, live in the McMansion, and have intricate lighting setups that make their face glow and their room bright and vibrant.

However, when you ask them for tips for starters, they never say that having the most expensive equipment is the key to success.

When you’re getting started, and you don’t have the sponsors, endorsements, ads, or following to generate an income from vlogging, you might not have the capital to invest in fancy vlogging gear.

Guess what? That’s ok!

Today, we’re going to talk vlogging on a budget. Let’s take a look at how all of you can-be vloggers out there can leverage your already existing equipment and lighting, and grab the essentials for little-to-no money.

The Camera

Since the camera is the #1 most important vlogging tool, it’s an excellent place to start digging into budget-friendly options.

If you’re on a budget, overpaying for a camera could break your entire budget instantly.

You have two options here. First, you can browse some camera reviews and try to find a camera that fits snugly into your budget. Here’s a great list of vlogging cameras that you can get for under $500.

Or, you could just use the camera you already have — which includes your smartphone.

Nearly every smartphone on the market — Android or Apple — has a 1080p camera on it. Sure, it’s not going to be quite as good as an actual camera, but it will undoubtedly get the job done.

Get some filters, and a tripod and that phone camera is good-to-go for vlogging.

Don’t have money for filters or a tripod? Improvise.

YouTube Video

Make a DIY phone tripod and download non-physical filters off of the app store. There are plenty of ways to jury-rig your vlogging camera setup at little-to-no cost to you.

Now, If you do a lot of action packed stunts like diving, climbing, paragliding, etc. then you’ll probably want to invest in a good GoPro(like) camera.

You want something that you can mount on yourself that’s weather resistant.

So, you may have to hold off on some of your more exciting content at first. If your channel is going to be heavily focused on the type of content, you may have to put forward a little more money at first to get the type of camera that you need.

Microphone

Sure, your phone’s camera is probably good enough to record video, but, when it comes to sound, your phone’s microphone isn’t going to cut it.

The quality of built-in phone or camera microphones is usually very poor, and they will pick up wind, background noise, and other noise pollution that you probably don’t want littering the audio quality of your vlogs.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a mic. In fact, you can grab a high-quality mic for around $20.

Trust me, that $20 investment will take your videos to the next level, which is important in the hypercompetitive world of vlogging.

Lighting

Quality lighting is arguably the most complicated part of the vlog filming equation. Lots of people attribute the quality of a film to the camera when they should be attributing it to lighting.

Great lighting will highlight you — the subject — in a way that feels natural without sacrificing the more delicate details in the background.

There are tons of different lighting setups that you can choose, and understanding lighting may take a little research on your part — here’s a great starting point.

But, what if you’re broke and you can’t afford lighting equipment?

Don’t worry!

Do you have a window? Then you have some great natural light that you can use in your videos.

using a window for natural lighting for a vlog

You can definitely use windows as your lighting source, but it does restrict you some.

First, you’ll be restricted to recording video during the day so this may not work you the night owls out there.

Second, your videos lighting may not be consistent. This is especially true if you live somewhere that has variable weather.

Lastly, you’ll have to consider that your equipment (desk, camera, etc.) will have to be set up near a window to take advantage of its light.

Editing Software

When you’re starting out, you can definitely take advantage of all of the free editing software out there.

If you’re running OSS (Mac), you can use Apple iMovie, which is included on all Mac computers. Blender is another excellent option for those that want something a little more in-depth. Alternatively, you can check out this post from Tom’s Guide that highlights some of the best free editing software for Mac users.

If you’re running Windows, you can use Blender, Lightworks, or Shotcut. Windows operating system doesn’t come with any (good) editing software built in, so you’ll probably have to download something.

The critical thing to remember when it comes to editing software is that you need to pick something that will do everything you need it to do. So, it’s better to start with a more complex software if you feel that you’ll eventually need it. Learning to use editing software takes a while, and they’re all different.

Once you have some additional capital, you can consider upgrading to Adobe software.

Conclusion

You don’t have to have a booming savings account to start vlogging, and you can probably get all of the equipment that you need for around $20 (the microphone.)

The most important part is that you get started, and you start putting out quality content. Don’t let money stop you from achieving your dreams.

As you can see, being on a budget isn’t an excuse to put off your vlogging channel.

You can still put some awesome content with your phone, a $20 microphone, a window, and some free editing software

So get out there and start vlogging!

Also, check out my post on cheap vlogging cameras, If you don’t have a phone these can be a lifesaver.

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Is the Panasonic G85 Good for Vlogging? https://vloggerpro.com/panasonic-g85-good-vlogging/ https://vloggerpro.com/panasonic-g85-good-vlogging/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 12:02:46 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4005485 Camera Overview SensorMirrorless Micro 4/3Image Quality4kp30Weight (No lens)1.11lbl / 498gFlip Screen External Mic Port ​Stabilization Our Rating​Price buy on amazon The Panasonic G85 — the successor to the Panasonic G7 — stands as a fantastic mid-range option for professional photographers. The G85 is hyper-functional, gorgeous, and compact enough to take on the road.But, is it good [...]

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Camera Overview

Sensor

Mirrorless Micro 4/3

Image Quality

4kp30

Weight (No lens)

1.11lbl / 498g

Flip Screen

External Mic Port

​Stabilization

Our Rating

​Price

$797.99

The Panasonic G85 — the successor to the Panasonic G7 — stands as a fantastic mid-range option for professional photographers. The G85 is hyper-functional, gorgeous, and compact enough to take on the road.

But, is it good for vlogging?

Let's take a look at the image quality, video resolution, features, stabilization, weight, and build so that we can see how this $1,000 camera holds up to others in its price range. We'll also, as always, go over some positives and negatives so that we can get a clear picture of this camera's value as a vlogging tool.

Let's dive in!

Is the Panasonic G85 Good for Vlogging?

4k All Day

When it comes to picture quality, the G85 shines in the mid-tier category.

It boasts an impressive 16-megapixel lens, which gives it great sharpness and up-close detail.

The G85 also packs a punch when it comes to video; it records at 4k video in 3840x2160 at 30 frames-per-second, which puts it up there with some of the higher priced options in terms of video quality. It lets you record in half-hour blocks, which is becoming standard. Also, the G85 can squeeze out about 4 half-hour clips in one-battery — which isn't horrible.

It's important to note that when it's in 4k, it's going to be uploading at 100Mbps, which means that you'll want an SDHC card to handle all of that incoming data.

For vloggers, 4k video is becoming a necessity. The entire vlogging industry is constantly pushing towards high-quality and less intrusive filters to give people the best viewing experience possible. The G85 offers that high-quality video at a reasonable price, and, when combined with its extras, it outshines nearly all other mid-range options for video shooting.

The camera also offers a 4k photo mode, which uses a strange mixture of photo and video to shoot some impressive shots. Though this feature probably won't be utilized as much for vloggers as it will be for photographers, it's still a nice option to have for thumbnails (which will lose some quality when they are converted to .webp.)

There are plenty of video modes beyond 4k (although you should be using 4k) like BluRay, HD, and more. There are also tons of image capture modes, which you'll have to cycle through to see which one fits you best — or fits the situation the best.

Steady Hand

Not only does the Panasonic G85 offer some incredibly vivid video and image quality, but it also has built-in stabilization, which is crucial for vlogging. Stabilization will prevent your video from shaking around when your walking-and-talking (which vloggers love to do.)

Panasonic's stabilization — which has come a long way in recent years — shines in the G85. There are hardly any mid-range cameras that offer 4k, built-in stabilization, and interchangeable lenses on the market.

Stabilization is certainly the selling point of this camera, as it's much better than previous models and stands as one of the best stabilization sensors currently on the market.​

Easy-to-Carry Hard-to-Miss

The Panasonic G85 isn't too heavy — weighing in at just 25.7 oz (with battery and lens kit.)

This makes it a highly portable option for those that want to carry their camera around with them (which every vlogger should do.)

It's also pretty spectacular looking. Panasonic opted to go with a magnesium alloy chassis, so the camera is weatherproof. If you live in an area with some decently unpredictable weather, this camera is an excellent option for you.

You can also swivel the monitor to the back of the camera to protect the screen, which is great for rainy days.

Extra Extra Read All About It!

When it comes to extras, the GS8 comes fully loaded.

Let's bullet point these babies!

  • flip-and-swivel monitor.
  • a spectacular viewfinder (2.36 million RGB dots resolution)
  • 3.5mm microphone input
  • 2.5mm remote jack
  • Micro B USB-2 port
  • Type-D Micro HDMI port
  • SD port (UHS-II compatible)
  • built-in wifi
  • tons of nav controls and shooting options

While the G85 is packed to the core with extras, it does miss out on a few that would put it over-the-top. There is no headphone jack, and the camera can't be charged internally with USB. Both of those are things to keep in mind.

Also, the wifi doesn't have NFC if you're looking to touch and share your images with other nearby devices.

Image Performance

The GS8 offers fantastic white balance (though it does tend towards blue on darker shades) and colors come in super-vivid. Any differentiation in color shouldn't be noticeable, especially for vloggers.

The GS8 remains crystal-clear up to 1600 ISO, which means that it's perfect for shooting indoors and in low-light situations. In super-low-dark situations, it may get a little blurry, but that's to be expected at this price range.

We usually don't go into too much detail on stock lenses, because as a vlogger you're probably going to want to get some vlogging lenses. But, the G85 stock lens is dust and weatherproof and offers additional stabilization beyond the incredible body stabilization.

Thankfully, the G85 lets you set manual video recording parameters, so you can adjust your ISO, white balance, and exposure.

Having the option to toy around with manual parameters is critical for vloggers, since the majority of your vlogging time will probably be spent in specific areas, unless you're travel vlogging.

Also, the G85 has notable autofocus (with 49 areas!) that will let you use "focus tracking" to help with moving objects if you're outdoors.

​Conclusion and ​Alternatives

To wrap this review up, the Panasonic G85 is clearly a competitive option for vlogging. It has amazing video quality, great stabilization, and has weatherproofing.

This camera would be a gem for those of you that are travel vlogging, since it's portable but functional.

For at-home vloggers, the camera has some great ISO levels, terrific 4k capabilities, and stabilization that will help you film those out-of-the-house moments.

Let's finish this with a quick list of pros and cons for the Panasonic G85.

​Some alternatives if you're not sure about getting this camera:

  • ​The Panasonic G7 is pretty similar and it's cheaper. The main difference is that it doesn't come with in-camera stabilization, so you'll ​need a lens with it. The kit lens usually comes ​with Optical IS.
  • The RX100 Mark V is ​a pocketable​ camera that can record 4k. However, it has a smaller sensor and it's more expensive.

The Good

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    ​Great 4k video recording
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    ​Fantastic for high and low light situations
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    ​Weatherproof and lightweight
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    ​Some of the best stabilization on the market

The ​Bad

  • ​No headphone jack
  • ​So-so battery
  • ​No internal USB charging for plug-and-record

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5 Vlogging Tips for Beginners from Famous Vloggers https://vloggerpro.com/vlogging-tips-for-beginners/ https://vloggerpro.com/vlogging-tips-for-beginners/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:49:11 +0000 https://vloggerpro.com/?p=4005437 In simple terms, vlogging is just recording and uploading your daily life, but, the inner workings of a successful vlog is much more complicated than that. Sure, you can stick with shoving a camera in front of your face and talking about your day, but, if you really want to make hyper-engaging vlog content, you [...]

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In simple terms, vlogging is just recording and uploading your daily life, but, the inner workings of a successful vlog is much more complicated than that.

Sure, you can stick with shoving a camera in front of your face and talking about your day, but, if you really want to make hyper-engaging vlog content, you need to take some notes.

Today, we’re going to take a look at what some of the most famous vloggers on the planet do — and how they do it. Vlogging isn’t just about the best equipment, it’s also about your mindset and your overall vlogging strategy.

Here are 5 vlogging tips for beginners from famous vloggers. Let’s go!

Story is Important (Casey Neistat +10 Million Subs)

Casey Neistat’s Camera

If you’re interested in vlogging, or already doing it, you probably know who Casey Neistat is. He’s one of the world’s most popular vlogger (in terms of time, sub count, and recognition.)

 

Casey didn’t start off doing vlogs, he actually started as a filmmaker. Before Casey was filming himself every day, he was working with Tom Sachs — a contemporary sculptor — to produce some films on the artists work. Afterward, he even had a show on HBO entitled The Neistat Brothers, which was about him and his brother.

 

One of the things that has fueled Casey’s success as a vlogger has always been his ability to create a story out of every day. Instead of simply following Casey around, viewers of his vlog are subject to a neverending story, where each day follows a script of sorts.

 

In his video — How to Vlog Like Casey Neistat by Casey Neistat — Casey lays out how he crafts a story by making each video follow a narrative.

Casey Neistat

​The most important thing (about vlogging) is, of course, the story, but what is a story... every good story follows this rule, you've got a beginning, you've got a middle, and you've got an end. Setup, conflict, resolution."

Casey positions his vlogs like a narrative.

  • Setup: What's going on? Who is the video about? What's the environment? What feelings and emotions are happening in the video?
  • Conflict: In a typical story, this would be the part where the villain is introduced, but, in vlogging, this would be where a problem comes up. What's the point of the video? What happens that makes the users want to watch it? This is the conflict.
  • Resolution: What ends up happening? Is the ending happy, sad, or in-between?

Now, you don't have to have some insane conflict in every video — that's not possible. But, if you go into each video with the mindset of creating a compelling narrative, your video structure and tone will be killer.

How to Deal With the Haters (Roman Atwood + 14.1 Million Subs)

Haters can be hard to deal with when your first starting out vlogging. You pour your heart and soul into the camera, spend hours editing, and spend time writing the perfect script only to have a stream of negative comments blasted at you.

It's especially tough to deal with when you have very few subscribers/views. It can feel like the world pushing you down into a corner. Haters can make you question whether or not you should even be vlogging in the first place.

​Roman Atwood

I get hate for sure. You could find a video of a kitten rolling on the floor with a yarn ball and there would be some nasty comments. You have to become numb to it. Vlogging will acclimate you into the world of the internet."

It's important to take a step back, understand that the culture of the internet breeds haters, and continue on.

You will have haters. No matter who you are. There will be negativity in the comments of every single one of your videos.

The hope is that there will be far more positivity to drown out the haters. If you post your first video, get some negative feedback, and start to second-guess yourself. Just remember this. Having haters is a right of passage for vlogging. Don't let it get to you.

Aim for Consistency (Jonathan Joly + 1.9 Million Subs)

Jonathan Joly's families daily vlog, SACCONEJOLYs, is the second longest running vlog in YouTube history. Joly and his family have posted videos every single day for 10 years. Which makes Jonathan the perfect person to give advice regarding consistency.

Jonathan talked on Video Influencers about working for years to get to 20,000 subscribers (he gets around 100,000 a month these days.)

​Jonathan Joly

​It was so important to lay that foundation and not be deterred by other people doing more videos or more views than me. I never had a plan to make a big viral video. I just wanted to be consistent. Don't get the biggest audience in the world get a quality audience. Instead of a huge inflated number of subscribers that aren't watching your content. Just have a small amount that will watch your videos subscribe... just be like good quality viewers."

​Instead of trying to do over-the-top videos and vlogs every time, be consistent instead. The end result will be a fully engaged audience that will watch your videos and comment regularly.

Find a Passion (Nadine Sykora +400,000 Subs)

Nadine Sykora is one of the most popular travel vloggers on YouTube. She started making YouTube videos back in 2006, which makes her one of the oldest vets on YouTube. She has managed to make a living vlogging her travels around the world.

In an interview with Video Influencers, Nadine talked about having passion.

​Nadine Sykora

​Find a passion. Find something that you are going to love. For me that was travel. It took me a while to get there, you may not know off the bat so experimenting can be good. I'm on my 10 year anniversary here. Guys, it's not a sprint it's a marathon. You're going to be making videos for a long time if you want to make it here."

Having a passion can help push you on those days where you really just don't feel like vlogging. If you're not vlogging about something you have some passion about — whether that be your job, skateboarding, your family, marketing, or whatever.

Vlogging requires you to upload so much content that it's important to be passionate about what you do. You won't have that sub count at the beginning of your career. Find something that can drive you.

Come Up With a Theme (Ashley Nicole +1.1 Million Subs)

Ashley is another super-popular YouTube vlogger. Ashley does weekly thematic vlogs instead of daily blogs, but she has found the perfect balance between consistency and theme.

Speaking of theme, Ashley uploaded a video on her channel titled "How to Vlog" in which she goes over how important having a theme is to her channel, and gave a little theme advice.

​Ashley Nicole

​​Coming up with a theme for a vlog ever single day is hard, it's hard. Usually, I don't even know what the theme of my blog is until I'm sitting down editing and I'm like, oh, this is what I'll title it. When you finally think of that theme for the vlog make sure to get a thumbnail that fits the theme of that vlog."

​Being able to put your video to a theme gives you context for both the title and the thumbnail. Don't just throw up a vlog and title it "my vlog day 1." Use your theme. Whether that's walking your dog or going to the grocery store, use your theme to structure your editing and thumbnails/titles.

Vlogging Tips for Beginners Summed Up

These tips were curated from some of the most popular and successful vloggers on the planet. Try to take them to heart and use them. They've been there and done that.

  • Structure your vlogs like a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Don't let the haters get to you; keep at it.
  • Be consistent. People will start to expect your content, and you need to deliver content in a structured and consistent way.
  • Find a passion. Find something that you're passionate about and use it. It will fuel you to work harder.
  • Come up with a theme for each video. When you're editing, find the theme of your video and use it to create your thumbnails and titles.

There we have it.

I hope that this post will help some of you on your vlogging journey. Vlogging can be tough. Between the haters and the constant uploading content, you'll have a lot on your hands. But, if the people mentioned in this post are any indication of the power of vlogging, a camera and a content platform could literally change your life. Good luck to everyone out there. Keep your head up, and good luck vlogging!

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The best vlogging cameras with flip screenAs a vlogger, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself:

How could someone record themselves without a flip screen?

That’s like taking a selfie with your phone without a front camera. Awful!

Articulating screens let you make sure everything is A-Okay while you record. 

This is why I’ve compiled a list of the best cameras with flip screen, and have been keeping it up-to-date for the last 3 years. Check it out:

7 Best Vlogging Cameras with Flip Screen

​Camera

Optical Image Stabilization

Mic. Jack

Resolution

Price / Our Rating

​Canon G7 X Mark II

1080p60

$649.00

Canon EOS M50

canon eos m50

​With Kit Lens Only

2160p30 (4k)

$599.00

Panasonic LX10

2160p30 (4k)

$547.99

Sony RX100 V

2160p30 (4k)

from $898.00

Panasonic GH5

2160p60 (4k)

$1,497.99

Panasonic G85

2160p30 (4k)

$797.99

​Canon EOS 80D

1080p60

$949.00

​Read ​This ​If ​You Don't Want to Waste Your Money

​Remember, even though having an articulating screen is useful, it isn't everything that you need.

You have to think about other ​tools and features the camera has before deciding which camera is the right one for you and your channel.

For vlogging, there are some really vital things you are going to need that are even more important than the flipping screen:

  • ​Resolution
  • ​External microphone input
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • ​Weight
  • Low-light performance

Resolution: 1080p or 4k for vlogging?

​I'm sure you already know that you should have to record in at least ​1080p for YouTube​ nowadays.

Probably, the real question is:

​​Do I need to record in 4k?

​You don't have to record in 4k to become a super successful vlogger, but the trend is increasing over time.

​The truth is that most channels are recording in 1080p and they have no problems with that.

In fact, you will most certainly be ​​uploading your videos ​in ​1080p, even if you recorded them in 4k.

​That's just because uploading, editing and downloading 4k video format is extremely complicated and you need good hardware for it.

Besides, your viewers will need to have a high-end internet connection for them to watch online any 4k video, and that's statically unlikely.

​Still, recording in 4k does have its advantage and will almost always be better than 1080p, and here's why:

​Why ​would you ​still want 4k?

​What you can do is downs​cale your 4k video to a 1080p format after rec​​​ording and start editing your video that way, and upload in 1080p too.

Your video will still look much sharper and higher quality after converting 4k to 1080p.

It will look so much better than recording in 1080p directly. Here's an example---make sure to ​set the video to 1080p:

This is what basically every YouTuber with a 4k camera does, and you can tell when they used 4k because the image is much ​sharper.

In conclusion, ​4k isn't needed, but it is also a good thing to have.

​​External microphone input

​​I often say that having good audio is better than having the best camera.

You want your viewers to be able to understand you, and that's why having an external microphone and not depending on your camera's audio is essential.

Having a camera with a microphone jack is one of the nicest things because you don't need to sync audio and video together while editing.

shotgun microphone mounted

However, it isn't the end of the world if it doesn't have the input.

After all, most cameras don't come with a mic input, especially the smaller cameras.

It's basically the norm that point-and-shoot and mirrorless cameras lack the jack (sounds funny), but that's not entirely bad.

If they lack the connector, they have another good advantage to counter it: they are ​probably small and lightweight.

What if the camera doesn't come with an external mic input?


You can still use an external microphone by connecting it to an external audio recorder.

​Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

​This is a term that confuses a lot of people, but it really isn't complicated at all.

There are two types of stabilization: optical and digital.

You should only worry about optical. Digital stabilization is basically a "fake" type of stabilization that decreases the image quality, so you should just ignore that.

Here's an example of what OIS does:

​When will I need OIS?

​What you should know is that not everyone needs to have optical image stabilization.

You only need it ​if you are going to record and move your camera around.

​So if you are going to be a daily vlogger that walks around with the camera, you will certainly need OIS.

​If ​It's an ​Interchangeable-lens ​Camera, ​You ​Can ​Go ​Without OIS

​You can​ always get a lens with stabilization​ if your camera doesn't have it.

So if you buy a DSLR or mirrorless, you will still be able to get a lens with ​optical stabilization, so it's not a big deal.​​​

The only thing is that lenses with stabilization are slightly more expensive, and for ​every lens that you want to use, you will need one with this feature.

As for point-and-shoot cameras, all ​the ones we recommend have stabilization.

This is a needed feature in compact cameras, so the high-end ones almost always come with this feature.

Weight

vlogging camera size comparison

​You should know if you need a lightweight and small camera after defining if you need stabilization.

If you want to take your camera out and record while carrying your camera, believe me, you will want a light camera.

Especially if you have weak arms---like me.

​It might not seem like a big deal ​carrying your DSLR around.​ But since vloggers can end up recording hours while holding the camera​ on a tabletop tripod, it can get extremely tiring.

I actually find it impossible to hold a DSLR for more than 5 minutes straight with one hand; I end up alternating my hands and that becomes ​annoying at some point.

​So, you will really want a point-and-shoot camera if you are a daily vlogger that plans on recording many hours while walking around places.

​Low-light performance (Sensor Quality/Size)

A camera's low-light performance defines ​the image quality it can achieve in most lighting conditions.

​This is what can happen to your ​image if you don't have enough lighting for your camera:

​If there isn't enough light, it will result in​ a noisy image

​This "feature" is hard to measure because you really need to put each camera's image side by side in the same light conditions and compare the quality.

However, there are a couple of rules that makes it easier.

As you may know, what a camera does is ​save the light coming to its sensor in an extremely short period of time.

The more light it captures, the ​closer the ​resulting image is to ​what we see in real life.

The problem is that sensors still aren't as good as our eyes, so they need a lot more light than a human eye to see a ​bright image.

What it may look bright enough for you, it's probably not enough for a camera.

That's why lighting manipulation is such an essential part of photography.

youtube lighting setup at home

​If you record from home and don't have something like this, you are doing it wrong

​Technically, having a more expensive camera means the camera has a higher quality sens​or that can achieve a better image with less light.

This isn't always tru​e, but it ​is our first general rule.

​The second rule is that the larger the sensor of the camera is, the better it is for low light because it's able to catch​ more light.

​So, the bigger the camera is, the better it is for low light.

​That's why you should answer:

​Do I need a small camera?

​If you don't need a small camera because most of your vlogs are going to be recorded on a tripod ​on the same spo​t, then go for a larger camera to get better low-light performance and more consistent image quality.

DSLR​s and mirrorless are the best for low light because they have similar-sized sensors.

The sensor sizes are as it follows, from larger to smaller:

​Full-frame > APS-C > Micro Four Thirds > Point-and-Shoot > Camcorder​​​

​Colored frames indicate what you'd capture depending on your camera's sensor​ size

​Full-frame APS-C and Micro Four Thirds are found in DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

So ​full-frames have the best low-light performance while camcorders have the worst.

That's why I don't usually recommend camcorders for vloggers.

However, point-and-shoot cameras are still extremely worth it for vloggers because they are so easy to carry around but still have ​decent-quality sensors that make them useful unless everything is completely dark.

​The lack of low-light performance affects more when you're recording indoors, and that's something you can counter by ​creating a simple ​​lighting ​setup at home.

The good thing is that mirrorless cameras are almost as small as point-and-shoot, but they have a similar sensor size to ​a DSLR.

That's why I love mirrorless for vlogging: they are a great middle ground.

​Don't Read Any Review Before Answering EACH of These Questions

​If you really want to make sure you ​will be happy with your choice, you only need to answer the following questions.

If you still can't, then go back to the previous section because the answer for each one is there.

Don't cheat! I'm trying to help you make the right decision here, you won't regret it:

  • ​Is 4k worth the money? Then I'll know if I should choose a 4k camera
  • ​Am I willing to learn to sync audio for each video I record? Then I'll know if I need external mic input.
  • ​Am I going to move around ​while recording? ​Then I'll know if I need OIS​​​
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    ​Am I going to carry the camera around a lot? ​Then I'll know if I need a DSLR, mirrorless or point-and-shoot​​​

​And if you still don't know if you need a DSLR, mirrorless or point-and-shoot after answering these... just go for a mirrorless. 

They are both good for low light and for carrying around.

They are the perfect middle ground and are generally good for any kind of vlogging channel you plan to run.

That will be our only little cheat secret.

​Reviewing the Best Vlog Cameras with a Flip Screen

This isn’t an ordered list. This means that I don’t think that the first one I feature is the best one.

As I said before, the best one for you is not the same for me.

But I am giving you the best options in the market, no doubt.

Still, you should also know that there are some other good vlogging cameras that don’t have a flip screen you could consider.

Now, let’s begin.

Canon Powershot G7X Mark II: Most Popular Daily Vlogging Camera

  • ​​​Resolution​: 1080p60
  • External microphone input: No
  • ​OIS: ​Yes​​​
  • ​Weight: 319g/ 11.25oz
  • ​Sensor: ​Point-and-Shoot​​​​​
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    ​Price: $649.00 ​​​​

The Powershot G7X Mark II has been the go-to compact camera for vlogs since its release.

This is an improved version of a small camera that already looked like made for vlogging. Compared to the G7 X Mark I, this one is faster, has better performance in low light, more battery life and a new rubber grip.

I’m normally very skeptical when it comes to new versions of cameras that are already good, as I often feel like they perform almost the same and it’s just an excuse from the brands to sell them at a higher price, but I was wrong with this one.

What made the G7 X great was his almost given-for-free lens. It’s a fast f/1.8 24-100mm lens that can zoom out enough for you to record yourself while holding the camera and that can also zoom in enough to get rid of perspective distortion when using it at home on a tripod.

That’s the main feature, but it also offers many more advantages, for example:

Its quality in low light is basically the best you could achieve with a 1’ CMOS sensor camera.

It’s also responsive and has a fast, accurate autofocus. Its flip screen is also a touchscreen, so you can actually change its focus point with the tip of your finger in the middle of a video.

It also comes with time-lapse recording mode, which was lacking in the first version (although it’s still achievable in the older model).

The quality of this camera —especially its lens—, its reliable auto modes and its fully manual mode make it possible to record high-quality vlogs without having to carry around heavy equipment.

This version doesn’t get rid of all the problems the G7 X has, although it does improve a lot its battery life. The main downside is that it still doesn’t have a mic input, but that’s just normal for compact cameras.

I still don’t think The G7 X Mark II it’s worth if you already have the G7 X because it is pretty expensive, but if you’re upgrading from a cheaper camera, it’s better to just go for the Mark II.

Read the full review: Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II

The Good

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    Reliable autofocus 
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    Great lens quality for the price
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    Great image stabilization
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    Small and lightweight

The ​Bad

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

Canon EOS M50: Latest Camera for Vloggers

  • ​​​Resolution​: ​4kp​24
  • External microphone input: ​Yes
  • ​OIS: ​Yes (only in 4k)​​​
  • ​Weight: ​390g/13.76 oz (without lens)
  • ​Sensor: ​​APS-C
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    ​Price: $599.00 ​​​​

Despite being a newcomer in the scene, the Canon EOS M50 has been getting very positive reviews from the vlogging community.

Although marketed as a beginner upgrade from phone photography and videomaking, it truly has everything to become the new best vlogging camera.

Released in March 2018, its popularity and hype stems primarily from its 4K video shooting capability, being Canon’s first entry-level mirrorless camera with this desired feature. But be warned though, the Canon EOS M50 adds an extra crop factor of 1.7x when shooting 4K on top of its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor’s 1.6x crop factor. So, you’ll get a relatively smaller coverage area.

But despite this minor hiccup, the Canon EOS M50 still proves to be a great vlogging camera for those looking for a gear upgrade from any compact camera.

It can also be a decent upgrade from the Canon G7X Mark II. After all, they have similar capacities but this mirrorless seems to offer a lot more for a slightly higher price: microphone jack, much larger sensor that achieves better results in low light and interchangeable-lens capacity.

For one, its sensor allows the camera to have a wide sensitivity range (ISO 100 to ISO 25,600). And sporting Canon’s new DIGIC 8 processor, the M50 features an improved autofocus system of 143 AF points which can also be manually-controlled through its flip-out touchscreen.

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

The Good

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    4k recording
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    ​More future-proof
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    ​DSLR-​Size sensor
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    ​Lots of vlog-friendly features

The ​Bad

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

Panasonic LX10: Budget 4k Compact

  • ​​​Resolution​: ​4kp30
  • External microphone input: ​No
  • ​OIS: ​Yes​​​
  • ​Weight: ​​310g / 10.93 oz​
  • ​Sensor: ​​​Point-and-shoot
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    ​Price: $547.99 ​​​​

Panasonic is a really good brand for small cameras that can record really good video.

For vloggers, one of the most important models to consider is the Panasonic LX10.

It is a close call when you compare it to the G7X Mark II, since this one offers what it seems, on paper, a faster lens and better (4k) recording quality.

The 4k recording is really good. The camera achieves beautiful colors and can record 4k clips for 15 minutes straight without overheating. This is a really good performance demonstration, but there are also some other things that the G7X does better.

For example, the G7X comes with better image stabilization, so it achieves less shaky image. And it also has a better (although not perfect) autofocus. The camera also performs better in low light, as its lens stays faster as you use the zoom when compared to the LX10.

This is what you’re trading for going for the LX10 instead of the G7X; basically a more stunning image with incredible colors, for a slightly worse performance overall.

It is still one of the best vlogging cameras you can choose, so get this one if you don’t think you need to rely too much on autofocus, or maybe if you don’t think you will be running a lot with your camera.

Read the full review: Panasonic LX10

The Good

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    Pocketable
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    Fast lens (f/1.4)
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    4k recording

The ​Bad

  • Small sensor
  • No external mic port
  • Unreliable autofocus

Sony RX100 Mark V: Best 4k Compact Camera

  • ​​​Resolution​: ​4kp30
  • External microphone input: ​No
  • ​OIS: ​Yes​​​
  • ​Weight: ​299g/​10.55 oz
  • ​Price: from $898.00 ​​​​

This camera is the main competitor of the Canon G7X Mark II. It is also a daily vlog camera, but this one is a bit more powerful—and also a lot more expensive.

It can record 4k video at 30fps and can achieve extreme slow-motion videos in 1080p with 960fps.

It also has the ability of achieve more realistic colors than the Canon G7X out of the box. This lets you record and upload your video without having to do any color grading, which can be annoying for newbies.

But, it still isn’t better than the Canon in every way.

For example, its autofocus it’s still not as reliable, although it is faster—it still is a lot better than the Panasonic LX10’s.

It also tends to keep the exposure a bit low in high-contrast lighting, but this can be overcome by using the exposure compensation function.

Finally, it has a bit lower battery life than the Canon, but both suffer the same problem of low battery life, so it’s advisable to get additional batteries for both of them.

Read the full review: Sony RX100 Mark V.

The Good

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    Semi-professional compact
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    Great lens quality
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    4k video recording
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    960fps slow-mo

The ​Bad

  • High price​​​​
  • Few improvements over the previous Mark IV

Panasonic Lumix G85: Best for Starters

  • ​​​Resolution​: ​4kp30
  • External microphone input: ​Yes
  • ​OIS: ​Yes​​​
  • ​Weight: ​​505g​ / 17.81 oz​ (without lens)
  • ​Sensor: ​​​​Micro Four Thirds
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    ​Price: $797.99 ​​​​

Panasonic doesn’t make many cameras, but the few ones they got are a really good fit for vlogging. The Panasonic G85 is my favorite from them when it comes to vlogging cameras. This one simply has all the additional features vloggers love.

We could wrap up this camera by simply saying that you will sacrifice a bit of low-light performance in exchange for being able to connect an external mic to your camera, and 4k recording quality.

This is really comfortable for vloggers since that’s one less step you’ll have to go through during the editing process. There will no need for you to sync audio and video if you want to have the best audio quality. Additionally, you will be able to set a shotgun microphone on the hot shoe of the camera, which combined with a gorilla pod will be the perfect vlogging setup.

The low-light performance will suffer a bit, together with the ability to achieve the “blurred background” effect some vloggers like to have. This is due to its sensor size being a Micro Four Thirds, which is slightly smaller than the APS-C found in most mirrorless cameras.

But if you are a vlogger, you will probably record mostly outside your house, and an MFT sensor is more than enough for that. This is the way Panasonic can give more features to buyers: by freeing space with a MFT sensor.

Still, remember that you can record 4k video at 30fps with this baby. This is definitely a really good trade for vloggers, and that’s why I can’t leave this post without mentioning this camera.

Read the full review: Panasonic G85.

The Good

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    4k recording
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    Made for video (IS, mic. port and flip screen)
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    Lightweight

The ​Bad

  • Micro Four Thirds sensor

Panasonic GH5: Best Youtube Camera

  • ​​​Resolution​: ​4kp60
  • External microphone input: ​Yes
  • ​OIS: ​Yes​​​
  • ​Weight: ​725 g ​ / 25.57 oz (without lens)
  • ​Sensor: ​​​​Micro Four Thirds
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    ​Price: $2,397.99 ​​​​

The GH5 doesn’t have the typical advantage you can find in a mirrorless. The camera is actually just as heavy as a DSLR like the 80D, with only 5g less on his body.

However, this camera is becoming really popular between Youtubers. And for good reasons.

It isn’t exactly the choice for your camera to vlog with a selfie stick as it’s also quite big for a mirrorless, but the 4k video at 60fps is absolutely stunning.

The camera achieves beautiful colors, and has a really wide Dynamic range that makes it useful for any high-contrast situation.

If you are strong enough to carry this camera with a selfie stick, you will greatly appreciate the Dual I.S. function. 

This is basically the ability of using the internal image stabilization together with the optical stabilization of some lenses. You will need one compatible lens to use this function.

This makes the camera achieve the smoothest image without needing a steadycam.

On the downside, besides being a bit heavy for a mirrorless, it’s also a Micro Four Third sensor, so it can’t compete with cameras like the Sony A7S II for low light.

But to be fair, this camera does just about everything else better and it’s easier to use—thanks to its user-friendly menu and layout—than most full-frame cameras.

Read the full review: Panasonic GH5.

The Good

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    Stunning 4k image
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    Great stabilization
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    Made for video (IS, mic. port and flip screen)

The ​Bad

  • Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • As heavy and big​​​​ as a DSLR

Canon EOS 80D: Best DSLR for Youtube

  • ​​​Resolution​: ​1080p60
  • External microphone input: ​Yes
  • ​OIS: ​No
  • ​Weight: ​​730 g / 25.75 oz (without lens)
  • ​Sensor: ​​​​​APS-C
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    ​Price: $949.00 ​​​​

If you are a follower of the most important Youtube channels in 2017, you probably have noticed that most of them still use a DSLR.

Content creators like Casey Neistat and Jake Paul still seem to prefer this kind of camera to give their vlogs the most quality.

The truth is that DSLRs aren’t dead yet, and there are still quite a few new models that have excellent performance for vlogger despite their size.

Between DSLRs, I believe the best one for vlogging is the Canon EOS 80D. The main reason? It has amazing autofocus for video, a flip-out screen, great battery life, and of course, external mic port.

This year model comes with a new sensor and processor that improved the image quality over its predecessor, the Canon EOS 70D. It is also not too heavy, so it is a good option to take advantage of a DSLR without having to deal with their size disadvantage.

If you get a gorilla pod to go with it and a good 24mm lens from the huge selection Canon offers, you will certainly take a lot of advantages from this camera.

Read the full review: Canon EOS 80D

The Good

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    Good for low light (APS-C sensor)
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    Best battery life (960 shots)
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    Probably the best video autofocus in this list

The ​Bad

  • Heaviest camera of the list
  • There are cheaper 4k cameras
  • No image stabilization

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