VloggerPro https://vloggerpro.com Vlogging Gear Reviews and Tips Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:24:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 https://vloggerpro.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/vloggerprofavico2.png VloggerPro https://vloggerpro.com 32 32 106025964 Top 5 Best Vlogging Cameras Under $300 [2019] https://vloggerpro.com/best-vlogging-cameras-under-300/ https://vloggerpro.com/best-vlogging-cameras-under-300/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2019 22:22:31 +0000 http://vloggerpro.com/?p=1013 Whether you’re looking for a camcorder or compact camera for vlogging on a tight budget, you will find here the list of the best vlogging cameras under $300 on the market. This price range is where you will start finding really useful cameras for video blogging that are enough for most vloggers. Still, they all lack an [...]

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Whether you’re looking for a camcorder or compact camera for vlogging on a tight budget, you will find here the list of the best vlogging cameras under $300 on the market.

This price range is where you will start finding really useful cameras for video blogging that are enough for most vloggers.

Still, they all lack an external microphone port. But this is something very common even in the best vlogging cameras. Most cameras that are really useful for vlogs are compact, so they usually lack the space for an external port. This feature is only common in more bulky cameras like DSLRs or camcorders.

The best solution is getting an external recorder and connect a microphone to it.

So, since you’re going to need to invest in good audio sooner or later, having a well-priced camera that can still record 1080p video can allow you start recording very high quality videos on a tight budget. That’s why I’ve made this list. I tested and looked for lots of information from customers, and these are the winners between vloggers:

The 5 Best Vlogging Cameras Under $300

The prices of these cameras are updated automatically according to Amazon’s current price, which varies by the minute. Some cameras might go above the $300 mark.

​Camera

Flip Screen

Mic. Jack

Resolution

Price / Our Rating

1080p24

from $273.99

1080p60

from $392.69

2160p30(4k)

from $215.00

1080p30

from $256.95

1080p60

from $199.00

Canon PowerShot N – Best Luggability

The Canon Powershot N is one of those cameras that give you a weird impression when you first look at them. The truth is that this camera doesn’t have anything strange other than getting rid of physical space it doesn’t need, and that’s why it is a really good vlogging camera.

Besides lacking an external mic input, the camera has got everything that is basic to record a high quality video blog; it can record up to 1080p, it has optical stabilization, and its lens covers a lot of focal length, and just enough of what you’re going to need as a vlogger. You can use it at 28mm if you need to record in selfie mode, or at 50mm if you want to give it the most natural look and place it on a tripod.

It fits better in your pocket than any other camera on this list, so you can’t carry it anywhere and record a video on-the-go, which I know it’s something vloggers need in a camera.

Although it might look like it has a flip screen, it’s just a 90 degree tilting screen, so there’s no way to watch yourself while recording. Sadly there aren’t cameras with that feature at this price range.

But all in all, this camera has an incredibly well-balanced bundle of features for a vlogger.

The Good

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    1080p
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    Touchscreen, WiFi and NFC
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    Very small and pocketable

The ​Bad

  • Extremely small size makes it hard to hold for some people
  • Low battery life

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50 – Best Control (Fully Manual Mode)

The good thing about a camera without mic input is that you will get other features for a good price. In the case of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50, you will get a fully manual mode, RAW support and more ISO to work in low light.

But the main difference, besides this one being a lot heavier than the Canon ELPH360 HS, is that you can control your camera a lot more. This is extremely useful, of course, if you know how to play with the manual settings. Although the thing you will need the most as a vlogger is the manual focusing to make sure the camera doesn’t stop focusing you in a random moment, and both cameras do have this feature.

The ZS50 is more of a vlogging camera for photographers. You can play a lot with it and still record 1080p60 video. This means that you can also record slow-motion, and it even includes a timelapse mode.

The most important downside is that it is a quite heavy camera for its size, which can make it difficult to carry around, although not as much as more dSLR-like cameras.

Still, it has average battery life duration, although better than most compact cameras (300 shots) and WiFi. It’s just missing an articulating screen and touchscreen.

The Good

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    Fully manual mode
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    1080p60
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    Timelapse mode
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    Small and lightweight

The ​Bad

  • Small sensor
  • Low battery life

GoPro HERO5 Black – Best Resolution

GoPro cameras are for very specific needs, and a lot of vloggers find in them a lot of usefulness, so it’s a pretty popular camera for YouTube channels.

They seem to be extremely good for their price: most of them can record 4k video and they resist incredibly tough environments, so it almost seems like a steal.

The GoPro HERO5 Black achieves all this. It is an extremely small camera that can record 4k and can resist up to 33ft of water. It is a camera made for hitting rec and start doing your thing without having to think about manual settings and still record incredibly high-quality video. And it can also achieve stunning slow-motion thanks to its 1080p120 mode.

But a lot of vloggers don’t know that these cameras are made for very specific needs, and “for vlogging” is not specific enough.

What I mean is the following:

They are made for recording during the day, and specifically for situations that require a fish-eye lens. You cannot choose to stop using fish-eye with these cameras, and that’s a big deal if you plan to record all your vlogs with it.

That’s why the GoPro HERO5 Black is of really good value if you plan to record action videos, but not more. Fish-eye lenses give everything a bizarre, unnatural look. And since they’re made for recordings under de sunlight, their color balance is extremely cold if you’re indoors or at night.

This is a type of camera that can achieve what others can’t, but it can’t either achieve what others can. Don’t use it as a daily-vlog camera.

The Good

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    4k video
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    120fps slow-motion
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    Rugged and waterproof up 33ft
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    POV camera

The ​Bad

  • No zoom​​​​
  • Can't be used for daily vlogging
  • Bad audio

Nikon COOLPIX B500 – Cheapest Option Within The $200-300 Range

Even though most good vlogging cameras are luggable and easy to carry around, some vloggers like to work from home, and you can give up some luggability for better quality video. This is what the Nikon COOLPIX B500 offers.

This camera can record 1080p video, and has good low-light performance with ISO up to 3,200 and has great battery life.

Still, bear in mind that it doesn’t have a manual focusing mode, so you will need to rely on the autofocus. This is not a problem if you record from home, as the camera won’t need to hunt between different moving subjects if you keep it stationary. If you use this camera on a tripod to record your videos, you will find that this camera gives great quality for the price.

It is basically the best one for indoors recording thanks to its increased ISO capacity and low image noise, but it’s still a camera you would need to use with good lighting.

The Good

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    WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth
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    Really good battery life
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    Cheap

The ​Bad

  • Heavy (1.19lb)
  • No manual focus

Canon VIXIA HF R800 – Most Vlogging-Friendly Choice

This one is the improved version of the cheaper Canon VIXIA HF R800.

Even though camcorders are not the best type of camera for low-light recording, this one does a better job than others at this price range. Its price for the image quality is probably the best on the market.

It is a really light camcorder with flip touchscreen, WiFi and decent battery life.

One of its best features is the fast lens: f1.8 at wide will help you a lot in low light. It will also give that cool blurred background effect everyone loves, as long as you set the minimum zoom.

It’s missing a real manual exposure mode, as it’s in the consumer level of the camcorder market. However, its fast lens and articulated screen makes it stand out from the rest of the cameras here.

Still, that doesn’t make it the best option for recording in low-light. Remember that even though its fast lens helps a lot when compared to other cameras of this category, it’s still a camcorder. It still has a smaller sensor than most of the other cameras here, so it really doesn’t outperforms the others if you need to record indoors or at night time.

 

The Good

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    1080p60 video
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    Flip screen and external mic. port
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    Good battery life
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    Internal memory (32gb)

The ​Bad

  • Same R800 Camera but with internal memory and WiFi

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Best DSLR for YouTube Vlogging

My personal favorite: Canon EOS 80D

Digital single-lens reflex cameras are really popular between YouTubers. Some of these have really nice features for vloggers, and their recording quality is the best. Their performance in low light makes them great for indoors and they’re highly adaptable. That’s why I’ve made this list of the 6 best DSLR cameras for YouTube vlogging.

Comparison Table: 6 Best DSLR Cameras for YouTube Vlogging

​Camera

Flip Screen

Mic. Jack

Resolution

Price / Our Rating

2160p30(4k)

$2,799.00

1080p60

$999.00

1080p60

$699.00

1080p60

$799.00

1080p30

from $749.00

1080p60

from $395.00

How to Save Money When Buying a New DSLR for YouTube Vlogging

good dslr lens for vlogging

Canon 50mm f/1.4

When it comes to DSLRs, quality is attached to the lenses you buy with them.

This is why when buying a DSLR, I always recommend not buying the starter lens kit. Instead, get a good lens straight away.

Usually, starter lens kits are low quality. For vlogging from home, you will want to start with a fixed 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens. With them you won’t suffer perspective distortion, your image will be sharper and low-light recording will be much better. On the other hand, you’ll need a wide-angle lens (18-35mm) if you want to show more of your surroundings, or if you’re recording really close to the camera (like when walking around with the camera).

You might want to get an 18-50mm f/1.8 lens if you want to have a lens that is good for both situations. Nevertheless, when your vlogs involve speaking in front of a static camera, a prime 50mm is best.

Most of the time, buying with a starter lens kit will be more expensive. If this is the case, buy the body and get one of my recommended lenses straight away. The mistake of buying the starter lens kit is that you will more sooner than later need a better lens. Why not buy it straight from the beginning and skip the starter lens kit?

Still, bear in mind that few DSLRs come with the starting lens kit for no extra price. Just make sure they aren’t going to charge extra for it before ordering one.

Take into account that you will also need a good microphone. DSLRs’ built-in microphones are not good. If you want to get the best quality with a DSLR, you better pick up with sound quality too. Here you will find a list of good shotgun mics you can use. You should bear in mind their cost before finally deciding which DSLR to get.

Finally, you will want to consider a tripod either for recording in selfie mode or for recording in a home studio setup. I’ve reviewed the best for vlogging right here.

Now, let’s start.

A Quick Guide on Sensor Size

You will see that the most significant difference between some cameras here is their sensor size. The best ones are Full-Frame, while the rest are APS-C.

Their difference? The explanation is simple:

Full-Frame is the biggest sensor size. This means that they are significantly better in low light—and by low light, I’m including indoors during the day— they can also achieve a more intense Bokeh effect and they are able to capture a wider frame, like if you were zoomed out.

comparison between aps-c and full-frame sensor sizes - Vlogger Pro

The image above shows how much more full-frame cameras are able to capture from the same distance and with the same lens in comparison to APS-C size. It also makes it obvious why they capture more light since they’re bigger.

Full-Frames are capable of suppressing Perspective Distortion because they can use tele lens that still capture a wide area.

Since they’re better in low light and can use better lenses, they offer the highest quality. Colors and sharpness are just on point—and it’s the main reason they cost a lot of money.

APS-C cameras listed here have smaller sensors, but they’re still good. In fact, their sensors are larger than any compact or camcorder.

The most common choice for YouTube is an APS-C DSLR when recording from home, and a good compact camera for traveling and street vlogs. Only the most serious vloggers get a full-frame camera.

After all, they are not cheap.

Now that you know all this, here is the complete list of the best DSLRs for YouTube vlogging:

And the 6 Best Are…

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – The Professional Youtube Camera

The Canon EOS 5D truly is the king of prosumer-level DSLRs, especially for video. The Mark IV is the latest update, which introduces 4k recording.

This update took a long time — around 4 years — and I’m sure it was mainly due to Sony mirrorless cameras becoming more popular.

But that doesn’t matter now. We already got the update we needed for arguably the one of the best DSLRs on the market.

This camera has the great autofocus and dynamic range for high-contrast scenes. It also offers great sharpness and colors. This makes it really good for makeup and beauty. This is why it’s a very popular camera between wedding photographers.

Most cameras lose some color quality in higher ISOs, but this one simply doesn’t. It maintains its sharp colors even if you need to record at high ISO.

You can trust this camera will live up to the challenge of giving the best quality in low light—unless you’re recording in a cave, of course.

Now, one of the biggest downsides is that this camera isn’t the lightest DSLR. But for vloggers, the main problem is the lack of an articulating screen. This can be a deal breaker for Youtubers.

Still, remember that this is a full-frame camera, so it’s really hard to end up outside of the frame by accident. Still, even for me, the lack of an articulating screen can be annoying.

This is why the 5D Mark IV might be the highest quality camera you could get for Youtube, but it might not be the right one for you.

The Good

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    Top video performance
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    Great battery life
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    Great autofocus
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    Full-frame 4k recording

The ​Bad

  • Heavy (1.96lb)
  • No flip screen
  • No in-body stabilization

Canon EOS 80D – Best Video DSLR for Youtubers

The 5D Mark IV is an amazing camera, but it might be too much if you just want to record YouTube videos. Besides, it doesn’t have an articulating screen.

If you want a great camera to record your YouTube videos and even make short films, the Canon EOS 80D should be your main option.

Here’s why this one is my personal favorite for video blogging:

The Canon EOS 80D’s autofocus is the best you can find for this price.

It is good even in low light.

One of the most common troubles vloggers face is the lack of a good lighting setup. If you know a little bit about lighting, you can, of course, get away with a DSLR that doesn’t perform well in these situations. However, you can trust the Canon EOS 80D when used in non-optimal lighting conditions.

Its battery is good. The Nikon D7200’s battery lasts for a little bit longer than this one. However, it matches the 5D Mark IV— and it saves you $2000.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: 900 shots |Canon T7i: 600 shots | Sony A77 II: 480 shots |Nikon D5300: 600 shots |Canon EOS 80D: 960 shots|Nikon D7200: 1110 shots

This gives you an idea of the kind of value you’re getting for your money.

However, the camera isn’t perfect. It can record only up to 1080p60/30, which is a bit disappointing knowing that many compact and mirrorless are coming with 4k recording.

Also, the newer T7i and 77D are both cheaper, but they have a new sensor and all the video features the 80D brings. The 77D is especially focused on filmmaking and comes with a lower price and in-body image stabilization, something you will miss from the 80D.

So, if you plan to only give your DSLR usage for home video, you can sacrifice battery life and extra-sharp autofocus for a cheaper price tag with these camera cousins. If you choose the 77D instead, you will pay less in the initial upfront for the body and for future lens upgrades since you’ll be able to get cheaper lenses that lack the stabilization the 77D includes.

The Good

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    Made for video (mic jack, flip screen, hot shoe)
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    Really good ​​​​autofocus
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    Good battery life
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    Light for a DSLR

The ​Bad

  • No in-body stabilization
  • There are many cheaper 4k cameras

Canon EOS 77D – Best Value DSLR for Youtube Vlogging

The Canon 77D is a 24.2-megapixel DSLR camera marketed for advanced amateur videographers and photographers. Often said to be a midpoint between the lower-end Canon T7i/800D and the higher-end Canon 80D, the 77D shares a lot of common features with the other two.

All three are equipped with APS-C CMOS sensors, have articulated LCD touchscreens and external microphone ports. They are also equipped with an impressive dual-pixel autofocus system which is one of the most effective autofocus systems for DSLRs.

So, what makes the 77D standout from its siblings?

Well, for a significantly lower starting price, the 77D offers a higher ISO capability than the 80D. This is because the 77D (as well as the T7i) has a more advanced image processor than the 80D. Thus, giving the latter a step of ISO advantage, which may be useful when shooting in extremely dark situations.

The Canon 77D also has a 5-axis image stabilization feature in video mode which makes it better for handheld operation as compared to the 80D. This is also an advantage when compared to the T7i.

It is also unfortunate that the 80D does not offer 4k video recording. Now, the 77D doesn’t offer 4k as well but getting the 80D for that high price tag might not be worth it for you as they offer the same video features and quality.

On the other hand, the 77D and the T7i are almost identical. You might ask then, “why would I go for the more expensive 77D then?”. Well, there are some features the 77D has that you might want to spend those extra dollars on.

One of them is anti-flicker recording mode which counters light flickering when you’re shooting in a particularly sunny setting.

But most differences are about design. For example, the 77D has an LCD screen on top of the camera for easy review of shooting settings. It also has a quick control dial to navigate the options more easily

But the most important one is the inclusion of in-body stabilization, which will allow you to get cheaper lenses without OIS.

And although neither the 77D nor the T7i has a weather-sealing, the 77D’s body is constructed to be more rugged than the T7i’s making it the better choice for vlogging outdoor activities.

However, like most DSLR’s the 77D is a bit bulky and heavy especially compared to the more sleek and pocketable mirrorless cameras.

The Good

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    Made for video (stabilization, flip screen, mic jack and hot shoe)
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    Effective dual-pixel autofocus
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    Better sensor than the 80D
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    Small and lightweight

The ​Bad

  • No 4k recording
  • Not weather-sealed

Canon EOS T7i – Best DSLR for Starters

Canon’s Rebel line has been the favorite between YouTubers for quite some time. Starting from the T3i, these cameras have been the main choice when buying your first DSLR for video.

The main reason Rebels are the first DSLR many YouTubers start with is because they achieve good cinematic quality and are video friendly. It’s also because Canon offers a huge float of high-quality lenses for any kind of Youtuber, and you’re able to use them for a relatively low price thanks to Rebel cameras.

Now the Rebel lineup is much better, they now come with video autofocus, WiFi, NFC, more MPs and better performance in low light.

Also, compared to the previous T6i, this one comes with a new sensor. It gets really close to the image quality you get from the more expensive Canon EOS 80D, and the main reason is that this one is using an even more up-to-date sensor.

It can record 1080p60/30, which is the least we can ask for, since there are already several mirrorless and compact cameras that can record 4k at this price range.

This camera also has an articulating screen and a pretty decent battery duration of around 600 shots. This is also part of the reason why it’s a popular YouTube camera.

It might still be a good idea to get the T6iinstead of this one for the price difference. However, remember this new sensor will give you more quality in low light.

The Good

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    Entry-level DSLR for video
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    Made for video (flip screen, mic jack, hot shoe)
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    Better sensor than the 80D

The ​Bad

  • Expensive for a camera for starters​​​​
  • No 4k recording
  • No in-body stabilization

Canon EOS Rebel T6i – Cheaper Alternative to the T7i

Even though Canon REBEL cameras were supposed to be the low-price lineup for Canon video DSLRs, their price went up a lot as they released new models.

That’s why getting an older Rebel camera is not a bad idea. The T6i is still a pretty decent camera for Youtube starters.

The camera has all the basics for video, but it’s like a toned-down version that is slightly cheaper.

It comes with an older image processing technology, which results in slightly noisier images in high ISO. It also has fewer focus points (45 vs. 19), a lot less battery life (600 vs. 440 shots), and it lacks Bluetooth and the timelapse feature.

All these differences make it seem as if getting this older version isn’t worth the hundred bucks you’ll save, but it is a viable option if your budget is getting tight.

After all, it still has a flip screen, mic jack, hot shoe, 1080p30 recording, touchscreen, WiFi, and NFC.

The Good

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    Good DSLR for starters
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    Made for video (mic jack, flip screen, hot shoe)
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    Cheaper price

The ​Bad

  • 1080p only up to 30 fps
  • Low battery life for the price
  • No 4k recording

Nikon D5300 – Best Cheap DSLR for Starters

This Nikon camera doesn’t offer the nice video snapshots feature from Canon, but it does have some advantages you might like more. It’s the direct alternative to the Canon EOS Rebel T7i for those that don’t want to spend so much money on a camera to start out.

The camera has all the basics you will want in a camera for self-recording. It is an APS-C sensor camera that comes with a flip screen, mic jack, and hot shoe.

It is the cheapest DSLR for video with just enough of what you need to record high-quality video.

But really, do not let the camera price fool you. It even performs decently in low-light conditions, as long as you don’t have to go above the 3200 ISO mark.

If you got a basic lighting setup at home, this camera is enough to deliver the image quality you will need to start your Youtube channel on the right foot.

You’ll just need to take a couple of things into consideration:

Its autofocus is not as good as the Canon’s. The T7i’s autofocus is more reliable and much faster. It’s a bit slower and does more hunting.

On the other hand, It has more battery life than the Canon. This one lasts for 600 shots, a big difference compared to the Canon’s 440 shots.

It includes WiFi, but doesn’t have anti-aliasing filter. A camera with low-pass filter will get rid of the moiré effect. This one doesn’t have one, but it has a sharper image thanks to this. It will be a better option as long as you don’t wear any striped clothing for your YouTube videos.

It might not have a touchscreen, Bluetooth and NFC like the T7i, but this is not something you will miss so much for the huge price difference.

The Good

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    Affordable with good value
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    Made for video (flip screen, mic jack, hot shoe)
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    Good battery life for the price

The ​Bad

  • No in-body stabilization
  • No touchscreen, Bluetooth and NFC
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The 51 Best Vlogging Lenses for All Brands [2019] https://vloggerpro.com/best-vlogging-dslr-lenses-for-every-brand/ https://vloggerpro.com/best-vlogging-dslr-lenses-for-every-brand/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2019 21:39:20 +0000 http://vloggerpro.com/?p=709 If you want to start vlogging, and you don’t know much about the complicated camera industry, you are probably pretty confused about what lens to get. Do not worry. I know it can be overwhelming at first, but I’ve created this massive post so you can know exactly what lens you need for your vlogging [...]

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Best lenses for vlogging - Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony

If you want to start vlogging, and you don’t know much about the complicated camera industry, you are probably pretty confused about what lens to get.

Do not worry.

I know it can be overwhelming at first, but I’ve created this massive post so you can know exactly what lens you need for your vlogging aspirations.

I’ve already explained what kind of lens is the best for vlogging. But here I go more in-depth and I will guide you through all the process of choosing the right lens.

Better yet, after teaching you how to choose, I will give you what exact models are good options for vloggers.

When you first get a DSLR or mirrorless for vlogging on YouTube, your first lens should be one from this list, no matter what your camera brand is.

So let’s see what you need to know first, shall we?

Tell Me, What Lens Do I Need?

First, you will need to know the sensor size of your chosen camera. It will probably be one of these 3:

  • Full-frame
  • APS-C
  • Micro Four Thirds

Most DSLRs have an APS-C sensor, while full-frame are only found in the most expensive models on the market.

This is because Full-frame is the largest size and the one with the most benefits in terms of image quality.

On the other hand, Micro Four Thirds sensors are the smallest of these three and are often found in some mirrorless camera brands like Panasonic and Olympus. APS-C is still common in Sony mirrorless cameras.

You need to know your camera’s sensor size so you can choose the right focal length for you.

Choose First the Ideal Focal Length

A lens with 50 mm focal length will look more zoomed in when used on a Micro Four Thirds camera than on an APS-C.

A lens with 50 mm focal length will look more zoomed in when used on an APS-C camera than on a Full-frame.

You want to choose first the ideal focal length because it tells you how much zoom your camera is going to have.

I wanted to show you how different focal lengths look like by showing you some example images of 50 mm, 35 mm and 24 mm lenses, which are the three common focal length choices for vlogging.

All the images I’m going to show you in a moment were taken in an APS-C sensor camera, so if your camera uses any other size, refer to the following table to know which focal length you need to achieve the same look:

Focal Length Equivalency Table

Full-frame

APS-C

Micro 4/3

80 mm

50 mm​​​​

38 mm

56 mm

35 mm

27 mm

38 mm

24 mm

18 mm

To choose the right focal length for you, you will need to know how you will be using your camera.

When to use a 50mm lens

If you’re recording from home—and you have a lot of space for your studio—the highest quality will come from a 50mm lens.

To use it effectively, you will need a tripod, since it is a lens with a decent amount of zoom.

And you will also need a lot of space and a remote controller to put the camera far away from you.

On an APS-C camera, 50mm will basically look like this:

If you don’t like all that zoom, a 35mm lens is a nice middle-ground.

It will allow you to show a bit more of your surroundings, which is really nice if you want to show more of the place where you’re at.

And you might not need to put your camera so far away, so you will need less space.

It will look like this:

When to use a wide-angle lens (24mm or less)

If you want to use your camera in selfie mode and walk around with it while recording videos, you will need a wide-angle lens that allows you to stay close to the camera.

I like to choose something that is no higher than 24mm for APS-C.

If you use a selfie stick to carry the camera while recording yourself, it should look like something like this:

You can use even wider lenses but bear in mind that at some point things start looking a bit too distorted, similarly to a fish-eye lens.

It is recommended to use a selfie stick—one of these small tripods will do—to use together with your camera, as it will give more stabilization and help you get the camera away from your face.

Do You Need Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)?

I would never recommend a camera that doesn’t have image stabilization (IS) on this site.

Yes, it is that crucial for vloggers.

If you don’t believe me, watch the following video of a video test with and without OIS on a GoPro HERO5 Black:

Nobody wants to get dizzy after watching you while you move around your camera.

However…

A lot of the DSLRs and mirrorless cameras I recommend on this site don’t come with image stabilization… but that’s just because you can buy a lens with optical image stabilization for them.

But it is not true that you will always need it.

For example…

You do NOT need optical image stabilization when:

  • You plan to set your camera on a tripod and just let it there recording

or

  • You need to walk around with your camera while recording but your camera already has in-body IS (digital IS doesn’t count)

You DO need optical image stabilization when all of this is true:

  1. You need to walk around with your camera while recording (handheld)
  2. Your camera’s body only comes with digital image stabilization

Basically, if you need to hold your camera, you will need Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

Lenses with OIS are more expensive, so you really need to know if you really need it.

And after that, you can start asking yourself how much are you willing to invest in your lens.

And for that, you will need to…

Know About f-Number and Aperture

You will see that the f-number is one of the important characteristics you will see in these lenses.

It will look like something like this: f/1.4, f/1.8, f/2.0…

This is just a measure used to tell the maximum aperture the lens is capable of.

  • More lens aperture = more light the lens allows to enter the sensor
  • More lens aperture = higher quality
  • More lens aperture = lower f-number

how aperture works in vlogging lenses

Remember:

The lower the f-number, the more light the lens can receive. This translates into better low-light performance.

Also, the lower the f-number, the lower depth of field there is. This translates into producing more of that blurry background effect everyone likes.

The lower the f-number, the better quality your lens will achieve. It will give you better Bokeh effect, more light and sharper images.

Larger focal length lenses have more aperture—i.e. lower f-number—so that’s why you should start by asking if you could use a 50 mm, and if it’s too much zoom for you, choose a wide-angle lens with less aperture, like a 24 mm.

Always aim for the lowest f-number you can afford.

And finally…

Do Not Get an Incompatible Lens

The last thing you need to know is the kind of lens mount your camera has.

Even if the lens is made for your specific brand and sensor size, the last thing you need to know is the mount.

For example, not all APS-C Canon lenses are compatible with all Canon APS-C cameras. You will need to know if your camera uses EF, EF-S or EF-M mount.

If you think this is too complicated, do not worry.

I’m making sure I’m including all the mounts and all the info you need to know to see if a lens is compatible with your camera.

You can simply refer to your camera manual—or product info on any e-commerce site—to know the sensor size and mount your camera has.

Now You Know How to Choose

So, finally, you’ve learned to take these things into consideration:

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    Know your camera's sensor size
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    Know the focal length you need for your vlogging style
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    Know if you need optical image stabilization
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    Know your camera's lens mount so you don't get an incompatible lens
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    Buy the lens with the lowest f-number you can afford to get the most quality

Now you’re ready to go to the table I made for your brand and choose one of the vlogging lenses I’ve selected to be great for vlogging.

Happy shopping!

The 51 Best Lenses for Vlogging

Canon Vlogging Lenses

Zoom Lenses

50mm

These lenses present a lot of zoom. I'd recommend you use a tripod to record with these, as you'll need to get away from the camera to be inside the frame, even on Full-frame cameras.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens - Fixed
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
Focal length
50mm
40mm
50mm
50mm
50mm
Weight
159g / 5.6 oz
130g / 4.59 oz
290g / 0.64 lb
815g / 1.79 lb
580g / 1.28 lb
OIS
Type
EF STM
EF STM
EF USM
DG HSM
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.8
F/2.8
f/1.4
f/1.4
f/1.2
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
from $125.00
$179.00
$349.00
from $801.92
$1,349.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Focal length
50mm
Weight
159g / 5.6 oz
OIS
Type
EF STM
Aperture
f/1.8
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
from $125.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens - Fixed
Focal length
40mm
Weight
130g / 4.59 oz
OIS
Type
EF STM
Aperture
F/2.8
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$179.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
Focal length
50mm
Weight
290g / 0.64 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.4
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$349.00
Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon
Focal length
50mm
Weight
815g / 1.79 lb
OIS
Type
DG HSM
Aperture
f/1.4
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C
Price
from $801.92
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
Focal length
50mm
Weight
580g / 1.28 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.2
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$1,349.00
35mm

You can begin to use these lenses to record yourself in selfie mode if you're using a Full-frame. On APS-C cameras, use these for tripod recording instead of a 50mm if you think the zoom is too much.

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM
Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - White Box (New) (Bulk Packaging)
Focal length
35mm
30mm
28mm
35mm
35mm
Weight
190g /6.7 oz
435g / 15.3 oz
308g / 0.68 lb
335g / 11.82 oz
580g / 1.28 lb
OIS
Type
EF-S STM
DC HSM
EF USM
EF USM
EF USM
Aperture
F/2.8
f/1.4
f/1.8
f/2
f/1.4
For sensor
APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$299.00
from $329.00
$509.00
$549.00
from $1,599.00
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM
Focal length
35mm
Weight
190g /6.7 oz
OIS
Type
EF-S STM
Aperture
F/2.8
For sensor
APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$299.00
Sigma 30mm F1.4 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon
Focal length
30mm
Weight
435g / 15.3 oz
OIS
Type
DC HSM
Aperture
f/1.4
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C
Price
from $329.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Focal length
28mm
Weight
308g / 0.68 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.8
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$509.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens
Focal length
35mm
Weight
335g / 11.82 oz
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/2
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
$549.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - White Box (New) (Bulk Packaging)
Focal length
35mm
Weight
580g / 1.28 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/1.4
For sensor
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Price
from $1,599.00

Wide-angle for Handheld Vlogging

These lenses are made for recording in selfie mode on both APS-C and Full-frame cameras. These lenses achieve a really wide image when using the latter.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Wide-Angle Fixed Lens
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens - Fixed
Focal length
24mm
10-18mm
10-20mm
20mm
24mm
Weight
125g / 4.41 oz
240g / 0.53 lb
520g / 18.3 oz
404g / 0.89 lb
281g / 0.62 lb
OIS
Type
EF-S STM
EF-S
EX DC HSM
EF USM
EF USM
Aperture
f/2.8
f/4.5-5.6
f/3.5
f/2.8
f/2.8
Sensor size
APS-C / Mirrorless (with adapter)
APS-C / Mirrorless (with adapter)
APS-C
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
from $149.00
$279.00
$399.00
$539.00
$549.00
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Focal length
24mm
Weight
125g / 4.41 oz
OIS
Type
EF-S STM
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
APS-C / Mirrorless (with adapter)
from $149.00
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Focal length
10-18mm
Weight
240g / 0.53 lb
OIS
Type
EF-S
Aperture
f/4.5-5.6
Sensor size
APS-C / Mirrorless (with adapter)
$279.00
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Focal length
10-20mm
Weight
520g / 18.3 oz
OIS
Type
EX DC HSM
Aperture
f/3.5
Sensor size
APS-C
$399.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Wide-Angle Fixed Lens
Focal length
20mm
Weight
404g / 0.89 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
$539.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens - Fixed
Focal length
24mm
Weight
281g / 0.62 lb
OIS
Type
EF USM
Aperture
f/2.8
Sensor size
Full-frame, APS-C, Mirrorless (with adapter)
$549.00

EF-M Lenses for Canon Mirrorless

These lenses are compatible with Canon's EF-M lineup, which are their mirrorless APS-C cameras.

These lenses are really good for vlogging. They are lightweight and most have image stabilization.