As a vlogger, it’s only natural that you’ll be looking for the best vlogging camera with a flip screen. After all, articulating screens can help you make sure everything is okay while you record. These cameras can save you a lot of time, which can help you making part-time vlogging possible.
This is why I’ve made a list of the best cameras with flip screen that are fit for vlogging. Here it is:
|Camera||Type||Low-Light Quality||Mic. Port||Resolution||Battery||Price|
|Panasonic LX10||Compact||Good||No||4k||260 shots||$$$|
|Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II||Compact||Very Good||No||1080p60||265 shots||$$$|
|Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300||Compact||Average||Yes||4k30p||380 shots||$$$|
|Samsung NX Mini||Compact||Average||No||1080p30||650 shots||$|
|Samsung NX500||Mirrorless||Excellent||No||4kp30||370 shots||$$$$|
|Canon EOS M3||Mirroless||Excellent||Yes||1080p30||250 shots||$$$|
You will notice that there are no camcorders and DLSRs onn this list. That’s because they belong to another list. These cameras are all small and comfortable to carry, so they’re great for vlogs. Check these posts if you prefer another kind of camera: camcorder or DSLR.
Remember to think about the price of a good microphone before getting one of these cameras. Here are multiple lists of microphones you could get. You can use it to determine if your budget will be able to handle a camera + a good vlogging mic.
You will notice that some of these cameras are really good but don’t come with an external microphone port. In this case you could buy a portable recorder and connect a lavalier mic to it. Either way, every camera in this post is worth every penny.
Now, let’s begin.
Table of Contents
Reviews of the Best Vlogging Cameras with a Flip Screen
This isn’t an ordered list. This means that I don’t think that the first one I will feature is the best one. You will find cameras of different price ranges. They are all good, but some are better for certain needs. You should choose the one that you think is better for your content.
Here they are:
Canon’s Powershot G7X Mark II is the latest release that vloggers should be aware of, and that’s why it’s first in this list.
This is an improved version of a small camera that already looked like made for vlogging. Compared to the G7 X, 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 timelapse 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 videos for vlogging 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.
- Improved version of a really good vlogs camera
- Better low-light performance
- Decent battery life for a compact camera
- Full manual mode and good extras (touchscreen and WiFi)
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 overhearting. This is a really good performance demonstration, but there’s 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 performes 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 slighty 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.
- 4k recording for a fair price
- High-quality lens
- Good low-light performance
- More realistic colors
We could say that the Lumix DMC-FZ300 is the cheap alternative to the Canon PowerShot G7 X. It shares a lot of good features with the Canon but it sacrifices some for a lower price.
However, the best thing is that this one has an external microphone port.
With this camera you will not achieve the blurred background effect like with the Canon PowerShot G7 X, and its low-light performance isn’t that good either. This is because its largest aperture is f/2.8 and its ISO is as half as the Canon’s (6400).
Its max sensor resolution is only 12MP compared to the 20MP from the PowerShot. However, I really don’t give that much importance to megapixels; it can still record 4k video.
This means that this camera still does some things better than the Canon:
Its capacity to record 4k is something just crazy if you take into account its price.
Its battery also lasts for longer (380 shots), but the camera is almost as twice as heavy (1.5lb).
For the rest of the features, it has the same strengths for vlogging than the Canon PowerShot G7 X: Wi-Fi, optical image stabilization, face detection focus, manual focus and manual exposure, with the addition of an external microphone port.
By buying this camera you will sacrifice the blurred background effect, some low-light performance, and easiness to carry around; this still makes it a good choice to save some bucks and have a really good point & shoot camera for video blogging.
Panasonic doesn’t make many cameras, but the few ones they got are cool for vlogging. This is why it is one of my favorite brands for this job. I dedicated an entire post to Panasonic’s awesome mirrorless cameras. The G7 and Gh4 are good options you should check out there.
- 4k recording for a low price
- External microphone port
- Full manual mode
- Decent battery life for the price
In my opinion, the following features make the Samsung NX mini the best point & shoot for starting vloggers:
- 1080p video
- It’s really small (6.9oz. 110 x 62 x 23 mm)
- Amazing sensor with up to 25,600 ISO
- Face detection focus
- Good price
- It can go from wide-angle to tele if you buy the right lens.
So, basically you’ve got a cheap camera that can make the job easier for vloggers. It can record amazing video quality , it’s easy to transport and has fair quality in low light. This makes it, without any doubt, one of the best vlogging cameras with a flip screen. The value you get for vlogging for your money is outstanding.
Just be aware of something:
The Samsung NX mini is actually an interchangeable lens camera. There are two lenses you can purchase: a 9-27mm lens and the fixed 9mm lens.
I highly recommend you to get the 9-27mm lens for vlogging. The 9mm fixed lens has a focal length of 24.3mm; this is a wide-angle lens, but you won’t have the option of zooming in.
By buying the 9-27mm you will have the option to achieve wide shots by using small zoom. But at the same time, you will have the option to use the zoom mid-way to achieve normal focal length around 50mm. This will help you against face deformation (remember that wide-angle lenses create a deformation called Perspective Distortion).
Is there any downside to it for vlogging?
Of course, there’s no thing as a perfect camera.
The Samsung NX mini’s lenses both have a max aperture of f3.5; sadly, you won’t be able to get close to the blurred background effect we all love for vlogging.
This also diminishes its performance in low light. You might want to make sure you got good lighting before recording your videos.
And finally, it lacks a microphone port, but that’s just pretty standard for compact cameras around this price.
A bulkier but more solid alternative:
- Decent performance in low light
- Slim and pocketable
- Good extras (WiFi and Touchscreen)
One of their best is the Samsung NX 500. This camera is a 4k DSLR trapped in a small body. This adds a lot of value for vloggers. Better than having a camera that can record DSLR-like quality video is having a light camera.
This one is a high quality camera that comes with the best of both worlds: a bigger sensor in a small body.
Its autofocus is good, has good high ISO performance and good Dynamic range. This last feature allows you to use the camera without worrying too much about lighting, as it improves its performance in tough light situations.
Also, this camera has a good selection of lenses available from Samsung. It’s an interchangeable-lens camera with a high resolution LCD flip screen.
The disadvantage of any mirrorless is its battery life. This one can last up to 370 shots. This is around the same duration of a Canon T6i, so you should get a spare battery.
- Big sensor in a small camera
- Wide selection of good lenses
- 4k Video recording
- Good extras (WiFi, Luggability and Touchscreen)
This one cannot record 4k video, just up to 1080p30. But it does offer some other advantages that are good reasons to include it on this list
This camera does just what a good mirrorless for vlogging should do. It has everything you will want as a vlogger to have a good experience recording videos for a good price: flip screen, good image quality, external microphone port, WiFi and Touchscreen.
Its low-light performance isn’t the best, and its image quality isn’t unique for its price range. But the thing is that it achieves what you’ll want to make vlogging much easier, without having to pay too much for it.
I’ll tell you that Canon is not the king of Mirrorless. This is just one of their attempts to beat Sony in that market, but that’s something they won’t be able to do with this camera.
Sony does have better quality Mirrorless cameras for around the same price. However, they aren’t as vlog-friendly as this one. And that’s why this one stands out on a list like this.
You will appreciate a lot the fact of having a flip screen and a mic port for better audio, which for me it’s the most important thing you should worry about as a video creator.
The Canon EOS M has just what you will want for a vlogging camera. It has an almost-perfect balance between vlog-friendly features, quality and price. It’s a camera that’s excellent in good light, and has all Canon lenses available as long as you get the right adaptor.