Top 7 Best Vlogging Cameras with Flip Screen
As 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
Optical Image Stabilization
Price / Our Rating
Canon G7 X Mark II
Canon EOS M50
With Kit Lens Only
Sony RX100 V
Canon EOS 80D
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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:
- External microphone input
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 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 downscale your 4k video to a 1080p format after recording 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.
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.
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:
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.
Technically, having a more expensive camera means the camera has a higher quality sensor that can achieve a better image with less light.
This isn't always true, 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 spot, then go for a larger camera to get better low-light performance and more consistent image quality.
DSLRs 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
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:
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
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
Canon EOS M50: Latest Camera for Vloggers
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
Panasonic LX10: Budget 4k Compact
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
Sony RX100 Mark V: Best 4k Compact Camera
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.
Panasonic Lumix G85: Best for Starters
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.
Panasonic GH5: Best Youtube Camera
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.
Canon EOS 80D: Best DSLR for Youtube
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.
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.
Read the full review: Canon EOS 80D