If you’re here, you might want to know about the cameras people like Zoella, Shaytards, Connor Franta, Joey Graceffa, Trisha Paytas and more use for vlogging. Here I try to explain why these famous YouTubers use these cameras, and why there are some options that are a common choice between them.
Just to clarify, all these YouTubers are unique in their own way. They all got amazing content and a channel with an attracting personality, so there’s no way you could say they’re famous because of their cameras.
A lot of them share the same camera model, but that’s not the secret of their success. It’s true that there are some cameras that do this job easier and that can record great video, but that’s a tiny part of their success.
This post is constantly being updated to keep up with any new camera announcement by these YouTubers. I’m also adding more to the list as I find out about the cameras more celebrities use.
Here we go.
Table of Contents
- 1 YouTubers That Have Been Using the Canon Powershot G7 X
- 2 Why Do YouTubers Like the G7 X?
- 3 YouTubers That Have Been Using the Canon EOS 70D
- 4 Why Do YouTubers Like the Canon EOS 70D?
- 5 YouTubers That Have Been Using the Canon Rebel lineup
- 6 Why Do YouTubers Like the Canon EOS Rebel Lineup?
- 7 YouTuber That Have Used the Canon Powershot ELPH 330 HS
- 8 Why do YouTubers Like the Canon ELPH 330HS?
- 9 YouTubers That Use the 5d Mark III
- 10 Why do YouTubers Like the 5D Mark III
YouTubers That Have Been Using the Canon Powershot G7 X
This camera is without any doubt, the first camera you must consider if you need one for vlogging.
This one is a daily vlogs camera because it’s small and you can take it anywhere comfortably and still record top-quality video. This one is actually one of the video cameras that Youtubers use the most, so that’s why it’s in first place.
Here are some YouTubers that use it:
Channel name: CutiePieMarzia
She said in a recent video—dated April, 2015—that she bought a new camera: the Canon PowerShot G7 X. She stopped using her DSLR because it wasn’t comfortable to carry around, which is the main reason the G7 X is getting so popular between vloggers.
Channel name: TrickShotting
Channel name: JoeyGraceffa
According to one message in twitter, he said he used the Canon PowerShot S100
However, this was a long time ago, so he has probably picked a new camera.
The Canon PowerShot s120 was the successor of the s100, and it also became really popular. Canon hasn’t officially released another successor, but some people think the G7X is the successor of the S120 because it feels a lot like it with many improvements and it seems like a direct upgrade of the s120.
He hasn’t stated that he uses the G7 X, but the lineup he used to have is already being discontinued, and the G7 X seems to be the unofficial successor.
Why Do YouTubers Like the G7 X?
If there’s something I can say as a camera junkie and after all my, is that the Canon Powershot G7 X has absolutely no competition.
This is —let’s state this clearly— between compact, non-interchangeable lens cameras. There are many mirrorless cameras that can compete both in size and quality, but it’s basically the only option I’d recommend if you’re looking specifically for a compact.
This camera is small and records 1080p60 video like a champ. And not only that, it comes with a lens that even though you can’t swap for another one, you WON’T want another one for vlogging.
This lens is so good for the total price of the camera, that in my opinion, it’s basically given for free. To find a similar lens for another camera you will need to spend around the same the G7 X’s price (only for the lens, not including the camera body you’ll need).
And additionally, it has cool features for vlogs…
…like the ability of recording a slow-motion video, a timelapse feature, wireless connectivity, great autofocus and a flip touchscreen.
And it even has a fully manual mode just in case you know how to play with shutter speed, ISO and lens aperture.
The only thing this one lacks is a microphone port, but that’s because it’s a compact camera. To fix this, vloggers use an external recorder like the one I recommend here.
So, if you’re the kind of vlogger that need to go out a lot with your camera, you’d be glad to own a Canon Powershot G7 X.
- High-quality lens with great autofocus
- Great low-light performance
- Small and vlogging-friendly (missing ext. mic input)
- Full manual mode and good extras (flip touchscreen and WiFi)
YouTubers That Have Been Using the Canon EOS 70D
When it comes to DSLRs for video, the first camera that comes to mind is the Canon EOS 70D. Its outstanding autofocus and image quality —and the fact that it’s one of the few good DSLRs with a flip screen— make it one of the best DSLRs for video recording in general.
The following YouTubers have found the 70D useful for their channels:
Channel name: HauteBrilliance
This info is on her website. She now uses the Canon EOS 70D with a Sigma f1.4 lens. In my opinion, the Canon EOS 70D and a 1.4f aperture lens is the best equipment you can get for video recording if you’re a YouTuber. Here is my explanation why this one is a good camera and why f1.4 aperture lenses are amazing for YouTube.
Channel name: McJuggerNuggets
According to a twit message he sent in September 2014, he’s using the Canon EOS 70D. This camera is one of the best you can get for YouTube vlogging -and I’m sure I’m not exaggerating when I say this-, so I’m sure he’s still using it.
Channel name: zoella280390
Not too long ago, she said on her Tumblr page that she’s using the Canon S120.
As I’ve made clear before, this camera’s official successor was never released, but many people think the G7X might be the successor they’ve been asking for because they share a lot of resemblances while adding some improvements.
However, in a later video on her second channel, she specified she uses the Canon EOS 70D for videos that need the best quality. We’ve seen this is one of the common choices between YouTubers, so it proves that the 70D is a good camera for this job.
Why Do YouTubers Like the Canon EOS 70D?
After all, you have a wide variety of lenses you can use to achieve different results, and they are trustworthy cameras with a really big sensor when compared to compact and, especially, camcorders.
This is what makes DSLRs really good for low-light conditions. They keep the image quality in good shape, even in foggy days.
Most of them aren’t exactly made for video, with just a few exceptions, and the 70D is one of them.
It has a really fast and accurate autofocus system. It also has a flip screen, which is one of the main reasons YouTubers like it. It is a fast, responsive camera that can record excellent video in low-light conditions. It also has a really good battery life (900+ shots) and like most DSLRs, a mic port.
It is one of those options YouTubers that record from home —although it has a fair weight and size for a DSLR— should consider if they want to invest good money in their equipment.
It is not the cheapest DSLR you can get, but it is the best for video before the truly expensive Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
- Good price for its quality
- The most reliable autofocus in its price range and above (until the $3,000 mark)
- Fast, responsive and has an articulating screen
- Wide variety of lenses available
YouTubers That Have Been Using the Canon Rebel lineup
When you start researching for YouTube cameras, it’s probable that the most common name you will stump upon will be the Canon Rebel T3I.
This was in fact the most popular YouTube camera during its beginning years. This was thanks to being the cheapest lineup of DSLRs that were made for video, and they were a massive success.
The T3i is now discontinued, but the good news is that Canon has released a new version every year. Right now either the T5i or T6i are good options if you’re just starting out.
Famous YouTubers that used/have used Canon Rebel cameres:
Channel name: clothesencounters
She said in her FAQ video that she uses the T3i (November 2012). While this was a long time ago, the T3i is a camera to keep for many years, so probably she hasn’t bought any bigger upgrade yet. The camera is discontinued and the most recent models are the T5i and T6i.
Channel name: LaurDIY
According to the FAQ section in her Tumblr, she’s used a Nikon D3000, D3100, and the Canon T3i. Her favorite is the latter, which is understandable since it’s the best one for video. Right now in the market you’ll only find the successors: T5i and T6i.
Channel name: ConnorFranta
According to his last update in November 2014, he uses a T3i DSLR camera. This is a popular camera between YouTubers for good reasons.
Channel name: blndsundoll4mj
This YouTuber has appeared with a lot of different cameras in her videos. She uses a T3i for some of her videos. She’s been using it for 7 years now, so that tells you how long a Rebel camera can last.
And for her vlog videos, she updated on the 22th of April 2016 that she uses a Canon G7 X.
Why Do YouTubers Like the Canon EOS Rebel Lineup?
This lineup from Canon, as you already know, was made for video. The first thing that makes it stand out is its flip-out screen. It’s a DSLR that can record 1080p/30 video and that has, of course, a microphone input and a hot shoe to mount a shotgun microphone.
The recent models now include autofocus, although it isn’t that good.
The lack of it in the T3i wasn’t exactly a problem, since most YouTubers just used it to record videos from home, where there wasn’t much movement around.
It’s still one of the most used DSLRs for YouTuber that are starting out. Its price is really accessible for a DSLR.
And the best thing is that it is Canon, so you got the all the best lenses in the market available to use in a cheap body.
You can start collecting lenses and then upgrade your camera body to a 70D or 5D Mark III, and use the lenses you’ve collected on those cameras.
- Good DSLR for starters
- Made for enthusiast video in a low budget
- Flip-out screen and autofocus
- Wide variety of lenses available
YouTuber That Have Used the Canon Powershot ELPH 330 HS
I really like this part of this post because it proves that you don’t need the best camera available to become a successful video creator.
The Powershot ELPH 330 HS is a really cheap compact camera that fits in your pocket. It’s a simple camera that simply record 1080p video, and that’s really all you need to start out.
It’s good for vlogging/because it achieves just what you need and it’s easy to carry around.
YouTubers that have used the Powershot ELPH 330 HS:
BFvsGF and CTFxC
These two channels are really successful in YouTube, but they still use a camera under $300: the Canon Powershot ELPH 330 HS. This proves what I’ve always said: you don’t need the best camera to be a successful vlogger. Content is key.
Channel name: SHAYTARDS
Nevertheless, a short time ago, he said on twitter that he got a new camera, but he didn’t specify which one. A lot of people believe it’s the G7X because its quality is similar and it’s getting popular between famous YouTubers.
Why do YouTubers Like the Canon ELPH 330HS?
It’s a camera that you can fit in your pocket and forget that it’s even there. That’s really good if you want to carry your camera around and have it ready for a quick video.
It’s even easier to carry around than the G7 X. It can record 1080p video. It’s also cheap and has Optical Image Stabilization, which allows you to record steady video when moving around.
All this combined with its cheap price makes it an appealing option for YouTubers.
You can go and get it used from Amazon and you will be able to have a good camera for videos for an extremely cheap price.
And believe me; no one will believe you’ve recorded that kind of quality with a camera that cheap.
- Fits in your pocket easily
- Good recording quality (1080p Full HD)
- WiFi, but lacks flip screen and ext. mic input
- Decent low-light performance for the price
YouTubers That Use the 5d Mark III
The 5D Mark III is the DSLR king. It has been for a while now, so the king is getting old. But it’s still a monster camera that can record incredible video.
It is a camera that has been used for indie films, so that tells you the kind of quality we’re talking about. It’s really good for its price, even though it’s pretty expensive for a consumer camera.
YouTubers that use this camera:
Channel name: jennpex
You can see that in one recent video from Dell where she featured that she’s using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to record her videos. This is a really expensive camera and one of the best offered by Canon. The camera is way above the YouTuber level, but still she certainly has invested a lot in her equipment.
Why do YouTubers Like the 5D Mark III
In all seriousness, the 5D Mark III achieves amazing colors, has a huge battery, dynamic range and the most reliable autofocus in all DSLRs.
This is a camera made for professional work. It’s as simple as that, really.
And that’s why it costs what it costs.
You get what you pay for, and the 5D Mark III will allow you to shoot video of incredible quality even at night. It is a full-frame camera, which means that its sensor is much bigger than the 70D and T6i.
This makes the lenses you use capture a lot more space than in an APS-C camera. It makes zoom lenses useful in more situations, and it captures a lot of light, so that’s why it’s so good in every environment.
It’s, of course, environmental sealed so it can handle the toughest conditions.
It is the kind of camera that all professional photographers and filmmakers use for their most important jobs.
Most YouTubers won’t need this kind of camera. In fact, with a 70D it will be more than enough. This model is for creators that are going to record A LOT of highly demanding video.
I would recommend it only if you’re a vlogger/photographer or indie filmmaker, and if you know what you’re doing.
- Great battery life, quality and top performance overall
- Not the kind of camera that will let you down, even if you’re a professional
- The chosen full-frame camera for indie filming
- Wide variety of lenses available
Last post update: 22th April 2016