Vlogging for a Living? Best Vlogging and Content Creators’ Cameras for 2021

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Vlogging has come to stay. Especially since it seems as if everyone has a YouTube channel. The range of video content and styles that people want to create is expanding at breakneck speed. Experts all over the world are teaching people how to do home repairs, cook and even properly apply makeup from the comfort of their homes. Still, the footage has to be engaging and watchable. That is why we thought it will be great to have a guide on how to choose the best camera or which to choose.

A good starting point is to decide what kind of video recording you want to do. You don’t need to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars on a high-end DSLR camera if you can easily get the video quality you want with your phone or a webcam with a microphone. Also, a good vlogging camera doesn’t have to cost a fortune or shoot 4K video. Most of the more affordable models have features such as optical image stabilization, slow motion, autofocus, LCD touchscreens, low-light sensitivity and more.

Whether you’ve just started a YouTube channel, or you’re already an established Instagram creator – either way, you’re likely to be in the market for a relatively small, powerful camera with good audio options. And luckily, we’ve rounded up the best options in our list below.

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In this roundup, we will help you find the best vlogging camera. Simply put, whether you want to do simple livestreams from your laptop or more polished productions, you’re sure to find a vlogging camera for your needs and budget here.

Note that if livestreaming is a priority (which may or may not be for someone interested in YouTube vlogging), you might need additional hardware beyond a camera.  

Also keep in mind that, your personal style of shooting is probably the most important factor to consider. If you’re somebody who is recording footage, ready to upload on the go, you’ll be in need of a camera which has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity – and an easy-to-use app to go with it. If you’re a walker and talker, cameras with fantastic image stabilization, a front-facing/flip-up screen to help you frame yourself, as well as a mic input, will be high on your list.

Size

Size is also something to consider – with some caveats. Pocket-friendly cameras, as well as smartphones, are the obvious choice for quick, off-the-cuff videos, but they generally give you less creative control than cameras with interchangeable lenses. On the other hand, action cameras offer you a good solution if your adventures are on the rugged side.

Camera Type

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Action. Action cameras are small, portable and pocketable, and are usually able to withstand some rough and tumble in the elements. They almost always have a fixed wide field of view to capture all of the action you see in front of you.

Action cams are best for vloggers who are on the move and don’t want to carry too much equipment.

Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR). (DSLR) cameras are the big daddy of cameras and offer the best versatility when it comes to capturing both photos and video in their highest quality. DSLRs achieve this quality with large sensors and big interchangeable lenses that can change the field of view.

Just be aware that DSLRs are bulky, so if you’re looking to whip something out of your pocket at a moment’s notice, DSLRs might not be your best choice as vlogging camera.

Mirrorless. Mirrorless cameras are similar to DSLRs in that they have large sensors but differ in that they do not have a physical moving mirror. Mirrorless cameras don’t use this mirror, with the image going straight to the sensor.

This means a smaller camera with equivalent image quality and arguable superior video quality compared to DSLR. Mirrorless cameras also allow interchangeable lenses.

Micro Four Thirds. There is a similar format to Mirrorless cameras called Micro Four Thirds. These are smaller cameras that have no mirror mechanism and a much smaller sensor than DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. They do however have the same ability to interchange lenses. Their compact size and range of lenses have made them the most popular type of vlogging camera.

Compact/Point and Shoot. The compact or point and shoot camera is a happy medium between the tiny but limited action camera, and the massive but versatile DSLR. They generally offer a good mix of features from both action cameras and DSLRs but don’t particularly excel at either end of the spectrum.

If you’re not sure what kind of vlogging you’ll do, or if you’ll be needing different types of footage without too much equipment, a compact/point and shoot camera is a good choice.

Field of View

The field of view is how wide the video image “sees”. So a tight or narrow field of view is great for close-ups, while a wide-angle field of view is great for action scenes where you want to see as much as possible in the frame.

Action cameras offer the widest field of view, but it’s stuck at that wide field of view. Compact/point and shoot cameras can do both almost a narrow and almost a wide field of view, and DSLRS have interchangeable lenses so you can have whatever field of view you want.

Resolution/Megapixels

This is a number that will be thrown around a lot to try and impress you. Generally, the higher the number of megapixels, the better it sounds. 1080p will be great for video. After that, you’re really chasing quality that your viewers might not even notice.

Sensor Size

The sensor is the is board that the pixels/dots sit on to collect light. The bigger the sensor, the bigger the pixels/dots can be, which means more light, data, and clarity for your pictures.

Smaller cameras like action cameras tend to have very small sensors, large cameras like DSLRs tend to have large, or full-frame sensors.

Senser size comparisons for digital camerasJust remember if you’re starting out (especially with vlogging), you don’t necessarily need a big sensor. Vlogging is mostly about catching the action you see in front of you in a ‘recording live’ sort of fashion.

Monitor

This is a simple one — the monitor is the electronic screen on the camera that gives you a preview of the footage you’re taking. Some are big, some are small, some don’t have a monitor at all — it’s down to your preference.

Microphone Input

For most of your vlogging footage, you’ll want to be able to record audio, most likely your voice. All of the cameras in our list of top vlogging cameras feature inbuilt microphones, but not all microphones are created equal.

In fact, most inbuilt microphones aren’t really fit for purpose when it comes to giving clear audio, especially when it comes to isolating your voice from traffic etc. For this reason, you might want your vlogging camera to have a microphone input so you can attach a better quality, external mic.

With a small handful of exceptions, every vlog camera listed here is based on positive Amazon user reviews and additional word-of-mouth accolades. Happy video recording and streaming!

7 Best Cameras for Vloggers and Content Creators

Fujifilm X-T4 – A Well-Rounded, High Quality Vlogging Camera

Fujifilm X-T4
Key Specs

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: 3in
Megapixels: 26.1MP
Lens: 24 x 16mm
Screen: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 1,620K dots
Max video resolution: 4K at 60p
Mic port: Yes
User level: Intermediate
Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Viewfinder: Yes
Rating: 10/10

Buy

The Fujifilm X-T4 is packed to the gills with imaging features, but it’s also the best video camera the company has ever made. It supports 4K capture at 10-bit quality, offers a flat profile for color grading, and five-axis image stabilization for smoother handheld footage.

Support for external microphones is there, and you can connect headphones via USB-C for monitoring (a 3.5mm dongle is included in the box). If you don’t want to grade your own video, in-camera profiles are vast, and offer looks ranging from Bleach Bypass to black-and-white.

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III – Vloggers’ Favourite

Canon G7 X
Key Specs

Type: Compact/Point and shoot
Sensor Size: 1. 0” CMOS
Megapixels: 20.1MP
Lens: 24-100mm
Screen: 3 inch touch panel LCD screen with 180 degree tilt for selfies
Max video resolution: 4K 30fps
Mic port: Yes
User level: Professional
Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Viewfinder: None
Rating: 9/10

Buy

If you’re looking for the absolute best vlogging camera that will help your Youtube or Video Blog for coming years, then the Canon G7 X Mark III is hands down the best vlogging camera you can get right now.

The Powershot G7 X series is a perennial favourite of the world’s best vloggers and Youtubers such as FunForLouis and Case Neistat. The Mark III version of the Powershot G7X is the best of the series yet, with a 4k sensor and almost unrivalled image stabilization.

 Fujifilm X-S10 – A Fantastic Mirrorless All-rounder  

Fujifilm X-S10
Key Specs

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: APS-C
Megapixels: 26.1MP
Lens: 
Screen: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1.04 million dots
Max video resolution: 4K 30p
Mic port:
User level: Intermediate
Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Viewfinder: Yes
Rating: 8.5/10

Buy

Absolutely one of the best all-round mirrorless camera at this price point, the Fujifilm X-S10 is adept at lots of different types of shooting and subject. It’s a great vlogging camera, and if you’re somebody who also wants to shoot stills to supplement your video content, then it’s a great choice too. Inside the X-S10 is a great combination of a 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4, which is seen in the Fujifilm X-T4, but it also has the ability to record uncropped 4K/30p video.

For vloggers, there’s plenty of other video-friendly features to tempt you, too. For example, if you’re planning to do a lot of handheld video recording, the in-body image stabilization system (IBIS) is a real bonus. You’ve also got other useful features such as Full HD at up to 240p for a 10x slow motion effect, F-Log recording, the option to output 4:2:2 10-bit video too. All of that being in a small(isn) and light system makes it the ideal choice for vloggers on the go.

On top of all of that you’ve also got retro styling, a great, comfortable grip and a vari-angle screen that you can flip round to face you – perfect for framing yourself. It’s also available at a pretty wallet-friendly price, especially considering all the features you get for your cash.

Canon EOS 80D – Best for Faster Focus

Canon EOS 80D
Key Specs

Type: Pop-up Flash
Sensor: 3.1in
Megapixels: 24.2MP
Lens: 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Screen: 3in LCD rotating touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
Max video resolution: 1920 x 1080
Mic port: Yes
User level: Professional
Wireless Interface: NFC, Wi-Fi
Viewfinder: Yes
Rating: 8.1/10

Buy

The 80D pops up in a lot of top lists for good reason: The company’s Dual Pixel CMOS sensor gives it a fast on-sensor autofocus system; the Live View performance — which lets you see the footage you’re shooting on its screen without looking through the viewfinder — is smooth; it has headphone and mic jacks, and it supports 1080p and 60 fps. The one downside of this Canon camera is that it doesn’t have a clean HDMI output, so if you’re going to livestream, you’ll need to shut off all the display info and switch to manual focus.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 – Excellent Video Specs

Panasonic Lumix DC S5
Key Specs

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: 3.1in
Megapixels: 24MP
Lens: 24x36mm 
Screen: 3in, LCD articulating touchscreen, 1.84 million dots
Max video resolution: 4K
Mic port: Yes
User level: Professional
Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Viewfinder: Yes
Rating: 8/10

Buy

As far as full-frame cameras go, the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is just about the perfect model for vloggers. It sports a forward-facing LCD, records superb 4K video at 10-bit quality, and supports an external mic so you can get pro-grade audio to go with your video. You can buy it as a body only for around $2,000, but we absolutely recommend vlogger gets the kit with the Lumix S 20-60mm zoom lens for $2,300—it’s a perfect lens for vlogging.

Sony A6400 – A Brilliant Option with a Front-facing Screen

Sony A6400
Key Specs

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C
Megapixels: 24.2MP
Lens mount: Sony E
Screen: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 921,000 dots
Max video resolution: 4K
Mic port: Not Indicated
User level: Intermediate
Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC
Viewfinder: Yes
Rating: 7.8/10

Buy

Not so long ago, any camera with a 180-degree front-facing screen was instantly dismissed as a ‘selfie’ camera, but the rise of blogging, vlogging and Instagram has brought video to the fore, and the A6400’s front-facing screen sets it apart from many of its rivals and makes it a powerful and desirable tool for single-handed video shooters who want to talk directly to the camera. The A6400 is also a great camera for stills.

The design is not so fantastic; it is largely unchanged since the original A6000 model, but it’s not a deal-breaker given that the Sony is so good at video. It’s not just the 4K video that makes this camera stand out as a vlogging tool, but its state of the art autofocus system, and especially its Eye-AF performance. It’s sold body only (handy if you already have Sony lenses), but if you intend buying it with a kit lens we’d recommend paying the extra for the Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, which has much longer reach and better optical quality than the standard 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ lens.  

Sony ZV-1 –The Best Compact Vlogging Camera

Sony ZV-1
Key Specs

Type: Compact  
Sensor: 1in
Megapixels: 20.1MP
Lens: 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8
Screen: 3in vari-angle touchscreen, 921k dots
Max video resolution: 4K
Mic port: Yes
User level: Enthusiast
Wireless interface: None
Viewfinder: None
Rating: 7/10

Buy

You don’t have to go the action cam route if you want to vlog without the bulk of an interchangeable lens camera. Enter the Sony ZV-1, a pocket camera with a premium lens—and price. It records in 4K, supports an external microphone connection, and offers hybrid stabilization to net better results than optical or digital correction can on its own, and its screen flips forward so you can frame your shot when recording a selfie video. Additional features include Face Priority Metering, beneficial for walk-and-talk vlogs, and a Product Showcase setting that snaps focus to close-up objects for product review videos.

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