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Whether you’re an amateur blogger or an established videographer, you’re in the right place to up your vlogging game.

We scoured the internet for video cameras to catch every moment, and tons of reviews have led us to the products below.

So if you want to stand out from the vlogging crowd, keep reading, because we’ve rounded up 2024’s best vlogging cameras for every budget.

Things to Consider

One look online and you’ll most likely be blown away by the huge range of vlogging cameras available. I won’t go into too much depth here, but let’s take a very quick look at some of the criteria to consider when choosing the perfect vlogging camera for you.

1. Camera Type

Action: Action cameras are small, portable, pocketable, and are usually able to withstand some rough and tumble in the elements. What’s more, you can use them with a tripod for improved accuracy, but due to their superb handling, you probably won’t ever need to.

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 heavy tripods and accessories.

Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR): DSLRs are the gold standard 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 a vlogging camera.

They’re perfect to use with a tripod, as you’ll probably carry all your gear in a vehicle to begin with.

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, as the image goes straight to the sensor.

This means a smaller camera with equivalent image quality and arguably superior video quality compared to a DSLR. Mirrorless cameras also allow for 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. You can use them with or without a tripod, given that they’re super light, but if you’re a pro photographer, you probably won’t be able to capture the lighting in a bottle with such bulky gear.

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.

2. 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.

Angles of views of cameras
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.

3. 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, but well-mastered. lower resolution cameras can often produce similar photos to their higher resolution counterparts.

4. Sensor Size

The sensor is the 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, and large cameras like DSLRs tend to have large, or full-frame sensors.

Senser size comparisons for digital cameras
Just 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.

5. 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.

camera monitor

6. Microphone Input

For most of your vlogging footage, you’ll want to be able to record audio, such as 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 quality, especially when it comes to isolating your voice from traffic, etc. For these reasons you might want your vlogging camera to have a microphone port so you can attach a better quality, external mic.

How I Picked the Best Vlogging Cameras

Each camera is different, but the quality ones have a few things in common. This section is dedicated to divulging the criteria I followed when selecting the cream of the crop of vlogging cameras, so let’s dive in:


A versatile vlogging camera can work under any conditions, whether it’s raining, pitch-black, or the sunniest day on the calendar. The ability to adapt to different conditions, especially lighting-based conditions, is especially important for traveling vloggers.

Aside from that, we’ve also paid attention to picking the camera models that are waterproof, or at least water-resistant, so that you can film content or snap photos near beaches, or under heavy rain conditions.

Zoom range, interchangeable lenses, and available effects also play important roles when it comes to determining versatility. Certain models on the list fill all the criteria while there are also cameras that can be used in very specific circumstances (extremely low light or excessively bright lighting, for example).


The prices aren’t necessarily reflective of the quality of the cameras, but they are a very important factor that I took into consideration. Given that the cheapest model on the list is not even $200 while the most expensive one is nearly $7,000, you can see why prices matter.

The entry-level cameras cost as much as any webcam, but the models we’ve picked offer far more versatility and powerful features. Needless to say, the most expensive titles on the list can’t even be compared to their cheaper alternatives, as they dominate every field of performance aside from affordability.

To ensure that there’s a quality model for everyone, regardless of their budget, 19 models across different price-point categories have made it onto the list of the best vlogging cameras in 2024.

Standalone versus Camera Bundles

For the purpose of this review, we’ve exclusively picked standalone cameras (camera bodies) instead of bundles.

Although it can be argued that you can get a neat accessory or two in a high-quality bundle, it’s also safe to assume that most vloggers have at least a couple of basic attachments.

Value bundles are sometimes exactly what they sound like – they provide more value by offering a host of accessory-related items (some of which are camera attachments, others may be tripods, straps, and such). However, every accessory contained in these bundles is typically basic and flimsy. That’s why we’ve chosen not to suggest bundles, leaving the accessory selection entirely up to you.

Multiple Connectivity Options

Even if the camera you’re using is among the strongest ones available on the market, it wouldn’t be as useful if you didn’t have enough storage space for your pictures and videos.

That’s why we’ve chosen the cameras that are compatible with a host of different MicroSD cards, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth technology.

The Best Vlogging Cameras For 2024

Product Model Video Res. Photo Res. Price
DJI Osmo Action 3 DJI Osmo Action 3 4K 60fps 12 MP
DJI Osmo Pocket 2 DJI Osmo Pocket 2 4K 60fps 64 MP
Sony Alpha A7R V Sony Alpha A7R V 8K/25p 61 MP
Canon EOS M50 Mark II Canon EOS
M50 Mark II
4K/25p 24.1 MP
Canon M200 Canon M200 4K/120p 20 MP

Best Vlogging Camera Under $400

1. GoPro Hero 11 Mini

GoPro Hero 11 Mini
GoPro’s Hero series is home to some of the finest action cameras a vlogger could want. While the Hero 8 wasn’t so popular among vloggers due to its unimpressive display, Hero 9 came to save the day with 5k video resolution, a whopping 20 MP (compared to the 12 MP of Hero 8), and better image stabilization.

While Hero 10 is a good upgrade from the Hero 9, it wasn’t until GoPro Hero 11 Mini came that the bar was raised again. This ultra-lightweight action camera comes packed with long-lasting batteries, exquisite HyperSmooth 5.0 video stabilization technology, and a waterproof design.

In my opinion, GoPro’s Hero 11 is an excellent choice for vloggers searching for a camera that will give them full control over the filming process, especially for beginners. It is simpler than ever to record with amazing accuracy, with or without cropping.

The HyperSmooth packs four simple settings, each complementing a different filming style. The AutoBoost essentially “automates” the stabilization process while the regular Boost brings narrow cropping into the mix. This can be fairly useful for vloggers focusing on specific targets rather than entire buildings, landscapes, or larger objects.

This camera is outfitted with a 1720mAh Enduro battery, which is a considerable upgrade compared to the standard ADBAT battery its predecessor is supplied with. It takes less time to recharge and performs much better in low-temperature settings.

What I loved about GoPro Hero 11 Mini is that it features three inbuilt microphones working in unison to capture high-quality audio.

Featuring a larger image sensor, it also fixed the issue most people had with older versions of Hero action cameras – narrow FOV. With GoPro Hero 11 Mini, you can create immersive content for your vlog, although I should note that, as per the manufacturer’s manual, Hero 11 Mini can only film videos.


  • Wide field of view
  • 20 MP
  • 1/1.9-inch CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/120p
  • HyperSmooth 5.0 image stabilization technology
  • Three integrated microphones

2. DJI Osmo Pocket 2

DJI Osmo Pocket 2
If you liked DJI’s Pocket 1, I’m sure you’ll adore the upgrade version, Pocket 2. Weighing a single gram more than its older relative, the Pocket 2 camera brings improved gimbal stabilization, a better sensor, a broader field of view, and considerably sharper pictures and videos.

DJI’s Pocket 1 is widely renowned for its practical design, but with only 12 megapixels it wasn’t the best option for vloggers who want to capture every detail of their adventures. With 64 mp and a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, DJI Pocket 2 takes care of this problem in a flash. Sharper images and more detailed videos are just some of the many reasons why so many people were quick to pick up on the Pocket 2.

With an increase of 13 degrees in FOV, Pocket 2 enables you to make richer photos and videos without sacrificing resolution or imaging speed. This probably wouldn’t be such a huge benefit if DJI’s Pocket 2 wasn’t such a small low-cost camera; you’ll hardly see a wide-angle handheld model for the price, especially a camera with such a powerful sensor.

Pocket 2 is not the sturdiest camera on the market, although it can endure years of use if handled with care. It is made of decently robust plastic and comes with slightly better hardware. Speaking of which, four microphones are onboard, meaning that not only will your vlog content look better, it will sound much better as well.

It is one of the few affordable action cameras that offers a perfect mix of performance, portability, and convenience.


  • Wide field of view
  • 64 MP
  • 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K at 60 fps
  • 3-axis gimbal stabilization
  • Four microphones

Best Vlogging Camera Under $500

3. DJI Osmo Action 3

DJI Osmo Action 3
The third iteration of the Osmo Action vlogging camera is a massive upgrade of its predecessor. While DJI Osmo Action 2 features only one microphone and a relatively tiny 1.76-inch touchscreen, Osmo Action 3 comes equipped with three microphones and two separate touchscreens; a 1.4-inch one on the front, and a 2.25-inch screen on the rear.

The main similarity between the two is their lens. With a wide-angle FOV of 155 degrees and an aperture of f/2.8, it’s an ideal choice for vloggers who wish to be as close to the action as possible. The expanded field of view gives you more “room”; whether it be photos of your crew on the scene or recording an important event, the wider field of view enables you to take a look at the “bigger picture”, and quite literary so.

Another important connection between Osmo Action 2 & 3 is that they both support a max photo resolution of 4k x 3k pixels. As you may be aware, an ultra-high-definition resolution is not something many low-end camera models can boast about. The downside here is that even the predecessors of DJI Osmo Action 3 offer UHD performance at more affordable price tags.

DJI Osmo Action 3 brings two new stabilization features to the table, the HorizonBalancing and HorizonSteady, both of which aim to reduce camera wobble while keeping the FOV intact at high-resolution video capturing.

DJI Osmo Action 3 is IP68-rated waterproof, meaning that you can dive up to roughly 52 feet to film underwater life, not to mention that you should never fret about dropping it in a puddle of water. It is also an ideal camera to have on icy vlogging adventures. Capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -4 degrees F, Osmo Action 3 offers reliable performance year-round.

Furthermore, it is outfitted with a long-lasting rechargeable Li-Ion battery that enables you to sustain continued filming for a whopping 150 minutes per charge. In terms of sturdiness, the glass parts of Action 3 are made of quality Gorilla Glass material. For vloggers on the go, knowing that your camera can survive a fall from more than one meter without as much of a scratch should speak volumes about its quality.

The only drawback of the Osmo Action 3 is that it weighs around 150g, which is nearly thrice as much compared to the Action 2’s 56g of weight. Other than that, Action 3 is also slightly larger but still very compact.


  •  Ultra-wide field of view
  • 12 megapixels
  • 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K at 60 fps
  • Front and rear-mounted touchscreens
  • Three microphones

Best Vlogging Camera Under $600

4. Canon M200

Canon M200
Canon has released quite a few exemplary products in the past couple of years, and Canon M200 is among the most sought-after ones after it was discontinued in 2022. In terms of versatility, the M200 camera picked up where M50 left off, bringing a polished Creative Assist function, improved 4K time-lapse, and featuring a 24.1 MP APS-C sensor.

With a polycarbonate body weighing around 0.6 pounds, it’s a robust companion for all traveling vloggers. While this is usually expected of Canon’s mid-range flagships, an affordable camera such as M200 costs a fraction of the price while offering similar durability and portability.

Similar to newer Canon cameras, EOS M200 boasts dual wireless connectivity modes, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This gives you the much-needed flexibility to organize and share the footage you’ve taken, which would otherwise “cost” you at least a couple of hours.

This camera is equipped with DIGIC 8 image processor. Fun fact, M200 was among the first Canon cameras to feature this processor, and this is one of the cheapest Canon models that is benefitting from its improved autofocus functionalities. Let me just say that the most affordable Canon equipped with the newer DIGIC X costs roughly six times as much (EOS-1D X Mark III).

Canon M200 left some room for improvements, which were implemented merely a year after its launch in the M50 Mark II. Nevertheless, M200 remains one of the best low-end mirrorless cameras for vloggers.


  • Wide field of view
  • 20 MP
  • 1/1.9-inch CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/120p
  • HyperSmooth 5.0 image stabilization technology
  • Three integrated microphones

Best Vlogging Camera Under $700

5. GoPro Hero 11 Black Creator Edition

GoPro Hero 11 Black Creator Edition
The Hero 11 Black Creator Edition is a heavily-customized upgrade of the flagship Hero 11. With the vlogging community split between adoring and ignoring it, I wanted to give you a quick rundown so that you may decide which one you like better, the Mini or the Creator Edition.

All the standard features of the Hero 11 are included in the Creator Edition model. This includes the 27 MP CMOS sensor, 24.4mm focal length, 4K recordings at a whopping 60 fps, the 2.27-inch LCD touchscreen display, and the rear-mounted 1.4-inch Live-View display.

Regarding what’s new, you will receive an additional battery grip equipped with inline buttons with the Hero 11 Black Creator Edition, an extra directional microphone, considerably brighter LED light for nighttime footage, as well as extended attachment slots so that you can tweak your GoPro to your liking.

So, what separates the Creator Edition Hero 11 from a standard “vlogging essentials” camera bundle? In the case of the latter, you’ll be given a variety of accessories that you may or may not need, some of which you may already have. With the Hero 11 Creator Edition, the exclusive accessories are either integrated or integration-capable, increasing the versatility of a camera that is already known and praised for its all-rounded performance.


  • Narrow field of view
  • 27 MP CMOS Sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/60p
  • Stereo and directional microphones
  • Ultra-bright LED light
  • Front and rear-mounted LCD screens
  • Multiple mounts for extra accessories

6. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV
The first E-M10 was released nearly a decade ago, and it set a trend that the next two cameras in this series followed – a four-thirds camera equipped with a 16 MP sensor that weighs about one pound. In fact, Mark II and Mark III are so similar that only professionals could spot more than a few blatantly apparent differences.

E-M10 Mark IV was launched in 2020, and the first difference worth mentioning is that it is the first of the four cameras to offer 20 megapixels. Its dimensions are identical to the previous three, only it weighs around 3 ounces less than Mark III and only 2 ounces less than Mark I and II.

Unlike Mark III (and earlier versions), Olympus E-M10 Mark IV is Bluetooth-enabled and boasts a Vlogger-friendly, highly adjustable LCD display. It also boasts a longer flash coverage and a slightly stronger set of batteries. The Mark IV can sustain about 360 shots per charge while Mark III can only shoot around 330 frames before running out of juice.

Furthermore, it boasts 4.5-stop image stabilization, as opposed to the 4-stop IS of Mark III. Considering that many camera models I’ve covered so far aren’t equipped with any IS system whatsoever, the ability to significantly decelerate the shutter speeds of your camera can be invaluable for vloggers who are either filming agile targets or demand extra precision while filming on the move.

Some of these upgrades may seem minor on paper, but given that Olympus E-M10 was always a strong camera, to begin with, the new functions coupled with said improvements make it well worth the money. It’s only a shame that Mark IV doesn’t have internal microphones, but luckily, there is a port for an external one.


  • Wide field of view
  • 20 MP CMOS Sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K
  • Microphone ports
  • 3-inch rotating screen
  • 4.5-point image stabilization
  • 2360k electronic viewfinder

7. Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Canon EOS M50 Mark II
The first version of the Canon EOS M50 came out almost five years ago. The features M50 is equipped with are so powerful that this camera remains competitive even today and is the first choice of many beginner photographers looking for a decent but affordable upgrade.

In 2020, Canon released the second version of the EOS M50, which brought vloggers a host of new benefits to enjoy. From live online streaming functionalities to the expanded versatility of the Camera Connect app that enables you to use the M50 Mark II as a webcam, it gave content creators quite a few brand-new options.

The original M50 and M50 Mark II have a lot in common, so if you’ve been using the 2018 version, jumping into the newer edition should feel familiar and comfortable. They share the same image sensor (0.5-0.9-inch CMOS with 24.1 MP), and they both use the same DIGIC 8 image processor.

The M50 Mark II features a new focusing system, offering a 143/99-point dual-pixel autofocus with advanced phase & contrast detection. This means that the AF system is considerably faster in comparison to earlier EOS cameras. Furthermore, it rocks one-shot and servo autofocus modes, as well as LED-assist and autofocus lock functions.

In terms of cost, Canon EOS M50 II is just slightly more expensive than my previous recommendations, but there is one tradeoff that agile vloggers may be dissuaded by – its poor battery lifespan. With 250-300 shots per charge, it pales in comparison to Lumix cameras, especially FZ1000 Mark II.

On the brighter side, this camera works on LP-E12 bats, which are famous for their fast-charging abilities. Both need around two hours to fully recharge.

Objectively, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is significantly better-rounded and as such is a good choice for vloggers with a bit of experience in photography/filmography.


  • Wide field of view
  • 24.1 MP
  • 0.5-0.9-inch CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/25p
  • Optical image stabilization & in-camera digital image stabilization
  • One stereo microphone

Best Vlogging Camera Under $800

8. Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1
The ZV-1 was introduced to the Sony line of compact cameras relatively recently, giving mobile content creators, influencers, and vloggers a feature-packed, highly portable device to snap quality images and videos.

As a 4K-capable action camera weighing merely 10.37 ounces, it is a tiny powerhouse. It earned its reputation as one of Sony’s finest budget cameras because it offers a broad spectrum of shooting modes and picture effects.

Rocking 20.1 MP and a 1-inch Exmor CMOS sensor, it is remarkably similar to early Sony Alpha and CyberShot models. ZV-1 excels in low-light atmospheres because of its advanced sensor although it can’t really compare to slightly pricier models from the Sony ZV series (mainly pointing the finger at ZV-E10 here).

I love that Sony ZV-1 can sustain high-FPS footage while introducing minimal levels of distortion, although you may struggle to capture your targets at long range. Even though it does have a 1.5x zoom that can be used in the 4K video mode, the prioritization of its AF system was engineered to recognize the targets that are closer.

What truly separates this camera from its similarly-priced counterparts is its broad selection of effects. Instead of spending hours on editing, you can utilize a host of different modes, filters, and color effects to whittle these tedious tasks.

From toy camera, posterization, partial color, HDR painting, and pop color to aperture priority, manual exposure, movie mode, panorama, and HFR mode, Sony’s ZV-1 offers vloggers the means to instantly transform their footage into flashy content.

If you ask me, the main advantage for vloggers who use Sony ZV-1 lies in its almost indestructible body. Made of biodegradable composite polymer, this camera is as rugged as they come while being exceptionally lightweight.

Sadly, it’s not ideal for vloggers who love exploring places where extreme temperatures are commonplace. Without weather-sealing elements, Sony ZV-1 doesn’t fare too well against extreme moisture and chilly atmospheres.

Overall, ZV-1 is great for vloggers who mainly specialize in creating action-packed content. With sophisticated video stabilization tech, rapid-shooting capabilities, and dozens of effects to choose from, the sky is the limit to what you can do with it, especially if you’re into filming dynamic scenes outdoors.


  • Moderately wide field of view
  • 20.1 MP
  • 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/30p
  • Active image stabilization
  • One inbuilt microphone

Best Vlogging Camera Under $1,000

9. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
Even though it is a couple of years old already, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II is one of the best-performing cameras a vlogger can purchase on a tight budget. This model upgraded all major performance elements of its predecessor, the FZ80, although it is almost twice as expensive.

One of the things I love about this camera the most is that it can sustain hours of footage and a whopping 440 shots per battery charge. Its predecessor, the “first” Lumix FZ1000 could only go as far as 360 shots, and I’m sure this upgrade will help you create more content with less effort.

Dimensions-wise, Lumix FZ1000 II is just barely larger than other cameras in the Lumix FZ series, measuring 130mm by 94mm by 119mm. While FZ80 weighs around 1,36 pounds, FZ1000 II weighs about 1.8 pounds, which means slightly more arm fatigue.

On the upside, this camera boasts 20.1 MP, a high-sensitivity MOS sensor, and a zoom that can reliably bring you up to x16 magnification in the bat of an eye. Panasonic introduced its freshly-polished OIS technology with FZ1000 II, equipping this camera with 5-axis image stabilization. Even if you’re a beginner, the sophisticated stabilization tech will keep your footage steady.

If you’re wondering how it holds up against some of its pricier counterparts that are remarkably popular among vloggers, Lumix FZ1000 II is just barely weaker than the acclaimed Sony RX10 Mark IV & III. Its low burst rate of 7 fps puts it behind mid-range vlogging cameras, and the lack of phase detection can be a nuisance when quick shooting is required.

However, its large touchscreen, multiple wireless connectivity options, and relatively low weight make FZ1000 II not just equal but even superior in certain fields to far more expensive models.

What sets this camera apart from similarly-priced models is its 49-point auto-focus function with surgically accurate face & eye detection. Vloggers focused on creating content with or about other people, I warmly recommend FZ1000 II, as it is arguably the most versatile point & shoot camera you can find for the money.


  • Wide field of view
  • 20.1 MP
  • 1-inch High-sensitivity MOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/30p
  • 5-axis OIS technology
  • Inbuilt stereo microphone & one mono speaker
  • 49-point auto-focus with highly accurate face & eye detection

10. Nikon Z30

Nikon Z30
Photography enthusiasts, vloggers on a cash-strapped budget, and people searching for a decent camera that doesn’t cost a fortune welcomed Z-30 APS-C with open arms. Eclipsing the performance of its predecessors D5600, D3500, D7500, and D500 APS-C, this mirrorless camera brings compact convenience, good eye-tracking, quality 4K video capabilities, and remarkable performance across the board.

Similar to some of the models I’ve covered on this list, the Nikon Z 30 APS-C rocks 21 megapixels, and it is capable of capturing 3840 x 2160 resolution vides at 30p. More importantly, it offers vloggers to capture 4K videos without any cropping.

With a fully articulated 3-inch LCD touchscreen display, navigating its menus and settings should be a breeze. Speaking of which, this camera offers a well-rounded selection of autofocus options, including contrast detection, tracking AF, multi-area focus, phase detection, live view, and more.

I adore the fact that you can customize Z 30’s iMenu so that you can quickly access even more advanced video settings whenever you need them. The “i” button just above the navigation pad will take you to this menu where you can change the video file type, tweak ISO sensitivity, change white balance, and even if you accidentally make a change you didn’t want, simply tap the “reset video recording menu” to revert to the original settings.

The outstanding versatility of the Nikon Z 30 does not necessarily mean that greenhorn vloggers would take months to tackle its learning curve. It’s quite the contrary, as all the menus are easy to access & customize while the interface is very beginner-friendly.

Nikon Z 30 APS-C also offers a wide range of connectivity options, including USB 3.2, HDMI, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Wireless charging is also an option with a USB, although its EN-EL25 Li-Ion batteries are strong enough to endure more than 300 shots.

So, why you should consider Nikon’s Z 30 over the alternatives? Its vari-angle screen is larger than average; its image quality is extraordinary considering the price, and it is one of the cheapest Nikon cameras in the Z-series.


  • Wide field of view
  • 21 MP
  • 0.9-inch APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/30p
  • One inbuilt stereo microphone
  • Expeed 6 CPU

11. Panasonic Lumix G95D

Panasonic Lumix G95D
Many people praised the robust features of the Lumix G85 when it was launched, but in 2024, this camera isn’t as relevant ever since Panasonic released the new flagship of the G series, the Lumix G95D.

This mirrorless camera boasts 21.7 megapixels, a convenient vari-angle monitor designed to provide vloggers with intuitive navigation, and most importantly, it showcases how far Panasonic came with its intelligent optical image stabilization technology.

Even though it is somewhat larger and bulkier than some similarly-priced micro four-thirds cameras, Lumix G95D is a great choice for adventure-seeking vloggers. Its dimensions measure 3.05 x 5.14 x 3.69 inches while weighing around 1.65 pounds. I recommend paying a bit more attention to which lenses you are using to avoid unnecessary arm fatigue.

Fortunately, Lumix G95D is compatible with numerous types of lenses. From the petite Lumix G 25 mm and ultra-wide Micro Four-Thirds Leica 9mm DG Summilux to the long-range Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150 mm and TTArtisan 17-25 mm, you can choose from a wide variety of lenses at virtually all price ranges.

Packing the POWER OIS stabilizer, Lumix G95D is “the” camera you’ll want by your side if you’re looking for a device that can vividly capture photo or video footage while you’re on the move.

Offering an amazing 4K photo burst shot speed of 30 fps, you can seamlessly create beautiful panoramas or capture individual targets from various positions. Further on this note, the Lumix G95D camera can also capture up to 9 frames per second in burst-shooting mode with the Live View feature on. When surgical accuracy is required, you can use this mode to monitor the performance of the sensor in real-time.

What makes it amazing for photography enthusiasts is that it comes with the pre-installed V-Log function, which stores log characteristics along the 12 stops of the dynamic range. What this means for vloggers is that you’ll be able to produce images with minimal color saturation and a flat contrast, so that you have an almost “blank” canvas to edit later.

Made of robust composite material and rocking a fully weather-sealed design, Panasonic Lumix G95D is a road-worthy camera that vloggers can rely on in almost any scenario. In terms of price, it’s neither much cheaper nor more expensive compared to other cameras from the Lumix series.

I warmly recommend this model to all vloggers accustomed to using low-tier cameras who are searching for an affordable upgrade, as G95D offers a well-rounded performance across the board and almost unmatched customizability in terms of lens compatibility.


  • Very wide field of view
  • 21.7 MP
  • Live MOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/30p
  • One stereo microphone with wind noise canceller technology
  • Expeed 6 CPU

Best Vlogging Camera Under $1,700

12. Panasonic Lumix GH5M2 Mark II

Panasonic Lumix GH5M2 Mark II
Easily one of the best mid-range video cameras on the current market, Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 Mark II came as an improvement of an already amazing camera. It is close enough to its predecessor design-wise that fans of the original will feel right at home, yet different where it matters the most – performance.

Regarding the similarities, both of these cameras are extremely vide-oriented and are capable of taking 4K & 6K videos with exceptional framerate speeds. While both the original and Mark II GH5 cameras boast an outstanding autofocus system, the latter brought the elements of deep learning to the fray. Your GH5M2 is considerably more precise and faster, not to mention that it can recognize and even track animals over great distances.

What made the original Panasonic Lumix GH5 famous is its 5-axis IS. The Mark II camera brought another improvement, featuring 6.5-step image stabilization (as opposed to GH5’s 5-step stabilization). Panasonic also polished its shake correction technology and made it more accurate in GH5 Mark II.

Similar to Sony Cinema Line FX30, the Lumix GH5M2 Mark II features a magnesium alloy-made chassis. The construction material of its frame was instrumental in keeping the camera’s weight at a decent level, but at 1.5 pounds, it’s not as light as some of the models I’ve reviewed so far.

The main reason why I would warmly recommend GH5 Mark II over its predecessor to all vloggers is that it offers a host of live-streaming functions. The new Lumix Sync app enables you to cast your footage instantly wherever you have an internet connection and allows you to stream your content on social media, albeit at a reduced resolution (only supports 1080p/60fps at the moment).

Boasting a formidable burst shooting speed of 12 fps at the highest resolution quality possible, GH5 Mark II enables you to accurately track and capture vivid photos of your targets. While being great when it comes to photography, Panasonic’s Lumix GH5M2 performs even better as far as video streaming is of concern.

You can share your vlogging content with your fans, subs, and followers over any Wi-Fi frequency, via USB tethering, or with a LAN cable. If you’d rather upload the content to your phone and then stream it, you can easily form a virtual bridge between your GH5M2 and the phone by using Panasonic’s proprietary Lumix Sync feature.

This model is just a tad pricier relative to other members of the Panasonic Lumix family, but it’s far from being considered expensive. If you don’t mind that it’s slightly heavier than average, I firmly believe it will serve you well in your journeys.


  • Wide field of view
  • 20.3 MP MOS Sensor
  • Max video resolution 5K
  • 3-inch vari-angle screen
  • 6.5-point image stabilization

13. Fujifilm X-T5

Fujifilm X-T5
Fujifilm is renowned for making top-tier mirrorless cameras, and X-T5 is currently one of its strongest offerings. Barely a couple of months “old”, this camera is taking the market by storm, effectively replacing the old Fuji flagship, X-T4.

By equipping a brand-new CPU, the X- Processor 5 which is considerably faster than the one installed in its predecessor, Fujifilm paved the way for a range of more robust features in its newest camera model.

Speaking of which, the most game-changing innovation in this camera is the IIS image stabilization tech, which enables the processor to execute surgically-accurate image shifting processes automatically.

There are a couple of features you may be familiar with if you’ve used X-T4, with the most notable being the tilting 3-inch LCD display and the 425-point autofocus system.

The feature of X-T5 I loved the most is the 7-point image stabilization. Each stop of image stabilization gives you an extra layer of “protection” against accidental movements. With a whopping seven stops, X-T5 will remain steady no matter how much the camera is moving.

This camera features a magnesium alloy body that weighs around 1.33 pounds. Sturdy and decently light, this pocket-sized powerhouse is absolutely ideal for traveling vloggers and content creators.


  • Moderate field of view
  • 40 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/60p
  • 3-inch rotating screen
  • 7-point image stabilization
  • The 425-point hybrid autofocus system

Best Vlogging Camera Under $2,000

14. Sony Cinema Line FX30

Sony Cinema Line FX30
If you are searching for a compact, well-rounded camera that doesn’t cost a fortune, you are looking for Sony Cinema Line FX30. With more than 20 video shooting modes, a range of supported video resolutions, exceptional in-body IS technology, and a host of editing modes, the FX30 offers a healthy balance of versatility and performance.

There are quite a few 6K-capable cameras in this price range, and what sets FX30 apart is its unrivaled autofocus system that ensures each captured pixel is as sharp as possible. For vloggers who mainly specialize in filming wildlife content, the extensive animal subject tracking options will change the way you film.

If not, the AF system of Sony Cinema Line FX30 is so advanced that it can be remarkably useful in virtually any scenario. With its sensitivity ranging from ISO 100 to 32,000 for video and between 100 and 6,400 in auto mode, you’ll have the freedom to choose how responsive the FX30 is to light.

Some of the most notable autofocus options you’ll be able to use with this camera are phase detection, multi-area focus, surgically accurate tracking, face detection, live view, and many others. With 759 focus points, it will cover all of your targets, no matter how big of a frame you’re looking at.

An ideal setting in which Sony Cinema Line FX30 could easily outclass even much more expensive models is recording stills or clips at nighttime. Since its highest sensitivity parameters are off the charts, you can rest assured that your videos will be of the highest quality possible as long as you’re not filming in pitch-black conditions.

Sony Cinema Line FX30 is equipped with a 26 MP APS-C BSI-CMOS sensor and 5-axis SensorShift in-body image stabilization technologies. Even if your hands are shaking in excitement after finally witnessing a rare event or finding the target you’ve been tracking for days, the IS system will ensure that the clips you take are as smooth and as stable as possible.

Furthermore, it packs a 3-inch fully-articulated touch-screen, meaning that navigating through the menus and finding the option you’re looking for should be a breeze. Durability-wise, this camera packs a robust chassis made of magnesium alloy materials, which grants it much-needed sturdiness without compromising its portability.

Sony Cinema Line FX30 supports a range of videography formats, such as HAVC S, HAVC S-1, H.264, and H.265. Since many of its key features are commonly found in far more expensive cameras, I’d say it delivers a huge bang for the buck.


  • Medium field of view
  • 26 MP BCI-CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 6K
  • 5.5-point in-body image stabilization technology
  • 3-inch fully-articulated screen

Best Vlogging Camera Under $2,500

15. Lumix S5 II

Lumix S5 II
In a relatively short period of time, Panasonic released four full-frame cameras of outstanding quality. Praised for sharp image & video quality, rapid-shooting capabilities, and excellent image stabilization, Lumix S-series cameras gave vloggers a well-rounded package full of advantages. The Lumix S5 was released in 2020, and it represented this product line until January this year when the newly-upgraded S5 II was launched.

Many similarities between the original S5 and S5 II are quite apparent. They are both 24 MP cameras equipped with a sophisticated CMOS sensor; they both pack the Sensor-shift IS technology, a 3-inch articulated display, and inbuilt wireless connectivity.

The most impactful change in Lumix S5 II is that it is the first S-series camera capable of capturing 6K video footage (while all previous models are 4K-capable cameras). Aside from a considerable step-up in terms of video quality, Lumix S5 II also brings a much stronger 3680k electronic viewfinder and 9fps continuous shooting speeds, up by two compared to the S5 camera.

I wasn’t too thrilled with its burst shot mode, mainly because you can find a much cheaper camera that can do an even better job in this department. What makes Panasonic Lumix GS5 worth the extra cash is that it’s unrivaled in its price range when it comes to video quality as one of the most affordable 6K-capable cameras.

The first camera that kicked off the Lumix S series is Panasonic S1 and one thing that most vloggers disliked about it is its 2,3 pounds of weight. Lumix S5 II is much lighter, weighing only 1.6 pounds, although its predecessor S5 weighs slightly less at 1.5 pounds.

Further on that note, the body of Lumix S5 II is fully weather-sealed. Nearly impervious to elemental damage, be it frost, rain, or extremely hot temperatures, you can travel across all four compass points with your S5 II in your pocket, and it will provide you with a reliable performance.

In my opinion, the main reason why you should upgrade to Lumix S5 II is its new and stronger CPU, which offers a much smoother experience.


  • Wide field of view
  • 24 MP Full-frame  Sensor
  • Max video resolution 6k
  • 3-inch rotating screen
  • 6.5-point image stabilization
  • 779-point phase detection autofocus system

Best Vlogging Camera Under $3,000

16. Canon EOS R6 Mark II

Canon EOS R6 Mark II
The R6 Mark II replaced the first Canon EOS R6 in November last year and currently represents the EOS R-series product line. Sporting improved connectivity, longer battery life, ultra-fast continuous shooting performance, better ventilation, and an upgraded autofocus system, R6 Mark II took the best features of its predecessor and brought them to a new level.

For vloggers, it is extremely important to be able to effortlessly and quickly share video content between devices, especially if you’re working with a larger editing team. EOS R6 Mark II supports the latest Bluetooth feature, both 2.4 & 5 GHz Wi-Fi, and multiple USB connectivity types while rocking EOS Utility app and the ability to upload your content directly to the web.

Travel vloggers who want to capture as many beautiful objects and landscapes don’t have to waste time visiting each landmark in the region they are visiting since Canon’s EOS R6 Mark II boasts up to 10x zoom.

The biggest advantage R6 Mark II has over EOS R6 is that it can sustain continuous shooting speeds of 40fps (twice as much compared to R6). Its battery lifespan can easily endure up to 760 shots, which is a drastic boon compared to the 510-shot battery life of its predecessor.

The first Canon EOS R6 features a 20.1 CMOS sensor while the upgraded Mark II rocks the same sensor but with 24.2 megapixels. Both cameras are capable of taking 4k/60p videos, although R6 Mark II boasts improved ventilation and as such is less prone to overheating.

As far as audio is of concern, this camera is outfitted with an inbuilt 16-bit dual-channel stereo microphone and features an external microphone port.

If you’re constantly on the move while creating content for your vlog, you don’t have to worry about tiring your arms while shooting with Canon EOS R6 Mark II from various angles. It weighs less than 1,3 pounds and is extremely sturdy, boasting a remarkably durable aluminum alloy construction

Just like most high-end cameras in this review, EOS R6 V boasts a weather-proof body, although it is not waterproof. It may be pricey, but I warmly recommend saving up for Canon EOS R6 II if you’re looking for a vlogging camera that will serve you for years.


  • Wide field of view
  • 24.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/60p
  • 3.0-inch ClearView anti-smudge-coated LCD display
  • 5-axis in-body IS technology
  • DualPixel CMOS autofocus system

Best Vlogging Camera Under $4,000

17. Canon EOS RP RF85/1.2 L USM Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS RP RF85/1.2 L USM
We’re slowly coming near the finish line of the best vlogging cameras review, so feel free to raise your expectations. This list wouldn’t feel complete without Canon’s EOS RP, which is one of the best-performing (as well as one of the most expensive) models this brand has released to date.

The fact that it was released four years ago and is still just as competitive and relevant speaks volumes about its quality. Equipped with a remarkably strong full-frame sensor, dual pixel autofocus system, a robust Digic processor, 4K Full HD video-capturing capabilities, and compatible with a range of EF and EF-S lens models, EOS RP is a camera that can help you greatly improve the videos for your vlog.

Starting with its sensor, Canon EOS RP features a 1.4-inch CMOS sensor with 26.2 MP. With an integrated low-pass filter and inbuilt EOS cleaning system, this sensor offers a significantly higher level of performance compared to cheaper Canon products.

Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 8 processing unit is present in EOS RP, although I should point out that it is not the latest version of this CPU. DIGIC 8 was launched in 2018 (a year before RP was released) alongside EOS M50. In 2020, Canon launched DIGIC X, so the only edge that EOS RP lacks is a rapid continuous shooting speed of 120fps of Canon D-series cameras.

The AF system of EOS RP is exceptionally versatile. This model is outfitted with a DualPixel one-shot & servo AF capable of accurately tracking faces and eyes across vast distances. One of the best things about its autofocus system is that it offers you a whopping 4,779 unique positions to experiment with.

Canon EOS RP also brought vastly improved exposure control technology to the table. Featuring 384-zone real-time metering, as well as center-weighted, spot metering, and partial metering modes, this camera effortlessly controls incoming light. Its price tag is the main dealbreaker to many, but in my humble opinion, the sophisticated features of Canon EOS RP offer exceptional value for the money.


  • Moderately wide field of view
  • 26.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 4K/25p
  • 3.0-inch ClearView LCD II with approximately 1.04 million dots
  • Compatible with a broad spectrum of lenses, but no inbuilt image stabilization
  • DualPixel CMOS autofocus system

18. Sony Alpha A7R V

Sony Alpha A7R V
We’re entering the big leagues with the Sony Alpha A7R V, which is one of the newest cameras in the brand’s catalog. Released in October last year, the fifth edition of the Alpha A7R camera is one of the most powerful video cameras in the current market, offering peerless 8K video quality, 10 fps continuous shooting, a larger display, and a robust weather-sealed frame that can endure nearly any kind of punishment.

This model replaced Sony’s last representative of the Alpha A series, the A7R IV. With the fifth Alpha A7R, Sony raised the bar of quality by bringing incomparably sharper videos, faster shooting speeds, an electronic viewfinder that is nearly twice as strong compared to the last one, and superior high-speed video performance.

While nearly all mid-to-high range vlogging cameras have a 3-inch screen, Sony equipped A7R V with a 3.2-inch fully-articulated display. The extra space works in tune with the improved CPU; a perfect blend of performance and visibility.

As the first 8K camera on the list, Sony A7R V can make a difference for vloggers that heavily rely on quality visual content. With a whopping 61 MP, outstanding ISO sensitivity, versatile flash settings, and support for 8K video resolutions at 24 fps, as well as 4K at 60 and HD at 120 fps, this is one of the best cameras for vloggers who want to create ultra-vivid clips.

For Sony enthusiasts and long-time fans of A7R cameras, there are a couple of similarities between the A7R V and the brand’s previous flagships in this line. The same E mount, sensor-shift IS technology, wireless connectivity, and sensor are all there. The are a couple of downsides aside from the fact that the A7R V costs quite a bit, though.

Even though it’s fairly petite in size (even smaller than its predecessors), it weighs close to two pounds, spelling arm fatigue for the user. I immediately looked past this little flaw as soon as I discovered the ActiveMode®.

In contrast to its “passive” counterpart, active image stabilization provided by this mode almost completely eliminates the wiggling effect, compensating for all angular movements across the board.

As for the big question, is the Sony Alpha A7R Mark V truly worth several thousand dollars? In my humble opinion, the unrivaled performance provided by this camera is priceless. Whether you’ve been creating vlog content for years or just embarked on your first vlogging journey, this camera will help your content stand out by making it as life-like as digitally possible.


  • Very wide field of view
  • 61 MP BSI-CMOS full-frame Sensor
  • Max video resolution 8k
  • 3.2-inch fully articulated display
  • 8-point Sensor-shift stabilization technology
  • 693-point AI-powered autofocus system

19. Lumix S1H

Lumix S1H

Panasonic Lumix S1H is the upgrade most vloggers who liked the S1 didn’t need to wait long for. It was launched merely a couple of months after its predecessor (in 2019), improving video quality, the display, more room for SD cards, an updated sensor, and compatibility with RAW data formats.

Since both S1 and S1H were released in the same year, there are more than a few things they have in common. Both sport 5-axis image stabilization, 225-point autofocus, 9fps shooting capabilities, and a high-quality electronic viewfinder.

As for the differences, S1H is superior in many respects. The tilting display of S1 was replaced with a 180-rotating multi-angle system that is far more convenient to use. Arguably the biggest improvement is S1H’s capability to take 6K/24fps recordings while it can also capture Cinema 4K recordings at 60 fps.

The Panasonic S1H also replaced the one XQD card slot with a second slot for SD memory cards. Both Panasonic S1 and S1H rock a 1.3-inch CMOS sensor, although the upgraded version supplied to the S1H is far better for video as it features a low-pass filter. Even though S1H is clearly stronger and more versatile than the camera it replaced, it costs nearly twice as much.


  • Wide field of view
  • 24.20 MP CMOS sensor
  • Max video resolution 6k
  • 3.0-inch multi-angle display
  • 6-stop image sensor stabilization system
  • DFD 225-point autofocus system

FAQ About The Best Vlogging Cameras

Here’s a quick list of some of your most common queries and our responses to help you out in the world of vlogging.

What type of camera do vloggers use?

Most successful vloggers make sure to invest in a high-end camera that can ensure intense video quality such as mirrorless cameras. At the end of the day though, the ideal camera type for vlogging depends on the videographer’s use case.

Which camera is best for beginner vloggers?

As a beginner vlogger, you might not have the cash to invest in a highly pricey camera. Luckily, there are more affordable alternatives. DJI Osmo Action 3, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II, DJI Osmo Pocket 2, GoPro Hero 11 Mini, Canon EOS M50 Mark II, and Sony ZV-1 are some good-quality, affordable options for beginners.

What is the best cheap camera for vlogging?

GoPro Hero 11 Mini, DJI Osmo Pocket 2, and DJI Osmo Action 3 are some of the best blogging cameras that suit any budget, but still pack a punch. If you’re just starting out, any of these options will be a great addition to your hobby.

What camera do most vloggers use?

Most vloggers tend to use high-quality cameras. They may be somewhat pricier for beginners but not all good cameras have to be expensive. Some of the most commonly used cameras by vloggers include the DJI Osmo Action 3, GoPro Hero 11 Mini, Lumix S1H and Canon EOS R5.

What camera is best for vlogging?

DJI Osmo Action 3, Sony Alpha A7R V, and Canon EOS R5, with their versatility for stills and video making, are the best choices for vlogging. These cameras offer a variety of features and capabilities every vlogger needs in their arsenal.

What camera do most YouTubers use?

Most YouTubers use the following high-end cameras as their top picks.

  1. DJI Osmo Action 3
  2. DJI Osmo Pocket 2
  3. GoPro Hero 11 Mini
  4. Canon EOS M50 Mark II
  5. Sony ZV-1
  6. Canon EOS RP RF85/1.2 L USM
  7. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II
  8. Canon M200
  9. Nikon Z30
  10.  Panasonic Lumix G95D
  11.  Sony Cinema Line FX30
  12.  Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV


Each year as we see new cameras roll out it’s getting easier (and more affordable) to find digital cameras that can take exceptional photos and videos.

Remember though, if you’re just starting out, stick within your budget, as you’re sure to find something suitable for your needs.

Once you master your first vlogging camera, move on up to something bigger and better in this list.

Happy vlogging!

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Salman Aslam
Salman Aslam is the Managing Director at Omnicore, a leading Healthcare Digital Advertising & Marketing Agency helping clients across the globe. You can follow him on Twitter for tweets and rants about the latest news, tips, and advice on digital marketing.