In essence, megapixels are how many ‘dots of light’ the camera can capture. The more megapixels/dots, the more detail. But think of megapixels as quantity rather than quality. Just because you have lots of pixels/dots, it doesn’t mean each pixel/dot will collect enough light to give you a good image.
Each pixel/dot needs to be big enough to collect enough quality light and information to create a crystal clear image. So megapixels really aren’t as important and the sales brochures might tell you.
In general for vlogging, anything over 12 megapixels will be pWhen it comes to starting a video blog (vlog), the pros will say that the best camera is the one that you have on you.
But if you look at their videos, it’s quite clear that they are using specialist vlogging cameras to make their content look extra clear and crispy.
So if you want to stand out from the vlogging crowd, keep reading, because we’ve rounded up 2020’s best vlogging cameras for every budget.
One look online and you’ll most likely be blown away by the huge range of vlogging cameras available. We 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.
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 lense 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.
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.
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.
lenty for images, and 1080p will be great for video. After that, you’re really chasing quality that your viewers might not even notice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re also looking at the acclaimed Sony RX100 VII, we agree it’s a tight race between the two. However overall we recommend the Canon G7 X Mark III over the Sony RX100 VII as it is slightly more affordable.
P.S. If you don’t have the budget to afford the Powershot G7 X Mark III right now, you can scroll down to see the best vlogging cameras that fit your personal budget.
Now the ELP 190 IS is by no means a powerhouse of photography and vlogging, but it is a good contender for an inexpensive point and shoot vlogging camera that has some sold features.
It has a very good (for its price) 10x optical zoom for getting in nice and tight on your shot, and also offers a solid optical image stabilization system to keep your vlogging shot steady. All of this is wrapped up in a tiny 138g, which is more than pocketable.
There are of course down sides with a camera this expensive — it can only shoot at 720p, which is almost inexcusable these days, and the menu system is a bit of a mess. However… for well under $200, it is a very, very tempting offer if you’d like a dedicated point and shoot camera to start your vlogging journey.
From the brand that basically introduced the world to the action cam, comes the GoPro Hero5. The GoPro is capable of taking stunning 4K video footage with that signature wide angle, action-orientated field of view.
Even though it’s a few years old now, the GoPro features still awesome video and audio capabilities. As with all GoPros, digital image stabilization keeps your photos and videos clear. The Hero 5 also automatically uploads your footage to your cloud, so you can access and edit it on your phone right away.
Intuitive voice command response allows you to take hands free footage simply by speaking to your camera — that may seem like a gimmick, but could come in real handy if you’re filming by yourself.
And if you need to get that crucial underwater footage, the GoPro Hero 5 is waterproof up to 33 feet deep, so you can comfortably film in your hot tub without worry.
There are a lot of things to love about the GoPro 5. While it may not meet the needs of the most technologically demanding vloggers, it’s a very capable camera and a great way to get started.
The Osmo action is DJI’s attempt to take on the GoPro Hero series head on, and we must say, they did a brilliant job. Not only does it undercut it’s GoPro Hero 7 competitor in price, it also beats it in some features.
It matches the GoPro Hero 7 in most technical aspects, but it has a larger, longer lasting battery, and a very, very handy front color front screen. This provides far better functionality than the GoPro Hero 7, as you can see what you’re vlogging while you’re filming.
By most accounts, DJI’s electronic image stabilization, called RockSteady, is arguably just as good as a physical gimbal, which really is incredible. It should be noted however that when the RockSteady stabilization is on, there is a slight delay with what the Osmo action films, and what you see on the viewfinder.
DJI’s Osmo action is waterproof, and comes with housing and an adhesive mount so you can stick it on your car or helmet to get that perfect action shot.
All in all, the DJI Osmo action provides terrific value and requires serious consideration next to its GoPro competitors.
Honestly, for under $300, there isn’t much to dislike about the DJI Osmo Pocket as a beginner’s vlogging camera. It’s supremely portable, weather proof, and still packs in 4k video. In fact, you can probably think of it as a GoPro with a big trick up its tiny sleeve.
That big trick is DJI’s world famous gimbal stabilization. All of the other vlogging cameras on this list will use digital stabilization, which is to say that software will do its best to make the video look more stable.
The DJI Osmo Pocket however has a physical gimbal (just like you’d see on DJI’s very expensive drones) that keeps the actual camera itself steady, creating that silky smooth vlogging footage that looks so professional. Not bad for something that fits in to the smallest of pockets.
The only real downside is that the DJI Osmo Pocket is probably best suited for shooting videos, rather than taking pictures. But given that the ‘v’ in ‘vlogging’ is for ‘video’, that shouldn’t be too much of a worry if you’re just starting out.
If your budget is reasonably low, and you want a vlogging camera that you can take with you even if you don’t have a backpack, you can’t really go wrong with the DJI Osmo Pocket.
The Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II packs a huge 1 inch sensor inside it’s relatively small body — to put that in perspective, that sensor is roughly four times the size of the iPhone 11. That means buckets of glorious light and detail in your photos and vlog footage.
The G9 X Mark II also has an impressive array of serious photographic controls for such a small camera, as well as an intuitive menu system to navigate those features. You’ll also not be short on connectivity as it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and USB 2.0, as well as the usual physical storage.
Some might complain about its video capture being limited to 1080p, but it is capable of 60fps for that fast paced look, and it is stabilized. The screen also does not tilt, which maybe a deal-breaker for some.
With all of that in mind, if you want to take the next step up in budget without blowing the bank, the Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II is a terrific little camera for your vlogging adventures.
Fans of Canon were very excited to see the EOS M50, their first foray into the 4k capable mirrorless market. The EOS M50 fits into Canon’s range at the upper end of the md-market, offering features that you won’t find in it’s lesser priced models.
In other words, the EOS M50 is a camera for enthusiasts, in that it has plenty of features, but not too many as to overwhelm you.
While video image is good, we should warn you that when you film in 4k, there is a 1.6x crop. This means the sensor zooms in 1.6 times to cater for 4k stabilized footage. This is okay if you’re looking for tight shots, but if you want a very wide angle on the kit 15-45mm lens, you might struggle to capture everything.
Take a look at a screen shot from Youtuber Kai W’s EOS M50 review to see what 4k vlogging looks like on a slightly wider 11-22 mm lens.
Overall the EOS M50 has a solid range of features, with some compromises to reach it’s mid-range price point. However if you’re a fan of the Canon ecosystem, the EOS M50 may suit your needs very well.
The DMC-G85MK is mid-range vlogging contender bristling with features that hits the sweet spot between ease of use and technical capability. At the helm is a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds lens with 4K 30fps enabled video. If you’d like super smooth 60fps however, you’ll need to film in 1080p. Either way, you’re going to be capturing very good quality video thanks to the MFT lens that boosts fine details.
Another standout feature is the 5-axis dual image stabilization, which is done from the sensor, as well as dual-axis stablislation from the lens. This reduces motion blur for clearer, cleaner photos and videos, which is a key factor for vlogging when you are walking and recording yourself.
Add to that its rapid 49 point autofocus system, the LUMIX DMC-G85MK is a beast when it comes to getting crisp, in focus footage. The camera is also weatherproof and dustproof (just don’t go taking it swimming!), which makes it easier to see and film even in bad weather.
A feature we really liked was the Post Focus mode. Let’s say you snap a quick shot but, the autofocus didn’t quite focus in on the right part of the image Or maybe you notice something later you didn’t catch when you took the photo. The LUMIX DMC-G85MK will actually let you pick a new focus point after you’ve taken the photo.
Overall, for the budget, this is a pretty impressive camera. If you’re looking for a mid-range vlogging camera with all the bells and whistles, definitely give the LUMIX DMC-G85MK a try.
The Lumix G8 is the follow-up to the widely acclaimed Lumix G7. The first thing you’ll notice about the Lumix GX8 is that it’s built like a tank, with a mostly magnesium alloy frame — this is definitely the sturdiest micro four thirds camera out there.
It offers everything you’d need in a vlogging camera, with 4k video, variable angle touchscreen, and a slightly different retro design language. The feature that people seem to enjoy most about the Lumix GX8, is the glorious, high resolution viewfinder that adds a touch of old-school glamour to the photography and video process.
While the Lumix G8 offers both stabilization in the lens and sensor, it can only use sensor based stabilization for video, which maybe a negative if you need super steady video. Overall video quality is however amongst the best in the micro four thirds categories.
Any small quibbles aside, the Lumix G8 is a star performer and very much deserving of its place in our picks for best vlogging cameras under $1,000.
The 90D is Canon’s answer to those who are still not quite ready to hop on the micro four thirds train, and want a solid DSLR that can still be used for vlogging.
The Canon 90D has a larger megapixel count at 32.5MP than most of its APS-C sensor competitors, which allows a lot more flexibility when it comes to cropping images and video when you are editing.
It also means glorious, uncropped 4k video! This means, even with a basic stock canon lens, you should get a wide enough field of view to get some decent vlogging footage at hand held distance.
The only real downsides to consider with the Canon 90D is that it only has a single SD card slot, and it doesn’t have in-body stabilization.
In saying that though, if you are in the Canon ecosystem already, we’d absolutely recommend the Canon 90D as a great DSLR for vlogging.
Much like anything made by Sony, the Alpha A6600 is extremely well made, screaming quality the moment you look at it. It’s not all good looks either, because the Alpha A6600 offers a bevvy of high-end features to draw your attention in the sub $1,500 vlogging space.
The Alpha A6600 features in-body stabilization, HDR video, and real time eye AF for video — all top spec stuff for a camera in general, let alone a vlogging camera. It also has a massive range of compatible lenses, depending on your specific needs.
There are some downsides though, which you might not expect for a camera in this budget range. Some find the controls awkward, and the menu system to be unnecessarily complicated. The image preview area on the screen is also annoyingly small for a camera of this price.
Overall though,If you want as many top specs as you can get without having to stretch all the way to a full frame sensor budget, the Sony Alpha A6600 should be at the top of your vlogging shopping list.
The EOS R is Canon’s big leap as its first full frame mirrorless camera, so it’s a big deal for the Canon lovers in vlogging-land.
A full frame mirrorless Canon creates a formidable camera — Canon has done it’s best to mark its territory in the full frame mirrorless space with massive room for both customization and quality.
The EOS R features a new RF lens mounting system, but you’ll still be able to use all of your other Canon lenses with an adapter if need be. It also features an insane 5,655 dual pixel autofocus system with a crystal clear, fully articulating color screen, so you’ll absolutely be sure to get super crispy vlogging footage.
On the downside, the EOS bizarrely omits in-body stabilization, and its 4k video is slightly cropped. Definitely not something you would expect in such an expensive camera.
If you are firmly planted in the Canon family and want a full frame mirrorless camera, go for the EOS R. If you’re not tied to Canon however, we’d probably recommend the Alpha A7 III.
The Sony Alpha A7 III has so many high end specs, it’d be hard to get them all out in one breath. We’ll give it a go though!
The Alpha A7 III features a whopping 693 point autofocus system, 10 fps burst photo shooting, uncropped 4k video, 5-axis image stabilization, full frame image sensor, all wrapped up in a typically sturdy Sony body.
All of those features are usually found in cameras with much higher prices, in this case the Alpha A7 III’s bigger brother, the Alpha A9. Don’t get us wrong, the Alpha A7 III is an expensive piece of kit — but to have them all of these features at a comparatively lower price point creates a very attractive package.
Downsides to the Alpha A7 III? The weatherproofing has been found to be lacking in some cases, and the touchscreen only has limited functionality for a camera this price.
If you’re looking for a very similar camera with a slightly higher megapixel count, go for the Sony Alpha A7R III. The A7R III does however sacrifice auto focus capability but has a better handheld stabilization than the A7 III.
For an entry level full frame vlogging camera though, we don’t think you can do much better than the Alpha A7 III.
Each year as we see new cameras roll out, and we’re constantly amazed by the technology — it’s getting easier (and more affordable) to find digital cameras that can take exceptional photos and video.
Remember though, if you’re just starting out, stick within your budget. Once you master that camera, move on up to something bigger and better in this list.