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 2021’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.
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.
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 Sony ZV-1 Camera packs an array of options inside a quite small body. Although it fits in your pocket, this camera is designated especially for vloggers as it has some excellent video features.
The flip-around screen and an impressive built-in microphone can make a vlogging star out of you. The model has a 1-inch 20.1-megapixel sensor and the Fast Hybrid AF. Still, this camera doesn’t have the electronic viewfinder and it’s better to use it for video since it comes with the perks like background defocus, built-in neutral density filter for outdoors, face priority exposure setting, and the Soft Skin effect to soften the blemishes on your skin.
The built-in lens gives you a video resolution of up to 4K and Full HD with a 120 fps. It records a super slow motion video at 120 and 240 fps in 1080p. You can control everything from the flip-out touchscreen display. The forward-directional in-built microphone and the MI shoe enables you to capture excellent sound. However, there is no headphone jack, so you won’t be able to check the sound of your videos.
Still, this is the perfect camera if you’re doing product showcasing or showing products in your vlogs since you can “switch the focus mode to look for the product” fast, as Parker Walbeck says which is one of the USP of this camera. Its low light performance is superior, if we compare it, for example, with Canon’s M50.
The model 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. It only has one SD card.
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.
Although many would argue that the A7 III and Alpha 7C Full-Frame Compact Mirrorless Camera are practically the same camera. Yes, they are similar in many respects. Still, the price and a few other crucial features are what differentiate the two models.
Some of the biggest improvements lie in the Alpha 7C’s battery life, AF performance and the kit lens. Because of its large ‘Z-type’ battery, you can take 740 pictures with LCD screen and 680 if you’re using viewfinder. It can be charged via USB-C connection. You can record slow motion at 120 fps in 1080p.
The A7C uses an improved focusing algorithm to make the AF more reliable than the one on the A7 III. The camera has both eye and animal detection as the previous model, but it is far better at autofocus with animals as shooting subjects.
It’s a “step back camera for photography, but a step forward camera for video,” as Gerald Undone states, since it has the latest AF system with real-time AF and animal eye AF. It also doesn’t have record limits like, for example, the A7 III (which we’ll mention in the next review, as well.) – a big plus for anyone looking for a compact camera for run-and-gun style setup.
The camera offers 4K UHD video recording in the XAVC-S format. It goes up to 30 fps. The 2.36million-dot XGA OLED electronic viewfinder and the 3-inch, 3:2 ration OLED screen aren’t a new feature. Nonetheless, given that the Alpha 7C comes with a brand-new FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 retractable kit lens, it’s worth to check out.
The Sony Alpha 7S 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 A7S III features a 759 point autofocus system, 4K UHD 2160p video, 5-axis in-body image stabilization, 12.1MP Exmor R Sensor, all wrapped up in a typically sturdy Sony body. The Alpha A7 III and the new Alpha 7S III are similar in terms of the design, size, and weight. The A7S weighs slightly less, 699 g (1.54 lbs) including batteries.
The new model can shoot 4K and it does it up to 120 fps, which is impressive. At 1080p, the A7S supersamples the entire sensor and delivers a superior HD quality in comparison to other mirrorless Sony models. Its improved BIONZ XR image algorithm and processing allow you to follow your subjects easily, along with the real-time human and animal Fast Hybrid AF. It can record up to 120p in 4K and up to 240 fps in Full HD (the S&Q mode) for super slow mode. It works up to 3 hours on one charge.
There are two file options when it comes to photos: HEIF, which has a better quality and compression than JPEG (4:2:0 or 4:2:2). The impressive 4240 x 2832 resolution (12.1 MP) enables you to capture the tiniest details with great precision. It can shoot up to 600 photos on one charge, which is around 10 less than its predecessor, A7 III. However, most people buy it for its superior video capabilities.
The same 3-inch screen is an improved version of the previous one since it has 1440k dots in comparison to the 922k dots on the A7 III. Someone would argue about the only 12.1-megapixels, but as YouTuber Matti Haapoja says, Sony did it to “maximize the video capabilities,” as well as “make the pixels bigger and better.” It’s why this is the perfect video blogging camera, especially if you want to show off your surroundings.
Also, the new model boasts dual card slots with two UHS II SD cards and CFexpress type A cards, Sony’s newest tiny and fast cards.
The Alpha A7S III is an expensive piece of kit — but to have all the mentioned features in an upgraded version of A7 III creates a very attractive package. For a mid-level full frame vlogging camera, we don’t think you can do much better than the Alpha A7S III.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera packs a full-frame CMOS sensor inside its body. Although the model looks a bit bulky, it offers buckets of glorious light and detail in your photos and vlog footage. The 20.1 megapixel-camera is the latest DSLR jewel from Canon. The DIGIC X processor combined with the strong sensor give you from 16 to 20 fps in the Live View mode with the shutter, where It can work as a mirrorless camera.
You can also capture 1080p with 120 fps in slow mode. It’s why this is an excellent camera for filmmaking.
The 1D X Mark III has an impressive array of serious photographic controls, as well as an intuitive menu system to navigate those features. For instance, the viewfinder uses deep learning to recognize heads and faces, while the AF Smart Controller lets you control the AF points with a breeze since it looks like a computer mouse instead of a joystick. The sensor “flies” across your screen and makes the AF extremely easy to operate.
Although there’s no pop-up flash, which, as Peter McKinnon says, is “a miss”, the 1D X Mark is great at every photographic and vlogging task. It has the Focus Peaking with the red outline, as well as Focus Assist, so you stay spot on whenever you need to.
The camera’s video capture is a big plus, with 5.5K/60p 12-bit RAW (with the AF locked) any time you need to shift from stills to video. It also offers full-width Full-HD up to 120fps, as well as cropped 4K/60p (UHD and DCI) options with AF. The lack of image stabilization could disappoint some. The 3.2-inch screen does not tilt, which is also a deal-breaker for some.
With all of that in mind, if you want to take the next step up in your vlogging career, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera is, hands down, the best DSLR camera for your next adventures. If you’re fine with the carrying it, of course!
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.