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 2022’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. 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.
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.
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, but well-mastered. lower resolution cameras can often produce similar photos to their higher resolution counterparts.
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.
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, 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.
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 2022.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for the absolute best vlogging camera that will help your Youtube channel or video blog in the coming years, then the Panasonic Lumix GH5 4K Digital Camera is hands down the best vlogging camera you can get right now.
This camera offers an excellent balance between power and versatility, packs a high-quality built-in microphone, excellent FOV, and outstanding zooming capabilities, as well as 4K video capturing at 30 frames per second.
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a competitive camera that can go toe to toe with the most expensive high-end models while being decently affordable itself.
Let’s kick off the best vlogging camera reviews with one of the most affordable models on the list – the DJI Osmo Action. Although its technical specifications resemble those of a plain webcam, this little action recorder is one of the best at what it does.
The Osmo action is DJI’s attempt to take the GoPro Hero series head-on, and I must say, they did a brilliant job. Not only does it undercut its GoPro Hero 7 competitor in price, but it also beats it in some features.
It matches the GoPro Hero 7 in most technical aspects but has a larger, longer-lasting battery, and a very, very handy 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 with the video camera.
By most accounts, DJI’s electronic image stabilization, called RockSteady, is arguably just as good as a physical gimbal, which 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 budget camera provides terrific value and requires serious consideration next to its GoPro competitors. Although its specs are similar to webcams, its low-price/good performance combo can’t be beaten in this range.
Honestly, for under $200, there isn’t much to dislike about the DJI Osmo Pocket as a beginner’s vlogging camera. It’s supremely portable, weatherproof, and still packs 4k video quality. 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 or live streaming footage that looks so professional. Not bad for something that fits into the smallest of pockets.
The only real downside is that the DJI Osmo Pocket action recorder 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 you are looking for a high-quality, budget camera and you want a vlogging camera that you can take with you even if you don’t have a backpack, you can’t go wrong with the DJI Osmo Pocket. It’s great for everyone on a cash-strapped budget looking to create good-quality content without making a dent in their wallets.
If you’re in the market for a vlogging camera under $400, it’s safe to assume that your budget is fairly limited. Instead of wasting money on popular webcams, it may be a better idea to give Panasonic’s Lumix FZ80 a go.
Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 comes with an incredible set of vlogging-friendly features that you simply cannot miss out on. Its high-resolution viewfinder and low-light performance will let you capture the most surreal images with clarity and vibrancy.
What makes Panasonic LUMIX a great favorite with the vlogging crew is its portability. The camera comes with USB charging and Wi-Fi connectivity to keep your clicks rolling while you’re still on the move. But there are more features that make it a great choice for photography.
Its inbuilt LUMIX DFD focusing system makes it both fast and reliable. What sets the camera apart from several of its competitors is its newest 4K technology called the “Post Focus”. This conveniently lets you set the desired focus points after the picture has been taken.
Alternatively, you can use the camera’s Focus Stacking feature to select several points of focus and create your desired depth and effect.
GoPro Hero 9Black offers superb 5K video recording and 20MP photos. We’re talking dazzling front displays with not one but two screens upping the ante on your vlogging journey.
For under $400, GoPro Hero 9 comes with a remarkable suite of vlogging and photography-friendly features. With HyperSmooth 3.0, you get advanced video stabilization making your clips run as smooth as butter.
Not to forget that its powerful features come with an excessively durable design. GoPro has built this one tough and the camera is waterproof to a staggering 33ft. It’s also compatible with some 30 different mounts and accessories making it very convenient for vloggers who are always on the move in all terrains.
There’s also a GoPro Quik App if you cherish the idea of editing, sharing, and managing your videos and photos on the go from the same software. Honestly, there’s not much to dislike here if on-the-go vlogging is your niche.
A quality handheld camera should allow you to take videos with minimal hassle, but that just begins to describe what advantages DJI Pocket 2 handheld camera has in store for you.
This is one of the best pocket cameras on the American market, as it offers more power than most models belonging to a mid-high price point category, a compact yet sturdy body, and a myriad of useful functions for TikTok and YouTube content creators, vloggers, video conferencing, and videography professionals.
Weighing around 117 grams while being under 5 inches tall means that you can easily pack your DJI Pocket 2 anywhere. Its handling is outstanding, and its learning curve is practically non-existent. One of the main reasons why TikTokers and YouTube creators like it so much is that this pocket camera ensures that you’re always prepared to snap a photo or shoot a video.
Its field of view is reduced in comparison to full-size cameras. However, only the tiniest of details on the very borders of the lens are obstructed, meaning that DJI Pocket 2 won’t inhibit your photography or videography skills a great deal. In good hands, the FOV-based differences between this and ’regular’ cameras are practically negligible.
Another huge difference between DJI Pocket 2 and most camera models with a similar price tag is that it offers 64 MP. As you’ll be able to see moving forward in this guide, a variety of cameras over $1,000 don’t even offer half as much. If you’re searching for a camera that offers quality 4K photos and videos, the Pocket 2’s got your back.
Even though the list of its advantages is miles long, the DJI Pocket 2 UHD 4K vlog camera still has room to grow.
The first obvious drawback is that it only supports MicroSD cards up to 256 GB. On the brighter side, it allows you to store your content on pretty much all card types, including SD, SDHC, and SDXC (only the UHS-I version, though).
Secondly, it works on 875 mAh LiPo batteries that can only last for about 140 minutes. According to DJI, they’ve tested it at 1080p/24 FPS, so its battery lifespan may vary depending on different modes. A slither of silver lining here is that DJI Pocket 2 needs only about 73 minutes to charge.
Finally, this vlog camera model features a built-in microphone, but it doesn’t feature any special functions (wind noise cancellation, recording volume control, or such), so many are using the external microphone port instead.
At the end of the day, DJI Pocket 2 is very impressive for a pocket camera. Although some would label it a ’glass cannon’ due to its outstanding MP count and low battery time, it’s safe to say that it performs much better than most models in the same price category. If you value convenience and dependability in your cameras, look no further than DJI Pocket 2. It’s practically well-suited for everyone that wants to create high-tier video content without overpaying for it.
Fans of Canon were very excited to see the Canon 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 mid-market, offering features that you won’t find in its lesser-priced models.
In other words, the Canon EOS M50 is a camera for enthusiasts, in that it has plenty of features, but not too many to overwhelm you.
While the video image is good, I 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.
It’s slightly heavier than some of our previous picks but still light and portable enough to be dubbed ’pocket-size’.
Overall the EOS M50 has a solid range of features, with some compromises to reach its 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 a mid-range vlogging contender bristling with features that hit 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 videos and setting up top-tier livestreams 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 stabilization 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 swimming with it!), which makes it possible to film come rain or shine.
A feature I really liked was the Post Focus mode. Let’s say you snap a quick shot but the autofocus doesn’t quite focus 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. There are numerous other shooting modes offered by Lumix DMC G85MK as well, reinforcing its already-great level of versatility.
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.
GoPro is widely recognized as one of the top manufacturers of electronics, most notably action cameras and recorders. Suffice to say, the GoPro Hero 10 is one of their most popular flagship camera models, and it’s well-deserving of the spot of the best vlogging camera under $750.
What sets this camera apart from similarly-priced action cameras and recorders is its high-resolution video capture capability, versatile connectivity, and outstanding array of effects that can make even the blandest of landscapes look flashy and creative.
Let’s start with the basics. The GoPro Hero10 offers advanced video stabilization technology; more specifically, this tech is the fourth iteration of the acclaimed HyperSmooth feature, bringing a ton of improvements to what already was a formidable piece of technology.
Its 23.6 MP may not seem like much, but it’s safe to say that a variety of camera models in this price range offer far worse performance. Circling back to the aforementioned effects, one of the biggest highlights of the GoPro Hero10 camera is the slow-motion effect, which can reach as high as x8.
Compatibility-wise, GoPro Hero10 is compatible with more than thirty different mounts and accessories, as well as GoPro’s proprietary Quik App. In terms of design and sturdiness, GoPro Hero10 is fairly durable and waterproof up to 33 feet.
Overall, there’s certainly room for improvement, but you’ll get your money’s worth, and then some should opt to use GoPro Hero10 for your vlogging needs.
There’s a lot to love about Fujifilm’s X-S10 mirrorless camera. In terms of technical specifications, it’s one of the strongest video cameras in this price-point category, but I could also lump it in with the most versatile models due to a host of different effects and functionalities that you’ll be able to use with ease.
First and foremost, the Fujifilm X-S10 Mirrorless camera packs 26,1 MP, which is pretty formidable for its price tag. In fact, it offers the same number of effective pixels as X-T4 – its slightly more expensive brother. In terms of FOV, its zoom range leaves ample room for improvement, but that shouldn’t be too big of a concern if you’re mainly going to use it for vlogging.
It packs the US vibration sensor cleaning system, which is one of the better ones; given that sensors are fairly delicate, no matter how well-built they are, this feature simplifies the maintenance process while increasing Fujifilm X-S10’s longevity.
Although it does not feature a dedicated selfie mode, it supports a variety of video formats and offers pretty decent options in terms of storage compatibility (SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards).
What most users and reviewers liked about this camera is its high-quality image stabilization mechanism. Namely, it is built upon the image sensor shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation.
The 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen is another interesting feature, sporting roughly 1.04 million dots and presenting filmmakers, videographers, and content creators with a convenient tool that governs Fujifilm X-S10’s fundamental features.
The bottom line is that Fujifilm X-S10 is an essential piece of gear that all expert videographers could use to up their game. Its handling is awesome, it’s fairly lightweight, and with such robust specifications, it’s truly amazing that it doesn’t belong to a higher price category.
Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 4K Digital camera is one of our top camera recommendations for a variety of reasons. Its mirrorless design provides filmmakers, videographers, content creators, and vloggers much-needed versatility; it’s one of the top 4K video cameras on the list, although it can tackle 6K photography with ease, and its customizability is absolutely astounding.
Equipped with the latest dual-image stabilization technology, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 digital camera will make sure your 4K recordings are sharp and accurate. More specifically, it packs 5-axis dual-image stabilization tech that compensates for the drawbacks of most lenses, such as artifacts, blur, and so on. Camera shake shouldn’t be too big of a deal either, as it’s lightweight and compact, albeit slightly bigger than most pocket camera models on the list.
Furthermore, you can use it to create beautiful 6K photos for your vlog. There’s a ton of photo effects, as well as a myriad of supported photo file formats, which was expected from one of the flagship models of a manufacturer as iconic as Panasonic.
Durability-wise, the Lumix GH5 camera features a splash-proof body made of magnesium alloy that can endure decades of use, given proper maintenance. It’s also freeze-proof up to 10 degrees, making it one of the best camera devices for video conferencing, videography experts, and vloggers working in extremely cold weather environments.
The Lumix series is among the most popular on the American market, and although GH5 costs a bit above $1,000, it’s well worth every cent. The lack of selfie mode is compensated with a plethora of effects, such as slow-motion, retro, high key, sepia, monochrome, impressive art, toypop, bleach bypass, fantasy, star filter, and a variety others.
Lumix GH5 is the perfect choice regardless of the scenario you want to use it in – video creators, filmmakers, vloggers, and pretty much everyone that wants to create quality video content can find tons of value in this camera.
Next up we have Olympus OM-D E-M5, a high-end Micro Four Thirds camera that sports top-tier specifications, an elegant yet durable body, and a highly advanced viewfinder, among countless other interesting features.
What makes Olympus OM-D E-M5 so great for vloggers and content creators is the built-in microphone feature. Not only is it integrated into the camera and is readily available for use whenever you need it, but it also sports several functions that you can use to perform soft editing tasks on the fly. With the wind noise reduction and microphone volume limiter functions, you can easily make your vlog videos better suited for immediate upload by finding the right settings and using these functions properly.
What’s more, audio dubbing is also possible for up to some thirty seconds for still pictures. If you don’t like this microphone for any reason, you can still attach an external one and use it instead.
In terms of memory, Olympus OM-D E-M5 features two slots, each supporting different kinds of memory cards. The first slot accepts regular SD cards, SDHC UHS I & II, and SDXC UHS I & II cards; the main difference between the first and second slots is that the latter doesn’t accept SDHC UHS II and SDXC UHS II memory cards while supporting everything else the former does.
The main drawback of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the 21.8 total pixel count on the image sensor. In this field of performance, it lags behind a variety of cameras across middle and mid-high price points; although this pixel count isn’t exactly bad, you’d expect more from a camera that costs nearly $1,800.
Switching over to autofocus modes, vloggers, content creators, filmmakers, and videography experts are sure to like this powerhouse, as it supports single AF, continuous AF, manual AF, as well as various presets and the highly acclaimed Starry Sky autofocus mode.
Furthermore, Olympus OM-D E-M5’s autofocus also features face detection, eye detection, and AF illuminator functions, further extending this camera’s versatility.
Finally, camera devices as expensive as this should be durable to be worth the buck, and suffice to say, Olympus OM-D E-M5 is built like a brick house. Its body is virtually impervious to dust, slashing, and cold; its weather-sealed design and magnesium alloy construction ensure that it can survive pretty much anything. Although its water-resistance rating is IPX1, it would be more accurate to describe it as ’splash’ resistant.
Overall, Olympus OM-D E-M5 is among our top camera recommendations as its benefits and advantages cast a long shadow over its small drawbacks. While its relatively disappointing pixel count isn’t so easy to look past, its well-rounded performance more than makes up for it.
For most vloggers, filming quality video content will be their greatest priority. This is one reason why Fujifilm X-T4 makes it to our list of the top vlogging cameras in 2021.
One of the most notable benefits of X-T4 is the small overall setup and compact size. Vloggers are mostly on the road and nobody likes to lumber with a life-sized, in-your-face camera design. But this is only the start. X-T4 resulted from noticeable upgrades on X-T3. We’re talking in-body image stabilization for complete elimination of camera shake, highly improved auto-focus, and a much bigger battery.
Fujifilm can deliver masterpieces in both stills and video recordings. The camera has locked up some additional features that come in handy for vloggers such as weather-sealing, microphone input, and a front-facing screen. Get ready to shoot 4K videos with up to 60 fps.
Whether you are into stills, shooting movies, or video making, Fujifilm X-T4 has got everything covered for you.
This camera is another Panasonic classic and I cannot get over how robust and functional the LUMIX S5 has turned out to be for vloggers.
The camera offers some high-end features that give its competitors a run for their money. First off, LUMIX S5 comes with a sensor size that is four times larger than that offered by GH5 II. Not to forget that there isn’t any noticeable difference in size between the two. But its sensor is not the only feature making it a winner.
Fans of the company’s earlier releases will find that LUMIX S5 boasts much of their typical powerful features in one of their most compact sizes. In contrast to LUMIX S1, LUMIX S5 offers the same 24MP CMOS sensor but with greater portability and improved contrasts.
The camera is also incredibly weather-resistant and offers 6.5 stops of image stabilization, ensuring camera shake-related problems never occur again. Furthermore, there’s a 4K recording and a 96MP high-resolution RAW+JPEG capture. Whether you want to lock onto objects at far or short distances, the wide FOV of Lumix S5 ensures that your shots are accurate.
LUMIX S5 camera is an undeniable choice for those who are looking for a mix of great value and quality, especially people making movies, shooting still lifes, and vloggers that could benefit from a bit of both.
Many would argue that the A7 III and Alpha 7C Full-Frame Compact Mirrorless Camera are practically the same camera devices. Yes, they are similar in many respects but still, the price tag and a couple of other crucial features are what differentiate the two models.
A couple of the biggest improvements lie in the Alpha 7C’s hardware; battery life, AF performance, and the kit lens – a combo of all the key features that directly influence how well a camera operates. Because of its large ‘Z-type’ battery, you can take 740 pictures with an LCD screen and 680 if you’re using a viewfinder. It can be charged via a USB-C connection.
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, but its autofocus performance is far better 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 a run-and-gun style setup.
The camera offers 4K UHD video recording in the XAVC-S format and can record slow-motion at 120 fps in 1080p. The 2.36million-dot XGA OLED electronic viewfinder and the 3-inch, 3:2 ratio OLED screen aren’t new features. The bottom level being, given that the Alpha 7C comes with a brand-new FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 retractable kit lens, it’s worth checking out.
In the price range of under $3,500, you can find some of the finest camera gear and models. Whether it’s a shoulder-sized tripod-mounted 6K recorder or a hand-grip 4K action camera recorder, you can rest assured that they can’t even begin to compare with their more affordable counterparts.
The Sony Alpha 7S III has so many high-end specs, that 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. It’s an excellent choice if you’re targeting objects at all distances because its lenses are interchangeable, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The Alpha A7 III and the new Alpha 7S III are similar in terms of 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 at 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: JPEG and HEIF, which has better quality and compression than JPEG (4:2:0 or 4:2:2). The 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 the A7 III creates a very attractive package.
It’s absolutely ideal for creating top-tier video content. In fact, everyone could benefit from having Alpha A7S mark III as a part of their gear. For a mid-level full-frame vlogging camera, I don’t think you can do much better than the Alpha A7S III.
With LUMIX S1, Panasonic made its way into the field of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Offering competent features for both stills and video making, LUMIX S1 is starting to gain notable popularity among the vlogging community.
LUMIX S1 delivers high-end image results, with a 9 fps shooting rate. The speed and accuracy come together yielding stunning results whether it’s video recording or stills for social media.
Another reason why LUMIX S1 is a popular choice amongst vloggers is its robust design with a full-frame 24.2MP MOS sensor along with an updated Venus Engine.
The high-end technologies incorporated within the camera help it to produce HD results with enhanced color representations. LUMIX S1comes with a Hybrid Log-Gamma photo style mode which allows users to work with light and shadows and add depth to their already incredible shots. Consequently, Lumix S1 is perfect for use in practically all environments.
The camera offers complete HD recording and comes with unlimited recording time, something that no vlogger can easily resist.
While perched on the pricier end, Canon EOS R5 is meant for professional image-makers and vloggers who just cannot compromise on the quality of their products. It’s a lightweight powerhouse that sits at the very top of the pile, offering outstanding performance, versatility, and value to those that can afford it.
A couple of its most staggering features include a versatile full-frame mirrorless camera that comes with a newly introduced 45 MP CMOS sensor. The result? Vloggers get an 8K raw video recording, 12 fps continuous shooting, and 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization.
The Dual PIXEL CMOS that combines with the EOS R5 results in fast and smart focusing with 1053 selectable points spread across the field of view. Users already familiar with the earlier EOS-5 releases will find the switch to R5 not only seamless but improved.
The high-resolution viewfinder with a decent 120 fps refresh rate and a vari-angle design makes vlogging both fun and a breeze.
We’ve nearly reached the end of the best vlogging camera reviews, so you should adjust your expectations accordingly. Premium hardware, a combination of superb value and performance, and the finest features available to the camera market should all be present in cameras in this price range, with the main drawbacks revolving around their expensiveness.
Thousands of overwhelmingly positive reviews, nearly thrice as many verified buyers, and dozens of professionals agree on the fact that Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is the ultimate DSLR camera, despite its steep cost.
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 among the latest and most advanced DSLR cameras from Canon. The DIGIC X processor combined with the strong sensor gives 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. Furthermore, with an abundance of shooting modes, you can adapt to pretty much anything.
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 in every photographic and vlogging setup. 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) anytime 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, however, disappoint some. The 3.2-inch screen does not tilt, which is also a deal-breaker for some. However, if you’re using a quality tripod, this little flaw won’t hold you back.
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, one of the best DSLR cameras for your next adventures. If you’re fine with carrying it, of course!
For a top-notch vlogging setup, you’ll need the Sony Alpha 1. And what is its incredible suite of video-friendly features you ask?
Well, for starters, the camera is a flagship prototype by Sony designed as your one-stop hub for all of your vlogging needs. It delivers fast and intelligent focusing, image sensitivity, 8K recording, and connectivity that keeps the most intricate setups going.
Sony has launched Alpha 1 with a newly embedded 50.1MP full-frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor with a BIONZ XR processing engine. The incredible sensor design, together with optimized processing capabilities, yields amazing results for vloggers and video makers.
Alpha 1 boasts a sensitivity and recording versatility that allows vloggers to crop up incredible photos even with low-light shooting. Then there’s the 759-point Fast Hybrid AF system embedded within its sensor design that delivers incredibly advanced subject tracking and real-time autofocus performance detecting any possible shape whether humans or animals.
It’s several times heavier than most action and pocket cameras, so consider using a tripod for optimal accuracy.
Vlogging can never be boring or frustrate you so long as you have the cutting-edge technology Sony introduced with Alpha 1 on your side. Everyone that won’t settle for less than perfect-quality video content should consider saving up for Alpha 1.
Here’s a quick list of some of your most common queries and our responses to help you out in the world of vlogging.
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.
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, Panasonic LUMIX FZ80, DJI Osmo Pocket, GoPro Hero 9 Black, and Sony DSC-HX99 Compact are some good-quality, affordable options for beginners.
DJI Osmo Action, Panasonic LUMIX FZ80, and DJI Osmo Pocket 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.
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 Pocket, GoPro Hero 9 Black, Sony DSC-HX99 Compact Panasonic LUMIX S5, Sony Alpha 7S, Panasonic LUMIX S1, Nikon D850, and Canon EOS R5.
Sony Alpha 7S, Panasonic LUMIX S1, 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.
Most YouTubers use the following high-end cameras as their top picks.
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.
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