Welcome to your one-stop-shop for vlogging kit – our guide to the best vlogging cameras in 2023. Thanks to the proliferation of small, capable cameras that can produce high-quality video, vlogging is more accessible than ever. Getting professional-grade footage used to be something that would cost thousands and require serious expertise. These days, the game has changed.
The definition of “vlogging” can be pretty broad. For this guide, we’ve made a few assumptions as to what vloggers in specific are going to be looking for, as opposed to general video shooters. For instance, a good vlogger may or may not shoot alone, but they should at least have the ability to. So a good vlogging camera should be easy for a single person to comfortably operate for extended periods. Vlogging can require you to be out and about for extended periods, so good battery life is a must. The camera should be easy to use one-handed, in case the vlogger needs to film themselves, and it should have the capacity to make doing that nice and straightforward.
So, with that in mind, what are the key components of a vlogging camera? There’s a lot we could talk about here, as all sorts of different camera specs affect how capable a camera will be for vlogging, but to cut to the chase, we’ve boiled it down to key elements.
Weight - If you’re an outdoorsy kind of vlogger, someone doing run-and-gun filmmaking in the streets or on other locations, having a camera that won’t weigh you down and become a pain to carry is critical. Remember also that if you buy an interchangeable-lens camera, you’ll have to factor in the weight of the lenses you use.
Flip-around screen - For filming yourself, as many vloggers do, a flip-around screen is critical for being able to check your framing and focus as you shoot. This is an absolutely obligatory feature in any new vlogging camera that comes out these days, but isn’t always included on older ones, so do check.
Video resolution/frame rate - The megapixel count of a vlogging camera isn’t particularly important – if anything you want it nice and low. What you do want to check is the maximum video resolution it can shoot. Full HD (1080p) has been standard for long enough that anything lower is going to look markedly inferior, so this is the minimum standard you should be looking at.
However, 4K is better if you can get it. Not only is the video better quality and better for displaying on 4K monitors, you can also crop into the footage to give yourself more options in editing. Higher resolutions like 6K and 8K are certainly nice if you can get them, but as a vlogger it’s unlikely you need them.
Frame rate is the other thing to mention – that is, how many frames per second a camera can shoot. Ideally the minimum frame rate you want for smooth-looking footage is 30, expressed as 30p or 30fps. Having 60p is nice if you can get it, but not necessarily essential. Frame rates higher than that (120p, 240p and beyond) are great too as they allow you to get super-slow-motion footage for creative effects – though be aware this often requires a cut in resolution.
Audio options - Pristine, clear audio is absolutely critical in making video for an audience – nothing feels more amateurish than a video with fuzzy, badly recorded sound. While modern vlogging cameras do have better built-in mic setups, ideally you want a camera that has the capacity to connect an external microphone (commonly via a 3.5mm input jack). This will make a marked difference to the overall quality of your content – see our guide to the best microphones. A headphone socket for monitoring levels can be handy as well.
We’ve picked out the best vlogging cameras we feel fit these criteria, at a range of different price points.
Best Cheap Vlogging Cameras
As we mentioned in our intro, one of the best things about the consumer video camera revolution is how it has democratised vlogging and made it accessible to more people. While there are plenty of high-budget vlogging cameras (and we’ve included a few later in the list), a list of the best cheap vlogging cameras is going to contain some absolutely stellar options – and we’ve compiled a few favourites here.
In order to maximise value, it’s worth thinking about the type of vlogging camera you want to use. Specialist cameras like gimbal cameras (with built-in stabiliser systems) and action cameras (i.e. small and waterproof cameras) are well worth looking at, as you don’t need to factor in the cost of lenses. They also tend to be cheaper because they are only really designed to shoot video, whereas many consumer cameras are also capable for photography – a fact that’s reflected in the price.
We’ve picked out some stellar options of budget-friendly vlogging cameras to help get you shooting without breaking the bank.
DJI Pocket 2
The DJI Pocket 2 is an extremely portable, pocket-sized camera with which you can single-handedly capture unmissable moments. Featuring 3-Axis stabilisation, ActiveTrack 3.0, an AI editor, and the DJI Matrix Stereo, Pocket 2 provides you with magic at hand to capture sharp, high-quality images as well as record smooth videos. The vast array of built-in effects and functions will help you create share-worthy content with as little hassle as possible.
DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo
The DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo is an extremely portable, pocket-sized camera with which you can single-handedly capture unmissable moments. Featuring 3-Axis stabilisation, ActiveTrack 3.0, an AI editor, and the DJI Matrix Stereo, Pocket 2 provides you with magic at hand to capture sharp, high-quality images as well as record smooth videos. The vast array of built-in effects and functions will help you create share-worthy content with as little hassle as possible.
- Super-smooth hand-held stabilisation
- Extremely portable
- Complex built-in mic setup – and can use wireless external mics
- Image gets noisy in low light
The DJI Pocket 2 is an outstanding gimbal camera with a built-in 3-axis stabilisation system. Optical stabilisation is able to compensate automatically for external movements of the camera caused by hand-shake, the end result being super-smooth footage, even if the user is walking and shooting.
This isn’t its only trick, however. The DJI Pocket 2 is also a well-named camera, as it is quite literally pocketable, and it can produce high-quality 4K 60p video. The ActiveTrack 3.0 is also a great feature, which can automatically track subjects in the frame and follow them around. This can be especially useful if you need to film yourself, as you can set the camera down or mount it on a tripod, and trust it to keep you centred in the frame.
Audio on the DJI Pocket 2 is excellent – you have a sophisticated four-mic built-in system that uses DJI Matrix Stereo technology to enable the capture of surround sound audio – though if you prefer, you can connect up a wireless DJI mic (available as part of the DJI Pocket 2 Creator Combo, which may appeal to those with a bit more budget. Just be aware that the 1/1.7” CMOS is on the small side, and can struggle with noise when the light gets low.
- Nice and portable
- Effective stabilisation and lovely footage
- Comes with quality case/grip
- No tripod mount
- Requires connected app to use all features
You may know Benro as a well-regarded maker of tripods, but the firm has also tried its hand at producing cameras. It makes sense that it’s a gimbal camera in specific, given Benro’s heritage in gimbals, and the Snoppa Vmate is an interesting budget-friendly alternative to the likes of the DJI Pocket 2. As you can probably tell at a glance, it’s a pretty similar prospect to that camera, essentially delivering high-quality, stabilised footage in a package that’s easy to take everywhere with you.
The quality of video on the Snoppa Vmate is generally very good, with 4K 60p available, as well as Full HD at up to 240fps, which is handy for slow-motion effects. It uses a dual-microphone setup, though you can also use a wireless mic for better quality. You can even switch to your smartphone’s mic, though it’s hard to imagine many scenarios where you’d want to.
Insta360 ONE RS 1-Inch Edition
Enjoy some of the highest quality images the action camera market has to offer with the ONE RS 1-Inch Edition. Featuring an upgraded RS Core, this device achieves smooth stabilisation and 360-degree horizon levelling in-camera - so you can change your lenses without compromising quality. With a 3-part modular design, you can also customise your layout for a truly versatile vlogging experience.
- Modular design for custom layouts
- Improved stabilisation and audio
- Captures action from all angles
- No autofocus function
- No hotshoe
The ONE RS is a relatively recent addition to Insta360’s line of action cameras. Building on the success of the ONE R, the ONE RS offers flexibility like never before. The 3-part modular design allows you to customise your camera to suit you. You can flip the screen mod for selfies, use it as a viewfinder and swap between 4K and 360-degree lenses.
The Twin Edition includes 2 lenses – the 4K Boost lens and the 5.7K 360-degree lens. Both benefit from industry-leading specs that produce high-end results for an impressively low price tag. Insta360 has also upgraded its core mod with improved in-camera stabilisation and crisper stereo and wind reduction audio modes for an incredibly versatile kit that is built to handle all kinds of action.
Whilst the ONE RS could have benefited from a hotshoe to support extra accessories, one can be purchased separately if needed – it stings less considering the very reasonable price of the camera! With the option to expand your mods and accessories, the Insta360 ONE RS lives up to its promise of ‘all in one’ flexibility without compromises.
Best Cameras for Youtube
The concept of a “YouTuber” these days is a pretty broad one, so it stands to reason that the best cameras for YouTube should be jacks of all trades. Many people’s YouTube channels mostly involve filming themselves in their own bedroom, kitchen or studio, but other channels go in for outdoor shoots, run-and-gun vlogging, interview pieces in unusual places and more. Some channels may start with one, and gravitate to the other! That’s why you want a camera that will be unflappable, resilient and versatile.
We’ve also listened to the YouTube community when making this list, and picked out some cameras that YouTubers have specifically cited as being a favourite – in particular the capable compact Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III, which you’ll meet shortly.
It’s important to remember that “YouTuber” and “vlogger” are hardly very different categories, and many of the other cameras on this list are perfectly suitable for starting your own vlogging channel. These are just the ones we feel are particularly likely to suit the needs of the majority of YouTubers.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III Digital Camera - Black
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The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III allows users to create content that defies expectations and surpasses what you're used to seeing from your smartphone. Incredible 4K video, sumptuous 20.1-megapixel photos and high-speed shooting that stops fleeting moments in time. Please note: This is the black version of this camera.
- Excellent, uncropped 4K video
- Live-streaming capability
- No hotshoe
- Somewhat short zoom
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a hugely popular camera among YouTubers. It’s not hard to see why. This capable compact camera does everything an online vlogger could need, all in one slim and convenient package. It captures gorgeous 4K video using the full width of its sensor – there’s no crop like with some other Canon cameras – and its high-quality lens has a 4.2x zoom. Not the biggest, but useful enough.
For YouTubers, there are vital features like an external microphone port. What’s more, the G7 X Mark III also has live streaming capability, which is incredibly handy. The f/1.8 maximum aperture of the lens makes it easy to create a shallow depth of field, much more effectively than a smartphone.
You can use Bluetooth to pair the G7 X Mark III with a smartphone or tablet, making it easy to share and back up your clips on the fly. This camera basically does everything a YouTuber could want!
Sony Vlog ZV-1 Digital Camera
Designed for modern vloggers or anyone looking for a simple, all-in-one solution for content creation, the Sony Vlog ZV-1 provides professional image quality in a pocket-sized body. The camera is powered by a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with integral DRAM, enabling a variety of serious video capabilities, including 4K and Super Slow Motion. As of February 2021, a new software update has become available for you to use the ZV-1 camera as a high-quality video and audio camera. As well as this, you can now live stream from your ZV-1 via a simple USB cable connection. Start by connecting your camera with UVC/UAC over a USB cable to a PC, giving you access to live streaming and online communication. Alternatively, connect your ZV-1 to a Sony Xperia smartphone for on-the-go live streaming - Xperia 1 II or Xperia 5 II upgraded to Android 11.
- Designed specifically for vlogging
- Great video quality
- Stabilisation not the best
- Somewhat limited zoom
Though Sony has produced plenty of compact cameras, the Sony ZV-1 is the first specifically tailored to vloggers. This means it’s got a useful vari-angle screen that lets you shoot and self-shoot from any angle, as well as a sophisticated and optimised internal microphone.
A wind shield is also supplied with the camera, improving audio quality when shooting outside. It skips out on a few standard camera features like a pop-up flash or a viewfinder, under the assumption that vloggers don’t really need them. Which, to be honest, they don’t!
With extremely small dimensions, the Sony ZV-1 is easy to slip into a bag and take anywhere with you. This makes it a perfect choice for travelling vloggers and YouTubers. Shout out to the autofocus as well, which is class-leading. The Eye and Animal AF modes in particular are absolutely stellar.
Panasonic Lumix G100 Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens
The Panasonic G100 digital camera is the ultimate camera for Vloggers and content creators alike. The tiny and lightweight frame is the smallest of its kind that features a free-able LCD which allows for complete shooting versatility, along with the 12-35mm G Vario lens that offers the equivalent to a 24-64mm in 35mm full-frame format. This lens will help you utilise the stunning 4K 30p video recording capability of this camera, elevating your video content to the next step. Furthermore, The G100 features the first use of Nokia's OZO Audio technology, dramatically transforming audio quality and therefore, the overall feel of your footage.
- Built-in multi-directional audio system
- Useful articulated LCD
- No headphone jack
- No 4K 60p
The Panasonic Lumix brand is almost synonymous with the boom in amateur vlogging in recent years. The Panasonic Lumix G100 is a newer camera designed to build on that success. It’s a one-stop shop for social-media creatives and one-man-band vloggers, capable of capturing gorgeous 4K footage on its Four Thirds sensor.
Panasonic has also included a new multi-directional “OZO” audio system designed by Nokia, which means you don’t necessarily need to buy an external mic to get great audio. The fully articulated LCD screen is also hugely useful, allowing you to shoot from all sorts of creative angles.
The beginner nature of this camera means it’s missing a few pro-spec features. Many vloggers like to have a headphone jack to monitor their audio, and some will prefer a camera that shoots 4K at 60p rather than just 30p. For most users at the amateur end of the scale however, this is a really solid camera for vlogging.
Best Vlogging Cameras With Flip-screen
As we’ve mentioned, a flip-around screen is a vlogger’s best friend. It may sound like a small thing, almost trivial, but the first time you try to film yourself without one you’ll understand. After all, there’s a reason that 99% of TikToks are all shot using the phone’s front camera – because you can see yourself!
We’ve picked out the vlogging cameras with high-quality flip-screens that deliver exactly what you need for pieces to camera. Of course, the screen isn;t the only thing, and needless to say they have impressive specs elsewhere across the board. Also, as flip-screens are a feature that’s useful right across the price spectrum, we’ve included both affordable models for beginners and a pro-grade mirrorless camera for professionals. No matter your budget, no matter your experience level, these are the cameras that will make filming yourself a total breeze.
Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 VII Digital Camera
The RX100 VII from Sony is an ideal point-and-shoot camera for serious photographers. Featuring a 1.0-type stacked 20.1MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor, a 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 Zeiss Vario-Tessar fixed lens, and a single burst shooting drive mode that allows users to capture up to 90 sequential images per second. Video users are also catered for with the RX100 VII featuring 4K and HDR video, with Real-Time Tracking and Real-Time Eye AF. 257-point focal-plane phase-detection AF points, and 425-point contrast AF make it the fastest performing autofocus system in the world for a camera of its type.
- Terrific image/video quality
- Mic jack
- Exceptional video autofocus
- Average battery life
- No hotshoe for mic
Sony’s range of tiny RX100 compact cameras is one of the most popular around. No wonder they’re on their seventh instalment! The Sony RX100 VII represents a pivot towards vloggers, being the first member of the series to include a 3.5mm mic jack.
The combination of a newly developed 20.1MP 1-inch sensor and the super-fast Bionz X processor makes this camera super-fast and responsive. The class-leading autofocus system is one of the best in the business, and the 4K video looks fantastic.
The flip-around screen on the RX100 VII is excellent, with 921,000 dots of resolution. It makes for a fantastic tool for vlogging. It is worth being careful with the battery, as you can run it down quickly if you’re not paying attention, so make sure you’ve got a charger on hand. Still, the portability and versatility of the RX100 VII make it a perfect vloggers’ camera to take everywhere.
Olympus PEN E-P7 Digital Camera Body - Silver
By blending classical styling with contemporary optical features, the Olympus PEN E-P7 stands as an exciting creative tool for on-the-go image-makers. With an integrated 20MP Live MOS sensor and high-powered TruePic VIII image processor, this Micro Four Thirds camera system has the capacity to create visually stunning images at the press of a button. You are further afforded stunning 4K quality video, in-body 5-axis stabilisation, high-functioning continuous AF, and Face Priority/Eye Priority AF. This makes the PEN E-P7 the ideal companion for urban exploration, where it excels in capturing dynamic portraits and artistic video content. The front-facing Profile Control dial gives access to instant switching between photo modes, whilst the overall aesthetic conforms to the sophisticated designs of the Olympus PEN series. For quick-action photo transfers, the PEN E-P7 has in-built WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as direct access to the intuitive OI.Share app.
- Stunning 4K-quality video recording
- In-camera USB charging
- Huge catalogue of MFT lenses
- Not fully weatherproof
- Flip-down screen doesn’t play well with tripod
The Olympus PEN E-P7 is a seriously exciting creative tool for on-the-go image-makers. Due to its compact overall form-factor, classical styling, and tilting LCD screen, this is a perfect pocket-sized travel companion for those wanting both still- and moving-image performance.
When it comes to high-quality video, the Olympus PEN E-P7 does not disappoint. You are able to capture stunning 4K-quality visuals, creative time-lapse shots, and even make use of a wide range of Art Filters. Olympus has further integrated an intuitive in-body 5-axis image stabilisation. This promises up to 4.5 steps of compensation for blur-free, high-quality images - great for when exploring new cities, taking to the nature trail, and vlogging on the go.
Screen-wise, the Olympus PEN E-P7 uses a design that’s common to inexpensive vlogging cameras – the tilting flip-down monitor. This is great for filming yourself handheld, as it’s easy to deploy and suits a one-handed grip. One thing that’s worth noting though is that it doesn’t work too well when the camera is mounted on a tripod, as the two will get in each other’s way. The E-P7 is the best choice for those whose self-filming is mostly going to be done hand-held.
Instead of having to charge bulky battery packs and carry around extensive plug adapters, the Olympus PEN E-P7 utilises in-camera USB charging to guarantee a more efficient, stress-free power solution suited to the travelling content creator. You can even transform your mobile device into an intuitive remote camera control, which is ideal for capturing stunning time-lapse videos, big group photos, and dynamic self-portraits on the road.
Panasonic Lumix GH6 Digital Camera Body
Since Panasonic’s last release, the GH series has evolved with innovative, user-driven features to become a first-choice, renowned tool for creators. With a 25.2-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, updated Venus Engine Processor and 5.7K 30p internal video recording in ProRes 422 HQ, the Lumix GH6 is the latest addition to the series that continues to push the boundaries of mirrorless cameras.
- Standout video recording quality
- Flexible flip-screen display
- Huge number of video codecs
- Higher-end market price
- Battery life could be better
The Lumix GH series is world-renowned for its outstanding, professional video recording performance. Equipped with both a next-generation 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor without LPF (low-pass filter) and an updated Venus Engine with double the processing power, the GH6 is no exception.
The Lumix GH6 is capable of 5.7K 30p internal video recording available in ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422, and offers both higher resolution and higher bit rates thanks to its 5.7K 4:2:0 10-bit 60p/50p and 5.8K 30p/25p/24p 4:2:0 10-bit anamorphic 4:3 modes. By utilising the full area of the sensor, the GH6 provides the highest level of image quality and versatility for exceptional vlog content and greater flexibility in post-production.
The Lumix GH6 also features a 3.0-inch, 1.84 million-dot, free-angle tilting touch LCD screen that is ideal for vloggers who need to be in front of the camera. Going handheld is also easy with the GH6 due to a new ultra-high-precision 5-axis gyro sensor updated algorithm that offers super-stable 7.5 stops of Body I.S. and Dual I.S.2 that appropriately compensate for panning, tilting, or hand-shakes.
Best 1080p Vlogging Cameras
4K isn’t everything! Full HD 1080p resolution is plenty of quality for vlogging, and if you want to save some cash – not to mention some space on your hard drive – then getting a vlogging camera that excels at shooting 1080p Full HD can be the way to go. Full HD has a host of advantages – it’s easier to work with, as you don’t have to deal with your memory cards quickly filling up. Also, many cheaper cameras have limits on their ability to shoot 4K, such as harsh recording time limits or restricted frame rates.
We’ve picked out a couple of cameras for this section that are great for shooting in Full HD 1080p. Affordable and versatile, these cameras are fantastic portable vlogging solutions – helping you get great-quality footage without having to dip your toes into the world of 4K and beyond.
Canon EOS M50 Mark II Digital Camera Body
The Canon EOS M50 II has been upgraded with contemporary content creators in mind. It is a versatile multimedia, interchangeable lens camera that offers high-end features and DSLR-style controls in a portable and sophisticated package. This model still supports the ever-reliable 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and powerful DIGIC 8 processor of the EOS M50. By doing so, you are provided with beautiful stills and cinematic 4K video with 5-axis image stabilisation. In addition to this, you are given improved autofocusing, recording, and sharing functions that would benefit vloggers, social media content creators, and those looking for a powerful mid-level mirrorless camera. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity further supports convenient and reliable image transfer. Slight changes have also been made to the camera body to include support for vertical video recording, and an upgraded vari-angel 3.0" LCD.
- Slim, lightweight build
- Dual Pixel AF works in 1080p
- External mic input
- Limited lens selection
- No headphone socket
While the Canon EOS M50 Mark II does shoot 4K, its strengths really come to the fore when you’re shooting Full HD 1080p, hence its inclusion here. For a start, Canon’s famous Dual Pixel autofocus doesn’t kick in when you’re shooting 4K, but does when you’re shooting Full HD, and enables you to lock onto subjects with enviable speed and accuracy. You also don’t incur a crop on your footage when using Full HD 1080p, and you have more frame rate options – up to 60fps for silky-smooth footage.
The EOS M50 Mark II impressed elsewhere with its video features. We love being able to attach an external mic, as well as the lightweight construction that makes it a pleasure to shoot with on the go. The chunky DSLR-style grip means the camera is easy to hold one-handed. We do wish the EF-M lens range was a little broader, and that Canon had found room to include a headphone jack.
Olympus Tough TG-6 Digital Camera - Red
The Olympus Tough TG-6 joins the ever-growing Tough series of all-weather compact cameras as the flagship model. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts and extreme sports lovers, the TG-6 is waterproof to a depth of 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof up to 100kg, freezeproof to -10°C, and dustproof. It boasts a bright f2 wide 25-100mm 4x optical zoom lens and 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor.
- Waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof
- 120fps gives you great slow-motion
- High-resolution screen
- Small sensor impacts video quality
For those whose vlogs are going to take them into challenging conditions, we’d recommend the Olympus Tough TG-6. It’s a tough compact, waterproof enough to take for a dive and shockproof enough to be dropped on a concrete floor with no injury. Also, unlike many action cameras, it has a capable 25-100mm zoom lens, meaning you can get closer into the image without impacting image quality the way a digital zoom would.This is another camera that can shoot in 4K, but excels when you drop it down to FUll HD 1080p. One thing we particularly like is the fact that Full HD gives you access to a high-speed 120fps frame rate – perfect for creating footage in super-slow motion. This befits a camera like the Tough TG-6, whose main strength is in shooting outdoor sports and other such pursuits. Just be aware that it uses a smaller 1/2.3-inch sensor, meaning you’ll start getting quite a noisy image when the light gets low.
Sony A7 II Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens
The camera offers outstanding image quality in a compact size and light build. A 24.3 effective megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor moves along 5-axes to compensate for camera shake. In-camera image stabilisation also offers sharper images for those using A-mount lenses on an optional lens adapter.
- Full frame for an incredible price
- In-body stabilisation
- Textured handgrip and great handling
- No 4K options at all
Sony, commendably, keeps many of its older cameras in circulation long after their release dates. So even though we’re now on the A7 IV and the A7R V, the Sony A7 II is still available to pick up for a fantastic price, and is one of the most cost-effective ways to pick up a new full-frame camera.
The Sony A7 II arrived in late 2014, meaning it pre-dates the real 4K boom. As such, it’s a camera that can shoot at a maximum resolution of Full HD 1080p – and the footage looks fantastic. It also pre-dates the era of ultra-high resolution sensors, and is equipped with just 24MP. May sound stingy for photographers, but it’s plenty for bloggers. We also love the introduction of in-body stabilisation, and the A7 II should be commended for its handling, which is excellent thanks to the chunky textured handgrip.
Best Low Light Vlogging Cameras
Getting good vlogging results in low light requires a camera that’s built for the job – something that can be achieved in a number of different ways. It might be down to sensor size – a big sensor creates a cleaner image with less noise, meaning high ISOs can be used with confidence. And on that subject, the ISO range itself needs to be paid attention to, as you’ll need to crank it up as light levels drop.
Also, pay attention to the lens range. Does it contain lots of options with large apertures? This will really help you get more viable footage in low light without having to resort to bumping the ISO up.
Low-light specialist cameras can be very expensive – but they don’t have to be. We’ve included a broad range of options in this section of the guide, including affordable vlogging cameras that do an excellent job in low-light, as well as more premium cameras for those who need exceptional performance (yes, the Sony A7S III is here…). Let’s crack on.
Nikon Z30 Digital Camera Body
Take the next step in your content career with the Nikon Z30 Digital Camera. Designed to help you improve your content and give followers a better experience, the Z30 allows you to create with more light, power and versatility whilst providing an abundance of helpful automatic and user-friendly features. This is the perfect upgrade for those that need to flex between home, the studio and the road.
- Stunning 4K 30fps footage
- Broad ISO range
- Built-in stereo microphone
- No headphone socket
- No image-stabilised sensor
The Nikon Z30 camera is designed for content creators to upgrade to a user-friendly 4K setup. With powerful features that are easy to use, it's perfectly suited for use at home, in the studio, or on the move.
Shooting at 4K 30fps means you’ll get crisp visuals for your viewers and you can even capture smooth slow-motion with 120fps shots at 1080p to add some creative flair. The large CMOS sensor and wide ISO range help to eliminate complicated lighting setups as the camera can handle low-light conditions without taking a hit on video quality.
Whilst the Z30 does feature a built-in stereo microphone that has a wind reduction mode, the lack of a headphone socket means you can’t monitor audio levels first-hand. It feels like a minor inconvenience though, given that you’re getting such a capable camera that will drastically improve your vlogging content.
Panasonic Lumix S5 II Digital Camera Body
A step above its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix S5 II provides incredible performance. A first for Lumix cameras, Hybrid Phase Detection Auto-Focus detects subjects in difficult conditions and offers all-around AF improvements. The 24-megapixel full-frame sensor can record 6K video internally and up to 180fps in Slow & Quick capture. With other powerful functions, this is a versatile camera.
- Incredible low-light AF
- Full-frame quality
- Tons of video options
- No slot for CFExpress cards
The new kid on the block in the Lumix S full-frame series, the Panasonic Lumix S5 II was hailed for finally bringing phase-detection autofocus to the table. Previous Panasonic cameras relied on contrast-detect, but the capable Hybrid Phase Detection AF on the Lumix S5 II feels like a serious upgrade. It’s especially good in low light, able to doggedly lock onto a subject with impressive accuracy.
Elsewhere, you’ve got a gorgeous full-frame sensor that makes the most of its larger pixels to deliver an exceptionally clean image, even when the light gets low. There’s an absolute stack of video resolution and codec options, similarly to the Lumix GH6, while the new low-profile heat management system gives you the option of unlimited recording times. It’s lighter than many other Lumix S cameras, too, and the L-mount lens series is expanding apace with many astounding optics.
Sony A7S III Digital Camera Body
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The Sony A7S III Digital Camera Body is the latest addition to Sony's S series camera line up. These cameras are designed to provide the highest level of sensitivity possible and the Sony A7s III does just that. It's equipped with an Exmor R 12MP Full-Frame BSI Sensor with an ISO sensitivity range from 80 to 102400, expandable from 40 to 409600. A newly designed BIONZ XR Processing engine provides up to an 8x faster performance over previous models. Its video capabilities are overwhelming, offering 4K 120P (4:2:2 10bit) recording and FHD 240P for stunning slow-motion video. It's equipped with an incredible 759 point on-sensor phase decision AF with real-time eye tracking of both humans and animals, as well as real-time tracking in both video and stills. This camera demonstrates Sony's ability to produce stunning image quality and professional performance in one body.
- Can turn night into day with high ISOs
- Super-fast performance
- Fast Hybrid Autofocus
- Premium, professional price
The first Sony A7s camera debuted in 2014, and it was a revelation. Anyone who was following the industry at the time probably remembers the feeling of seeing that initial video sample released by Sony, showing just how capable its incredible sensor was in low light, transforming a night-time beach scene from basically invisible to looking like full daylight at ISO 409,600. Witchcraft.
These days, we’re at the Sony A7s III, and it’s the finest distillation of the formula yet. The combination of an Exmor R 12MP full-frame BSI sensor (nice and low-resolution for video) and the upgraded BIONZ XR processor results in a camera that captures spellbinding images in stunning 4K quality. It also has effective 5-axis stabilisation, and a sophisticated Fast Hybrid Autofocus system that works exceptionally well in low light.
Best Mid Range Vlogging Camera
So, you’re not a total beginner and you know your way around a vlogging camera. At the same time, vlogging isn’t your full-time gig, and you don’t have the budget to spend on premium vlogging cameras designed for professionals (or perhaps the inclination to learn their complex features). You’re not alone – this is actually a pretty common description of many hobbyists or part-time vloggers, and it’s why there are so many fantastic mid-range vlogging cameras to choose from.
For this final section, we’ve picked out the best vlogging cameras that offer more depth and functionality than many beginner models, without threatening to break the bank, or offering high-end features that the mid-range user simply doesn’t need. There’s lots of choice here – we had a hard time narrowing it down to three – but we’ve included excellent options at a range of price points.
Sony ZV-E10 Digital Camera Body
Sony’s ZV-E10 is a dedicated vlogging camera, designed to produce professional-level video content that will engage with your audience, be it on Youtube, Twitch or Facebook. The camera is equipped with a powerful 24.2 Megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor that offers 4K (up to 30p) and Full HD slow motion (up to 120P) video capture, and with the option to pair with 60+ compatible premium Sony lenses, you’ll be able to capture some truly stunning content. The camera is equipped with a range of intuitive and useful features that lend themselves to vlogging such as, a vari-angle touch screen, a high-quality integrated directional microphone and the use of Sony’s highly regarded Real-Time Eye AF that will ensure focus is maintained whilst you’re vlogging.
- Great for streaming
- Loads of E-mount lenses
- Excellent Eye AF
- Electronic stabilisation incurs heavy crop
After the success of the Vlog ZV-1 compact, Sony expanded its vlogger-focused ZV range with a mid-range mirrorless model. Step forward, the Sony ZV-E10, a firmly vlogger-oriented camera that can make use of the huge catalogue of E-mount lenses, giving the user huge versatility in crafting their setup.
The ZV-E10 inherits all the features that make Sony cameras such a compelling prospect, especially the autofocus, which is once again some of the best in class. We particularly like the snappy and accurate Eye AF, which is great for interviews and pieces to camera. The ZV-E10 can record 4K at up to 30p, and Full HD at up to 120p if you want to indulge in some slow-motion. It doesn’t have optical stabilisation – and the electronic IS does incur quite a vicious crop, so you may want to also invest in a gimbal to really get the best out of the camera.
Fujifilm X-S10 Digital Camera Body
Well known for building sleek but super-powerful cameras, Fujifilm has excelled themselves with the Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless camera body. This tiny-bodied camera is aimed at enthusiasts who want to limit the weight of their kit bag but still need stunning image and video quality. Unlike most other smaller-bodied cameras on the market that are just simply too small to operate efficiently, the X-S10 has a larger grip which allows effective one-handed and for you to be as accurate and efficient as you would be on a larger-bodied camera. To be able to construct such a small camera, Fujifilm has had to reimagine the internal layout and design smaller components. One of which is the IBIS system which is 30% lighter and smaller than the X-T4's IBIS. The X-S10 is a true testament to Fujifilm's designers and their skill and mastery of camera construction.
- Lightweight and sophisticated
- Comes in vlogger’s kit
- No 4K 60p
- No weather sealing
Fujifilm has always been confident that its X-S10 would be popular with vloggers. So much so that it has made the Fujifilm X-S10 available as part of a vlogger’s kit. The manufacturer has put a lot of work into making the X-S10 light and small, with a tiny body aimed at anyone who doesn't want to carry too much bulk around. Despite this, the body still has a pleasingly chunky grip, making it enjoyable and satisfying to use.
The video quality is excellent, with the X-S10 able to capture DCI 4K at 29.97p, 200Mbps and 4:2:2 10bit recording using HDMI. Some may quibble at the lack of 4K 60p, but really this is more than fit for purpose for most vloggers. Plus, using a Fujifilm X camera gives you access to the X-series lenses, which make up arguably the best lens range for APS-C right now.
GoPro HERO11 Black Creator Edition
The GoPro HERO11 Black Creator Edition is an all-in-one content creation kit. Alongside the powerful HERO11 Black camera - with an 8:7 sensor and 5.3K60 video recording - this bundle comes with versatile accessories. The Volta Hand Grip offers easy handling and an extended battery, the Light Mod has various brightness levels, and the Media Mod allows further accessories to be attached to the rig.
- Loads of resolution and frame rate options
- Unbeatable tough build
- Upgraded larger sensor
- Middling battery life
- Less versatile than mirrorless cameras
The current big daddy of the GoPro range, the HERO11 Black Creator Edition comes with everything you need to kit yourself out for vlogging. The big upgrade for the HERO11 Black range was the fact that these action cameras have been outfitted with larger sensors – great news for vloggers, as it improves the depth and dynamic range of images captured. It also enables all sorts of clever, social media-oriented features like the ability to shoot in a range of aspect ratios while maintaining pristine quality. And, of course, this is a GoPro, so it’s waterproof down to 33mm, built to take a pounding, and all the rest.
One thing to be aware of is that the battery on the GoPro Hero 11 isn’t the biggest, so you may want to pick up a spare if you’re planning heavy, day-long shoots. It’s also naturally less versatile than the mirrorless options listed above, given that you can’t change its lens. Still, with 10-bit colour that can be properly graded, this is a serious piece of kit suited to the vlogger who has been around the block a time or two.
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Vlogging – or “video blogging” for those new to the term – has become a cultural phenomenon. A whole new genre of video creatives has arisen on social media and video sharing platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and more. Vloggers serve a multitude of purposes with an abundance of sub-genres: including travel vlogging, the popular vlog-mass, food vlogging, or video diaries to name a few.
It’s no wonder that popular camera manufacturers want to jump onto the market with cameras dedicated specifically to vlogging. With the evolution of our phone cameras, however, investing in a dedicated camera for vlogging means that the cameras themselves must at least perform better than your phone camera, be as easy to use as your phone camera, and just as compact.
With so many great choices on offer, it can be hard to know how to pick the camera that’s right for you. If you’re a bit lost with all the different types of vlogging camera, don’t worry. We’ve put together this quick guide to help you choose from the many options available. Here’s a quick checklist of the things you should look for when buying a vlogging camera.
What to Look for in a Vlogging Camera
The first and foremost thing to check is video quality. It sounds obvious, but you need to be sure that your camera can capture high-quality video. For vlogging, you don’t need cutting-edge 8K necessarily, but having at the very least Full HD video is an essential, as this is the resolution most online video is watched at. Being able to shoot 4K is not essential, but is a good way to future-proof yourself as more and more content moves into this space.
What lenses are you going to be using? This depends on the type of video you’re going to shoot, but also on the kind of camera you buy. If you’ve picked up a fixed-lens compact camera, then the focal length on the box is the only one you’ve got. Interchangeable-lens DSLRs and mirrorless cameras allow for more flexibility, but this kind of setup also costs more.
A good vlogging camera ideally needs a socket for an external mic, as good sound quality is critical. You may also see this referred to as a 3.5mm mic jack or words to that effect. Ideally, a good vlogging camera will also have a hotshoe on top where you can mount the microphone, otherwise you’ll need to either hold it or come up with another solution. Similarly, having a headphone socket to monitor your audio levels is greatly useful, albeit not essential.
Having a flip-around screen to be able to self-shoot without assistance is also a really handy asset for a good vlogging camera. Whether you’re looking to mount the camera on a tripod or hold itself-style, a flip-out screen will ensure you can always monitor your shot.
You should also consider a camera’s weight. If you’re going to be travelling with a vlogging camera, or holding it for long periods of time, you probably don’t want something extremely heavy that’s going to weigh you down. Many specific vlogger-oriented cameras are designed to be extremely light and easy to carry for precisely this reason.
Vlogging on a budget can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to! We’ve assembled a few top tips for the cash-conscious vlogger, to help make sure you’re getting the most for their money.
Shop older models
You don’t necessarily need the latest features! Cameras have been improving at a steady pace for years now, and models from a few years ago can offer fantastic features for a highly tempting price. If a new camera catches your eye, it’s worth checking if an older version is available, as it may do everything you need it to for a lower price. The most famous example is probably the Sony A6000, included in our buying guide above.
Keep an eye out for offers
Sometimes, if you exercise a little patience, a camera you’ve been coveting can come under a discount. A great way to save a bundle is to always be on the lookout for sales, offers and discounts – and pounce when they come up. At the bottom of this page, you can enter your email to sign up for our newsletter and always be in the know about our latest offers.
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Consider a compact
Compact cameras tend to have smaller sensors than interchangeable-lens cameras, however, they are also generally much more affordable. When buying a mirrorless or DSLR camera, you also have to factor in the cost of the lens; with a compact, the price on the box is the price you pay for everything you need to start shooting. If you’re trying to keep an eye on your budget, a compact camera is the best place to start looking.
Get cheap editing software
Editing video is essential if you’re a vlogger – there’s no getting around it. If you can afford it, Adobe Premiere Elements is a great slimmed-down affordable version of the full-fat Adobe Premiere program, giving you a simple but powerful editing suite that will be more than enough for vlogs.
As well as your camera, it’s well worth picking up a few handy vlogging accessories to make your shoots smoother. These range from useful to absolutely essential, so it’s worth being familiar with what’s on offer.
We’ve already mentioned the advisability of having an external mic jack, so with that in mind, it makes sense to pick up an external microphone. This will hugely improve the audio quality of your vlogs. Nothing makes video feel amateur faster than bad audio, so do yourself a favour and make sure your videos sound amazing. The Rode VideoMic Go is a hugely popular vlogging mic, but there are others out there worth considering.
A good tripod is a tremendous asset for any videographer, allowing you to produce locked-off shots with total stability. It’s worth picking up a specific video tripod if you can, as these come with heads designed to allow for smooth panning shots. But if you just need something that works, any tripod will do. You can also consider tabletop tripods like the Joby GorillaPod if you have a lightweight setup and you’re looking to save space.
It’s essential to get hold of a good memory card, with plenty of space and fast read/write speeds. If you’re working at resolutions of 4K or higher, you need a reasonably sophisticated card to handle the size of the files involved. A card of at least UHS-I class is preferable – though always check precisely which types of card are compatible with your camera, as some can use ultra-fast formats like CFast or XQD.
Having a good dedicated camera bag to keep all your vlogging equipment in is hugely useful. Specialist camera bags are designed with customisable padded interiors that you can mould around your setup. There are plenty of different types of bags, including backpacks, shoulder bags, rolling bags, hard cases and more.
LED lighting can be a really useful way to give yourself a little bit more light in a pinch, whether you’re interviewing a subject or just filming yourself! The best LED lights don’t tend to be too expensive, and many are easy to mount on a tripod or other stand.
You’re going to need a way to edit your footage. This means getting yourself some computing power, and if you want to be flexible, your best bet is a laptop. It’s also worth familiarising yourself with some simple editing software. We’d recommend trying Adobe Premiere Elements 2021, which is the smoothest consumer editing experience around right now.
Make sure you’ve got all your essentials. Extra batteries for your camera are a must – the last thing you want is for them to run out mid-shoot. Consider a portable charger as well, as this will let you keep one set of batteries in the camera while the other one is charging, no matter where you are.
New to photography and cameras and struggling with terminology? No worries - here's our cheat sheet for the common terms and camera types.
One of the most common and recognisable types of camera. DSLR stands for Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera. These are so-called because they use an internal mirror mechanism to provide an optical viewfinder – the image is reflected up towards the eye through a system of mirrors, so what you see is what you get. DSLRs have interchangeable lenses, and tend to be larger than other types of camera, with the advantage that they more commonly offer weatherproofing.
The other main type of interchangeable-lens camera, mirrorless cameras lack the mirror mechanism of DSLRs. This means they don’t have the optical viewfinder system, but tend to compensate by being smaller and lighter. Mirrorless cameras also tend to have cutting-edge video features, with higher resolutions and faster frame rates.
Cameras with fixed lenses that can’t be changed. These lenses can be zoom lenses, which offer focal versatility, or prime lenses, which only have a single focal length, but are of higher optical quality. Compact cameras tend to have smaller sensors than DSLRs or mirrorless cameras (more on which below), but also tend to be more affordable.
The most common contemporary type of image sensor. CMOS stands for Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor, and they’re built to convert light into electrical signals. They’re the beating heart of any camera and the most important component. They come in different sizes – these are the main ones you need to know about for vlogging:
Full-frame - The largest type of sensor is generally seen on consumer cameras. Full-frame sensors provide more physical space for the pixels to occupy, which means cleaner images that have less noise. A full-frame sensor will perform better in low light, and is better for producing images with a shallow depth of field (a sharp subject with an artfully blurred background).
APS-C - Smaller than full-frame but still reasonably sized, APS-C sensors are a great choice for intermediate and enthusiast vloggers. They’re commonly seen on mid-range mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, as well as some compacts. Due to the physically smaller nature of the sensor, they cause what’s called a “crop factor”, which makes a lens behave as though it has a longer focal length than it does. The crop factor of APS-C is 1.5x, so mounting a 50mm lens to an APS-C camera will make it behave like a 75mm lens.
Micro Four Thirds - A smaller sensor size used as the standard for the Micro Four Thirds system. The advantage is flexibility and portability, with the downside of inhibited low-light performance. The crop factor on a Micro Four Thirds camera is 2x, so a 50mm lens will behave like a 100mm lens. This is quite significant, so make sure to factor it in before buying any lenses.
1/2.3-inch sensors (or similar) - This tends to be the size of the sensor found on smartphones, though the exact size can vary.
Frame rate refers to the number of frames captured per second in video footage. You might see it expressed as “30p” or “30fps”.
The frame rates you’ll likely encounter when shopping for cheap vlogging cameras are as follows:
30p - Probably the most common frame rate among affordable vlogging cameras, thirty frames per second is ideal for general-purpose shooting. It captures movement at a normal pace and makes things look natural.
60p - This is a better frame rate for faster action, and rapid movements that won’t look quite right at 30p.
24p - While this is a lower frame rate, it’s the one that the majority of movies have been shot on, and is therefore ideal for getting a cinematic “look”.
120p, 240p and higher - Once you get into these frame rates, you start to get into slow-motion territory. If you want to shoot good-looking slow-motion footage, then being able to use these frame rates is essential.
Video resolutions: SD, HD, Full HD, 4K, 6K, 8K...
When talking about a camera’s video resolution, we’re simply referring to the number of pixels in the image. When one number is used to describe resolution, it’s referred to the number of horizontal lines that make up a picture from top to bottom. So a 480p video is made up of 480 horizontal lines, each of which is 852 pixels wide.
But for vlogging, you probably aren’t working at 480p – or at least, you’d hope not! These are the common resolutions you’ll encounter:
1280 x 720 pixels. Also known as high definition, or HD.
1920 x 1080 pixels. This is Full HD.
3840 x 2160 pixels. This is 4K, UHD or Ultra HD resolution.
4096 x 2160 pixels. This is DCI 4K, which is Digital Cinema 4K (the acronym stands for “Digital Cinema Initiative” as that’s who developed it). It’s the same height as UHD, but is wider, as befitting a cinematic resolution. You may also see it referred to as “True 4K”, as some users don’t consider UHD to be 4K. It can be a little confusing!
6144 x 3160 pixels. This is 6K resolution, which select newer cameras can capture.
7680 x 4320. This is 8K, providing 16 times more pixels than Full HD.
So what should you work in? It may seem like the more pixels the better, as you get more detail and more ability to crop in. However, large resolutions produce large files which can be difficult to handle, and for now, most users simply don’t have the equipment to view anything larger than 4K (and some not even that).
It depends on your audience and who you’re shooting for – Full HD will be more than enough for many vloggers! For now, anyway…
What is a vlogging camera?
Vlogging cameras are designed for creating vlogs - video blogs. These cameras typically have features that make them suitable for recording video content, such as high-quality video recording, image stabilisation, and good autofocus capabilities.
What should I look for in a vlogging camera?
Some important features to consider when choosing a vlogging camera include video quality, image stabilisation, autofocus performance, low-light performance, audio quality, and ease of use.
What is the best vlogging camera for beginners?
Some good options for beginner vloggers include the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III, Sony ZV-1, and the Panasonic Lumix G85.
Should I use a DSLR camera or a mirrorless camera for vlogging?
Both DSLR and mirrorless cameras can be used for vlogging, but mirrorless cameras are generally better suited for video recording due to their faster autofocus and better image stabilisation capabilities. However, there are many other options such as compact cameras, action cameras and even your smartphone.
Do I need a camera with a flip screen for vlogging?
While a flip screen can be helpful for vlogging, it is not strictly necessary. Some vloggers prefer to use an external monitor or rely on the camera's autofocus features to ensure that they are in focus and in the frame.
What is the difference between optical and digital zoom?
Optical zoom uses the camera lens to zoom in on a subject, while digital zoom crops the image to make it appear closer. Optical zoom is generally preferred as it results in higher-quality images and is not subject to the same loss of detail that can occur with digital zoom.
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