We recently published an article on the topic of the best camera for blogging. This second part is about the best vlogging camera.
Now, blogging and vlogging are two different pursuits. They are worlds apart though the spelling is pretty similar. There are some major differences when it comes to camera requirements too.
Bloggers could work with almost any camera. As long as it takes acceptable pictures it is fine to work with. But vloggers need video capabilities.
They need the best vlogging camera that they can afford. But beyond just the subjective term of ‘best,’ there are some specific necessities. We will be going through some of these requirements here. So, without further ado, here is the list of the best vlogging camera systems that you could buy right now:
- Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (Top choice, the best vlogging camera)
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
- Canon EOS Rebel T7i
- Canon EOS 80D
- Canon EOS RP Mirrorless (best mirrorless vlogging camera )
- Canon EOS Rebel SL2
- Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (best vlogging camera DSLR on a budget)
What makes the PowerShot G7 X Mark II so popular? Because it is feature loaded and it is extremely easy to use. Two attributes which vloggers dig. Let’s quickly run through some of its best features. But before that, we would like to list the names of the celebrity YouTube vloggers who are using this camera. That includes its older sibling (the G7 X Mark I) as well.
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Celebrity users of the G7 X Mark II (and mark I)
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (and its older sibling the G7 X Mark I) is the most popular vlogging camera.
The reasons are it is simple to use and produces great quality HD videos. No wonder some of the top YouTubers, use it. This includes Pewdiepie. He has more than 90 Million subscribers (at the time of writing this). As a matter of fact, Pewdiepie uses the Mark I but we are recommending the newer version that debuted in Feb 2016.
The other major users of the G7 X Mark I are Roman Atwood (15 million subscribers) and Joey Graceffa (9 million subscribers). Zoella (11 Million subscribers), another very successful YouTube vlogger, uses the latest G7 X Mark II.
The camera is powered by a 1” CMOS sensor capable of producing full HD videos at a maximum of 60 frames per second. Image processing is powered by Canon’s DIGIC 7 image processing engine.
Yes, the camera has a fixed lens. In other words, you cannot unmount it and mount another one in its place. But that said, you will never need a reason to do so. The 35mm format equivalent zoom length is 24-100mm. it is more than enough for vlogging purposes. Unless of course you are standing several hundred feet away and want to still fill the frame with your face.
As a matter of fact at a shade under $600, it is hard to find a camera and lens combo in the DSLR segment that would be this good and this versatile. For anything else, you’ll usually have to fork out more.
One aspect that needs to be mentioned is the image stabilization bit. Optical Image stabilization on the G7 X Mark II comes with four different modes. Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro IS and Dynamic IS.
Another big advantage of the G7 X Mark II is that it comes with a time-lapse feature built-in. This comes in handy some times. For adding special effects or a 5 second B-roll with voice over. The applications are many.In terms of connectivity, the camera comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. Pairing and transferring videos to your laptop or smartphone is very easy. No wonder this is our pick as the best vlogging camera, even in 2020.
- The advanced video capabilities of the Power Shot G7 X Mark II camera can capture moments in the quality they deserve
- Features a large 1.0 inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that helps capture high quality images and videos with a wide dynamic...
- An aperture value of f/1.8 at the wide angle and f/2.8 when fully zoomed to a factor of 4.2x (24 100 millimeter), this lens...
- High resolution, 3.0 inches LCD monitor that tilts up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees is ideal for self portraits and...
- Built in Wi Fi for on the go convenience and the ability to easily post your images to select social networking and media...
Last time when we recommended the best vlogging cameras we recommended the DSC-RX100 IV. Unfortunately, the DSC-RX100 IV is no longer available. You may still find it on Amazon on discount. But online vendors such as B&H clearly states that the camera is discontinued. Anyways we are picking the latest version, not the older version. That is the DSC-RX100 Mark VI.
The DSC-RX100 VI is powered by a 20.1 megapixel 1” BSI CMOS sensor. It is coupled with the BIONZ X image processing engine. It comes with front-end LSI. The stacked sensor design produces fantastic low light videos and stills.
The DSC-RX100 VI will not win the title of the best vlogging camera. But it will certainly give the title holder a serious run for its money. The built-in lens has a focal length that’s 24-200mm in 35mm format parlance.
The rear LCD screen can flip all the way 180 degrees to become a selfie camera of sorts. That immediately becomes very useful for vlogging. We would have liked a stereo mic input but the DSC-RX100 VI fails to provide this.But that said this camera gets UHD/4K video recording at 30p. Along with that it also gets HLG and S-Log3 gamma for greater dynamic range for your videos. The camera also has a 960 fps slow motion playback.
Add the various connectivity options and its easy to see why this camera is a solid choice for vlogging.
- 24-200mm F2.8-F4.5 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens
- World's fastest (0.03 sec) hybrid AF system (contrast + phase)
- Battery life:Up to 330 shots / 165 minutes
- In-the-box: Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adapter
- viewfinder type: electronic viewfinder
A majority of vloggers prefer not to use a DSLR. For the simple reason that these cameras are bulky and are difficult to be transported. They are also unwieldy if you are planning to hand-hold it and record for 10 minutes at a stretch. That said, entry-level DSLRs are lighter and they are the only exception. Specifically cameras like the EOS Rebel T7i.
The sensor is a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor mated with a DIGIC 7 image processing engine. Canon’s dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing is also available on this camera.
Being a DSLR system you have the option to attach any lens with the Rebel T7i to shoot vlogs. The standard choices would be a 35mm and a 24-70mm which should cover the standard range. You can also use the 50mm prime. And of course, there is the venerable 18-55mm kit lens. But the 35mm should be the best option if you are recording yourself at home.
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When recording outdoors the 24-70mm would come in handy. You will rarely need anything longer than 100mm for vlogs as the composition would be too tight. Plus it would be difficult to manage for a one-man team to keep the subject in the frame as s/he speaks and moves.
The EOS Rebel T7i is capable of shooting full HD videos at 60 fps. In the connectivity department, the camera comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. Oh, and Bluetooth is also provided. Pairing the camera with your smartphone is easy. Plus, you can control basic operations such as transferring images and videos wirelessly.
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Smartphone recording interface Wireless control comes in handy when recording. You can start and stop recording using your smartphone. You won’t have to physically reach out and press the video record button and then press it again when you want it to stop.
Plus, this particular camera has a special Movie IS feature. This is designed specifically for stabilization across 5 axes when recording videos hand-held. Oh, and how can you forget the vari-angle touchscreen? This is something that assumes critical importance when recording yourself. The EOS Rebel T7i has a 3″ 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen display. It can be swiveled all the way to face you when you are recording yourself. This is why the EOS Rebel T7i makes it to this list and not the EOS 5D Mark IV which is a much superior camera. Of course, the 5D Mark IV is a lot more expensive too. It has more features than an average vlogger will probably ever use.
- 242 Megapixel CMOS (APS C) sensor
- Built in Wi Fi, NFC and Bluetooth Lens used: EF S 18 55 millimeter f/4 56 IS STM (at focal length of 55 millimeter)
- High Speed continuous shooting at up to 60 fps Weight Approx 1877 ounce / 532 grams (including battery pack and SD memory...
- Metering Range: EV 1 20 (room temperature, ISO 100, evaluative metering)
We keep our loving EOS 80D in the mix of things. The EOS 80D is a mid-range DSLR. With an extra LCD screen at the top panel that shows critical shooting information. The EOS 80D is a heavier camera. It is also a lot bulkier and larger in proportions to the EOS Rebel T7i that we saw above. A valid reason why many vloggers may prefer not to buy one.
Plus, the larger size means greater space needed when being transported. To be honest it is not the most practical choice if you like moving constantly and making vlogs on the move. That said, if you are the ‘tripod-type’, in other words, love shooting at home or in a small studio on a tripod, you would love the power of the EOS 80D.
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The 80D is powered by a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor mated with a DIGIC 6 image processing engine. The 80D is capable of producing full HD videos at a frame rate of 60 fps. The sensor is equipped with Canon’s dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing technology.
This is a DSLR so you can practically use any compatible lens. We have already listed a number of lenses under the EOS Rebel T7i. These are applicable here as well.
The back of the camera is dominated by a 3” 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen. The touchscreen can swivel all the way to face the front of the camera. This is something that makes the EOS 80D a practical choice for shooting videos.
Connectivity too is an important parameter. The EOS 80D comes with both built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. This has become a sort of a mandatory thing these days. It helps to pair the camera with a compatible smartphone or tab and transfer images and video seamlessly.
- The EOS 80D camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder helps bring the thrill of SLR photography with each use
- The Intelligent Viewfinder displays AF points and AF mode, has a grid display, a horizontal electronic level, plus numerous...
- For next level AF operation, the EOS 80D camera has a wide area, 45 point, all cross type AF system with low luminance...
- The 24.2 Megapixel (APS C) CMOS sensor captures high resolution images and has refined individual pixels that enable high ISO...
- Canon’s remarkable shutter combined with ability to shoot up to 7.0 fps during continuous shooting ensures quick...
5. Canon EOS RP
Mirrorless cameras combine the best of both worlds. They are compact just like the point and shoot systems and they have the same functionality as DSLRs. At least in the sense that they are able to use interchangeable lenses. Therefore they are able to combine the advantage of several focal lengths on demand.
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The Canon EOS RP is a mirrorless camera that is ideal for vlogging. We rate this as the best vlogging camera in the mirrorless field. Being a small camera the other major advantage is that it is extremely lightweight. Weighing just 485 grams with the battery and memory card inserted and without a lens. Thus, it can be easily transported.
At the heart of the EOS RP is a 26.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 8 image processing engine. The mirrorless camera gets Canon’s dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing mechanism as well. This comes in handy when shooting vlogs. As you move in and out of focus the camera will slowly focus return the focus. Not the usual jerky focus but a more cinematic, slow, and smooth focus.
The camera shoots UHD/4K at 25p and full HD at 60p.
Canon’s mirrorless cameras are supported by a wide range of EOS M mount lenses. More lenses are being launched. Rest assured you will have one that’s right for you. Plus, with the EF-EOS M mount adapter, you can also use legacy Canon lenses on the EOS M. all EF and EF-S lenses will become compatible with your EOS RP.
Honestly, you need one or maybe two lenses for vlogging. Most people shoot with a basic 18-55mm lens. Many shoot with a 35mm. and that’s the limit of what you have to invest in lenses.
The other features of the EOS RP include a 3” 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen display. In terms of connectivity, the EOS RP has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This is the best vlogging camera in the mirrorless segment.
- Lightest, smallest full-frame EOS camera*
- Rf mount Compatible with RF lenses and EF/EF-S lenses**
- High image quality with 26. 2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate auto focus
- Excellent low-light performance
The EOS Rebel SL2 is a last minute addition to this list of the best vlogging camera systems that you can buy. The reasons are the SL2 is the cheapest DSLR camera that you can buy right now. Plus, this camera comes with Canon’s dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing. A big thing when it comes to video recording. Finally, the vari-angle touchscreen rounds up the list of major features.
Under the hood, the EOS Rebel SL2 is powered by a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. It is coupled with a DIGIC 7 image processing engine. The only thing that we are missing is 4K/UHD capabilities. Yes, we are being greedy, but the upgraded SL3 has that capability. So, for the time being, video on the SL2 is full HD only. But you do get a microphone input. So, you can connect your microphone and record much better quality stereo sound with the video footages.
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Since the EOS SL2 is a DSLR camera, you have the option to mount whatever lens you feel should do the job. With this camera, you get the 18-55mm kit lens. We have already praised the usefulness of this lens. The focal length is just perfect for capturing a wide-angle perspective of yourself in your home/studio.
The back of the camera is dominated by a 3” 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen. This functionality is important when it comes to launching The EOS Rebel SL2 comes with NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity, making it quick and easy to access your files.
You should opt to buy this camera with the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens (f/4-5.6). Together, the unit will cost you just under $600.
- 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS C) Sensor
- Fast & Accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase detection
- Vary angle Touch Screen, 3.0 inch LCD
- Built in Wi Fi, NFC and Bluetooth Technology
- Full HD 60p & External Microphone Input
We mentioned the EOS Rebel SL3 above. The reason we included this camera is that it captures 4K/UHD. This is the cheapest DSLR that does it.
The built-in sensor is 24.1-megapixel one which is paired with a DIGIC 8 image processor.
No built-in lens. This is a DSLR unit. You can purchase various lenses the will mount to the body.
The SL3 comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Lightest, smallest EOS DSLR camera
- High image quality with 24. 1 Megapixel CMOS (APS C) sensor
- Fast and accurate dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye detection AF
- 4K video, 4K time lapse movie
- Vary angle Touchscreen, 3. 0 Inch LCD, built in Wi Fi and Bluetooth technology with auto image transfer, DIGIC 8 Image...
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