When looking for a camera for vlogging it’s easy to get lost in the amount of choice available and understanding all the different bits of information and specs of each of them.
We’re here to run you through the best cameras for vlogging to cover any budget, whether brand new and just starting out looking for a cheap vlogging camera or you are a veteran looking to up their game by investing in some serious camera for filming youtube videos.
- 1 What to consider when choosing a vlogging camera for youtube
- 2 Best Vlogging Cameras Under £200 (Ideal for starting out)
- 3 Best Vlogging Cameras Under £500
- 4 Best Vlogging Cameras Under £1000
- 5 Best Vlogging Cameras over £1000
What to consider when choosing a vlogging camera for youtube
When choosing a vlogging camera it’s good to think about what your needs are as a youtuber and the type of content that you’re going to be creating as some video cameras may be better suited than others to help you get your channel where you want it to be.
For example, if the majority of your content is going to be travel based videos then perhaps a big DSLR with wide angle lens isn’t the best choice for you. Sure you’d get some great quality footage, but you can also get some incredible quality in much smaller compact cameras that can shoot 4k like the RX100 V.
If you’re likely to be shooting a lot of your Youtube videos from a room in your home like a beauty vlogger then a DSLR is probably your best option as it will give you the most high quality and most options when it comes to shooting and editing your footage.
There are ideal cameras out there for every type of Youtube channel, but we’ll make sure to help you make the best choice for you.
Best Vlogging Cameras Under £200 (Ideal for starting out)
You’ll probably already have a pretty good camera in your pocket if you’re just looking to get started. Most smartphones these days have fantastic cameras on them with some having the capability to shoot right up to 4K resolution.
If you’re looking to get started on youtube and want to just test the water and see if you’re going to commit then I would definitely suggest filming some videos on your phone to begin with. Just make sure that you shoot in landscape and not portrait.
The Sony DSCWX350 is a digital Compact Camera with Wi-Fi and NFC (18.2 MP, 20x Optical Zoom) and Full HD 1080p video capture all for less than £200. As a starter camera, this one is definitely one of the top choices. Sony produce some of the best cameras on the market and for someone who doesn’t want to invest too much, this is a great investment to get you started.
This camera also sports great battery life and with its small size, means it’s great for taking out and about with you and fitting into your pocket.
If you’re looking for the best cheap vlogging camera, then I’d definitely recommend this one.
- 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
- G Lens with 20x optical zoom.Input and output terminals multi/micro USB terminal*8 , hi-speed USB (USB2.0), micro HDMI
- NFC one-touch Wi-Fi sharing and control
- Pixel Super Resolution technology analyses each pixel and up scales images restoring detail at zoom
Canon Powershot SX620 HS
Coming in closer to the top end of this price tier is the Canon Powershot SX620 HS digital camera. This camera features a high standard build quality to give it that really premium feel when using it. With full HD video capture this camera can ensure you get the highest quality at an affordable price. It also features a 25 -625mm zoom, which to be honest it’s probably not a feature that would be used too often if you’re vlogging, but it’s nice to have if you ever fancy taking photos.
- Powerful 25x Optical Zoom with Intelligent IS helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images.
- Built-in Wi-Fi* and NFC** allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos. Maximum f/number : f/3.2 - f/6.6
- 20.2 Megapixel*** CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality even in low light. Auto zoom dependent on number of subjects
- Capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video. Focusing Range : 1cm (0.4 Inches) - infinity (W), 1.0m (3.3ft.) - infinity (T)
- Large 3.0-inch (approximately 922,000 dots) LCD allows easy viewing even from a wide angle. Battery life: Approx. 295 shots, Eco Mode: Approx. 405 shots, Playback Mode: Approx. 360 min
Best Vlogging Cameras Under £500
Sony Cyber-shot RX100
Although a few years old, this little compact digital camera is still an absolute powerhouse when it comes to recording videos for youtube. With a 20.1mp sensor and the ability to shoot Full HD 60fps this camera is already ticking boxes. The real standout for this camera is the fact that it features manual controls for aperture, shutter speed and zoom which gives you a lot more control over how your video is shot especially since these can be tweaked during recording.
The RX100 also features a sturdy aluminium body which ensures that it will live up to heavy use and will certainly last for years.
Next up on the list we have thewhich packs a 24.2mp CMOS sensor with 39-point Autofocus system making it great for keeping yourself in focus using the subject tracking settings.
It also has a swivel screen which we already know is a bonus for when you are recording yourself and need to check you are still in focus or in the frame. The D5300 also features an extendable ISO up to 25,600 making it great for low light situations although we still recommend investing in a wide aperture lens to avoid too much grain.
- 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter
- 39-point AF system with 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering II
- First "AF-P" lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras
- Use of two aspherical lens elements has resulted in superior optical performance
- Compact and lightweight in design
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A firm favourite amongst bloggers, the Olympus Pen E-PL8 is actually surprisingly good at capturing video too. Featuring an articulating screen, this camera does let you watch yourself whilst recording, although annoyingly the screen actually flips downwards and will probably be covered by your hand or tripod if you’re recording at home.
Now if you can live with that, this camera is definitely up to the task, shooting up to 1080p resolution. You also get this camera bundled with a nice wide 14-42mm lens which is great for vlogging yourself on the move and keeping yourself in the frame.
Best Vlogging Cameras Under £1000
Canon Powershot G7X mk ii
This is where things get serious and we move into the top performers. First off with the Canon G7X mk ii, the youtubers portable camera of choice. Used by some of the biggest vloggers including Zoella, Joey Graceffa and more as their main camera when on the move. It’s lightweight, has an articulating touch screen which lets you control focus with a tap and records 1080p video with great low light performance due to the camera abilities to open the lens up as wide as f1.8.
The G7X MK ii receives consistently great reviews and feedback from vloggers around the world. You would be making an excellent choice if you went for this one. If you’re looking for a great vlogging camera with a flip screen then the G7X Mk ii has your back.
- 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon's new DIGIC 7 Image Processor helps deliver exceptional image quality even in low light
- Features a bright f/1.8 (W) - f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24-100mm), 9-blade iris diaphragm andBattery IS-equipped lens
- Capture impressively high resolution images with high-speed continuous shooting up to 8 fps in both RAW mode / JPEG mode
- Multi-angle capacitive 3.0" touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and tilt option of 180 Degree up and 45 Degree down
- Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound. Focal Length-8.8 (W) - 36.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-100mm). Focusing Range- Normal/Auto: 2.0 inch- infinity (W), 1.3 feet - infinity (T), Macro/Underwater Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 feet (W), Quick: 5.0-65.6 feet (W), 5.0-65.6 feet (T)
Canon EOS 750D
For those of you who want to invest in a good starting DSLR, the Canon 750D is a great start. The 750D is one of the mid-range DSLR’s that features a mic input, so you can improve the audio quality of your footage by plugging in an external directional microphone like the popular Rode Videomic Go.
The 750D features an articulating screen allowing you see yourself when recording and weighs 0.7kg which for a DSLR including the battery and lens is actually pretty good. You also get 19 cross type focus points which can help keep you or your subject in focus when recording.
My personal choice of vlogging camera at the moment, the Canon 80D is an excellent choice. When paired up a wide angle lens for shooting on the move or a nice prime lens for the more artistic b-roll.
The Canon 80D has 45 cross-type focus points and built-in face tracking modes so that you can ensure you’re always in focus. Pair this up with the swivel screen to watch yourself whilst you’re filming or connect it to your phone via wi-fi and control it on your smartphone.
The one downfall of the Canon 80D at this price point is the lack of 4K video mode, which in my opinion for a relatively new model camera should be pretty standard and why others may suit your needs better.
I have no regrets about buying this camera personally, as I’m a photography and video enthusiast so it’s perfect for my needs.
You’ll also find many vloggers using the older version of this camera the 70D which is also used by Zoella, so you can be sure that the updated version is a great choice for any budding youtuber.
- 45-point all cross-type AF system* allows for superb autofocus when shooting with the optical viewfinder and focusing area selection modes.
- Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage. Approx. 730g / 25.75oz. (Based on CIPA Guidelines),Approx. 650g / 22.93oz. (Body only)
- 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor helps provide impressive, high-resolution results. Shooting speed of up to 7.0fps makes it an excellent choice for capturing moving subjects
- Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps you shoot video with smooth, fast and accurate autofocus, and stills with instant and precise autofocus.
Sony RX100 V
The latest model of the RX100 is packing 4K recording in the body of a compact digital camera that fits in your pocket. This camera features 315-point phase detection autofocus meaning that you’re pretty certain to always have yourself in focus.
You also get the addition of a flip-up screen allowing you to keep track of what you’re filming if you’re recording yourself. Again this model also features the aperture of f1.8 so it’s going to be great for shooting in low light conditions.
If you’re into shooting slow motion artistic shots then this camera has your back. It shoots at 960fps for silky smooth slow motion b-roll footage.
- ELECTRONIC VIEW FINDER: retractable Tru-Finder EVF provides sharp resolution, bright self-illumination, and high contrast to view shots and adjust settings through a ZEISS T* coated eyepiece.
- AUTO FOCUS: World's fastest (0.05 sec.) hybrid AF system (contrast + phase) which is great for action and wildlife photography
- AF DETECTION: The most comprehensive phase detection coverage in a compact camera utilizing 315 Auto Focus points
- SHOOTING SPEED: World's fastest continuous shooting speed at 24fps3 w/ autofocus and auto exposure tracking to ensure exceptional high-speed photography
- IMAGE SENSOR: 20.1 megapixel 1" Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS sensor w/ DRAM for outstanding image quality and continuous shooting
Best Vlogging Cameras over £1000
The latest camera to be used by popular vlogger Casey Neistat due to the incredible 4K abilities and at this price point, it’s no surprise really. This is a top of the range mirrorless Panasonic camera that produces some stunning results and the ability to shoot in V-log for an extra two stops of dynamic range making this camera perfect for those with slightly more advanced video editing needs.
Due to the size of 4K files when recording this camera is fitted with dual SD card slots, allowing you large amounts of storage to ensure that you never run out of space.
The Panasonic GH5 is a great camera that receives consistently high review scores and is definitely one of the top runners for best vlogging cameras of 2017.
- Professional photo and 4K video performance in a durable magnesium alloy body
- 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter
- 4K video: internal recording at 4k60/50P (4:2:0 8bit) & 4k30/25P/24P (4:2:2 10bit)
- Variable video frame rates 4K: max. 60Fps & FHD: max. 180Fps.Full size Type A HDMI terminal with cable lock included & twin SD Card slots UHS-II U3 Compatible
- 5-Axis photo/video Dual I.S.. 2.0 up to 5 Stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses, plus In-body stabilization Support for classic non-O.I.S. lenses
GH5 Vlog Example
Sony A7R ii & Sony A7S ii
Sony is another brand that has seriously improved their video capture capabilities and at the top tier of their products sit the Sony A7R ii and A7S ii.
Although somewhat similar these two cameras have two completely different benefits. The A7S ii really stands out when it comes to low light shooting due to the 12.2 million pixels that gather more light than the 42.4 million pixels found on the A7R ii.
Both are capable of capturing 4K video but the A7S ii has better noise control and is definitely the better choice for those serious about filming.
These two models are the highest end of the video cameras on the market and are probably most suited for those really pushing their channels to the limits.
- World's first Full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor-42.4MP, 5-axis in-body image stabilization optimized for 42.4MP full-frame, 4K movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning
- 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder w/ ZEISS T* coating, Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC w/ camera apps, Fast focal plane phase-detection AF realized with A-mount lenses
- Shutter vibration suppression, first curtain shutter, and silent shutter, Resolution meets sensitivity 42.4MP up to ISO 102,400 / 4K up to 25,600, Durable, reliable and ergonomically enhanced for professional use
- Fast Hybrid AF with 399 focal plane phase-detection AF points and sensor is 35 mm full-frame (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
- Lens Compatibility: Sony Full Frame E-mount lenses
- Full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization
- Fast and effective, enhanced Fast Hybrid AF
- 12.2 megapixels 10 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor Lens Compatibility - Sony E-mount lenses
- BIONZ X image processing engine ; Clear Image Zoom :Still/Movie: Approx. 2x
- High 50Mbps bit-rate XAVC S format recording of Full HD movies
Canon 5D Mk iv
The Canon 5D Mark iv, has it all and is one of the top range DSLR’s you can buy at the moment. Coming in at the pricier end of the market this one is definitely more of a long-term investment and would be more suited to those who are familiar with using a DSLR and have had a few years experience using one.
Featuring a full frame sensor which is great for lower light situations, the captures video up to 4K and is one of the first Canon DSLR’s to have this capability. This is one of the cameras used by youtube sensation and filmmaker Peter McKinnon as his backup camera.
One thing that does let this camera down is the lack of swivel screen which can be handy if you’re vlogging on the move.
This is not your average DSLR and the price certainly reflects that so you may find that the others on this list are better suited for your budgets and needs.
- 30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting
- Up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting speed
- 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage
- ISO range 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion
- 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in-camera still frame grab of 8.8MP images
I’ll do my best to make sure that this list is kept as up to date as possible. As always, any questions then just drop them in the comments below.
Last update on 2018-09-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API