Best Cameras for YouTubers and Vloggers

There is no denying that Vlogging is one of the most lucrative businesses at the moment. People are actually minting millions from youtube by simply sharing videos of them doing what they love. But if you have been observant then you have probably noticed that good quality videos have better success rates than below average videos. Nevertheless, you will be pleased to know that it does not take much to reproduce this kind of quality.

Actually, what you need is a great camera for recording and the rest is a breeze. In this post, we will review some of the best cameras that are being used by popular YouTubers.  Surprisingly, they are not as expensive as you might imagine and if you are just getting started in the business you should be able to get one that suits you too.

However, before you make a decision here is a little fact guide that will bring you the full picture in order to make a better decision.

1. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 V

Our Rating: 9.8/10

Pros

  • Built-in EVF
  • 24fps-burst shooting
  • 315-point AF system
  • 4K recording capabilities

Cons

  • Touchscreen is lacking

23 Reviews

Video Sensor: 20mp Exmor CMOS sensor | Max Resolution: 4K UHD | Type: Point and Shoot

It’s Sony that first introduced the use of the much bigger 1” sensors in a compact camera when it launched the RX100 series. 5 releases later and it has only gotten better. The Sony RX100 comes with a 20mp 1” Exmor RS stacked back-illuminated CMOS sensor that allows for continuous shooting in a 4K UHD. It also means that the sensor will be able to produce outstanding readout speeds.

The RX100V comes with f/1.8-2.8 Zeiss branded zoom lens with70mm focal length that considerably improves the picture quality even in low lights. This camera has an incredibly fast shooting up to 24 fps. It also features a 3 inch rear LCD display that allows an upward and outward movement of 180 degrees and 45 degrees downward. Unfortunately, the display lacks touchscreen capabilities and I can’t seem to fathom why. Considering its small size, it would have helped to be able to control the camera from the screen.

Nevertheless, you will be able to assign a range of functions to the customizable ring located around the lens. The vari-angle screen has a resolution of 1,299,000 dots and will still be perfectly visible even in extreme sunlight. You will also notice a pop-up viewfinder that has been present since the RX100 III.

The incorporation of a 315-point phase-detection AF system is a welcome addition that will ensure that your viewers are not distracted by your background surrounding.

The Sony RX100 is a collection of all modern features that you will need to record your YouTube videos. And the fact that it’s packed in an easily portable camera that will easily fit you’re your pocket is what makes it perfect for vlogging.

2. Canon EOS Rebel T6

Our Rating: 9.6/10

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Compact SLR system
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • No swivel mechanism

2,408 Reviews

Video Sensor: 12mp Optical Sensor | Max Resolution: 4K UHD | Type: DSLR Cam

This is the newest entry-level DSLR camera from Canon. One of the most notable features in this camera is the Wi-Fi/NFC support that will allow you to control the camera from any connected device such as smartphone or laptop. It also makes transferring videos to the connected device pretty easy.

The image processor has also been upgraded from Digic 4 that was being used in Rebel T5 to Digic4+. This may not be such a big deal considering more recent Canon cameras are using Digic 7 but for its price, I would say it’s impressive and does a good job increasing picture quality in low light. The Rebel T6 uses 18-megapixel APS-C sensor and will allow you to record your videos in Full HD 1080p at 30fps.

Alternatively, you can manually control the resolution to switch between 30, 25 and 24 frame rates. The snapshot mode allows you to record videos at intervals of up to 8 seconds and merge the clips into a single recording The EF-S lens mount used on this camera is compatible with all of Canon’s EF lenses and you should, therefore, have no problem choosing one that’s within your price range.

The camera also features a 3-inch LCD display with 920k pixels that you can use to change various settings.

This camera presents the perfect opportunity for beginners to learn how SLR system works. Using the camera has been made really easy and for that particular price, the video quality is great.

The color detail in the video recording is perfect and together with the white balance system results in very realistic videos.

3. Panasonic Lumix FZ80

Our Rating: 9.5/10

Pros

  • 60x wide-angle zoom lens
  • 4K video recording
  • Sharp EVF
  • Touch LCD

Cons

  • No EVF eye sensor
  • Fixed rear LCD

1,873 Reviews

Video Sensor: 8mp APS-C sensor | Max Resolution: FHD (1080p) | Type: Mirrorless

This is a bridge superzoom camera that comes with an impressive 60x zoom. This can be attributed to its big lens system that provides a focal length range of up to 35mm. The Lumix FZ80 comes with an 18.9 MP 1/2.3 INCH CMOS sensor with the ability to record 4K videos at up to 30fps.

4K UHD videos can only be recorded for 15 minutes continuously. It will also record 1080p videos at up to 60fps and 720p at 120fps. Another interesting feature is the Live Cropping which enables you to crop a Full HD clip and move it around a 4K UHD frame.

This camera allows wifi connections to facilitate the transfer of files to other devices. You can download the Panasonic Image app for free to help you with editing your files. The app also allows you to control the camera remotely through your phone.

The FZ80 also supports AVCHD compression but you will have to be recording 1080p videos.

On the downside, the image stabilizer system is not very efficient for handheld recording when zoomed in. As such, it is recommended that you hook it to a tripod when recording at great focal lengths. Also, for quality audio, you will need to use headphones.

All in all the highlight of the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 in the zoom coverage. It could have done better with features like a built-in eye sensor to reduce the hassle of switching between the EVF and the rear LCD but it will still give you the quality of videos you seek.

4. Nikon D5300

Our Rating: 9.6/10

Pros

  • EXPEED 4 processor
  • No anti-aliasing filter
  • Wi-Fi and GPS support

Cons

  • No touch-screen capabilities

993 Reviews

Video Sensor: 24.2mp APS-C sensor | Max Resolution: FHD (1080p) | Type: DSLR Cam

This DSLR model from Nikon comes with its share of goodies. It is equipped with an APS-C CMOS sensor with a 24.2MP and allows recording at full HD 1080p.

You also have the option to manually adjust the resolution and increase the frame rate. It also features a vari-angle 3.0 inch LCD display with 1.04 million dots. One of the thing that distinguishes it from its predecessors and other cameras is the EXPEED 4 processing engine.

This has resulted in a considerable boost in picture quality and less noise at the highest sensitivity settings. The Nikon D5300 is also the first DSLR camera from Nikon to support Wi-Fi and GPS functionalities.

Coupled with their free Wireless Mobile Utility app, you will be able to easily transfer videos to your phone or laptop for editing and posting.

The app can also be used to remotely control the camera. It also features an APS-C CMOS sensor 24.2mp. The inclusion of the Expeed 4 processing engine will do a great job producing better quality pictures.

The Nikon D5300 will be a great choice if you are looking to take YouTubing more seriously. The ability to record in Full HD coupled with the slightly bigger 3.2 LCD display will be key in producing well-articulated videos.

5. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Our Rating: 9.5/10

Pros

  • Decent quality in low light
  • Tilting LCD display
  • Raw format shooting
  • Optical image stabilization

Cons

  • Viewfinder absent
  • No 4K resolution

1,012 Reviews

Video Sensor: 20.2 MP Sony CMOS | Max Resolution: FHD (1080p) | Type: Point and Shoot

After Sony, other manufacturers started using the 1” sensor in premium compact cameras and Canon is the latest to do so.

The Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II features a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor with a 20.1MP. It also features a 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture range of fi.8-f2.8 and a focal length of 24-100mm. It comes with the newest Digic 7 Canon processor that has significantly increased the shooting performance and results in a faster burst shooting rate.

The maximum resolution of the G7X is Full HD 1080p though I still feel Canon should have included the 4K resolution. You can easily link this camera to your phone via Wi-Fi or NFC features allowing you to transfer content between them easily.

It also features a touchscreen display that can be tilted up by 180 degrees and down by 45 degrees to enable you to shoot at awkward angles.

You will also use the screen to change the various settings in your camera with the exception of a few like the shutter button that is also used as a zoom lever.

Although missing a viewfinder, you will find this Camera particularly useful in recording your videos. The picture quality is great and the tilting screen is an additional feature that allows you to record yourself without necessarily using a tripod.

Bill Wilson
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