It takes both a dose of personality, plenty of creativity and the right equipment to be a successful vlogger, YouTuber or TikToker. After all, viewers expect professional quality—including high-definition video and robust sound—from almost any production. The best vlogging cameras can make it easier to capture your content and help you look your best.
Once you define your needs as a content creator, choose gear that makes it easy to record or livestream your creative vision. A dedicated camera can give you more creative control over exposure, focus and subject tracking than you might get with your smartphone. The best vlogging cameras also tend to have a front-facing screen and are small enough so you can handhold the camera while recording yourself.
We’ve researched and tested the best vlogging cameras, starting with the Sony ZV-1F—our pick for the best vlogging camera overall, thanks to its capabilities and value. Here are our top picks.
- Best Vlogging Camera Overall: Sony ZV-1F
- Best Compact Vlogging Camera: Sony ZV-1
- Best Compact Mirrorless Vlogging Camera: Canon EOS R50
- Best Value Full-Frame Vlogging Camera: Canon EOS R8
- Best Action Vlogging Camera: GoPro Hero 11 Black Creator Edition
- Best Budget Action Vlogging Camera: Akaso V50 Elite
- Best 360-Degree Vlogging Camera: Insta360 X3
- Best Vlogging Camera For YouTube: Panasonic Lumix GH6
- Best Vlogging Camera With Stabilization: DJI Pocket 2 Gimbal Camera
Max video resolution: 4K (at 30 fps) | Still image resolution: 21 megapixels | Weight: 14.6 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 3-inch touchscreen
Best for: Nimble, specialty shooting and greater creative control.
The Sony ZV-1F is a more affordable option than either the Sony ZV-1 or the Sony ZV-E10—all designed specifically for vloggers and content creators. It provides an assortment of easy-to-use features, such as Product Showcase, soft skin-tone effect and one-touch background defocus for easily creating professional-quality content. Plus, the ZV-1F is ultra-compact and can record clear sound with minimal background noise thanks to the included three-capsule microphone and windscreen.
It has a one-inch sensor and uses a fixed, 20-millimeter wide-angle lens—perfect for a natural perspective. The camera’s display flips around so you can frame your shots, but it can be hard to see in bright light. It can accurately track the movement of your eyes and of objects, plus it has face auto-exposure with up to 4X digital zoom. Sony’s optional Bluetooth wireless shooting grip makes it especially easy to use this camera one-handed.
Excerpt from our full Sony ZV-1F review: “Although it was just introduced, I believe this will quickly become the go-to camera used by high-profile vloggers, YouTubers, TikTokers and social media influencers. I found this model did a great job handling its core vlogging purpose, but discovered it also does a decent job serving as a traditional point-and-shoot camera.”
- Built-in features specifically for vloggers
- Compact design
- Easy to use
- Touchscreen display hard to see in direct sunlight
- Wireless shooting grip sold separately
Max video resolution: 4K (at 30 fps) | Still image resolution: 20.1 megapixels | Weight: 10.4 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes (Windows only) | Connectivity: Micro-USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 3.0-inch touchscreen
Best for: Advanced vloggers and content creators.
The biggest difference between the Sony ZV-1 and the new ZV-1F is that this camera has a 24-70 millimeter f/1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens, perfect for use as a walkabout point-and-shoot still camera or for use as a vlogging camera. Instead of a higher-end camera with lots of interchangeable lenses and attachable accessories, many vloggers want a lightweight, portable and easy-to-use camera that produces high-quality footage. The Sony ZV-1 digital camera fits that bill well, with face exposure, Sony’s Product Showcase and background blur features, plus a 2.7x optical zoom.
As with Sony’s other vlogging cameras, the display can point forward or backward, making it easy to frame your shots. The camera has a built-in microphone, or you can connect an external mic to the 3.5 mm jack. Besides capturing 4K video at 30 fps and 20.1 megapixel still images, the ZV-1 camera can serve as a high-end webcam for live streaming. While this camera offers just about everything a vlogger could want—including a hot shoe (not found on the ZV-1F)—it’s not waterproof or designed to be used as an action camera. This model works well one-handed with Sony’s optional Bluetooth shooting grip.
What the editors say: “This is a great step-up choice if you want a versatile point-and-shoot vlogging camera that is separate from your phone, but small enough to toss into your pocket,” notes a tech editor.
- Compact design
- Excellent video-centric features
- Hot shoe mount
- Mediocre battery life
- Powers via micro-USB
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III
Max video resolution: 4K (at 30 fps) | Still image resolution: 20.2 megapixels | Weight: 10.7 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 3-inch touchscreen (tilts 180-degrees) | Built-in flash: Yes
Best for: Handheld shooting high-definition video and stills.
There are many reasons to love the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III as a vlogging camera, starting with the fact that just about everything you need to shoot smooth and clear video content is built into its compact (handheld) body. The camera uses a 20.1-megapixel, one-inch stacked CMOS sensor and Canon’s Digic 8 image processor. You also get a 4.2x optical zoom from the built in 24-100mm, f/1.8-2.8) lens with optical image stabilizer.
The 3-inch touchscreen rotates and tilts 180-degrees, so it can face forward and serve as a viewfinder while capturing yourself in your footage. It’s easy to connect an external microphone, thanks to the 3.5mm microphone jack, so high-quality audio can be combined with your content (but, there’s no hot shoe to mount an external microphone). And with the facial recognition feature, you or your main subject will stay in focus—even if you choose to hold the camera vertically. With more than a dozen shooting modes (like background defocus and soft focus), it is easy to capture professional-looking footage in a wide range of situations. For connectivity, the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C. It uses SDXC memory cards.
- Compact, lightweight design
- Multiple shooting modes
- Capture up to 4K (30 fps) video
- Lacks electronic viewfinder
- No hot shoe for external microphones
Canon EOS R50 With 15-45mm Lens
Max video resolution: 4K (at 30 fps) | Still image resolution: 24.2 megapixels | Weight: 13.2 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB-C, micro-HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio port | Display size: 3-inch touchscreen
Best for: Creating content with the option of having interchangeable lenses.
The Canon EOS R50 mirrorless camera has a compact body that works with Canon’s mirrorless RF-S lenses. The R50 captures 24.2-megapixel still images and 4K 30 fps video. This versatile camera has 651 focus points, powered by the Digic X image processor and dual pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system. Besides offering a vertical movie mode—excellent for capturing content for TikToks—it has a close-up demo mode which is a must-have feature for content creators.
The camera is lightweight and slightly smaller than the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, which uses Canon’s EF-M lens mount. The R50 works in a wide range of lighting conditions and can record up to one hour of video at a time. You get added shooting flexibility over competing models thanks to both a 2.34 million dot electronic viewfinder and a vari-angle touchscreen LCD. Canon’s Advanced A+ Assist feature automatically adjusts the camera settings for you, to help you get the best shot every time. You can buy the R50 with the RF-S 15-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens (as priced here) or you can buy the body separately for use with your other Canon lenses (an optional adapter lets you use this camera with EF-mount lenses, too). The R50 lacks the weather sealing of Canon’s pricier EOS R8, though; and, it doesn’t have image stabilization.
- Shoots 4K video at up to 30fps
- Smallest, lightest and least expensive camera in Canon’s EOS R series
- Includes electronic viewfinder
- No weather sealing
- Lacks built-in image stabilization
Nikon Z30 With 16-50mm Lens
Max video resolution: 4K (at 30 fps) | Still image resolution: 20.9 megapixels | Weight: 14.3 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB-C, micro-HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 3-inch touchscreen
Best for: Vlogging, live-streaming or using as a general purpose camera.
The compact Nikon Z30 relies on an APS-C CMOS sensor to capture still images at 20.9 megapixels or 4K video at up to 30 fps. The Z30 is a multi-purpose mirrorless camera that’s optimized for vloggers and live streamers. Of note: This model can capture video for up to 2 hours and 11 minutes at a time—significantly longer than many competitors.
The camera has a 3-inch, angle-adjustable touchscreen which can face forwards or backwards, as well as at an angle. It can record stereo sound using its internal microphone, and it has a 3.5 mm audio port to connect an external microphone, but not a headphone. To reduce wobbles and shaking when holding the camera while filming, the Z30 uses Nikon’s digital vibration reduction (referred to as e-VR image stabilization). You also get fast autofocus with face and eye tracking that recognizes people, dogs and cats, and 209 autofocus points. For those new to photography, the convenient “?” button offers simple explanations of all camera settings. The camera is available body-only if you already have Nikon DX lenses. Camera body offers enough weather sealing to protect it from light exposure to water and dust.
- Has face and eye tracking
- Some weather protection
- Up to 2 hours and 11 minutes of continuous video shooting
- Lacks headphone jack
Sony Alpha ZV-E10 With 16-50mm Lens
Max video resolution: 4K (at 24 fps) | Still image resolution: 24.2 megapixels | Weight: 12.8 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C | Display size: 3.0-inch touchscreen
Best for: The flexibility of interchangeable lenses.
The Sony Alpha ZV-E10 is a full-featured, lightweight camera perfect for pro-vloggers. The ZV-E10 has several advanced video conveniences, like instantly blurring a background while focusing in on a subject, automatically adjusting exposure for your face and Product Showcase (all features also found on the ZV-1F). This compact mirrorless camera stands out from its less pricey sibling, though, by virtue of its interchangeable lenses and large APS-C image sensor.
The camera has a built-in three-capsule microphone and it includes an attachable windscreen to record clear audio and video. It shoots 4K video at 24 fps, as well as still images at 24.2 megapixels—both with automatic image stabilization. You can also use the ZV-E10 for live streaming by connecting the camera to a computer or mobile device. It can go for up to 80 minutes of continuous shooting per battery charge.
What the editors say: “I love the large button on top for initiating recording, and the dedicated button for switch among still image capture and recording modes,” says a tech editor.
- Interchangeable lenses
- Shoots 4K video at 24 fps
- Supports livestreaming
Canon EOS R8 With RF 24-50mm Lens
Max video resolution: 4K (at 60 fps) | Still image resolution: 24.2 megapixels | Weight: 16 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen
Best for: Vlogging and live-streaming using a full-frame, yet compact camera.
The Canon EOS R8 is a compact full-frame camera that’s lightweight and packs in the features. At just over one pound, it’s a bit lighter than the Nikon Z5, Sony A7C and Canon EOS R6 II. It’s capable of shooting still images at 24.2 megapixels and 4K video at up to 60 fps. The video recording limit is up to two hours. And the R8 is chock full of ports, but also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The 3-inch touchscreen display adjusts easily to face forwards and back, making the camera an excellent option for vlogging. The camera uses the same sensor found in the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. It takes advantage of 1,053 autofocus points that cover the entire sensor area, while the dual pixel CMOS AF II system offers zippy autofocus performance. The camera can handle live streaming or use as a webcam for video calls, and it can shoot vertical video.
This camera is intuitive to operate, especially so if you’re familiar with Canon cameras. It also comes with a built-in multi-function hot shoe. The subject detection for people, animals, vehicles and landscape settings is accurate and extensive, while the ability to transfer content wirelessly to a mobile device is fairly straightforward.
Excerpt from our full Canon EOS R8 review: “For content creators and vloggers, the Canon EOS R8 is particularly useful. It offers versatile video recording capabilities that are simple to adjust, bundled into a small, rugged and lightweight camera. The EOS R8’s viewfinder screen is easily maneuverable.”
- Offers multiple shooting pre-sets and exposure modes
- Shoots 24.2 megapixel stills and 4K video
- A great camera vloggers
- Battery life could be better
- No joystick or rear dial control
GoPro HERO 11 Black Creator Edition
Max video resolution: 5.3K (at 60 fps) | Still image resolution: 27 megapixels | Weight: 4.5 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 2.3-inch touchscreen (back), 1.4 color LCD (front)
Best for: Capturing extremely smooth action in any climate, including underwater.
If you need an action camera to film your content, the latest GoPro Hero 11 Black should be your first choice. Each year, GoPro manages to add new features and greater versatility to its already extremely durable camera line. The GoPro Hero 11, for example, improved on its low-light, night, slow motion and image stabilization shooting modes, so you get more creative control than before.
And while you can purchase the latest GoPro Hero 11 Black by itself for as little as $350, this more expensive Creator Edition includes a handful of GoPro accessories—a case, Volta Hand Grip, Light Mod, Media Mod and an extra Enduro battery—aimed at content creators. GoPro has more than 40 optional mounts and accessories. When you purchase this bundle directly from GoPro, you also get unlimited cloud backup and auto uploads, along with unlimited use of the GoPro Quik app for editing and sharing content. A no-questions-asked camera replacement warranty are included.
- Captures video at up to 5.3K (at 60 fps)
- Creator Edition includes useful vlogging accessories
- Waterproof and extremely durable
- Multiple batteries needed for long shoots
Max video resolution: 4K (at 60 fps) | Still image resolution: 20 megapixels | Weight: 2.8 ounces | Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi | Display size: 2-inch touchscreen
Best for: Capturing extreme wide-angle 4K video using a tiny camera.
While the Akaso V50 Elite has many similarities to the latest GoPro Hero cameras, price is not one of them. This camera costs about 75% less than the latest GoPro, but it can shoot up to 4K (at 60 fps) video. It’s also waterproof (down to 131 feet) and offers an 8x optical zoom. Advanced image stabilization and the ability to switch between a narrow, medium or wide field of view are among its other features. At Amazon, the camera includes a handful of useful mounts and accessories—two batteries, a waterproof case, 6 mounts and more—that cost a fortune elsewhere.
The camera itself measures just 2.4 x 1.6 x 1.2 inches and weighs a mere 2.8 ounces. You can control the Akaso V50 Elite via the camera’s rear touchscreen and onboard buttons, voice commands, or from your smartphone via a mobile app. If you need an action camera that’s as versatile as a GoPro action camera without the GoPro’s price, this is the perfect option.
- Extremely affordable
- Shoots 4K video (at 60 fps) and 20 megapixel still images
- Includes a handful of useful mounts and accessories
- Sluggish operation and touchscreen
Max video resolution: 5.7K at 30 fps (360-degree video), 4K at 30 fps | Still image resolution: 72 megapixels | Weight: 6.4 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB Type-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 2.3-inch touchscreen
Best for: Capturing 360-degree action video.
The Insta360X2 offers an entirely different design than the GoPro cameras, but like GoPro Hero 11 Black, this camera is waterproof (down to 33-feet) and very durable. It’s extremely versatile, capable of capturing stunning 360-degree HDR video at 5.7K resolution, traditional video at up to 4K and still images at up to 72 megapixels. On one side of the camera is a 2.3-inch touchscreen; use the screen whichever way works best while filming. When shooting traditional video, the Insta360 X3 captures a 170-degree field of view at up to 4K (30 fps).
If you use Insta360’s own selfie-stick, as you’re shooting, the camera automatically removes the optional selfie stick from your filmed content. Nifty. This allows you to capture content in a stunning third-person perspective, so it looks like the camera is floating around you. Combine this feature with the camera’s image stabilization and horizon lock to capture smooth and level content. The Insta360 X3 can capture time-lapse video at up to 8K, and slow motion video at up to 4K (at 120 fps). Rounding out the camera’s features are voice control; USB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth data content transfers; and the ability to capture directional audio—in stereo—using four built-in microphones.
- Shoots 360-degree video
- Durable and waterproof
- Can remove optional selfie stick from content
- Selfie stick sold separately, unless you purchase the Get-Set or Ultimate Kit
Panasonic Lumix GH6 With 12-60mm Lens
Max video resolution: 5.7K (at 60 fps) | Still image resolution: 25.2 megapixels | Weight: 1.8 pounds | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 3-inch touchscreen | Viewfinder: 3.7-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
Best for: Shooting high-resolution video with a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.
While it’s relatively inexpensive for a camera of this caliber, the Panasonic Lumix GH6 is pricier than others on this list—and for good reason. It stands out for its articulating touchscreen, top-notch image stabilization and a range of features useful for creating cinematic, professional content. You also get unlimited video recording time, a feature few cameras offer. Capture high-quality audio, too, either via the camera’s built-in microphone or an optional external microphone. Whether you’re shooting in bright sunlight, using artificial light, or you’re stuck filming in dimly lit conditions, this camera can handle it with ease.
In addition to the 3.7-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder, the camera has a rear, 3-inch touchscreen you can use to frame your shots and control camera functions. You can use this camera anywhere, since the body is weather-sealed and mild water exposure won’t harm the camera. The camera has both CFexpress Type B and SD UHS-II memory cards slots. A terrific choice for capturing both video and stills, the Panasonic Lumix GH6 has a wide selection of lenses available to help you achieve your creative vision. We’ve priced the camera here with a 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens; the body only costs $2,200 at Best Buy.
- Large, 25.2-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor
- Shoots up to 5.7K (at 60 fps) video
- Unlimited recording time
- Heavier than its predecessor
DJI Pocket 2 Gimbal Camera Creator Combo
Max video resolution: 4K (at 60 fps) | Still image resolution: 64 megapixels | Weight: 4.1 ounces | Live streaming capability: Yes | Connectivity: USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | Display size: 1-inch touchscreen
Best for: Vloggers who need one-handed camera operation.
The DJI Pocket 2’s upright design is perfect for single-handed operation. This camera is not weatherproof like the GoPro Hero cameras, for example, but it is extremely small and lightweight. It can capture visually impressive 4K video at up to 60 fps, and it has an 8x digital zoom and 93-degree angle of view. For sound, the camera takes advantage of four directional stereo microphones. And to keep your videos looking buttery smooth, even when you and the camera are in motion, the DJI Pocket 2 integrates a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer.
Along with an updated ActiveTrack feature (that ensures you or your subject remain in the shot), another new feature added to the Pocket 2 is a built-in, AI-based glamour effect that will make you (or your intended subjects) look their absolute best. It has a microSD memory card slot to store content. Each battery charge allows for up to 140 minutes of continuous shooting. The main drawback to this camera is its relatively small (1-inch) LCD display, which serves as a viewfinder without touchscreen capabilities. The Creator Combo priced here includes a wireless microphone transmitter, a tripod mount and a joystick control stick; the camera alone costs $150 less.
What the editors say: “This is one of my favorite walkabout vlogging cameras, since it is so unobtrusive and easy to carry,” says a tech editor. “It also has smooth movements thanks to the gimbal and control stick.”
- Shoots still images at up to 64 megapixels and video at up to 4K at 60 fps
- Easy one-handed operation
- Very light
- Low light performance could be better
- Not water resistant
How We Chose The Best Vlogging Cameras
We combined research with hands-on testing and experience, and we spoke with product experts and industry leaders to help us determine the products that make the cut. We carefully evaluated each vlogging camera’s resolution, display size, design, lens, battery life, connectivity and more. We also paid attention to what sets each product apart from its competition.
For this product roundup, we consulted with magician and social media content creator Day Mori. In addition to hosting a popular YouTube channel and entertaining more than 700,000 people on TikTok and Instagram, he regularly performs magic at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California and at high-profile corporate events around the country.
How To Choose The Best Vlogging Camera For You
The key to choosing the perfect vlogging camera is to consider how, where and when you expect to use the camera most. Will you be sitting indoors and speaking directly to the camera from a short distance away, or will you be running around vlogging your action-packed adventures? What is the climate like where you’re filming or streaming?
“When I first started shooting video content for social media and YouTube, I relied on the now-discontinued Canon Rebel SL1, which I often use to this day. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s very compact, customizable, and very budget friendly. I love the wide selection of lenses available for it. The lens I use the most with this camera is the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Ultra-Wide. For me, affordability, lens selection, ease-of-use and access to a high-quality wide-angle lens were all important,” explains Mori.
At some point, he wants to upgrade his camera gear to include. “I think vloggers and content creators need to choose a camera that will best allow them to capture their creative vision, whenever and wherever they happen to be filming,” says Mori.
Here are some of the most important things to consider when choosing the best vlogging camera.
To make your video content look its absolute best, you want to shoot it in the highest resolution possible. This means 4K at either 30 or 60 frames per second (fps), with 60 fps typically being a better option. If you need to shoot slow-motion video, shooting at 120 fps or even 240 fps will be beneficial.
Some of the newest cameras, like the GoPro Hero 11 Black, offer the ability to record at up to 5.3K resolution at 60 fps, but most online streaming/social media service don’t yet support it. You can always reduce your content’s resolution to 1080p, for example, while editing (during post production) or when uploading to a social media service.
“I typically record at 1080p, because this keeps the video file sizes more manageable when editing, storing and then uploading them to the various social media services,” said Mori.
Display Size (Front and Rear)
For the average vlogger, a camera with both a front- and rear-facing viewfinder screen is extremely useful, especially if you’ll be recording yourself. The size of the camera’s display will determine how easy it is to frame your shots and see what you’re filming.
Meanwhile, the size of the rear (often touchscreen) display will impact how easy it is to set up the camera by adjusting its various shooting modes or settings. It also allows you to see more detail when reviewing your filmed content directly from the camera (before transferring it to your mobile device or computer).
Size And Weight
Especially if you plan to hold the camera in one hand while filming, or you often shoot while out and about, having a lightweight and compact camera will come in handy. Pay attention to how easy it’ll be to hold the camera for extended periods while it’s connected to a selfie stick, handgrip, or gimbal. If you travel a lot, consider the space and weight your camera requires to carry around with you.
For cameras with a fixed lens, you want versatility—the ability to shoot close-range, mid-range and wide-angle shots using the digital zoom feature built into the camera. If the vlogging camera you select offers interchangeable lenses, make sure you purchase at least one or two lenses based on your typical shooting requirements. The more options you have while shooting, the easier it is to capture your creative vision in a way that’s compelling for your audience.
According to Mori, “When I’m filming magic for social media, I like to have a wide-angle lens so I can capture as much as possible in the shot, since it’s reality and you never know what’s going to happen. I try to capture myself and people in my audience within many of my shots. A wide-angle lens makes this possible.”
Rule number one as a vlogger is to always have extra, fully charged camera batteries on hand. You never want to miss being able to shoot time-sensitive content in the moment simply because your camera battery died. While you should pay attention to the average battery life a camera’s manufacturer boasts, in the real-world, real-world shooting time can vary. Besides having two or three extra batteries on-hand, also invest in a multi-battery charger (if available). This can speed up your battery charging time.
While all cameras offer some type of USB port that allows you to use a cable to connect the camera directly to your computer, many offer wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—typically a more convenient option for transferring content from your camera to your mobile device or computer for editing and publishing online.
Live Streaming Capabilities
If you’ve ever thought about streaming live on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram or Twitch, for example, look for a vlogging camera that touts streaming support. This means being able to connect your camera directly to your internet-connected computer or mobile device and being able to go live in the easiest way possible.
When you’re first starting out, you probably don’t want to spend too much on your vlogging camera, especially since there will be a bunch of other gear you need to invest in as well—such as a light and a microphone. However, as you build up your audience, you need to up your game by offering pro-quality video production.
Start off by going with what you can afford now, and you can invest in better and newer equipment as your needs evolve and your audience grows.
How To Choose The Best Vlogging Camera Accessories
Beyond the camera itself, there are a handful of “must have” accessories that most vloggers use during many of their shoots. While you might not need all these accessories for every shoot, based on the type of content you’ll be filming, it probably makes sense to have them on hand.
Hand Grip, Tabletop Tripod, Or Gimbal
One trick to creating professional-quality content is to make sure your camera stays as still as possible while you’re shooting. Even if you’re in motion and holding the camera (or have it somehow connected to you), it’s important to reduce or eliminate sudden movements or vibrations that can make your content difficult or annoying to watch.
Based on the type of content you’re creating, it probably makes sense to invest in a hand grip, tabletop tripod, full-size tripod, or handheld gimbal for your camera. The Joby GorillaPod 5K Kit ($92) is a flexible tabletop tripod that works with just about any DSLR or mirrorless camera. It offers flexible legs and a ball head that’s designed to hold larger size DSLR and mirrorless cameras securely in place. Its bendable legs can wrap around something or help you level the camera on an uneven surface.
All of Sony’s models mentioned in our list above work with the Sony Bluetooth Shooting Grip GP-VPT2BT. This $138 accessory is a mini tabletop tripod that enables one-handed shooting.
Meanwhile, for a smaller camera or action camera, we recommend the Joby GorillaPod Action Tripod ($26). We’ve found it works particularly well with the latest GoPro cameras, for example. To keep your camera extra steady while in motion, a gimbal, such as the DJI RS3 Mini Gimbal Stabilizer ($369), works with many smaller DSLR and mirrorless cameras that weigh less than 4.4 pounds.
Depending on its design, a full-size tripod can fold up and be very light and easy to transport. Depending on the type of content you plan to create, a full-size tripod can help you record sharp video, from a shooting height and angle you select.
Mori uses the Slik Pro 500DX ($120) tripod when shooting many of his YouTube videos. It’s a full-size tripod with rubber leg tips that supports cameras weighing up to 10 pounds. However, there are many companies that offer full-size tripods ranging in price from under $30 to well over $700. Based on use by our contributors, we love the durability and compact design of the Peak Design 5-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with a ball head (it weighs just 3.4 pounds), but if you have the budget, an even lighter weight version made from carbon fiber is available.
When shopping for a quality tripod, look to companies like Manfrotto, Peak Design, Gitzo, Slik, or Really Right Stuff. Be sure to pay attention to such things as the tripod’s size—both when it’s folded and expanded—as well as its weight, head type, pan and tilt abilities, load capacity, leg design and the materials it’s constructed from.
Peak Design 5-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod With Ball Head
Weighing in at just 3.4 pounds, this aluminum alloy tripod is extremely durable and folds up so it’s extremely easy to travel with, yet it has a load capacity of 20 pounds. The tripod features rubber feet, independent leg spread and five expandable sections per leg. You also get a ball head with a standard 0.25-inch male mounting screw. When fully expanded, it offers a maximum height of 62-inches, and a minimum height of 5.6 inches. A premium 2.8-pound carbon fiber version of this tripod is also available for $650.
Anytime you’re filming indoors or in low light situations, it makes sense to use an external, continuous light source in conjunction with your vlogging camera. We recommend the Joby Beamo LED Light Kit ($128), LumeCube RGB Panel Pro light ($170) or LumeCube Broadcast Lighting Kit ($120), but there are many strong options to choose among.
A less portable option is to light up your shooting area and your face using one of the best ring lights.
Extra Batteries And Multi-Battery Charger
To save money, you can often (but not always) purchase compatible batteries for your camera that are not sold by the camera manufacturer. For example, while a genuine battery might cost $50, a generic, but fully compatible battery might cost just $10. BatteriesPlus+ is just one example of an independent company that sells low-cost replacement batteries for a wide range of digital cameras.
All of the cameras we recommend as being the best vlogging cameras have at least one built-in microphone. To achieve the best sound quality, it often makes sense to connect an external microphone to your camera while recording.
The type of microphone you use should depend on what you’re filming and where. One of our top picks is the Rode VideoMic Pro+ shotgun microphone ($270).
Mori notes, “I have an external microphone that’s attached to the top of my camera. The Movo VXR10, which costs less than $50, is what I currently use. On many cameras, be sure that when you’re recording with an external microphone, you set the mic and camera options correctly. Otherwise, the audio won’t record correctly. Also be sure to adjust your input level, so the audio doesn’t come out distorted.”
What Is The Best Vlogging Camera For Beginner Vloggers?
While we love the Sony ZV-1F because of its versatility and its content creator-friendly design, there is no one camera that will meet the needs of all vloggers. If you’re first starting out, carefully define your needs based on your creative vision for the type of content you plan to create. Ask yourself questions like: Do you plan to shoot in inclement or extreme weather? Is the camera’s durability important? Do you plan to shoot handheld or on a tripod? Where do you plan to screen your content? How compact do you want the camera? Do you want to change lenses? Do you need to connect an external microphone to the camera to record the highest quality audio possible?
For social media content, you need to film in at least 1080p, although if you’re showcasing your content elsewhere and want it to look professional, shooting in 4K is a better bet. Ultimately, select a camera you can afford and still have enough left over to purchase accessories like memory cards and extra batteries, too.
What Is The Best Vlogging Camera For Product Demos?
If you’re a vlogger, content creator or YouTuber who regularly does product demos to reviews, we recommend a camera that offers a “Product Showcase” setting. When active, the camera can automatically and smoothly shift its focus from you to a product or object you hold up in front of you. And when you put that product down, the focus transitions back to you. These days, you can find a Product Showcase setting in a variety of cameras, including the Sony ZV-1F and Sony ZV-1. The Canon EOS R8 also offers a product demo feature.
What Is The Best Vlogging Camera For Outdoor Action?
Again, it all depends on the filming conditions, whether you’ll be filming yourself engaged in an activity and what type of action you’ll be filming. For outdoor action, we suggest an action camera, like the GoPro Hero 11 Black or Insta360 X3. These cameras are compact, waterproof and durable. A more traditional point-and-shoot vlogging camera, like the Sony ZV-1F, works great outdoors, but it’s best for less harsh shooting conditions. Just make sure you have the right collection of mounts and accessories to use the camera in the specific shooting conditions you’ll be in.
Is A GoPro Camera Good For Vlogging?
If you mount the GoPro Hero 11 Black onto an optional selfie stick (such as the GoPro El Grande), grip (like the GoPro Handler or GoPro Max Grip + Tripod), or tripod (like the GoPro 3-Way 2.0 or GoPro Shorty), it can also work well for vlogging. Based on your needs, select the shooting mode and field of view, plus take advantage of HyperSmooth 5.0 stabilization and Horizon Lock to ensure you capture the smoothest video content while in motion.
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Vlogging is one of the most popular and exciting ways to showcase your creativity. In order to create perfect vlogs, it is important to have the right equipment – and that includes a good camera. With so many different cameras available, it can be hard to know which one is right for your vlogging needs.
In this article, we will aim to help you out by taking a closer look at the best vlogging cameras available in 2023. We will discuss important features to consider when choosing a camera, as well as provide a list of our top picks for the best vlogging cameras for 2023.
When choosing the best vlogging camera for your needs, there are a few important features to consider. First, the size and weight of the camera is essential for comfortable and easy portability. Multi-functional cameras are also convenient, although they tend to be on the heavier side. Durability is also something to consider – you’ll want something that can stand up to wear and tear while still offering reliable image quality.
Another important feature to consider is the video resolution the camera offers. 4K video resolution is ideal for professional-looking vlogs, although this tends to be more expensive. That said, 4K resolution is increasingly becoming available in more affordable models, so it’s worth considering.
Finally, it’s important to think about the range of lenses available for the camera. This is important for vloggers who plan to switch between long shots and close-ups. Look for a camera that offers a wide range of lenses to accommodate various shooting styles.
Now that we’ve gone over some features to consider when selecting a vlogging camera, let’s take a look at the best vlogging cameras for 2023. Here is a list of our top picks and their features:
1. Canon EOS 80D – This camera offers excellent image and video quality, with full HD 1080p resolution. It is also ergonomically designed for comfortable portability and includes a vari-angle touchscreen for easy navigation. The Canon EOS 80D also offers an impressive 45-point autofocus system and an impressive selection of lenses.
2. Sony A6400 – This small but powerful camera has an impressive 24.2 megapixel resolution and 4K video recording. It also offers a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen and advanced eye autofocus. The Sony A6400 is an excellent choice for vloggers who want to get creative with their shots.
3. Panasonic Lumix GH5 – This camera offers impressive 4K video recording, as well as an impressive 20.3 megapixel resolution. It also comes with an in-body stabilization system and 5-axis Dual Image Stabilization. The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is ideal for vloggers who demand flawless image quality and impressive features.
4. Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III – This camera is perfect for the traveling vlogger due to its small size and weight. It offers full HD 1080p video resolution and a 20.1 megapixel sensor. It also features a flip-up LCD screen and a range of powerful imaging features.
These are some of the best vlogging cameras available for 2023. We hope this article has been helpful in your search for the perfect vlogging camera for your needs.