Cameras commonly used by vloggers
Let’s talk about the types of cameras most commonly used by vloggers. Before we get started, I’d like to make a few disclaimers:
- This is not a comprehensive list of all the different types of vlogging cameras available, and
- None of these cameras are required to vlog
In this section I’ll be talking about the more common cameras used in vlogging, the types of cameras that you might consider looking into, and some of the top features that make each camera a good option.
I’ll assume that you’re reading this page because you want to upgrade from using something more entry-level and you want to cut through the clutter and find a good camera without wasting time.
Point-and-shoot cameras are simply the most convenient way to vlog on a dedicated camera. These are easily portable, have low-barrier to entry, and usually pack a ton of features you m might not expect in such a small package.
Vloggers like point-and-shoots because you can throw the camera in your pocket before heading out, or leave it on your desk to quickly record videos as you think of it.
You might be surprised at the price tags of some of these cameras, but you’ll be blown away at how well these cameras perform and how long they last. They can be great investments if you’re serious about getting into video.
The Sony RX100 series has been among the most popular cameras primarily because of its form factor, durability, and a few specific features that make it great for vlogging.
Recent RX100 models include features such as 4K recording capability, 120 and 240 frames-per-second recording for slow-motion clips, and a flip-out screen that allows you to see what’s being recorded while looking at it from the front.
The RX100 also has a great lens system, allowing you to zoom in if you need to or get some of that blurry background that looks great on video.
I have a Sony RX100 Mark 4, and while it’s not the latest model, it still does everything I’m looking for.
Canon G7X Series
Another leader in the point-and-shoot department is the Canon G7X Series. I remember a few years ago when almost all of the top YouTub creatures who were vlogging went out and bought this camera.
These cameras are great value for what they provide. They are incredibly easy to learn, simple to handle, and very compact. Just like the RX100, pocketing one of these cameras for a trip or just moving into your other room to record is very easy.
One of the other perks that most of these point-and-shoots have is built-in image stabilization. Simply put, it takes the image that you’re bring in through the lens and stabilizing it to make the video smoother. Some cameras do this digitally and others use little mechanical balancing systems, but the results work out well for smooth video.
The G7X also has a flip-out screen, another point for the on-the-go vlogger who wants to make sure their framing is good.
The G7X series has historically been less expensive than the Sony RX100 series, so if you’re looking for something a bit more entry-level, the G7X is a great option to check out.
Midrange with swappable lenses
The next range of cameras you might be interested in are midrange cameras that give you the option of swapping out lenses, attaching high-quality mics, and all around may have a few more options for customization.
Most cameras in this category are very affordable, and in many cases you can take any of these listed, go back a few generations, and find some really good options for much less than buying the latest model.
Another thing to keep in mind when getting cameras with swappable lenses is to make sure the lenses you’re buying fit the camera and sensor. I won’t go into all of the technical details here, but just make sure any lens you buy works with the camera you have before purchasing it.
The Canon M50 is a class of its own. Its smaller size makes it extremely portable, but the internals are also very attractive.
One of the biggest features this little camera has is the ability to shoot video in 4K. Recording at higher resolutions gives you the opportunity to do more with more, and for a lot of vloggers this is a really great selling point.
If high resolution video isn’t your thing right now, you might be interested in the image stabilization or the revolving screen, or simply the fact that you can have multiple lenses for different settings.
Arguably one of the most popular entry-level DSLR cameras for vlogging was the Canon 60d. It had great autofocus, a flip-out screen, capability for external audio, and more. Several years ago it seemed everyone had this camera.
Fast-forward a few years and you get the 80d, a step up from the point-and-shoots and a great option for vloggers who want more options in a single camera.
The Canon 80d shoots in 1080p and has incredible autofocus, so you won’t have to worry too much about the settings while you’re vlogging on the go. A great option for the mid-range vlogging category.
Now we enter the world of full-frame and “wow how did they pack so many features in there” cameras. These higher-end cameras are truly a class of their own. You’ll find a lot of tech and outdoor vloggers using these because of their incredible versatility and quality.
Many of the cameras you’d find in this category are top-tier and provide you with an expanse of options: great autofocus, swappable lenses, 4K, multiple frame rates, weatherproofing, and more.
If you really want to move your vlog into the next level of quality and aren’t too worried about the investment, these are great options.
Panasonic Lumix GH5
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 was a surprise when it first launched, because nobody seemed to expect another camera that could jump into the waters with the other top-end vlogging cameras.
The GH5 packs a punch with its impressively large number of features: 4K resolution, in-body image stabilization, advanced autofocus, multiple levels of high frame rates, and a huge amount of features that wouldn’t fit here.
There’s a lot going for the GH5, and it is certainly top of its class. The type of content I’ve seen produced on this camera varies from “talking head” videos in an office to jaw-dropping slackline adventure videos. This can certainly be your one-and-only if you wanted it to be.
Sony A7S series
Sony has been slowly but surely increasing its footprint in the photo and video world, and one of its best entries to date has been the Sony A7 series.
The Sony A7S has been widely acknowledged as one of the best low-light options on the market, which gives you better options for location and timing without having to worry about grainy video quality.
These cameras have all of the top-end features, including 4K, external audio capability, image stabilization, and even sports a full-frame sensor inside.
The primary feature of this camera, as mentioned before, is the light capability. Sometimes you want to take your camera outside and you’ve obviously got plenty of light, but other times you might want to film later in the evening or inside when it’s not as bright. The A7s series is perfect for this type of versatility.
The list on this page is not exhaustive in any way, but is meant to present you with some solid quality options if you want to get a good camera that will last you a long time.
Are these cameras necessary for vlogging? Do you have to get something really expensive or over the top to get your videos done? No, absolutely not.
These cameras are simply many of the popular options that are being used by a lot of vloggers, and they are designed to last a long time.
Any investment you make into improving your vlogging setup is going to be worth the cost.