The Best Vlogging Cameras for Any Budget

9/04/2020 7:05 am

As a vlogger, your camera is your ultimate sidekick. Not only does it make it possible for you to create content, but it also allows you to do so while developing a distinctive and instantly recognisable style. For this reason, it’s important that you choose the right vlogging camera from the outset.

 

Ultimately, the best vlogging camerafor you comes down to two factors: Your skill level and how much you want to spend. Whether you’re a newbie or a world-famous vlogger, read on to discover our top 7 vlogging cameras for every budget.


What to look for in a vlogging camera

From fashion vloggers to foodies, if you're in the market for a good vlogging camera, look for a portable camera with the following features as a minimum:

 

  • High video resolution - Full HD or 4K 
  • A microphone input for attaching an external microphone
  • Optical image stabilisation to reduce camera shake
  • A rotating LCD screen so you can play back your footage
The Best Vlogging Cameras for Any Budget

Here are the 7 best cameras to vlog with:


Camera Type: Gimbal

Sensor: 1/2.3-inch

Megapixels: 12

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video Resolution: 4K

 

After wowing photographers with their world-class gimbal technology, DJI have repackaged their signature performance in a convenient, compact size with the Osmo Pocket Gimbal.

 

One of the best affordable vlogging cameras, the Osmo Pocket Gimbal features the brand’s smallest ever 3-axis stabilised gimbal camera, and is capable of capturing 12MP stills in JPEG and RAW, as well as 4K-resolution video at 60 frames per second. It produces professionally smooth and steady footage, which is no easy feat with a handheld gimbal!

 

The lens offers an 80-degree field of view to fit the entire scope of a scene, while the f2 aperture lets in just enough light to make your vlog bright and vibrant, but not washed out. Thanks to its compact size, the Osmo Pocket Gimbal is perfect for creating content on the go and is our top pick for travel vlog cameras.

Camera Type: Action

Sensor: 1/2.3-inch

Megapixels: 12

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video Resolution: 4K

 

Love to vlog in the great outdoors? If you’re filming outside, you’ll need an adventure camera on your side - and that’s where the GoPro Hero 8 shines. Another good vlogging camera that won’t break the bank, it’s GoPro’s most portable version yet, and it has plenty of features to brag about.

 

The GoPro 8 is waterproof up to 10 metres, so don’t worry about any splashes ruining your camera or footage quality. It also has 14 voice control commands and countless mounting options, meaning you can go hands-free and capture things that other people can only dream of doing.

 

Thanks to its Hyper Smooth 2.0 Stabilisation and 4K/60 fps video capabilities, it’s ideal for creating super smooth, slow motion footage. Even if you bring the resolution down to 1080 HD, you’re guaranteed to end up with crisp, steady video, making it one of the best cameras to vlog with.

For best results, don’t forget to buy the media mod kit. Available separately, it includes an external mic, LED lights, an additional screen, and other accessories to make your content great.

Camera Type: Mirrorless

Sensor: APS-C

Megapixels: 24.1

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video Resolution: 4K

 

A popular choice amongst beginner vloggers, the Canon EOS M50 is great for anyone who demands high-quality images and footage — but doesn’t want to sacrifice portability. This mirrorless camerais kitted out with a 24MP APS-C sensor and 4K video capabilities, two features that work together to produce clear, crisp vlogs. Plus, the sensor performs well in low light, and the camera’s fast and accurate AF makes it simple to focus your stills and videos. 

 

The 3-inch, tilting touchscreen makes it easy to turn the camera on yourself and still have a good view of what’s being filmed, while the built-in 5-axis Digital IS reduces camera shake. You can switch out the lens as needed, and use the microphone port and hotshoe to improve your audio and attach a flash.

 

With the help of Canon’s Camera Connect app, you can also sync the EOS M50 to any iPhone or Android and immediately share your vlogs and stills on social media.

Camera Type: Compact

Sensor: CMOS

Megapixels: 20.1

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video Resolution: 4K

 

Next up is the Canon Powershot G7X III, an advanced digital compact camerathat’s perfect for content creators who want to boost the quality of both their audio and video. Thanks to the 20.1MP 1-inch CMOS sensor, 4K video capabilities, and Canon’s powerful Digic 8 processor, you’ll leave your shoot with vibrant, crisp images and footage. As a bonus, the clean HDMI output means this camera is one of the best cameras for live streaming.

 

If you’re battling poor lighting, never fear - the Powershot’s versatile 4.2x optical zoom lens and fast f1.9-2.8 aperture performs well in low light and helps you to hone in on your subject. 

 

The camera has a discreet, travel-friendly build, and a tilting, touch-sensitive LCD screen that makes it easy to compose selfies on the fly without cropping out any important details. When you're ready to share your content, the built-in Bluetooth and WFi connectivity allows you to quickly transfer your files to your computer or smartphone.

Camera Type: Mirrorless

Sensor: APS-C

Megapixels: 24.2

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video Resolution: 4K

 

If you often speak directly to the camera, check out the Sony A6400, a mirrorless camerawith a touch-sensitive LCD screen that can be tilted a full 180 degrees. One of the best cameras for YouTube vlogging, the A6400 boasts 4K video with full pixel readout and a blisteringly fast hybrid AF system, as well as advanced video features like in-camera time lapse and interval shooting. It also doesn’t have a video time limit, which means you can keep the camera rolling until you’re happy with your content - no matter how long that takes.

 

The camera is dust- and moisture-resistant and has a durable magnesium build, which is great news for those who vlog on the go. It’s portable and lightweight, two qualities that are rare in a camera that produces DSLR-quality video.

 

Along with the camera, our Bloggers Kit includes a 16-50mm lens and a versatile handgrip and shotgun mic.

Camera Type: Compact

Sensor: CMOS

Megapixels: 20.1

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video Resolution: 4K

 

The latest in a long line of advanced compact cameras from Sony, the RX100 Mark 7 is a great choice for vloggers who want to take their craft to the next level. It stands out for its high-end BIONZ X processor, which you might recognise from the brand’s premium mirrorless cameras. Thanks to this processor, the Mark 7 goes above and beyond what can be expected from a digital camera in terms of quality and speed.

 

Better still, the camera delivers UHD 4K video with full pixel readout. It features a lighting-fast AF performance, built-in stabilisation, and a versatile 8x optical zoom lens. To capture a wide array of subjects, all you need to do is toggle the zoom function. 


As a vlogger, you never know when inspiration will strike — and the Mark 7 is so portable that it can easily be stashed in any jacket or adventure photographer’s bag. It also has a tilting LCD screen and 3.5mm microphone output. While the Mark 7 is a brilliant pocket sized camera on its own, you can pair it with optional accessories to make it every vlogger’s dream tool.

Camera Type: Mirrorless

Sensor: CMOS

Megapixels: 24

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video Resolution: 4K

 

Searching for a professional vlogging camera? Look no further than the Panasonic Lumix S1, a full-frame mirrorless camera that has all the features you need to create amazing content.

 

The Lumix S1 captures crisp, UHD 4K 60P footage, and its in-built stabilisation and Dual IS reduces camera shake so you end up with clear, smooth video — even if you’re shooting handheld. If you want to keep filming, you can lower the resolution to 4K 30P for an unlimited amount of time, which is handy for vloggers who like to create, create, create, and cut and edit at a later stage.

 

The L-Mount is compatible with a range of high-end lenses, and the large, tri-axial, tilting LCD screen means you can film comfortably at any angle. The dual memory card slots make it easy to manage the large file sizes of high-resolution videos, while the auto-white system adapts well to all kinds of lighting.


Choose the right vlogging camera for your budget

As a vlogger, investing in a good quality vlogging camera can help you cut through the clutter online and create content that engages with your audience. Our 7 favourite vlogging cameras cater for a range of budgets and skills, but we’ve got plenty more to choose from.

 

To explore our full range of vlogging cameras and get expert guidance, head to your local Ted’s Camera store today!


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