Ted's Top 5 Cameras For Vlogging

26/04/2019 7:54 AM

As sophisticated as our smartphones and webcams are, there comes a time when every vlogger needs a standalone camera.

Whether you’re a professional YouTuber or just vlogging for fun, you can boost your vlogs by recording them on a high-performing camera.

The best vlogging cameras have these features:

  • High video quality - Ideally, 1080p or 4K resolution. To give you an idea of the quality, this is comparable to Full HD and Ultra HD.

  • Microphone input -Vlogging has two elements: Video and audio.For great sound, buy a camera that has both a built-in mic, and a port to connect an external mic.

  • Optical image stabilisation (OIS) - This prevents blurry videos, which is important if you’re vlogging while you’re on the move.

  • WiFi connectivity - This saves time, and makes it easy to transfer files to your smartphone, computer or tablet.

  • Portability and durability - Chances are, your vlogging will take you on adventures. Choose a weather-resistant, lightweight camera, so you can comfortably carry it around without worrying about damage.

Ted's Top 5 Cameras for Vlogging

We’ve rounded up our top 5 cameras for capturing video on the go:


1. Sony A6400

Camera type: Mirrorless

Sensor: APS-C

Megapixels: 24.2

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video resolution: 4K

Continuous shooting: 11 frames per second

 

With a brilliant 4K resolution, the Sony A6400 is the camera of choice for many vloggers. It stands out for its sophisticated video features, such as in-camera time lapse and interval shooting.

 

The A6400 also boasts a blisteringly fast autofocus (AF) system and a touch-sensitive LCD screen. It can be tilted a full 180 degrees, so it’s great for vloggers who want to talk directly to the camera. The best bit? The camera doesn’t have a video time limit, which means you can film for as long as you like without interruption.

 

It’s dust- and moisture-resistant and has WiFi and NFC connectivity, so you can send your photos and footage straight to your smartphone or computer with the click of a button.

From: $1,499.95

To: $1,699.95


2. Panasonic Lumix S1

Camera type: Mirrorless

Sensor: CMOS

Megapixels: 24

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video resolution: 4K

Continuous shooting: Up to 180 frames per second

 

The Panasonic Lumix S1 is the brand’s first full-frame mirrorless camera. It captures crisp, 4K 60P footage, and the in-camera stabilisation ensures you end up with clear, blur-free video. Plus, if you lower the resolution to 4K 30P, you can keep the camera rolling for an unlimited amount of time.

 

The Lumix S1’s auto-white system adapts well to different kinds of lighting, and the night mode feature suits those who take a lot of long exposures. Thanks to the 24MP, its image quality is excellent, so your stills will be as sharp and detailed as your videos.

 

The most creative vloggers love that they can drop the resolution to full HD and unleash 180 frames per second. This setting is perfect for playing around with slow-motion effects.

 

The S1 ticks a few more vlogging boxes with its tri-axial tilting LCD screen and fast-paced AF performance. The double-edged screen also allows you to quickly play back your footage.

From: $3,499.95

To: $4,999.95


3. Panasonic Lumix GH5S

Camera type: Mirrorless

Sensor: MFT

Megapixels: 10.2

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video resolution: 4K

Continuous shooting: Up to 180 frames per second

 

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is among the best cameras for video. It shoots stunning 4K videos, even in low-light conditions - making it perfect for vlogging. It can capture up to 30 frames per second in 4K, and 180 frames per second in 1080p. The built-in image stabilisation prevents blurring, and Panasonic’s ‘Dual Native ISO’ is a videographer’s dream that delivers dynamic video and photos.

 

The Lumix GH5 has a huge 3.2” electronic viewfinder that highlights the colour and detail in the scene in front of you. It has one of the most polished touch screens we’ve seen, with a 0.76x magnification. It tilts, too, so you can mimic the movement of a standard camcorder.

 

The mirrorless camera is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof. It’s also easy to carry and handle, which is appealing for vloggers who are always on the go.


4. Sony RX100 Mark VI

Camera type: Compact

Sensor: CMOS

Megapixels: 20.1

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video resolution: 4K

Continuous shooting: 24 frames per second

 

On a budget? The Sony RX100 Mark VI is an affordable compact camera. Thanks to its 1-inch image sensor, the camera produces impressive images and delivers 4K resolution videos with full pixel readout.

 

It features a lightning-fast AF performance and built-in stabilisation. The touch-sensitive, tilting LCD makes it easy to frame and shoot selfies, while the high-resolution 2.35-million dot EVF helps with careful composition and shooting in bright light.

 

The camera is the latest in a line of high-performance cameras for Sony, but it’s the first compact to have 8x optical zoom lens. They start at a wide 24mm equivalent and extend to 200mm, which gives you the flexibility to shoot in a range of locations.

 

It was released alongside the new VCT-SGRI shooting grip, which can be used with the Mark VI to create a complete, compact vlogging kit.

 

The Mark VI is lightweight, so it’s perfect for travel vlogging.


5. Canon EOS M50

Camera type: Mirrorless

Sensor: APS-C

Megapixels: 24.1

Viewfinder: Electronic

Video resolution: 4K

Continuous shooting: 10 frames per second

 

Our top choice for beginners, the Canon EOS M50 is versatile, portable, and easy to use. It features an APS-C sensor to capture 4K videos – and it’s the first EOS M model to do so. The sensor performs well in low light, and the dual-pixel CMOS AF allows you to quickly focus your footage. Canon’s powerful Digic 8 processor also contributes to the superb image quality.

 

The large, tilting LCD screen is touch-sensitive, and you can switch out the camera lens as needed. There’s a microphone port and a hot shoe to attach a flash.

 

When you’re ready, you can transfer files from the camera to your smart devices via the WiFi, Bluetooth or NFC connectivity. With Canon’s Camera Connect app, you have the option to sync the camera to your iPhone or Android and share your vlogs on social media.

 

Editing can turn a good vlog into a great one. The EOS M50 has a speedy 10fps continuous shooting rate, so you can fire away and choose your favourite images and stills in the editing stage.

From: $899.95

To: $1,299.95


Shop the best cameras for vlogging

If you want to produce the best possible vlogs, invest in a camera that’s known for its video quality. We’re here to help! Head to your local Ted’s Cameras store, and our friendly team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and point you in the right direction.


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