/The Best Cameras For Vlogging And Vloggers In 2017

The Best Cameras For Vlogging And Vloggers In 2017

 

The choice of camera a vlogger uses is very important to them. A successful vlog is largely determined by the kind of camera the person uses. With the wide variety of cameras out there, it is quite obvious that selecting the best one may prove hard for many.

As a starting point, the best choice for any vlogging equipment is centered on two essential features which are the price range and the features of the camera. Further below, you will find a list of the best cameras for vloggers, and before we get to that, it is imperative to know the key aspects used to review the cameras before the best ones were determined.

The image quality is a key aspect, and a good camera should have full HD capabilities or up to 1080p for the worst-case scenario. Your vlog should look professional and taking high-quality recordings should be a priority. For vlogs based on things such as sceneries, beauty, and style, it is advisable for the recordings to be done using Ultra HD cameras.

Most vlogs are done on a wide variety of lighting conditions, and it is important to assess a camera’s performance in these circumstances, specifically in places where there is little light. A camera that can take videos even under low light conditions should be considered highly.

Vloggers are always moving, and they are best suited for cameras that have an incredible optical image stabilization. Shaky videos look unprofessional, and they can be avoided by getting cameras with the feature mentioned above.

An ideal camera should have excellent audio capabilities as vlogs are characterized by the recorded videos and the sound. People watching vlogs are obviously interested in the things you have to say and always opt for the cameras with an excellent audio recording ability.

The mentioned features are essential when selecting a suitable vlogging camera. The selection features may go beyond the mentioned ones, but the most critical ones have been highlighted. Using these features we have listed the best cameras for vlogging right below:

CameraQualityBatteryWeight 
Canon Powershot G7 X1080p HD (60 FPS)3.5 Watt Hours1.4 poundsCheck Price
Panasonic LX10
(Editor's Choice)
4K (120 FPS)4.9 Watt Hours0.68 poundsCheck Price
Sony A7RII4K (120 FPS)290 shots1.38 poundsCheck Price
Canon EOS M31920p (30 FPS)250 shots0.81 poundsCheck Price
Polaroid POLC3 Cube HD1080p HD (30 FPS)90 min0.1 poundsCheck Price
 

1. Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II – Best for beginners

This is a fantastic camera that offers a huge upgrade from its predecessor the G7 X Mark I. It has a wide variety of useful features at a very friendly price. It has all the great qualities of the Mark I, for instance, an incredible lens, a flip touchscreen, high image quality, amazing low light performance and a wireless connection. Some of the notable additional features include a rubber grip which is useful for vloggers who need to hold their cameras well and avoid them sliding through their hands during wet conditions or hand movement. It has an enhanced processor, something that makes its performance incredibly better especially when putting it on. Its autofocus feature has been enhanced, and it can take better videos in low contrast settings and low light conditions.

This camera’s battery has been improved and lasts longer compared to the previous one. It has no microphone port, but this can be justified by its compact nature, something that makes it easy to carry around during vlogging. This camera is quite good, but it is not devoid of a few downsides that need to be improved on. One of them is that it makes some significant noise with its autofocus feature on. Its autofocus feature is not the best, but for compact camera’s, it can be termed to be just perfect. It has some issues with the auto-detection feature and setting it to manual might be the best option for you. All said this camera is arguably the best vlogging camera in 2017.

Pros
  • Comfortable camera body
  • Stepped lens ring rotation
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Great hue accuracy
  • In-camera RAW processing
Cons
  • No built-in microphone
  • Above average minimum macro area
  • No built-in or optional viewfinder

2. Panasonic LX10 – Great for 4k videos

Panasonic has been really impressive in the camera production business, and it is hard to miss one of their cameras in such lists. Their cameras have great features and are competing with the renown brands like Canon and Sony. The Panasonic LX10 is a fantastic camera that can record 4K videos. It is not very expensive and looking at its capability; it is worth a buy. It has a flip touch screen that makes it ideal for vlogs. Unlike most 4K cameras, this one has no significant overheating problem. Its autofocus is relatively less noisy compared to its peers, but it has the defect of lacking some precision when focusing. It has a reasonable image stabilization ability and works fairly well in low lighting conditions.

Its other strength lies in its audio ability which is above most of its peers. It can record stunning 4k videos and can take relatively long video clips without any interruptions. Its color profile is realistic, and its lens is powerful and very efficient.

Pros
  • 4k Video Recording
  • Articulating Screen
  • 49 Focus Points
  • Touch Screen
Cons
  • No built-in or optional viewfinder
  • Low battery life
  • Max Optical Zoom is 3X

3. Sony A7RII – Expensive but well worth it

Before we dive into the specifications of this camera, it is important to note that it is a mirrorless camera. These kinds of cameras are the future of photography as they are known for their interchangeable lenses which last longer than the typical ones. They are perfect for both indoor and outdoor settings, and they have really revolutionized the camera industry, by rendering the VLSRs obsolete.

This camera, being a recent entry, has sailed above all its competitors especially the famous 5D Mark III. This tiny full frame camera can record 4K videos and has an enhanced sensor. Its autofocus feature is quite astonishing, and the brand new multi-axis image stabilization system is quite impressive. It can connect to wireless networks and has an NFC feature. With all these amazing features, it ‘s hard to imagine that this camera is still very small and portable.

The major downside of this mirrorless camera and many more of its kind is the low battery life. However, this weak aspect of this camera can be overshadowed by getting an extra battery. Looking at the downside and the amazing features, it is fair to say that the features mostly dominate the demerit. This is the reason why most retailers include an extra battery and charger when selling this camera.

Pros
  • 42 Megapixels
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 4k Video Recording
  • Excellent low-light capabilities
  • Articulating screen
Cons
  • No built-in or optional viewfinder
  • Lack of lens compatibility
  • Difficult to use for beginners

4. Canon EOS M3 – Great for traveling

This is another mirrorless camera causing waves. It may not be the best mirrorless camera out there, but it offers plenty of amazing features to vloggers. Despite its lesser prominence, it has one amazing feature that most vlogging cameras do not have; a microphone input. It is one camera that vloggers can use without sweating over getting an external recorder which costs a significant amount of money. All you have to do with this camera is to connect the audio recorder and then synchronize the audio and video using the relevant software.

This camera makes any vlogger’s work easier while still offering the ability to capture high-quality videos. It has a VLSR sensor in its small body. This makes it a great performer without compromising the comfort of carrying it around in its small and compact body. Its amazing sensor makes it able to do much more compared to similarly sized cameras like the G7X. It’s interchangeable lenses offer several options for vloggers who wish to switch between different views while capturing their videos. Its auto focus is good but not good enough, and it is recommended that one uses the manual focus instead. Its battery life is not very good but it is above average, and you may want to get an extra battery when getting this camera. This camera might not be the best vlogging camera out there, but it is simply what a vlogger wants.

Pros
  • Excellent design and user friendly
  • Excellent color and hue accuracy
  •  LCD touch screen
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Good high ISO performance
Cons
  • Limited lens selection
  • Below average battery life
  • No 4K video recording

5. Polaroid POLC3 Cube HD – Best for portability

 

This is one of the cheapest and most portable vlogging camera you can find in the market. It is not a true DSLR, but this small camera is quite powerful. It draws comparisons to the GoPro which is also quite small. Its small size and versatility are its major highlights, and it has been tagged as the finest lifestyle action camera that delivers beyond its expectations.

This camera is ideal for vloggers who yearn for action as opposed to recording activities from a fixed tripod. It fits right in the hand and can be attached to a bike comfortably. It has video options, and one can choose to record either in 720p or 1080p. It has a wide lens that is able to capture a broad range of things. It can be mounted on metals magnetically, and this makes it useful for recording things on drones and any other moving body. Lastly, this camera only costs $100 which makes quite a bargain for vloggers. It may not be the best for experienced vloggers who desire 4K videos and such, but it offers a great option for activities that are action packed and need to be captured comfortably.

Pros
  • Very affordable
  • Easy mounting system
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Can shoot 720p and 1080p videos
Cons
  • Video quality might not be as sharp as the above

 

Conclusion

The list above contains some of the best from different worlds. The cameras are designed using different technologies with the latest one being the mirrorless technology. All the ones listed are great buys, and any vlogger should greatly consider the cameras listed above when selecting one for their hobby.

Gary Nguyen is a 24-year-old photographer and writer from Romania. Some of his works have been published in The Guardian, New York Times, Telegraph, and many others. Learn more