Best Vlogging Cameras
As social media becomes more and more prevalent in society, so does the need for some populations to share every aspect of their lives with their friends and family. This is why video blogging (or ‘vlogging’ for short) has become such a popular past time in recent years. Everyone wants to be able to produce high-quality videos of their lives to share with their loved ones but sometimes the prospect of purchasing yet another electronic can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve done the hard work of selecting the best quality vlogging cameras on the market today so that you are able to focus on creating the content you want to share. Take a look below at the best options we found and see which is best for you.
This is the best product on our list that is currently in stock:
Nikon quality at an affordable price
Reticulating touch-screen LCD
24 MP resolution
Great for beginners
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities
Best Vlogging Cameras
Wireless transfer capabilities thanks to Wi-Fi connection
An affordable price point for the quality provided
External microphone provides better audio quality
Charges by USB cord so you can use a power bank to charge it
Lightweight and easy to operate
The included camera case is too small when the lens is installed
Though you may not recognize the brand name, this incredibly affordable option from Kicteck can hold its own against some of the more common household video equipment names on the market. With its Wi-Fi capabilities and a host of extra features, this camera provides a fantastic value that anyone would love.Read more
Ease of Use
Kicteck made this product for beginners and amateurs to use. Current users found the instructions easy to follow and the camera quite intuitive to use.
This camera arrives with two rechargeable batteries, effectively doubling the battery life of the product. It should take about 8 hours to charge it to full battery the first time you go to use it. Users should find that they are able to sustain around two and a half to three hours of life from their battery once it’s fully charged.
This camera is enabled with Wi-Fi connection. You can use this and the NovaCam app for your smartphone to turn your phone or even a tablet into a remote that you can then use to control your camera. This app can also download videos from your camera to your favorite Android or iOs device.
This option from Kicteck arrives with an external microphone you can use to record all of your audio. This microphone can be used to record short or long distance vocals. It also comes with a lens adapter and a wide angle lens option that you can use to customize how you want your video to look. The company also sends all users a free reusable camera bag and an HDMI cable so you can connect your camera to your television.
This camera features a 3-inch touch screen that has the ability to rotate 270 degrees. It has a 13 MP CMOS image sensor and has the ability to support a number of different languages. The camera itself offers 4K recording which will provide users with the best possible quality.
2. Canon EOS Rebel T6
Complete kit is well worth the small price tag
Easy to use and get the hang of
Wide angle lens is a nice touch
Photos are crystal clear
Some reviewers report not receiving all that is advertised in the bundle
This is a fantastic starter kit for any budding photographer or videographer. It performs just as well as a photography tool as it does for recording videos. Users will love the connectivity options offered here (read more below) and the fact that this comes as a bundle with everything you need to get started is really quite attractive as well.Read more
Ease of Use
DSLR beginners may want to give the manual a quick read through or, at the very least, watch a couple videos on YouTube as they begin to play with their new camera. There are a lot of fun functions available with the EOS Rebel T6 and while you can certainly find them through trial and error, putting forth a little bit of effort to watch tutorials or read some related articles will have you a pro at your new camera in no time.
Though we were unable to find exact specifications on what to expect from the battery, this kit does arrive with a rechargeable replacement battery and a charger for it. The charger pack will have the battery to full life in just one hour.
Thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity and Canon’s Camera Connect app that you can download to your smartphone or tablet, users will find that this camera is capable of connecting to a number of different devices. It also has a built-in NFC technology that aids in providing users with a seamless connection to Android devices. This cameras wireless connectivity also allows users to use their favorite compatible device to remotely control their new camera.
This really is quite a bundle. This kit includes the camera, a filter kit, extra lenses, rechargeable batteries and battery chargers, SD card, a tripod and a DSLR camera accessory kit (complete with cleaning cloths and a squeegee card). If you are a beginner looking for a complete kit to get you started, this is it.
This camera has an 18 MP CMOS image sensor that is designed to provide crystal clear photos and videos. Users should expect full HD high-quality videos from this device. The EOS Rebel T6 also has a ton of different automatic and creative functions that users can use to customize their photo and video experience.
3. Canon PowerShot SX530
Bundle offers great value for a low price
Takes fantastic photos and videos
Pictures are crystal clear
Great zooming capabilities for a starter camera
Microphone is sensitive to wind
Doesn’t take great photos in poor lighting
Here we have another great option from photography giants – Canon. This kit comes with everything you need to get started as a vlogger. This camera works fantastic for recording videos but will double as a great DSLR for still photography as well.Read more
Ease of Use
This is a great entry level camera that is intuitive and easy to use. Getting your videos from your camera to your phone for sharing on social media is a snap thanks to the connectivity capabilities (discussed in more detail below).
This kit from Canon arrives with an extra battery, effectively doubling the battery life. Though exact battery life will depend on how you are using your camera, our research suggests that users should expect the battery to last a decent amount of time, especially if you are utilizing the included back-up battery.
This camera is able to wirelessly connect to your favorite device via Wi-Fi. It is also NFC enabled. Users will love that they can remotely control the PowerShot SX530 with their connected smartphone or tablet.
Here we have another great starter kit set from Canon. This one includes a number of fantastic accessories that every beginner can benefit from – flexible tripod, camera and lens cleaning kit, memory card wallet, replacement battery, card reader, screen protectors and a case for your precious camera.
Though this is a fantastic DSLR camera option, what really sets the SX530 apart is it’s full HD 1080/30p video recording capabilities. Users can easily record videos by selecting the easy to find and operate a movie button on the camera. It is equipped with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that will create high-quality images even in situations of low lighting.
4. Nikon D5600
Nikon quality at an affordable price
Reticulating touch-screen LCD
24 MP resolution
Great for beginners
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities
Battery life dwindles fast if you have all your photos/videos sent directly to your phone
Nikon is quite possibly the most recognizable names on the market in terms of photography tools. They have been around since 1917 and have used their century’s worth of experience to really put out high-quality tools that just about anyone can operate.Read more
Ease of Use
This vlogging camera is perfect for beginners. Though some newbies might be afraid to step right into the realm of Nikon straight out of the gate, the company promises that the D5600 is easy enough to use immediately out of the box without a steep learning curve.
We were unable to find specifications regarding how long to expect from the included battery pack, but we found that the lifespan is about typical and similar to other similar products in the part. Of course, battery life will drain faster, though, if you’re using SnapBridge to get all of your photos transferred.
This camera is equipped with SnapBridge Bluetooth, a way for you to stay connected between your camera and any of your compatible devices. It makes automatic uploads of your photos and videos possible without eating up a ton of your precious battery life. It is also Wi-Fi and NFC enabled as well.
This camera will arrive with the body, an 18-55 mm lens, a 70-300 mm lens, rechargeable battery, battery charger and the typical Nikon neck strap.
This camera is designed to work great in low light thanks to Nikon’s Expeed image processor and the D5600’s autofocus system. It has a ton of fantastic in-camera functions like built-in HDR (high dynamic range) that helps to make perfectly lit photos and videos with high definition and detail.
Incredibly easy to operate
Long battery life
External mic provides great sound quality
Low price tag
Takes great photos
There seem to be some issues in terms of durability
Though you may not recognize the brand name immediately, this vlogging camera from Linnse is still a high-quality and viable option for all of your vlogging needs. It even comes with a one-year warranty so you have nothing to lose.Read more
Ease of Use
A number of current users of this camera raved about how easy it was to use and how their children were able to operate it with ease. This is definitely a great selling point for this product as it makes it a great choice for the beginner videographer or vlogger.
If there is one area where this camera shines, it is in its battery life. Linnse says users can expect up to 90 minutes of video recording non-stop. Current users rave about how long the battery can last. We loved that we were able to record videos while the camera is charging as well so as to never have to worry about running out of battery if we are recording a particularly poignant or important video!
Thanks to a Wi-Fi connection, you can pair this camera with your smartphone or tablet in order to operate it remotely. A great feature of this product from Linnse is that you can record your videos while it is charging, something that not all options offer. Another great connectivity feature is that this can double as a webcam so you are able to video call with your friends or family when it is connected to your computer.
This camera arrives with an external microphone. Having an external mic allows you to pick up sound better while reducing any background noises present. It also arrives with an infrared remote control that you can use to control the camera. The HDMI cable included will allow you to connect the camera to your HDTV in order to watch your videos in high definition on your television.
This camera is multifunctional. You are able to shoot in a number of different modes such as night vision or in slow motion. You can also easily create attractive time lapse videos.
6. Panasonic GH5 Lumix
Additional accessories included are very useful
Provides professional quality videos and images
Touch screen operation
Extremely pricy in comparison to other options on our list
May not be the best choice for beginners
Fancy yourself more than a beginner to the vlogging game? This option from Panasonic might be right up your alley. This is the closest you will get to professional equipment on our top ten list, but it comes with a price tag that reflects just that.Read more
Ease of Use
This camera from Panasonic is relatively easy to use. Brand new to the DSLR game? You might want to read the manual or watch a couple of videos on YouTube before dropping the big investment necessary for this bundle.
Thanks to the extra batteries included in this package, users should find that they are satisfied with the battery life offered from this product.
This camera is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, making the connectivity offered here on par with other camera options on our list.
Here we have another great bundle option for the budding vloggers. This kit contains a 64GB SD card, two rechargeable batteries, a dual USB charger, and a hard case to protect your precious investment.
This small vlogging camera is capable of packing a big punch. This is considered a 4K mirrorless option and it is capable of using Lumix and Leica lenses so you never have to feel encumbered by your lens options. It will capture whopping 20.3-megapixel images and 4K resolution video. Thanks to the image stabilization technology featured here, you will find that all of your videos are smooth and stable. No more shaky cam videos here!
Remote makes it easy to operate
Affordable price tag
Battery charges quickly
Can hear the motor turning when using the zoom
Here we have another product from a relatively unknown brand. Though Seree may not be a household name yet, they are carving quite a reputation for themselves on Amazon. This particular vlogging camera is the cheapest option on our list but still provides a way of recording high-quality videos for your YouTube channel!Read more
Ease of Use
It is very easy to switch between photo, video and playback mode on this camera from Seree. It is a relatively small camera so it is easy to tote around while you search for the next subject for your vlog.
The battery life provided here is about average in comparison to the other products on our list. Current users suggest having back up batteries if you plan to record for an extended period of time.
This product from Seree easily integrates with Android and iOs apps, making it very easy to transfer your photos and videos to your compatible device for social media sharing.
This kit comes with a number of great accessories that will help you make the most of your vlogging ventures. You can expect to receive a: battery, remote, user manual, lens cover, USB and HDMI cables, an external microphone, an adapter, and a bag to store your new camera.
This camera from Seree can take 1080p full HD videos for your blog. These recording capabilities help to ensure you are getting a high-quality video.
The camera itself is light
Flip screen is useful in a number of applications
Comes with two batteries
Videos are clear and stabilized
Colours are vibrant
Some reviewers were less than pleased with the durability of this camera
The final option on our top ten list is yet another relatively unknown brand name – MELCAM. With a name like this, however, you should expect the manufacturer to know exactly what they are doing when it comes to producing vlogging equipment. Let’s take a closer look and see if this product is everything it’s cracked up to be.Read more
Ease of Use
This camera is incredibly compact and light, making it very easy to tote around with you. It’s simple enough in its functions that anyone can operate it, but it still offers a number of options to play with if you want to try and get creative.
This product arrives with two rechargeable batteries, effectively doubling the battery life you can expect to receive from this item. With this vlogging camera, you are also able to record your videos while the camera is charged. Users should expect to get about three hours of battery out of their fully charged camera.
The MELCAM vlogging camera is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi allowing users to view and download their videos remotely. There is an Android and iOs app you can download to your supported devices in order to access these functions.
When you purchase this camera from MELCAM you can expect to receive a number of things in your kit – the camera itself, a wide-angle and macro lens, two rechargeable batteries, USB and HDMI cables, and a bag to hold your camera amongst other items.
This camera supports 1080p video resolution and is capable of taken photographs with its 24-megapixel image resolution. What does this all mean in layman’s terms? You can expect crystal clear video and high-quality photographs from this product. It has a built-in flash for your photographs in areas that are not well lit as well as a webcam, image stabilization, face detection and a self-timer for those perfect selfies.
9. GoPro HERO7 Black
Stabilization feature works very well
Capable of producing very high-quality photos
Easy and fast pairing process
Tons of ways to be creative with your videoing and editing
Overheats in warm weather
Difficult to stream live on any other platform than Facebook
Slow motion, time warp, live streaming, high-quality video and photo capabilities, the GoPro HERO7 has it all. This is the camera you want if you take a lot of live videos and want to be able to save your streams in high resolution.Read more
Ease of Use
With easy to use functions like GoPro’s voice control, the HERO7 is extremely easy to use. Simple voice commands such as “GoPro, start recording” will have your new device recording video with ease.
Sadly, this is one area where the GoPro HERO7 doesn’t seem to shine. The battery life definitely leaves something to be desired. If you plan on using this to record any videos for a longer length of time, you will want to invest in another battery to avoid disappointment and missed moments.
GoPro camera was designed with sharing the most intimate adventures with your friends and family. Now with the GoPro HERO7, you can do so live. Sharing via Facebook Live has never been so easy and now you can even save the high-resolution videos that you are streaming to an SD card.
There doesn’t seem to be much included with the GoPro only kit aside from the camera itself. That said, however, there are a number of different bundles available to purchase on Amazon. You can upgrade to the travel kit, an adventure kit or one that includes the head strap.
One of the great things about this camera from GoPro is that it is waterproof. While you might not be recording any of your vlogs underwater, this is a definite benefit to have regardless. You never know when you’ll go on vacation and want to record your favorite sea life under water! This camera is equipped with 4K60 video capabilities which means you will be able to relive your favorite moments in incredibly high definition. Another great feature of this is the HyperSmooth Video Stabilization that is designed to predict your movements so your videos aren’t shaky.
10. Sony RX100VA
Full manual controls so users can control every aspect of their photos
Great quality videos
High quality durable construction
High price tag
Awkward to hold for certain sized hands
Sony is another one of the most recognizable brand names on our top ten list. We believe that users won’t be disappointed in this product but they should be forewarned that it does require a fairly large investment.Read more
Ease of Use
This is one of the easiest vlogging cameras to use on the market. Even a beginner will find the Sony RX100VA easy to operate and connect.
Our research indicates that this camera eats up battery life relatively fast. Current users suggest purchasing back up batteries if you know you will be shooting for extended periods of time.
Users will love the connectivity features of this camera. It can be connected by Near Field Communication or QR codes through a Wi-Fi connection in order to transfer your videos.
This camera comes in a bundle designed for vloggers. It arrives with a camera grip with an attached strap and cable clamp, a perfect accessory you might find yourself needing for your vlog. This grip will allow you to take selfie videos easily and it also expands to act as a short tripod. A pouch is included as a way of storing your grip. The kit also contains a rechargeable battery, an adapter, and a USB cable amongst other things.
Since this product is priced a bit higher, you can expect a higher quality in terms of performance. The RX100VA is equipped with a professional lens with a 24-70mm zoom. It uses a high-res 4K CMOS image sensor to ensure you are getting the highest quality images and videos you can from your investment.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
The technical terminology associated with cameras can easily become overwhelming and exhausting, especially for new vloggers.
Unless you’re a professional videographer or have some schooling under your belt, cameras in general can be a complicated device to get used to. There is so much technical terminology when it comes to photography and videography that it can easily become overwhelming and exhausting, especially when you are just starting out. While we were compiling our list of the best vlogging cameras currently on the market, we took ease of use into account when deciding which cameras we should include on our list. No one wants to be confused and overwhelmed the second they take their new vlogging camera out of the box and we definitely can understand and appreciate that. This is why the cameras on our list are great for both budding and intermediate vloggers. They aren’t complicated to understand or operate.
Battery life is an important criterion to consider for nearly any electronic device you are going to be looking at investing in.
Nothing is worse than going to use one of your electronic devices only to find that the battery life has dwindled extensively since you used it last. The same goes for vlogging cameras. You don’t want to have a strike of inspiration for your next viral hit only to be disheartened when you go to turn on your camera to record yourself to find that the battery is dead. Battery life is an important criterion to consider for nearly any electronic device you are going to be looking at investing in. We took this into account as we perused the internet for the best vlogging cameras to include on our list. In some cases we were unable to get the exact amount of battery life offered by the product as it depends entirely on how you’re using it. As some of these cameras can double as a digital camera for still photography, it was hard to find the expected battery life as it’ll last significantly longer if you’re using the camera for photography than if you’re using it to record videos.
Having the ability to connect instantly to Wi-Fi to share your photos and videos is a definite plus.
One of the great features that newer released cameras have that older styles do not is their compatibility with our other devices and equipment. Many of the options on our top ten list are Wi-Fi enabled which makes sending and sharing our photos and video creations an absolute breeze. No more do we need to pull out a USB cable and wait for what felt like forever for our videos to transfer onto our laptops or computers. Now we can simply send our creations straight to Facebook or to our smartphones with the click of a button.
Being able to purchase all the equipment you need to get started in one bundle is time and money saving.
You may be saying to yourself, “I already have the video blogging camera I want in my sights, do I really need to search for one that comes with extra accessories?” The answer here is no, you don’t need a camera with extra accessories but it is an absolute delight to receive extras with your camera package when you buy it. Not only does this save you time by not requiring you to do any further research, but it possibly can save you money in the long run as well. If your vlogging camera comes as a package with other accessories, you do not need to spend any extra time researching and most times when you are investing in a kit kind of deal, you are saving money versus purchasing everything separately. Some of the extra bonus accessories you should look out for while performing your research and reading our reviews are lenses, tripods, SD cards, filters, cleaning kits, remotes, camera cases, extra batteries, etc. While not every option on our top ten list arrives as a kit, it is definitely worth considering purchasing a bundle!
Extra features aren’t necessary to get you started with vlogging but they’re definitely a bonus.
Cameras these days are advanced enough as it is and the technical jargon associated with some cameras is enough to make any newbie’s head spin in circles a la Regan in The Exorcist (with or without green slime projectile vomit). Some of the options on our list have advanced features like external microphones, webcam functionality, video stabilization features, and live streaming, just to name a few. While these features aren’t necessary when it comes to vlogging, they are nice to have.
Unless you get lucky right off the bat and your first video is a viral hit, you will need to ensure that you are consistently creating and posting new content. Some popular YouTubers are post videos once every single day. That’s a lot of content and a lot of work, especially if you are putting in a lot of work editing your videos as well. When you are consistently posting content, your videos will continue to get more views and you will appeal to new subscribers. Your current subscribers will get used to seeing your content and will keep checking back to see if you are putting out new videos frequently.
If you are serious about this vlogging thing, you are going to eventually need more equipment than just a fantastic vlogging camera. You should consider investing in a tripod in order to provide stabilization and support for your camera as well as a lighting system, especially if you do not have great natural lighting in your home or if you plan to do the majority of your recording in the evening when natural light is just not going to happen. If you can’t afford a lighting system, you can do some research on filters and see if there is one that will work with your camera to help with the lighting quality of your videos.
Other Factors to Consider
The options on our list range wildly in price. On the cheaper end of the spectrum, you can purchase a vlogging camera for as low as $95. On the other end, you’re looking at around $1600. Of course, the value that these two examples will provide will be vastly different. Some of the more expensive options on our list are kits that come with accessories that the more affordably priced options don’t offer. So, yes, the bundles may require more of an investment but when you look at the value that you’re receiving, the cost is more than worth it.
Many of the options on our list are more than just a vlogging camera. For example, the sports enthusiasts will love that the GoPro HERO 7 can be purchased with a head strap so they are able to record themselves participating in their favorite activities. Many of these cameras will double as a fantastic option to use for photography as well. It is nice to have an option that will make your investment more than worth it, especially if your new camera can be used as more than just that.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Do I need to get a vlogging camera with built-in Wi-Fi?
Having a vlogging camera with built-in Wi-Fi is definitely a desirable feature to look for. Having this built right into your camera will save you a step when it comes time to upload your video to the internet. This is also a great feature to have if you want to automatically upload your creation without having to search through your belongings for a USB cable and wait forever for your file to transfer over to your computer.
q: I already have a smartphone that takes great videos, why do I need a dedicated vlogging camera?
The honest answer is, you probably don’t. At least not at first. If you already own a smartphone with a fantastic camera, you can make your vlogs using your device. But if you plan to get serious about vlogging and want to make a real go at it, you will likely eventually need to invest in a high-quality vlogging camera. There are definite benefits to having a camera separate from your smartphone as well so that is something to take into consideration as you begin your research into which vlogging camera is best for you.
q: What role does image stabilization play in vlogging cameras?
First of all, let’s talk about what image stabilization is in the first place. This is a technique that photographers and videographers use in order to reduce the amount of blurring that can sometimes occur during exposure. When it comes to stabilization in vlogging cameras, you will definitely want to ensure your camera has this feature if you plan on going out and about to record your videos. It’s less of an issue if you plan on making most of your videos at home where you will be more than likely to have your camera set up on a surface or a tripod where it will remain stable.
q: There is so much technical terminology when it comes to this topic. What do some of the more common terms mean?
Understandably, it can be a little confusing and overwhelming when you first begin your hunt for the perfect vlogging camera for your needs. There is a lot of terminology in the world of video and photography cameras that can be very hard to decipher when you first are new to this hobby. Let’s take a look at some of the most common terms you may have come across in our buying guide:
4K – also known as 4K resolution. This means that the image (or video) you are going to capture is going to have a horizontal display of around 4000 pixels wide. This results in a photo or video that is sharper and more detailed.
CMOS Image Sensor – CMOS stands for Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor. This is one of the key features of a DSLR camera. These sensors result in high-resolution photos or videos with a wide dynamic range.
Megapixel – this refers to the number of pixels that a camera is capable of producing in their photos and videos. A pixel itself is a single element in a photo or video. For example, a 24 MP camera is able to produce images that have a total of 24 million pixels. It is a myth that more megapixels equal better quality photos or videos.
LCD – Liquid Crystal Display. This term refers to the technology that manufacturer’s use when they design the screens on the video cameras. It acts as a live high-quality viewfinder and provides photographers and videographers with a way to view their images and videos on their camera.
q: Is vlogging a serious money-making venture?
With the invention of social media, it seems that everyone is out to find a way to earn money virtually. Whether it be through multi-level marketing schemes, becoming a social media influencer, or creating videos as a YouTuber, the ways in which people can make money online seems rather infinite these days. Vlogging is no different. In fact, our research indicates that the highest paid YouTube star last year is a seven-year-old boy who makes videos reviewing toys. He made an upwards of $22 million in 2018. Of course, this isn’t the typical salary of most vloggers and even getting to the point where you are making money off of your videos can take a lot of time and dedication.