The 8 Best Vlogging Cameras of 2019

Whether for hobby or professional use, these picks will up your vlogging game

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Canon SX620 HS

4

Vloggers on a budget don't have to look far to find a solid camera with 1080p video recording. The Canon SX620 HS features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Full HD video recording at 30fps. And recording straight in MP4 format means every clip is ready to export, edit and upload without conversion.

The inclusion of four different optical stabilization modes is a big win for vloggers who want to correct motion blur, hand movement and any unwanted camera shake. The rear of the camera features a three-inch LCD display that offers easy playback of recently recorded footage for review even in a fixed position. With 25x optical zoom, vloggers have an opportunity to capture nearly everything they want at a distance, while built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology along with Canon's download app make transferring captured footage a breeze.

Best for Live Streaming: GoPro HERO7 Black

4.3

In the world of vlogging, some influencers (and aspiring influencers) have begun to live stream themselves on numerous platforms like YouTube and Twitch as a way to connect with fans in real time. While most of the cameras on this list are great for shooting video and then editing footage later, the GoPro HERO7 Black is unique in that it also lets you live stream to many of the top social media platforms directly.

First and foremost, the GoPro HERO7 makes it easy to stream to Facebook Live. But it also offers the ability to stream using an RTMP URL, enabling you to broadcast live on YouTube, Twitch, and Vimeo as well. On top of this, the HERO7 Black is a great camera that can record in stunning 4K with incredible video stabilization, so whether you’re biking, snowboarding, or just walking around, your videos are smooth. You can also take the HERO7 Black just about anywhere, as it is rugged and waterproof up to 33 feet. That gives you more opportunities to set your vlogs apart from the rest.

Best Value: Canon Powershot G7X Mark II

Canon Powershot G7X Mark II
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Measuring 2.4 x 1.65 x 4.15 inches and weighing 1.4 pounds, the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II is one of the most well-known cameras for vloggers. With an excellent combination of 1080p video at both 30 and 60 frames-per-second and stereo sound, the only real downside to the Mark II is its lack of 4K video shooting. The three-inch touchscreen offers complete control camera features and has 180-degree tilting up and 45-degree tilting down. There's also optical image stabilization, which is a must-have for any vlogger.

Image capture is handled by a 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 7 image processor that provides outstanding low-light quality. Wi-Fi, NFC and Canon's downloadable Camera Connect app on both Android and iOS make for an easy way to transfer both photo and video footage straight to a computer.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best Canon cameras

Best Budget: Canon PowerShot SX740 Digital Camera

For vloggers on a budget, you can’t do any better than the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS. The name might be a mouthful, but Canon’s latest travel zoom compact camera offers spectacular performance perfect for vloggers on the go.

Impressively small, the camera easily fits in pockets and purses. The 20.3-megapixel CMOS chip wins rave reviews for daytime shooting. Like any compact camera, nighttime shooting can be challenging, but the Canon performs comfortably above competitors in its price range. With its superb long range, it’s a must-have for any vlogger who loves to travel.

Equipped with 4K video capture, the PowerShot SX740 captures footage at 30fps; that’s relatively in line with today’s modern smartphones. Where it differentiates itself is the built-in optical image stabilizer for reducing jerky video footage. The Canon features a 4K time-lapse movie mode as well as 4K frame cropping for grabbing still images from video clips. Once the next vlog is captured, moving the footage is easily done through Wi-Fi or Canon’s camera connect app.

Best 4K: Sony DSC-RX100 V

Another ultra-popular vlogger option, the Sony DSC-RX100 V is an ideal solution for amateurs or professionals who want to capture 4K video footage. It has one of the world's fastest autofocusing systems (0.05 seconds), plus 24fps for continuous shooting. The 4K quality recordings pair wonderfully with the ultra-fast autofocus, but the Sony can slow things down up to 960fps super slow-motion video recording.

The addition of 3.6x digital zoom allows vloggers to get up close and personal with subjects, while eight-megapixel stills can be extracted from any 4K video recording. Reviewing footage is handled beautifully by Sony's three-inch Xtra fine LCD display that swings up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees with Sony's WhiteMagic technology for increased visibility during daylight hours.

Best Mirrorless: Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera

Vloggers on the hunt for a mirrorless camera with outstanding video won’t do any better than the Sony a6500. A bit smaller than a full-frame camera and only 15.98 ounces in weight, Sony’s portability is a huge plus. As lightweight as it is, Sony has maintained a weather-resistant body to protect against the elements.

The a6500's compact size does little to sacrifice picture quality; images are captured at a stunning 6000 x 4000 resolution. With built-in in-body stabilization and a lens that adds optical stabilization, blurry images are a thing of the past. Manual mode adds complete control over every aspect of still photography.

While the a6500's images are great, video is the main thing vloggers concern themselves with. Fortunately, the a6500 doesn't disappoint here either. For its size, the camera's 4K video is among the best you'll find. That the camera features one of the fastest autofocus times at 0.05 seconds — in fact, it's the fastest camera in its class. Tracking moving subjects is a breeze for the a6500 which is ideal if your vlogging “on location” and not attached to a tripod or stand.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best mirrorless cameras

Best DSLR: Canon EOS 80D

While the Canon EOS 80D DLSR might not be the most portable vlogging camera around, it's a wildly popular option for vloggers capturing footage in a studio. With a better than average 960-shot battery life for image capturing and video recording, the lack of 4K recording is noticeable, but the excellent quality of the Canon's 1080p HD recording at 60fps more than does the job.

A slew of built-in connectivity options, including NFC Wi-Fi, makes getting footage off the camera and onto the desktop easy. The 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor pairs with a touchscreen LCD for quick access to white balance, ISO, focus mode and audio control. A 45-point autofocus system offers incredible daylight and low light performance, while the vari-angle three-inch LCD display adds 270 degrees of vertical rotation and 175 degrees of horizontal rotation for handily reviewing footage as you shoot.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best entry-level DSLR cameras

Best for Professionals: Canon EOS R

Canon’s first venture into the world of full-frame mirrorless cameras does not disappoint. Vloggers looking for a pro solution backed by the brand's excellent history will find the EOS R a strong choice. At first glance, a magnesium body (that screams durability) makes it easily confusable with a DSLR. But at 1.46 pounds, the Canon is easily carried for vlogging around the world or in the comfort of your own home. Since not all vlogging takes place on a tripod, the large battery grip makes it very easy to hold.

Of course, video quality is of the utmost concern for a vlogger and that’s where the EOS R really shines. It captures 4K UHD up to 30fps and 1080p Full HD up to 60fps — it’s hard to do any better for the price. Autofocus is fast while manual focus utilizes Focus Peaking for quickly getting the right shot. When it comes to images, the 30-megapixel sensor hits a home run utilizing Canon’s Digic 8 software. Whether in low-light or midday, photos look incredible.

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How We Tested

We bought two top-rated vlogging cameras and our reviewers tested them for 36 hours. They experimented with taking photos and videos in a number of different environments. We asked them to consider the most important features when using these vlogging cameras, from their durability to their battery life. We've outlined the major points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Vlogging Camera

Video quality - It should be no surprise that the most important feature to consider when purchasing a camera for vlogging is its overall video quality. Be sure to check the camera’s resolution as a starting point; While you should strive for a device with a minimum recording quality of 1080p, purchasing a camera that supports 4K will keep you a step ahead of the game in the future.

Durability - Consider how you’ll be using your new camera. Some devices can survive being immersed in water and dropped from a significant height, and others need to be treated like porcelain dolls. Check a device’s durability rating to ensure you can take it wherever you’ll be filming.

Battery life - Nothing is more devastating to a vlogger than having a battery die halfway through shooting a video. Ensure that the camera you’re purchasing has a long battery life for filming on the go.

Test Results: Canon SX620 HS (Best Overall)

4

What We Like

  • Long battery life

  • Lightweight

  • Great video quality

What We Don't Like

  • Can’t flip screen to view yourself while filming

  • Doesn’t come with USB cable

One of our testers took this camera on a trip to California and was very impressed with it overall: “It’s a great point and shoot camera for the price,” he declared. “It's very light and it takes great-quality videos and pictures.” Our reviewers were also pleasantly surprised by its long battery life, with one tester reporting that one charge lasted a full day of shooting. However, our reviewers did wish it were designed slightly differently: “It'd be nice if you could flip the screen, especially if you're using it to vlog,” one said, “so you can see yourself when you're shooting in self-portrait mode.” They also wished it came with a USB cable for easy charging.

Test Results: GoPro HERO7 Black (Best for Live Streaming)

4.3

What We Like

  • Incredible video stabilization

  • Handy waterproof feature

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like

  • Short battery life

“I loved this product,” raved one of our testers. “It's really easy to use and the video quality is great.” Other highlights, according to our reviewers, were its durability and its HyperSmooth video stabilization feature, plus the fact that it was waterproof. Its battery life, on the other hand, was slightly disappointing but “similar to other models,” according to one tester. Overall, one reviewer concluded that it was a great buy: “I do a lot of outdoor activities and sports,” he explained, “and this has been very useful and handy.”