The 7 Best Vlogging Cameras to Buy in 2018

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

5

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.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: 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 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 for Live Streaming: GoPro HERO7 Black

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 Mirrorless: Panasonic Lumix GH5

Already a staple for famous YouTubers, the mirrorless Panasonic Lumix GH5 has won over vloggers around the world because of its ergonomics and 4K video recording. It features a 20.3-megapixel micro four-thirds sensor with no low pass filter and has a magnesium alloy body that can easily withstand rigorous shooting conditions. The 3.34-pound GH5, which sports a splash and dustproof frame, can also resist temperatures up to negative 10 degrees.

Beyond durability, the 4K video recording is top notch at 60fps, but a slow-motion option at 180fps is here, too. Additionally, five-axis image stabilization helps eliminate any unnecessary handshaking. Add in dynamic range, excellent low-light performance and a slew of connectivity options for data transfer and it's easy to see why the GH5 is a fan favorite.

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: Sony A7R III

If professional vlogging is your career path, the Sony A7R III is undoubtedly the best shooting camera around with a premium price tag to match. For most vloggers, the 42.4-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor will be overkill but there's no question pairing with a 399-point advanced hybrid autofocus system produces results that are incredible.

Capturing footage in 4K2 HDR3 quality uses the entire width of the full-frame image sensor. The A7R also adds 1080p video capturing in 120fps up to 100Mbps if 4K shooting isn't necessary. With support for two SD media slots, recording video footage offers both fast write speeds, as well as the ability to record videos and stills to separate SD cards for maximum storage output. The A7R rechargeable battery has nearly double the battery life of its predecessor, and a separately-purchased vertical grip can house a second battery for even longer recording sessions.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 18 hours testing one of the top-rated vlogging cameras on the market. To really get the full experience, they experimented with taking photos and videos in a number of different places. We asked them to consider the most important features when using this vlogging camera, from its durability to its battery life. We've outlined them 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)

5

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

Canon SX620 HS
Canon SX620
Canon SX620 HS screen
Canon SX620 HS flash
Canon HS

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.