The best vlogging cameras for beginners
Whether you’re looking to become the next YouTube success story or just looking for something to record memories of your family holiday with, your choice of camera could make or break a video.
Here are 5 of the best cameras for up-and-coming vloggers, all available on Amazon (Bobatoo has also listed 5 of the best smartphones for vlogging too!):
At the very top of Bobatoo’s list is the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III.
The G7X Mark III is the much-awaited successor to the Mark II, which is featured later in this list.
It is a high-end camera aimed at keen vloggers and photographers and comes with both a similar look and feel to the older Mark II, only with a handful of added features.
The Mark III is arguably the best camera for vlogging and has the capacity to record in slow-motion and at 4K as well as stream content directly to YouTube, taking away the need for extra equipment or an alternative camera.
Like with the Mark II, its tilt-up touchscreen allows you to record yourself or take selfies at ease but the camera does lack a viewfinder, which might put off those who prefer a still image to a video.
New on the market on August 2nd 2019, the added features on the G7 X Mark III are represented in its price, which starts at just under £700.
What is a ‘vlogger’?
A vlogger is somebody who – either individually or as part of a larger group – posts videos of themselves and their experiences online.
Popular online personalities such as Joe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Zoella and Jenna Marbles have all built up audiences in their millions by recording everything, from their day-to-day lives to exotic holidays and adventures around the world.
2. GoPro Hero 7 Black
If you’re looking for a cheaper vlogging camera suitable in rain or shine, while skiing or scubadiving, then look no further than the GoPro Hero 7.
Not only is the GoPro a much cheaper alternative to high-end vlogging cameras, but it is to some extent far more versatile given it can be used underwater (up to 40 metres) and is virtually impossible to break!
You can also purchase a range of camera accessories useful for vlogging which allow you to wear your GoPro on your head, wrist, chest or even in your mouth.
The GoPro Hero 7 records in full 4K – better than some alternative cameras – and has a fixed 170-degrees lens to shoot wide-angle videos and pictures. It also comes with GoPro’s video stabilisation, which helps to take away the shakiness from even the most extreme examples.
You can stream video footage straight to YouTube and the GoPro smartphone app is great for making minor adjustments to video footage, with easy video transfer using the camera’s Wi-Fi feature.
There are still some drawbacks to using a GoPro as a vlogging camera though, particularly if done professionally. It does not have a zoom feature and does not perform well when capturing within 12 inches.
The audio – while better than previous models – is not as good as you’d get from a camera with an external microphone and it also has a limited battery life. As well as this, its tiny body (which can be seen as a bonus) can sometimes make it awkward to hold and use.
3. Canon EOS M50
Next up on the list is another Canon, this time the EOS M50.
When it was first released, Canon labelled their EOS M50 as a ‘premium entry-level’ model, making it one of the best vlogging cameras for beginners out there.
It comes with dual-pixel autofocus, which can be used both when taking pictures or recording in full HD or below. However, when recording in 4K you’ll have to make do with contrast-detection autofocus, which can be less consistent and not as rapid.
The use of 4K recording also forces clips to be cropped tightly, potentially providing you with a zoom which you hadn’t equated for when you began recording.
Its versatility should be admired, coming with both a hotshoe for your external flashes or GPS units and an external mic socket. It is also WiFi and is Bluetooth compatible, making sharing and backing up your content a piece of cake.
Be warned, though, that the battery life on the EOS M50 leaves a lot to be desired. You might want to make use of the camera’s ‘eco mode’, or pack a portable charging bank.
4. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark ii
Just a couple of places down from the newer Mark III is the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II.
The Mark II has been a staple camera for vloggers since its release in February 2016, coming with features like a tilting 3.0 inch touchscreen, pocketable size and rubber grip.
It also comes with 5-axis stabilisation to restrict camera-shake when filming, making it a good camera for making YouTube videos, filming daily vlogs or creating long-lasting family memories.
You can share content with other cameras, smartphones and computers using the G7X’s Wi-Fi capabilities, but it is not Bluetooth compatible, which in many cases is a quicker alternative to Wi-Fi.
With the newer model released on August 2nd, there is a chance that the Mark II could fall in the coming months – failing that, you can almost guarantee that you’ll be able to pick one up second-hand.
5. Your smartphone
If you’re a bit of a camera geek then look away now, but most modern smartphones offer recording capabilities just as good as – in some cases better than – expensive cameras.
It’ll depend on which smartphone you have, of course, and there is a full list of the best smartphones for vlogging below, but the chances are you have a phone which is more than capable of shooting footage good enough for sharing.
The basic camera app on phones such as the iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei P30 Pro can shoot 4K footage with ease, while there is a wide array of both free and paid applications which will let you shoot and then edit footage with precision.
The headphone jack (or charging port for newer iPhone users) can be used with an external microphone to improve the quality of sound, but the built-in equipment should suffice unless you find yourself in a particularly windy environment.
Smartphones are also super easy to navigate for those of us who use them day in, day out and can be set up to store any footage directly to cloud storage services like iCloud or Google Photos.
Despite the benefits, the front-facing camera on smartphones is often not as well-equipped for vlogs, and hardcore vloggers will tell you that it is crucial to have a vlogging camera with a flip screen to ensure that you remain in frame while talking to the camera.
The built-in camera app on your smartphone will often limit the amount of editing you can do, but as mentioned previously, there are a number of apps which will allow you to do this.
5 best smartphones for vlogging