Top Vlogging Cameras in 2018
|Camera||Latest Price (Amazon)||Wi-Fi||Mic In||HDMI / Micro HDMI Out||ISO||Recording Resolution||Sensor||Screen|
|Canon G7x Mark ii||Latest Price||Yes||No||Yes||125-25,600||1080p60||20.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor||Flip-Up LCD Touch Screen|
|Sony Alpha a5000||Latest Price||Yes||No||Yes||100-16,000||1080p24 / 1080p25||20.1 MP Exmor APS-C Sensor||3.0" 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor|
|Canon Eos M6||Latest Price||Yes||Yes||Yes||400-25,600||1080p60||24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor||3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD|
|Canon EOS 750D||Latest Price||Yes||Yes||Yes||100-25,600||1080p30||24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor||3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen|
|Canon 70d||Latest Price||Yes||Yes||Yes||100-25,600||1080p30||20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor||3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen|
|Sony DSC-RX100m III Cyber-shot||Latest Price||Yes||No||Yes||160-12,800||1080p60||20.9 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS Sensor||3-inch tilting WhiteMagic LCD with 1.23M dots|
|Canon EOS Rebel T5i||Latest Price||No||Yes||Yes||100-12,800||1080p30||18 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor||3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7||Latest Price||Yes||Yes||Yes*||200-25,600||4K30 / 1080p60||16 MP Live MOS Sensor||3.0" 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen|
For many people, be it explorers, makeup artists, comedy sketch creators, casual talk show hosts, game streamers, or even just vloggers, having a camera with a flip-out screen can be the difference between guessing the shot and getting the shot. This is especially true for those who must work alone. As such, finding the right camera for your task often begins at whether or not its screen can be flipped out and aimed at yourself while you record yourself. Particularly, this proves highly beneficial for vloggers, who are most often sitting in front of the camera, rather than behind it.
With that, we’ve rounded up our picks for the best vlogging cameras in 2018. Note that these cameras are not just for vlogging, but have the right toolset to enable you to do so comfortably, professionally and easily. These cameras will still do a wonderful job for stills, or any other form of digital film or photo capture needs you might have. With that out of the way, let’s get started!
Top vlogging camera – Canon G7x Mark ii
Pros: Flip-up touch screen, great low light performance, 1080p60 recording, Wi-Fi enabled, wide ISO.
The G7x Mark II is Canon’s follow-up to the original G7x and has proved itself to be a very powerful, very useful tool for anybody looking to dabble in photography, and especially to vlog. With its flip-up touchscreen, great low light performance, and especially its 1080p60 recording capabilities, you have yourself a powerful camera in a small package. Some users have reported less-than-perfect auto white balance performance, often resulting in a slightly blue-shifted capture, but this can be easily corrected in post, or with manual settings on the camera. While its price may be steep, you’re getting quite a lot in a small package. Lastly, it features a wide ISO, allowing users to adjust for almost any possible lighting conditions they’ll find themselves in whilst out in the field of action.
Sony Alpha a5000 Review
Pros: Mirrorless, Wi-Fi enabled, 3” hinged LCD touchscreen display.
Cons: 1080p24/25 only, modest-at-best low light performance.
The Sony Alpha a5000 is a modest camera at a modest price point, featuring both some excellent features and a few heavy-footed drawbacks. Many users report its interface is troublesome to use, and some report the ergonomics of the body to be uncomfortable. However, near-unanimously, this camera is praised for not only its flip-out LCD monitor but also its mirrorless design, which is surprising to see on DSLRs at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Unfortunately, this camera is only capable of 24/25fps at 1080p, unlike other cameras near its price point, which offer 60fps recording. If you’re not too concerned with this, then you’ll likely be happy with your purchase. However, if a higher framerate is necessary, we recommend taking a look at other options.
Canon Eos M6 – Vlogging camera review
Pros: 1080p60 recording, 3” hinged touchscreen, Wi-Fi enabled.
Like the first Canon camera on our list, the Eos M6 is a very capable, very powerful little camera. One nice detail is that unlike many other vlogging-centric cameras, like point-and-shoots, the Eos M6 supports aftermarket lenses, and if you already have Canon lenses on hand, you can save some money by buying only the body. The camera is Wi-Fi enabled, features a 3” hinged touchscreen, has 1080p60 recording capabilities, and offers a fleet of options for those brave enough to dabble in a manual territory. Its only major drawback is its price, which might scare many potential customers away. It’s expensive for a reason, however, as this is a very nice camera.
Canon EOS 750D Review
Pros: Wide ISO, 3” hinged touchscreen, Wi-Fi enabled.
Cons: 1080p30 max.
While not the cheapest camera on the market, the 750D certainly isn’t the most expensive. Plus, while it only came out a few short years ago, the 750D has already made a name for itself, as many content creators, vloggers, and even enthusiasts have found this camera quickly fitting into their production setup. While its framerate may be low for recording, there’s very little else you can critique about this camera. With a wide ISO, good low light performance, a 3” hinged touchscreen, Wi-Fi capability, and a modest price, you have yourself a great little camera at a great price for those looking to go a little further, without falling into the deep end of cameras.
Canon 70d Review
Pros: 3” hinged touchscreen, Wi-Fi enabled, great low light performance, amazing sensor.
Cons: 1080p30 max, pricey.
While at first glance the Canon 70d might not look exceptional, it’s when you get behind the wheel that this camera comes alive. Many enthusiasts, and even professionals find themselves coming back to this camera. Its reliable performance, amazing sensor, fantastic autofocus, great touch screen and intuitive controls make for an amazing experience. While it only goes as high as 30fps, as long as this is acceptable, there is almost nothing else wrong with this camera and is certain to leave you satisfied. That is if you can swallow the price. While not the most expensive camera ever– far from it, actually– it still comes in at a price that is well above most other options on this list. That’s definitely for a good reason, though.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Review
Pros: 3” hinged touch screen, lightweight body, great sensor.
Cons: Poor low light performance, 1080p30fps max.
This camera comes in at a price range that, while not promising a lot, doesn’t ask for much from your wallet that it won’t make up for. With the right lighting, this camera’s sensor truly comes alive. However, note the “right lighting portion, as it often struggles if there is inadequate light in your shot, resulting in more noise than is otherwise-desirable. Like most of Canon’s fleet of cameras, its onboard mic is passable, if not outright decent. Another advantage is its wide array of supported lenses, as Canon is good about supporting many of their lenses across many of their cameras, and the T5i is no exception. While not the best camera, the T5i is certainly far from the worst, and it does its price justice.
Sony DSC-RX100m III Review
Pros: 3” hinged touch screen, lightweight body, great sensor, 1080p60 recording, image stabilization, Wi-Fi enabled.
Cons: Pricey, no aftermarket lenses.
The Sony DSC-RX100m III, and really, all of the RX100 models, are quickly becoming fan favorites. With great sensors, great built-in mics, great bodies and a fully-featured interface, they are very powerful cameras that more resemble point-and-shoots than DLSRs outright. This can be both a good thing, and a bad thing, but in the case of vlogging, is a major plus. This camera’s sensor is great, offering high frame rates, amazing clarity, and impressive low light performance. While you can’t swap out its lens, and it has no mic-in port, Sony is confident you won’t need them with this thing, and that notion really shows. While it is very pricey, Sony makes up for that by offering a phenomenal camera. Truly, if you’re looking for something to take with you wherever you go, or to have a companion you can throw up on a tripod and expect great results, this is it. Plus, with its optical image stabilization capability, there’s much less of a worry about using this thing on the go, as your shots will turn out much smoother than otherwise-expected.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review
Pros: 3” hinged touchscreen, 4K30 / 1080p60 recording, moderate price for 4K, wide ISO, mirrorless.
Cons: Shoddy external monitor support, mediocre battery life.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a great camera if you’re looking to break into the space of 4K video capture without breaking into the space of not having any money. The camera can only be purchased with an included lens– there’s no body-only option– but the included lens will be more than adequate for beginners. The camera, unfortunately, has poor external monitor support for capture, and its HDMI out is used only for playback and not live feed. However, looking beyond these relatively-niche (for beginners, at least) drawbacks, the camera still proves itself as being an excellent option for 4K video. Not only that, but the higher 1080p framerate gives vloggers many options when it comes to shooting their content. Its low light performance is decent, and the camera body, while it feels a little bit more plastic-y than other models in its price range, still holds its own as being one of few 4K camera options in this price range.
No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a camera out there for you. Whether that’s a 4K camera, a 1080p camera with a high framerate, or a camera which comes in at an alow price to get you started. Cameras can be a slippery slope, and making sure you stay in control is very important. One day you’re ordering a new body, and the next you’re ordering a lens which costs the same as the camera itself. However, that in itself is a beauty of cameras; you can invest more and get more in return. While return on investment won’t be great forever, there’s almost always room for improvement, even if it means starting with something basic over a webcam.
We hope you enjoy our picks for the best vlogging cameras in 2018. We tried to offer many options at many different price points, and we avoided any exceedingly expensive options, as if you’re interested in those, you’re likely not going to be looking at a list like this.