The best cameras for vlogging

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Video recording (main camera)The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
Video recording (main camera)The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
VolumeVolume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
VolumeVolume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
WeightWe consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
WeightWe consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
Maximum light sensitivityWith a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
Maximum light sensitivityWith a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
Megapixels (main camera)The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
Megapixels (main camera)The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
Battery life (CIPA)CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
Battery life (CIPA)CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
Sensor shift stabilizationWith sensor shift, the image sensor (rather than the lens) moves to counterbalance any vibration of the camera. This means the image will be stabilised regardless of what lens is being used.
Sensor shift stabilizationWith sensor shift, the image sensor (rather than the lens) moves to counterbalance any vibration of the camera. This means the image will be stabilised regardless of what lens is being used.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Dual card slotsIt has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.
Dual card slotsIt has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.

House tours, travel videos, and “day in the life” style videos all have one thing in common: a vlogger behind, and often in front of the camera filming, recording audio, and performing a one-man creative act. Vlogging isn’t as easy as it looks, but the right camera can provide you with the tools you need to film professional-quality videos without needing any additional crew or the budget that comes with it.

Flip-out screen

If you’re just getting started vlogging, you’ll quickly learn that one of the most useful features to have in a vlogging camera is a flip-out screen. If you’ve ever wondered how vloggers are perfectly in frame and well-positioned within the background behind them, this is how. A flip-out screen allows you to not only increase your field of view when filming but also allows you to rotate the screen towards you in order to view the frame as you vlog selfie-style. 

Weight

There’s no doubt that a camera’s weight is by far one of the most important factors if you’re using it for vlogging. Seeing as you’ll not only be taking it on the go with you as you travel, tour, and engage in general adventures everywhere you go, the camera has to be lightweight. Sure, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 shoots some stunning video, but your arm is going to get tired of the weight after the first take or two. Most mirrorless cameras are smaller than DSLRs, making it the camera of choice for travelers and journalists who need to produce high-quality photos on the go.

Continuous AF

Vlogging is different from filming other types of videos in that it requires you to ensure that whoever (or whatever) is in front of the camera remains in focus throughout the entire shot. This is quite hard if the camera doesn’t feature continuous autofocus. Also known as a full-time servo, continuous autofocus works by tracking the subject's movement trajectory and constantly readjusting the focus fast enough to prevent blurring from happening. The camera system can do so by capturing, retaining, and analyzing information regarding the subject’s positioning.

Battery power

Aside from beauty vloggers and a few other niche vloggers, it’s rare that someone filming stays at home close to a charger at all times. When searching for the best vlogging cameras, be sure to take a look at battery power. Battery life CIPA refers to the number of photos you can take on one battery charge, but battery power is a better indicator of a camera’s capabilities for filming videos.

Dual card slots

If a camera has two memory card slots, you’re able to store more video without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots (especially when traveling) when you need more space. Because vloggers often film continuously throughout the day and therefore use up a lot of memory space, this is a crucial feature to look for in a camera.

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