Using a good vlogging camera in 2017 can be the difference between a new subscriber, or skipping your video altogether.
The problem is this…
The competition out there is fierce. Standing out and earning views has never been tougher.
So how do you establish yourself as worthy of a dedicated following without spending on a big production budget? Which features are most important for YouTube videos?
Aside from great content, the most important thing to consider is the right equipment. A good vlogging camera can go a long way.
his article will tell you about the five best vlogging cameras for any budget in 2017, including some recommendations from top YouTubers.
If you are specifically looking for the best cheap camera for YouTube, you can read our guide here.
Here is our quick comparison table of the best vlogging cameras we have covered:
Best Vlogging Cameras
Powerful, affordable DSLR
Profressional Level Camera
Great video on the move
Vlogging Camera Reviews
Our top recommended vlogging camera for beginner and intermediate YouTubers is the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II because of its solid all around performance, lightweight body, and competitive price.
This is the preferred camera of top vloggers like Zoella, Jacksepticeye and many others.
Features & Specs
Technically the G7 X Mark II offers some nice power while being relatively easy for beginners to pick up and go. It is not a powerhouse in terms of tech specs, but your YouTube videos will still look crisp in 1080p full HD. Anything you film will be a noticable improvement in video quality vs a phone or low-end camera.
The DIGIC 7 Image Processor from Canon does a nice job in helping to improve image quality in lower light scenarios. Autofocus also performs well the majority of the time.
It also has a flip screen which is key for anyone starting a vlog. You can adjust the screen to any angle to see whether you are in the frame or not, and make sure you don’t waste any time on useless takes.
While the camera is solid, many people find the battery situation a nuisance. You should probably consider buying an extra battery as well as an external power adapter.
If you do invest in the power solutions, there isn’t too much more to complain about as long as you don’t have your heart set on having the most advanced camera.
The G7 X Mark II is the best vlogging camera for beginners that want to get started quickly, and don't mind investing in good, reliable equipment. Features like autofocus and the touch screen are fast and accurate, and in general the camera is easy to use for first timers.
It helps that the Mark II doesn't have the bulk of a DSLR. It will likely fit in your pocket, and is easy to carry around. When you aren’t filming, it also comes with a rubber grip that assists you in holding the camera more easily that will prevent it from slipping.
If you have a massive following expecting 4K video definition, then you should keep reading. However, if you just want a great camera for vlogging at an affordable price, then the Canon Powershot G7 is a good pick.
While the newer EOS 80D is now on the market, we are still huge fans of the Canon EOS 70D. It thrives in many different vlogging scenarios and is a much more affordable price for a good DSLR.
Plus super vloggers like Casey Neistat swear by this camera - and he would know!
Features & Specs
Don’t be thrown off by this DSLR's lack of 4K video resolution. The combination of 1080p resolution video capture and its impressive dual pixel auto-focus makes for great videos.
The auto-focus system of EOS cameras is considered best in class. You are unlikely to waste blurry shot. The LCD viewfinder is quite flexible, and it is also extremely responsive when taking advantage of the auto focus.
You can count on the 70D to produce professional looking videos in the right light, even if it doesn’t capture in 4K. If you are focused on looking your best while you speak into a camera, then this is a proven winner.
Physically, the EOS 70D comes is a relatively compact package for a dSLR with a comfortable hand-grip. It is is not too heavy, so it won't weigh you down if you are taking your vlog to a number of different locations.
The camera comes with a built-in microphone, but also includes a 3.5 mm plug which will allow you to improve audio with an external shotgun microphone (which we typically recommend if it is in your budget.)
The 80D has revamped its menus from its predecessor and we can understad why. One complaing about the 70 D is the learning curve. Key features are difficult to find at first. The good news is that once you get the hang of things, there are a lot of good features to experiment with.
The Canon EOS 70D is a great pick for content creators that want to make videos every day, and want a proven vlogging DSLR for under $1000.
If so, pay close attention…
The Sony Alpha α6500 is especially valuable for anyone who is capturing vlog content on the go and in different locations, but you need more power than a GoPro or a cheaper alternative.
Features & Specs
The α6500 captures video in 4K and its optical sensor resolution is 24.2 (MP) mega pixels which captures clean and beautiful pictures and videos with remarkable clarity while you are on the move.
A great new feature introduced to this Sony camera line is 5-axis in-body stabilization which reduces any blurring from a shaking camera on the move. It is rare to find a stabilization feature this powerful in such a compact package. The auto-focus is highly responsive which also helps on this front.
This camera is the complete package at a reasonable price, but with one notable flaw – it doesn’t have a flip-screen which is usually a requirement for a good vlogging camera.
If you are more often filming what is in front of you, or don’t need to see yourself while you are speaking to the camera, then this won’t be a problem and you will get an otherwise stellar piece of vlogging gear.
Physically, the Alpha a6500 feels great. It is light weight and solidly designed and you will feel good holding it for extended shooting days. This camera works faster in comparison to many others on the market and has solid (though not outstanding) battery life.
The If you are putting this camera on a tripod then you might be overpaying for image stabilization features that you won't use. For filming vlogs on the go, this is a top pick.
If you are looking for a similar option that is much cheaper, try the Sony Alpha 6000.
If you are looking for the best of the best video quality, then it doesn’t get much better than the Sony α7R II.
It is flat out one of the best camears for video that we have seen. This is for serious vloggers looking to grow their YouTube audience, and willing to pay a premium to look like the real deal.
Features & Specs
Pictures and videos look fantastic with the a7R II. It has a whopping 42.4 MP sensor, and captures video with 4K resolution. Its quality is consistent in any light condition which is a big plus. The auto focus is extremely fast and accurate, though we did notice that it is a bit slower in low lighting.
Be aware, this is not a cheap vlogging camera. You definitely get what you pay for in tremendous quality, but the price will be too steep for most beginners.
If you are willing to invest in the quality of your vlog, the good news is you are going to get your money’s worth. Beyond the high end tech specs, the Sony a7R II checks all of the secondary boxes you want for a great vlogging camera.
The battery power is excellent, and given its durability and light weight, it is easy to take your vlog to different settings which can be a good way to mix things up for your audience. The only major thing it is missing is a flip screen which is a shame.
Some people will be scared off by the price tag, but we like that the Sony a7R II is the a noticable jump in video quality from mid range cameras. Of course, you can spend even more if you want to, but the increase in video quality becomes less noticeable to the average person.
If you are just getting started, or you are on a budget, then this camera is likely more than you need. If your goal is to look the best possible in your videos, then you can feel confident in the a7R II
The DMC-G85MK is a mirrorless camera known best for its outstanding video performance and durability. It delivers 4K resolution and almost always manages to keep the right things in focus. Photography won’t necessarily dazzle you as the 16 megapixel photo resolution, but it still does the trick with no major complaints.
Features & Specs
Similar to the Sony α 6500, the LUMIX DMC- G85MK is a good camera for vloggers on the move, though at a much more affordable price point. It uses ‘Dual IS’ which means that stabilization in the camera works in tandem with stabilization inside the LIMUX lens to correct any shakiness. This also helps deliver clarity in standard tripod filming.
The point is this:
Your videos are going to look sharp, and if you are moving around, they are going to look remarkably smooth.
Unfortunately some users have reported that the new image stabilization system is actually a bit noisy. Luckily it seems that a Firmware update from Panasonic has solved the issue.
Let’s talk about some other key features.
As you would expect for a top vlogging camera, the DMC- G85MK comes equipped with a flip screen, and an input for an external microphone.
It is also one of the most durable high end cameras. First of all, it is splash proof and dust proof. Weather won’t slow you down. It is also made sturdy enough to withstand frequent changes of shooting location.
That makes this camera an especially good pick if you are a travel or action vlogger capturing your own footage everywhere you go. It is a small, ergonomic package that you can work with all day without it feeling cumbersome – a common advantage of mirrorless vs DSLR cameras.
This concludes our list of top vlogging cameras in 2017. Things can change all the time, and you might have tried another camera that you love for filming too. If so, let us know in the comments!