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The 8 Best Cameras For Vlogging - Fall 2021 Reviews

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It's now easier than ever to start vlogging. Anyone with a smartphone can start recording and share content with the world. That said, a good camera is necessary to take your vlogs to the next level. With so many different options to choose from, however, choosing the right camera can seem overwhelming. Whether it's a full-featured mirrorless or DSLR camera for sit-down vlogging, an action camera to capture and share your extreme sports adventures, or a compact point-and-shoot to easily take on the go, there's no single best camera for vlogging, just as there's no single way to make vlogs. It's most important to choose a model that suits your budget, shooting preferences, and the type of content you'd like to create.

We've tested over 65 cameras, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best cameras for vlogging. These picks were selected not only based on their overall performance but also their feature set and price. You can also check our articles for the best compact cameras, the best mirrorless cameras, and the best mirrorless cameras under $1,000.


  1. Best Mirrorless Camera For Vlogging: Fujifilm X-T4

    8.5
    Vlogging
    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS

    The Fujifilm X-T4 is the best camera for vlogging that we've tested in the mirrorless category. It's an interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor, and it has a relatively light, portable body. It also comes with a fully articulated touchscreen that you can flip around to face you while vlogging, and its menu system is easy to navigate. The camera is also advertised to be weather-sealed.

    The camera has excellent internal recording capability, as it can record high-quality 10-bit color 4k video up to 400 Mbps. It also supports both F-log and HLG picture profiles if you prefer to do more in-depth color grading on your videos. It delivers fantastic video quality in brighter lighting conditions, and its autofocus system does an incredible job tracking moving subjects and ensuring they stay in focus, even when moving around the frame or popping in and out. Its in-body image stabilization also does an excellent job of reducing camera shake when shooting handheld.

    That said, the camera's tested battery life in video is just okay, lasting approximately 90 minutes on a full charge when using its highest quality settings. However, battery performance can vary heavily depending on your settings and usage habits. Also, it may not be the most ergonomic choice for vlogging due to its size and squared-off body, but it should be well-suited to shooting with a gimbal. All in all, this is one of the best 4k video cameras that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Fujifilm X-S10

    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    FUJINON XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R OIS

    If you want something a bit cheaper, consider the Fujifilm X-S10. It has a shorter battery life than the Fujifilm X-T4, and its internal recording capability isn't quite as good, but it's considerably cheaper and more portable. Like the X-T4, it has a fully articulated screen that can help you monitor yourself while vlogging. It also uses the same 26.1-megapixel X-Processor 4 sensor, so it should deliver similar image and video quality. It also has similarly fantastic autofocus performance, as it tracks moving subjects reliably whether shooting in 4k or FHD. It also features in-body image stabilization to reduce camera shake when using it handheld. However, unlike the X-T4, it isn't rated to be weather-sealed.

    Go with the X-T4 if you want more advanced internal video recording capability and better battery life. However, if you want to save some money and don't need more advanced video capabilities, the X-S10 is a great alternative that should suit most vloggers.

    See our review

  3. Best DSLR Camera For Vlogging: Canon EOS Rebel SL3

    7.2
    Vlogging
    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    No
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM

    If you prefer to shoot with a DSLR, the best DSLR camera we've tested for vlogging is the Canon EOS Rebel SL3. It's incredibly lightweight and portable for a DSLR camera, and Canon has a huge selection of DSLR lenses to choose from if you want to upgrade from the kit lens. It has a fully articulated screen that you can flip around to face you for vlogs, and overall, it feels comfortable to shoot with and has a highly intuitive menu system.

    Its 1080p video quality is fantastic and still impressive in 4k when shooting in more controlled lighting conditions. It can record video at 30 fps or 60 fps in 1080p without a crop, but you can only shoot at 24 fps in 4k, and it incurs a significant 1.54x crop. The camera has a fantastic autofocus system, though, and it quickly and reliably keeps moving subjects in focus, though it's better at object tracking than face tracking. The camera also has a wide array of inputs and inputs, including both a headphone and microphone jack.

    Unfortunately, it performs worse in low light, as video looks noticeably grainy and noisy. It also lacks in-body image stabilization, so you have to rely on the optical stabilization of your lens and the camera's digital stabilization feature. However, while it does an okay job smoothing out camera shake in 1080p, it performs poorly in 4k. The autofocus system is also much more unreliable in 4k. Despite that, this is still one of the best vlogging cameras if you're looking for a DSLR.

    See our review

  4. Best Compact Camera For Vlogging: Sony ZV-1

    8.6
    Vlogging
    Body Type
    Compact
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    1-inch
    Tested Lens
    Built-In Lens

    If you prefer the size and convenience of point-and-shoot, the best camera for YouTube vlogging that we've tested is the Sony ZV-1. It's specifically aimed at vloggers and is equipped with a fully articulated screen to monitor yourself while recording. It also comes with a windscreen for its microphone to reduce wind noise. It's incredibly portable and lightweight, making it easy to take with you wherever you go.

    Video quality is good in 4k, especially when shooting in more well-lit environments, but it's noticeably worse in dimmer lighting conditions and FHD. That said, it has an excellent stabilization feature that does a fantastic job of smoothing out camera shake, especially when shooting in FHD. Its autofocus system is fantastic, tracking faces and objects with ease, whether shooting in 4k or FHD. It comes with specialized features to help vloggers, including a 'Product Showcase' setting that automatically switches focus to objects held up within frame and a 'Background Defocus' button that quickly switches to a shallow depth of field.

    Unfortunately, like many compact cameras, it can struggle with overheating when shooting for long periods. Its battery life is also quite limited, although this can vary depending on usage habits and settings. On the upside, you can charge it over USB-C and continue to use it while it charges. Overall, this is one of the best cameras for vlogging that we've tested thanks to its compact build, good video quality, and feature set designed with vloggers in mind.

    See our review

  5. Alternative With Livestream Support: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

    Body Type
    Compact
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    1-inch
    Tested Lens
    Built-In Lens

    If you'd like a compact vlogging camera with built-in livestream support, check out the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III. Its autofocus system isn't as consistent as the Sony ZV-1's, and its video quality is a bit worse overall. However, it has a built-in livestreaming feature that lets you livestream directly to YouTube via Wi-Fi. The camera has an easy-to-use menu system with a guide mode to help new users understand its settings and functions, and while it doesn't have a fully articulated screen like the Sony, its touchscreen can tilt and flip up to face you while vlogging. Unfortunately, it suffers from similar overheating issues when recording continuously for longer periods. However, battery performance and overheating risk can vary greatly depending on your choice of settings and usage habits.

    Go with the Sony if you want a more reliable autofocus system and better video quality. However, if you do a lot of livestreaming, the Canon is worth considering.

    See our review

  6. Best Action Camera For Vlogging: GoPro HERO10 Black

    7.5
    Vlogging
    Body Type
    Action Cam
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    Unspecified
    Tested Lens
    Built-In Lens

    The best action camera we've tested for vlogging is the GoPro HERO10 Black. It feels very premium and well-built, and it's advertised to be waterproof to a depth of 33ft. You can mount it on any number of accessories or objects, allowing for POV footage of action or sports. It has a second front-facing screen that lets you monitor yourself in Live View while recording, which is great when you want to capture yourself in action.

    The camera's 'HyperSmooth' digital stabilization feature does an outstanding job smoothing out camera shake, though enabling it does incur a crop. It offers a ton of resolution and frame rate options, including 5k video up to 60 fps, 4k video up to 120 fps, and 1080p video up to 240 fps, so you can capture natural-looking footage or generate smooth slow-motion. It also has an improved horizon-leveling feature that can help keep videos steady when tilting the camera from side to side. Video quality is okay overall and marks an improvement over other action cameras in low light.

    That said, its battery life tested slightly worse than some other GoPros we've tested, and it can overheat during longer recording sessions. It's worth noting, though, that battery performance and overheating risk can vary with your usage habits and choice of settings. It also lacks inputs aside from a USB-C port, though you can purchase a 'Mod' from GoPro to add additional inputs and functionality. All in all, this is one of the best vlogging cameras you can get if you want to produce action video.

    See our review

  7. Handheld Alternative: DJI Pocket 2

    Body Type
    Multi-Axis Stabilized Handheld
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    1/1.7 inch
    Tested Lens
    Built-In Lens

    If you'd prefer a pocketable camera that you can use handheld, check out the DJI Pocket 2. It isn't waterproof like the GoPro HERO10 Black and comes with fewer frame rate options, but it's aimed at vloggers and has a built-in three-axis stabilized gimbal, which provides exceptional stabilization for handheld use. It's incredibly portable, so you can easily take it with you on the go. While it can't record 5k video, it can record 4k and FHD video at up to 60 fps and includes a slow-motion feature in FHD that captures 120 fps or 240 fps video for slow-mo playback. Video quality is okay overall and looks surprisingly good in low light, but the real standout feature of this camera is its stabilization and tracking performance. You can lock each gimbal axis in different ways to achieve different stabilization effects. The camera has a tracking feature that can lock onto a subject and automatically follow them, which should come in handy when vlogging. That said, the camera can get very hot during use, especially when recording in 4k.

    If you need a mountable action camera for specific POV vlogging, get the GoPro, but if you're looking for a stabilized handheld option, go with the DJI.

    See our review

  8. Best Budget Camera for Vlogging: Canon EOS M50 Mark II

    7.6
    Vlogging
    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

    Of the cameras we've tested, the best camera for vlogging on a budget is the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. It's a highly portable and lightweight mirrorless camera, and it comes with a fully articulated touchscreen to help you monitor yourself live while recording. It also feels comfortable in the hand and has a remarkably intuitive menu system that makes it easy to go from taking stills to shooting video.

    It's a great choice for those who prefer to shoot video in 1080p, as it shoots at up to 60 fps in this resolution, so you can record more cinematic-looking footage or capture smooth fast action. Its autofocus system does a fantastic job of keeping moving subjects in focus, with particularly effective object tracking. Unlike the previous version of the M50, it now supports eye tracking as well as face tracking. It also delivers great video quality when shooting in brighter lighting conditions, though the quality dips in low light.

    While the camera can also record 4k video, its 4k features and performance are more limited. It can shoot 4k at 24 fps, but there's a significant 1.5x crop when doing so. The autofocus is also much slower and less consistent when tracking moving subjects in 4k, and the camera's digital image stabilization feature performs worse as well. Still, if you're on a budget, this is a good entry-level camera that's well-suited to vlogging thanks to its 1080p video features, snappy overall autofocus, and fully articulated screen.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon EOS M200: The Canon EOS M200 is a remarkably portable mirrorless camera. Its small size makes it a good choice for vlogging. It lacks in-body image stabilization, and its video quality isn't as good as the Fujifilm X-T4 or the Fujifilm X-S10. See our review
  • DJI Osmo Action: The DJI Osmo Action is a decent, cheaper alternative to the GoPro HERO9 Black with a front-facing screen for vlogging. Its video quality and image stabilization aren't as good. See our review
  • GoPro HERO9 Black: The GoPro HERO9 Black is the predecessor to the GoPro HERO10 Black and offers many of the same features at a lower price. However, it doesn't have as many frame rate and resolution options and uses an older processor, leading to slightly worse low-light performance. See our review
  • Sony α7C: The Sony α7C is a compact interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with even more consistent autofocus performance than the Fujifilm X-T4 and a full-frame sensor for good low-light performance. However, its stabilization isn't as good, and it has fewer 4k frame rate options. See our review
  • Sony α6400: Sony α6400 is a good mirrorless option for vlogging. It's even more portable than the Fujifilm X-S10 and delivers better video quality in low light, but it lacks in-body image stabilization. See our review
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a Micro Four Thirds camera. It's more portable than the Fujifilm X-S10, but video has a 2x crop factor due to its smaller sensor, and it's less reliable at tracking moving faces. See our review
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-S5: The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is a great mirrorless camera for aspiring videographers, with excellent video quality and exceptional internal recording capability. However, it's even less portable than the Fujifilm X-T4, making it less suited to vlogging. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 12, 2021: Replaced the GoPro HERO9 Black with the GoPro HERO10 Black as 'Best Action Camera For Vlogging' and added the Canon EOS M50 Mark II as 'Best Budget Camera For Vlogging'.

  2. Oct 13, 2021: Replaced the Sony a7 III with the Sony a7C in the Notable Mentions.

  3. Sep 22, 2021: Checked accuracy and availability of picks with no change to recommendations.

  4. Sep 01, 2021: Added the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 as 'Best DSLR Camera For Vlogging' and the DJI Pocket 2 as a 'Handheld Alternative' to the GoPro HERO9 Black.

  5. Aug 11, 2021: Added the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cameras for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the US).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for cameras. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.

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