It's easier than ever to start vlogging. All you need is the phone in your pocket and a YouTube channel, and you can start recording and share videos to your heart's content. That said, a good camera can help take your vlogs to the next level. 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 when it comes to vlogging, just as there's no single way to make vlogs. Most important is to choose a model that suits your budget, shooting preferences, and the type of content you'd like to create. You also shouldn't underestimate the importance of lighting and audio, so be sure to factor additional equipment into your budget if you really want to take your video game to the next level.
We've bought and tested over 75 cameras, and below you'll find our top vlogging camera recommendations. If you're looking for something more advanced, see our recommendations for the best filmmaking cameras instead. If you want something small and light, you can also check out our picks for the best compact cameras, or else take a look at the best mirrorless cameras we've tested.
While the Fujifilm X-S10 isn't cheap, it's one of the best mirrorless cameras you can get for the price, so it's a great option for those who already have a taste for vlogging or are looking to upgrade their setup. There's a lot to love about it, from a large comfortable handgrip and sturdy weather-sealed design to a fully articulated screen that makes it well-suited to vlogging. It's also one of the few cameras in its price range to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS). On top of that, you get a fair amount of frame rates to choose from, a slow-motion recording mode in 1080p, and a solid AF system, so you or whatever your subject may be can stay in focus.
It isn't the most compact vlogging camera you can get, but it gives aspiring videographers and vloggers all the tools they need to get started, and then some. If you're only going to do walk-and-talk style vlogs, you might want to consider a more compact option like the Sony ZV-1 below, but all in all, the X-S10 is the most versatile of the bunch and gives you a ton of bang for your buck for different styles of video work.
If you can live without IBIS, the Sony α6400 will save you some money and is still a very solid vlogging camera. It's more portable than the Fujifilm X-S10, which is a big plus if you plan on shooting on the go, but it doesn't have as comfortable or intuitive a design. The flip-up screen isn't ideal, either. While it'll still give you a view of yourself while recording, it's also easily blocked if you attach an external mic to the hot shoe.
Design quirks aside, this is still a very capable video camera for the price. Its got a powerful sensor that can capture high-quality video, along with Sony's best-in-class autofocus system. Plus, unlimited recording times, so you're not limited to shooting shorter takes. It also has a solid battery life making this a very attractive vlogging option.
The Sony ZV-E10 follows in the footsteps of the Sony α6400, but it's designed more strictly for vlogging. It ditches the viewfinder and adds a fully articulating screen that makes it easier to monitor yourself, along with a headphone jack and redesigned handgrip. Like the α6400, you do miss out on IBIS at this price, so you'll need to use an optically stabilized lens if you plan on shooting handheld. It does have an electronic stabilization feature, but it produces a distracting jitter effect, so you're better off relying on lens stabilization.
The other thing this camera has going for it that others don't is its specialized AF modes. The 'Product Showcase' setting is a godsend for product and beauty vloggers as it'll automatically shift focus to any object you hold up in frame without you having to block your face. It's Sony, so you can rely on the AF to be quick and accurate. If you need a vlogging-only camera, go with the ZV-E10, but if you plan on shooting photos as well as video, the α6400 mentioned above is a little more versatile.
If you don't want to spend a fortune for an interchangeable lens camera, the Canon EOS M50 Mark II is one of the most affordable mirrorless cameras you can get, and it's one of the best vlogging cameras for beginners. It's portable and lightweight, making it easy to grab and go, and it has a fully articulated touchscreen to help you monitor yourself while recording. It also has a built-in livestream feature that lets you stream directly to YouTube.
Just be aware that you won't get the best 4k performance out of this thing since it can only shoot 4k with a heavy crop, which affects its autofocus and stabilization performance. It performs very well in Full HD, though, with a snappy autofocus system and plenty of frame rate options. So, if you don't mind sticking to 1080p, this is an awesome entry-level camera that's well-suited to vlogging.
If it's cheap you're after, the GoPro HERO9 Black might be out of left field for vlogging, but it'll get the job done at a fraction of the cost of an interchangeable lens system. You won't have as much flexibility as more expensive cameras on this list, especially since you can't adjust aspects of the camera's lens. That said, it's incredibly portable, and it has a little front screen that lets you see yourself while recording, so just pop it onto a selfie stick or monopod, and you've got yourself a neat and super discreet camera set-up for outdoor walk-and-talk vlogs.
While the GoPro HERO10 Black is newer and offers a few improvements on its predecessor, the HERO9 is more of a steal for budget-conscious buyers, and it gets you most of the same features, including 5k video and fantastic image stabilization for super smooth footage. On the flip side, if the HERO9 isn't as cheap as you'd like, the GoPro HERO8 Black and GoPro HERO7 Black are even cheaper and still make for solid portable vlogging cameras—you just can't see yourself while filming.
If you don't want to settle for a GoPro but still want something simpler and smaller than an interchangeable lens camera, then a fixed-lens point-and-shoot is a great middle ground. The Sony ZV-1 is like a fixed-lens version of the Sony ZV-E10 above, and it falls around the same price range, only the lens is included, so you don't have to worry about extra expenses there. It's designed specifically for vlogging and has a lot of the same features as its interchangeable-lens sibling. We're talking a fully articulated screen, dedicated recording button, solid internal mic, a windscreen, and it's significantly more portable.
Of course, that smaller size means it has a smaller battery, meaning it won't last as long. It also tends to overheat when shooting in 4k, but otherwise, this is one of the best compact vlogging cameras we've tested. You get the same specialized 'Product Showcase' mode as the ZV-E10, along with generally good video quality, especially considering its smaller one-inch sensor.
Sep 08, 2022: Overhauled article picks and structure to align more closely with user needs and market conditions; touched up intro and cleaned up Notable Mentions.
Mar 03, 2022: Checked that picks were still accurate; no change to recommendations.
Feb 03, 2022: Added the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III as a 'More Portable Alternative' to the Fujifilm X-S10.
Jan 06, 2022: Checked picks for accuracy with no change to recommendations.
Dec 10, 2021: Moved the Fujifilm X-T4 and the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 to Notable Mentions and named the Fujifilm X-S10 as the 'Best Camera For Vlogging' due to its portability and affordable price. Added the Panasonic LUMIX G100 to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cameras for YouTube vlogging 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 U.S.).
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.