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The 6 Best Cameras For Vlogging - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated May 23, 2024 at 01:08 pm
Best Cameras For Vlogging

Thanks to platforms like YouTube and TikTok, it's easier than ever to start vlogging or streaming. While shooting videos on your smartphone is a good place to start, a dedicated camera can help take your videos to the next level. Whether it's a DSLR or mirrorless camera for sit-down vlogging, an action camera to capture and share your extreme sports or travel 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. The most important thing is to choose a model that suits your budget, shooting preferences, and the type of content you'd like to create. Lighting and audio can also take your videos to the next level, so don't forget to factor additional equipment into your budget.

We've bought over 100 cameras in our lab, and below, you'll find the best vlogging cameras we've tested. Most of these picks are interchangeable-lens models that give you more flexibility to upgrade and switch out lenses, but if you want something more lightweight for on-the-go vlogging, you can also check out our picks for the best compact cameras. Otherwise, our best video cameras for sports might serve you better if you're filming videos of sports or fast action. Finally, if you're looking for something more advanced, you'll want the best cameras for videography and filmmaking instead.

  1. Best Vlogging Camera

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    If money is no obstacle, the Sony ZV-E1 is the best vlogging camera you can get. It's Sony's first full-frame vlogging cam, with a 12-megapixel full-frame sensor that's optimized for low light, making it a great choice for creators who work in less controlled lighting conditions. On top of that, it can record at up to 120 fps in 4k, with internal 10-bit 4:2:2 capture, and has one of the most sophisticated autofocus systems on the market. There's no viewfinder here, but the camera includes a stereo vlogging mic and a fully articulated screen that makes it easy to monitor yourself, along with in-body image stabilization (IBIS) to help reduce camera shake.

    This is the ultimate vlog camera for the solo operator, with features designed to take the guesswork out of video production. Naturally, it also comes at a premium price, so unless you're serious about making a career out of vlogging, it will likely be overkill for your needs. There are more compact options out there, too, given the generally larger size of full-frame lenses. Keep reading below if you're looking for a more affordable or compact option for on-the-go vlogging.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Vlogging Camera

    The Sony α6700 may not be as advanced as the Sony ZV-E1, with more of a hybrid design and a smaller APS-C sensor that isn't as adept in low light, but it's chock-full of amazing video features for the price. 4k recording at up to 120 fps is a highlight despite incurring a notable crop, and the camera uses the same incredible AF system as the higher-end ZV-E1. The camera also has IBIS for smoother handheld recording and a fully articulated screen so you can monitor yourself. Plus, more advanced shooters can take advantage of internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording to have more flexibility when color grading.

    Overall, the α6700 is an excellent video camera for the price, with more than enough advanced video features to please enthusiasts. But don't overlook the Fujifilm X-S20 in this price range, either. Its AF isn't as reliable as the α6700's, and it maxes out at 4k 60 fps, but it's another excellent choice for video work, with a dedicated 'Vlog' mode that simplifies the vlogging process for content creators. It even includes more advanced features like open gate 6.2k recording to give you more cropping leeway.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Vlogging Camera

    If the Sony α6700 is a little too pricy for you, the Canon EOS R10 is a great mid-range choice. It's more of an entry-level camera than the Sony, with more limited internal recording capabilities and no IBIS. But if you don't intend to use Log profiles and color-grade your own footage, then the R10 still has a lot to offer. It captures high-quality 4k footage, with 4k recording at up to 60 fps (albeit with a crop), and includes a slow-motion recording mode in 1080p.

    Beyond that, it has a highly effective autofocus system and a really intuitive user interface that's well-suited for beginners. The camera's also quite lightweight for on-the-go shooting and features a bright, fully articulated touchscreen, so you can monitor yourself while recording. Its battery life leaves something to be desired, but you can always power the camera externally if you need more juice.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Vlogging Camera

    The Sony ZV-E10 is the budget option in Sony's ZV series and one of the best options if you're just starting out. Though it doesn't have a viewfinder, making it less versatile for hybrid shooters, its fully articulated screen makes it easy to monitor yourself while recording. This camera also has a headphone jack and a low-profile handgrip that's easier to hold in a selfie position. It doesn't have built-in stabilization, so go for an optically stabilized lens if you plan on shooting handheld.

    Its frame rate options are more limited than what you get with the Canon EOS R10, maxing out at 4k 30 fps with a slight crop. However, it has a very reliable autofocus system, including specialized focus modes like 'Product Showcase.' This feature is a godsend for product and beauty vloggers, as it'll automatically shift focus from your face to any object you hold up in the frame. While the Canon R10 is a little more versatile for hybrid photo/video shooters thanks to its viewfinder, the ZV-E10 is the way to go if you need a vlogging-oriented camera on a budget.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Vlogging Camera

    It's hard to find a mirrorless or DSLR camera for cheap unless you buy used, but the DJI Pocket 2 is a unique all-in-one vlogging tool that won't break the bank. Unlike our other picks, it has a built-in three-axis stabilized gimbal, so you can easily capture buttery smooth handheld footage without expensive stabilizers or gimbals. Did we mention the whole thing can fit in your back pocket? That alone makes this a worthy addition to the slew of different vlogging cameras today.

    Aside from its gimbal, its 1/1.7-inch sensor gives it better low-light performance than most cameras of its size, and it can shoot at up to 60 fps in 4k, with a slow-motion capture mode that records at up to 240 fps in 1080p. On top of that, there's an 'Active Track' feature that can automatically follow a subject as they move around. While its video quality doesn't compare to pricier interchangeable lens options like those mentioned above, this camera's unique functionality makes it one of the best cheap options to get you started.

    See our review

  6. Best Compact Vlogging Camera

    If you need something compact, consider a point-and-shoot like the Sony ZV-1. Like the Sony ZV-E1 and the Sony ZV-E10 mentioned above, it features a vlogging-friendly design with a fully articulated screen and vlogging mic, complete with a detachable windscreen but no viewfinder. Unlike its interchangeable-lens stablemates, the ZV-1 is much more portable and uses a smaller 1-inch type sensor. While that means it's less suited to dim lighting conditions, the camera still records high-quality 4k video, has a great autofocus system, and offers plenty of frame rate options.

    The newer Sony ZV-1 II features an updated lens with a wider field of view that, on the surface, is better suited to vlogging. But, unlike the original ZV-1, it lacks optical stabilization and crops your footage when using digital stabilization, in some ways mitigating the advantage of using a wide angle lens. It's also pricier, making the original ZV-1 our top pick for those looking for a compact camera.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon EOS R50: The Canon EOS R50 is a great budget vlogging camera. It's cheaper than the Sony ZV-E10 but lacks some of that camera's dedicated vlogging features, like a vlogging mic and special focus modes. See our review
  • DJI Osmo Pocket 3: The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 is one of the best all-in-one vlogging cameras you can get. It significantly improves upon the DJI Pocket 2, with a larger sensor, bigger screen, better battery life, and 10-bit HLG recording. However, at around twice the cost, it's a harder sell for budget shooters. Untested - Join the discussion
  • Fujifilm X-S10: The Fujifilm X-S10 is another great entry-level option. Unlike the Canon EOS R10, it even has in-body image stabilization, but with the Fujifilm X-S20 out now, it's harder to find new models in stock. See our review
  • Nikon Z 30: The Nikon Z 30 is a great budget vlogging camera with specs similar to the Sony ZV-E10. However, the Sony has a more reliable autofocus system and doesn't struggle as much with overheating. The Sony camera also has a wider selection of lenses to choose from. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 23, 2024: We added the Fujifilm X-S10 and the DJI Osmo Pocket 3 as Notable Mentions. Though we haven't tested the Pocket 3, it's a noteworthy improvement over the Pocket 2 for those who can afford it, while the Fujifilm X-S10 is a good alternative to the Canon EOS R10, with IBIS, despite being discontinued and harder to find.

  2. Apr 24, 2024: We replaced the Fujifilm X-S10 with the Canon EOS R10 as the 'Best Mid-Range' pick, as the Canon is more widely available.

  3. Mar 26, 2024: We've reviewed the picks and brushed up some of the text throughout the article to ensure it's current.

  4. Feb 27, 2024: We've removed the GoPro HERO10 Black since we've paused buying and testing new action cameras.

  5. Jan 31, 2024: Removed the Panasonic LUMIX G100 from the Notable Mentions because it doesn't offer enough to hold its own against main picks.

All Reviews

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'd like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our camera reviews. 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.