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The 6 Best Cameras For Vlogging - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Cameras For Vlogging

It's easier than ever to start vlogging thanks to platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch, but while shooting videos on your smartphone is a good place to start, a dedicated camera can help take your vlogs 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 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 choosing 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 want to take your video game to the next level.

We've bought and tested over 75 cameras, and below you'll find our recommendations for the top vlogging cameras for most people. 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, an action camera could suit you just as well for sports, travel, or adventure vlogging. Finally, if you're looking for something more advanced, see our recommendations for the best filmmaking cameras instead.

  1. Best Camera For Vlogging

    The Fujifilm X-S10 is one of the best vlogging cameras you can get for the price, and it's a great choice for those who already have a taste for vlogging or are looking to upgrade their setup. There's a lot to love about this camera, from its large comfortable handgrip and sturdy design to a fully articulated screen that makes it easy to monitor yourself while recording. It's also one of the few cameras in its price range to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS) for smoother handheld video. 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 autofocus system that's especially well-suited to video, ensuring you 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 mainly interested in outdoor, walk-and-talk style vlogs, you might want to consider a more compact option like the Sony ZV-1 below or even an action cam like the GoPro HERO10 Black, 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 kinds of video work.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Camera For Vlogging

    If you can live without IBIS, the Sony α6400 is a great mid-range option that'll save you a bit of money compared to the pricier Fujifilm X-S10, especially when factoring in the cost of bundled lenses. It's a bit more portable than the Fujifilm, which is a 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 for vlogging, either. While it'll still give you a view of yourself while recording, it can easily be blocked by video accessories like a microphone attached to the hot shoe.

    Design quirks aside, this is still a very capable video camera for the price. It has a powerful sensor that can capture high-quality video, along with Sony's class-leading autofocus, which can accurately detect and track moving faces, so you don't have to worry about going out of focus in the middle of a vlog. Plus, there's no time limit on recording, so you aren't limited to shooting shorter takes, and it has a solid battery life, making this a great choice for longer-form vlogging and video work.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Camera For Vlogging

    The Sony ZV-E10 follows in the footsteps of the Sony α6400, but it's a bit more affordable and designed specifically with vloggers in mind, making it an excellent budget option. Ditching the viewfinder and adding a fully articulated screen makes it easier to monitor yourself without accessories getting in the way, this camera also has a headphone jack and a low-profile handgrip that's easier to hold in a selfie position. Once again, you're missing out on IBIS at this price point, so go for an optically stabilized lens if you plan on shooting handheld.

    While it doesn't feel as well-built as the α6400, one thing this camera has going for it that others don't is its specialized autofocus 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 the frame without having to block your face. Though the α6400 mentioned above 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 that won't break the bank.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Camera For Vlogging

    The GoPro HERO9 Black might seem out of left field for vlogging, but it'll get the job done at a fraction of the cost of an interchangeable-lens camera. You don't get as much flexibility as more expensive cameras on this list, especially since you can't adjust settings like aperture or focal length, but it's incredibly portable. Plus, it's the first GoPro to feature a front-facing screen for self-recording, so you can easily pop it onto a selfie stick or monopod to create a portable and discreet camera set-up for outdoor vlogging.

    While it's been superseded by the GoPro HERO10 Black and the GoPro HERO11 Black, both of which offer a few improvements, 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 is even cheaper and still makes for a solid portable vlogging camera—it just lacks a front screen to monitor yourself while filming.

    See our review

  5. Best Point-And-Shoot Camera For Vlogging

    If you don't want to settle for a GoPro but still want something simpler and smaller than an interchangeable lens camera, a fixed-lens point-and-shoot is a great middle ground. The Sony ZV-1 is essentially a fixed-lens version of the Sony ZV-E10 above, and it falls around the same price range, albeit with a lens included. It's designed for vlogging and has many of the same features as its interchangeable-lens sibling. We're talking a fully articulated screen, a dedicated 'Product Showcase' mode, and a solid internal microphone with a detachable windscreen—all in a more portable package.

    Of course, that smaller size means it has a smaller battery and, therefore, a much shorter battery life. It can also overheat quickly when shooting longer takes in 4k, but that's normal with a compact camera like this. On the upside, it has plenty of frame rate options for slow-motion footage and generally good video quality, especially considering its smaller one-inch sensor.

    See our review

  6. Best Pocket Gimbal Camera For Vlogging

    The DJI Pocket 2 is unique on this list, thanks to a built-in three-axis stabilized gimbal that makes it super easy to capture buttery smooth handheld footage. Did we mention the whole thing can fit in your back pocket? That alone makes this a worthy addition to the slew of vlogging cameras on the market these days. While the video quality isn't much better than what you might be able to pull off with a smartphone, this camera's unique functionality makes it a great vlogging tool.

    Aside from its gimbal, it also has a 1/1.7-inch sensor that 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 in 1080p. On top of that, there's an 'Active Track' feature that can automatically follow a subject as they move around, though it can be a little buggy. If you need smooth tracking, the original DJI Osmo Pocket is reportedly more reliable. However, the Pocket 2's larger sensor and quality-of-life improvements make it a better all-around choice for those who need a stabilized handheld pocket camera.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon EOS M50 Mark II: The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is one of the best cameras for YouTube vlogging on a budget—if you don't mind sticking to 1080p resolution. It's a bit cheaper than the Sony ZV-E10, but it can only record heavily cropped 4k video, which affects its autofocus and image quality in that resolution. See our review
  • Panasonic LUMIX G100: The Panasonic LUMIX G100 is a good budget vlogging camera with vlogging-friendly features like soft skin filters and a fully articulated screen. However, its autofocus system isn't as reliable as the Sony ZV-E10's, and it can only shoot 4k video with a heavy crop. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 19, 2023: Adjusted text for clarity and accuracy.

  2. Dec 20, 2022: Touched up text for clarity; no change to recommendations.

  3. Nov 23, 2022: Checked article for accuracy; removed the DJI Osmo Action from Notable Mentions.

  4. Oct 27, 2022: Moved the Canon EOS M50 Mark II to Notable Mentions and shifted picks down, with the Sony ZV-E10 replacing it as 'Best Budget Camera For Vlogging' and the Sony a6400 replacing that as the 'Best Mid-Range Camera For Vlogging.'

  5. 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.

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 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.