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The 5 Best Cameras For Vlogging - Summer 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 50 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 recommendations 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 vlogging camera we've tested if you're looking for a premium mirrorless camera. It has an APS-C sensor and delivers exceptional video quality in more controlled lighting, whether shooting in 4k or FHD. It comes equipped with a fully articulated screen to easily monitor yourself as you record and a wide array of inputs and outputs to connect a microphone or external recorder. More advanced users should also be pleased with its 10-bit internal recording capability.

    Its autofocus system is exceptional, ensuring that moving subjects stay in focus. It has in-body image stabilization, which does an excellent job of smoothing out camera shake for those who prefer to shoot handheld without the aid of a tripod or gimbal. It has several frame rate options, shooting at 24 fps, 30 fps, and 60 fps in 4k, with only a slight crop when shooting at 60 fps. It also shoots at up to 60 fps without a crop in FHD and comes with a high-speed recording feature that can capture footage in FHD at 120 or 240 fps for slow-motion playback.

    Unfortunately, it's on the heavier side and isn't the most compact interchangeable lens camera, so it can be cumbersome to carry around for long periods. That said, some will appreciate Fujifilm's commitment to having dedicated physical command dials for the camera's most important settings, making it easier to quickly adjust settings on the fly instead of digging through menus. All in all, this is among the best mirrorless cameras 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 a mirrorless camera for vlogging but aren't willing to spend as much, consider the Fujifilm X-S10. Its video quality isn't as good as that of the Fujifilm X-T4, but it's more affordable and considerably lighter and smaller, with a more comfortable grip. Like the X-T4, it has a fully articulated touchscreen that's ideal for vlogging. It also has an exceptional autofocus system for video, but it performs significantly worse in photo mode. It includes in-body image stabilization, doing a great job of reducing camera shake when walking or running in either 4k or FHD. However, its battery life is noticeably worse than the X-T4's, although this can vary depending on real-world conditions. Overall, though, it's a great all-around option that delivers for both photo and video.

    Get the X-T4 if you want the best vlogging camera we've tested with a mirrorless design, but to save a bit of money, the X-S10 is an excellent alternative.

    See our review

  3. 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, although we don't test its efficacy. 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. However, we don't currently test these features.

    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

  4. 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 want built-in livestream support, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a great alternative. While its autofocus system isn't as reliable as the Sony ZV-1's, and video quality overall is slightly worse, it's just as compact and has a built-in livestream function that lets you stream directly to YouTube using your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Its menu system is easy to navigate, with a guide mode to explain settings to novice users, and it has a touchscreen that can tilt and flip-up 180 degrees to face you when self-recording. That said, it has major overheating issues when recording continuously over a long period; however, this can vary greatly depending on real-world conditions like your choice of settings and usage habits.

    Go with the Sony if you prioritize video quality and autofocus performance, but if you need easy built-in livestream support, then the Canon is a good option to consider.

    See our review

  5. Best Action Camera For Vlogging: GoPro HERO9 Black

    7.4
    Vlogging
    Body Type
    Action Cam
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    1/2.3-inch
    Tested Lens
    Built-In Lens

    The best action camera for vlogging is the GoPro HERO9 Black. For those looking to vlog about their extreme sports adventures, this portable, lightweight action camera can mount on any number of helmets, chest rigs, or accessories. It also has a front-facing screen so you can monitor yourself while recording. It's also rated as waterproof, although we don't currently test this.

    It's the first GoPro to support video recording in 5k, and it can do so at up to 30 fps for natural-looking high-resolution video; however, we don't currently test 5k video capability. In 4k, it can shoot at up to 60 fps without a crop, and in FHD, it can shoot at up to 240 fps, allowing you to capture smooth fast action or generate slow-motion footage. It also has an incredible image stabilization feature to reduce camera shake, although it incurs a pretty severe 1.38x crop.

    It's capable of taking still photos, but its photo features and perceived image quality are lacking. That said, this shouldn't be a concern if you primarily use it for vlogging. Its 4k video quality is okay in brighter lighting conditions, although it performs significantly worse in low light and FHD. Despite these shortcomings, this is still among the best cameras for vlogging that we've tested, and as far as action cam enthusiasts are concerned, it should please most people.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony α7 III: The Sony α7 III is a great all-around mirrorless camera that delivers amazing video quality and impressive autofocus performance. However, it lacks a fully-articulated screen, and it does a worse job of reducing camera shake than the Fujifilm X-T4. 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
  • 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
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL3: If you're interested in a DSLR for vlogging, the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is a good option with a relatively portable, lightweight design. 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
  • 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
  • DJI Osmo Pocket: The DJI Osmo Pocket is an okay alternative to the GoPro HERO9 Black. It has an unusual design with a built-in gimbal to aid vloggers on the go by smoothing out camera shake. It also has an autofocus system. That said, the design makes it harder to monitor and frame yourself while recording, and it's less versatile. See our review

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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