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The 7 Best Cameras For Vlogging - Winter 2024 Reviews

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

    If you're after the best of the best vlogging cameras, and money is no obstacle, get the Sony ZV-E1. It's Sony's first full-frame vlogging camera and includes a vlogging mic and a fully articulated screen but no viewfinder. In-body image stabilization (IBIS) helps reduce camera shake, and its 12-megapixel full-frame sensor is tailored to low-light situations, making this a great choice if you tend to shoot at night or 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.

    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'll likely be overkill for your needs. With its full-frame sensor and lenses, it isn't the most compact option, either. Read on for more affordable and compact options that may be more suitable 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 still chock-full of amazing video features for the price. 4k recording at up to 120 fps is a highlight despite incurring a significant crop, and the camera uses the same incredible AF system as the higher-end ZV-E1. The camera also has in-body image stabilization 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 for more flexibility when color-grading and editing.

    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 Sony camera'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.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Vlogging Camera

    If the Sony α6700 is out of your price range, you won't be disappointed by the Fujifilm X-S10. While both the α6700 and the Fujifilm X-S20 have some notable advantages, including internal 10-bit 4:2:2 capture, no recording time limits, and 4k at 60 fps, those cameras are also significantly pricier. For most vloggers, the X-S10 hits the sweet spot of features, performance, and price, especially if you're not fussed about things like color grading.

    There's a lot to love here, from a large, comfortable handgrip to a fully articulated screen that makes it easy to monitor yourself while recording. It's also one of the few cameras at this price point with IBIS, which can help you record smoother handheld footage. On top of that, you still get a fairly wide selection of frame rates, with 4k recording at up to 30 fps and a slow-motion recording mode that can capture 1080p footage at up to 240 fps. Plus, it uses the same sensor as the X-S20, so video quality is excellent.

    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 cameras for YouTube vlogging 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 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. You're missing out on IBIS at this price point, so go for an optically stabilized lens if you plan on shooting handheld.

    It doesn't feel as well-built as the Fujifilm X-S10, with no weather sealing to give you more peace of mind when shooting outdoors. However, it has a very reliable autofocus system and even includes specialized focus modes like 'Product Showcase'. This feature 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. While the X-S10 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 on a budget.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Vlogging Camera

    It's hard to find a mirrorless or DSLR camera at this price point 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 vlogging cameras to get you started.

    See our review

  6. Best Compact Vlogging Camera

    If you need something compact with more versatility than you get with the DJI Pocket 2, a point-and-shoot like the Sony ZV-1 is a great middle ground. Like the Sony ZV-E1 and the Sony ZV-E10 mentioned above, it features a vlogging-friendly design with a fully articulated screen, no viewfinder, and a vlogging microphone, complete with a detachable windscreen. But 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 versatile and less suited for low light, the camera still records good video quality, has a great autofocus system, and offers plenty of frame rate options for slow-motion flourishes.

    The newer Sony ZV-1 II offers a new lens with a wider field of view that, on the surface, is better suited to vlogging. However, the Mark II lacks optical stabilization and crops your footage when using digital stabilization, so it's less suited to walk-and-talk vlogging than its predecessor. It's also pricier, making the original ZV-1 our top pick for those looking for a compact camera.

    See our review

  7. Best Action Camera For Vlogging

    Whether you're an athlete or have the travel bug, the GoPro HERO10 Black is one of the best cameras to capture and share your adventures with the world. While it doesn't give you nearly as much flexibility as an interchangeable lens camera, it's incredibly portable and durable, making it a great choice for outdoor on-the-go recording. It even has a front-facing Live View screen, so you can easily pop it onto a selfie stick or tripod to create a discreet vlogging setup.

    Although GoPro has since released the GoPro HERO11 Black and the GoPro HERO12 Black, both of which feature 8:7 sensors that are more tailored toward social media, the HERO10 is still a great deal. It delivers most of the same features as the HERO11, including 5k video and fantastic image stabilization, but at a lower price. On the flip side, if you'd like to save even more money, you can go back to older generations like the GoPro HERO9 Black. It's still a very solid action camera—it just doesn't have as many frame rate options and performs slightly worse in low light.

    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
  • Nikon Z 30: The Nikon Z 30 is a great budget vlogging camera with similar specs to the Sony ZV-E10. However, the Sony has a more reliable autofocus system and doesn't struggle as much with overheating. The Sony also has a wider selection of lenses to choose from. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Jan 04, 2024: Reviewed article for accuracy, with no change to recommendations.

  3. Nov 28, 2023: Renamed the GoPro HERO10 Black from 'Best Camera For Action Vlogging' to 'Best Action Camera for Vlogging'.

  4. Nov 02, 2023: Replaced the Fujifilm X-S20 with the Sony α6700 because it offers more frame rate options and a more reliable autofocus system.

  5. Oct 06, 2023: Added the Fujifilm X-S20 as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Vlogging Camera' to cover a wider range of budgets.

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.