The vlog. It’s all the rage nowadays on YouTube. It’s a unique medium of content that can be interpreted as a multitude of things as the definition of the word is actually video blog. I digress, however, as for the purposes of this article, we will be using the word “vlog” in the same connotation as its verbified version, which is vlogging. The colloquial definition of vlogging is essentially the act of holding up a camera and pointing it at yourself while recording video of whatever activity you are doing.
Alright, enough with definitions. You’re here for the cameras right? Well, let’s get to it then. For the purposes of vlogging, all six of these cameras feature a flip screen and some of them even have an external microphone input.
Best Compact Vlogging Cameras
Canon Powershot G7X Mark II
What better way to begin this list with one of the most widely used vlogging cameras out there. The original G7X was initially very popular among vlog-oriented YouTubers because of its simplicity, as it is a fixed-lens camera, its small footprint, great image stabilization, and its full manual mode. The G7X II, of course, keeps all these as well as important vlogger-friendly features like a flip-up touchscreen, wireless connectivity, slow-motion video, and time-lapse. If you’re very particular about audio though, you’ll have to settle for the built-in mic. No external mic input here.
The G7X Mark II maxes out at 1080p, and if you’re looking for 4K at a relatively affordable price, then the LX10 is worth considering. It is also a fixed-lens camera that is very lightweight. The widest aperture of the lens itself is f/1.4, making it the fastest lens out of all three of the cameras in this category. It is vlogger-friendly with a flip-up touchscreen, wireless connectivity, and time-lapse mode. Audio here isn’t any better though, as the LX10 also does not have a mic input.
Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 V
This one is the most expensive in this category and has a slightly wider feature set. With cameras like the slightly higher-end a6300 and a6500, Sony is well-known for having fast and accurate autofocus in their cameras, and the RX100 V is no slouch in this regard. It also probably has the best image quality out of all three in this category, slightly justifying a little more its much higher price tag. Again, it’s vlogger-friendly with a flip-up screen and wireless connectivity but also suffers in audio due to the lack of a mic input. As an added bonus, it can record in 4K and record super slow motion at 960fps. The RX100 V is the most expensive among this particular bunch, but we’re calling it the most reliable and most versatile among the three.
Best Vlogging DSLR for Vlogging – Canon EOS 80D
If you’re looking for a workhorse camera to do so much more than just vlogging, then the Canon 80D is an excellent choice. Naturally, as it is a DSLR, you are able to take better photos and you can do more “professional looking” or cinematic video. You’re locked at 1080p 60fps, but the image quality makes up for it. It’s the best DSLR for vlogging largely due to its articulating touchscreen, wireless connectivity, time-lapse mode, and mic input. Be sure that you’re ready to acquire a couple of extra batteries though, as it probably won’t last long in travel vlogging situations. It’s also the biggest and heaviest camera on this list, so make sure you’re actually strong enough to lift it for prolonged periods and we would suggest pairing it with something like a Joby GorillaPod for easier handling.
Best Budget Vlogging Camera – Canon EOS M10
The Canon EOS M10 is a very compact camera that is well-suited for vlogging, but it just can’t stack up as one of the best compact vlogging cameras. What it does have, though, that the G7X II, LX10, and RX100 V don’t, is the low price tag, which is why it’s on this list as the best budget vlogging camera. We’ve consistently seen it on sale for under Php20k. You get a flip-up screen, 1080p video, wireless connectivity, and an interchangeable-lens system for flexibility. Image quality is decent at best, but it’s still a good camera to get started vlogging with.
Price: $311.72 (with EF-M 15-45mm kit lens)
Best Overall Vlogging Camera – Canon EOS M6
It has a flip screen, 1080p 60fps, a microphone input, wireless connectivity, time-lapse mode, an interchangeable lens system, great battery life, and a small size. While it’s not as small as the fixed-lens compact cameras on this list, the Canon EOS M6 manages to have everything you would want in a vlogging camera while keeping its size within reason. It has great image quality, and along with it being an interchangeable-lens camera, you will be able to do so much more with it other than just vlogging. For these reasons, the M6 is the best overall vlogging camera.
Price: $606.12 (with EF-M 15-45mm kit lens)
Bonus Round – DJI Osmo+
While not a flip-screen camera per se, if you have a smartphone, and I presume that you do, then the DJI Osmo+ can also be a great vlogging camera as it actually uses your phone as its monitor. The Osmo+ is part-camera and part-gimbal, which means that to turn it into a vlogging rig, all you really need to do is orient the camera part towards yourself. You are sacrificing a lot of pocketability with this one, but the video quality is great, and the stabilization will go unmatched by everything else on this list, it having an electronic gimbal system.
With that, we wrap up this list. We hope this was able to give you some insight whether you’re an aspiring vlogger looking to jumpstart his/her career, or if you’re a more seasoned one looking to upgrade their arsenal. What other cameras do you think could be part of this list?