Want the Best Camera for Blogging? We Review the Best YouTube Blog Cameras

best camera for bloggingAre you planning to start a YouTube channel or post videos online? For buyers searching for the best blogging camera, our list below rates the top models available in 2016.

Which Features Make a Good Blogging Camera?

If you are wondering what kind of camera do YouTubers use? When buying a camera for blogging, there five important features to consider which will guarantee your videos look and sound professional.

#1 – Optical Image Stabilization: Depending on your vlog, it can be very common to record on the go, during activities which involve movement. Read our professional stabilizers guide to see why it’s important to consider Optical Image Stabilization when buying a vlogging camera.While most video editing packages have features to help stabilize footage you will always obtain better stabilization with a high quality vlogging camera with built in Optical Image Stabilization. This feature ensures your audience won’t be watching video clips with shaky video.

#2 – Audio: Viewers don’t stick around a vlog if they have trouble hearing what’s being said. Paying attention to the microphone design of a camera is arguably the most important buying decision. Just have a look at the blog comments below recordings made in rooms that echo or at very low volume. All the best vlogging cameras which we’ve listed in our guide have mic’s which will perform in even the most testing conditions. You will find that the more expensive cameras also have a microphone jack which allows upgrading to an external microphone if the need arises.

#3 – Weight: Cameras generally don’t weigh much but get surprisingly heavy when you hold with an extended arm for a minute or so. The vlogging cameras in our guide are relatively lightweight so you will not get sore while vlog recording.

#4 – Image Quality: We recommend buying a camera capable of recording in at least 1080p or ‘Full HD’. If you’re looking for an affordable vlogging camera and can’t afford the extra money for 1080p try to at least buy a camera that shoots in 720p.

Anything below is average quality compared to YouTube channels and will possibly effect growing your audience. If you have a larger budget and want the best vlog camera pick a camera that shoots in 4K or ‘Ultra HD’. We have a great 4K camera guide – just keep in mind if you buy a camera that shoots 4K you’ll need a high-end laptop to edit the footage ready for YouTube.

#5 – The lens: Given that most of your footage will be recorded at close quarters it’s important to buy a vlogging camera with lens that’s suitable for good video quality while shooting at close range. Nothing looks worse for your viewers than watching a vlog with the subject out of focus.

Best Blogging Camera Reviews

 ProductCommentsRatingPrice

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Canon PowerShot G7XLCD touchscreen makes recordings easy to watch on the road.4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)****
sony_hd_video_recording_hdrcx405_reviewSony HDRCX405One of the best camcorders for blogs4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)***

Canon Rebel T5 review
Canon EOS Rebel T5Full frame case, but takes excellent videos4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)***

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110Compact size, Full HD video, image stabilizing4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)***

Canon VIXIA mini X review

Canon VIXIA mini XVery light, great battery. Flip screen is perfect for vlogging4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)***
Sony-DSCW830-B-reviewSony DSCW830/BDoes everything bloggers need in a cheap camera. Perfect for beginners4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)*

Best Blogging Camcorder

We rate the Sony HDR-CX405 as one of the top budget camcorders and also the best blogging camcorder in our list.

Sony HDR-CX405/B Camcorder

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Sony HDR-CX405/B Camcorder

Features and Specs

  • 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS® Lens
  • 50Mbps XAVC S(TM)1 1920×1080 at 60P, AVCHD® and MP4 codecs
  • Optical SteadyShot(TM) image stabilization w/ Active mode
  • 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom to get closer to the action
  • Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips

Sample Video

Perfect for creating clearer memories with Full HD/60p and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Every moment you capture benefits from a 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS lens and 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom.

Easily charge or transfer files with the built-in USB cable, and automatically create highlight videos from multiple clips in MP4 for easy sharing.

Best Digital Camera for Blogging

Canon PowerShot G7 X

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Canon PowerShot G7 X

Features and specs:

  • 20MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • Exposure compensation dial
  • 24-100mm equivalent lens
  • Flip-up rear 3 inch LCD touchscreen

This advanced compact camera has a 1 inch sensor and a fast 4.2X zoom lens. It can video 4 GB, which is about 30 minutes of recording time, depending on the memory card.

The camera has a 3 inch flip-up display LCD touchscreen, especially convenient for viewing selfies and blogging camera needs.

We rate the G7X as Canon’s Best Vlogging Camera.

Sample G7X Video

Many well-known video bloggers have purchased this camera for producing their YouTube videos. The G7 X is touted as a great camera, and it is easy to see why vloggers more than just like it.

The G7 X performs particularly well at night, and the sound is also very good. The physical compensation dial is a terrific addition for this small unassuming camera, which also contains 3 ways to launch WiFi connectivity.

The focus assist light is used as a count-down timer, which I have heard can be blinding, if not careful. At ISO 1600, jpgs start to lose quality. 6.5 frames per second, continuous shooting with auto-focus is good, but the battery life is not so good. Perhaps the best features this camera offers is high image quality. This is achieved by combining the 24-100mm equivalent with the F1.8 – 2.8 zoom.

Best Vlogging Camera under 200

If you’re looking to start blogging on a budget, then look no further than Sony’s DSCW830. This is an ultra cheap blogging camera that’s perfect for beginners, with 20.1 Megapixels and 8x Zoom capable of shooting 720p HD in MP4 format.

Sony DSCW830/B Review

Sony DSCW830-B review

Sony DSCW830/B

Features and specs:

  • 20.1 Megapixel Plus 8x Zoom
  • Optical Steady Shot image Stabilization with 2-way Active Mode
  • 720p MP4 HD Movie Mode

Sony DSCW830 Sample Video

The optical SteadyShot stabilization with 2-way active mode gives you the freedom to record video while driving, walking or even cycling. Sony’s intelligent auto setting adjusts to the lighting environment and face detection software technology automatically configures optimal focus and exposure balance so you can start recording while your camera takes care of the technical stuff.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110

Features and specs:

  • 16.1 MP
  • 3 inch LCD display on the backside
  • Hybrid image stabilization
  • HD 1080p video recording
  • Blink detection and slow motion
  • 4x digital zoom, 5x optical zoom
  • 24 – 120mm equivalent UA lens

Released in 2012, is a compact vlogging camera, in the under $300 price range, provided for portability and HD on the run. Records at 1080p and easy to handle, image stabilizing works well. Canon’s Powershot ELPH is perfect for buyers who need a portable, compact and light vlog camera.

Sample Blog Video with ELPH 110

It is used by some strictly for vlogging because of it is compact and lightweight design. Practical and affordable, the ELPH 110 takes great still photos, but most importantly for vlogging, it produces excellent video. Aperture settings and filters can be set manually or auto. Auto-focus works nicely and quickly. Small and lightweight, this camera is great for quick and easy access. Buttons on the side of the LCD are for navigation. The LCD is a 3 inch color display with wide angle viewing.

The low-light is decent. The zoom when in use is a bit noisy. Battery life is decent but for vlogging, it is best to always carry an extra battery. It will come in handy The external speaker for playback is not great. In fact, it is said to sound tinny, and the volume needs to be cranked all the way up.

The image stabilizer works well but I’d recommend buying a more expensive camera if you plan to record on bumpy roads in a vehicle.

Canon PowerShot A2600

Canon PowerShot A2600 reviewFeatures and specs:

  • 5x zoom lens
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 16 MP
  • 3 inch LCD display with 230k resolution

Once again, this is a point and shoot in the Canon Powershot lineup. Some of the basic features offered in this relatively inexpensive camera are as follows:

Weighing a modest 4.8 ounces, the A2600 is a small, easy to use and convenient camera that can produce a high quality image generally, but suffers in low-light conditions. Although there is no optical image stabilization, it does have a terrific lens. A dedicated wall charger is included for charging the lithium-ion battery.

This is a departure compared with most similarly priced cameras which require an in-camera recharge system. There is no optical zoom available during video record, but the lens covers 28 – 140mm field of view and can provide for landscape and group shots nicely. The A2600 also has a dedicated video record button, for convenience, and a separate button for the flash. The eco-button facilitates the LCD sleep mode for power saving purposes.

There are also display controls for playback, delete and information. As a start-up, entry-level camera, there is a good help button, which provides a useful guide, on-screen. Compared to similarly priced cameras, the A2600 out-performs in image sharpness. In quicktime format, the video is limited to 720p25 and once again, there is no optical zoom in video record mode.

The only port provided is for a mini-USB connector. Standard memory cards can be used in SD, SDXC and SDHC formats.

Best Video Blogging Camera with Flip Screen

Canon VIXIA mini X

Canon VIXIA mini X review

Canon VIXIA mini X

Features and specs include:

  • Flip-up screen, great for seeing yourself
  • Internal recharge
  • Canon NB-12 battery

Pros:

  • Best audio, even compared with higher-end cameras.
  • Stand-up, pull-down lever provides for varying angles and vantage points, for vlogging, selfies
  • Mic input is available to enable attachment of an external mic

Sample Vixia Mini X Video

Very unique design format, permitting a convenient handheld mobility. The LCD display also shifts up for great viewing, for selfies or group photos. It contains a stand that folds-up and can be used for easy and variable placement, for recording. The VIXIA contains an input for an external mic, which is in addition to the internal mic. This is great for interviews, which can then be mixed. The mic volume level is adjustable.

The camera has separate record and playback buttons. There is no optical zoom, but there is a wide angle and 35mm equivalent. Musicians should adore this unit because of the high quality audio, with stereo microphones. The internal audio is not compromised by wind, cars or other potential noises. An external microphone, such as a lavalier can be conveniently added-in facilitating a mixing-in of internal audio with external mic audio. This is great for an interview, music and voice-overs, for example. In-camera review is convenient with the playback button.

A headphone external input is available. Inclusive: camera, USB cable, Canon NB-12L battery (& charger) and wrist strap

Sony RX100M3

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Sony DSC-RX100M III Cyber-shot

Features and specs include:

  • 20.1MP 1
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 1440k-Dot OLED Tru-Finder Pop-Up EVF

The Sony RX100M3 III is another model rated as the best vlog cameras in 2016. Between the brilliant HD video quality and image stabilization features, it just pips the Canon G7 X as market leader in the sub $1000 price point.

My only criticism is it lacks an external microphone port. But I consider the RX100M3 as a better option over a G7 X due to the better audio recording and ability for the battery to be recharged while being used.

Canon EOS Rebel T5 (1200 D)

Canon Rebel T5 review

Canon Rebel T5

Features and specs:

  • 18MP
  • DSLR type camera
  • 3X optical zoom
  • Built-in detachable flash

In the under $500 range, is a substantial upgrade from the previous version, the T3 (1100D), with an 18 MP image sensor and the ability to record in full HD video. Providing optimal image stabilization and (STM) silent auto-focus during active video recording the EOS Rebel T5 is a good camera for blogging plus an excellent choice for intermediate bloggers seeking an easy to use video camera.

Apple and Android app stores have a companion guide designed for first time users providing a “how to” use the camera and its features.

Sample Video EOS T3

Cons:

  • The viewfinder is small and difficult to see through
  • The LCD display is also reflective, especially with bright sunlight
  • Battery life is shorter than its predecessor
  • At lower ISO settings, longer videos may suffer

As an entry-level DSLR camera it is lightweight and handles well. It has a 3 inch LCD display with 460 dots, but no touch controls. The display quality is good from all angles, with LCD brightness on maximum on a sunny day, the display is highly viewable. The auto-focus uses a 9 point AF (auto-focus) system, while a lens with an aperture of f5.6 or wider is required for auto-focus to function.

The live view takes longer to focus. The Rebel T5 uses standard SD memory cards and a lithium battery. Separation between the triple mount and the battery compartment is a convenient upgrade. Mini HD, USB and 2.5mm wired remote access are available inputs. The most impressive features are the high image quality and ease of use.

Best Vlogging Camera under 300

Perfect for capturing blog videos to birthday party snaps, the high-zoom, compact-body PowerShot SX710 HS camera has been one of 2016’s best sellers. Canon have done a brilliant job combining powerfully photography features but still being simple to use.

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I love this camera! I can’t say enough good things about it. Handy size.

Megapixels: 20.2
Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Weight: 9.49 oz.
What we like: 

  • Brilliant point and shoot camera, top rated across the $300 price range
  • Zoom performance is unbelievable – out-performs most changeable lens cameras
  • Focal system design is outstanding – you’ll almost never disable Automatic setting.

What we don’t like:

  • Struggles in low light environments – max (ISO 3200)
  • Low frames per second
  • Slow shutter speed

Canon’s 30x Optical Zoom provides the flexibility to take your still images while also recording vibrant 1080p Full HD video.

Best Waterproof Vlogging Camera

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Megapixels: 13MP
Sensor size: 4.7 x 3.5 mm
Weight:  7.8 oz.
What we like: 

  • Long lasting battery life, upload direct to Social media sites

What we don’t like:

  • Nothing! The Nikon S33 is reliable and simple to use

Sample Video Coolpix S33

If you are looking for a blogging camera that can handle rugged conditions and is capable of taking good quality videos, the Nikon Coolpix S33 Shock & Waterproof Digital Camera is perfect. Not only is the Nikon Waterproof, it’s also shockproof and freeze proof.

Oversize buttons and simple menus mean the camera is perfect for anyone taking photos or recording Full HD 1080p videos.

Top Reasons to Start Video Blogging in 2016

Top 10 Reasons to Start Video Blogging

How to Produce Great Quality Videos

For the best quality video recordings don’t forget the importance of high quality audio. The best sound recording is produced using a pair of over-the-ear headphones and separate microphone. Avoid in-ear Bluetooth headphones, they are designed to allow a small amount of ambient noise for safety reasons.

Sennheiser HD280 Pro’s have been rated by bloggers as one of the best over-the-ear headphones for vlog production. When you combine a pair of HD280’s with a lapel mic such as the Sennheiser ME 2, you will be amazed at the sound playback improvement for a minimal investment.

Final Thoughts

Of course the best vlogging camera is one that best suits YOUR needs. Depending on your Vlog’s contents and the environment that you’ll be shooting, for example if you record in low-light conditions you will need a camera which can perform in these conditions.

If you blog while on the move a camera suited for action or sports footage will be perfect. If you already have a top rated microphone and audio setup buying a vlog camera with external mic jack will be your best option.

Most of all just remember the type of blog and audience that you’re looking to grown and buy the camera which will best suit the end result. Good luck!

Each of the cameras that we have reviewed are divided in the different price ranges and case type. Of particular value in the Canon brand are the Powershot range, which offer quick point and shoot functionality contained in a small case.

This is true in all price ranges which is why the Powershot is such a popular camera used by food, fashion and tech video bloggers.

Sony also produce an excellent camcorder, which is why we rated their HD CX405 as the top blogging camcorder on the market.