Vloggers are the TV stars of 2015 and many YouTubers are wielding larger fan bases than “traditional” celebrities; but they didn’t get there without a decent camera. In this gadget roundup I’ve included plenty of great vlogging cameras; a couple point and shoots, a DSLR, an action cam and some phones. Literally, whatever situation you find yourself in (or budget you find yourself constrained by) you’ll be able to find the best camera for your vlogging efforts here. If you’re new to vlogging, check out my guide: Vlogging for beginners: your first 5 equipment purchases.
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Canon PowerShot G7 X
The Canon PowerShot G7 X is like shooting with a DSLR that fits in your pocket—or as close to that as you can basically get at this point. Vloggers love it for it’s selfie-friendly touchscreen (that flips up to face the front of the camera), it’s ability to shoot well in low light situations and it’s Wi-Fi connectivity which allows you to use a cell phone as a remote control as well as let’s you transfer photos and videos without a cord.
Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 III
The Sony RX100 III is the Canon PowerShot G7 X’s main competition; in fact Sony had this section of the market cornered until the Canon listed above showed up to compete with it. How many suspect both cameras share the same image sensor, the Sony comes with a real viewfinder if that is important to you. Like the Canon above, there is a built in selfie display but many bloggers feel this camera is more tuned to video because it can be quieter to operate (the G7 X has a noisy click wheel around the lens).
Canon EOS 70D
If you prefer and DSLR camera for vlogging, you will love the Canon EOS 70D‘s incredible autofocus capabilities. The screen on this shooter swings around the side so you can see what’s being recorded if you’re in front of the camera. Since this is considered a more professional camera you will also be able to attach an external microphone—something neither camera listed above is capable of.
GoPro Hero4 Black
The GoPro Hero4 is the world’s best action camera. If you want to shoot in smooth 4K (that’s a whopping 4x the resolution of 1080p) you can with double the performance of this GoPro’s predecessor. Easy time-lapse shots, good low-light shooting and SuperView wide angle are a few other standout features. Even finicky sound snobs will appreciate the much improved mic on the Hero4 Black.
iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6
The built-in cameras on both the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 are pretty impressive for what they are. They aren’t DSLR’s, they aren’t point and shoots and they aren’t action cams—but they are still very capable. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, for instance, can still shoot 60fps, make incredible time-lapses and can even shoot super slow-mo videos. Whether you are on a tight budget and need to use what you’ve got or simply want a second camera angle, your phone might be just what you need.