Would you like to increase likes on your YouTube videos?
Do you want to have more subscribers on your channel?
Are your videos not as good-looking as on the channels of some professional vloggers?
Well, dear YouTuber, we have the solution for you.
In the article below, you will be able to learn all you need to know about choosing the perfect camera for your YouTube channel along with the list of the best cameras for vlogging in 2017. Each camera is carefully picked and reviewed before presented as a good choice for you.
So, continue reading, because you are just one article away from vlogging as a professional.
Last updated 2/19/2018.
|Model (link jumps to our review)||Image||Sensor||Video resolution||Rating||Price*||Order Online|
|1. Canon XC10||12 MP||160 - 20000|
(17 Reviews reviews)
|$1,599.99||Buy on Amazon|
|2. Nikon D850||46 MP||64 - 25600|
(265 Reviews reviews)
|$2,996.95||Buy on Amazon|
|3. GoPro Hero 4||12 MP||100 – 6400|
(1,205 Reviews reviews)
|$299.95||Buy on Amazon|
|4. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV||30 MP||100 - 25600|
(326 Reviews reviews)
|$2,499.00||Buy on Amazon|
|5. Canon EOS 80D||24 MP||100 – 16000|
(376 Reviews reviews)
|$685.98||Buy on Amazon|
|6. Sony Alpha A7SII||12 MP||100 – 102400|
(76 Reviews reviews)
|$1,124.99||Buy on Amazon|
|7. Nikon D750||21 MP||100 – 5120|
(889 Reviews reviews)
|Price not available||Buy on Amazon|
|8. Nikon D3300||24 MP||100 – 12800|
(54 Reviews reviews)
|Price not available||Buy on Amazon|
|9. Nikon D5600||24 MP||100 - 25600|
(581 Reviews reviews)
|$696.95||Buy on Amazon|
|10. Canon EOS Rebel T3i||No products found.||24 MP||100 – 12800||No products found.|
(No products found. reviews)
|No products found.||No products found.|
If you want to post your videos on your youtube channel, you will probably need only one of these five types, depending on the content of your videos: DSLR camera, Compact System camera, Mirrorless camera, Camcorder or Webcam. More about these cameras you can read here.
We’ve compiled a hand-picked list of top 10 cameras for YouTube of 2018. The list is based on our author’s objective review and combination of various opinions from users all over the world. Continue reading to see all of our camera reviews:
My first impression of shooting with this camera fits into just one word – comfortable. The XC10 comes with a detachable viewfinder loupe and diopter. The viewfinder attaches to a tiltable 3″ touchscreen, but I’m not sure why anyone would want to detach it, though. The screen isn’t the only tiltable part because there it the grip that tilts up or down 90degrees which allows you to shoot in some more difficult angles like near ground.
When it comes to video features, this camera is capable of shooting both 4K Ultra HD and 1080P videos. But don’t get too excited about that because if you are planning on using both resolutions you will need two separate cards because the included SD card can only record 1080P and 4K videos need to be recorded to CFast 2.0 card.
There is another disappointment if you are expecting the 4K to be full cinema because it isn’t.
However, it is great to have both of these resolutions because they complement each other. While the 4K can shoot in framerates at up to 30 frames per second, 1080P is a much better solution for the slow motion because it can record at up to 60 frames per second. If you want to slow things down, even more, you can always record 720P videos at up to 120 frames per second.
When it comes to post-production, you will be thrilled to hear that XC10 has 205 or 305 Mbps data rate and that it also records an 8-bit 4:2:2 stream. All of this helps with better color grading in post-production and if you need more information to play with in post you will be very happy to know that there is also the data rate of 35 or 50mbps at 1080P.
Even though this is called a camcorder, it obviously isn’t intended just for video enthusiasts because it is capable of shooting gorgeous 12MP stills in photo mode.
This full-sized DSLR with a massive optical viewfinder features dust and water-drop resistance which makes it perfect for those who like shooting outdoors. The super-tough body feels solid in the hand and it really gives me the impression that it could survive anything. The camera features 3.2’’ large touchscreen LCD with tilting design that allows you to record videos and take selfies with a lot more ease. Besides looking and feeling great, D850 provides amazing photos and videos even in low light situations. The most important feature, I mustn’t forget to mention is its capability of shooting 4K Ultra HD videos using the full-frame area or a DX crop area in 24p or 30p rates. It also allows you to record full HF 1080p videos at up to 120p. If you are an experienced videographer you already know how hard it can be to achieve smooth exposure transition between light and dark areas, that’s why Nikon added the Pv button to D850 to make this not just possible but easy too. The Auto ISO can also be a great helper to provide a consistent brightness through the switching light situations.
D850 also has the ability to produce the 8K time-lapse video with the Interval Timer Mode or in-camera 4K time-lapse movies. I’ve never used this in my life but I know people for whom this feature is a must, so I figured it is worth mentioning in this short review.
Video professionals also know that highlighting edges of subjects is necessary. That’s why D850 features focus peaking that is usually used to benefit manual focus control. However, adjusting the focus manually is something no one wants to do unless they have to and everyone likes good accurate autofocus. D850, of course, has great AF system but also the new Auto AF Fine Tune feature responsible for autofocus micro-adjustments.
PUR PFM400H features a switch that lets you choose between filtered or regular tap water. Also, there is a CleanSensor Monitor that lets you know when you need to change the filter. One filter should last you for up to 2 months, and 100 gallons of clean, healthy water.
Unfortunately, when the battery of the CleanSensor Monitor dies, there is no option of replacing it.
This was the first GoPro ever to support 4K at 30fps after a long time of shooting in only 15fps. It is capable of shooting 4K at a full frame rate with the Ultra HD resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 which means it isn’t full cinema. It provides numerous shooting options like 2.7K at up to 60 fps and 2.7K 4:3 at up 30 fps. There are also high-speed options like 1,440p at 80fps, 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps that allow you to shoot in any occasion.
If you would like to speed everything up a little, there is always a time lapse feature that allows shooting from 0.5 to 60 seconds.
If you would like to use the GoPro as a dashboard camera you can turn on looping mode in which the oldest files will be replaced with the newest ones after the memory is full. This is a great feature for those who can’t be bothered to clean up the memory.
There is also the Super View mode that provides a wider angle of view in 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, and 720p. Then there are a few other great things like the variety of burst photo modes that go up to 30 shots per second and the ability to take 12-megapixel photos, and time-lapse photos while shooting video at 1,440p, 1,080p, and 720p and those are just the highlights of this GoPro camera.
DSLR cameras are the most popular among the vloggers because of their ability to shoot many different video types, and Mark IV is certainly one of them. What’s probably the most important is its ability to shoot superb 4K videos in either 24 or 30p and save in MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG formats. 4K is ultra-HD, the highest resolution that is available in the market so far that will amaze you with the level of details and crispiness of the videos. The Mark IV has a built-in Yes microphone and a Mono speaker, but it also has the external microphone and headphone port that allows you to connect either microphone or headphone for the better quality of your videos.
What gives this camera the power to produce high-quality photos and videos are the new 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor and the Digic 6+ processor that are responsible for high dynamic range scenes and a lot less noisy details at lower ISO in both photos and videos.
This is a high-end camera and it performs exactly as you would expect one to. No matter if you are shooting stills or video, Dual Pixel Auto Focus will track the subject flawlessly. Face detection is excellent and capable of switching between multiple faces if needed.
When it comes to its body and design, Mark IV looks exactly like its predecessor. There are a few changes in the screen resolution as well as the inclusion of the touchscreen and there is also the addition of the new AF area selection button. It has an average weight and size and it is quite solid. It is a little bulky compared to compact cameras, but then any DSLR is and if your YouTube channel is based on showing other people any visual work like makeup tutorials, food etc. or if you are mostly shooting in low light situations, this will probably be a perfect camera for you.
An enthusiast-level DSLR, Canon EOS 80D is capable of producing excellent photos and videos which makes it really popular among bloggers and vloggers. It is a bulky piece of technology just as any other DSLR but it covers all of your needs. The aluminum alloy body feels well build in the hand, and it really gives me the impression that there is nothing that could damage it. It is very well sized and comfortable in hand. It features an articulating LCD screen that is very handy especially for videography.
Even though it isn’t capable of shooting 4K, the video is still a huge part of its whole package. It offers Full HD 1080/60p videos with continuous and accurate AF. The body features built-in stereo microphone that captures mono sound, but if you aren’t satisfied with that, the camera accepts an external microphone. There are also ports for headphones and HDMI.
When it comes to autofocus, you can choose from a few modes during the video recording. You can choose Face + Tracking, Flexi Zone-Multi or Flexi Zone-Single. While shooting stills or live view, the options are just the same. Face + Tracking, the name says it, locks focus on a person or subject that will be moving within the frame. But for the focus to be locked you will have to tap on the subject on the screen and then the camera will track it. Face + Tracking prioritizes the focus on the faces even if there is no subject selected.
When it comes to stills, image quality is great. Colors are vibrant, everything is sharp and noise free in most of the light conditions. In high ISO levels, noise drastically increases, but that is quite normal for any camera.
This is one of the best video shooting cameras at the moment. The first thing you notice when you pick up this camera is how comfortable it is to hold. It also feels really well made. The fact that it is waterproof really attracts the attention of those who like shooting outdoors. It features the tilting screen which is really useful for shooting in some more difficult angles like near ground.
The lowlight performance is amazing with no drop of color information, but the details do fade away when you pass the ISO2500. The overall Image quality is fine for a 12MP camera but it seems like it is adequate for video.
The quality of the 4K XAVC S video is amazing mainly because of the impressive amount of color and detail even when using the S-Log2 and 3 settings. Shooting in Vivid Creative Style produces beautiful tones and even if some colors get pushed a little too far, don’t worry because there are a lot of customization options that you can play with.
The autofocus is really improved over its predecessor and it is really helpful even in dark interiors or outside without enough light. If you are shooting at night you can, obviously, expect a little hunting and it will be a little more difficult to autofocus, but I will still focus correctly.
The feature that I really love, and it is quite important for shooting videos, is the built-in five-axis image stabilization system. This allows you to handhold the camera while shooting and still get a stable image or video, but it doesn’t mean that it is ok to shoot while walking or running. You would need a Steadycam for that.
This camera features S-Log2 and S-Log3 Gamma options that are very useful because they allow you to capture much greater brightness range or dynamic range than you ever could with just television gamma. There is also the Gamma Display Assist feature that allows you to see a natural image which makes it even easier to use.
This is a large DSLR slightly smaller than its predecessors, but bigger than the cameras that came later. The size of the camera causes more weight and that’s why Nikon used a bit of plastic in its construction, and it is still quite heavy. So, I wouldn’t recommend it for daily outdoors vlogging. Despite all the plastic, the camera feels solid in hand and it looks like it is very well built.
The D750 features very good LCD handy for videography, but it is not fully tilting so it might not be the best choice for self-recording. Contrast and color of the screen are very strong and the resolution is the same as you get on newer cameras (1,229k dot). It isn’t touchscreen, though, but it doesn’t bother me much because all the controls are very well arranged.
Most importantly, video capabilities are impressive for a camera of this range. The D750 comes with a full-frame CMOS sensor that produces high-quality images and videos with extremely fine details and shallow depth of field. Imaging processor is equally important for good quality images and videos, that’s why Nikon added the EXPEED 4 image processor in the D750 that gives it the ability to shoot 1080p videos at 60 fps. It also features the time-lapse function in the video menu. This allows it to take a chain of photos and render them into an H.264 video that you can playback right away.
I also love how good this camera performs in low light situations. In both daylight and indoors with just one light source, you will get good quality photos and videos with a lot of details.
Autofocus is accurate and performs great, but there is no AF-ON button, while the AE-L / AF-L button is placed far from the dial.
This is an entry-level DSLR that has a simple design and only necessary dials and buttons. It is quite bulky and heavy, just as any DSLR in this range. It performs really well for an entry-level camera. The autofocus works quite well in both bright sun and little lower light situations, but as good not at night. The 3’’ LCD screen is clear and bright and it has a really good level of contrast, but it doesn’t tilt.
When it comes to colors the D3300 meets expectations that you might have from Nikon camera. Auto White Balance works really well, it is reliable but you can also take control over the White Balance and set it manually. The noise is very well controlled through the whole ISO range and appears in low light situations when you are shooting with higher ISO. There is also a built-in noise reduction system that you can turn on when the noise starts to appear, but I wouldn’t recommend that because it will cause the decrease of sharpness.
When it comes to videography, D3300 is capable of recording 1920 x 1080 videos up to 60fps, that with the addition of HDMI output you can quickly playback. It produces very well, detailed videos with quite a smooth action. The autofocus works really well while recording and you can choose between two modes including AF-S single-servo and full-time AF-F. While the camera has the already built-in microphone, there is also the external microphone port for better video quality. The built-in microphone picks up the noise of AF system sometimes, so I would recommend using the external mic to avoid that sound appearing in your video.
Small and lightweight with an excellent handling, Nikon D5600 provides very good image and video quality. It is widely popular among bloggers and vloggers because of what they get for such an affordable price. D5600 uses the EXPEED 4 image processor, with a light sensitivity range of ISO100 to 25,600 which allows you to shoot without worries in all light conditions.
With the 24.2 MP sensor, you’ll get the image and video quality you’d expect from some high-end cameras. The lack of a low-pass filter increases the details and records them, so not having it is actually a good thing. Performance in low light situations is surprisingly good. Images and videos appear to be very clean with almost no noise even at lower sensitivities.
The D5600 is capable of capturing videos at 1080p HD or 720p HD up to 60 frames per second and you can choose if you are going to set the exposure manually or leave it to the auto exposure. The shutter and aperture priority can’t be manually set, though. If you are shooting at 50fps or 60fps the maximum recording time for your clips will be 20 minutes. So if you are planning on recording longer vlogs, this won’t be your choice, but if your vlogs are usually shorter than keep on reading.
In order to focus the video, you will have to either half-press the shutter button or tap on the touchscreen because there is no continuous autofocus for video. In my opinion, this is much better than having one that isn’t accurate.
To start video recording all you have to do is move the “Lv” lever on the top of the camera. That way you will instantly activate the live preview on the fully articulating LCD touchscreen. The difference between the electric viewfinder for video and stills is that live preview field of view shows 100% of what’s in front of it, but when you are shooting stills you will be able to see only 95%.
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The Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great, capable DSLR with excellent video capabilities and image and video quality. It looks just like any other entry-level DSLR, it is black and bulky and you kind of know that you will be satisfied with its performance. It has a really cook 3’’ vari-angle LCD screen with a great resolution of 1 million pixels that makes both camera and the photographer flexible.
The camera is capable of recording 1080p videos, but in order to do that, you will have to set the mode dial to the movie shooting setting and half-push the shutter to focus and start the recording with pushing the live view shooting/movie button that you will find on the camera back. The focusing process for video is a little slower than for stills but it is just as accurate. EOS Rebel T3i features the built-in microphone that captures mono sound, but if you aren’t satisfied with that, the camera accepts an external microphone. The visual video quality is very good with good color rendition and sharpness but the videos are a bit restricted to 4GB or 29 minutes and 59 seconds which makes the camera just fine for short video vloggers, but not for those who want to post longer videos.
The AF is very fast and accurate when it comes to stills, but it takes a while to focus when recording a video and there is also no continuous AF, so you would have to simply touch the touch screen to focus the moving subject or just to change the focus point.
The images provided by this camera are pleasing in all light conditions and in both RAW and JPEG, with just a little noise in the lower ISO values.
Making the final decision is the hardest part because you just get lost in the sea of different cameras and all of their specifications and in the end of the review or the comparison at the store you just have no idea what is the right choice for you.
As always there is the way to overcome that and it is really simple. There are some questions you will have to ask yourself before making the final decision, in order to narrow down the list and to those that will completely fit you and just choose based on your personal preference.
1. Image Quality:
Well, this is obviously the most important thing. If you are shooting videos for YouTube, not just to make some memories, those videos need to be high-quality. The 4K is the highest resolution you can find these days and if you can afford a camera that features it I recommend going for it. This is especially important if you are filming makeup tutorials or reviewing beauty and fashion products. It is also good for travelers, photographers. So, if you are doing anything aesthetical you will obviously want to represent the beauty of it and that’s why you’ll need the highest resolution possible.
HD video resolution is a must for any type of YouTube channel, so if you aren’t going for 4K, you should at least go for 1080p resolution. Anything below that will look a lot different than you have seen on professional vlogs.
Megapixels aren’t as important for the video as they are for stills, so don’t worry about them much unless you are a professional photographer. Anything above 20MP will provide amazing results for you if the camera has the rest of the features right.
2. Flip Screen:
If you are thinking this is not important wait until you sit in front of the camera and start filming without being able to see yourself. This is helpful for so many reasons. First of all, you will instantly know if you are sitting in the frame or not and f the composition is right (if that’s important to you). Also, if you have some nervous habits in front of the camera you will be able to see them and correct them instantly.
Even if you aren’t filming yourself, a flipping screen can be helpful because it will allow you to shoot in some more difficult angles like near the ground.
The most important thing when it comes to ergonomics is durability and this is something all vloggers should pay attention to. If you don’t want your camera to be easily damaged and break in short time, avoid those that are mostly made of plastic. Go for magnesium alloy body, instead, because it is lightweight and durable at the same time.
Size and weight are also very important, especially for those who vloggers who are on the move rather than sitting in front of the camera. If you are a traveler or sports vlogger or any kind of vlogger that moves a lot you will want the smallest and the lightest camera possible, but with good HD resolution.
If you are going to hold the camera through the day, then the weight of it is crucial. Heavy and bulky DSLR cameras will definitely be the worse choice for you, so you should probably go for a compact, point, and shoot.
4. Automatic Features:
While shooting a video, especially the one that we are in, we won’t be able to adjust the focus, brightness, ISO or anything that should be adjusted to any factor. That’s why auto features are really important. Once you sit in front of your camera you will want the perfect focus, brightness, ISO, stabilization and everything else. So, go ahead and look for the cameras with a lot of auto features.
Autofocus is probably the most important and it needs to be accurate and fast because once you get used to filming yourself you will relax in front of the camera and move a lot, even if it is just gesturing with your hands.
Image stabilization is the most important for those who are filming a moving object rather than themselves. Tracking any moving object usually implies handholding the camera. Even if you aren’t moving you will shake the camera without even noticing it maybe. That’s when the image stabilization comes handy. It prevents blurring and shaking the image, but that refers only to camera shake caused by simply handholding it. If you are walking or running there is no image stabilization that will give you a blur-free video.
5. Audio Input:
Most of the cameras have built-in microphones that catch mono sounds, but if that isn’t good enough for you and you would like a better quality video, you should look for a camera that allows the external mic. That means that it should have an external microphone port.
This is really important for cameras that have loud AF systems because the sound of camera focusing can easily appear in the video. The way to prevent that is using an external mic.
When choosing a camera your first question will probably be ‘what is the best camera to buy?’ and while that’s a logical question, you should first narrow down the choices by asking yourself what type of camera is that you actually need. There are a lot of types out there in the market, but when it comes to vlogging, you can narrow the choices a lot.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but you will probably need only one of these five types, depending on the content of your videos.
1. DSLR Camera:
With a DSLR, you see literally what the lens sees and if you don’t like it, you can simply change the lens. The sensors of these cameras are quite large and that is what actually provides those high-quality photos.
2. Compact System Camera:
Compact System or Point and Shoot camera are designed for ease-of-use. It’s not their systems that are compact, but the bodies too. Most of these cameras can fit into a pocket of your jacket. These are using focus free lenses or autofocus for focusing, in the best case.
3. Mirrorless Camera:
Unlike DSLR, these cameras do not have mirror mechanisms. Now you know where the name came from. Since it doesn’t have the mirror, this camera uses a digital display instead of a viewfinder. All of this reduces the size and weight of the camera drastically, which I personally like, especially if you are planning on carrying the camera everywhere like me.
Camcorders, also known as video recorders or video cameras, are portable recording devices that record live-motion video and audio that you can playback later. These are often used by professional videographers for producing video segments and films but are also widely popular among amateur videographers and vloggers.
The webcam is a digital camera that is connected directly to a computer and it is capable of sending live pictures from one location to another over the internet. There are several different types of these cameras but all of them can be divided into two groups to those that are plugged into a computer via USB and those that are wireless. Many laptops and desktop computers have an already built-in camera and microphone.
Modern webcams usually include an integral microphone, movement and start recording sensors, the ability to tilt and the light that lets you know that the camera is on.
So, that’s about it. This is the complete guide on how to pick the best camera for your YouTube channel along with the top 10 list.
There are many options for shooting your vlogs but if you answer all of the questions from the last section, I’m sure you will be able to find the right camera for your YouTube channel in the list above, and you will love it.
I hope this was helpful and you’ve already made your choice. Happy vlogging!
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