If you’re looking for a camera you can use to create vlogs, then you’ll likely be after something which can not only produce excellent footage, but is also simple to use.
The majority of the cameras in this round-up feature tiltable or articulating screens, meaning you can point the camera at yourself and still compose your shot – something which is super useful if you don’t happen to have your own camera operator on hand.
We’ve also taken a look at the best action camera on the market, for those of you who like to create adventurous vlogs, while picking a smartphone for those who like to create videos off the cuff.
Another essential feature is the ability to connect your camera to your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi for quick sharing – all of the cameras here have that function.
Read on to find out our picks of the best cameras you can pick up this year for your very own vlog.
Canon EOS M50
Canon’s best mirrorless camera so far is a great option for Full HD vlogging
Sensor: APS-C format CMOS Megapixels: 24.1 Lens Mount: Canon EF-M AF System: up to 143-point Dual Pixel CMOS Viewfinder: 0.39-type 2,360,000-dots OLED EVF Screen: Touch-sensitive vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD with 1,040,000 dots Max Video Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98, 25 fps Max Frame Rate: 10fps
Pros: Excellent image quality, vari-angle screen
Cons: Limited lens range, Full HD only
To get the bad news out of the way first, although the EOS M50 is 4K-enabled there’s an additional 1.6x crop factor applied to the framing in 4K mode and that’s not ideal for close-quarters filming. Also, the AF system reverts to contrast detection rather than the excellent phase detection system that operates in Full HD video mode.
Now to move on to the good news, the Canon M50 is an excellent camera for vloggers as its APS-C format sensor delivers high-quality video footage, the screen flips out to the side to give a clear view when you’re filming yourself and the AF system does a great job of keeping the focus on the subject. If you’re speaking to camera, you’ll see a reassuring square around your face to let you know you’re in focus.
With the 15-45mm kit lens mounted the M50 sits nicely in your hand and is easy to hold at arm’s length for fairly long periods. It’s also easy to use yet has advanced exposure options if you want to use them. Crucially, there’s also an audio-in port for connecting an external mic.
The best action camera available to buy – pricey but super versatile
Megapixels: 12 Viewfinder: N/A Screen: Two-inch touchscreen Max Video Resolution: 4K Max Frame Rate: 4fps
Pros: Great image stabilisation, waterproof
Cons: High price, limitations when shooting at 60fps
Quite probably the best action camera currently on the market, the Go Pro Hero 6 is a great all-rounder which gives you the option to record every one of your most exciting adventures – whether that’s a simple walk in the park, or kayaking down a rapid river.
With a wide range of mounts and accessories, no matter what kind of video you like to create, you’re sure to be able to do with the Hero 6. It records in a variety of frame rates, all the way up to 4K at 60fps – the excellent image stabilisation is only available up to 30fps though.
Waterproof without need for extra housing, the teeny tiny Hero6 is something you can sling in your bag ready for when you need it. Battery life can be an issue though, if you’re hoping to record a lot, take a battery pack with you to recharge on the go.
GoPro’s Quik Stories app is great for vlogging – this automatically compiles together your clips from the day in a highlights package, ready to upload directly to sites such as YouTube.
Olympus PEN E-PL8
A stylish CSC with a super flexible screen
Sensor: Four Thirds Live MOS Sensor Megapixels: 16.1 Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds AF System: Contrast detection AF system, 81 points Viewfinder: N/A Screen: 180 degree tiltable, 3-inch, 1037k-dots Max Video Resolution: Full HD Max Frame Rate: 8.5fps
Pros: Attractive looks, tilting touch-sensitive screen
Cons: Full HD only, no viewfinder
Olympus has always been popular with bloggers and vloggers, and its latest blogger-friendly compact system camera is the PEN E-PL8. It features a tilting screen which faces all the way forward to help you compose your videos with you in them.
The Micro Four Thirds mount gives you compatibility with a huge range of different lenses, including the collapsible 14-42mm kit lens which keeps the overall system down to a handbag-friendly size.
Sadly, there’s only Full HD video recording again here, but with an easy-to-use Wi-Fi connection, you can vlog on the go with high image quality. Olympus has introduced the E-PL9 as an update to the E-PL8 and although the new camera feature 4K video capability, unlike the E-PL8, it’s not possible to connect an external mic via the accessory port in the hotshoe. That’s a disappointment for vloggers.
Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2
A great entry into DSLR videography
Sensor: APS-C CMOS Megapixels: 24.2 Lens Mount: Canon EF-S AF System: 9-point phase detection, dual Pixel CMOS AF (via Live View or Video) Viewfinder: Pentamirror 95% coverage optical viewfinder Screen: Vari-angle touch-sensitive Clear View II TFT, 1040k-dots Max Video Resolution: Full HD Max Frame Rate: 5fps
Pros: Large sensor, fully articulating touch-sensitive screen
Cons: Full HD only, larger than the other cameras listed here
The world’s smallest DSLR with a fully articulating screen, the Canon EOS 200D is a good entry into the DSLR market. Videographers will enjoy the articulating screen, while buying into the Canon EOS system means compatibility with a huge range of accessories, including a vast swathe of different lenses.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF is available when shooting video, which is quick and produces smooth focus transitions which you can control via the touchscreen. Not only that but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility means you can connect the 200D to your smartphone to remote control it and share your videos online.
There’s no 4K again, but for those who prioritise high image quality over super-high resolution, it’s a great entry into DSLR video shooting (and much cheaper than other 4K-equipped DSLRs.)
Google Pixel 2
A well-rounded smartphone with great video and photo features
Sensor: 1/2.6-inch Megapixels: 12.2 Lens: f/1.8 AF System: Dual-pixel autofocus Viewfinder: N/A Screen: 5-inch, full HD AMOLED at 441ppi Max Video Resolution: 4K Max Frame Rate:
Pros: Super pocket friendly, high image quality, unlimited cloud storage
Cons: 4K limited to 30fps, manual controls not available in native camera app
The cameras on smartphones are getting better and better every year – and in 2017 we have a choice of some superb devices, including the iPhone X and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. We’re picking the Google Pixel 2 however, for its smaller size, fantastic camera and great video quality.
It can shoot at 4K, and while it doesn’t boast 60fps like the iPhone X, the overall quality is just a little bit better (better dynamic range, more detail), with great image stabilisation. Another feature which makes it appealing to those who shoot a lot of video is the unlimited cloud storage space you get when you buy the Pixel 2.
There are some caveats though – unlimited storage will downgrade your videos to Full HD … great for backup though.
Small and light, but still packing a 4K punch, an ideal for CSC for travel vloggers
Sensor: Four Thirds Live MOS Megapixels: 16 Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds AF System: Contrast-Detect, 49-area Viewfinder: N/A Screen: Tiltable touch-sensitive monitor, 1040k-dots Max Video Resolution: 4K Max Frame Rate: 30fps (with 4K Photo)
Pros: 4K video, tilting touch-sensitive screen
Cons: No viewfinder
A small and light compact system camera, the GX800 is a great combination of high image quality, 4K video recording, and high portability. There’s a tilting touch-sensitive screen which can face all the way forwards for maximum flexibility when composing your videos.
There’s both 4K and Full HD video recording available, which can be controlled via the touchscreen. The Micro Four Thirds mount has a huge range of compatible optics.
The 12-32mm kit lens is great if you want to keep things small, but there’s also a good range of prime lenses which are better for recording in low light, or for creating a shallow depth of field effect.