Buyers Guides |Best cameras for TikTok videos

The Buyers guide to...Best cameras for TikTok videos

While phones may offer less complexity, the best cameras for TikTok videos are those that offer you more manual control over the process. These are our top picks from our tests

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The best cameras for TikTok videos are often smartphones. The vast majority of TikTok videos are filmed on a phone thanks to their large display and the ease of filming in selfie mode. But if you’re serious about your TikTok content, you might want to consider filming on a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Why film TikTok videos on an interchangeable lens camera? It adds a few more steps to the process, for sure, but many TikTok creators invest in a DSLR or mirrorless camera for the better image quality you get from a larger sensor, superior lenses and the camera’s in-body image stabilisation.

What’s more, with an interchangeable lens camera you can experiment with different effects like shallow depth of field, create motion blur with slower shutter speeds, lens flare or filming at faster frame rates, such as 120fps, to create slow-motion effects.

So while filming on your phone is simpler, the best camera for TikTok in terms of creative potential is undoubtedly a DSLR or mirrorless option.

This creative freedom does come with some extra complexity. For starters, there’s file size to consider, and the extra process of getting these files from your camera onto your computer for editing. And you’ll also want to film vertically, as this is how TikTok content is viewed. You can crop in post-production, but this of course changes the look and feel of your footage. So these are things to consider.

Nevertheless, these are our picks for the best cameras for TikTok videos that give you the most creative opportunities.

The best cameras for TikTok videos

All of the options on our list of the best cameras for TikTok videos were chosen based on our experience testing them. You might also find our guides to the best cameras for Instagram and the best cameras for YouTube useful in your search, or perhaps our guide to which cameras shoot 4K video at 60fps. For a deeper dive into the many different camera types and features available, check out our range of camera buying guides.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Specification

  • Camera type: Mirrorless
  • Announced: USA: 14th October 2020, UK: 25th February 2021
  • Sensor: 24.1Mp APS-C format (22.3 x 14.9mm) CMOS
  • Processor: Digic 8
  • Lens mount: Canon EF-M
  • Sensitivity range: Stills: ISO 100-25,600 expandable to ISO 51,200, 4K Video: ISO 100-6400, Full HD & HD: ISO 100-12,800 expandable to ISO 25,600
  • AF system: Dual Pixel CMOS phase detection with up to 3975 positions and 143 automatically selectable points
  • Viewfinder: 0.39-type 2,360,000-dots OLED EVF
  • Screen: Touch-sensitive vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • Video resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98, 25 fps Full HD: (1920 x 1080) at 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), HD (1280 x 720) at 119.9, 100, 59.94, 50 fps
  • Max continuous shooting rate: 10fps for up to 36Jpegs or 10 raw files
  • Shutter speed range: 30-1/400 sec, Bulb
  • Built-in flash: GN (ISO 100) 5
  • Battery: Li-ion LP-E12, Viewfinder: Approx. 250 shots Live view: Approx 305 shots
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm
  • Weight: 387g (black), 390g (white) including battery and memory card

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is a replacement to the original EOS M50, that adds the ability to stream live to a YouTube channel via a computer or smartphone with an internet connection, an enhanced autofocus system and the ability to shot vertical video as well as in the more traditional landscape orientation.

As for its video quality, the Canon M50 Mark II is capable of recording attractive, high-quality footage. The video colours, white balance and exposure match those of the stills.

Vloggers and content creators will also appreciate its vari-angle screen, which offers very responsive touch sensitivity. The camera’s interface is also very intuitive, and the compact body size makes it very portable for filming anywhere.

Price when reviewed
£589
$599
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For

  • Excellent image quality
  • Superb implementation of touch-control
  • Good-quality viewfinder built-in

Against

  • 4K video mode crops the frame
  • Limited lens range

Insta360 GO 2

Insta360 GO 2 action camera weighs just 27g

Specification

  • Shooting Modes: Video, Pro Video, Photo, HDR Video, Timeshift, Timelapse, Nightlapse, Slow Motion
  • Video: 2560x1440 at 50fps, 30fps / 1920x1080 at 50fps, 30fps
  • Recording Limit: Pro Video: 10min / Video: 15min / FPV: 30min
  • Waterproof: IPX8 (down to 4m / 13ft)
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Connectivity: BlueTooth / Wi-Fi
  • Weight: 26.5g / 0.93oz (charge Case 63.5g / 2.24oz)
  • Dimensions: 52.9 x 23.6 x 20.7mm / 2.08 x 0.93 x 0.81in

Its diminutive size might not look like much, but the Insta360 GO 2 is ideal for making POV TikTok videos thanks to its small size and weight, and the wide range of mounts available.

Shooting modes include Video, Photo, Pro Video, HDR Video, TimeShift, Timelapse, Nightlapse and Slow Motion. In the Pro Video mode you can record 1440p video at 30 and 50fps, and in Slow Motion you can record FullHD at 120fps.

The action camera also boasts Insta360’s FlowState image stabilisation and horizon levelling technology. Meanwhile, FlashCut 2.0 uses AI to identify your best clips and edit them together.

The Insta360 GO 2 is the very definition of a pocket camera. It is so small, you don’t realise it is there. You can take it anywhere, even underwater, and its wide-angle lens captures a huge amount.

Price when reviewed
£295
$300
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For

  • Miniscule size
  • Easy to use
  • Waterproof
  • Good video quality

Against

  • No 4K video
  • No microSD card slot

Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1

Specification

  • Camera type: Compact
  • Announced: 26th May 2020
  • Sensor: 20.1Mp 1-inch type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS CMOS
  • Lens: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 9.4-25.7mmm (24-70mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8
  • Sensitivity range: Stills: ISO 100-25,600, Video: ISO 125-12,800
  • Autofocus: 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points, Eye AF: Humans (stills and video) or Animal (stills)
  • Burst Mode: Hi: 24fps, Mid: 10fps, Low: 3fps
  • Video: 4K in-body movie recording with full pixel readout and no binning, Log & Gamma options, slow-mo at up to 1000fps
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Screen: Vari-angle 3-inch touchscreen
  • Stabilisation: Optical for stills, optical and electronic for video
  • Hotshoe: Multi-interface (can connect an XLR mic via an adapter)
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 105.5 x 60 x 43.5mm / 4 1/4 × 2 3/8 × 1 3/4inches
  • Weight: 294g with battery and SD card or body only

OK, so we started off this guide on the best cameras for TikTok by singing the praises of using an interchangeable lens camera. And the Sony ZV-1 is a fixed-lens compact camera. But it has so many brilliant vlogging features, we felt it earns a place on this list.

For starters, the ZV-1 has a 1-inch type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with 20.1 million effective pixels. That’s a pretty large sensor for a compact camera and, as we’ve seen with cameras like the Sony RX100 VII, it brings huge advantages for image quality.

The ZV-1 can also record 4K footage with full pixel readout and exposure can be controlled automatically or manually.

Sound is just as important as the image quality in video and the Sony ZV-1 offers a number of options for recording audio. The easiest is to use the built-in 3-capsule microphone. This uses technology from Sony’s advanced video camera systems and there’s a Clear Voice function that can reduce background noise while making human voices clearer.

Helpfully, there’s a fluffy dead cat type windshield supplied in the box with the ZV-1. This can be popped into the camera’s hotshoe to cover the built-in mic whenever it’s needed to cut down wind noise.

Alternatively, there’s a standard 3.5mm mic port on the ZV-1 so you can connect an external mic. This could be a lavalier, shotgun or hand-held mic, or a wireless system like the excellent Rode Wireless Go. The third option is to connect an external mic via an adapter in the multi-interface hotshoe. This could be a professional-level XLR mic.

If you’re really serious about your TikTok content, the ZV-1 offers Log and Gamma control modes for grading your footage, and the ZV-1 has a total of 315 phase detection AF points which are available for use video mode.

Price when reviewed
£700
$749.99
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For

  • Designed specifically for vloggers but also a capable stills camera
  • Stabilised 4K video
  • Vari-angle touchscreen

Against

  • No viewfinder built-in
  • The redesigned grip is best for left-handers

Nikon Z50

Nikon Z50 review

Specification

  • Camera type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: 20.88Mp APS-C / DX (23.5x15.7mm) CMOS
  • Processing engine: Expeed 6
  • Lens mount: Nikon Z mount
  • Sensitivity range: ISO 100-51,200; expands to 204,800
  • Viewfinder: 0.39-inch 2,360,000-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Screen: Tilting 3.2–inch 1,040,000-dot touchscreen
  • Autofocus: Hybrid (phase and contrast detection) AF with 209 AF points, Eye AF and Subject Tracking. Firmware V.20 adds Eye-detection AF for Animals as well as humans
  • Continuous Shooting: 11fps with continuous AF and exposure metering
  • Video: 4K at 30fps and Full-HD at 120fps
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I
  • Connectivity: Snapbridge 2.6; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 126.5 x 93.5 x 60 mm / 5 x 3.7 x 2.4-inches
  • Weight: 450g / 15.9oz with battery and memory card but without body cap, 395g /14oz body only

The Z50 is effectively the mirrorless equivalent of Nikon’s very capable D7500 DSLR and offers some superb vlogging features. It can record 4K at 30fps and in Full HD at frame rates up to 120fps. You can also record time-lapse videos in-camera.

The body design is probably one of the best on our list of best TikTok cameras. It’s got a deep grip that fits firmly in your hand, and the build is weather-sealed and robust for filming outside.

Its tilting touchscreen is quick and responsive, and its Subject Tracking and Eye AF modes work wonderfully. You’ll also find a mic input for using an external microphone.

Finally, Nikon has released the Z50 in a Vlogger Kit that has everything you need to hit the ground running straightaway making high-quality TikTok videos.

Price when reviewed
£849
$989
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For

  • Superb build and handling
  • AF fast and accurate in low light
  • Weatherproof

Against

  • No joystick
  • Can't use the screen to set the AF point while you look in the viewfinder

Panasonic Lumix G100

Best cameras for vlogging

Specification

  • Camera type: Mirrorless
  • Announced: 24th June 2020
  • Sensor: 20.3Mp Four Thirds type CMOS
  • Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Screen: 3-inch 1,840,000-dot vari-angle touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: 3,480,000-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Key video specifications: 4K (3840x2160) at 24,25,30p and 100Mbps, V-Log L and Ozo Audio by Nokia
  • Weight: 310g body only, 352g with SD card and battery, 412g with the 12-32mm lens
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 115.6x82.5x54.2mm

The Panasonic Lumix G100 is designed as an entry-level vlogging camera and it fits that bill very well. It has a bigger sensor than competing compact cameras and benefits from accepting interchangeable lenses, which makes it a bit more versatile.

It’s capable of shooting 4K or Full HD video at a selection of frame rates, and it’s packed with all sorts of helpful features for someone looking to make professional-looking content for TikTok.

For instance, the Panasonic G100 has a Rec Frame Indicator that outlines the frame in red when you start recording. There’s also a Frame Marker feature that can be set to indicate the framing of a selection of aspect ratios favoured by some social media channels. The video is recorded as normal but you can preview what’s in the frame with your selected aspect ratio. You’ll also find 5-axis hybrid image stabilisation that combines in-camera and lens-based stabilisation.

There’s also a Slow&Quick option on the mode dial to ease creating slow motion and quick motion footage. When this is selected, there are menu options to enable 2x, 4x and 8x quick recording or 2x and 4x slow recording. The camera cranks up or reduces the frame rate accordingly and the footage is output at the intended viewing rate so there’s no need to adjust the playback frame rate in post-processing.

TikTok creators will also appreciate the camera’s OZO Audio system, which uses three internal microphones and works in tandem with the G100’s face detection focusing to track the person talking and optimise their audio.

Price when reviewed
£590
$747.99
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For

  • Very compact
  • Viewfinder and vari-angle touchscreen
  • Clever Ozo Audio by Nokia onboard

Against

  • Crop in 4K mode

Panasonic GH5

Panasonic GH5

It may be several years old now and Panasonic may even have more compelling options, such as the Lumix S5, but at its now price point, the GH5 offers so much specification and ease of use for the budding TikTok creator.

For starters it records 4K video at 60p and offers a superb vari-angle touchscreen which makes filming yourself so easy.

There are too many specifications to list here. You can read all about them in our full Panasonic GH5 review. But the main takeaway is that the GH5 offers videographers and content creators the kind of specification and video quality that is normally only made possible by a much larger, more expensive cinematic camera. It’s even possible to connect XLR mic via an optional adaptor, for instance.

And the camera has got even better over the years, thanks to sustained firmware updates by Panasonic that have improved video quality to produce footage with more tonal and textural detail, as well as boost AF performance and more.

Some five years on, the Panasonic GH5 remains a beast of a camera and one you should consider if you’re passionate about making high-quality TikTok videos.

Price when reviewed
£1799
$1499
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For

  • Extensive video specification
  • High-quality stills and video
  • High-quality EVF and vari-angle touch-screen

Against

  • AF system not up to shooting sport
  • V-Log modes are an extra expense
  • Badly positioned Display button

Fujifilm X-T200

Fujifilm X-T200

Specification

  • Camera type: Mirrorless
  • Announced: 23rd January 2020
  • Sensor: 24.2Mp APS-C format (23.5 x 15.7mm) CMOS sensor with primary colour filter array
  • Lens mount: Fujifilm X-mount
  • Sensitivity range: ISO 200-12,800 expandable to ISO 100-51,200
  • Viewfinder: 0.39-inch 2,360K-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% view
  • Screen: 3.5inch 2,760K-dot vari-angle TFT LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Autofocus system: Intelligent hybrid with phase and contrast detection
  • Maximum continuous shooting rate: 8fps
  • Max video resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160) at 29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P for up to 15 min.
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 121.0 x 83.7 x 55.1mm / 4.8 x 3.3 x 2.2inch
  • Weight: 370g / 13. oz. with battery and memory card, 321g / 11.3 oz. body only

Aimed at beginners, the entry-level Fujfilm X-T200 offers a number of nice specs and design touches that should appeal to TikTok content creators. First is a 3.5-inch 2,760K-dot touchscreen LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio. This can be flipped and twisted to face towards you for selfies and vlogging.

What’s more, a new processing engine enables the X-T200 to record 4K video at 29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P. Fujifilm has also included a new Digital Gimbal mode that works in Full HD only, and a Digital Image Stabilizer that can be used in 4K mode.

If you’re looking for your first ‘proper’ camera for vlogging, the X-T200 is one of the best cameras for TikTok for its price. It’s versatile, has a good AF system and delivers nice quality video.

Price when reviewed
£749
$699
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For

  • 3.5-inch vari-angle touch screen
  • The viewfinder is worth the extra money over the Fujifilm X-A7
  • Light and compact

Against

  • Fiddly power and video record buttons
  • Has a regular CMOS sensor rather than Fujifilm's X-Trans CMOS chip
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