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I love vlogging. I’ve been making videos since 2009, and uploading them to YouTube since 2012. In 2016, one of my videos went viral. In my many years on YouTube, I’ve went through a bunch of cameras, from bottom of the barrel budget devices to bank balance-draining DSLRs. I know what makes a good vlogging camera, so I’d like to share my top 26 favorite vlogging cameras to set you up for 2017 and beyond.

I’ve carefully chosen the vlogging cameras in this list, which includes budget and compact cameras, action cameras, mirrorless cameras, and compact and full-sized DSLRs across every price range, by carefully comparing dozens of pieces of hardware, many of which I’ve already featured in long reviews on this website.

Plenty of the biggest content creators use some of these cameras (check out my list of 33 cameras used by famous YouTubers here). Some of these devices were just released in the past weeks and months, while others have been available for a couple of years, but are still holding their own, and are more affordable than ever.

To make this list as simple as possible to understand, I have developed a color code to let you know the type of vlogging each camera is best suited toward. Travel vlogging cameras are yellow, beauty vlogging cameras are pink, at home vlogging cameras (i.e. sitting in your bedroom) are blue, and cameras that suit all types of vlogging are gold.

Keep reading to find out my top 26 vlogging cameras — and to discover the vlogging camera I’ve chosen for my number 1 spot.

If you find this list useful, or you can think of some way I can improve it, please send me an email here. Thanks for reading this far, and enjoy! I really hope you find this list helpful when choosing your next vlogging camera!

26. Polaroid Cube+ Best for: Travel vlogging

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Pros Cons
8 megapixel CMOS sensor, 124 degrees wide angle lens, 1440p at 30 fps, 1080 at 60fps, digital image stabilization, Wi-Fi Poor sound quality

Verdict: 2 out of 5

The Polaroid Cube+ is an entry-level action camera that’s also just a really good first vlogging camera for someone on a budget. The Cube+ measures 1.4 inches on each side, and weighs just 2.1 ounces. It’s tiny, and can record video at a quality that I found similar to the original GoPro HERO Session released in 2015.

This camera is significantly cheaper than the GoPro, but one major downside is the audio. Sound recorded using the Polaroid Cube+ sounds a little quiet, and thin. But that’s to be expected from such a tiny camera, with a tiny inbuilt microphone.

Despite my criticisms of the Cube+, I think it deserves a place on this list, because it’s a fantastic gateway into vlogging for beginners who’d like to give vlogging a try, but don’t want to, or can’t afford to, invest more cash into what could be a short-lived hobby.

25. DBPower EX5000 Best for: Travel vlogging

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Pros Cons
14 megapixel Panasonic CMOS Sensor, 1080p resolution at 30fps, comes with 2 rechargeable batteries, Wi-Fi Poor in low light

Verdict: 2 out of 5

The DBPower EX500 is a camera often considered a “dupe” for the GoPro. It is similar in build and appearance, and features a 2-inch LCD display on the back of the camera. With 14 megapixels and a 170 degree wide angle lens, the photo and video quality of this camera are not the highest quality you can find, but ability to film in 1080p Full HD video and take it everywhere you go are major pluses.

The camera is ultra portable, just like the GoPro, and comes with two rechargeable batteries so there is no fuss in making sure you are always ready to film.

The DBPower EX500 is best for sports and action shots, and its removable waterproof case lends well to giving you the option to have the camera encased in a shell or bare with its natural hardware. Still photos can be captured at 8, 10, 12, or 14 Megapixels, but as mentioned, will not be the greatest quality compared to similar tools.

The camera doesn’t fair well in low light and there aren’t many options in terms of settings, but it is great if all you are looking for is a camera that is easy to turn on and off, and one that can come with you wherever you go.

24. Sony W800 Best for: Travel vlogging, Best for: At home vlogging

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Pros Cons
20.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch SUPER HAD CCD sensor, 26–130mm f/3.2-f/6.4 lens, 5x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, Wi-Fi No 1080p resolution video, no flip screen, poor in low light

Verdict: 2.25 out of 5

If you need an entry-level camera that can take to most situations where you might want to film, the Sony W800 might be the camera for you. The 2.7″ fixed type screen allows for easy settings control, and the overall hardware of the camera was built with the simple user in mind.

Image stabilization on this camera is quite good for a piece of equipment its size, but unfortunately the film quality suffers in low lighting situations, and the low screen resolution doesn’t make seeing the effects on your film easy. There is no manual focusing, and no ability to shoot in 1080 pixel resolution (video caps out at 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second), which can be a downside if you’re looking for a camera to use mainly for vlogging.

The camera comes with face detection focusing, acting as a sort of people-specific autofocus feature, and works well in conjunction with image stabilization to provide acceptable use as a vlogging camera.

The Sony W800 may not be the perfect vlogging camera for Youtube enthusiasts, but if you need a camera that can handle basic video, this camera is definitely worth considering.

23. Fujifilm Finepix XP80 Best for: Travel vlogging

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Pros Cons
16.4 megapixel 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, 28–140mm f/3.9-f/4.9 lens, sand/shock/dust/free proof, waterproof (49ft), hands-free shooting, Wi-Fi Poor in low light, no flip screen

Verdict: 2.5 out of 5

If you’re an underwater or outdoor adventure junkie with a budget, the Fujifilm XP80 is a camera that will take your wild explorations to the next level.

Its most notable feature is the fact that it is waterproof up to 49 feet, which means you can take it with you on your next big snorkeling dive. Built for all of those rugged, roughhousing moments in life, the camera is also shockproof from a height of 5 feet, and is freeze proof down to about 14 degree Fahrenheit. It also touts being dust and sand proof, so if you need a camera that can really handle whatever you throw at it, this is the one you’re looking for.

The XP80 can record 1080p video at 60 frames per second, which is impressive for a camera of this price. However, like all budget cameras, it doesn’t perform spectacularly in low light situations.

The 2.7-inch LCD screen makes adjusting settings a breeze, though. One neat feature is the “action camera” setting, which functions similar to GoPro’s spoken commands, and allows you to start and stop filming without having to touch a button.

The hardware of the camera itself is one of the highlights, built with a lens encased by a waterproof/shockproof case and a rubber grip on the front of the camera to prevent dropping. One major con is the inability to adjust to different light settings.

The Fujifilm XP80 is an excellent budget camera for outdoor lovers, and will serve well as an everyday/travel filming companion.

22. Nikon COOLPIX S6900 Best for: All vlogging

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Pros Cons
16 megapixel 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, 25–300mm f/3.3-f/6.3 lens, 12x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, fully articulated flip screen Few customization settings

Verdict: 2.5 out of 5

For handheld cameras that can hold their own, the Nikon Coolpix S900 is one to beat. It is a compact camera perfect for selfies and Instagram videos (or super quick vlogs!). The wide LCD screen is always a plus with the Coolpix series of cameras, and the built-in camera stand makes filming alone easy and hassle free.

Another huge plus here is the fully articulated flip screen, meaning it can turn 360 degrees. You won’t find a flip screen like this on another camera at this price.

The camera can film 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and the autofocus and other automatic settings on the camera make the capturing video simple if you don’t want want to fuss with too many buttons. And the flip screen is a major plus, and a feature you don’t typically see on cameras in this price range.

The inclusion of a feature called Gesture Control allows you to shoot photos and movies just by waving your hand in front of the camera lens, making hands free usability a reality.

Overall, the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a great camera for amateur film enthusiasts. It has much of the quality without the big price tag.

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