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11. Canon PowerShot G5X Best for: All vlogging

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Pros Cons
20.2 megapixel 1-inch BSI-CMOS sensor, 24-100mm f/1.8-f/2.8 lens, 1080p at 60fps, viewfinder, fully-articulated LCD screen, external mic connection, Wi-Fi No 4K, similar price as some DSLRs

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5

The Canon PowerShot G5X is basically the G7X on drugs. Sweet, powerful drugs.

Seriously though, the G5X has the same sensor and aperture, and can shoot at the same 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second as the G7X. However, I rate this camera slightly higher than the G7X as it comes with a fully articulated LCD screen, meaning the screen can out horizontally, and from there, spin around in any direction. The G7X’s screen only flips up, and while that means both cameras allow you to see yourself while the camera is pointed at you, the G5X offers more versatility. If you’ve been reading my reviews, you’ll know that I believe more versatility allows you to be more creative in how you shoot your vlogs.

Another huge plus with the G5X is the ability to connect an external microphone, meaning you can overcome the G7X’s high susceptibility to wind noise by, well, buying an external microphone. Another bonus is the viewfinder, which typically provides a more accurate preview of your final footage (because it’s less affected by the light in your surroundings) than an LCD screen.

The G5X is more expensive than the G7X, which is to be expected, and its battery is pretty poor, too, so it’s your call if you need these extra features.

10. Canon EOS M3 Best for: Travel vlogging, Best for: At home vlogging

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Pros Cons
24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 18-55mm f/3.5-f/5.6 lens, 1080p video at 30fps, changeable lenses, external mic connection, flip screen, touch screen, optical image stabilization, Wi-Fi No 60 fps setting, screen not fully articulated

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5

The primary reason I’ve included the Canon EOS M3 on the list is because it’s the cheapest camera I can find that allows you to connect an external microphone. That’s a big deal for vlogging, as using a compact camera’s inbuilt sound recording results in poorer quality sound recording.

The video quality is really similar to that of the G7X II, although the M3 does not record in 60 frames per second. That won’t matter much unless you expect to be shooting a lot of movement in your videos.

However, the M3 appears to be less optimized for recording in low light, and you’ll see more grain in your footage than you would on the G7X II. That’s a little disappointing, but the M3 deserves some kudos here for allowing you to attach different lenses, and a viewfinder, meaning this device is open to a lot more customization.

Pick the M3 over the G7X II if you’re looking for superior sound quality at the lowest possible price.

9. Canon PowerShot G7X II Best for: All vlogging

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Pros Cons
20.1 megapixel 1-inch BSI-CMOS sensor, 24-100 mm f/1.8-f/2.8 lens, 1080p at 60fps, f/1.8-f/2.8 lens, Wi-Fi, flip screen (up/down), touch screen, optical image stabilization No 4K video

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5

Canon’s G7X is probably the most popular compact camera among popular YouTubers. Everyone from Casey Neistat to Trisha Paytas owns one. So Canon had a job on their hands when it came to releasing the follow-up, the G7X Mark II.

They delivered. The G7X is a great vlogging camera, but the Mark II improves upon it by adding a faster autofocus, better picture quality in low light conditions, and an LCD touch screen that tilts 45 degrees downward, as well as 180 degrees upward.

However, it’s still lacking the 4K resolution that Sony has added to its two most recent RX100s. Perhaps Canon wants to wait until technology moves further along, and they can offer 4K recording for longer than the RX100 series’ 5-minute cap, but the lack of this feature is still a negative for me.

Plenty of vloggers don’t need 4K video, though, and the G7X Mark II is a good deal cheaper than the expensive RX100 series. So if you don’t need 4K, and you’re happy with 1080p at 60 frames per second (which still looks fantastic), I’d go for the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II over the RX100 V or IV.

8. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV Best for: All vlogging

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Pros Cons
4K video resolution at 30fps, 20.1 megapixel 1-inch sensor, 24-70mm f/1.8-f/2.8 lens, Wi-Fi, flip screen (up/down), optical image stabilization 4K video capped at 5 minutes, no touch screen

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is the main contender to Canon’s G7X, and it does a couple of things better, and a couple of things worse, than Canon’s offering.

This is the first in Sony’s RX100 series to offer 4K video. The downside is that you can only record for up to 5 minutes. Sony may have jumped the gun a little by including 4K, because it causes the camera to overheat. Their solution is to force the camera to shut off for up to 10 minutes in order to cool down. That is most certainly NOT cool.

The RX100 IV is also saddled with Sony’s famously complicated user interface, meaning it’s not as easy to just pick up and go like the Canon. It’s also much more expensive than the G7X.

Despite these negatives, I find the colors in videos shot using the RX100 IV to be more vibrant than those on the G7X. And I find the sound quality to be slightly better, too, even if both cameras require a small wind muff to make up for distortion in windy areas.

The autofocus on the RX100 IV is slower than the RX100 V, and that’s the main difference between this camera and its successor. This will probably matter more to you if you’re a travel vlogger, and you like to break out your camera and shoot at a moment’s notice. It will matter less if you plan to vlog from home, and don’t mind waiting a couple of seconds for this vlogging camera to focus on you.

7. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Best for: All vlogging

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Pros Cons
4K video resolution at 30fps, 20.1 megapixel 1-inch sensor, 24-70mm f/1.8-f/2.8 lens, 0.5 second autofocus, flip screen (up/down), optical image stabilization, Wi-Fi 4K video capped at 5 minutes, no touch screen

Verdict: 3.75 out of 5

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V is probably the most capable compact camera on the market. The biggest improvement on the previous model is the 0.5 second autofocus, which is superior to any other compact camera I have used.

There are a few misgivings I’ve had with earlier models that Sony still hasn’t fixed. For one, you can only film at 4K resolution for up to 5 minutes, which severely limits its usage. It’s also really expensive for a compact camera; you could buy a fully-fledged DSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T6i, for considerably less cash. And unlike DLSRs, there is no option to add an external microphone, or change out the lenses. The battery only lasts for about 20 minutes, too.

Then again, you’ll be hard pressed to find another camera that’s so powerful yet so portable. The RX100 V weighs 10.5 ounces, and is 1.6 inches thick, meaning you might be able to fit it in your pocket, and you’ll definitely be able to carry it around in the palm of your hand. You simply can’t do that with a DSLR.

See my full review of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V here.

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