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6. Sony Alpha a6000 Best for: All vlogging

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Pros Cons
24.3 megapixel CMOS megapixel sensor, 16-50mm f/3.5-f/5.6 lens, 1080p video at 60fps, changeable lenses, external mic connection (Sony mic only), optical image stabilization No proper flip screen

Verdict: 3.75 out of 5

I love the Sony Alpha a6000, primarily for its super-fast Hybrid autofocus system, which can focus almost instantaneously while filming. Sony recently brought this Hybrid AF to the RX100 V, which is a compact camera, but there are other benefits to picking up the a6000 instead — and not just because it’s a few hundred dollars cheaper.

The a6000 is somewhat similar to the Canon EOS M3, but can film 1080p at 60 frames per second instead of 30. Videos generally look more detailed on the a6000, and the camera handles low light better than the M3, too.

The a6000 is not perfect. While the camera does allow you to connect an external microphone, there’s a catch. You can only use Sony’s own stereo microphone. The a6000 does come with a moveable LCD screen, but it does not flip all the way up in order for you to see yourself when the camera is pointing at you.

No camera is perfect, but Sony’s Hybrid autofocus is so fantastic that the Alpha a6000 deserves this spot on the list.

5. Panasonic LX100 Best for: All vlogging

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Pros Cons
4K video recording at 30fps, 12.8 megapixel 4/3″ High Sensitivity MOS sensor, 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 lens, Wi-Fi Purple lens flare in bright areas, no flip screen

Verdict: 4 out of 5

For the real film enthusiast, the Panasonic LX100 is a camera that will be hard to match. Its ability to shoot outstanding 4K videos at 25 frames per second outshines many of its competitors. Seriously, videos shot on this camera look incredible.

In terms of usability, the 3-inch high screen resolution display is one of the largest and most vivid in its class. The manual controls and setting options of the internal software are impressive, and rival many other similar sized cameras. The hardware of the camera is built to last and is not nearly as breakable as other compact cameras, making it easy for all around use. One con to this tool is the slow start up time and lag that sometimes occurs during continual use. The light adjustment and image capabilities in different settings are generally fine, but sometimes comes with an unwelcome purple glare when filming or shooting photos.

Overall though, the Panasonic LX100 is an amazing camera if you’re interested in a high-end compact, easy to use piece of equipment without spending an arm and a leg for a complicated DSLR.

4. Canon EOS Rebel T6i Best for: At home vlogging, Best for: Beauty vlogging

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Pros Cons
24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 18-55mm f/3.5-f5.6 lens, 1080p at 30fps, changeable lenses, external mic, fully articulated screen, touch screen, Wi-Fi No 60fps movie recording, no image stabilization

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i is my favorite entry-level DSLR camera. It’s a big improvement over previous instalments in this series, most notably its better autofocus, rising from a nine to 19 point autofocus system.

The difference between the T6i and the more expensive T6s are negligible, and there is no difference in video recording, which is why I recommend the T6i over the T6s.

This being an entry-level DLSR, there are some downsides: You can only film at 30 frames per second, which is still acceptable, but not as advanced as it could have been. Autofocus is also a little slower than on more expensive DLSRs, meaning it might take a few more seconds to focus on your face or another subject when you turn this on. Battery life is poorer than more expensive DSLRs, too.

Despite all of this, videos shot with this camera still look impressive, and it’s clear that the Rebel T6i is still an impressive piece of kit.

The lack of some more advanced features shouldn’t put you off entirely, either, as plenty of popular YouTubers, such as Connor Franta, are still using the T3i, even though it was discontinued years ago.

3. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Best for: At home vlogging, Best for: Beauty vlogging

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Pros Cons
4K video resolution at 24fps, 20.1 megapixel MOS 1-inch sensor, 25-400mm f/2.8-f/4.0, electronic viewfinder, external mic attachment Not very portable

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5

If you are in the market for a DSLR camera but don’t want to break the bank, or simply feel you are not ready for the complicated features that often come with these cameras, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is the solution you are looking for. With the ability to shoot in full 4K video at 24 fps, or 1080p at 60 fps, this camera will be perfect for filming just about anything you can think of.

Still photos and video of any kind are amazing with this camera, and high resolution is a major improvement from previous generations. In terms of hardware, the camera is a little bulky, and often feels weighty and unbalanced with a bigger lens and a smaller plastic body. Portability may not be ideal with this camera, but the shooting abilities and minor hardware additions like an external mic jack and HDMI output support make it worth the sacrifice. The addition of an electronic viewfinder is one that isn’t readily available in most other smaller cameras, and this may make a world of difference if you are focused on creating high quality Youtube videos.

Overall, the Panasonic Lumix FZ100 is the perfect camera if you are looking for a way to transition from point and shoot to DSLR without actually learning how to properly use of the more advanced cameras. This camera makes being a professional photographer or vlogger easy, and is definitely one of my highest recommended vlogging cameras.

2. Canon EOS 80D Best for: At home vlogging, Best for: Beauty vlogging

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Pros Cons
24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080p video at 60fps, changeable lenses, external mic connection, fully articulated screen, touch screen No 4K video, no image stabilization

Verdict: 4.75 out of 5

The Canon EOS 80D is a seriously powerful vlogging camera, and is capable of shooting at a resolution of 1080p at 60 frames per second. Video footage shot on this camera looks beautiful, and the ability to change lenses, and add an external microphone, means it is a truly versatile piece of kit that should last you for years.

While the EOS 80D is considerably cheaper than my number one camera, it also lacks 4K resolution, which is surprising for a top of the line device released in 2016, and especially considering three years have passed since the release of the last iteration, the 70D.

Like all DSLRs, the 80D is not a portable camera, and unless you’re really committed, you’re not going to enjoy lugging this beast around with you all day.

I’ve placed the 80D in the second spot because dozens of hugely successful YouTubers can’t be wrong. Plenty of them still use the 70D, which can only shoot 1080p at 30 frames per second, but as this is a list for 2017 and beyond, it wouldn’t make sense for me to recommend a camera that isn’t at least somewhat future-proof.

If you think you can survive without 4K video, the Canon EOS 80D could be the vlogging camera for you.

1. Sony Alpha 7S II Best for: At home vlogging, Best for: Beauty vlogging

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Pros Cons
4K video, 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, full frame, changeable lenses, external mic connection, flip screen (up/down), Wi-Fi, 5-axis image stabilization Expensive, no touch screen

Verdict: 5 out of 5

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I’m a Canon man, which is why it’s surprising that I’ve chosen the Sony Alpha 7s II as my number one vlogging camera.

But hear me out.

I love the Canon EOS 80D for the reasons discussed above, but the Alpha 7S II clinches this because it comes with the ability to record in 4K resolution. That’s movie-level picture quality.

This mirrorless camera is virtually the same as the 80D in most specs, (including its approximate one hour battery life for video) and while its sensor does have about half as many pixels as the 80D, I’m still more impressed with the video quality on the Alpha 7S II. Don’t get me wrong; the difference is negligible.

That said, because the Alpha 7S II can do everything the 80D can, but also shoots in 4K, it means it’s a more versatile vlogging camera, and is better prepared for the future of vlogging than the 80D.

It’s expensive. Most cameras at this end of the scale are an investment. But if you’re willing to invest in one of the best vlogging cameras in the world today, and you’ve got the cash, the Sony Alpha 7S II is the clear winner here.

That’s it! I hope you found this list of my favorite vlogging cameras useful. If you have any questions about this list, or have ideas for ways I can make it better, please feel free to contact me and let me know!

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