Whether you are a Youtuber or a content creator, one of the most important things is to produce professional content. We have summed up 5 of the best cameras for blogging and vlogging.
Before we dig into it, lets look at the essential features you need and ones you don’t.
Must have camera features for vloggers:
The video quality is a must. If you want people to return and watch your content, the quality of your videos need to professional. Look for the video resolution when you are comparing cameras. You’ll see 720p, 1080p, and 4K. This means HD ready, Full HD, and Ultra HD – each one a little better than the last.
This is the second most important feature. Your video can be pretty but if users can’t hear what you are saying then they will drop off in the first 15 seconds. That is a warning sign to YouTube and your videos will rank lower. All cameras have built-in microphones but unless you are close to the camera you may want to think about investing in a camera with an external microphone.
Some vloggers just sit in their bedroom and talk to the camera – which is fine. But if you want to record videos beyond that you’ll want to search for a camera that has built-in optical image stabilization. It’ll help ensure that your videos come out smooth no matter what activity you’re doing. You’ll also want to buy a tripod if the camera you choose doesn’t come with one. Amazon has great set-ups at pretty decent prices on those as well. I love this tripod because it’s sturdy and won’t break the bank. I have bought cheaper ones in the past but they could not support the weight of my camera.
Non-Essential, Nice to Have Features
Wifi is great when you are taking long videos or creating a lot of content. Your files are transferred onto your chosen devices such as a laptop or iPad. I have seen many photographers use this feature for showing the customer photos instantly and allowing them to select the best photos. I would say this a nice to have but not a must-have. If you are starting out with your first camera it’s better to focus on a good quality body and lens over wifi.
A zoom becomes nonessential if you are shooting on a tripod, and don’t want to use it for photos. Because lenses are expensive I personally went with a lens that does have a zoom so that I have the options to take photos with it later on.
This one I took of my daughter when she was first born. I wouldn’t have been able to get this shot without a zoom lens.
To get the best quality video possible, you’ll want to shoot in well-lit environments. I do like to have a camera with a flash because you can use it to shoot beautiful covers for your channel art. If you’re investing in a tool that you’ll keep for years, why would you not use it for your photographs too? When it comes to video, you will need a well-lit room with natural light or a lighting kit. Depending on the strength of the lighting will depend on how many lights you need.
I would look into ring lighting if you are going to be vlogging with your face in frame. Ring lights will distribute the light evenly around your face so that you don’t create shadows around the nose or under the eyes. This one is one of my faves.
If you need your room to be lit then a ring light will not meet your needs. Box lighting is a great way to light up your space. In fact, I loved it so much I ended up placing the lights around my home. Here is the kit that I use.
If you aren’t really concerned about shooting photographs, Megapixels don’t really matter.
The Best Cameras For Vloggers and Bloggers
1. Sony A 7sii
The Sony A 7sii is my absolute favorite camera. That is saying a lot since I am a Cannon girl. This little baby does not come cheap; it retails for a little over $1k. That is excluding lenses or any other gear. If you have the money to spend I would recommend it. Remember that you are not going to be buying new cameras very often. It’s a long term investment.
- Captures beautiful video
- Takes stunning photographs
- 5-axis image stabilization
- 4K movie recording
- Mirrorless camera
- Larger Z series battery
- Dual card slots with the lower slot accepting fast SDXC II cards
- USB3 port
- Touch screen for moving autofocus point.
- Joystick for moving autofocus point
- AF-On button
- High price for a beginner
Below is a cinematography style video shot with the Sony A 7sii.
Video by: Caitee Hawker of www.adventuresinhdproduction.com
Here are two Vlog Style videos made with the Sony A 7sii.
Videos by James Adrian. You can check out his videos on his Youtube channel here.
- Professional photography at a low price
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- 19-point autofocus system
- Hybrid CMOS AF III focus system (live view)
- 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor with skin tone detection
- 3″ fully articulating touchscreen LCD
- 5 fps continuous shooting
- 1080/30p video
- Wi-Fi with NFC
- Relatively compact and light
- Able to shoot 1080p video up to 60 FPS (Frames Per Second)
- Good autofocus
- Relatively inexpensive
3. Go Pro
The new Go Pro Hero 7 Black is incredibly small and extremely powerful. The price is low at a mere $342. If you are a vlogger that is going to be filming outdoors with movement I would recommend this camera for you.
The stabilization is insane on the new Go Pro Hero 7 Black. But don’t just take my word for it. See it for yourself.
- Video 4K
- Waterproof 33ft (10m)
- Voice Control
- Touch Screen
- 8x Slo-Mo
- Hyper Smooth Video
- Live Streaming. Stream to Facebook Live, YouTube™ and more!
- Instant uploads to your iPhone
- If I wanted to use it for photography only for blogging I would stick with a DSLR camera
4. Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR
The Canon 7D is a beautiful camera. I may say I am a little bias because it is the camera I have been using for the last several years. The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR sports a relatively quick FPS shooting speed of 8 Frames Per Second.
Canon’s 7D features an electronic leveler that can be viewed both on the LCD screen. I find this handy when I am setting up my camera to shoot a vlog. It enables me to level the camera correctly onto the tripod. The less I need to do in post-production the better.
I also love the fact that I can hook a remote control shutter, so I have the option to take more photos of myself without having to run back and forth with a timer.
For the Vloggers out there, this camera also supports the ports needed for most video applications. Such as external microphone, av out, HDMI and USB ports.
Photographs that were taken on a 7D
- Supports external microphone
- Flash: Built-In Flash
- Weather Resistant
- Fast frame speed for quality video
- Good autofocus
- 18 megapixels
- 8 frames per second continuous shooting speed
- Excellent low light performance
- Good battery life – You can also purchase batteries that give continuous power through an outlet
- Ability to have a remote control shutter button
- Nearly all buttons and controls can be customized according to personal preference
5. Canon 5D
The Canon 5D is the creme de la creme of cameras. The movie Wolverine and the series House were both filmed with a Canon 5D.
Canon’s top-of-the-line pro bodies such as the Canon 5D and 1D are capable of capturing up to 14 photos in a single second (14 fps) compared to the 7D which captures 8.
- Record videos in 4K.
- 30.9MP full-frame CMOS sensor.
- High resolution balanced with low-light performance and sensitivity.
- ISO range of 100-32000.
- LCD touchscreen.
The example photo quality of the 5D. Picture taken by Ken Rockwell.
How to compare your camera choices before purchasing.
If you are still unsure about which camera to buy you can always rent one for three days at a reasonable price. This can allow you to batch your video content together. You can also shoot in the same location with the other cameras you are considering so that you can get a fair comparison of which camera you prefer.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Digital SLR Camera can be rented for 7 Days for only a $146.00.
You can pick up a Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera for 7 Days at a mere $68.00.
I hope you enjoyed our guide to the best 5 of the Best Cameras for Blogging and Vlogging!
So which camera are you thinking of getting? I think I have convinced myself I need a Go Pro too!