The 15 Best Cameras for YouTube Videos

The 15 Best Cameras for YouTube Videos

Making videos for YouTube has become a bonafide career path in the form of full-time vlogging. Short for “video blogs”, vlogs have become extremely popular. But the biggest question people have when they are just getting started is “what should I use to shoot my YouTube video?” Below are some of the best cameras for YouTube based on a combination of price, quality, and popularity.

When buying or renting a camera for vlogging it is important to consider things like budget, portability, image and audio quality, recording time, and battery life. The best camera for YouTube or vlogging largely depends on what you are trying to capture.

10 Best Cameras for Blogging and Vlogging in 2019

Travel vloggers want light setups with excellent image quality to show amazing locations. Beauty vloggers need sharp optics, excellent autofocus, and high-quality audio. Family vloggers want highly portable cameras that can withstand the demands of a rough and tumble bunch of kids and all the chaos and fun that they bring.

We’ve broken down some of the most popular cameras for vloggers and came up with options to fit every need and budget. In addition to these popular 15 best cameras for YouTube, we’ve included updated versions for 2018/2019 (where applicable)!

The Best Cameras for YouTube

Here are our top 15 camera choices for YouTube based on a combination of price, quality, and popularity. Click one below to jump straight to that camera or scroll on to learn all about picking the right camera for you (and discover new versions of the cameras in this list)!

  1. Smartphone Camera
  2. GoPro HERO4 Silver (Updated Version: GoPro HERO7)
  3. Canon Vixia HF R72
  4. Logitech C930e
  5. Panasonic HC-V10 Digital
  6. Canon T6i (Updated Version: Canon T7i)
  7. Canon Powershot G7 X (Updated Version: G7 X Mark II)
  8. DJI Osmo (Updated Version: DJI Osmo+)
  9. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV (Updated Version: RX100 V, RX100 VI)
  10. Canon 70D (Updated Version: Canon 80D)
  11. Sony a7R II (Updated Version: a7R III)
  12. Canon 5D Mark III (Updated Version: 5D Mark IV)
  13. Sony PXW-X70 4K Ready XDCAM Camcorder
  14. Panasonic Lumix GH4 (Updated Version: GH5/GH5S)
  15. Canon C100 Cinema Camcorder (Updated Version: C200)

Digital Single-Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLRs)

DSLRs have long been the gold standard when it comes to photography and they make excellent vlogging cameras as well. With the option to change lenses, the ability to control things like ISO, focus points, and depth of field, excellent low light performance, and killer image quality, these cameras give you tons of options. But they have their downsides, including price, weight, and a steep learning curve to get the most out of all of those features.

Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras are the new kids on the block and they are becoming wildly popular with photographers and videographers due to their relatively lightweight, interchangeable lenses, versatility, and crystal-clear images. If you want a camera that comes with most of the bells and whistles of a heavy DSLR, but in a much smaller and lighter package, a mirrorless camera is perfect.

Point and Shoots

Point and shoots are tiny and generally (with some exceptions) lack a lot of the features of a DSLR. But they have lots of upsides, especially for vloggers who like to take their camera everywhere. A good point and shoot can provide excellent high-resolution images, sometimes offers the manual control of a DSLR, and fits right in your pocket.

Action Cams

Sometimes also called “point of view” cameras, action cams are designed and marketed as cameras that can be strapped to your chest when you go skydiving, taken underwater, or suction-cupped to the front of your surfboard for a first-person, immersive perspective. But that’s not all they’re good for. They are small in size but pack a huge punch when it comes to features, video quality, and durability. If you are the type of vlogger who wants to take video of yourself swimming in a waterfall—and then talk about it on your vlog afterward—an action cam may be perfect for you.


Camcorders are designed to give you everything you need to take amazing videos. This makes them lightweight, extremely portable, and perfect for people who want to focus strictly on videography and not photography.


There’s a good chance that you have a powerful vlogging tool on you right this very moment. While smartphones can’t touch the quality and versatility of an actual camera, they’re still pretty capable and assuming you own your phone already, they will cost you nothing.

What the Pros are Using

To get an idea of what types of camera vloggers use (at the time of this writing), it may help to look at the setups of current YouTube superstars:

*All subscriber numbers are as of this writing.


Best Microphones for YouTube

Vlogging isn’t just about making visually beautiful videos—it’s also about sound. The internal microphones on cameras are notoriously bad, which means that if you’re going to take your vlogging seriously, you’re going to want an external mic.

Before we get into a list of the best mics for YouTubers, let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of the various types:

  • Audio-Technica ATR-3350: Lapel-mounted microphones that are good for interviews, instructions, etc.
  • Rode VideoMic: Professional level hot shoe-mounted shotgun microphone.
  • Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone: Great for DSLR vlogging.
  • Blue Microphones Yeti Snowball: Easy to setup and best for voiceovers.
  • Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone: Lets you select between unidirectional and omnidirectional pickup patterns.

Other popular mic choices include:

  • RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit: Provides everything you need to start shooting with wireless audio, including a receiver, transmitter, and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone.
  • VideoMic Pro+ Shotgun Microphone: This mic is particularly well suited for audio capture for DSLR and mirrorless camera video projects thanks to a 20bd pre-amplifier that boosts the mic signal enough for these cameras to detect, preventing unwanted automatic gain inputs which has caused noise to be audible with prior microphones.
  • VideoMic GO Shotgun Microphone: Sports a battery-free design and requires very little power to operate. Ideal for weight-sensitive rigs and for mobility at events.

Types of Mics for Vloggers

Lapel Mics

Also called lavalier mics, lapel mics clip to the front of a shirt and allow the person being filmed to talk into the mic hands-free. These are ideal for vloggers who do interviews and conduct demonstrations.

Shotgun Mics

Shotgun mics mount to the hot shoe of the camera and can pick up unidirectional audio. If you are taking videos in a noisy location and want the sound of the person you are filming to stand out above all else, consider a shotgun mic. Shotgun mics work best for vloggers who take their equipment with them out into the world and need to be able to block out a lot of background noise.

Condenser Mics

Condenser Mics are useful for voice overs and recording audio in controlled environments. If what you want is a microphone that you can sit on your desk and record yourself talking with, a condenser is a great choice. Beauty and gaming vloggers love these types of mics.

Inexpensive Best Cameras for YouTube (under $500)

If you’re new to vlogging or not sure that you want to invest in expensive gear, there are plenty of ways to get started. These entry-level cameras can also buy you some time while you figure out exactly what you want. Renting gives you the opportunity to see which camera fits your needs at a very reasonable price. “Try before you buy” is always a good idea!

In the meantime, here are some little beauties to get you started. While these cameras lack many of the features of those further down the list (like the ability to use manual mode, change lenses, see yourself in a flip screen, or shoot in high res) their ease of use and small price tags make them great for getting started.


Smartphone Camera ($649** starting retail)

There is a saying in photography that the best camera is the one that is with you and for many of us, a smartphone camera is it. The iPhone 6s and Samsung S5 are both able to shoot 4K video on their front camera, but that resolution drops significantly when you flip it around. What these phones lack in resolution and low light performance they make up for in being tiny, lightweight, and always on hand.

GoPro HERO4 Silver ($40 for 7 day rental)

This powerful little camera is made for more than just adventure. It’s small, rugged enough to go anywhere, and able to take 4K video. GoPros also come with special features like adjustable frames per second, slow motion capture, and the ability to change the frame width. These cameras are excellent for vloggers who are constantly on the go. If you are an adventure or travel vlogger who wants to take videos without worrying about busting your gear, the GoPro Hero 4 Silver is a great choice for you.



GoPro HERO7 Black ($50 for a 7 day rental)

The GoPro HERO7 Black Camera offers the best of prior GoPro models, including a 12MP low-light sensitive sensor, 4K up to 60 FPS, Protune, and built-in waterproofing. The HERO7 improves on these specs by adding expanded creative features. Here are the new multimedia-friendly tools and enhancements offered in GoPro’s latest flagship camera:

  • HyperSmooth Video (gimbal-like stabilization built right into the camera)
  • Portrait Mode (front and rear displays will reorient for vertical shooting)
  • Live Streaming (automatically shares real-time footage to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo, and more.)

The GoPro HERO7 is ideal for adventurers, sports shooting, vacations, vlogging, and all kinds of first-person-perspective footage.

Canon Vixia HF R72

Parenting and lifestyle vloggers who want the portability and power of a small camcorder will love the Canon Vixia HF R72. This small but powerful camcorder gets rid of all the things vloggers don’t need but keeps all the things they do. Packed with a 57x advanced zoom, image stabilizer, WiFi, external mic port, and flip screen, this camera makes capturing quality video a breeze.

Logitech C930e

This webcam attaches to your computer and allows you to capture 1080p30 video with ease. While webcams have their obvious downsides (like not being portable), they can be a great way to get started. If you are the type of vlogger who plans to mostly make videos while sitting in front of a computer (looking at you, gaming vloggers!) this camera is for you.

Panasonic HC-V10 Digital

This small camcorder, which records 720p at 25 fps and has a flip screen, may not excel in low light environments but in bright light it provides high quality videos at an excellent price. If is a perfect way for lifestyle vloggers to get started.

Good Cameras for YouTube ($500 – $1,000)

Vloggers looking for higher performance have a lot of good options to choose from. These mid-range cameras run the gamut from point and shoots with lots of features to entry-level DSLRs with interchangeable lenses. Most of the cameras on this list have manual settings for better control, a swivel screen so you can see yourself as you record, fantastic image quality, external ports for microphones, and shoot at 1080p or better. These cameras strike the perfect balance between price and quality.

Canon Rebel T6i  ($47 for 7 day rental)

Canon’s Rebel line has long been the entry point for many people looking to get into DSLR photography and now, with some seriously impressive video capabilities, it’s becoming one of the go-to cameras for vloggers as well. This crop sensor DSLR provides beginner to intermediate videographers with a lot of power in an accessible and affordable camera. With WiFi capabilities, a flip screen, 19 cross-type autofocus points, and the ability to record at up to 1080p, the T6i is a recommended starting point for serious vlogging. There is a reason why everyone from lifestyle to beauty vloggers love the T6i — it’s a quality camera at a fantastic price.



Canon Rebel T7i ($53 for a 7 day rental)

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i Digital SLR Camera includes feature-rich video options without sacrificing the sleek and portable form factor the Rebel line is known for. It maintains the 24.2MP sensor but with expanded ISO capabilities and the first in the series to sport a 45-point, all cross-type AF system within the optical viewfinder. It features on-sensor Dual Pixel CMOS AF for even quicker, more accurate, and smooth performance when shooting stills or video in Live View.

Movie Servo AF mode along with the LCD’s Touch AF system allows for easy and natural-looking rack focusing when changing subjects or distances. The Canon EOS Rebel T7i Digital SLR Camera is ideal for beginners, seasoned shooters looking for an affordable option for a second shooter or BTS shooter, traveling, and events.

Canon Powershot G7 X

Many people consider Canon’s Powershot G7X to be the best camera for blogging due to its myriad of features, small size, and incredible video quality. While it lacks the low light capabilities of a DSLR, it’s 1″ sensor, which is larger than most cameras of this size, captures a lot of light and produces clear, rich images. The G7X is a perfect choice for just about everyone.



Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II ($56 for a 7 day rental)

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II improves on its predecessor with enhanced tracking, Dual Sensing built-in image stabilization (including a special macro IS), faster FPS shooting rate, and an intuitive capacitive touch-panel LCD. A manual control ring surrounds the lens for quick control over exposure settings. The ring can also be set to have clicked intervals or can be de-clicked for smooth transitions that are suitable for video. This is not only a good vlogging camera but it’s also simply a great all-around travel and vacation camera.

DJI Osmo ($62 for 7 day rental)

The DJI Osmo may be the best action cam on the market for vloggers. This camera is small, rugged, and able to shoot at 4K. For vloggers, the Osmo’s most impressive feature may be its stabilization, which allows for smooth video even when you’re on the go—which is great for vloggers who like to shoot while running through town or hiking on remote and bumpy trails. If you love your smartphone for vlogging but want better stablization, check out the DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphones.


DJI Osmo+ ($58 for a 7 day rental)

The DJI Osmo+ shares many of the features of the original Osmo but also sports 3.5x optical zoom and 2x lossless digital zoom. Instead of the fixed 20mm (94° field of view) lens, you can now enjoy a 22-77mm (92° – 35º FOV) lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the wide end and f/5.2 at the telephoto end. The Osmo+ also simplifies the motion time-lapse functionality with an easy start/stop mark that puts the camera into moving time-lapse recording mode automatically.

Advanced stabilization keeps the Osmo+ more still than ever no matter how you move it, even during live streaming, and the improved battery life allows you to shoot up to 114 minutes (compared to 60 minutes on the original Osmo). This handheld system is ideal for adventure shooting, travel, and immersive sports shooting.

Sony RX100 IV ($65 for 7 day rental)

Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is a tiny vlogging powerhouse. Weighing in at just 10.5 ounces this camera is able to shoot 4K video at 30, 25, and 24 fps and at fps rates of up to 1,000. And it is small enough to fit in your pocket. This camera is a good option for vloggers who do a lot of their shooting away from the comfort of their own home and want a camera that is easy to take along for the ride.



Sony RX100 VI ($78 for a 7 day rental)

Boasting the same processor found in Sony’s flagship a9 full frame mirrorless camera, the portable RX100 VI is able to provide vloggers with an expanded zoom range, enhanced video recording, and lower noise over prior models. Take full advantage of the wide-area phase-detection AF system for fast, smooth, and continuous autofocusing when recording video. Record in stunning UHD 4K up to 30p at 100Mbps and enjoy slow motion effects up to 1000 FPS using a dedicated High Frame Rate mode. The RX100 line has been a longtime favorite among vloggers and they simply keep getting better!

Canon 70D ($75 for 7 day rental)

Many people consider the Canon 70D to be the best DSLR for vloggers due to its long battery life (920 pictures before needing a recharge compared to DSLR average of 894 shots), rock-solid autofocus system, and user-friendly touchscreen. This camera supports full HD 1080p recording at speeds of 30, 24, and 25 fps and is a favorite of lifestyle, beauty, and travel vloggers who want fantastic image quality.


Canon 80D ($68 for a 7 day rental)

The Canon EOS 80D improves on the 70D with a major boost in AF points and an increase in 1080p maximum shooting frame rate from 29.97 FPS to 59.94 FPS. It sports Dual Pixel CMOS AF for quick, accurate, and smooth performance when shooting video in Live View. Movie Servo AF mode along with the LCD’s Touch AF system allows for easy and natural-looking rack focusing when changing subjects or distances and a 3.5mm stereo microphone port is included for connecting external mics to give you a more professional-sounding result. The high number of focusing points, Movie Servo AF, full HD recording in 60p, expanded ports, and a large 3″ touchscreen LCD makes this camera ideal for videographers.

Best Cameras for YouTube (over $1,000)

If nothing but the best will do, there are some excellent cameras on the market. These cameras all take external mics, have superior image and video quality, fast and accurate autofocus and interchangeable lenses. While learning to use all these features may take some time, the rewards are well worth the effort. These are some of the best cameras that money can buy!

Sony a7R II ($111 for 7 day rental)

Sony’s mirrorless camera systems have been taking the photography world by storm and the a7R II may be the best of them all for photographers and vloggers alike. This camera boasts a full frame 42.2MP sensor in a small body. The a7R II has built-in image stabilization, handles ISOs (up to 25,600 in video mode) well, and is compatible with lenses made by other brands. This camera is the perfect choice for vloggers who demand high quality everything in a package that is smaller than a DSLR.



Sony a7R III ($152 for a 7 day rental)

The a7R III is equipped with internal 4K shooting and S-Log2 and 3 for better gradation from shadows to midtones and a wide dynamic range of up to 14 stops – a lot of flexibility for post production. Enjoy the new Hybrid Log-Gamma picture profile, which supports high dynamic range, helps prevent blocked shadows or blown highlights, and creates instant, lifelike footage without further color grading. All of this dynamic range also serves photographers, who get to enjoy 14-bit RAW output even in silent or continuous shooting modes. Compared to the a7R II, the a7R III has 2x faster AF speeds in dim lighting. The AF algorithm has been borrowed from the a9 so that high-resolution shooters can still enjoy lightning fast AF tracking. Additionally, the 5-axis image stabilization gives you a 5.5-stop advantage. Overall, the a7R III provides the latitude needed for shooting or filming in even the most light-challenged environments.

Canon 5D Mark III ($145 for 7 day rental)

The Canon 5D Mark III is the venerable workhorse of the photography world and, while it lacks things like a flip screen or WiFi, it makes this list because it is just that good. This camera has a full frame sensor, a whopping 61 autofocus points, great performance at high ISOs, and excellent dynamic range. The 5D Mark III is perfect for vloggers who require incredible image quality but not a ton of portability, like makeup tutorials or studio interviews.



Canon 5D Mark IV ($157 for a 7 day rental)

The Canon 5D Mark IV improves on the 5D Mark III with a boost in megapixels, ISO, shooting speed, a touchscreen LCD, built-in WiFi, and, most notably, with 4K video and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Low light performance is improved overall with the DIGIC 6+ image processor, which can also shoot at a quicker 7 FPS over the 5D Mark III’s maximum of 6 FPS.

There is a new AF Area Select button for much more immediate access to this setting, which is helped even further by an improved 61-point High Density Reticular AF for super fast tracking. Movie Servo AF and Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides very smooth rack focusing abilities directly from the touchscreen LCD. You can record DCI 4K at up to 30 FPS while also snagging 8.8MP stills from your footage.

Sony PXW-X70 4K Ready XDCAM Camcorder ($170 for 7 day rental)

For vloggers looking for excellent video quality in a smaller camcorder package, Sony’s PXW-70 4K Ready Camcorder may be the perfect fit. Equipped with 4K capabilities and a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens, this little camcorder produces stunning video. This is the ideal camera for vloggers who do most of their shooting out in the world. Lifestyle and travel vloggers will love this camera.

Panasonic Lumix GH4 ($83 for 7 day rental)

Panasonic’s small but mighty Lumix GH4 mirrorless camera is designed for people who want to take both beautiful photos and high quality 4K video. With a flip out screen, built-in image stabilization, and 49 autofocus points, this thing can handle pretty much anything a vlogger throws its way. This is ideal for lifestyle vloggers who want superior optical quality in a portable package.



Panasonic Lumix GH5S ($145 for a 7 day rental)

The Panasonic GH5S boasts most everything there is to love about prior models but includes essential features aimed at videographers. The GH5S is capable of unlimited internal capture of 4:2:2 10-bit C4K video recording plus the ability to simultaneously feed 4:2:2 10-bit out through the full size HDMI port to an external recorder (rentable separately). Variable frame rate options have also been expanded with a maximum of 240 FPS in Full HD and 60 FPS in DCI and UHD 4K, allowing for up to 10x slow motion footage. But it omits built-in stabilization, so for that you’ll need to check out the GH5.

Canon C100 Cinema Camcorder ($208 for 7 day rental)

The C100 Cinema Camcorder is one of the most powerful camcorders on the market. With a flip screen, ISO capabilities up to 80,000, and lightning-fast autofocus this is a camera for serious videographers—and super serious vloggers. The C100 is a great choice for vloggers who are flirting with the idea of also being filmmakers.



Canon C200 ($475 for a 7 day rental)

This camera is pretty overkill for vlogging. It’s a big enough jump in price that it really is reserved for more formal filmmaking. But for special projects associated with your vlog or brand, it might be the right choice.

The Canon C200 is a versatile “ready to go” production camera that can record internal 4K RAW in Canon’s Cinema RAW Light format as well as 4K UHD and Full HD in MP4 format. With 13 stops of dynamic range and ISO sensitivity up to 102,400, this camera maximizes light gathering on a sensor that also reduces data-readout time for fewer rolling shutter artifacts. Enjoy 60 FPS shooting rates in MP4 format up to 4K UHD on cost-saving SD cards or create stunning slow-motion footage with a maximum of 120 frames per second in Full HD.

Other features include a touchscreen monitor, a bright electronic viewfinder, built-in ND filters in 2/4/6/8/10 stops, a variety of ports (including 2 XLR inputs), assignable buttons, and a versatile handle with ergonomic handgrip.


Vlogging can be a fun way to tell your stories, get your creative juices flowing, or even earn a living. Whether you are looking to make vlogging your career or just wanting to make funny videos to entertain your friends, there is a camera out there for you! And remember that if you’re having trouble making up your mind, renting a camera can be just the way to get started. Taking a bunch of different cameras for a spin before dropping cash on one is a great way to be sure that you’re getting exactly what you want and have confidence in your purchase.

**All quoted pricing is at the time of this writing and subject to change.

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  1. You made one small mistake, the GoPro Hero 4 Silver has the display screen, the Hero 4 Black does not.

  2. This is a really good, all-encompassing list. A great starting point for people getting into vlogging.

  3. So I’ve come to this blog posting about 5 times already. I haven’t purchased a camera in almost 6 years. My current camera is the Canon rebel t2i (yes, very old). I am looking to start making youtube tutorials that won’t really be showing myself, but more so my hands, some the things I will be teaching to make. I am trying to find the perfect camera to use. I need something where I can control it with a wireless remote (stop, start, zoom, etc). I also need one that will auto focus quickly when I bring something close to the camera and take it away. I am clueless as to what to buy. I am going to be shooting tutorials on knitting/crochet. I currently own a yarn store and I also make my own hand dyed yarn. Making youtube tutorials has been something I have been wanting to do for a long time now. Can I please bother you for some advice? What camera do you recommend for me? I would like to keep it in the reasonable pricing area. Nothing more then 3000 and I am actually looking to spend that much on everything if I could. As far as lighting, wireless remote, etc. goes.

  4. Hi! I have been thinking on making videos for a long time now and I want to be one that is not delicate, that has nice pixels and that is active since I am the time of person wanting to share the stuff I can do (flips,handstands,skateboarding,rollerblading,etc) and I want a good camera aswell and that is cheap so that we can afford it! But anyway amazing website helps a lot!

  5. Hi there!

    I am starting a youtube channel for beauty videos.
    Would you recommend a Canon Rebel XTi DSLR camera with a EF -S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens?


  6. I want to create a series of videos that are instructional. Most of the video will PowerPoint with written and image content. Only a small percentage of it will be filming myself talking. I don’t have a lot of money to spend but wanted to at least have quality video and audio. I don’t want it to look like a cheesy home video and sound like I’m in a tunnel somewhere. I want it to look somewhat professionally done. What’s a good camera and microphone that I can use?

  7. Do you have any thoughts on the $100-$150 Chinese knock-offs? They even come with an external mic that some reviews say is surprisingly good. I would like to film more than a week, but I don’t know yet if this is something I will keep doing or if I will discover it’s too much hassle, so I don’t want to spend too much on a camera, but my phone is just an LG Stylo 2 ($240 new), so I don’t think the video or sound quality will be good enough from that.

    • If you like your phone and would rather just use that but you’re concerned about the built-in audio, you might want to explore something like this. It appears that LG uses the CTIA/AHJ standard required for connecting an external mic.

  8. I want a good camera for beginners, under £200 or even under £100 would be a bonus and I’m looking for a tripod that is roughly under £200 or £100 that can hold the camera vertically and horizontally (to make tutorials with a birds eye view and to just take normal videos)

  9. One mistake. You never mentioned drone based cameras’

  10. Hi, I would like to create indoor cooking videos and place them on youtube. Which camera would you recommend in the less cheap-mid range?

    • If you’re comfortable with spending above $1,000 then nearly any interchangeable lens DSLR or mirrorless camera will do the trick. When reading reviews/stats, you’ll want to pay attention to a couple of things: Does it have a mic port? Does it have a hot shoe for accessories and mics? How high is the maximum ISO? What are the clip length limitations (are you going to be shooting long scenes or editing together shorter ones)? These questions will help you narrow down your choices.

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  12. Hi,
    I am in 10th grade and i need to record about 20 videos for my personal project, all my videos will be arts tutorials. So can you please tell that would it be good if i use iphone 6s to record my videos?

  13. Still best is Canon PowerShot s120

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  15. I’m a financial planner looking to shoot short educational videos on financial topics. I want to shoot videos for YouTube, FB and LinkedIn, mostly from a short distance, like 3-7 feet away. Indoors, in my conference room, me at my desk or in my conference room next to a 55 inch monitor with slides up….would the Canon 70d or 80d be good for me? I also plan on using a teleprompter.

    what would be a good lens to pair with it for the way I’m planning to use it?

      • I want a camera that i can just sit on my desk or on a stand to record my face and upper body while playing games on my computer. I already have the blue yeti to record my voice. What camera would be good for my situation?

  16. Update on iJustine, She now uses mostly Sony products. Her main cameras are two Sony a7s II and her her vlogging camera is the rx100 v.

    • She also uses a Sony a6500.

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  18. Hi! My 8 year old daughter is asking for a video camera for Xmas. She is wanting to make you tube videos , everything from makeup tutorials to the surprise eggs videos. Since she is so young I’m wanting something under $150 , and also something that is fairly easy to operate. Could you give me some advice ? Thanks !!

    • So, for that price point it’s going to be tough to get everything you want. Before you dive straight into cameras, if your 8 yo already has access to a computer then you might want to consider a new webcam instead. Webcams have come a long way in quality and variety and tend to be pretty affordable. But before you do that, you might want to make a list of things that are important: will they want a touchscreen LCD or is navigating a menu system fine for them? Do they need a tilting screen or a fully articulating screen for “selfie” mode? Is slow motion video mode something they want? Do they really want to record in 1080p or is 720p sufficient? Will they ever want to use an external microphone or is in-camera mic good enough? That’s a lot for an 8 yo, I know, but you might be surprised by the features they know they want. That will help you narrow it down, as some cameras have flip screens but only shoot 720p, etc. You’re always sacrificing something so finding out what’s actually important will help you choose.

  19. Hi there, I will be starting a blog to record events and restaurants visit around my city. I’m not sure what camera I should start with. It would have to be able to take wide shots at restaurants. I’m not explaining well, so I hope you understand a little. I will have to take both pics and videos.

    • If money is no object, something like the Sony a7S would do nicely thanks to its low light capabilities, which can be handy in darker restaurants. Otherwise, if you’re looking for something very small and still fairly good in low light, the Sony RX100 V is a great option. I’d rent a few different body/lens combinations first to test out before committing.

  20. Hi, i’m starting out on youtube and was looking to upgrade my phone to an iphone 7. Would this be good enough to shoot quality videos of me working with my hands and recording movement?

      • Hey is there vlogging camera which is small and good like “Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 IV” and has External Mic Input and 180 degree flip screen?
        Thank you very much in advance!

  21. Hey is there vlogging camera which is small and good like “Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 IV” and has External Mic Input and 180 degree flip screen?
    Thank you very much in advance!

  22. Hi there, so what camera do I use if I want to do music on Youtube? I’ve heard a good camera is the Canon c100 but that’s a little out of my price range. Also what lenses do you recommend?

    • If you’re performing music in your videos for YouTube, you’re going to need to worry far more about sound quality than having a super beefy production camera. Fortunately, you can attach higher-quality sound to more average cameras and attain perfectly watchable and enjoyable videos for a fraction of the price of something like a C100. Start here to get acquainted with microphone types (though I am sure, if you’re a musician, you’re familiar with mic types but this article talks about them in context of videography: The most important quality of a camera for you will probably be if the camera can accept external microphones or not. If it can do that, plus shoot 1080p or higher video footage for a decent clip length (usually around 30 minutes – more than enough for a song or 2), then you’re very set. After that, any wide angle lens (if you’re performing in a small room) will suffice. Don’t spend tons of money – you won’t need to, at least not at this stage!

  23. I’m pretty sure most of the YouTubers that were using the Canon 70D have already upgraded to the 80D and 5D. Great post btw. Thanks

  24. What about the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm Lens? Is it a good camera for youtube or vimeo?

  25. Hi I’m a make up artist and I’m looking into getting a camera for pictures and videos because I want to go into vlogging too for beauty videos.I was thinking of getting a sony a5100,is this fine or which other one will you recommend.

    • I think that is a very suitable option. The only drawback is that it doesn’t have a port for an external microphone. It does have a built-in stereo mic, though. So you’ll need to be mindful when recording that your environment is very quiet, because in-camera mics try to pick up everything. But it’s otherwise a great camera for your purposes. When picking out a lens, you will need to think about how close you want the lens to be to your face (or a model’s face). You’ll want a lens with a relatively close minimum focusing distance, especially if you’re working in a small space already. Good luck! Hope it goes well.

  26. Greetings, I just purchased a Canon Vixia G40 Camcorder as my initial investment toward creating a high quality TV studio – VLOG setup. The intent is to produce premium quality vlogs for (mostly) Linkedin which I will likely use YouTube for storage/playback.

    I will be primarily be using a ‘desk’ scenario and delivering 2-3 minute subject matter tutorials. Should I go for a shotgun mic like the Rode – or a lavalier mic setup (wired or wireless? Brand?) The intent also requires implementation of a ‘professional’ lighted studio area’ – with a kit for green screen / chroma key and backdrops. My intent is to deliver the best quality (video & sound) experience with a ‘medium’ budget.

    Please, can you recommend what I should be looking for re: sound (shotgun / boom / lavalier / wireless / or?) and also the BEST presets (auto / manual) for the Canon Vixia? I am also trying to figure out where’s best to store media for recording and editing purposes as I have several options with the camera having wi-fi. I am also thinking I need Adobe Elements or Pro (just hate the idea of a monthly fee) but would appreciate your input(s)


  27. The tip is: get a GoPro, a Canon and an Osmo, Perfect set, maybe for the beggining.

  28. I have a serious question. My daughter does gymnastics and I just started a Youtube Channel for her. Currently I am using a Nikon Coolpix L840 (borrowed). I want to buy a good camera, but this camera must autofocus quickly when im zooming in and out as when I record her she is mostly on floors far away. I also want it to have an external mic port. I was thinking of the Canon Rebel T6i , but I heard it is not a good option for the type of videos I am wanting to record if this is so what is the best option?

  29. Hi,
    I am looking to make short 3 minute ( edited ) videos on cooking. I’m a chef and have no clue where to start with what camera to purchase. Initially I wanted to get the canon 80 but untimately id lové advice on what the best camera for a ‘cooking show’ & great Instagram pics would be. For sound I’m doing voice over and would like to use the blue yeti.

    Thanks in advance

  30. Hi, I am looking to start a youtube channel for beauty tutorial, cooking and vlogging. I also would like to take my camera with me to take photos when I travel. I like taking photos of scenery and architecture. Also some close ups and protraits. l have never had a professional camera before only a Sony cyber-shot so have no idea what would be best for me and what lense I need. When taking photos and recording I would like to have the option where the background is blurred if you know what I mean. Can you please provide me some options that would be from mid-range options $500-$1000. And if I did want to splurge more is there something suitable you would suggest that under$1500. Please and thank you.

  31. Thanks for sharing great info.. But, can you suggest Best Cameras For Youtube Under $200?

  32. Hello borrowlenses,
    Thanks a lot for your informative post. I love vlogging, and I usually make use of my iphone 7, but I would like to start using a camcorder or camera now. I’m looking for one that is reliable and produces quality hd videos and in the $300 – $400 price range. I’m using it mainly for personal every day vlogs and would occasionally upload on youtube or my blog, what would you recommend? Thank you. Also for any of your recommendations, would it also be able to take good pictures?

  33. What’s up friends, fastidious piece of writing and pleasant arguments commented here, I am actually enjoying by these.

  34. Superb post and even great help and advice! This blog post is very effective and used by us. Thanks for expression valuable tips.

  35. Thanks, Alexandria – what a great post!

    I am looking to do three separate channels on YouTube and am looking for that sweet spot of a set up that will do it all – channel 1 will be focused on kitchen blending, channel 2 will be touristy kind of travel tidbits. (I live in a destination and want to provide a local’s perspective) Channel 3 will leverage a lot of voice over with slides and other graphics. I’m a Nikon user and am very comfortable with the interface, so it’s appealing to me for that reason. That said, I don’t want to choose something that’s comfortable at the expense of a better solution. I’d like to spend under $1200 for everything and am open to buying used equipment. What would you do?

  36. p.s. I notice there are no Nikons on your list – why is that? (not offended at all, just curious as to what’s making them less appealing) There must be some fatal flaw?

  37. Great article.worth recommending.must appreciate your effort.Thank you for providing this knowledgeable article with us.keep publishing This kind of helpful articles with us.

  38. Hi! I can use some advice on what camera I should purchase. I want a camera that takes great pictures, but can also be used for Youtube videos (vlogging, talk show series, beauty videos etc). I want something light weight and prefer something with a flip screen – however the flip screen is not a deal breaker. I was considering the Sony Alpha cameras or the Canon t_i cameras. I’m unsure what brand and version I should get. I was told that I do not HAVE to get the newest version camera so long as I have a good lens. What are your thoughts? Can you also give me some good mic and lighting options? If I can’t get the flip screen are there any alternatives to me seeing what the camera is recording while I’m in front of it? I do not have a small budget, but I also do not want to splurge on ALL of the equipment as I am a beginner. Hope to hear from you soon!

  39. Hello! I would love your input on what camera I should buy for photos and youtube contact (i.e vlogging, talk show style show with my friend, and some beauty videos etc). I was between the sony a____ series and canon t_i series. I was told by a colleague that I could get an older version camera its the lens that is really important. Would you agree or disagree? I really wanted a camera with a flip screen, but that is not a deal breaker for me. I would also like some light weight and easy to travel with. If the flip screen can’t be an option are there any devices I can use that would serve the same purpose as a flip screen? Also what mic and lighting would you recommend? Keep in my mind I am not on a low budget, but would still like to spend wisely on equipment as a first timer. Thanks in advance for your help!

  40. Hi, do iPhone X is right for YouTube vlog ?

  41. Hi, I’m looking for a video camera for filming relatively long (1-4 hour) walking videos in the countryside. I was wondering if you could recomend anything for landscapes with a decent battery life?

    Thank you


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