These 6 models are particularly suitable

Of course – you can use your smartphone or an SLR camera for video recording. But they do not always achieve the perfect results that you want to share with the public. Some manufacturers have long recognized the trend and offer special vlogging cameras. These are aimed at people who regularly publish videos on YouTube, for example, and who want to offer viewers an insight into their own lives.

What does a vlogger need for a vlogging camera?

Vlog is an artificial word that stands for “video” and “blog”. Presumably, many active and professional vloggers do not use this term at all. But they all have certain requirements for their equipment. They need a camera where they can present themselves in the best possible way. And this is where we get to the downside of smartphones: The front-facing cameras are usually of much poorer quality, so 4K resolutions or compelling, detailed images are only possible in the rarest of cases. The dimensions can be impractical for SLR cameras.

In my opinion, these aspects are important for a vlogging camera:

  • High quality, maximum CMOS sensor (1 inch, at least 20 megapixels, 4K videos)
  • Fast (wide angle) lens
  • Tilt and rotate the display to see yourself while shooting
  • WLAN and / or Bluetooth for connecting to a smartphone and publishing on the Internet
  • Connection option for external microphone and accessories such as gimbal, flash or tripod
  • Optional: HDR videos
  • Optional: live streaming option
  • Would be nice: video editing software included

These are just simplified “requirements” because needs are individual and dependent on what one wants to do. In addition, many technical details play a role, such as the construction of the lenses, which are usually permanently mounted, the presence of image stabilization, the autofocus or the f-number.

Do you need specific recommendations? There you go – take a closer look at these vlogging cameras.

Sony ZV-1: vlog camera for all circumstances

With the ZV-1 announced in May 2020, Sony is targeting vloggers who want a cohesive device with every conceivable freedom. The internal features are without a doubt exciting, because the camera has the same sensor as the premium compact camera Sony RX100 VII. The 1-inch Exmor RS has 20.1 megapixels and allows 4K video recording with HDR.

Sony includes a windshield with the vlogging camera. (Photo: Sony)

The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T * lens is fast (F1.8 – 2.8) and offers a 2.7x optical zoom. Optical image stabilizer, fast hybrid autofocus, WIFI and Bluetooth, microphone connection, multi-interface accessory, HDMI output and USB ports – everything you can imagine is included.

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The features specially designed for the vlog camera are practical. The LC display can be adjusted as desired, the integrated 3-capsule microphone comes with a windshield and software features guarantee natural skin tones and real-time tracking for a consistent autofocus. A bokeh effect can even be turned on with the push of a button.

Based on the aforementioned RX100, the Sony ZV-1 manages without interchangeable lenses – typically for a compact camera – but offers the greatest flexibility, especially for vloggers. But Sony is willing to pay for it: the suggested retail price is just under 800 euros. In addition, there may be accessories such as a recording handle (gimbal), a remote control, an external microphone and whatever else you need. Nice again: professional software and an app for smartphones are a matter of course at Sony.

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III: vlogging camera and more

The G7 X Mark III is actually a compact camera for ambitious photographers. But Canon noticed the trend last year and announced the device with a “ideal for vloggers, bloggers and anyone posting content online“. No doubt – the technology is impressive. The 20-inch 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor does a really good job, which I found out in my hands-on test of the G7 X Mark III.

A beautiful camera, Canon Powershot G7X Mark III.  (Photo: Sven Wernicke)
A beautiful camera, Canon Powershot G7X Mark III. (Photo: Sven Wernicke)

The foldable screen, 24x wide-angle lens with 4.2x zoom, 4K recordings (or Full HD at 120 frames per second) and the ability to stream content live on YouTube are interesting for vloggers. This then runs via the associated app.

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III Review: More Convenient than an Advanced Smartphone?

The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III is a great, high-quality camera that you should definitely take pictures with. What is extensive, however, is the entrance. The operation is not very intuitive at first, but there are an incredible number of functions hidden in the embedded menus.

Tip: The predecessor, the Canon G7X Mark II, which is also available from Euronics, is cheaper and therefore particularly attractive to beginners.

Canon EOS M200: mirrorless system camera

The Canon EOS M200 is a mirrorless system camera with one big advantage: You can change the lens as with a SLR camera. Objects from the EF and EF-S series are suitable, alternatively a large selection of M lenses has long been available. This means: Changes the focal length depending on the area of ​​application.

The Canon EOS M200 is as small as a compact camera, but the lenses are interchangeable.  (Photo: Canon)
The Canon EOS M200 is as small as a compact camera, but the lenses are interchangeable. (Photo: Canon)

In addition, you get uniform hardware: Digic 8 image processor, 24.1 megapixel sensor, WLAN / Bluetooth, 4K video and a foldable LC screen with touch screen. And: Compared to regular SLR cameras, the M200 is still compact and handy.

Canon emphasizes that the Canon EOS M200 connects quickly to your smartphone or PC, and sharing on social networks is a breeze. A cloud backup with automatic synchronization means you do not lose any more data.

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Tip: As an alternative to the M200, it is also worth taking a look at the Canon EOS M50, which is similarly equipped, but here and there cheaper overall. It’s a little bigger, but that should not make it any less practical. You can also buy it at Euronics.de.

GoPro Hero8 as a vlogging camera

As you know, GoPro caters to action cam friends and anyone who wants to capture activity in a visually stunning way. But the current GoPro Hero8 Black offers a lot for vloggers thanks to its accessories. The 12 megapixels are enough for 4K recordings (60 frames per second) and 1080p live streaming. But not only that.

With DisplayMod, the GoPro Hero8 becomes a vlogging camera.  (Photo: GoPro)
With DisplayMod, the GoPro Hero8 becomes a vlogging camera. (Photo: GoPro)

For example, GoPro integrates HyperSmooth 2.0 – complex image stabilization for smooth shooting. Three microphones independently reduce wind noise. And if you want more, you can use the comprehensive range of accessories. With MediaMod you get a directional microphone and the ability to connect your own. With DisplayMod, there is also a foldable 2-inch screen.

Sure, in the end, the Hero8 Black with extra accessories is not cheaper than a vlogging camera from Sony or Canon, but this action camera could be the ideal solution for sporty vloggers.

DJI Osmo Pocket: The pocket camera for vloggers

The Osmo Pocket is a very special camera because it consists of the camera itself (1 / 2.3 “CMOS sensor, 12 megapixels, f / 2.0), which is attached to a handle. A motorized gimbal ensures that the image is always stabilized and thus for smooth recordings.

The Osmo Pocket is really small.  (Photo: DJI)
The Osmo Pocket is really small. (Photo: DJI)

Despite its small size, you can record 4K videos at 60 fps. A so-called story mode in the associated app generates dynamic videos, which then just wait to be published. The available accessories are useful, including a wide-angle lens, a radio module, an adapter for actioncam peripherals or a holder for smartphones. The fact is: it can hardly be more compact.

Panasonic Lumix G110: system camera for vloggers

The new Lumix G110 from Panasonic is surprising for one reason: It is a mid-range system camera (MFT) that wants to convince vloggers. It has 20.1 megapixels, allowing 4K videos at 30 frames per second. Nokia’s OZO Audio is promising. There are three microphones that record sound from the front, back and, if desired, from all sides. In video selfie mode, you get high-quality dynamic audio tracking and eye and face recognition. Useful for vloggers.

A system camera for vloggers - Lumix G110.  (Photo: Panasonic)
A system camera for vloggers – Lumix G110. (Photo: Panasonic)

The Lumix-G bayonet, with which you can exchange lenses according to your ideas, ensures “freedom”. Image stabilization is provided by a 5-axis hybrid OIS. The screen can be rotated and rotated, and a sync app allows for quick sharing on social networks.

As a (potential) vlogger, however, be aware that getting started is not cheap. A Lumix G110 with a 12-32 mm lens starts at 749 euros (RRP). If you want a stand handle, you pay 50 euros more. In a set with a different lens (35-100mm) the camera is then around 1000 euros. Delivery starts in July 2020.

The right vlogging camera for you ?!

Finally, one thing needs to be emphasized: Of course, many other compact, system and SLR cameras are also ideal for vlogging. And it also works well with almost all smartphones – which is recommended for the first steps. The candidates presented here, above all the Sony ZV-1, are explicitly aimed at vloggers. And that’s a bit of marketing on the part of the manufacturers. The key to making a choice is that your new vlogging camera can meet your needs.

Where system cameras score and DSLRs shine

Before you buy, you should think carefully about what you really need. If the smallest goals are at the top of your priority list, then you usually need to cut down on the connections (microphone input, etc.). And if you do not want to do without “connectivity”, the camera will inevitably grow. I personally see the best solutions where you have to compromise the least, within system cameras and premium compact cameras.

Which camera do you use for vlogging? I welcome comments below these lines.

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