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We all love cooking and recipe videos, it is the easiest way to learn how to cook your favorite dishes. Filming cooking videos, on the other hand, requires knowledge and experience with a camera. There are many filming tricks of the trade to make your recipe video informative, engaging, entertaining, and most importantly, showcasing your delicious food to your viewers.

Vlogging Proverb
Good Youtubers make videos and learn from their experience
Wise Youtubers learn from the experience of others.

We asked Barbara from Buonapappa to give us advice on how she creates her recipe/cooking videos.

Buonapappa – Recipe and Cooking Channel

The Best Cooking vlog

What is Buonapappa?

Buonapappa is a cooking YouTube Channel run by Barbara Lamperti, an Italian mother of 2, YouTube personality and an incredible cook!

Barbara’s YouTube channel provides recipes to create delicious dishes and for the whole family and filmed in her own kitchen. Barbara has a cheerful, fun, entertaining style and her videos and food creations are fantastic. Take a look for yourself.

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The Best Cooking Vlogger | Why we chose Barbara

Barbara concentrates on giving value to her subscribers. Not only does she share creative Italian-inspired cooking recipes but she has taken the time to deliver these recipes in an engaging filming style that requires thoughtful planning and clever techniques.

Barbara ticks all the right boxes when it comes to making recipe videos, innovative foods, clear instructions, beautifully presented foods and delivered in an enjoyable style. In our opinion she the perfect role-model to teach the rest of us how to make our own cooking vlogs.

Watch this video below before we get into the details:

Making Recipe Videos For YouTube

Lighting
Barbara’s lighting is great! She really knows how to make the most of natural light and using some additional light stands to balance the light on the shaded sides, not only does it make her kitchen look fab, it makes her pop out from her environment and keeps the focus firmly on Barbara.

See the below pic (sorry Barbara, we took an action shot when you were in the middle of explaining Halloween fishcakes).

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Lighting Tip

An idealist might say that it’s too much light, but YouTube is all about grabbing attention and keeping your viewers focused before the get distracted by another funny cat video, better more light than not enough.

Additional Lighting
Barbara is using softbox lights, you can buy a similar lighting kit to Barbara’s at a reasonable price of $70-$100. See an example below of the type of kits you can buy, they normally extend to a height of 6ft easily, really useful kit.

Showcasing | The Beauty Shots
Super important for all cooking or recipe videos, the final result, the hook, the reason that people watch the video in the first place, usually showcased at the beginning of the video to entice the viewer to watch the rest of your video.

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Beauty Shot Example

Barbara gives an amazing tip here:

You need to give movement… taking a bite of the slice of cake, the grating of the cheese and the drizzle of honey on the pancake… That is what makes your audiences mouth water.

See how effective that is in the video below.

The final result, your Gorgeous foods are best presented in the most naturally lit area of your of your kitchen or set, Barbara uses a DIY presentation set made really simply made of a whiteboard(to reflect light back onto the dish) and some decorative wood as a base. The make-shift set is arranged on her breakfast table to showcase her finished dish and they always look amazing.

The pink arrows show the light directions, the small arrow indicating the reflected light, giving the same effect as the light stands, the make your strawberry cheesecake pop out of the frame.

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Add a couple of household decorative items, with natural light and reflective board, creates this….Stunning!

Delicious food by Buonapappa
Every one of Barbaras Beauty shots are Instagram Worthy!

Timing and Transition between scenes
Timing is important and changing between scenes keeps viewers attention, the next time you watch a tv commercial, notice how many times the frame/camera angle changes, youtube is similar to commercials in that the value is in maintain viewers attention and stopping them from getting bored and clicking away. Youtube monitors this and will reward you by increasing your exposure if you can increase ‘on page time’.

Equipment and positioning
Barbara shows us how she records her videos and gives us a good example of where to positioning your camera(s), this is great information because you can spend all day trying different positions to see what works. If you like Barbara’s camera angles in Buonapappa, just copy what she did in her tutorial video and save yourself a lot of time.

Regarding cameras, Barbara uses the Canon EOS 70D, which is also our favorite camera. The 70Dt does everything you need; a wonderful articulated screen, easy to use (for a DSLR), takes good quality images and is used by so many of the most famous YouTubers.

YouTube Vlogging DSLR
Canon 70D – Image credit to switchbacktravel.com

DIY – The ease of viewers to do it themselves
We didn’t want to show you a studio example, most YouTubers make their videos on a modest budget and don’t usually have an entourage of people helping them. Barbara literally makes her videos at home on her own and does an excellent job, backed by her 42k and growing subscribers.

The best youtube cooking vlogger
Barbara with her sons

Likeability goes a Long Way
Likeability is a very important aspect for vloggers, sounds obvious but being likable is crucial if people are going to subscribe and keep watching your videos.

The Dos
What works best for cooking and mother figures is be humble, authentic and represent yourself in a way that builds trust with your audience. Barbara does this really well and always opens with lots of smiling.

The Don’ts
Don’t talk about yourself for too long! Remember what your audience are watching your recipe video for, it is to see how to cook something, your role is to be a pleasant communicator of information, if you are adding unnecessary information then make sure it either gives value or is entertaining.

Voice clarity
Voice clarity and sounds are important, other than sight, audio is the only other way we enjoy YouTube videos, therefore we should give our audio quality the same level of attention as the visuals. Try to introduce many different sounds in your videos as well as changing visual frames in order to maintain viewer attention.

Vlogging Tip: When you are editing, it is good to change frame or camera angle when there is a sound spike or strong word. Words that start with a letter ‘P’ are good to change frames on, because they ‘P’ack a ‘P’unch, trust us it will look a lot more natural.

Sound Quality
Use an external mic, it may sound ‘ok’ but when you are continuously listening to high-quality audio on most videos, then when we start watching your video, we hear that hollow tinny sound of an inbuilt camera microphone and it is not as enjoyable to watch. Click Here to check out our article on the best external microphones to bring quality to your videos.

Thanks so much Barbara from Buonapappa for making that video for us, we really appreciate it. From the Vlogging Hero Team

We award you the best recipe vlogger of 2017.

Vlogging guides and camera advice


Click the Buonapappa Banner below to visit Barbara’s Youtube Channel to see more great recipes, new recipes are released every Thursday. 

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​The best vloggers use cameras with external microphones, if you want people to keep listening and come back to your channel make sure you have good mic!

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If you are at the stage where you are wanting bring your video standard to the next level then there’s no point in investing a bomb in a high-end DSLR and not getting a good microphone to go with it. If you are truly looking to become a successful YouTuber, today is the time to buy that microphone. 

The Best External Microphones for your Camera

There are hundreds of different models of microphone available in the market. So, to make your job easier, we have divided this vlogging microphone guide into 3 parts

This way you can select the best one that not only suits your vlogging needs but also is compatible with your Camera. However, let us first learn why you need to stop using your Canon camera’s in-built microphone before more damage is done – to both your reputation as a vlogger and the quality of your future YouTube videos.

Best Microphones for Different Types YouTube Channels

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It's best to select an external microphone based on the type of vlogging that you do. Following are the 12 best external microphones, listed basis the type of vlogging they are most suitable for. Once you pick your selection, move down and check out its review.

The External Lav Mic (clip-on) 

For interviews, talk shows, how-to Videos, DIYs, beauty tips, fashion vlogs, tutorials, courses, documentaries, speech, and product review vlogs, game reviews, you should use lapel/lavalier external microphones:

Important Note: The audio jack connection may have either 2 black lines or 3 black lines. 2 black lines is for Camera inputs and the 3 black line is for Smartphone inputs, all explained below. - Click Here  to jump to that section

Miracle Sound Delux - The Cheap Lav ​Mic 

Giant Squid Audio Lab - Lav Mic Under $50

Lavier microphone canon cameras

The Shotgun External Microphone

For adventure, travel, lifestyle, fashion, health, and live-action vlogs; prank videos, product reviews, video lists, comedy web series, use shotgun external microphones:

Our #1 Choice - Rode Video Mic Pro

Video mic pro Camera Mic input

Cheap Shotgun Microphone - Takstar

cheap shotgun microphones for mounting

Alternative Slim Shotgun Microphone - Audio Technica

Slim mic for infront of camera

Portable Handheld Microphones 

For podcasting, journalism, prank videos, comedy, parody videos, music production, and broadcasting, use dedicated portable recording devices:

Podcast and Desk Microphones 

For video game and anime commentary, gaming, computer tutorials, game reviews, selfie videos, beauty vlogs, talking, and home videos, use desk external microphones:

Microphone Reviews

additional mics for vlog cameras

We have narrowed down four major types of microphones that you will come across while hunting for the perfect one for your vlogging purpose. Most of these are multifunctional and can be used for different types of vlogging – from video game commentary to interviews and podcasts to beauty and DIY vlogs to prank videos.

Lapel/Lav Vlogging Microphones

You can clip this tiny piece on the lapel of your shirt or your sleeve and forget about sound problems. Interviews and DIY videos are types of vlogging which involves you (and your co-vlogger) standing/sitting somewhere talking to the camera.

For those types of vlogging, what you need is a dedicated microphone that captures your speech efficiently without pulling the noise coming from outside your setup. And nothing works better than a lapel/lavalier/clip-on vlogging microphone.

These are very useful for interviews and documentaries where the person talking can quickly wear the lapel mic and start. Following are our top three selections:

1. Miracle Sound Deluxe

One of the cheapest options out there, this omnidirectional lavalier microphone is your best bet if you are on a budget. Just plug it into your Samsung smartphone, iPhone, or tablet’s audio jack and start recording they sync it up with your recording software. Since it is inexpensive, as you can imagine the quality of the audio output is pretty average.

2. Giant Squid Audio Lab

If you are not on a budget, we cannot recommend you the Giant Squid. It is the best lavalier external microphone for vlogging in the market right now, and has been in that position for years. Experts both online and offline recommend this like they recommend the PowerShot G7 X for vlogging. It is a professional microphone used by filmmakers and top-tier journalists, and delivers impeccable quality with great bass and well-rounded sound. So, if you are really looking to put Jay-Z’s music streaming service to shame, then the Giant Squid will help you.

Audio-Technica ATR3350

External video accessories

If you are someone who is looking for a plug-and-play external microphone without extra baggage, we recommend this Audio Technica model. It’s a brilliant mono-stereo piece that is a bang for your bucks, especially because it’s cheaper than the Giant Squid. This is what most vloggers prefer because it gives them professional-quality audio at a very good price.

In terms of audio quality and buying a microphone that you will consistently be happy with the results, Rode Mics are amazing, good quality at a mid-range affordable price.  Good cord length, the clip works well, you get a nice baggy for your mic, it is a great product. 

Shotgun Microphone

This is a basically a slender rod that captures sound hitting its front part. Suitable for most types of vlogging, this one of the most popular external microphones as it subdues ambient noise.

These are our top three selections:

Rode VMGO VideoMic GO

Audio shotgun

The think that really sold it for me was when, this is recommended for vloggers who have digital cameras with hot shoe support. The biggest advantage is that you do not need batteries to run it. 

Pro Tip – Rode has a lot of options when it comes to external microphones. Make sure you check all its models (like the Rode VideoMic PRO) before making the final decision.

Audio-Technica ATR6550

Another Audio-Technica product in this list, this one is a real champion when it comes to suppressing ambient noise. If you are a lifestyle vlogger who travels a lot, then getting the ATR6550 will solve all your audio recording problems. With useful settings that you can play with and an advanced condenser module, this one is a good bet for digital camera users.

3. TAKSTAR SGC-598

cheap shotgun microphones for mounting

The best cheap shotgun microphone in this list, this TAKSTAR model has great sound quality with a decent line level, is well-designed, easy setup, and easier to use. If you are a DIY or beauty vlogger, then this should be on your Amazon wishlist along with all those great stuffs that PopSugar made you buy.

Handheld Portable Microphone

If you have already invested on a camera (say a Sony A6000, for example) that does not support external mic, thank this type. You can use this to capture audio while your camera does the video part. Simple! It is used by journalists around the world on an hourly basis (no kidding).

These are our top three selections:

Zoom H1 Handy

Zoom handheld mic

An article about the best external microphones for vlogging will never be complete without a mention of Zoom H1 Handy. It captures stereo sound like Freddie Mercury sings his ballads – so accurate and so pure, there’s no way you cannot fall in love with its powerful recorder, long battery life, memory card support, volume controls, and even a track marker. If cost is not an issue for you and you are an adventure vlogger who sometimes uses a GoPro, the Zoom H1 should already be in your Amazon cart. Just hit “Buy” now!

TASCAM TR-05

handheld voice recorder

On the same price range is this TASCAM model that is superior to the Zoom H1 when it comes to features. In addition to the ability to record audio in MP3 or WAV format, it has easy two-button operation, various playback modes, and a peak limiter so that your recording never goes too loud. If you prefer a model which you can customize a lot, then we would recommend to go with TASCAM TR-05.

Zoom H4N PRO

the best microphone

Another Zoom model in this list, this one is almost double the price but comes with an extra set of features. It has two XLR inputs (automatically putting it in the professional ring), can record 4 tracks simultaneously, and is more heavy duty.

Desk/Voiceover Microphone

If you are a fan of PewDiePie, you must already know that he uses this type of external microphone to do all his commentary – be it about that new video game or about some risqué subreddits. Looking like a near cousin of the ubiquitous webcam, this one behaves much like how a webcam works, but for audio.

Our top three selections are:

Blue Snowball USB

video recording for youtube

This is our top pick for the best desk external microphone for vlogging. It is reasonably priced, records directly into your PC through USB, has two modes for better capturing, and is even available in different colors.

Blue Yeti

desk voice recorder

Those who do not like the Snowball go with the Yeti. It’s like the Windows OS of desk external microphones, and is capable of recording high-quality audio, is sensitive, has four different modes, and has controls for mute and volume. No wonder it is slightly higher priced than the Snowball.

Rode NT-USB

Podcast mic voice recorder

Most users look for compatibility with all major devices, and that’s where this Rode model comes in. Suitable for users using Windows PC, Macbook Pro, and even iPad, the Rode NT-USB also has a pop filter which you can use to filter out unwanted sounds. The complementary headphone jack is why most users prefer this over other models because you can monitor your voice while recording.

Best External Microphones for Different Types of Cameras

While we have gone through all major types of external microphones, you can optionally narrow down your selection further by checking the compatibility of these models with your cameras.

For DSLRs with hot shoe /Shotgun Mics 

  1. Rode VMGO VideoMic GO
  2. Audio-Technica ATR6550
  3. TAKSTAR SGC-598
For all types of digital cameras like DSLRs, mirrorless, camcorders, and point and shoot –
  1. Audio-Technica ATR3350
  2. Giant Squid Audio Lab
For devices without external microphone support –
  1. TASCAM DR-05
  2. Zoom H1 Handy
  3. Zoom H4N PRO
For phones running Android or iOS or other operating systems –
  1. Miracle Sound Deluxe
  2. Giant Squid Audio Lab (with an adapter)

TRS and TRRS connection and why they are important

Check out the above microphone adapters, look carefully are the black lines on the male pin. See the image below so you can understand what you are looking for.   

TRS is for inserting into Cameras, TRRS is the same as a headphone jack and is used for pluging into your smartphone, check that your microphone has the correct connection you need, if it doesn't you just need to buy and adapter and then you are sorted. 

Camera with External Microphone + Voice Recording Training 

Vlog tip: If you are wanting to take your voice quality seriously and sound more professional, check out some voice recording courses, or the easy way is to clean up the 'noise in your audio tracks here is an article on cleaning up your voice using audacity(free recording software) Click for article.

Why Should You Get an External Microphone for Vlogging?

We know – it’s an extra expense that you can do away with, why should I get a microphone when my DSLR already has a pretty good internal 2-channel mic, my viewers care more about the video and not the audio, an external mic is a hassle – all sorts of questions that come to your mind. Today, we are going to answer all these questions.

Low Quality Built-In Mics

As experts in the fields of vlogging and the audiovisual industry, trust us when we say that the internal mics that most cameras by Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, etc. come with today are of inferior quality. They produce audio of such low quality that if you were to be judged solely based on the audio of your vlogs, even your most faithful fan would shake their head in disappointment.

When we say low-quality, we mean the quality of the recorded audio from cameras are so much lower than what people now are used to when they watch videos that it is regarded as cheap and low quality - you do not want to be associated with that.

Most built-in microphones are omnidirectional i.e. they capture every single vibration around it – sounds of air, shuffling leaves, insects, and what-not. There’s no restriction or modulation in its capturing and you cannot even customize it due to lack of settings.

The Power of an External Microphone

As opposed to omnidirectional in-built microphones, an external microphone is either unidirectional or bidirectional, which are pretty self-explanatory

  • Uni=1 direction
  • Bi=2 directions
  • Omni=All directions

For vlogging, we recommend unidirectional ones with cardioid configuration because you want to capture sound coming from a single direction.

This is the most valid reason why we stress aspiring YouTubers to get an external mic. It not only helps you dedicatedly capture sound from a single direction but also provides high-quality sound enough to put all those tracks in Jay Z’s TIDAL into shame.

On the other hand, if you are a vlogger like Smosh, JacksGap, or McJuggerNuggets, who creates short films and sketches where you need sound from multiple direction, it is best to get a bidirectional sub cardioid microphone. All these will be clearer when you check out our lists of best external microphones below.

CONCLUSION

We have divided our top selections into two parts so that you can make a better decision. We hope this guide will help you make your vlogs sound better. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments section.

Click on the image for our article on Cameras with External Mic Input

Rode Shotgun Microphone
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Vlogging on Youtube is one of the most profitable hobbies of 2016, and it is only getting bigger. Not only is it fun, you gain popularity, fame, status and Money, you can do it with a small budget having fun in your own home.

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Vlogging Hero is a free, authoritative platform to find answers to all your questions, and today we start with a brief yet complete guide on the required featured and finding the best vlogging camera. Once you have decided what you want to do, then the immediate next step is to find a suitable camera and a decent microphone. So, here are some popular YouTube cameras to consider first…

Note: Clicking on images and red boxes will open a new tab with the price and customer reviews on Amazon. 

Vlogging Camera
Type
Features
Negatives
Canon PowerShot G7 X mark II

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Point and shoot Flip up screen
HD video 1080p
3" Touchscreen
Rubber Hand Grip
No External
Mic Input
Short Battery Life
Canon PowerShot S120

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Point and shoot Point and shoot
HD video 1080p
3" Touchscreen
Lightweight 217g
No Flip Screen
Mic on top
bad position
No External Mic Input
Short Battery Life
Canon VIXIA HF R700

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Camcorder Cheap
Flip screen
HD video 1080p
3" Touchscreen
Long Battery Life
No mount for
external mic
GoPro HERO 5 Black

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Action Cam Waterproof
Wide Angle Lens
4k video
Touchscreen
Multiple microphones
No video quality
improvement on Hero 4
Sony Alpha 5100

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Mirrorless Hybrid Auto Focus
1080p HD Video
ISO Range
Wifi Problems

Top 5 Vlogging Cameras for Entry Level Vloggers

To help you make the best decision, we have listed the top five best vlogging camera in the market right now that are perfect for starting out on YouTube:

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Point and Shoot Vlogging Camera
Canon G7X – Awesome Camera

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Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Low
Light
Point and Shoot 1080p Average Yes No Good

The best vlogging camera in the world. Period. Well at least the opinions of some super famous vloggers like PewDiePie, Roman Atwood, SHAYTARDS and Lance Stewart. Who are we to argue, although they do change their opinions as their sponsors send them other amazing cameras to play with.

Canon PowerShot S120

Point and Shoot Vlogging Camera
Canon S120 Legendary Point and Shoot

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Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Low
Light
Point and Shoot 1080p Below Average No No Good

The most compact camera out there, the S120 can be used for all types of content. The almost Perfect Vlogging Camera, if it wasn’t for the position of the mic, watch this video of Casey Neistat highlighting the flaw in one of his favourite cameras;

 

Canon VIXIA HF R700

Camcorder Vlogging Camera
Cheap and Easy to Use Camcorder

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Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Low
Light
Camcorder 1080p Good Yes Yes Very Good

The perfect camcorder for all your funny game commentary videos, this one even has a touch flip screen, It is the best cheap camera on the list. It is easy to use, plenty of settings to choose from. One of zoom settings 1140 acts as a wide angle. It doesn’t have a mic mount but since this is a budget camera some double sided tape works fine.

GoPro HERO5 Black

 

Action Vlogging Camera
GoPro Hero 5 Black – Best Action Camera

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Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Low
Light
Action Camera 1080p Above Average No Yes Average

Arguably the best action vlogging camera, it can be attached virtually to any surface – FYI the Pros use duck tape. You can take it anywhere, The Hero 5 Black now doesn’t need the housing to go underwater, take it up a mountain, or in your home, garden skatepark, wherever! Go Pros are great cameras,  good quality, very small, designed to be durable.

 

Sony Alpha 5100

DSLR Vlogging Camera
Sony ALPHA 5100

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Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Low
Light
Mirrorless 1080p Poor No Yes Very Good


Best Vlogging
Cameras by Genre

Genre Vlogging
Camera 1
Vlogging
Camera 2
Genre
Requirements
Beauty Vloggers Canon EOS Rebel T5i
Canon PowerShot
ELPH 350 HS
Want Sharp Image
Good Color Grading
Better than Life image
Lifestyle Vloggers Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon EOS
70D
Image Stabilization
Usability - Fast Easy Use
Interviews Canon PowerShot S110
Canon EOS
70D
Sharp Image
High Quality Video
Control of Color and Light
Outdoor/action vloggers GoPro HERO5
TomTom
Bandit
Image Stabilisation
Durability
Small and Lightweight
Documentaries Panasonic Lumix GH4
Canon EOS
70D
Sharp Image
High Quality Video
Control of Color and Light
Prank videos Logitech C920
Nikon
D3300
Good quality to capture Facial expressions
Not too reliant on focus

The Ultimate Vlogging Camera

The Canon EOS 70 D is the best vlogging camera, hands down, it is incredible and for a great price, Canon released the 80D in response to how well received the 70D, however it really is difficult to improve on this camera. The 80D is about $1100, but you can buy a second-hand 70D quite easily for under 500 so you can buy a used 70D, be rough with it, if you break it then you can buy another.

YouTube Vlogging DSLR
Credit to switchbacktravel.com for the image

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70D Articulated Flip Screen

It is a high-end camera and super easy to use, the articulated screen flips out to the side then rotates 180 degrees allowing you to adjust your settings and your frame while the camera is pointing at you.

70D shotgun microphone

The built-in Mic on the Unit is standard, but you would definitely use an external mic with the 70D as you wouldn’t want to cut yourself short having such great video quality with standard sound. Most people I know uses the 70D with the Rode Shotgun, it mounts perfectly on top.

Vlog microphone and Lens

Canon 24mm Lens

Whatever Canon Lens you choose it will be good, but if you want specifics then try the 24mm STM lens, it is small compact, thin and gives you incredible image quality if you are interviewing or filming yourself. The best part about it, it’s cheap!

Rode Shotgun Mic    24mm Canon Lens

Best Features Of A Good Vlogging Camera

Any  should have high-quality HD video (at least 720) capturing ability, it should also be able to perform well in low light areas, should have optical image stabilization, a flip screen, and a microphone input:

Low Light Performance

To indoor vloggers this is the single most important feature to look for in a vlog camera. Having a good camera that performs well in low light (both indoors and outdoors) will give your videos the extra edge and appeal when you upload them. No noise and dark areas in your videos. Therefore, no reason for those trolls to make negative comments.

A good low light performance further depends on a lot of parameters, such as:

  • Lens aperture – Fancy word for ‘hole’. Generally referred to as F-Stop,  larger F stop number = more light. It also helps in getting the blurred background effect that is absolutely necessary if you are into action vlogging and self-recording. The lens aperture is the size of the hole that allows light to touch the sensor, the size of this hole is called the F stop. See Pixelarge site for a detail explanation. Note: the F-Stop values are fractions, so that the large the number after the forward slash, the smaller the aperture.

Camera Features

  • ISO – This is the camera’s sensitivity to light, meaning that it increases the ISO level to capture videos and images in low light. So, lower the light, higher the ISO. Comparing images taken in low and high ISO will help you determine the camera’s low light performance
  • Sensor size – Similar to the aperture size, the bigger the sensor the better it is in low light. Full-frame cameras have the biggest sensors, Canon’s APS-H and Nikon’s APS-C CMOS sensors are best for vlogging purpose.

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

It is that feature which saves you from embarrassing yourself – shaky videos. Have you ever seen a vlog from your favorite vlogger and shrugged at their shakiness? No, right? That’s because they use cameras or lenses that have optical image stabilization (or 5 axis image stabilization).

It simply means that the camera has a fast capturing mechanism which doesn’t allow for the moving image to drag. An easy way to check this is to shoot a five-second video and then watch it frame-by-frame on a media player. If you observe any blurs or stretches, then the camera model does not have OIS.

Check out this 15 second video of image stabilization in action at an exhibition by Canon

Flip Screen

There are many types for flip screens; some flip up only, some flip to the side, some can ever rotate to the side and then flip around like the Canon 70D which is an outstanding vlogging camera and talked about by Casey Neistat on a youtube video entitled best camera money can buy, If you don’t know who he is then you should because he started not for the love but for business reasons – to promote a product and now he does it for the love, he certainly doesn’t need the money anymore.

When you want to record yourself while you give a funny commentary of that new Bethesda game, a flip screen vlogging camera will allow you to be in the frame and adjust yourself, a touchscreen camera will make things easier, you can adjust the image while you have a live selfie view. You can get a now, beginner YouTuber cameras are cheap now, great for all of us.

Microphone Input

While most compact cameras do not have a mic port, good DSLRs and mirrorless ones do support it. This will make your vlogging experience very easy as you won’t have to set up an external USB mic or a recorder.

Having listed these four important factors, one should always consider the type of videos that you are going to shoot while purchasing the camera. Different genres work best with different camera features.

Consider Your YouTube Vlogger Genre

Beauty Vloggers want to look fabulous, and they focus the best color grading, low light cameras to make them look like they are a movie star. Another thing Beauty Vloggers do is use is the best lighting for vlogging, and definitely ring lighting that just brings your eyes right out.

Adventure Vloggers look for features of the best travel camera; lightweight, image stabilization, and enough battery to capture your shots.

Documentary Vloggers concentrate on the image quality requiring the best professional vlogging cameras.

You get the idea, lets take a look at the best popular vlogging cameras per genre…

How to Start a Vlog?

There are so many “so-called guides” about vlogging on the internet that it is natural that an aspiring vlogger gets overawed in the initial research phase itself. A few favorite YouTubers, hundreds of camera models, thousands of reviews, and millions of unique voices – chaos. As experts in the field of vlogging and with years of experience in the audiovisual realm, we understand when you get overwhelmed by so many responses to one simple question – where do I start?

Start Vlogs with Your Talent

Even before you consider buying a camera, the first thing to do is to introspect about the what and the why. The what deals with what you will actually do as a vlogger, what will your videos be about, and what sort of genre would you classify your videos into. Whether you are going to talk about product reviews or are going to commentate while playing Minecraft or creating documentaries about sea creatures, you should narrow down your content before jumping to the next step.

Once you have decided what you want to give to your viewers at large, the next steps will be much easier.

Vlogger Tip: For the business minded vlogger; Minecraft is huge on YouTube, there is so much opportunity to be a gaming vlogger who makes Minecraft videos. The search volume for ‘Minecraft’ is ridiculous. Do if you are good, or you know someone that is good, record an interesting level, game, and give the funniest commentary possible on what’s happening. You will thoroughly enjoy do it too. For this, you will need a gaming screen capture card to record the gameplay.

Vlogging Equipment; Cameras, Microphones, and Lighting

You can start a vlog with your Samsung or iPhone but that will only go so far, It will not be of the best quality required to build a following, YouTube followers are Fickle and like visual stimulation quickly, high quality YouTube videos with a catchy beginning hooks us in from the beginning.

To achieve this you will need great video camera image quality, sharp sound from your Microphone and a lighting kit for vlogging indoors is going to allow you to film at night and on bad weather days, And that is it, the rest is up to you. so Let’s check out the first tool, the features desired of a .

Get Your Vlogging Story Board Ready Camera?

Best-selling author John Green started out as a vlogger before he began churning out romantic comedy novels. The first video that he posted on his channel was of pretty bad quality, giving weight to our argumentative point that you shouldn’t measure your success’ potential on the type of camera that you use or will be using.

People nowadays can even shoot entire films (Sean Baker’s Tangerine) on an iPhone and get critically acclaimed for their work. This shows that it is not all about the camera, but the talent, but we also look at the statistics and the best Youtubers used Good Vlogging Cameras all the way down their road to Vlogger stardom.

How to Choose the Best Vlogging Camera?

Anything by Canon is going to make you happy, but there are many options out there. Once you have finalized the type of videos that you are going to shoot and have gone through the essentials (above), it is time to mix them all up and come to a conclusion about your camera requirement. There are four main types of vlogging cameras – point-and-shoot, DSLR, mirrorless, and camcorders. While the first one does not support interchangeable lenses, DSLR and mirrorless are more advanced, with camcorders not letting you capture photos.

What type of content are you planning to create?

Are you a non-technical person who is into makeup and beauty and wishes to post DIY tips directed at young women? Then a compact point-and-shoot camera should be enough. You will mostly be shooting videos in your house in daylight (best if you do), so low light performance won’t be an issue.

For example, Canon’s PowerShot ELPH 350 HS has an inbuilt front microphone – which makes it a perfect camera for a beauty vlogger. However, a DSLR would be better because it will help you capture all the bright colors and sharpness that will be appreciated by your viewers.

Similarly, you should consider GoPro if you are into serious action, and a DSLR if you are into documentaries about people that requires 1080p full HD video quality.

Vlogger Tip: Flip screen cameras, don’t underestimate the importance of having a flip up screen, you can always see what you are shooting, Vloggers are tending towards having a flip screen vlogging camera because it reduces the number of retakes you have to do because you didn’t get yourself in the middle of the frame.

Where will you film?

This is where the importance of low light performance and aperture/sensor sizes come in. If you film your vlogs outdoors, then a compact mirrorless camera (with an extra set of lenses) would be best. But, pay extra attention to the battery’s lifespan and get extra ones if you are going to shoot for hours. If you are a travel vlogger, then a DSLR is not recommended because of its weight, lenses, and the “overall anxiety”.

What is your budget?

You can find a good cheap vlogging camera under 200 dollars, but if you are taking the full plunge, why not spend on an external microphone and a tripod, it makes your voice sound fantastic.

All these will shoot up your cost and total spend a little, but if you are serious about starting a YouTube Vlog and want to play building the subscribers, getting more views and getting the Money and fame that comes with it, then nothing should come between you and your professional vlogging camera.

Vlogger Tip: Get some lighting equipment it makes you look good, especially the ring lighting that gives your face that glow and the ring of light in your eye, it looks really professional for 50 dollars.

DSLRs are not cheap, and they start under 500 dollars, exclusive of any lens. We would recommend you to balance the pros and cons of all types of cameras that you think best fits your vlogging purpose and then select the one which suits your price point.

What camera type is best for me?

While most YouTubers use compact point-and-shoot cameras, some other professionals prefer camcorders and DSLRs. Each one of them has their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and one should measure every single factor before buying. For instance, a DSLR provides great low light performance, but is difficult to carry around; a mirrorless camera is travel-friendly but has low battery life. This is the reason why YouTubers like Casey Neistat and PewDiePie use different cameras for different situations – one thing that you can aim for as you climb the vlogging ladder.

Becoming a Youtuber

There can be a lot of reasons why you want to be a vlogger. Whether you want to showcase your commentating talent with a knack for using expletives in every sentence (Ozzy Man Reviews) or want to show them aspiring models how to permanently get rid of that monobrow (Yuya) – vlogging is the answer. But, where do I start? Which camera should I go for? Will I need a microphone? What about editing? Well, there can be a lot of questions in your mind, and we are here to help you.

Best Vlogging Camera Conclusion

This was our brief beginner’s guide to finding the right vlogging camera. We hope that reading this has given you some useful insights and that you will be a successful vlogger. For more guides, tips, and tricks related to video blogging, check out our other posts.

Moving forward, once you are done with your camera selection, why not go through this list of the Best external microphone for YouTube.

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Vlogging in 2017 is not just about being ready with your new camera and all the setup and doing a well-rehearsed show. It’s about spontaneity and being in-the-moment.

What today’s viewers want is spontaneous action, and nothing better for a vlogger than to be ready no matter where they are. As good and versatile as your awesome flip screen camera is, many times it just won’t be there when you need it.

Samsung S7 Specs for Vlogging

Backed by the world’s best technology and design, recommended and used by some of the world’s top vloggers, and praised by the top tech critics, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is arguably the best smartphone for vlogging, the camera is fantastic and the accessories are what takes it to the next level. So let’s take a look at the evidence to back it up.

Let’s take a look at the Samsung S7 specs to see how it covers your vlogging needs:

specs for the galaxy s7

Parameter Specification
Rear Facing Camera 12 MP
f/1.7, 26 mm lens
Front Facing(selfie)
Camera
5 MP
f/1.7, 22 mm lens
Video Recording
Resolution
4K, 2160p@30fps,
1080p@60fps
Dual Video
Recording
Yes
Memory Up to 64 GB internal
Expandable up to 256 GB
Display Type Super AMOLED
Capacitive Touchscreen
Screen Size 5.1 inches
Screen Resolution Up to
1440 x 2560 pixels
Optical Image
Stabilization (OIS)
Yes
Dedicated Mic Yes
(with noise cancellation)
External Mic
Support
Yes (2 channels)
Wi-Fi, NFC
Bluetooth
Yes
Battery Good (1-3 hours
of video recording)
USB microUSB 2.0

Whether it is for a selfie video of you staring at the Northern Lights or commentating at a Lakers game, having the S7 in your hand is going to be your best strategy when it comes to impromptu vlogging.

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With loads of video recording features, tons of editing apps, and the lifesaving feature to transfer your fresh, hot vlogs to your YouTube channel and other video-sharing sites directly make Samsung S7 the best-performing and most reliable vlogging smartphone in the market right now.

How is Samsung S7 the Best Smartphone for Vlogging?

The biggest merit of Samsung Galaxy S7 is its high-quality camera that behaves just like an entry-level digital camera. Of course, you cannot compare it with the range of high-end DSLR cameras by Canon and Sony, but it definitely wins brownie points for its size, portability, and ease of use.

Boasting of a 12-megapixel rear camera with a pretty wide aperture (f/1.7), the S7 lets you take wide shots with great ease without having to position your mobile against the concepts of physics (like some folks do).

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Samsung created another fab accessory, the vlogging lens pack with a phone case, wide angle and telephoto lenses especially for this model which does a better job than any third party lenses and accessories. It’s particularly useful for steady shots but don’t pan too much(move it around while shooting) or you’ll get some jello effect.

The wide angle shots are great and give your videos a higher quality look, it is about $100 for the set and it is the cheapest way to improve your vlogs.

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Wide Angle Lens

Regarding video output, it can give you a maximum resolution of 4K, but we recommend 1080p at 60 frames per second for flawless, YouTube-worthy uploads.

Battery Life for Vlogging

One thing that most vloggers are wary about when it comes to smartphones for vlogging is the battery life. And the S7 does not disappoint. Great battery life a superior feature, crucial for a vlogger. Compared with its predecessor S6, the S7 is capable of storing more juice and is power-efficient.

 

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The S7 Battery Life

Samsung promises a battery life of 22 hours, but how long will it really last if you are continuously recording videos?…

So we tested a full-charged S7 for recording only videos (at 1080p) and found that the battery did last more than 120 minutes. It falls down to less than 10% of the original number, but 2 hours of straight filming is great, and bring a power pack with you and you can keep the show going.

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Expandable Memory

Its a still a great deal because 2 hours of shooting power is a superior quality, especially when you want more juice for those extra 5 minutes of filming time.

Micro SD 256GB storage

Additionally, the expansion support of up to 256 GB is a godsend if you are a prolific creator like one of your favorite vloggers.

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Large memory storage for cameras

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The next best feature in the S7 is the improved autofocus, which Samsung likes to call Dual Pixel Technology. Compared to phones such as iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel range, videos shot using the S7 have better clarity and focal lengths between the objects.

GSM Arena calls it ‘the best autofocus feature in a smartphone’ and cites its presence of phase detection photodiode in every single pixel of the camera sensor (1/2.5″ Sony IMX260) to further glorify the feature. The effect: it detects and accurately focuses on any object in the frame irrespective of the range level. While this technology is not new when it comes to digital cameras, it definitely makes S7 the best smartphone candidate for vlogging purposes.

The ability to shoot videos simultaneously using both front and rear cameras is another feature that you can use to create vlogs which you can then edit back together to provide a more indulgent experience to your fans.

The S7 supports almost all currently-available apps in the Play Store, so editing and directly uploading them on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook is going to be much easier. Plus, it supports Wi-Fi, NFC, and USB 2.0, giving you more options to play with, transfer, and edit your raw videos.

If you fancy watching and checking your videos right on the phone before getting down to optimization, the Galaxy S7 treats you with its 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with capacitive multitouch. The highest resolution is 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, enough to judge the quality of your videos and how it will look on a larger web player.

Best external Micophone for Vlogging with your Samsung

Another plus point of S7 as a vlogging smartphone is its support for an external mic, which is a big advantage for vloggers. Connect your existing microphone to S7’s audio jack (which Apple users nowadays miss so badly) and vlog away. You will be able to capture stereo 2-channel sound.

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Using the Rode Mic me connected straight into your earphone input is going to give you a great sound while talking directly into the camera, no wires, no setup required, plug in and speak – Perfect. The Rode Video Mic Me is a directional mic that is great for picking up sound directly in front of the mic, meaning you get great vocal sound quality even in environments with louder background noise, saving you time and effort relocating to quite spots etc.

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Samsung s7 with ‘RODE mic me’

The technical features are also superior in S7. In addition to the rockstar optical image stabilization (OIS) feature (which is to die for), with this model, you can also adjust your ISO sensitivity and aperture all the while shooting.

The One Demerit

The one biggest low point of the Galaxy S7 is its front camera. Although Samsung boasted about its selfie lens right after launching the model in 2016, we are not entirely happy with it. With 5 MP, the quality is relatively inferior if you are going to create selfie videos. It is true that megapixels do not really mean much when it comes to vlogging, but the difference becomes quite evident when you look at the videos on your notebook.

Why is Samsung S7 Better than the iPhone 7?

One great merit of S7 that we saved for the last is its cost. And when one compares it with the equally popular iPhone 7, the cost is one of the biggest deal breakers. Samsung Galaxy S7 is a LOT cheaper than iPhone 7, and if you have a budget in your mind, it is better to go with the former.

Samsung’s best smartphone so far (unless you consider the new S8) beats iPhone 7 on the cost, autofocus feature, and battery fronts. Three of the essential parameters, and the reason for us to create this article in the first place. It is true that the online video community endorses Apple’s products like they all are its ambassadors, but if it is the quality that you are looking at, the S7 is going to be your best bet.

Which Famous Vloggers Use Samsung S7?

Although famous vloggers prefer using their customized and set-up digital cameras (mirrorless, point and shoot, and DSLRs), there comes a time when even they have to settle for the slim smartphone in their denim’s back pocket.

Following is a list of famous vloggers who have been seen in the past using S7 for shooting videos:

Vlogger who uses the galaxy s7
Casey Neistat
Vlog channel using the S7
Aspen Ovard
Vloggers that use samsung 7
Slice of Matt

So, if the above features are not enough for you to go to Amazon and book the good-looking S7 right now, it will be reassuring to know that the phone is also used by some of the world’s top vloggers. This is a very limited list, and chances are that many more vloggers are using it to shoot their vlogs.

Two Must-Have Accessories

  1.  Samsung Wide-Angle Lens Cover
  2. Samsung Gear 360

Samsung Galaxy S7 is already a self-sufficient smartphone that will take care of all your vlogging purposes. But, if you are one of those advanced users who likes to have more customization, these are the two must-have accessories to go with the S7.

Samsung Wide-Angle Lens Cover

As we have already mentioned, the smartphone wide-angle lens is a must have. Other than acting as a protective cover for your smartphone, this lens cover made of stainless steel outer layer enables you to take wider shots and telephotos with 2x zoom-in capability. You get a sensor extension of up to 50 mm and sharper picture quality without losing any details even if you play them on larger screens. The screw mount is easy to use and fits snugly on the smartphone.

Overall, if you are looking to improve the range of your videos and images without hurting the quality, this is the accessory to get.

Samsung Gear 360

Samsung vlogging smartphonesAt a time when virtual reality (VR) is taking over the world, the Samsung Gear 360 is the perfect gadget to use with your vlogging smartphone. Treat your viewers with full 360-degree videos and attract more viewers. If you are someone who has always wanted to try out new things before it becomes mainstream, getting the Samsung Gear 360 camera with your Samsung S7 should be on the top of your list.

You only need to tap a button and the camera immediately starts capturing everything from all angles. Once you have captured what you want, you can instantly play them using your VR gear or edit them directly through your S7 piece.

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Samsung S7 Best Buy Vlogging Smartphone

All in all, if you are looking for a smartphone model that has all the features of a vlogging camera which creates high-quality videos and has great battery life, Samsung Galaxy S7 should be your first and the only choice.

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No matter what level of photography your skill is, every photographer needs a proper camera bag to store and protect their gear but worry not,  lots of great functional but stylish camera bags are to be found without breaking the bank!

The good thing about photography is there are new developments coming out, daily. There are so many options on the market now that deliver high-quality, cost-efficient, and functional products. Thanks to reviewing sites, underdog brands have really stepped up their game, delivering us great camera bags that now rival known and trusted brands, letting you spend more money on the good stuff!

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In this article, we are going to look at the most popular DSLR camera bag styles on the market right now. We’ll look at some brand names, popular camera bag styles and some important extras you should know about, like where to put your little extras for your new vlogging camera.

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Best SMALL Camera Bag

Evecase Digital SLR / DSLR Small Professional Camera Bag

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If price is one of your concerns, then turn to Evecase’s SLR/DSLR shoulder-strap camera bag. This bag isn’t meant to carry multiple DSLRs and lenses but if you are looking for a well-made bag for daily use with a single setup, this bag hits the perfect price point.

 

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The Evecase DSLR shoulder bag is made from high-quality Nylon making it easy to clean and weather-resistant. The main pocket is spacious and contains a few dividers to separate and protect your camera and accessories. The exterior of the pack has two large pockets to hold smaller personal items.


Case Logic DCB-304 Compact Camera Bag

Vlogger camera sac by Logic

 

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Case Logic’s Compact Camera Bag fits almost any small kit setup. The thick polyester material ensures good weather protection and has handles, shoulder strap, and a belt loop offering mobile flexibility.

The DCB-304’s exterior has rubberized zippers and heavily padded handles. The interior of the pack boasts a firm insert that has elastic attached to accommodate a variety of instruments. The outer two pockets add extra space for batteries, cords, cell phones and other small necessities.

The top flap has a small zippered pocket for small stowaways. Packed with functionality for its value, Case Logic hits a home run with their DCB-304 compact camera bag.


Best SLING Camera Bag

Lowepro Camera Bag

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Lowepro’s Passport Sling DSLR camera bag packs a lot of gear for its compact design and it also a good choice for photographers on the move. The sling arm is adjustable and the shape is easy to shift around your body for quick access to your camera. Two exterior pockets to hold memory cards, cords, keys, cell phone and more.

Thoughtfully the lowepro camera bag purse included is a water bottle holder. The interior of the Passport Sling can fit a DSLR camera with lens still attached which is good because it’s also expandable, giving you 30% more space is needed, so you can fit a second lens or flash.


Basics Sling DSLR Camera Bag

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Basics brings it home again with their small-size sling camera bag. The ‘sling’ style makes this bag easy to maneuver from your back to front, making access to your goods, quick and hassle-free.

The bottom of the bag has rubber feet to hold itself upright and clean when put down on the ground. The spacious interior features compartments that can fit one smaller SLR camera body, 1-2 lenses or flash.

A great perk of this pack is that the compartments are adjustable, which means you can remove or reconfigure the inside pockets and flaps to fit your individual needs. On the exterior, you’ll find large pockets to hold cell phone, keys, battery pack, memory cards and cords and other small accessories.

Best Camera Bag BACKPACK

Basics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories

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Believe it or not but our top pick for best camera bag for simple functions, is the Amazon Basics Backpack for SLR/DSLR, boasting over 5K reviews on Amazon, and for good reason.

 

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The ‘Basics’ Camera Backpack sports double-stitched, shoulder straps (chest strap included!) and an easy-to-clean Nylon exterior. Two pockets decorate the sides to hold small personal items like keys and cell phones and two large pockets to hold tablets, manuals or to stow away rain gear.

There are two convenient side straps to hold a tripod or umbrella. The interior is lined to protect gear from scratches and also includes several adjustable inserts. Two large plastic zip pockets are great for batteries and memory cards. At such an affordable price, this backpack is hard to overlook.


Altura DSLR Camera and Mirrorless Backpack Bag

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If you love to travel are looking for the perfect camera bag, Altura offers a DSLR, mirrorless backpack part of their “Light Traveler” series. This compact backpack’s double stitching ensures longevity and the exterior, made of water-repellent Nylon, not a complete waterproof camera bag however it ensures durability.

The capacity of this Altura model holds one DSLR camera with attached lens, plus space to hold up to four additional lenses. The interior is built with adjustable compartments to fit in flash and tripod. An interior slip can hold tablets up to 12 inches. Outside pockets fit extra accessories for cables, battery pack, and personal items.

Another great perk about this DSLR/mirrorless camera bag is it is TSA-guideline compatible, with dual zippers that can come together using standard luggage locks.


Best SHOULDER Camera Bag

BESTEK Waterproof Canvas SLR DSLR Camera Shoulder Bag

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One brand rated high in efficiency for their canvas-style sling camera bag is BestTek. Their waterproof, canvas shoulder camera bag boasts excellent reviews both for looks and functionality.

 

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This pack can be adjusted to use as a shoulder bag or you can loosen the shoulder strap for a messenger camera bag style. The outside canvas has ben treated to withstand harsh weather, keeping your goods dry, inside.

Dividers and adjustable flaps inside will help you to keep organized. The retro-style is modern but understated, making this bag perfect for everyday use.


Think Tank Retrospective 5 Shoulder Camera Bag

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Think Tank designed us the perfect stylish camera bag with their Retrospective 5 shoulder camera bag. This stylish old-school bag can comfortably hold one DSLR and 3 lens options.

Helps you blend in with the crowd and not draw attention to your expensive equipment, the silent opening, and closing system allows you to open your bag during filming.

The interior has space for accessories like pens, cell phone, batteries, and tablets. This outer layer has been oiled slightly to withstand light weather conditions, but what’s great about this model is it comes with a sealed rain cover to protect your priorities from the elements.

 


Best GADGET Camera Bag

Nikon Deluxe Digital SLR Camera Case

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Nikon is a household name when is comes to vlogging equipment and they hit it home with their gadget camera bag. Made from durable Nylon, this bag comes water-resistant and heavily padded to offer protection even when you’re not looking.

This Nikon camera bag’s interior measures at 28 x 17.8 x 12.7cm) can store one DSLR and has adjustable Velcro inserts that can be moved around to fit another 1-2 lenses or flash.

Five additional zippered pockets can be found (two outside, one large zippered at the back, mesh pocket on the inside flap, and interior zippered pocket) decorating the bag making storing cords, battery packs and memory cards a simple endeavor. Nikon never fails to deliver quality products backed by experience.

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Canon Deluxe Gadget Bag 100EG


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Canon is another trusted name in camera equipment and they don’t disappoint with their Canon Deluxe Gadget Bag 100EG. If you are serious shooter looking for something economical and a bit smaller in size than a backpack, check out the Deluxe Gadget Canon Camera Bag.

It can fit up to one small DSLR plus one smaller lens, or two smaller mirrorless cameras with lenses. The interior comes with inserts that can be arranged to fit a charger, cords, or even a flash.

This bag is very versatile. The front pocket is large enough to fit memory cards, cell phone, and lens caps. This small gadget camera bag also sports a belt loop and comes with adjustable shoulder strap. With over 1K reviews, this bag is priced well and offers a lot of functionality.


Best Camera BAG INSERT

Ape Case Cubeze Interior Case for Cameras

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When it comes to the best camera bag insert, look no further than Ape Case’s Cubeze. This flexible cube is sturdy enough to stand alone or can fit easily sit into another bag or case. There is room for one small DSLR, lens, and flash.

but the padded interiors are completely adjustable, allowing you to fit just about anything if organized well. The cream color allowing you to locate things quickly in dim lighting.

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From Daguerreotypes to Vlogging

It was a clear day in Paris in 1838. Dressed in a coat and hat, a man walked towards the Boulevard du Temple. The thoroughfare bustled with horses and carts, as well as people going in and out of the shops, cafes and theaters.

Unlike them, the man wasn’t in a hurry and stopped for several minutes to have his boots blacked. To him, it was an ordinary activity on an ordinary day. He never imagined that at that moment Louis Daguerre took a photograph, or a daguerreotype as his photos have come to be called, of the boulevard making him and the bootblack one of the first people to appear in a photograph.

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“Boulevard du Temple”, a daguerreotype made by Louis Daguerre in 1838

In those early years, only a few inquisitive people owned a camera and these were usually homemade affairs consisting of a box with a simple lens or even just a hole to let light in.

These budding photographers treated paper, leather, glass and shiny pewter with silver nitrate, bitumen and other light-sensitive compounds to make photographic plates that would capture images. Many of their photographs actually worked, but quickly faded when they were taken out of the camera. Their successes and failures gave birth to photography and cameras as we know them today.

Ninety-five Years of Photographic Film Cameras

In the latter part of the 1800s, photographers joined forces with chemists to improve the photographic process. Henry Fox Talbot, a British scientist, made a great advance by inventing the calotype process.

This process proved that a faint or even invisible negative could be developed into a photograph using chemicals, in Talbot’s case gallic acid and silver nitrate. Photographs that used to require hours of exposure time now only needed minutes. In 1884, George Eastman from New York made the process even more practical by creating a light-sensitive, dry gelatin that could be spread on paper.

This film quickly replaced the bulky photographic plates and Eastman founded the Eastman Kodak Company, the first company to mass-produce photographic film.

George Eastman eventually hired Frank Brownell to design cameras that used Kodak film. Their first cameras catered to professional photographers, but as the turn of the century approached, Brownell set to work on a camera that would be affordable and practical for the general public.

Kodak launched B, a rectangular camera with a simple lens and a built-in roll of film, in February 1900. Thanks to its price tag of only one dollar, 150 thousand people bought a Brownie the first year and soon there were amateur photographers everywhere.

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Kodak Brownie Flash III camera

The Brownie didn’t monopolize the camera market for long.  Twelve years later, a German industrial designer by the name of Oskar Barnack reduced the size of film to 35mm and designed a camera that could be easily held in both hands. Although World War I stalled the production of Oskar’s Leica camera, they sold rapidly once they began coming off the assembly lines and paved the way for many other smaller and lighter cameras.

The Camera Competition Began

Other manufacturers, such as Contax, Fuji and Konica, began making cameras and each one brought changes to photography. Contax added a viewfinder to their cameras in 1948, Konica introduced autofocus in 1978 and innovative Fuji produced a disposable camera in 1986.

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In the midst of these changes, the Polaroid Corporation made an indelible mark on photography by creating instant cameras which printed a hard copy of the picture. The original self-developing film used in these cameras consisted of two layers, the negative and the developing agent. After the photograph emerged from the camera, the photographer would wait about one minute and then peel away the developing agent to reveal the photograph. Polaroid gained experience over time and in 1972 they began producing

The Polaroid Camera Generation

Polaroid gained experience over time and in 1972 they began producing film with fourteen different layers, which included a square white base, various light-sensitive layers and all the chemicals necessary to instantly develop the photograph. Polaroid cameras traveled around the globe, popped up at a myriad of family activities and immortalized innumerable precious moments and in any case the photographers, whether professional or amateur, could enjoy the thrill of watching their pictures gradually develop in their own hands.

After the photograph emerged from the camera, the photographer would wait about one minute and then peel away the developing agent to reveal the photograph. Polaroid gained experience over time and in 1972 they began producing film with fourteen different layers, which included a square white base, various light-sensitive layers and all the chemicals necessary to instantly develop the photograph. Polaroid cameras traveled around the globe, popped up at a myriad of family activities and immortalized innumerable precious moments and in any case, the photographers, whether professional or amateur, could enjoy the thrill of watching their pictures gradually develop in their own hands.

The Rise of Digital Technology

From the time of the Brownie up until 1995, the vast majority of cameras used film and drugstores, supermarkets and camera shops generated income by developing film into photographs. This began to change, though, when Steven Sasson an engineer at Eastman Kodak began tossing around ideas for a camera that would use the recently invented charge-coupled device to transform light into electrical impulses.

He publically announced his first electronic camera in 1975. It was large and weighed about 8lbs, but it successfully took monochrome pictures and recorded them onto a special tape. Other prototypes quickly followed Sasson’s camera and these proved their worth in both military and scientific settings which encouraged camera manufacturers to continue investing in digital technology.

That same year Bell Laboratories fine-tuned the charge-coupled devices or CCDs which opened the door for pictures with a higher resolution, as well as for video cameras and television broadcasting. Bryce Bayer also developed a color filter which made it possible for one image sensor to capture all the colors in the visible spectrum. Interestingly, both Bell Lab’s CCD technology and Bayer’s color filter continue to be used in digital cameras today.

By the early 1990’s, digital technology had progressed enough to be appealing to the general public. Kodak and Adobe took the cue and released digital editing software, while Logitech began producing Dycam I, the first digital camera for amateur photographers. No one minded that it had only 1MB of internal memory and a resolution of only .08

No one minded that it had only 1MB of internal memory and a resolution of only .08 megapixels, because they had nothing to compare it to. The digital cameras which succeeded the Dycam I gradually became smaller, more powerful and multifunctional, allowing the photographer to take either still pictures or record a video. Digital technology relentlessly took over the camera market and film photography became obsolete.

Youtuber and their Cameras
The start of Vlogging and the rise of YouTube

Adam Kontras made a video in January 2000 telling his family and friends that he would be moving across the country and posted it to his blog.  Others followed suit and began posting videos instead of text to their blogs, including Steve Garfield who possibly coined the word vlog when he affirmed that it was “the year of the vlog”. In 2005, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim encouraged vlogging by creating YouTube, a video platform where people could upload and watch videos.

Vlogging site
The Second biggest search engine in the world

YouTube grew quickly and in a little over a year, users were uploading 65 thousand videos and watching over 100 million videos every day! Vlogging began as a way to communicate with those around us and it continues to do that effectively, but it has also become a way to earn a living.  Vloggers and other YouTubers can invest in their video content, attract a sizeable audience and then be paid to feature products and give their opinions. This hunger to be successful is why there is such an importance to find this year’s best vlogging camera to join the ever growing multi-millionaire vloggers who just film what they love.

According to Vloggers and other YouTubers can invest in their video content, attract a sizeable audience and then be paid to feature products and give their opinions. Thanks to platforms like YouTube there are vloggers who earn several million a year.

I expect that Adam Kontras didn’t realize that his simple action of posting a video to a blog would play a key part in changing the world much like the man who unsuspectingly stepped into a daguerreotype in 1838.

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Using an in-built camera microphone for YouTube is like using Internet Explorer to browse the internet. You only do it if you don’t know what you are doing!

Vlogging is not just about video, you need good audio. The sooner you understand this, the sooner you will master YouTube, the better will your videos be, increased onpage time and the higher your number of subscribers.

You want people to keep watching your videos, you need to make sure that you use the right type of camera with a mic input, as poor audio quality is penalized by YouTube, affecting how many people your videos reach.

Antoine with the Canon 70d and Rode Video Mic Pro

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Today, it might seem unnecessary to spend extra on a microphone, but in the long-term, you will thank us for walking you through the best vlogging cameras that support it.

Upgrade your Camera’s sound with an External Microphone

A camera mic will change your dialogue from a tinny sound into a resonating voice that all your viewers will enjoy listening too, so let’s look at our top pic of cameras compatible with the best microphone for YouTube.

 

Camera Name Camera Type Resolution Battery Life Flip Screen Low Light Performance Wi-Fi Price
Sony A6500 Mirrorless 4k Average No Above Average Yes $$$$$
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Mirrorless 4k Average Yes Average Yes $$
Nikon D5300 DSLR 1080p Good Yes Good Yes $$
Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder 1080p Poor Yes Good Yes $$$$
GoPro HERO4 Point and Shoot 4k Above Average No Average Yes $
Canon 70D DSLR 1080p Good Yes Good Yes $$$$

Why Use an External Microphone for YouTube?

Vlogging with a regular point and shoot camera or a mirrorless is easy, you capture a nice 1080p or 4k high-quality video with bad quality audio. You ever heard a 4k video with sound from an inbuilt microphone – what a disappointment!

What about the audio? Your camera’s inbuilt 2-channel stereo microphone will capture audio like it’s the 90s and you are using a crude HP transmitter system to do it.

With some point and shoot cameras, it’s like using two cups and a string to deliver your sound, it will not only give you noise but also capture everything that is happening around in your frame – from bristling of leaves to your breathing.

What if you want your viewers to experience is a high definition 6-channel audio that comes from a rode shotgun mic, so that you can also shoot those fancy new 360° videos that have an intelligent sound mechanism? What if you want them to completely feel like they are in your vlog as they are watching? What do you do? You record with an external microphone.

 

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The benefit of a good external mic is obvious, and the biggest one is that it can capture high-quality audio in sync with the video, so you don’t have to record separately, clap to sync the sound then rely on an expensive video editing software to piece it together for you.

The second point is the way they capture audio: external mics that are unidirectional or bidirectional are preferred for vlogging as they will focus on a single object in a frame rather than capturing everything around their radius.

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Canon 70d with Rode Video Mic Pro Mounted

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Your camera’s in-built mic is omnidirectional and is considered the worse type for vlogging but understandable if you are trying to vlog for under 200 dollars. There are beginner YouTubers doing a nice beauty vlog about how to paint their thighs and their mic also captures their younger sister outside the door asking her why she is talking to herself. Do you really want those YouTube subscriber numbers to go down?

If you care about your YouTube viewers and see yourself as a potential successful vlogger, you should further narrow down your selection on these five types of the best YouTube cameras. And then get a suitable external microphone to make your subscribers fall in love with you. We are here to increase those numbers.

Best Youtube Cameras with Mic Input

Sony Alpha 6500

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One of the best Sony YouTube Cameras with external mic, if you are looking for speed, then one of Sony’s latest models (released in 2016) – the A6500 – is one to die for. With high-speed imaging technology and Sony’s trademark color enhancers, this one is an updated version of the A6300 which is a great camera in itself.

Directed at people who also are into photography, some of its highlights are 425 phase-detection autofocus points, high ISO sensibility and the ability to record 4k video at a maximum of 30 frames per second, and slow-motion mode. It also has a responsive touch screen which makes manual focus easier.

In-built image stabilization ensures that you do not have to invest more on external lenses unless you want extra-wide coverage. However, the only two drawbacks that make it slightly unapproachable is its higher price and absence of a swivel screen. You can only tilt the screen, which may not be favorable for lifestyle vloggers.

But, still, if you want Sony’s technology with the intention of using an external mic, then the A6500 is the best option.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7

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Not only a mirrorless camera with external mic input, it is the best 4k video camera in this list, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 boasts of 4k (UHD) recording quality, 16-megapixel MOS sensor, Venus Engine 9 image processor, and nearing one of the best flip screen camera designs available in the market right now. You can swivel it the way you want, depending upon your convenience to get that perfect shot.

Panasonic is not that popular for its lenses as they are known to be bulky especially if you compare them with Canon’s lenses. However, the G7 still has the G Vario Lenses which provide superb video quality enough to make your fans ask about your camera model in the comments.

Nikon D5300

Good Budget DSLR under 1000
Nikon D5300

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Regarded as Nikon’s best DSLR YouTube camera, this one is a DSLR that has all the right ingredients – 1080p resolution video capturing ability, good battery life, a flip screen, and a reasonable price that puts its immediate competitors to shame.

If you are a beginner lifestyle vlogger for whom color is not very important, but sharpness is, then the D5300 is the model to go for. It provides sharp, high-quality videos because of the lack of anti-aliasing filter. The low light performance is another advantage as you can capture noiseless videos even in relatively higher ISOs. These are the features that sets it apart from models by Sony and Canon.

Canon VIXIA HF G40

best vlogging camera wth rode mic

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Looking like a professional vlogger is one thing, and shooting professional vlogs is another you don’t want to have all the gear and no idea. You get the VIXIA HF G40 and you get both those effects in a single package. This Canon camcorder is almost the market leader when it comes to YouTube cameras, and if you research about good camcorders (ones with which you cannot snap photographs), its VIXIA series is definitely going to be in the top 3.

The VIXIA HF G40 is a paradise for YouTubers who are obsessed with manual control. With a bevy of features that will allow them to customize their vlogging experience, this model is the perfect companion for the prolific video game commentator and short series producer. With an advanced High Definition CMOS Pro Image Sensor and HD Optical Zoom Lens, it performs exceptionally well in low light, giving a tough time to the Nikon D5300.

A lot of people find its “Assign Buttons” feature cool because it reminds them of their smartphone speed dials. Additionally, it comes with Wi-Fi, FTP transfer, dual SD card slots, and the best flip screen in camcorders. The screen here is bigger (3.5 inches) than traditional models’ and is made of OLED as compared to LCD.

Although we found it very difficult to upload our videos wirelessly through the Wi-Fi, it is still a great camcorder if you are a fan.

GoPro HERO5

Best Action Camera waterproof
Best Action Camera, So Much Fun Filming With This Camera

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The ultimate YouTube action camera. GoPro and adventure vlogging go hand in hand so much that every action vlogger in the world has at least one model in their inventory. GoPro’s most popular and one of the best-selling models is the HERO5, which naturally comes with an external mic port.

It would have been a travesty if the American technology company hadn’t provided support for this because capturing audio in an action/travel/adventure vlog is of utmost importance, with an in-built microphone it is surprisingly good but the great thing about this model is that the Hero5 has a microphone port to allow you to connect you an external mic.

External Mic Adapter for the Gopro Hero5

This adapter is $50, and is pretty pricey considering what it is but it allows you to use any of the best external microphones that are available.

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The GoPro HERO5 is shockproof and waterproof, captures videos in up to 4k resolution, can be used through your smartphone (GoPro mobile app), has a touch display, and even supports time-lapse mode. If you are interested in adventure and know the importance of external mic input, then this is your best bet.

Camera with External Mics Conclusion

It is for the first time that we have featured vlogging camera models of five different brands and four camera types. What it infers is that everyone in the camera industry is receptive to the fact that external mic input is important when it comes to shooting videos. While Canon is good with its lenses and imaging technology, Sony is good with its color schemes and inventive features.

Different brands have different features and traits that differentiate them from others. So, it depends upon the end user to carefully select the most suitable model based on his/her requirements, check out our article for some of the best cameras of 2017.

It doesn’t make sense to buy a Canon PowerShot ELPH series mode if you are a travel vlogger. You should instead look for Olympus or GoPro. For helpful tips and tricks about vlogging, check out our other articles.

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DSLR is a popular type of camera preferred by professional Vloggers. It is used by some of the most successful and highest paid YouTubers in the world, and they make millions out of their videos after having invested several hundred dollars on a multi-purpose DSLR.

Its advanced digital imaging sensor and high functionality makes it ideal for Vlogging, and helps you shoot great videos, perfect to make your potential fans jump up in awe. While starters favor point and shoot or mirrorless types, DSLR is the mark of a professional.

Best DSLR Camera for YouTubeTo ease you through the process of selecting the best DSLR camera, we have created this list based on our combined of experience in the fields of photography, motion picture, video sampling editing, and acoustics.

Note: Clicking on images or red boxes will open a new tab with the price and customer reviews on Amazon.

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It’s 2017 and teenagers and millennials of your age are making sh#tload of money out of their videos, teenagers earning way more than their parents, credit to their parents for buying them a camera to vlog with and a video editing software subscription.

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Look at PewDiePie who lives with his YouTuber girlfriend Marzia in a private mansion on some island far, far away from all the nonsense that’s happening in the world right now.

He doesn’t have to answer to his parents even when he is in the news for posting racist videos in the name of wit and humor. And yes he uses a DSLR.

DSLR for Vlogging

Before we dive into the details, we must understand why DSLR is preferred for vlogging over other less-expensive types. Vlogging is a relatively new concept compared to why the digital camera was invented in the first place. So, how come YouTubers began taking advantage of the DSLR?

The answer is simple and pretty obvious: loads of features and advanced sensory imaging. The lens is the biggest and most-cited feature when it comes to DSLR for vlogging. People browsing YouTube are interested in high-quality videos and images.

Best DSLR Cameras for Vlogs

For and anything below 720p is considered trash. Even if you are mega talented and have a unique idea for your video blogs, users won’t watch your videos if they are of low quality, and worse, they might not even click on the video thumbnail, unless you adopt clickbait marketing which is a strict no-no in vlogging (courtesy Shane Dawson).

This does not mean that mirrorless and a point and shoot camera does not deliver good quality. Some of them are even capable of capturing 4k resolution (Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100) while others are often ranked amongst the best vlogging cameras of all time (Canon PowerShot G7 X).

If ease is your only factor, there is also the fourth type: camcorders; they are popular amongst YouTubers like Matthew Santoro unless we really believe that Canon paid him to endorse the VIXIA Mini (more on that in the comments if we may).

Here are few major points to make it clear why we consider DSLR the best camera for vlogging:

  • Bigger sensor (full-frame) gives better video quality without noise (grains)
  • Impeccable low-light performance (a God-like must-have feature for vlogging)
  • Interchangeable lens and a bucket of controls like shutter and focus speeds to customise shooting experience
  • Ergonomic design so that you can grip the camera properly to get better shots in any environment – be it while shooting Northern Lights or while capturing your cat doing a slam dunk
  • Long battery life, external mic port, full-angle flip screen, and much more…

These points should be enough to make you consider a DSLR camera if you are thinking of a transition like your did recently.

Best DSLR Vlogging Camera Reviews

These cameras on this list are based on the balance of price quality and functionality as 2017.

Best DSLR for beginners

Canon EOS 80D

Best Vlogging Cameras
Canon EOS 80D

If Canon PowerShot G7 X is considered the best point and shoot vlogging camera, then Canon 80D is the best Compact DSLR vlogging camera, and also the best DSLR camera for beginners.Why: It is so easy to use, robust and simple.

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Why is the 80D so good: It is so easy to use, robust and simple.

Used by the likes of Casey Neistat, it offers superb video quality at 1080p/30fps, has an articulating touch-enabled flip screen, works great in low light, has improved battery life than its predecessor (70D), and even comes with a headphone jack so that you can monitor your audio while you shoot.

But, its biggest merit is the Dual Pixel Auto Focus (DPAF) which allows you to track objects in your frame and capture great videos effortlessly. The autofocus feature is already excellent in the 70D, and Canon really notches it up by several levels here.

Canon 80D is well-suited for both professionals and beginners, the 80D one of the best DSLR camera under the Canon’s high-quality camera umbrella, especially when it’s about making money on YouTube videos.

There is nothing more you can ask unless it’s the 5D Mark III that you’re are eyeing up. An amazing DSLR but big and heavy, if you want a DSLR camera under $1500 the Canon 80D is the one for you.

YouTube Vlogging DSLR
Canon 70D – Image credit to switchbacktravel.com

We have refrained from Mentioning the 70D in this list, as we love it so much and we mention it all the time, you can bag this Classic DSLR under 1000 dollars now, and you will not regret it either.

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Best DSLR cameras under 1000 dollars

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Rebel articulated flip screen
EOS Rebel T6i
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The much-anticipated upgrade to the beloved Rebel series, the T6i is a rockstar when it comes to entry-level DSLR cameras with Flip screen, the is a port for your Rode shotgun microphone, Wifi and great in low light.

Directed towards users who are new to the world of vlogging, it comes with better autofocus and can shoot short burst videos – two features that make it a cherished camera amongst vloggers. The video quality is obviously excellent considering Canon’s DSLR lenses are the best in the market, and it is supported by an LCD articulated touchscreen helping you to capture selfie videos with great ease and control.

The only down point of the Rebel T6i is that it has terrible battery life for a DSLR. But, it can be easily compensated with an external battery pack, running DSLR cameras with wifi turned off is going to get you some video time.

Nikon D5500

Cheap under 1000 dollars
Nikon D5500 DX
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With a better battery life than the Canon Rebel T6i, the Nikon D5500 is a smaller compact DSLR and a lighter version of the D5300 (also featured on our list). While most features are similar between the two, what sets it apart is the touchscreen – which is really important if you are a travel or lifestyle vlogger.

You can find this cheap DSLR for under $500, but you will need to shop around, and if you are on a budget then buy second hand, you may get a good DSLR for under 300, or even under 200, quite often owners of good DSLR cameras buy with the intent to learn and then after a year of no effort decide to sell, I bought a good canon DSLR for Under 200 with lenses, Craig’s List..!

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Anyway… Taking advantage of the autofocus has never been easier: just touch the area you want to focus and the D5500 will take care of it. Other than its ability to shoot crisp 1080p resolution videos, it also has a long list of extra features such as a fully articulating screen, bracketing, and better high ISO performance which makes its low light performance slightly better than the Canon DSLR models. Of course, Canon is the leader in colour grading, but Nikon steals the show if you are looking for a cheaper and lighter DSLR.

Best DSLR camera under 500 dollars

Nikon D5300

Good Budget DSLR under 1000
Nikon D5300
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The reason why we listed this below its successor is that we like the D5500 more than this one. But, independently, the Nikon D5300 is more popular and widely accepted as Nikon’s best DSLR camera for vlogging. Reasons? It performs better (than Canon) in low light, has more battery life than its direct competitor (Rebel T6i), is reasonably cheap DSLR, and gives sharper images and videos regardless of the environment.

However, it does have its fair share of disadvantages such as poor autofocus and absence of anti-aliasing filter which does not prevent the dreaded moiré effect. If these two factors are on your consideration list, then it is better to select any of the remaining models we have listed here. But, if the price is your concern and Rebel T6i is your selection, then buying the Nikon DSLR D5300 will be a wiser decision.

Best DSLR cameras under 3000 dollars

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Under 3000 Cam professional
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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Even though Canon has released Mark IV model, we still consider the 5D Mark III as the best video camera for vlogging. It’s slightly better than the 80D, but the only thing that prevents it from being ranked at #1 is its mind-boggling price. You can pick up this gorgeous DSLR camera under $3000, this one is a profession DSLR camera, a premium product, and should be eyeballed by only those who can afford it.

It does give value for money as in the best autofocus feature in the market right now, ability to capture all colors even in high ISOs, incredible low light performance even for the darkest places, and high-quality sharp videos. It is directed at cinematographers and indie filmmakers, but if the color is really important to you (makeup and beauty vloggers), then investing few thousand dollars on this beast won’t be a bad idea.

If you consider it, do not ignore the absence of Wi-Fi, NFC, and an articulating screen – which are all important factors for vlogging. The fixed LCD has no touch feature, and the camera itself weighs like a rock used in one of those pyramids, which automatically limits its applications considering you cannot even record in 4k resolution.

Hence, we think the Canon 5D Mark III is the best DSLR vlogging camera in the market that is lying on all aspiring vloggers’ Amazon wish lists. It was in ours too until we finally bought it before creating this list. (It took us a day to get over the purchase.)

Best Sony DSLR Camera

Sony A77 II

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Sony A77 II – under $1000
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Why it is so great: All lenses fit on this camera

Sony is better known for its range of excellent mirrorless cameras, but it does come to fight in the ring with its best DSLR model – the A77 II. Although it holds up in the essentials department with great video capturing ability and slightly higher color quality than Canon, it drains itself quite too soon. However, one of its biggest features is the optical image stabilizer (OIS), which is the sole reason why so many YouTubers take it along with them to shoot action and prank videos.

Additionally, you won’t need extra lenses when you are using the Sony A77 II just because of the OIS. The autofocus is as good as in Canon’s 80D, but when you compare the two, it is really hard to select one.

Good Nikon DSLR Camera

Nikon D7200

Good Cam Under 1000
Nikon D7200
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With support for 1080p resolution and phenomenal battery life than most models featured here, it is preferred by those who shoot a lot of videos. With dual SD card slots, unmatched performance in higher ISOs, built-in intervalometer for time-lapse, and brilliant image quality. But one big flaw in my opinion.

No Flip Screen – So, how does one hold up without a flip screen and charge more than the other DSLR cameras in its class? Personally, flip screen is so important now that you should check first .

Good DSLR Cameras – Honourable Mentions

Even though the above seven models are the best of the best, it is suggested that you take a look at these five cameras, too. As a note, Panasonic was once regarded as the greatest camera maker in the world.

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Sony A6300
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Panasonic Lumix GH4
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Panasonic Lumix G7
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We hope the above list will make your hunt for the best DSLR camera easier.  And once you make the purchase, let us know I it was a good return on investment in the comments. This article is purely on camera bodies, there are different lenses to consider; the best lenses for canon, the best lens for Nikon etc, we will be creating videos with YouTubers to give you visual examples of the best accessories to buy and for each type of shot.

As for sound, you’ve got to have a DSLR with a shotgun mic if you want to have a professional sound. There are lots of tips, tricks, and advice. We want to hear the experiences of other You-tubers, so please get in touch for a guest post video.

Coming soon we have an article/video on the best DSLR stabilizer and how to make a DSLR camera stabilizer – DIY style.

Thanks for reading our list of the top DSLR vlogging cameras right now (February 2017).

Happy vlogging!

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As we enter 2017, there’s one thing that is almost as important as your talent when it comes to vlogging and it’s having a good camera for capturing all you vlog.

Every Youtuber wants to be a successful vlogger and get the fame and recognition they deserve, but only a few have the persistence to fail-forward or properly decide on the best vlogging camera for their needs, one that they can capture their talent effortlessly. Researching vlog cameras takes up your valuable editing time, thankfully we have saved you the trouble, so let’s take a look at the top cameras of 2017 to assess whether we need an upgrade.

A lot of people will give you a lot of advice – do this, buy that – but they are all just giving you the shine and not basing it on professional opinion. Buying a suitable camera appropriate for your particular need is the first step that you take towards your aspiring vlogging career. And, today, we are going to help you clear out the clutter and choose the best one.

Camera Model Vlogging Camera Type Value for Money Price Check
Best Vlogging Cameras Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera Find Price   
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera Find Price   
Canon PowerShot G7 X Point and Shoot Camera Find Price   
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Top 5 Vlogging Cameras 2017

The following cameras were selected by considering every single aspect that is essential for vlogging. High-quality HD video capturing, sensor type and size, low light performance, autofocus, flip screen, after-effects, sharing, and tens of other features were analyzed to narrow down over 100 different camera models manufactured by different brands to these five.

  1. Canon EOS 80D
  2. Canon EOS 70D
  3. Canon PowerShot G7 X
  4. Samsung NX Mini
  5. Canon PowerShot S120

There are mainly three types of vlogging cameras (point and shoot, mirrorless, and DSLR), but the following five were selected without considering their type or brand, that aside ensure you are looking at vlogging cameras with flip screen. Due to this, we have succeeded in concluding that Canon is the best vlogging camera manufacturer in the world.

Below is a great video by sawyerhartman and we really enjoy his style, it is nice to see these cameras next to each other to determine size and also a laymen’s approach to price, size, and features.

There were 2 cameras mentioned in this video that we decided NOT to put on our list:

Canon 1Dx MarkII

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Canon 1dx Mark II – Just too expensive and no flip screen

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It didn’t make it on our list of top vlogging cameras because the majority of vloggers cannot afford or justify paying $5000 for a camera, it is also very big, heavy and doesn’t even have a flip screen!

Canon M5

Flip Screen DSLR this year
The M5, good but just didn’t make it on our list

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The M5 is a good camera and we are sure you will enjoy it, mirrorless camera with lots of features, but it just isn’t our favorite.

We are keeping an eye out for new camera releases, and monitoring camera , we’ll let you know if anything is worth sharing, but to be honest, the camera releases of 2016 are still going strong into 2017.

Best Vlogging Camera of 2016 / 2017 Review

Canon EOS 70D and 80D DSLR Cameras

Wherever you go, whoever you ask, or however you present your vlogging requirements – the 70D will always come recommended. It is packed with so many features that more than 40% of the top 30 YouTubers in the world use it.

YouTube Vlogging DSLR
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It’s best star feature is its incredible inbuilt Dual Pixel CMOS fast autofocus which enables you to shoot high quality (full HD 1080 progressive) images and seamless videos without any sign of blurs or spots, thus preventing any judgment of your photography skills. Plus, the support for all types of lenses helps you get any type of shot with great ease.

The Canon 70D has a 20.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, side-moving flip screen, 3x default optical zoom, 3-inch touch LCD with 10 million dots and 7 FPS shooting capability. It is perfect for creating action, lifestyle, and make-up vlogs so that you can serve crisp, colorful, and rich-looking videos to your viewers and ante up your appeal as a stylish vlogger.

It retails at around 1000 dollars on Amazon(you can get them cheaper if get deals and discount codes) so get it and start gaining those subscriptions. Casey Neistat, Tanner Fox, and Nigahiga are some popular YouTubers who prefer the 70D. Notably,

Having said all that, it is an advanced vlogging camera with a myriad of features meant for advanced users.

Now for the Canon EOS 80D: It is basically the same camera as the 70D, with some added features;

  • Slightly better in low light
  • Audio port to listen to your footage
  • Slightly different name
  • Bigger price tag

For a vlogging beginner, the Canon G7 X is arguably the better and the wisest choice.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – Best Point and shoot Camera 2017

Canon Vlog video selfie
Legendary Point and Shoot Camera – New Model

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Also on our list of the top vlogging cameras of all time, the G7 X the original is considered a god in the video blogging sphere. It is so popular that every day, a new article about it pops up in the vlogging community.

Used by PewDiePie, RomanAtwood, Marzia, and Neistat, the G7 X boasts of fast autofocus ability, an inventive flip screen with touch sensors, 1.04 million dots, high-resolution, tip-top 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, and 8 FPS shooting capability.

A lot of websites term the G7 X as the best vlogging camera out there and the Mark II is the next level. Mostly because of its ingenious image stabilization feature which helps you reduce the blurriness from your images and videos, the best if you are into action and prank videos.

It also has one of the best articulating (flip) screens that flips up and tilts down at you, the Mark II  is also known for its brilliant low light performance. As a vlogger in 2017, these two features will come in very handy, so why not go with this one? It retails at around under 700.

Samsung NX Mini Mirrorless Camera

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Sexy Selfie Camera

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Best known as the cheaper version of the G7 X and better looking. And if you love Samsung products that do not explode (did anybody say Samsung Note 7? Smartphone disaster 2016), then the NX Mini is your sexy vlogging cam.

FYI if you are looking for maximum value on a very low budget check out our list of Best Cameras Under 200.

It has a 20.5 megapixel CMOS sensor which provides top quality images and videos even in low light setups. A bevy of features like 3-inch touch flip screen, media sharing, automatic backup when you connect to your PC, remote viewfinder, WiFi, and NFC will enable you to capture great footage and get it directly on your PC for editing and uploading – wow..!!. But, what tops all of these features is its ergonomic grip – which is another one feature essential for a vlogger.

If you are looking for hassle free vlogging as you start up, we would recommend you to get the NX Mini. It can easily be bought for under $600 (the cheapest camera on the list) and just start shooting. No advanced adjustments, no scaling. Just switch on and shoot.

Canon PowerShot S120

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Canon S120 – The Evergreen Classic

 

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Neistat once popularly called the S120 as the “almost perfect vlogging camera” and it almost broke the internet, until Kim Kardashian came in. Its interface supports over 30 different languages, which means it is directed at the entire world – 2017 is going to see a lot more international vloggers.

With 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom, you can capture high-quality videos and images with stereo sound. It allows you to zoom in while shooting and enables virtual upload through your Android or iOS device. The Canon DIGIC 6 image processor is one to die for, which automatically propels the S120 as a grandee in 2016.

If Sony’s NEX-5RK looks expensive to you, then this is the best alternative for wide-angle shots. If you are into making science-based tutorials and want complete control of your setup just like Damien Chazelle did in his 2016 Academy Award-nominated film, La La Land, then this one is for you.

Buy it for just under 600 dollars. (Do note that Chazelle and his cinematographer DID NOT use the S120 to shoot the film. Filmmaking is a different game altogether, but vlogging is bridging the gap quickly.)

Good Cameras from 2016 Honorable Mentions

While preparing this list, we came across several vlogging camera models which gave tough competition to our final selections. Other top picks of 2016 / 2017 are:

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

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Cheap and Cheerful

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Sony CyberShot RX100 III

Vlogging Cool flip up display
Good Looking Camera

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GoPro HERO5 Black


Best Action Camera waterproof
Best Action Camera, So Much Fun Filming With This Camera

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Canon VIXIA HF R700

Cheap Camera for youtube vlog
Good, Easy To Use And Cheap

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Polaroid Cube HD

Cool Cam for sports
Grooviest Camera of 2017 – Polariod Cube HD

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So, if you have heard about any one of these 5, then do understand that even they come recommended, but only second to our original five. Happy vlogging 2017!

Vlogging Camera Statistics 2017

Almost all of the five vlogging cameras listed above are used by the top YouTubers and best (most popular) vloggers in the world,  click to read our findings on what camera youtubers use.  They have used them for years, continuing into 2017, YouTubers have recommended them to their fans countless times. As a matter of fact, their repeated use and subsequent best recommendation have indeed catapulted the popularity and sales of these specific camera models.

We don’t really know if the brands got in touch with the vloggers and requested them to use it, but whatever played in the backstage has worked tremendously. Along with Canon, we have Sony and Samsung completing the list of the top 3 camera companies.

Panasonic, Logitech, GoPro, Polaroid, RED, and Blackmagic are other brands that also make brilliant cameras, but their models failed to make it to this list just because these cameras are awesome…!!

Buy any one of these, an action vlogging camera from 2016 and a smartphone from 2017. You won’t need another vlogging camera, unless… You are thinking of moving into VR 360 interactive videos – we will explain later, it is very cool stuff coming up for 2017, a completely new way of vlogging.

Camera Conclusion Starting 2017

These are the 5 top vlogging cameras 2016 / 2017 from that we think are best and will give good value for your money in 2017. No matter which level of vlogging you are; beginner, intermediate, or advanced, these five models are for everyone.

There are many other vlogging cameras with extra features that may be helpful for certain type of video making, but we made this list from a general perspective. Once you start vlogging from any one of these and get acquainted with your own process, you will be able to make better choices.

Till then, these vlogging masterpieces are the ones you should count, keep an eye out for our new release articles, there is amazing cool new VR software coming up in 2017 super cool stuff.

Youtube Vlogging Videos View More

A camera is the most important piece of kit for YouTubers. Using your smartphone camera to shoot videos is not ideal. The low quality output and lack of other umpteen features like autofocus and image stabilization.

Take the top and compare their camera models. It will be clear that “a certain few models” are used by the majority of them. So lets see if you can spot the common factor.

Note: Clicking on images and red boxes will open a new tab with the price and customer reviews on Amazon. 

What Camera does CutiePie Use? (Marzia)

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PewDiePie’s, or Felix Kjellberg from Sweden, also has a super famous vlogger girlfriend, and in April 2015, she announced that she was migrating to the from her old DSLR piece. The reason she cited: portability.

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Canon Gx7 – Legendary Point and Shoot Camera
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What Camera does McJuggerNuggets Use

Youtuber Cam He describes the experience of using Canon EOS 70D as “a blast to shoot with”. And that should be enough to excite the fans of the funny comedian. A lot of people say that the Canon EOS 70D is arguably the best vlogging camera ever and on the top of our list of vlogging cameras 2016 / 2017. At this point, we don’t really have a good argument against that, Mcjuggernuggets doesn’t either.

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Canon 70D – Image credit to switchbacktravel.com
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What Camera does Faze Rain Use

Youtube VloggingFaze Rain, the guy who operates the channel TrickShotting made the migration three months after Marzia did. He took to Twitter to announce his new camera – Canon PowerShot G7 X, possibly taking recommendation from her.

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Canon GX7 Mark ii – New Edition
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What Camera does Joey Graceffa Use

Vlogging Cameras The lifestyle YouTuber Joey Graceffa who vlogs daily (DAILY!?) used to use Canon PowerShot S100 in 2012. Around that time, Canon followed the model up with the S120, which is again a very good camera. Although Graceffa has not made it clear about his camera model after that tweet in 2012, we have all the reasons to believe that he now uses the Canon PowerShot G7 X. One point that testifies the fact is that Canon discontinued the S100 series, and (rumor has it) released the G7 series as its unofficial successor.

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What Camera does Aspyn Ovard Use

Youtuber daily vlog camThe pretty lady Aspen Ovard is into a lot of things – fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and DIY – and to shoot her vlogs she uses the Canon EOS 70D. Mentioned on her website, she uses it along with a Sigma f/1.4 lens, giving you the perfect combination for indoor vlogging. Thanks Aspen Ovard for being transparent, makes it easy for us to emulate.

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Canon EOS 70D – best vlogging camera ever..!!
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What Camera does Zoella Use

what vlog equipment does she useThe product reviewing champion Zoella used to prefer the S120 before Canon stopped supporting the camera. Last year, she told her fans in a video that she had started using the Canon EOS 70D. Similar to how we think Joey Graceffa made the transition, Zoella stuck to the best and went with the DSLR version of the G7 X – the fantastic and the beastly Canon 70D.

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What Camera does Jenn Im Use

What video equipment does she use The vlogger Jenn Im who runs the channel named “clothesencounters” said in 2012 that she uses the Canon Rebel Series Camera. We believe that she is still using it.

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What Camera does LaurDIY Use

youtuber video camAmongst her small inventory of cameras, the life hacking Youtuber prefers her Canon Rebel T3i the most(succeeded by the T6i) . LaurDIY compares it with Nikon and other models of Canon, it gives the best video quality.

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What Camera does Trisha Paytas Use

Famous Youtuber video camThe comedy and lifestyle vlogger Trisha Paytas has been using the Canon Rebel T3i for a record period of seven years. This is enough to give some heavy support to one of Canon’s best camera series (other than the ELPH). Also, note that Paytas uses a lot of different cameras, but the first sentence should be enough for us to understand what makes her go gaga.

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What Camera does BFvsGF and CTFxC Use

Youtuber camThis is the perfect example of what we talked about in the beginning of the article: good content does not always need an expensive camera. Both thesevlogger channels produce marvelous content; and all that using the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS which is the best cheap camera under 300. Affordability is a good thing after all.

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What Camera does The SHAYTARDS Use

According to their popular blog Blogtard, the folks use Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS – this camera is on our list of . Since then, many of Shaytards’s fans have debated whether they use the 330 HS or the PowerShot G7 X. For all that we could find out, they use the former, or maybe both. Either way, both of them are outstanding.

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What Camera does Connor Franta Use

The lifestyle vlogger is a heart-throb for many women, and lots of these women now own a Canon Rebel Camera. Connect the dots. Connor Franta is seriously building up his subscribers fast and is the Best Contender to Pewdiepie

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What Camera does Jennxpenn Use

youtuber lifestyle beauty camcorderSlightly expensive for beginners, Jennxpenn uses the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which should be bought by people who are dead serious about vlogging. For everyone else, including the fans of the petite lifestyle vlogger, go for the Rebel T5i or the classic 70D.

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Let’s see a quick rundown again of YouTubers and their cameras.

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Marzia (Cutie Pie)
youtuber cam table
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Point and Shoot Vlogging Camera
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Zoella
vlogging cam for youtube table
Canon EOS 70D
YouTube Vlogging DSLR
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Joey Graceffa
Vlogging youtube cam equipment
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Best Flip screen point and shoot cam

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McJuggerNuggets
Digital cam vlogging youtuber
Canon EOS 70D
YouTube Vlogging DSLR
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Connor Franta
Vlogging cam for Youtube gay
Canon Rebel T6I
Rebel articulated flip screen
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Faze Rain
Youtuber camera table
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Best Flip screen point and shoot cam

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Jenn Im
vlogging cam for youtube
Canon Rebel T6I
Rebel articulated flip screen
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LaurDIY
Vlogging cam for Youtube lifestyle
Canon Rebel T6I
Rebel articulated flip screen
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Aspyn Ovard
beauty vlogging cam for youtube
Canon EOS 70D
YouTube Vlogging DSLR
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Trisha Paytas
Beuty vlogger cam for youtube
Canon Rebel T6I
Rebel articulated flip screen
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BFvsGF
lifestyle vlogging cam for youtube
Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
Youtuber cam
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Shaytards
YouTuber Vlogging Camera
Canon PowerShot G7 X mark II
Point and Shoot Vlogging Camera

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Jennxpenn
Canon EOS 70D
YouTube Vlogging DSLR
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Top Cameras Used by Youtubers

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s first gain some clarity, and list the top YouTubers cameras that are currently used (or were used) by some of the most inspiring vloggers in the world. These are the best of the best YouTubers, with millions of YouTube followers and billions of views, and when we talk about the best there’s no room for budget or any other limitations.

It is sort of a “mixed feeling” that we get from creating this list. Why? The 79-year old Japanese consumer electronics maker is evidently the stalwart of vlogging cameras.

It has beaten Sony the A6000, Samsung’s NX Mini (on our list of ), Panasonic, and middling American brands to come out as the biggest and the most innovative manufacturer of vlogging cameras. This forces us to say it: any camera that has those iconic five letters embossed on it, you know it’s gonna be the shiz.

Why YouTubers Use The Canon PowerShot G7 X

You enter vlogging world and the first camera you come across is the G7 X, there’s no doubt about it. And if you say you were recommended another model by someone (like, say, your best friend who is a diehard SHAYTARDS fan), you are probably not doing your research right. (We would like to recommend you Vlogging Hero here. Come on, join the club!)

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The PowerShot G7 X is the perfect compact camera that is suitable for all types of vloggers – travel, lifestyle, makeup – you name it. It is lightweight, helps in capturing shots from different angles without compromising on the quality, and captures high-quality 1080p videos. These are the reasons why the following users have been using it for years now.

Why Is Canon PowerShot G7 X the Best Youtuber Camera?

The Canon PowerShot G7 X is considered the best vlogging camera because it packs a punch in its small body and is easy to carry and move around. Among point-and-shoot cameras, the G7 excels in almost all departments, and that is why it is regarded so highly in the vlogging world. So much that it even gives a tough time to mirrorless cameras in the same price range.

Flawless 1080p full HD video recording at 30 frames per second (FPS), impeccable sensor and lens, time-lapse feature, slow-motion video, great autofocus, wi-fi, and a flip touchscreen – what more can you ask from an object which can disappear in your pocket? This is a vloggers dream.

The only drawback is the lack of a microphone. However, if you are a beauty vlogger who already has an external USB-powered microphone, then the G7 X is the right one for you.

Why YouTubers Use The Canon EOS 70D

YouTube Vlogging DSLR
Canon 70D – Image credit to switchbacktravel.com

Input the words DSLR and vlogging to an imaginary wishing well. The camera model that it will gift you back is the legendary Canon EOS 70D. So much has been written about this digital single-lens reflex camera and yet aspiring vloggers overlook it when researching for the best DSLR camera. The following YouTubers have been using it –

Canon EOS 70D the Best DSLR YouTuber Camera?

If you have a slightly higher budget and are currently in the intermediate level of vlogging, then the EOS 70D should be your first and the last choice. There is nothing better in this range, and with all that the camera offers, it should be enough to take care of all your essential vlogging needs. Other than the support for interchangeable lens, the 70D has great low light performance, a very fast autofocus feature, an articulating flip screen for self-recording, and exceptional battery life. If weight and portability are not an issue for you, then the Canon 70D is the best camera for the travel vlogger. Get an extra set of batteries and some lighting equipment, and you are good to go.

If comparison makes you happy, then the 70D is much cheaper than the all-powerful 5D Mark III.

YouTubers Who Use Canon Rebel Series

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Canon Rebel T6i

In the future, Vloggers will talk about the Rebel cameras and vlogging meme generators will be use to reminisce the halcyon days of the internet and vlogging.

Canon became the de facto manufacturer for YouTubers when it released the Rebel T3i in 2011, when it took the internet by storm. Currently, Canon releases a new version ever year. And as of 2017, the T5i and T6i are the best-selling models.

Why is Canon’s Rebel (T3i, T5i, T6i) Series a Youtubers Favourite

The Rebel line-up, as it seems, was made for video and video only. Along with 1080p video capturing capability, it has a flip screen, a microphone, and the support for all major lenses. It is like Mozilla Firefox, the free internet browser in which the main program is pretty good, but what makes it exceptional are plugins and extensions.

YouTubers Who Use Canon PowerShot ELPH HS Series Cameras

Point and shoot digital cameras
Canon ELPH 360 HS

 

The ELPH series is like a distant YouTuber cousin of the Rebel series. The PowerShot ELPH 330 HS fits in your pocket and gives really nice video clarity. It is perhaps the smallest camera in this list.

Canon markets it as the thinnest camera in the world. As far as vlogging is concerned, we will gulp that fact happily. Other than support for 1080p video, it even has optical image stabilization (OIS), which easily makes it one of the top cameras for action vloggers. 10x zoom, very lightweight, and stylish – all that for such a low price – one of the Best Cheap Vlog Cameras.

YouTubers Who Use Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Expensive vlogging camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Think of an adjective that you would normally use to describe a lion in a forest. Now, take the 5D Mark II and call it with that adjective. It will produce great quality videos for you, and that too with a roar. Few years ago, it was indie filmmakers’ collective favorite, so you can easily understand why it is called the king of YouTube vlogging.

Why is Canon EOS 5D Mark III the Best Expensive Vlogging Camera?

Its price is on the heavy side, we know. But, you cannot complain when you get the following: best autofocus feature in this list, fantastic low light performance and added support for night-time shooting, bigger sensor than the T6i (we are not kidding!), environmentally sealed outer covering for those rough adventure trips, electronic viewfinder, and a comparatively brilliant battery life.

If none of these have succeeded in charming you, then how about this: the 5D Mark III is the only camera that is capable of capturing the largest number of colors. Perfect for beauty vloggers and adventure YouTubers, this one is like a dream come true. The only problem is that this dream is a bit expensive.

YouTubers Camera Choice

We have reached a time where even 4K is considered “meh” by YouTubers. Although there are people like Sean Baker (filmmaker) and Casey Neistat (as a vlogging enthusiast, you should know who that is by now) who have created works using their iPhone cameras, one should still consider investing in a good old camera that is tailored for vlogging purpose.

What differentiates such a camera from a normal one is a series of features like fine low light performance, optical image stabilization, flip screen, and built-in mic among others.

The most famous YouTubers live by these above four features – a reason behind the sameness in their camera models as we closed 2016.

Today, in this article, we are going to dig deeper into these “certain few camera models” and discuss why they are what they are. We will discuss a lot of things like what makes these specific models so good that the top vloggers use them, what defines their greatness, what are their unique features, and lastly, how they can help you become a better vlogger.

CONCLUSION

With so many camera models to choose from, we understand when readers reach out to us with their questions about the best vlogging camera that is most suitable for their purpose. In order to help you all make better and faster decisions, we created this article after a thorough research. We hope it will help you in your quest to become a spirited and successful vlogger. Here is to a great 2017 from VloggingHero.