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Meet Antoine

Antoine Le Guen is a french adventure/travel vlogger who is soon to be traveling the world with his girlfriend Violette (the photographer of the team) visiting 100 of the planet’s most amazing places. Their blog,   is focused on creating breathtaking videos, including 360 videos of exotic environments, using VR-style technology in their vlogs to allow viewers to share the experience. Antoine is also giving tips for building the next generation of vlogs on his .

Why we love Antoine

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Antoine

Antoine has been vlogging for years and experimenting with different vlogging styles and using different cameras. He has great energy and drops lots of value bombs from the moment you meet him, regarding editing, lighting, filming techniques, new 360 equipment and how to apply them to your youtube, facebook.

Value Bomb #1 Why would anyone upgrade from a 70D to an 80D camera! It is the same camera, sure it is slightly better in low light and has a plug to listen to your footage, but nobody does that in real life anyway…

Antoine has previously had many YouTube Channels, experimented and learned not to let perfection get in the way of enjoying the process of creating videos. His peers back in France were not supportive of his storytelling, vlogging passion, and after a life awakening experience of having a disease (now cured), he isn’t letting anyone hold him back from living his passion.

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Antoine running the Paris Marathon

His practical approach to using all of his equipment and his honest free-talking style of offering advice coupled with a fabulous accent makes Antoine a great personality and we are happy to hear his thoughts on his camera equipment.

Watch the video below for our chat with Antoine

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 Tell us more about your The Vlog Expedition

Travel Vlogging

Violette & I created   around a simple idea: give inspiration, to tackle global challenges in everyday life. We believe that combining awesome travel stories with useful resources on how to do better with less is the best way to go.

Our first vlog series, Expedition 100, will take the audience with us on a massive journey around Earth ticking off our ultimate travel bucket list, meeting incredible people & discovering insanely beautiful places. You’ll be able to explore those places on your own pace with a network of 360 videos included within the vlogs.

On the technical aspect, I believe it is time for vlogs to evolve. To me, video blogging is about using videos as the main pieces of content within custom blog posts, that support the story better than only adding cards, comments & thumbs up. I think it is time for creators to take back control of their content and to finally use the possibilities of HTML 5. I see The Vlog Expedition as a challenge where I push my creativity to its limits, including how I think and use the media itself.

Antoine’s Vlogging Resource List

Canon EOS 70D

The 70D is still the best camera for vlogging up to date: its cheap, reliable & super user-friendly. The autofocus is just amazing and your footage will look awesome straight out the camera, minimizing the time you spend in post-production which is important if you are just starting vlogging or doing daily.

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Canon 70D – Image credit to switchbacktravel.com

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24mm 2.8 STM Lens

A good camera is useless without the proper set of lenses. This one is my personal favorites and makes a perfect combo with the wide lens combo. I love it because it’s super cheap, light and compact. The aperture is good enough for having a nice bokeh when you’re shooting yourself in on a tripod talking to the camera (use a SmartLav mic though in that case, the 70d will be a little too far for the VideoMic Pro to do its best) and of course, it’s awesome in low light conditions. It’s not stabilized but it will do the job fine as it’s wider than a 40mm FF equivalent.

Antoines Camera setup

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10-18  4.5/5.6 IS STM lens

I use this one 90% of the time. This is almost the perfect focal length for vlogging, 10mm is wide enough (16mm in FF) on the jobby for selfies and 18mm (26mm in FF) is a decent frame for a more “normal” look. As it’s all plastic, light and cheap like I love it.

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Canon 10-18 STM lens

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Rode Video Mic Pro

Super robust, reliable & ok priced shotgun mic. Will do good in all situations as you can adapt the db from -10 to 20. The Video Mic Pro has its own power, having an external microphone is a basic requirement for the 70D as the inbuilt preamp is a joke, so don’t go for the VideoMicro or VideoGo. Always have a spare 9V battery with you, in case it switches on and dies in your backpack. Go for the rycote version.

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Rode Video Mic Pro

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Samsung S7 with Wide Lens

This smartphone has simply the best image quality on the market and I love to pair it with the Gear 360. Samsung created a pack with wide angle and telephoto lenses especially for this model which does a better job than third party lenses. It’s particularly useful for steady shots but don’t pan(move it around while shooting) it too much or you’ll get some jello effect (it’s primarily designed for stills).

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Samsung S7 with Wide Angle Lens Case and Ring

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Sticky Ring For Smart Phone

Buy a ring for your smartphone ! It’s just a few bucks and that will change your life: I found my shots a lot more steady (especially for hyper lapses), I can try any kind of shots since I know I am not going to drop my phone AND I can use it as a stand.

Samsung Vlogging Gadgets
Sticky Ring For Smart Phone

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Rode Video Mic Me Microphone

This one does a great job if you plan on using your smartphone as a main shooter. It’s a simple plug-and-play system that will dramatically improve your audio quality.

Camera Mic for Vlogs
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Canon GX7 mark ii – New Edition
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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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Canon 70D – Image credit to switchbacktravel.com
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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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EOS Rebel T6i
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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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Canon Rebel T6i
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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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Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS
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Point and Shoot 1080p Below Average Yes No Great

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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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Canon GX7 Legendary Point and Shoot (mark II)
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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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EOS Rebel T6i
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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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Canon 70D – Image credit to switchbacktravel.com
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DSLR 1080p Great Yes Yes Great

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

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Marzia (Cutie Pie)
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Canon PowerShot G7 X
Point and Shoot Vlogging Camera
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Zoella
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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.

 

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You want the best cheap vlogging camera for YourTube, that has a maximum value, looks cool and under 200 dollars, we’ll show you what cameras are good and why.

Picking the best digital camera for your vlog is important, you are going to need the right combination of features, let us explain…

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Camera Model Vlogging Camera Type Value for Money Price Check
Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS Point and Shoot Find Price   
Nikon COOLPIX S6900 Point and Shoot Find Price   
Fujifilm FinePix S8600 Compact Find Price   
Nikon Coolpix L840 Compact Find Price   
Canon PowerShot SX410 IS Compact Find Price   

Best Vlogging Camera Under 200

The prices starts for vlogging cameras under 100 dollars, with technically no upper limit. What you need is a cheap, nifty, handheld, good vlogging camera under 200 dollars that will enable you to shoot good videos with great image quality. In this article we bring you the top 5 best cheap vlogging cameras under 200 dollars.


Important to Note for Cheap Vlog Cameras

1) There are even better vlogging cameras under the Youtube camera umbrella, you can explore more with our  and 2016, and there are cheaper cameras too, but we are giving you the top cheap camera, the optimum combination of price and quality features, not to mention looking cool.

2) The best cheap camera for YouTube vlogging, if you are a beginner or just starting your YouTube channel. What you get when you mix budget with quality is essentially what we are talking about here, how little can spend on a good vlog. One another optional yet necessary factor to consider is an external microphone like the Rode Shotgun Mic, which is not featured in many best-reviewed models.

Best Camera Mic input
Rode VideoMic Pro – External Microphone

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However, you’ll find most cheap cameras don’t have an external Mic input so the best thing to do is use an external mic with your smartphone, and then match it together in editing. If you are wanting to be as portable and hidden as possible use a lav mic from Rode, you can plug it into your phone clip it to your shirt and record on the move, it works great.

Vlogging Camera Microphone
Rode Lav Microphone

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But, freak yourself out with all the unknown stuff, try them out, as you can easily buy an external one and get more value for your money other than spending few hundreds more on a camera that has a microphone input. If you prefer to copy your favorite YouTube stars check out our list of .


Best Cheap Vlogging Cameras Under $200 Reviews

The Best Point and Shoot Camera Under $200

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

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Canon Powershot ELPH 360 HS

Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Front Facing Mic
Point and Shoot 1080p Average

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The ELPH earns is place as one of the best point and shoot cameras under 200, one of the easiest to handle Canon compact camera, and is hence preferred by a lot of famous vloggers. The first model, ELPH 330, came out in 2011 and since then, people have been using it to create vlogs that involve a lot of talking and walking. This makes it the perfect choice for outdoor activities and starter vloggers.

With an average battery life but superb video quality (1080progressive full HD), Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS is the best budget camera you can get for under $200. While some of the ELPH series models have front microphones – a reason why most vloggers prefer it over others – the 360 HS does not have one. In addition, the low light performance is not that great, but if you balance the pros and cons, then it is perhaps the best camera with the cheap price tag.

One other thing that a lot of people fail to notice is the format that cameras generate the videos in. MP4 is the best whereas AVI is considered ancient in 2017. The ELPH 360 HS records in high-quality MP4, which makes it easy to edit the videos in virtually every editing program like Apple’s Final Cut Pro or even the classic Windows Movie Maker. And the added support of WiFi just makes it the best one at this price. In that regard, it is better than the cheaper Nikon S6900 but not by much.

In comparison with its predecessor, the 350 HS, the PowerShot 360 HS has improved battery life, optical image stabilization, and manual focus, which makes it the first choice among beginner vlog channels. This is why this is one of the best digital cameras under 200

Best Cheap Digital Camera From Nikon

Nikon Coolpix S6900

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Nikon COOLPIX S6900 Digital Camera

Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Front Facing Mic
Compact with 36x Zoom 1080p Average

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Most YouTubers and travel vloggers tend to base their purchase curve on the single requirement of portability. If a camera is lightweight and easy to handle, they go ahead. They buy cheap vlogging cameras without even considering the more important factors like OIS and low light performance. But, the folks at Nikon seem to have taken notice of this purchase style and have designed the fabulous S6900.

Sure Canon is the market leader, but want to give a chance to Nikon, then go with this model, which is the second best vlogging camera under 200 in our opinion and certainly a top YouTube vlogging camera.

At 30 frames per second, you can shoot full HD 1080progressive videos with a decent ISO for under200 dollars is a great price. It has a flip-up screen so no problems with selfie videos. One thing that sets it apart from the equally brilliant 360 HS is that it has a front microphone.

When beginner vloggers learn about this fact, they log on to Amazon and buy it in the blink of an eye. You can do it, too, but there’s one more thing to consider. And, that is its average battery life. If you invest few more dollars in an extra set of batteries, the cheap solution, with Nikon Coolpix S6900 you will never have to worry about juice or other technicalities while vlogging.

The Best Cheap Fujifilm Digital Camera

Fujifilm FinePix S8600

 

Fujifilm digital cam
Fujifilm FinePix S8600
Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Front Facing Mic
Compact with 36x Zoom 1080p Average

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Most people who believe in Fujifilm’s technology are the ones who do their vlog indoors. Considering that fact, the FinePix S8600 is a sweetheart, The 720p video camera recorder that looks like a DSLR. It is a simple point and shoot camera that cannot go beyond the 720p resolution, which is why it has only so few takers in the vlogging world.

People also compare this Fujifilm FinePix Digital camera with the revolutionary Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, but there’s a huge difference between a webcam and a compact camera. (No points for guessing.)

If you are a non-technical person who just wants to shoot videos at home for your product review channel without much dependence on any specific factor, then the S8600 is the best camera for vlogging needs. We personally know a lot of vloggers who use this to film product reviews – they just switch it ON, sit in front of the camera, and talk with the product in hand. However, it is not a flip screen camera nor does it support wireless transfer. It can still make you really happy because it has exceptional battery life for a budget camcorder and is inexpensive for the quality.

Nikon Coolpix Cheap Digital Camera Runner Up

 

 

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Nikon Coolpix L840

Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Front Facing Mic
Compact with 38x Zoom 1080p Average (Tilting)

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The biggest rated challenger to Fujifilm’s S8600 is Nikon’s L840 – small and compact camera, brilliant vlogging camera under low light conditions. It is like the black swan of vlogging cameras, but without the negative qualities. Perfect for an indoor vlog, it records in full HD 1080p, has a nice flip screen and built-in WiFi. There is no manual focus, though, but who wants that when you are video blogging, creating tutorials at the comfort of your home.

For YouTube low light filming performance is both an asset and a liability in the L840, because we have observed that it works great indoors and under ground, but gives a lot of noise when used outdoors – over exposure. The marginal FPS may have something to do with it, but it’s still a big issue as you won’t be able to use it for an outdoor shooting with a lot of movements. Lastly, it has the best battery life in this list of the top 5 cheap vlogging cameras under 200.

Cheap Canon Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SX140 IS

cheap digital vlog Cam
Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
Type Video
Quality
Battery
Life
Flip
Screen
External
Mic Input
Front Facing Mic
Compact with 40x Zoom 1080p Average

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If you are still undecided then this PowerShot Digital Camera is your final ‘good / cheap digital camera’ option and really is an excellent point and shoot digital camera under the 200 dollar price bracket. A quality camera.

Cheaper than Nikon’s L840, the SX140 IS has the essential manual focus feature but at the cost of low-resolution videos. It’s nice low light performance is not that great either. But, then what makes it the 5th best vlogging camera for under 200? You must be wondering.

It’s the manual focus and the “cheapest camera” tag. Perfect for people who want to make your vlog a part-time professional hobby and want a cheap vlog camera with style, the SX140 IS is your best bet in the range. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor shooting, it can be used to create any type of YouTube vlogs – video game commentary, lifestyle videos, interviews, tutorials, prank videos, etc.

Get the camera now and be ready to review and answer queries from your fans about the model’s brilliant manual focus feature.

Beyond this great canon camera, the only possibility is for you to increase your price budget a little more. If you do, you won’t regret it, we have that you should check out.

Cheap Vlogging Camera Conclusion

There you have it – the 5 best vlogging cameras with the price under $200, cheap, affordable, for beginner vlogging aficionados stepping under the YouTube canopy onto the Vlogging stage. Canon and Nikon share the top prize with two models each in the list. Under those top camera brands, Fujifilm is that underdog who creates good cameras.

While these five will give you a fair idea as to what to expect, a cheap camera with flip screen, front mic, 4k, wifi, when you are on a small budget, there’s one big thing that should not be sidelined during your research – ability to record audio. For a vlog, audio is as important as video, and only Nikon’s S6900 has a front microphone(best feature). Therefore, it will be crucial to get an external microphone as well along with one of these five.

But, then you might think why not go for one which has an inbuilt microphone? The real answer is that manufacturers do not just add the microphone input, increase the price by few dollars, and sell it; they add a bevy of many more features which automatically shoots up the price. However, we also have articles that list vlogging cameras under various price ranges so that you can go through them as part of your research.

Beginners must remember, for good vlogging skills, there’s solution to every problem. Cheap camcorders with no Mic… best to buy an external audio input and microphone to solve the audio problem, you can get a lighting setup to take care of your low light shooting needs.

Until then, best wishes for your vlogging career, start your YouTube channel and get that video uploaded already.