The Best Vlogging Cameras of 2022

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Every vlogger’s kit is built around a camera—but not all cameras are created equal. Everyone’s needs are different and no single camera can fulfill the needs of every vlogger on the Internet. For example, you may want to set up a camera on a table to record yourself reviewing a movie. Or you may want to go swimming off a coral reef and capture your adventure underwater. These are two very different scenarios, requiring two very different cameras. Ideally, you’ll want a camera that caters uniquely to your needs while remaining a one-stop-shop when you need it to be.

Budget is also an important consideration. Some vloggers are just starting out. Others have been in the game for a while and are looking for an upgrade. Regardless of your experience and needs, there is something out there for you, so let’s jump in and take a look.

Best Beginner Vlogging Camera: Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III

Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III

What I Like: Direct to YouTube streaming, mic port
What I Don’t Like: Battery life could be longer, no viewfinder
Sensor: 20.1MP 1" CMOS
Video Resolution: 4K up to 30p
LCD Screen: 3.0" Tilting Touchscreen
Connectivity/Remote: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi / Canon Camera Connect App
Battery Life: 320 Shots
Weight: 10.72 oz

If you’re just getting started in the vlogging game or you don’t have much experience with cameras, it makes sense to start with something that has a gentler learning curve. Advanced features on some of the higher-end cameras are great but, if you’re a beginner, it’s important to focus on the basics.

After the success of the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II with vloggers, Canon introduced the Mark III with improvements that kept vloggers at the forefront. The Mark III can shoot 4K, has a mic port for adding a dedicated microphone, vertical video shooting, and it even lets you stream directly to YouTube.

Front-Facing LCD Screen
Front-Facing LCD Screen

The camera itself is compact and easy to carry around. It has a fixed 24-100mm equivalent zoom lens so there is no need to worry about swapping lenses. The f/1.8 to f/2.8 variable aperture on the lens makes the camera ideal for low-light situations, as well. Throw in an LCD screen that tilts upward so you can see yourself while filming and you have yourself a great beginner vlogging camera.

Best On-The-Go Vlogging Camera: Panasonic Lumix G100

Panasonic Lumix G100

Panasonic Lumix G100

What I Like: Simple interface, Micro Four Thirds sensor
What I Don’t Like: 4K video crop, no headphone jack
Sensor: 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS
Video Resolution: 4K up to 30p
LCD Screen: 3.0" Vari-angle Touchscreen
Connectivity/Remote: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi / Smartphone control
Battery Life: 270 Shots
Weight: 12.42 oz

When you’re on the go, the last thing you want to think about is whether your camera is set up properly. The Lumix G100 focuses on ease of use with a compact body and a simple button and menu layout. This simplicity makes the G100 a big draw for vloggers who want to focus on creating in the easiest way possible.

There is a Micro Four Thirds sensor inside, and the camera can record video in 4K. Photographers will benefit from the built-in viewfinder, while its vari-angle LCD touchscreen can tilt up and down, in addition to flipping completely around. Other vlogging features include 5-axis Hybrid Image Stabilization (IS) that works in conjunction with lens-based OIS for reducing the appearance of shake, vertical video recording, video selfie mode, and OZO audio, which enables spatial audio recording.

Using the G100 as a Webcam
Using the G100 as a Webcam

With smartphone connectivity, it’s easy to transfer images and videos wirelessly right to your mobile device. This leaves more time for exploring and less time transferring files at your computer.

Best Vlogging Camera for Filmmakers: Panasonic Lumix GH6

Panasonic Lumix GH6

Panasonic Lumix GH6

What I Like: Internal Apple ProRes Recording, in-body 5-axis stabilization
What I Don’t Like: Price point, battery life
Sensor: 25.2MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS
Video Resolution: 5.7K up to 30p / 5.8K Anamorphic
LCD Screen: 3.0” Vari-angle Touchscreen
Connectivity/Remote: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi
Battery Life: 350 Shots
Weight: 29 oz

One might dismiss the Panasonic Lumix GH6 as a vlogging camera because of its impressive cinema-focused features. That would be a mistake. There is so much high-end tech packed into this Micro Four Thirds beast that it rivals more expensive full-frame options. If you’re a vlogger who values cinematic capture, then the GH6 is worth a closer look.

While not expressly marketed toward casual vloggers, the GH6 checks the boxes for vloggers looking for a high-end solution. Users can record an impressive 5.7K resolution in Apple ProRes, allowing for unmatched imagery at this price point. Couple that with impressive 5-axis in-body stabilization and you have a handheld powerhouse for making content.

Powerhouse Content Machine
Powerhouse Content Machine

If that weren’t enough, Panasonic has packed in so many features there isn’t enough space in this article to list them all. So I’ll list my favorites: unlimited record times, 13+ stops of dynamic range, high frame rates, 10-bit internal recording, high-fidelity sound, wave form monitor, time lapse, log profiles, free-angle LCD screen, weatherproof below freezing, wireless footage transfer, and on and on.

Best Compact Vlogging Camera: Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1

What I Like: Image stabilization, background defocus, f/1.8 lens, Log profiles
What I Don’t Like: Battery life, no front-facing touch controls
Sensor: 20.1MP 1" CMOS
Video Resolution: 4K up to 30p / 1080 up to 120p
LCD Screen: 3.0" Flip-out LCD screen
Connectivity/Remote: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi / Smartphone Connection
Battery Life: 260 shots
Weight: 10.37 oz

Let’s move back into the compact solution camp for a minute. While all the high-end bells and whistles are nice, there’s something equally as nice about pulling a slim yet powerful camera out of your bag and getting amazing shots. The Sony ZV-1 feels like a repurposed RX100 camera because it kind of is. It was designed specifically with vloggers in mind and it shows.

The ZV-1 features a simple flip-out screen and directional 3-capsule microphone that’s perfect for front-facing recording. It also has vlogging-centric features, such as a background defocus setting, soft skin effect, face priority auto exposure, a front record light, and a product showcase setting.

The Vloggers Dream
The Vloggers Dream

The body of the camera features a 20.1 MP 1" CMOS sensor and houses a ZEISS 24-70mm equivalent zoom lens with a fast f/1.8 to f/2.8 variable aperture. This is great for working in a variety of low-light situations. Tack on Active SteadyShot image stabilization and you’ve got yourself a slim, pocket-sized vlogging camera ready to go anywhere you do.

Best Action Camera for Vlogging: GoPro Hero11 Black

GoPro Hero11 Black

GoPro Hero11 Black

What I Like: Image stabilization, background defocus, f/1.8 lens, Log profiles
What I Don’t Like: Poor low-light performance, no touch control on front screen
Sensor: 27MP CMOS Sensor
Video Resolution: 5.3K up to 60p / 4K up to 120p / 2.7K up to 240p
LCD Screen: Front + Rear screens
Connectivity/Remote: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi / Smartphone Connection
Battery Life: 2–3 hours
Weight: 4.5 oz

If you’re the adventuring type, then most of the cameras on this list won’t make the cut for your rugged lifestyle. Enter: action cameras. With the abundance of action cameras on the market, there are numerous ways to capture the moment you jump out of a plane, parachute down into the ocean where you snorkel up to some coral reefs, swim onto shore, grab your board, ride some waves, bike up a mountain, and eventually build a fire in the jungle and relax for the night. That’s a Tuesday for the GoPro Hero11 Black.

The upgraded Hero11 Black features a nearly square 27MP sensor and 8:7 aspect ratio that allows you to capture video in 5.3K up to 60p. For slow motion, you can record up to 120 fps in 4K and, for extra slow motion, 240 fps in 2.7K. Hypersmooth 5.0 digital stabilization is also on board and will prevent camera shake on the bumpiest of rides. There are front and rear LCD screens for easy monitoring and Wi-Fi / Bluetooth capabilities for getting your adventures online quickly for the world to see.

If you’re not quite sold on the Hero11, then take a look at the Hero10 or the Insta360 ONE RS Twin Edition. Both offer excellent alternative solutions for the rugged vlogger.

Also, if you're an action camera vlogger looking for mounts, be sure to check out our roundup of the best action camera mounts, where we cover everything from conventional head and chest mounts, to slightly more nice products like bite mounts and action camera harnesses for your dog.

Best Walk and Talk Vlogging Camera: DJI Pocket 2

DJI Pocket 2

DJI Pocket 2

What I Like: Gimbal level stabilization, easy to carry around, 64MP sensor
What I Don’t Like: Can overheat, noisy in low-light
Sensor: 64MP 1/1.7" CMOS
Video Resolution: 4K up to 60p
LCD Screen: Fixed
Connectivity/Remote: Bluetooth + Wi-Fi / DJI Mimo App Control
Battery Life: Up to 2 hours
Weight: 4.1 oz

If you’re like me you’re probably saying to yourself, “I thought DJI only made drones.” And, like me, you’d be wrong. The DJI Pocket 2 is a gimbal + camera duo that can slip right into your pocket. It makes walk-and-talk recording simple and clean with no need to worry about bumpy terrain.

While it may not have all the high-end features of a dedicated mirrorless or DSLR style camera, the Pocket 2 fills the needs of many vloggers who want to pull out a camera and start recording in seconds―and it can record in 4K up to 60p. Some cameras at twice its price can’t even do that. Couple the Pocket 2 with the Creator Combo and you’ll get audio and lensing options for unparalleled content creation.

Say, “Ahh!”
Say, “Ahh!”

Additional features that vloggers will love include ActiveTrack 3.0 (for subject tracking), glamour effects, motion lapse, four stereo microphones, audio zoom, app compatibility with preset shooting patterns, and the ability to livestream your footage right to the Web.

The Pocket 2 is a fun little camera with great video resolution and a gimbal that outperforms the in-body stabilization on much bigger high-end cameras. This would be my choice for quick walk-and-talk vlogging.

In recent years, camera makers have listened to their customers and developed tools that make vlogging easier and more polished. There is no shortage of options on the market from all the big names in digital imagery. Because there are so many types of vloggers, there is no one-size-fits-all option. You must gauge how you’ll be using your camera to capture your flavor of content. Only then will you be able to narrow down your choices. I lean toward the cinematic, so the GH6 would be my top choice for creation. Not everyone needs all those cine tools, though, so a slim and compact ZV-1 or Pocket 2 may be the path to take. The choice is yours. Take your time. Research your options and think about how you will grow as a vlogger.

Getting a beginner camera may be good in the short term, but will you outgrow it after six months? Consider the path you’re on, where you’re going, and the right camera will reveal itself. What’s your top vlogging camera pick? Let me know in the Comments section, below!

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