Making videos for YouTube has become a bonafide career path in the form of full-time vlogging. Short for “video blogs”, vlogs have become extremely popular. But the biggest question people have when they are just getting started is “what should I use to shoot my YouTube video?” Below are some of the best cameras for YouTube based on a combination of price, quality, and popularity.
When buying or renting a camera for vlogging it is important to consider things like budget, portability, image and audio quality, recording time, and battery life. The best camera for YouTube or vlogging largely depends on what you are trying to capture.
Travel vloggers want light setups with excellent image quality to show amazing locations. Beauty vloggers need sharp optics, excellent autofocus, and high-quality audio. Family vloggers want highly portable cameras that can withstand the demands of a rough and tumble bunch of kids and all the chaos and fun that they bring.
We’ve broken down some of the most popular cameras for vloggers and came up with options to fit every need and budget. In addition to these popular 15 best cameras for YouTube, we’ve included updated versions for 2018/2019 (where applicable)!
1. Canon G7 X Mark II – Used by Top Vloggers
The Mark series has been known for offering some of the best professional cameras out there and the G7 X Mark II from the series is another camera widely used by some of the most popular vlogging YouTubers. The G7 X Mark II comes with a 1.0 inch, 20.1MP CMOS sensor, along with a Digic 7 processor, which delivers at a lightning-fast speed and helps in processing amazing images even in low-light conditions. The Canon G7X is a point and shoot camera that easily fits in the palm of your hand and still manages to showcase amazing features that are commonly associated with DSLR cameras.
- 1.0 inch, 20.1 MP CMOS Sensor.
- Digic 7 Image Processor.
- 8fps in burst mode.
- 1080P FHD at 60 fps recording.
- Vary-angle 3.0 inch LCD screen.
- Wi-Fi and NFC.
- A perfect camera for vloggers.
- Compact design that would easily fit in the palm.
- Camera Connect for remote shooting and monitoring.
- 1080P at 60fps and 8fps in continuos shooting.
- No Cons.
This is one powerful camera considering what you pay for it. If you are looking for a point and shoot camera that is as powerful as a DSLR, then the G7 X Mark II is your best bet. It provides stiff competition to the EOS 80D and yet sports a comparatively cheaper price tag making it a popular choice for several of the biggest YouTubers around.
2. Canon EOS 80D – Used by Top YouTubers
The camera comes at a great price point and offers all the excellent features that a camera should have.
The EOS 80D camera comes with a 45 points all-across Autofocus system, providing the best focus experience when working with focus area selection modes or optical viewfinder.
When it comes to the CMOS sensor, the EOS 80D comes in with a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, which can create high-resolution videos. It also comes with dual pixel CMOS autofocus, which helps in shooting videos with accurate and fast focus.
- 7fps in continuos shooting.
- Digic 6 processor.
- Up to ISO 25600 for brilliant video recording, even in low light conditions.
- 45 Cross-type autofocus points.
- Built-in NFC and Wi-Fi.
- Anti-Flicker technology.
- Extremely popular amount YouTubers.
- Upgraded Dual CMOS Autofocus.
- 12800 ISO for movies.
- Wi-Fi and NFC for seamless sharing.
- No Cons.
Barring the Mark series, the EOS 80D is the finest camera for YouTube that Canon has to offer. The Autofocus especially makes it a great choice for YouTube and more so for Vlogging. This should come as no surprise since the EOS 80D is widely used by popular YouTubers and so we strongly recommend checking it out!
3. Canon EOS Rebel T6 – Best DSLR Camera for Beginners
The price of this camera is set in the entry-level range, making it a great choice for you if you’re just starting out on YouTube and want to wait to invest in more expensive tools.
Now it may look a little weak, especially coming in right after the G7X Mark Ii and EOS 80D respectively, but if you’re not going to be filming crazy action shots, then the Rebel T6 would work just fine and also cost you almost half the price of the EOS 80D.
A low price tag doesn’t necessarily mean outdated and limited features. Here’s a quick look at what the Rebel T6 has to offer.
- 3.0 inch 920K dot LCD.
- 18MP APS-C sensor.
- 9 Point Auto Focus with center cross-type.
- Digic 4 image processor.
- Intelligent auto basic mode and some creative modes.
- Easily affordable by beginners.
- Faster processing with Digic 4+ image processor.
- 1080p recording at 30fps.
- Comes with Wi-Fi and NFC.
- No external microphone jack.
- Non-articulating display.
We’ll keep it short – this camera is a great, entry-level camera and comes bundled with everything you need for Vlogging or creating videos for YouTube. Super easy to use and a great camera to start learning on. Though the camera does not have an external microphone port, the inbuilt high volume microphone performs really well.
4. Panasonic Lumix FZ80 – Affordable 4K Youtube Camera
The FZ80 is a revolutionary camera due to this very point. The number of features it comes packed with at an incredible price point is mind-blowing.
The FZ80 is a point and shoot camera that comes with an 18.1MP power OIS lens, helping you capture fleeting moments at up to 30 frames per second.
It comes with 20mm wide-angle lens with 60x long zoom, which is by far the best zooming functionality we have encountered in any video camera at such a low price point.
- 3.0 inch Touchscreen LCD.
- 18MP Sensor.
- LUMIX DFD Focusing system for better and accurate focus.
- 60x zooming capabilities.
- 1080p at 60fps, and 4K at 30fps.
- Ergonomic grip.
- 60x Optical zoom for capturing far moments.
- Affordable camera with 4K tech.
- Dedicated button to turn on 4K video mode and 4K photo burst mode.
- Comes with a movie mode.
- Comes with a fixed screen.
- Doesn’t perform well in low lighting conditions.
The FZ80 is an incredible value for money camera. The inclusion of 4K technology is an absolute steal at this entry-level price range, allowing you to record high-quality videos at an amazing frame per second rate. If you are just starting out with YouTube and do not want to blow a large amount of cash on a camera, then this your best bet.
5. Nikon D7200 – With DX-Format Sensor
Nikon D7200 is the brand’s first camera that comes with both leading wireless technologies i.e. Wi-Fi and NFC.
The Nikon D7200 provides solid competition to all of the cameras listed here, whether it is the Canon EOS 80D or the high-end Mark Series.
So, what make it such a special camera? Well, let’s find out in our review below. But before that, let’s have a look at the specifications.
- 51 Points AF.
- 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor.
- Expeed 4 processor.
- 6fps in burst mode.
- Equipped with No Optical Low Pass Filter.
- Wi-Fi and NFC
- Excellent Battery range of 5-6 hours.
- 1080 FHD videos at 60 fps.
- Expeed 4 image processing.
- Time lapse movies.
- Non-articulating display.
The Nikon D7200 FX is an excellent camera for YouTube that can record 1080p videos at 60 frames per second. It has some unique features added to it like the No optical pass filter and Expeed 4 image processor which makes processing much faster. We highly recommend this to anyone that can work this into their budget.
6. Sony A7R ii – Very Powerful 4K Camera
It is a full-frame, mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera that is truly exceptional in every way.
It comes with the world’s first full-frame, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS 42.4MP Sensor, 4K movie recording and 5 axis-in-body image stabilization.
A majority of the people today believe that a DSLR camera is probably the best camera type available today, and while this may have been true in the past, we’ve now got Mirrorless Cameras.
Mirrorless cameras are very compact, lightweight and non-bulky when compared to DSLR cameras, and yet have all the excellent features that make DSLRs so popular.
Case in point being the Sony a7R II – a Mirrorless camera, that easily wipes out all high-end DSLR cameras here.
- Full frame 42.4MP CMOS Sensor.
- 4K movie recording.
- Fast Hybrid AF with 399 points.
- OLED Tru-finder.
- Strong Magnesium alloy body and lens mount.
- No pixel binning.
- Articulated display for easy live monitoring.
- Excellent 4K video recording.
- Top of the line Auto focus.
- No Cons.
The Sony a7R II is the ultimate YouTube camera, ideally built for people who want to record highly professional videos. Being a mirrorless camera, it is very compact in nature. We would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants the absolute best with no compromises.
7. Nikon D3300 – Entry Level DSLR from Nikon
The D3300 comes with a powerful and advanced 24.2MP DX-format sensor with a capability of shooting up to 5 frames per second at high-speed continuous shooting.
The camera can record 1080p videos at 60 frames per second with soft blurry backgrounds and tack-sharp details.
The display added is a fixed, 3.0 inch, 921k dots display that is vibrant enough for testing out shots taken. The camera comes with an ISO range of 12800, which can be upgraded to 25600.
- 24.2 MP CMOS Sensor.
- 5fps in burst mode.
- ISO range expandable up to 25600.
- 11 Af Points.
- 3.0 inch, 102 ppi fixed display.
- Comes at a decent price point.
- Expeed 4 image processor.
- High-speed continuous shooting at 5 frames per second.
- 3D tracking.
- Fewer Auto focus points.
- Fixed screen.
A great camera from Nikon and very well priced for the users. It comes power-packed with most features that you will need and almost no issues. Unless you want a camera for professional filmmaking, we would advise you to save yourself a few bucks and opt for the Nikon D3300.
8. Canon EOS 70D – With Dual Pixel AF
Still reading through this list? This next camera is sure to please! Next in our countdown is the Canon EOS 70D, a DSLR that stands on an excellent market reputation. EOS 70D is the predecessor to EOS80D and is currently available for a lower price than its successor.
To compare, it comes with a 20MP sensor, while the EOS 80D comes with a 24MP sensor. With the EOS 70D, you get a 19 points cross-type autofocus, while with EOS 80D offers up a 51 points cross-type autofocus which is amazing. Though the EOS 70D is not superior to the EOS 80D, when compared to other cameras it certainly holds its own position.
- 20.2MP APS-C sensor.
- 7fps while continuos shooting.
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
- Expeed 5 processor.
- Built-in, a great quality microphone.
- Wi-Fi integrated.
- 1080P recording at 60fps.
- Comes with 19 point cross-type AF System.
- Records excellent Videos at all lightning conditions.
- Great Wide Angle shots will require a separate lens.
The Canon EOS 70D is a perfectly designed YouTube camera. It is lightweight, well priced and comes packed with great features. The Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus is excellent and considering the price point of the camera, you get a pretty great deal. Now although the EOS 70D is pretty great, our official recommendation would be to get the 80D if it works with your budget as, naturally, being the successor, it does sport better features.
9. Nikon D5300 – With 3D Tracking
The D5300 is another mid-budget camera from Nikon that can record brilliantly focused videos at up to 1080p.
If you weren’t quite sold on the D3300, you should definitely check this one out. The upgrades on this camera are pretty big with the price not being much higher than the D3300.
- 24MP Dx-format sensor
- No optical low-pass filter.
- 39 AF points.
- 5 frames per second on a continuous recording.
- 1080p FHD at 60fps.
- Records breathtaking lifelike videos.
- Good Autofocus.
- 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering II.
- Built-in Wi-Fi for sharing and remote control.
- Autofocus only works with AF-S or AF-I lens. AF or AF-D lenses will not work.
If you can invest some extra bucks, then we would absolutely recommend the D5300 over the D3300. For the extra amount, you do get pretty big upgrades in terms of the sensor, point focus system, and, of course, the 3D features it comes packed with.
10. Go Pro Hero 7 – Best Action Camera for YouTube
The Go Pro brand has been at the forefront of producing high-quality action cameras through recent years. They are known to produce great cameras that are small, compact and pretty much indestructible.
GoPro has been our go-to brand for capturing almost any activities. These activities vary from extreme sports to travels to blogging and so much more.
GoPro had proven to be the most trusted companion and tool in creating the most awesome videos and spot-on pictures.
GoPro cameras are primarily small, handheld and waterproof giving them the ability to be adaptive to just about anything and capture unique shots from the best angles. The GoPro family continues to amaze us with its new development of innovative cameras.
While many people think that the GoPro is designed ultimately for those into action sports like surfing, sky diving, hiking or trekking that alone isn’t entirely true. With the newest GoPro Hero 7, it allows almost anyone to use its incredible features with ease.
- 8X Slow-mo recording.
- Waterproof up to 33 feet.
- Hyper smooth stabilization and Super photo.
- Auto Low Light mode for better low light performance.
- 1080p at 240fps, and 4K at 60fps.
- Face, Smile, and Scene detection.
- Professional level of gimbal-like image stabilization in video using HyperSmooth.
- 4k video recording capability.
- New creative tools.
- User-friendly Interface.
- Limited Macro-switching control when sealed in SuperSuit.
- Minor LCD glitches fixable by software upgrade.
The new GoPro Hero 7 is undoubtingly impressive. Despite its few shortcomings, Hero 7 has still undeniably performed well and is still on top of its competition. If you will ask us, GoPro Hero 7 Black does everything that Hero 5 and Hero 6 does plus more. It made significant and actually useful improvements making it worth using not only for action scenarios but for everyday use as well.
Cameras for YouTube – Buyer’s Guide
Buying a camera that covers your Vlogging needs can be a difficult task. Before you decide to invest in one, you need to be clear about what you need.
On our list here, we have cameras under both low and high budget. Since videos on YouTube do need to be professional looking, we have not included any cheap cameras, since they may not be able to produce videos of at YouTube level quality.
The camera you ultimately get depends on a wide range of things, primary being your budget. If you’ve got a tight budget and basic requirements for a camera, you, of course, should get one of the lower-priced cameras on this list.
Conversely, if you want advanced features and specifications and price is not an issue, you could get one of the more premium cameras on this list.
If, however, you are into recording sports/fast action videos, then you would need a camera with higher frames per second rate. Ultimately, it does come down to what you intend to do with your camera and the kind of content you plan on creating.