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THE BEST CAMERAS FOR YOUTUBE & WHERE TO GET THEM

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It’s all well and good being an aspiring vlogger with an exciting topic to discuss and a vibrant personality, but no one is going to tune into your YouTube channel – plus like and subscribe – if it’s filmed in the ancient, pixelated definition of 480p. Not when it’s the 2020s and other vloggers are uploading their cinematic, drone-filmed vlogs in 5K at a frame rate of 120fps. 

So, our point is that you need to make sure you’ve got a decent YouTube camera as it’ll make a world of difference. 

What type of camera do vloggers use? Well, our list of the best cameras for YouTube vlogging, is here to inspire you.

Best Cameras for YouTube

Buckle up, we're going to take you through all the best cameras for YouTube in this order:

  • The most popular camera with YouTubers
  • Best Vlogging camera of 2020
  • A Professional camera for YouTubers
  • A perfect all rounder Vlogging camera
  • Most affordable Vlogging camera
  • Smallest Vlogging camera

1. Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III - The camera most popular with YouTubers

Specifications:

  • 4K movie recording
  • 120fps full HD
  • 3.5mm mic input
  • 20.1 megapixel 
  • 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor
  • 24mm 4.2x zoom

Made with vloggers in mind, the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III is proof that good things really do come in small packages. The pocketable 4K camera films at an impressive film rate of 120fps (frames per second), features a tiltable touch screen, can connect to smart devices via Bluetooth and Wi-fi and can livestream directly to YouTube. Combined, all of these features make it extremely easy to capture high-quality videos wherever you are in the world. 

Where to buy:

You can purchase this Canon vlogging camera at Canon’s official webstore, Jessops,and other camera retailers worldwide.

canon power shoot g7 mark III

2. Sony ZV-1 - Best vlogging camera of 2020

Specifications:

  • 4K movie recording
  • Large 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS image sensor
  • BIONZ XTM image processing engine
  • 20.1 megapixels 
  • 3-capsule mic with windscreen

‘Created for creation’, is the slogan that accompanies the Sony ZV-1: a device which recently won the EISA award for best vlogging camera 2020-2021. 

What makes it such a good vlogging camera?, we hear you ask.  Well, it’s packed with manifold features to ensure the vlogger looks their best – including a soft skin effect mode and a bokeh switch – it’s compatible with a range of accessories to make your vlog easy to film (and watch), and it’s easy to use. And, as you’d expect, it films in UHD.

Where to buy:

You can purchase this Sony vlogging camera at Sony CentreJohn Lewis and other camera retailers worldwide.

Sony ZV-1

3. Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 - A professional camera for YouTubers 

Specifications:

  • 4K movie recording
  • 5-axis hybrid image stabiliser 
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • OZO audio recording by Nokia
  • Live MOS Sensor

Panasonic’s Lumix DC-G100 combines compelling visuals with atmospheric audio, which is why this small vlogging camera is one of the best for YouTubers – and, naturally, one of our favourites.

The gimmick-free device puts focus on the qualities that professional vloggers seek in a camera, such as three internal microphones featuring OZO audio by Nokia, a 5-axis hybrid image stabiliser, 4K filming capabilities and compatibility with a range of lenses. 

Where to buy:

You can purchase this Panasonic Lumix vlogging camera at Wilkinsons Cameras, CVP, London Camera Exchange and other camera retailers worldwide.

Panasonic Lumix DC-G100

4. Fujifilm X-T200 - A perfect all-rounder vlogging camera

Specifications: 

  • 4K movie recording (downsampling 6K video with no crop)
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • Large APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • 3.5mm mini stereo jack
  • USB Type-C terminal

Beautiful both inside and out, the Fujifilm X-T200 is a device you’ll want to show off. It comes with all the features YouTubers look for in a camera – including 4K recording and HDR movie modes, a gyroscopic sensor, brilliant low-light performance, accurate face and eye detection and a slew of advanced filters – and, considering its abilities, it’s an affordable vlogging camera. 

Oh, and the Fujifilm X-T200 is far superior to its predecessor. In fact, it's the best vlog-appropriate camera we’ve ever seen from the Japanese camera brand. 

Where to buy:

You can purchase this Fujifilm vlogging camera at John Lewis, Amazon, Jessops, and other camera retailers worldwide.

Fujifilm X-T200

5. GoPro Hero 9 Black - Most affordable vlogging camera

Specifications:

  • 5K movie recording
  • 20 megapixels
  • Waterproof to 33ft (10m)
  • Livestream in 1080p
  • 3.5mm Audio Mic Input 

GoPro may be a tech company associated with the amateur filmmaking of globetrotters, however, their Hero 9 Black offering has similar abilities to the rest of the titans on this list. The only difference is that this camera is much cheaper. We, for one, are not complaining. 

Capable of filming in 5K definition and at a wide-angle perspective, the GoPro Hero Black is ideal for all kinds of YouTubers, vloggers and filmmakers. 

Where to buy:

You can purchase this GoPro vlogging camera at GoPro, Amazon, Argos and other camera retailers worldwide.

GoPro Hero Black

6. DJI Osmo Pocket - Smallest vlogging camera

Specifications: 

  • 4K movie recording
  • 100bps
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • Gimbal stabilisation
  • 1/2.3-inch sensor

If the aforementioned Canon Powershot is proof that good things come in small packages, then the DJI Osmo Pocket is evidence that great things come in teeny-tiny parcels.Created for the Inspector Gadgets amongst us, DJI’s compact camera, jam-packed with a variety of nifty features, is designed to be carried on your person at all times.

And with its motionlapse, ActiveTrack and Nightshot features, and ability to record in 4K definition at 6fps, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll never miss a thing on camera again.

Where to buy:

You can purchase this DJI vlogging camera at Currys PC World, Maplin and other camera retailers worldwide.

DJI Osmo Pocket

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