Vlogging is the next big thing in the blogosphere! Here’s a list of my top 5 cameras to help you keep up in this new segment of blogging.
What is Vlogging?
In laymen’s terms, blogging using video, a video blog if you may. Over the years bloggers have included video content in their blogs. However, vlogging is becoming more popular as camera equipment and internet connection becomes cheaper and more accessible. Anyone with a video-capable camera and a decent computer with a high-speed connection can essentially create a vlog, publish and distribute it online.
BUT!, If you want that professional look and feel the “Superstar Bloggers” have in their videos, you will definitely need a proper camera. So…
What is the best camera suited for my vlog?
The best place to start is, think about where you’ll be filming – indoors or out & about?
If you are filming yourself indoors you can consider getting a camera with a flip-up screen, this will make it easier for you to check out your shots while shooting. If you are filming outdoors like me, you need a camera with image stabilisation, wind reduction and waterproofing. Other features you may want to consider for your camera are built-in wifi, 4K recording, battery life and weight.
Here’s my list of the 5 best cameras to kick-start your vlogging career.
In my opinion as a travel photographer, the GoPro HERO5 Black Edition offers the best vlogging performance. This ultimate action camera is everything the previous versions whern’t, improved functionality and video/picture quality make it easier to record and distribute your vlog adventures.
Perfect for outdoor filming, the the The GoPro HERO5 Black is the smallest and lightest camera on my list but, it packs 4K video recording, image stabilisation, voice control and has built-in waterproofing. The downside is that the touchscreen interface is often a bit slow, audio volume sometimes changes mid-clip. But still, it’s an all-in-one package for a serious vlogger.
A Compact, lightweight, high-performance camera with a large 1-inch 20.1 Megapixel sensor with astonishing low light capability and spectecular colour accuracy. The Canon G7X Mk II Includes a flip-up screen to help compose your shots, built-in wifi and wind noise reduction for those windy environments.
The best part is that it’s a very simple camera to use if you a beginner with very limited skills. A downside however is that it lacks the option of interchangeable lenses, 4K video recording and a waterproof body would have been nice.
With not much differences between the LX15 and Sony RX100 Mk IV at first glance – the two camera’s look the same with most of features being similar, the LX15 addition of a touchscreen and a significantly lower price. makes this a great buy, It holds it’s own against the RX100.
The downside is that the autofocus isn’t quite as quick and accurate as it should be but, the video and audio quality is slightly better than the RX100 in real-world conditions. It performs well indoors, keeping the focus sharp and producing clear audio.
At the top end of the price range for smaller cameras, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV features some impressive capabilities such as a 24 fps continuous shooting speed, 4K video recording and 960 fps slow motion recording.
The idea with this camera is to challenge the much bulkier DSLRs. It has a flip-up screen which is great for seeing what you filming while you shooting. The downside however is that, it too much like the Canon G7X Mk II lacks the option of interchangeable lenses and a waterproof body.
Not just a cheap DSLR camera – The Nikon D3400 is basic but great. It’s not the most expensive entry-level DSLR, but I think it’s great for vlogging. This is also a very easy camera to live with.
Its clever Guide Mode is a useful learning tool that gives real-time explanations of important features. It’s compatible with Nikon’s interchangeable lenses, whilst it comes standard with an 18-55mm kit lens which is great when you’re on the go.
The D3400 can also be connected wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet which is ideal for vloggers. The downside is the lack of a flip-out screen, so there’s some guesswork when vlogging by yourself. Unlike the 4 point and shoot camera’s I’ve discussed on my list, some basic video skills are required when operating a DSLR camera.
In closing, because vlogging is open to so many factors, which camera is best for you ultimately comes down to how you will use it. If travelling light, extreme sports and splash-heavy activity is your thing, the GoPro Hero 5 Black is definitely the right camera for the job. To capture crisp, professional-looking videos at home, go for the Canon G7X Mk II, an all-rounder for making films with minimal video skills.
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