Top 5 best cameras for vlogging in 2019

25 Jun 2018

We’ve shortlisted the five best vlogging cameras to buy in 2019 ranging from a modest R8 000 to premium R17 000. Whether you want to increase your YouTube following or make money vlogging, you need quality video and quality sound.

How do you know a great vlogging camera when you see it? A vlogging camera…

  • is small, compact and selfie-ready
  • shoots full HD 1080p or even 4K video (YouTube supports both formats)
  • has fast autofocus (AF) for tracking moving subjects without the blur
  • has an LCD monitor, preferably tilting, maybe even with touch
  • has a built-in microphone
  • has decent battery life

Depending on your style, it could also have:

  • an electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • manual controls for aperture, shutter speed and ISO
GoPro HERO6 Camera
GoPro HERO6 Camera

1. GoPro HERO 6

Small and rugged, the HERO6 is ideal for vloggers on-the-go, weighing only 117g (less than any other shortlisted vlogging camera) and is waterproof to 10m depth. It shoots 4K UHD video at 60fps, has three strategically placed built-in microphones for recording detailed audio, and Image Stabilisation (IS) technology up to 1080p for shake-free images even in low-light conditions. It has a variety of mounting options and a responsive touchscreen for when you don’t have time to fumble with manual controls. It also offers superb 12MP image quality with a bright f/2.8 lens aperture, and with added slow-motion and hyperlapse features, this is a fail-safe investment. For a more affordable alternative to the HERO6, consider the HERO 2018 that captures stunning 1440p60/1080p60 video plus 10MP photos of all your adventures. It also features voice control and a two-inch touchscreen for easy handling.

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II

2. Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II

The G7X Mark II is one of the most revered vlogging cameras currently on the market. Part of the up-market PowerShot series, it offers real value for money with Full HD 1080p video at 60fps, a tilt-angle LCD touchscreen, built-in microphone, 5-axis stabilisation and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. Thanks to the large CMOS sensor, it provides excellent stills quality at 20MP and a 24-100mm effective focal range that covers wide-angle to short-telephoto perspectives. Even though the AF system is somewhat dated, the 4.2 optical zoom lets you get close to the action. Weighing only 319g, it offers easy handling, which makes up for not having a hot shoe.

Sony Alpha A6300 Mirrorless Camera
Sony Alpha A6300 Mirrorless Camera

3. Sony Alpha A6300

The Alpha A6300 mirrorless camera offers impressive internal 4K30 and Full HD 1080p120 video recording with super fast, hybrid (combined phase and contrast detection) AF that excels at tracking moving subjects. Features include a tilting LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, built-in microphone, and Wi-Fi with NFC for wireless control. It offers great image quality at 24MP and an expandable ISO 51,200 for working in low-light conditions. The A6300 body weighs only 326g and is dust and moisture resistant.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Mark III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Mark III

4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Mark III

The RX100 Mark III is a premium point-and-shoot camera that’s light enough to slip into your bag without feeling like you’re lugging gear around (290g). It offers quality 1080p60 video with a clean HDMI output function for recording video onto external devices. It also features lock-on AF, a selfie-friendly tilting LCD touchscreen, electronic viewfinder, built-in microphone, and Wi-Fi with NFC connectivity. You can even download PlayMemories Camera Apps to personalise the camera’s features to suit your style. These include time-lapse, slow-motion, sports, portraits and close-ups. Combining 20MP and a bright versatile Zeiss lens with 36x zoom, the RX100 Mark III shoots high-res stills in dimly-lit conditions.

Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera
Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera

5. Canon EOS 80D

The Canon 80D is a budget-friendly mid-range DSLR camera ideal for full-time vloggers. In fact, the South African documentary adventure team, Voetspore, trusted the 80D to record their trip around India in 2017. It features Full HD 1080p60 video and incorporates a headphone and microphone jack for advanced control over audio recording, not forgetting built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. It features a movable flip touchscreen visible even in bright sunlight and performs well in low-light conditions with reduced noise and high sensitivity up to an expanded ISO 25,600. Other features include Dual Pixel CMOS and Movie Servo AF focusing ideal for high-quality autofocus in video and also captures high-res 24MP stills.

About the Author:

Anna is a content strategist who enjoys pouring her creative juices into the Outdoorphoto Blog.

6 Comments

  1. Kagiso 2 Jul 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Which camera would you recommend between a DSLR (ie Canon d200) or Mirrorless (Canon M6) for a beginner? I want to make the transition from using my smart phone to capture outdoor photos, event videos etc

  2. Lerato 25 Dec 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Hi

    I want to start a YouTube dance lessons channel, which affordable video camera can I use in a studio setting on a tripod stand?

    • The Outdoorphoto Team 2 Jan 2019 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hi Lerato

      We recommend the Canon Legria HF-R806 Kit – it’s an easy, affordable big zoom camcorder for capturing quality video that looks and sound great.

      Regards
      The Outdoorphoto Team

  3. Paola N 18 Jan 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I would like to start a vlog, in which I will need a camera to use. Which camera would you recommend I purchase, as I have been looking at the Canon 77D and 80D or is there another one you could advise me on?

    • The Outdoorphoto Team 18 Jan 2019 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Paola,

      The Canon EOS 80D will be more than efficient and has some really awesome features built in. It’s certainly the more long term purchase for future proofing your vlogs.

      Here are some advantages of the 80D below (advantages of the 77D include size and video stabilisation – nothing a gimbal can’t fix):

      Canon EOS 80D vs 77D

      Kind regards
      The Outdoorphoto Team

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