Vlogging has become huge in 2019! And as the online world grows vlogging will only grow with it. The same applies to blogging. However, blogging has been around since 2013, the least. Everyone who wants to vlog can do that. Well, the same goes for blogging and photography, but vlogging is the biggest hype right now. Probably it will be throughout 2019 and the years to come. We have created a guide for the best vlogging and blogging cameras 2019 depending on your budget and your experience. Of course, taking into account the level of professionalism you want to develop as well. Let’s dive in!
Best Vlogging and Blogging Cameras 2019
What Are Your Blogging and Vlogging Needs?
The first step before picking up the best vlogging camera or the best blogging camera for you is to define what kind of vlogs you want to create. Will it be mostly you or other people talking? Or do you have a real passion for creating cinematic sequences and using drones and kind of creating a visual little film that’s also a vlog? Do you love shooting portraits, landscapes or lifestyle shots?
No matter what answer you had it’s actually going to dramatically change the type of vlogging camera that you are going to use. We have used several different cameras to either take cinematic short video clips or trying to capture the most stunning landscapes and integrate them into our vlogs. So in this blog post, we are going to show you the best vlogging and blogging cameras. Of course, based on our own honest opinions.
Let’s analyze the pros and cons of these cameras to help you pick the best vlogging camera! Hopefully, you will find the perfect match. No, we are sure, you will find the perfect match!
As a side note. We on shoot Sony A7R II and we love it. Once you go Sony, you never go back! It is the best camera we have ever had and we do not see switching to Canon or Nikon or Pentax, who are always 1 step behind. However, in this blog post, we will analyze Canon and Sony cameras mostly, because let’s be honest those two brands are the top players in the field. Each preferred because of their own special perks and characteristics.
The First Vlogger Category – You Talking to the Camera
So let’s say that you wanna start out your vlogging or blogging career with mostly you or someone else talking to the camera. You are just starting out and learning about photography too. The great vlogger example would be Joey Graceffa or even Logan Paul who usually just talk to the camera. Well, there are three camera setups that we could recommend for this type of use. You will make fun of it but the first one is right in your pocket (Yes – going back to your iPhone X or any other phone).
Entry Level Vlogger or Blogger Gear
iPhone X (or any other smartphone) is the best tool to get the most natural reflection out either of yourself or anyone around you. Not to mention that most smartphones (at least those released recently) shoot slow motion, they shoot 4k and time-lapses. They do mostly everything that other cameras do in this lineup. And most importantly it is always with you right in your pocket – and it’s always charged, hopefully.
*We combined the second and third vlogging and blogging camera setup.
Let’s say that you are looking for something with a little bit more production value. Also, you wanna step into the world of cameras and honestly you don’t wanna use your phone for vlogs.
We would recommend Canon G7X Mark ii or the Sony Rx100 Mark v. Canon is super reliable and has great battery life and is a steal for only 600 USD. Nevertheless, it also has a built-in time-lapse mode that can shoot 60 fps in 1080p and the footage comes out always exactly as you’d expect it. It is just so reliable.
If you can spend the extra 250 USD go for Sony. The Sony Rx100 Mark v is just so much better, that it would make Canon users bow their heads down. It looks exactly the same shape and size as Canon but it shoots 240 fps slow-motion and it shoots 4k videos as well. It has an electric viewfinder and image stabilization. And it has a lightning-fast autofocus and Zeiss lens. Those features make it just the best low budget vlogging, blogging and cinematography camera. Honestly, for the point and shoot camera, we have not seen anything that stands even close to Sony Rx100 Mark v. But again, maybe we’re biased because we love Sony so much?
The Second Content Creator Category – “Casey Neistat” Vlogging Style
So let’s say that you wanna step up your game and do more than just talk to the camera and you want to start to craft your stories. In the form of videos or photographies. Show your experiences to your audience rather than just tell about them. If you are up for that you can look at Casey Neistat’s content. He does not create overly crazy production value but the stories that he makes work the bells and whistles. It’s just a very good medium of production value and also professional level gear.
To be able to get certain shots and lead your audience on this journey you will have to step up your game. You’re going to want the ability to switch lenses and to shoot manual modes. Nevertheless, to have overall a little bit more control. This category is not for travel filmmakers or the photography lovers or the crazy slow-motion nuts. This is a normal category for the upper level of vlogging or blogging.
For many years this category was dominated by this setup – Canon 70D with the GorillaPod, wide-angle lens and a Rode microphone. A similar setup would work for Canon 80D. It is the classic “Casey Neistat” setup. That is the standard vlogging setup that you want to have. But there are good reasons for that. Canon 70D has a ton of good features that actually make vlogging a lot easier. Most notably the flip-out screen is just incredible. Also, you will see that in this blog post most of the cameras are lacking the flip-out screen, the one feature that makes vlogging a lot easier. This would not be much of a concern though if you are looking for the best blogging camera.
Having a flip-out screen allows you to make cool framings and see what you are actually pointing at. It is just so crucial when it comes to vlogging. Also, the camera has an incredibly fast and reliable autofocus. But the biggest advantage is that it can take a beating. You can drop it on your table or shake it around your backpack and it will be totally fine.
However, Canon has put the microphone on the side of the camera so you will have to put a ridiculous-looking microphone on top of your camera to get usable audio. To be honest, nothing makes people more nervous then putting a huge camera in their face with a ridiculous microphone. Basically going like this – “You want to say that on record?”. But Canon 70D has gone unchallenged in the vlogging world for the past three to four years. Basically, because every camera that came out after Canon 70D did not have that flip-out screen. Even Sony missed out on the market just to release the camera with-out flip-out screen.
It was only until Canon 6D Mark ii came out and guess what it got – a freaking flip-out screen. It’s finally a full-frame camera with a 26-megapixel image sensor, with a flip-out screen, built-in time-lapse mode, the ability to shoot 60 fps in 1080p. And most importantly now when it has full-frame it can take Canon L series lenses.
Unfortunately, Canon forgot the ability to make it shoot 4K. What the heck?! It is 2019 and our iPhones can shoot 4k but for some unknown reasons massive Canon 6D Mark ii cannot. For anyone who owns Canon L series lenses – this camera is really good news. But if you are just starting out and do not earn actual income with your camera as a tool – be very cautious when choosing one. For this camera, lenses go from a couple of hundred dollars each to a couple of thousand dollars each. Even though it might sound that we are praising 6D. The 70D might still actually be one of the best vlogging and blogging cameras.
The Third Content Creator Category – Travel Vlogging and Photographic Filmmaking
Finally, we have come to the category of travel vlogging and photographic filmmaking (not sure if that’s a thing). This is the category for the guys like – Sam Kolder, devinsupertramp, Peter McKinnon and ton of the videos that Sawyer Hartman makes. So this is the category where you are traveling to the world’s most beautiful locations shooting videos for brands and different projects and make a living out of it. You are looking to capture the world in a manner that is as cinematic as possible. If you are in social media and your title says that you are a “creative”, then your camera needs to be able to do everything. Mainly there are four cameras in this category so we will try to start small and just build up from there.
First is the GoPro Hero 6. Vlogging on a GoPro is definitely a look. Although, we are not the biggest fans when it comes to vlogging on action cameras. But this might be the perfect camera for a travel filmmaker that does not want to be weighted down by the amount and weight of excessive gear that you need to carry around when travelling. Or this is the camera if you are the filmmaker that wants to focus on the actual experience.
There are some downsides to the GoPro. It tends to randomly shut down and the audio sucks. But GoPro makes the lacking audio up with having different frame rate resolutions. And the ability to literally go anywhere and do anything, plus capture RAW photos. But if you choose to go with this camera make sure that you bring a lot of batteries and even more mounts. Remember to have fun and be extra creative because that is the main reason why you are using a GoPro in the first place.
The next camera in this category is yet again – Sony Rx100 Mark v. We already discussed this previously. But we just need to point out that this camera has the ability to have slow-motion, time-lapse, an electronic viewfinder, a flip-out screen, and RAW photos. The ability to fit it into your pocket is just something unique. This is the number one best budget camera in our top 10 best vlogging and blogging cameras of 2019 list.
*And again the Canon 6D could have been the great contender for this category but Canon‘s disability to give as a 120 fps slow-motion was the big deciding factor for our review in this section. We just love a good slow-motion. And even though it has 60 fps, the 120 and 60 fps slow-motion is a big difference if you are looking for the more cinematic film look.
So this brings us to the big boy of this section – the Canon 1dx Mark ii. You may think that we are crazy considering this massive camera for this category and vlogging in general. But so do Supertramp, Peter McKinnon, mkbhd and many other famous YouTubers. Nevertheless, this is a very capable camera. And once you start putting microphones on your cameras – they become the same size as 1dx. The one really big advantage for 1dx is that Canon has put the mic in front and you can even use this camera without external microphones. It has a truly reliable internal microphone. It is heavy and bulky but it is also almost indestructible and does its job on a very professional level.
When some of you are thinking about vlogging you might be thinking about saying just enough to the camera to be able to get to that next really cool cinematic montage. Maybe your daily vlogging consists of you just chasing cool shoots around the city, country or even around the world. The same goes for travel blogging or blogging of any kind. If you love slow-motion then it just got to be a 120 fps or more to catch those true details and 1dx does slow-motion flawlessly. Also since 1dx naturally does such a good image exposure you might not feel the need for a flip-out screen. However, it would be a truly good advantage – making this the ultimate vlogging camera.
Nevertheless, the autofocus is picture-perfect and it has the ability to shoot 25000 ISO without any grain so even shooting at night will not be a problem for Canon 1dx. Maybe Sony would have been better or an equivalent option but if you own Canon L series lenses then you would have to buy a completely new set of lenses. To be honest Canon 1dx takes the number one spot in the top 10 best vlogging and blogging cameras for 2019 for those who are into cinematic travel vlogs and movies.
Best Cameras For Blogging and Vlogging Summary
Hope that you enjoyed our list of the top 10 best vlogging and blogging cameras 2019. To be honest, your vlogs and blogs will only be as good as the story that you are able to tell. Sure, there are plenty of tools that give you the ability to make more cinematic and interesting videos and photos. But ultimately it is your story that is going to set your vlogs and writing apart from others. So now we have come to a place where we would like to hear what kind of vlogging and blogging cameras do you use? Have you found something that really stands out and you really like? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below. Remember, always pack and travel light!