Video blogging, or vlogging has become very popular in recent years. While most do it for fun, an increasing number of YouTubers are earning a serious income from their videos.
One thing a vlogger needs to produce high quality footage, is a good camera. Of course you can shoot videos with your smartphone, tablet or laptop, but if you are getting more serious about your work, you might consider other types of cameras as well.
It really depends on what you want to capture and where. For some situations, a light easy-to-carry camera is more important than picture or audio quality. And then there is also a question of your budget.
Below we've listed the types of cameras to help you pick the right one for your needs:
The best thing about smartphone cameras is that you probably own one already. You can start recording and uploading your videos straight away. However, if you care about video quality, you should really think about a dedicated camera for your purpose.
With their superzoom and image stabilization, camcorders are great for taking videos. They are light and fit nicely in your hand, which is important when shooting for a longer time.
Action cameras were designed to be worn or held in extreme situations, such as climbing, diving or racing. They are usually small and rugged, with an array of accessories that helps you to attach or place them exactly where you want. However, they also provide a good video quality, and come with plenty of features. For example, you can usually control them through your smartphone.
Small and easy to use, point and shoot cameras can be a good choice, especially when you're on the budget. One thing to be aware about is that most point and shoots focus on image rather than video capture. If you want a high resolution recording, and a decent sound quality you might want to invest in a more expensive model.
Digital single-lens reflex cameras are among the most popular cameras used by professional vloggers. They offer an excellent image and video quality and allow you to control many things, such as depth of field (blurred backgrounds). The lenses can be changed, and many of them will give an excellent sharpness and performance in low light. On the downside, these cameras tend to be on the heavier side, and are quite expensive, especially with good lenses.
These are relatively new, but they are becoming increasing popular among professional photographers thanks to their small weight and silent operation. Just like in DSLRs, lenses are interchangeable and they offer top quality sensors and extensive control over captured image or video.
We did the research and found out that Canon 70D, Canon PowerShot G7X and Sony RX10 are some of the most popular cameras among YouTube vloggers today. Read on to find out more about them.
Sony RX10 Mark II features a DRAM chip, which allows shutter speed up to 1/32000s and 5x faster readout than the previous model. This give you an incredible 16fps shooting of 20.2 megapixel images. 4K video recording doesn't skip or bin pixels, which results in higher quality footage, and you even can shoot super slow motion videos at 960fps. (40 times slower than real time)
This RX10 Mark II comes with an excellent F2.8 ZEISS 24-200mm lens.
The Canon 70D is a 20.2 megapixel DSLR camera with a APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor. It can shoot images at up to 7 fps in full-resolution and records 1080p videos. The ISO range of 100-12800 delivers high quality of images in low light conditions.
The autofocus system takes advantage of 19 cross-type AF points with a high precision dual cross f/2.8 in the center for accurate focusing.The touchscreen is 3.0-inch big and its angle can be adjusted for easier shooting.
The PowerShot G7X Mark II delivers high performance in a compact package. It has a 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 7 processor, which together produce beautiful images even in low-light situations. That is partly thanks to an excellent and fast F/1.8-2.8 lens with 4.2x optical zoom (24-100mm). The lens has a 9-blade diaphragm, which allows beautiful blurred backgrounds.
The camera has a buil-tin Wi-Fi and NFC for easy sharing.