Five of the Best and Most Affordable Cameras for Vlogging
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Let's check out five of the best and cheapest cameras on the market and dive into the fun, lucrative world of vlogging.

Whether you're an amateur content creator or a seasoned film / video professional, if you want to immerse yourself in the lucrative world of vlogging, you need a good camera.

The best vlogging camera contains features that make your life easier and your content more attractive. For example, flip-screen functions for self-monitoring and AF (Smart Auto-Focus) options that allow you to record without the help of an additional operator. Additionally, in today's age, you probably want 4K video recording, or at least a very strong Full HD quality that will give you the best picture quality for online uploading.

Let's take a look at five of the best vlogging camera options out there right now, ranging from inexpensive and simple action cameras to some of the more sophisticated yet affordable digital mirrorless cameras.

1. DJI Osmo Pocket

Before we dive into the more "traditional" digital cameras that you can expect to find on such a list, I have to say greetings to one of the more inventive digital gimbal camcorders out there. While it looks more like a tire gauge with a camera or even a glorified selfie stick, consider the DJI Osmo Pocket if you're looking for something basic and simple.

This versatile, lightweight option is perfect for anyone who really works on the run or doing things like travel vlogs. Like most small cameras and action cameras these days, it offers 4K video and tons of stabilization thanks to its built-in triaxial gimbal.

From a vlogging point of view, all of the checkboxes are checked – as long as you're cool using a smartphone as a controller and monitor and using a different method for recording audio (which is usually the case with most cameras).

Technical specifications::

  • Lens: 25.7mm (equivalent)
  • Sensor: 12 MP 1 / 2.3 "CMOS sensor
  • Recording: 4K Ultra HD with up to 60 fps
  • Monitor: 2.2 inch touch screen
  • Autofocus: AFC and AFS
  • Audio: None, but customizable with smartphone

price: $ 369

2. Canon EOS M50

The Canon EOS M50 has fallen in price due to new Canon cameras like the R5 and R6 as well as a highly competitive market, and is perfect for aspiring vloggers who want Canon’s signature color style and appearance without breaking the bank.

The M50 is compact and robust. It offers a powerful 24.1 MP CMOS sensor and an intelligent dual-pixel autofocus system. The variable angle LCD touchscreen can be folded out and used as a monitor.

The M50 can shoot 4K, but there is one caveat: 4K contains 1.6x the crop. So keep this in mind when making a decision. The 1080p HD is pretty solid though, and depending on your lens configuration (the standard option is a 15-45mm IS STM kit lens) you should get adequate quality coverage from this reputable Canon starter camera.

Technical specifications::

  • Lens: Canon EF-M lens compatible
  • Sensor: 24.1 MP Canon CMOS sensor
  • Recording: 4K to 30 fps (cropped), Full HD 1080p to 60 fps
  • Monitor: Vari-Angle 3.0 "touchscreen LCD monitor
  • Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Audio: built-in microphone (stereo), external microphone input

price: $ 649

3. Sony a6400

Sony's entry-level a6400 is actually one of the best-designed and affordable options for the online vlogging community. Sony is known in the professional video community for its high-end options such as the A7 III and A7S II, as well as the options for its cinema cameras. However, they have made great strides in accessible starter cameras that are perfect for online-only digital content – like vlogs.

The a6400 is characterized by its autofocus technology through its superior "Eye-AF" system that tracks the eyes of a subject. You also get a 24.2 megapixel sensor with 4K recording at up to 30 frames per second, excellent image quality, a foldable screen and your standard input / output options. It's great for vlogging on the go too, but without strong IBIS it helps to include a lot of stabilization or focus on static shots.

Technical specifications::

  • Lens: Sony E-mount compatible
  • Sensor: 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Recording: 4K to 30fps
  • Monitor: 3.0 inch touchscreen LCD monitor that can be tilted 180 °
  • Autofocus: real-time tracking and Eye AF
  • Audio: built-in microphone (stereo), external microphone input

price: $ 899

4. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

Don't sleep on Olympus. The brand's advances in video recording capabilities and auto focus technology make the E-M5 Mark III one of the most powerful mid-range vlogging options.

As a micro four-thirds camera, the E-M5 Mark III offers you a lot of recording performance with DCI 4K video with up to 24 frames per second and UHD 4K with up to 30 frames per second and Full HD with up to 120 frames per second . You also get a vlogger-friendly, foldable LCD monitor, a helpful 5-axis IBIS and extremely precise autofocus with its 121-point AF system for phase detection.

Technical specifications::

  • Lens: micro four thirds
  • Sensor: 20.4 MP MOS sensor
  • Recording: 4K to 30fps
  • Monitor: Vari-Angle 3.0 "touchscreen LCD monitor
  • Autofocus: Continuous Servo AF (C)
  • Audio: built-in microphone (stereo), external microphone input

price: $ 999

5. Panasonic Lumix GH5

While there are plenty of great DSLR and mirrorless cameras in this mid-range $ 1,000, we will highly recommend the Panasonic GH5 for all of your vlogging needs.

The GH5 offers 4K at up to 60 fps, supports IBIS solidly and has a fantastic, advanced DFD autofocus system that can be switched on immediately (0.05 seconds).

As with the other options on this list, you can fold out your screen, set up your external lights and audio recorders, and record high quality 4K vlog content that should rival anything you can currently find on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Technical specifications::

  • Lens: micro four thirds
  • Sensor: 20.3 MP MOS sensor
  • Recording: 4K to 60fps
  • Monitor: 3.2 inch clearance angle touch screen monitor
  • Autofocus: Extended DFD (Depth-From-Defocus)
  • Audio: built-in microphone (stereo), external microphone input

price: $ 1,299

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Cover photo by Fizkes.


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