When it comes to content creation, a camera is obviously helpful. It captures images and video—simple enough, right? And depending on the type of camera you get, the results could rival the kind the equipment used by world-renowned photographers and movie directors. So even if you’re not a YouTuber, you probably want to see the best vlogging cameras, all of which share a few key features.
Among them is a flip screen so you can see yourself (and learn your angles), compact sizing that will fit on a tripod and inside your purse, high-resolution technology to cut back on editing, a USB port for connecting to your laptop, and easy-to-operate buttons (even if you aren’t a beginner). Of course, you don’t absolutely need a camera to capture beautiful content. Some experts say it’s one of the things a new influencer can go without since there is a bevy of video and photo apps that deliver similar results (especially with a ring light).
But if you’re not a fan of doing everything on your phone or want to improve your production skills, having a camera on hand will help you expand your craft. So whether you’re filming tutorials, ads for your small business, or clips for your next Instagram Story, here are some of the most popular vlogging cameras out there for people who want to splurge and those who can’t.
Sunleo Digital Vlogging Camera
For those who don’t have hundreds of dollars to spare, this affordable camera has a three-inch screen that can rotate 180 degrees, long battery life, and a slim design for TSA-friendly storage.
$84.99 at Amazon
Sony ZV-1 Camera
If you get this camera with the accessory kit (you can also get it without), you’ll have everything you need to capture and share content—a wireless grip, SD card, tripod, and Bluetooth controls.
$748 at Amazon
Canon PowerShot SX540HS Megapixel Digital Camera
One of the coolest functions in this camera is a hybrid auto that “lets you record up to four seconds of video before each image you capture, then automatically combines each clip and still into a quick video recap of the day” and a story highlight tool that “enables the camera to automatically compile images and videos from a certain day or event into a mini highlight reel with music and effects.”
$279 at Amazon
Aabeloy Video Camera Camcorder
You may prefer the old school feel of a traditional camcorder but rest assured, this one captures hi-res imagery and stable sound, thanks to X-Y stereo pickup technology.
$111.99 at Amazon
Lecran Digital Camera
Thanks to a special “speedlite,” this vlogging camera can capture premium photo and video in the dark at a variety of angles with a wide-angle and macro lens.
$139.99 at Amazon
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