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The 13 Best Cameras for YouTube Videos


Online video content is still going strong since the original release of this post in 2019. We wanted to check in on the gear for 2022 to make some updated recommendations on the top cameras for YouTube.

Best Cameras for Creating YouTube Content in 2022 (So Far)

Manufacturers are releasing new models every year but that doesn’t mean you have to upgrade at the same rate. A lot of the original cameras in this list (which you can find below this section) are still very good choices for most content. But we wanted to at least make you aware of some of what’s new and unique coming out of the industry today that can really elevate your creativity in 2022.

Canon EOS R3

With unlimited 6K raw, you won’t have to worry about resolution with this flagship camera from Canon’s RF-mount mirrorless line. It also offers a sneak peak into what might be the future of autofocus: eye control. Looking right at your subject through the EVF will give you a bullseye that will move where your eye does! And it works in tandem with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF’s intelligence focusing. This is a pretty big camera, with a form factor similar to the Canon 1D X Mark III, so it might not be a great choice for things like walking tours with gimbals. At $6,000*, this is a big investment. For those periodic projects, you can rent it for as little as $223 for a long weekend.

Sony ZV-E10

For under $700 you can get an incredibly portable Sony E mount camera that can do unlimited recording up to 3840 x 2160, 4:2:0 8-bit with raw stills up to 6000 x 4000. For the size and price, it offers a pretty great ISO range (50-51,200 in extended mode) and is equipped with all of the major ports you’d need for vlogging, including a mic port, multi-interface shoe, headphone port, and USB-C/Micro HDMI. Where this camera really shines is with its no-fuss auto features – great for beginners. The Smart Auto-Exposure feature produces smooth lighting transitions that prioritizes faces while the Product Showcase setting will switch focus swiftly from your face to a product, which is great for reviewers. The Bokeh Switch setting will produce beautiful backgrounds on the fly. All this is supported by the camera’s enhanced color and Soft Skin science so that you look your best.

GoPro HERO10 Black

The latest GoPro is no slouch, but at $500 it is quite the expense and may only be worth it if you do nearly exclusively sports/POV footage. That said, you can rent it for under $40 and you get to take advantage of 5.3K recording with nearly 20MP frame grabs, plus up to 240 FPS slow motion at 2.7K. Webcam mode is a great option for live streaming (but requires the app) and a new processing engine improves overall performance – though the mic and battery performance are the same as in the prior model.

Nikon Z9

Much like the Canon EOS R3 being the mirrorless answer to the 1D X Mark III, the Nikon Z9 will have a feel much like the Nikon D6 but for the Z mount set (and 20% smaller to boot). It is Nikon’s first mirrorless flagship. It offers 8K recording via a 45.7MP stacked BSI CMOS sensor with an extended ISO of 32-102,400, automatic Subject Detection, in-body Vibration Reduction, and enhanced connectivity over prior Z models, including a full size HDMI port, USB-C, Ethernet, and mic and headphone jacks. With an innovative heat dissipation system, you can record 10-bit 8K at up to 30p internally for over 2 hours straight – plus the ability to pull 33MP frame grabs. The Z9 is an awesome choice for covering important conferences, long ceremonies, virtual tours, and more. However, HDMI out is limited (currently) to 4K which means 8K streaming will have to wait for a future firmware update.

Rumored Releases: Fuji X-H2, Panasonic GH6

The Fuji X-H2 is long-awaited, though the X-H1 was – rather surprisingly – not a hit rental for BL. But that might change when the X-H2 finally comes out. It is rumored to be the first release with Fuji’s brand new sensor and processor and will maybe come in two flavors, but it doesn’t look like we’ll know for sure until later this spring.

The Panasonic GH6 will be announced officially in late February and will be Panasonic’s first mirrorless camera to offer Phase Detection AF. It is said to have an all-new sensor and processor and offer 10-bit 5.7K60p.

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How to Choose the Right Camera for YouTube

Factors like what type of videos you want to create, what camera form factor you prefer, what your budget is, and how much editing you want to put into your videos will all shape what kind of camera you should choose.

Vlogging or Live Streaming

Traditionally, when people talk about creating video for YouTube they would generally be talking about vlogging.

Vlogging (short for “video blogging”) covers a wide range of styles but ultimately it comes down to shooting and editing videos on certain topics that you post on a regular schedule. Vlogs can cover virtually any topic and follow a wide range of approaches including both strictly entertainment and highly educational.

Live streaming, on the other hand, is broadcast as it’s being filmed. You can add complexity to live streams through techniques like multi camera setups and on screen graphics, but live streams are not going to be pre-edited like vlogs will.

Live streams are certainly not new, but they are seeing a significant expansion particularly among brands trying to go online. For example, many fitness studios have expanded into offering live virtual classes while unable to be open during COVID-19.

While there is certainly overlap, there will also be differences between the camera setup you might use for a live stream as opposed to a vlog.

Camera Formats

Considering different camera formats is very important for deciding on what kind of video camera to use. Do you want something incredibly simple, in an all-in-one package? Do you want hybrid capabilities, allowing you to shoot both video and still photography? Do you want the ultimate in customization and bleeding edge quality even if it means more expense and more work?

Let’s look at why you might choose each of the different common camera formats.


A lot of people will be turned off of the idea of using a smartphone for creating videos or think that there’s no way to put out professional quality work using one. The reality is that many smartphone models have surprisingly capable cameras in them.

In addition to what a smartphone can do on it’s own, the number of available options for accessories to take smartphone video to the next level is enormous. Stabilizers like the DJI Osmo can help you get smooth footage rivaling far bulkier (and more expensive) setups. Microphones like the Rode smartLav+ or VideoMic Me can seamlessly connect to your phone’s 3.5mm headphone jack to give fantastic audio. You can also find a wide range of aftermarket lens addons for more focal length flexibility with a smartphone.

While smartphones definitely have their limitations, if you want the most portable setup possible and don’t want to spend much on a video kit, they can be an enticing option.


Webcams are another category that may not come across as the most enticing option but can be a great choice for certain uses. In particular, webcams are ideal for creating live streams when you also want to be able to show screen captures from your computer. They are largely plug and play, simplifying your setup and newer models have surprisingly good video and audio.

If you like the idea of the simplicity of a webcam, but also want more flexibility out of your camera, there are some newer solutions as well. Video capture cards (such as the Magewell USB Capture or the Elgato Cam Link) and devices such as Blackmagic’s Atem Mini can accept HDMI signals from cameras (such as DSLRs and mirrorless cameras) and convert them into a signal that your camera reads as if it were a webcam. Some camera manufacturers are starting to offer similar capabilities directly as well, such as Canon’s recently released EOS Webcam Utility.

Action Cams

Action cams such as GoPros have been popular for a while, but they are also often overlooked. Older models didn’t always offer much in the way of focal length flexibility, instead focusing on super wide angle views in order to capture as much of the environment as possible. Newer models, though, offer more flexibility and better image quality than earlier ones along with some perks like impressive stabilization, a wide range of accessories, and an extremely portable setup.

Point and Shoots

Point and shoots offer a great format if portability and price are very important considerations. They are small, you don’t have to worry about switching out components (like lenses), and are generally (but not always) on the lower end of the camera price spectrum. It can be a misconception that point and shoots are always low end cameras. They can offer surprisingly high quality and give you video features you wouldn’t expect from the format.


Ever since Canon’s 5D Mark II introduced high quality video to still cameras the popularity of hybrid interchangeable lens systems has exploded. DSLRs give you a huge amount of flexibility, allowing you to choose lenses to achieve virtually any look you want, and let you use one kit for both video and still photography.

There are tradeoffs for DSLRs, though. They can be fairly large and heavy, some models have extremely disappointing autofocus (newer DSLR models are vastly improved over those from 5+ years ago), and they have yet to offer in-body image stabilization in all but a few models.

Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras have become hugely popular among hybrid shooters because they offer most of the benefits of DSLRs while also eliminating many of the downsides. Mirrorless cameras are generally significantly smaller than comparable DSLRs, much of the new technical developments such as IBIS are widely available, and video-centric features like zebras and focus peaking are common in mirrorless cameras while being largely absent across the DSLR lineup.


In a lot of ways, camcorders are to the video market what point and shoots are to the photo market. They offer an all in one package designed to streamline the process of capturing video. They don’t have interchangeable lenses or often as wide of a range of accessories as some other formats, but what they do have is made to just work together.

Also like point and shoots, camcorders often have a reputation as being relatively low quality, but you can find models that are absolutely top notch. And unlike hybrid formats, camcorders can give you features invaluable to videographers that won’t be found on still cameras such as built in ND filters and more advanced input/output ports like XLR audio.

Cinema Cameras

Cinema cameras are the video equivalent of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. They are systems designed to maximize the quality and give you nearly unlimited customization. With cinema cameras, you can add on exactly the components you want, such as lenses, video monitors, file storage (often recording directly onto hard drives as opposed to memory cards), power supplies and more. While you can find other camera formats that offer LOG or even true raw recordings, it’s far more common with cinema cameras. Just about anything that you want for your videos, you can find a cinema camera that offers it.

The tradeoff to this is that working with cinema cameras can be significantly more complex (and generally far more expensive) than any other format. You often have to not only figure out every component you need but also how to rig it all together. LOG video gives you far more editing flexibility but requires you to put the time into color correcting your footage.

Most cinema cameras are more than most YouTube videographers will want, and if you’ve reached the point that you are seriously considering a cinema camera you will probably want a deeper review of the camera than an article like this can give you. But if you’re curious and want to dip your toes into cinema cameras, there are some relatively low cost models coming out that can give you an introduction into that world.

Don’t Overlook The Importance of a Good Microphone

For most people, the camera is the exciting part of setting up a video kit. But you cannot overstate the importance of a good microphone. High quality audio is critical to creating video that stands out as professional.

Lapel Mics

Often, lapel mics (also called lavalier or lav mics) are the best choice. They clip onto a shirt or collar and sit close to your mouth. Being only a few inches away from your mouth they can isolate your voice from background noise better than other microphone types, and if you’re moving around or shooting different clips they will give you consistent audio.

Lapel mics can introduce challenges such as certain outfits being hard to attach them to, especially if you are being especially active (for example, fitness vloggers talking while demonstrating exercises). You also have to figure out how to connect a wire to either a transmitter (which you have to attach somewhere) or directly to the camera.

Despite these challenges, the cleanliness of the audio from lapel mics make them a great choice in many instances.

Shotgun Mics

A shotgun mic is a standalone mic designed to only capture sounds from directly in front of it. You might attach one directly to the hot shoe of your camera or you can attach it to another stand if your camera is going to be stationary. Like lapel mics, shotgun mics do a great job of cutting down on ambient noise.

Because they are not attached to a person, they can be a great choice for mobile needs. However, if the distance between you and the camera is going to be changing (for exactly cutting between close up and wide angle shots), or if you’re not always going to be directly in front of the microphone while talking (such as turning the camera to show something in a different direction while continuing to talk) it can be challenging to match the audio between the different clips.

Condenser Mics

Condenser mics are what you think of if you’ve ever seen someone recording music or voice overs in a studio. They are designed to give you the cleanest and clearest audio possible, but do little to isolate sounds, requiring you to use them in quiet environments. They are a great choice if you are going to be sitting at a desk and recording yourself.

Microphones for YouTube


If you are wanting to improve the audio for your YouTube videos, below are some great microphone choices to check out:

  • Rode NT-USB Mic – The Rode NT is a USB condenser mic that’s a great choice for live streaming or vlogging from a stationary position, such as recording at a desk. 
  • Rode RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit – For a mobile setup untethered to your camera, the RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit provides everything you need to start shooting with wireless audio, including a receiver, transmitter, and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone.
  • Rode smartLav+ – Designed to plug directly into a smartphone’s 3.5mm headphone port, the smartLav+ is a great lapel mic for mobile setups that can also be connected directly to a camera or audio recorder via an adapter.
  • Rode VideoMic Pro+ – The Rode VideoMic Pro+ is a small shotgun mic particularly well suited for audio capture for DSLR and mirrorless camera video projects thanks to a 20bd pre-amplifier that boosts the mic signal enough for these cameras to detect, preventing unwanted automatic gain inputs which causes unwanted noise to be audible with some other microphones.
  • Shure Motiv MV88+ Smartphone Mic Video Kit – The Motiv MV88+ is a small, portable condenser mic designed to be used with a smartphone. It is powered directly through the USB cable (micro to USB-C or micro to Lightning depending on if you’re running Android or iOS) and can be connected to a computer with an adapter.
  • Shure MX185 Cardioid Wired Lavalier Mic – The Shure MX185 is a fantastic, professional quality lapel mic with an XLR connector. It does require an external power source, which perhaps limits its use in a mobile setup, but it’s a great choice if you’re going to be relatively stationary while filming.
  • Shure VP83F LensHopper Shotgun Microphone – The Shure VP83F is another great portable shotgun mic ideal for connecting to a DSLR in a mobile setup. 

Best Inexpensive Cameras for YouTube (under $500)

Smartphone Camera

Moment and Smartphone on table.As discussed above, smartphones can be a fantastic option that requires little or no additional investment beyond a device you already own. With the range of accessories you can add onto your phone, you can set up a kit that rivals many higher end cameras. Plus, as the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you, and for most of us our smartphone is always within reach.

Logitech Brio

Logitech Brio webcam mounted on a MacBook with Twitch studio on screen.

If you want a high quality webcam for simple live streams, the Logitech Brio is hard to beat. You get 4K HDR video (provided your internet connection supports it), surprisingly good low-light performance, and a 5x digital zoom for some focal length flexibility. And while you will probably want another microphone, if you are on a particularly tight budget, the mic built into the Brio is surprisingly capable.


GoPro HERO8 Black

GoPro HERO8 mounted on bike handle

GoPro’s design has become classic, with only minor changes from their earliest models. Under the hood, though, the GoPro HERO8 Black offers a host of upgraded features. You get 4K 60 FPS, FHD up to 240 FPS, built-in stabilization, and 4 different digital lenses for more focal length options. The HERO8 Black is an affordable, customizable camera that, with the wide range of mounting accessories for GoPros, can be taken virtually anywhere you want to go.

Best Intermediate Cameras for YouTube ($500 – $1,000)

Canon G7 X Mark III

Powershot G7 X on desk.

Canon’s G7 lineup is a perennial favorite among point and shoot cameras, and the newest model, the G7 X Mark III, brings some new features ideal for YouTube video creators. You get the same compact body design upgraded to shoot 4K 30 FPS or FHD up to 120FPS. Optical Image Stabilization built into the lens will help you get smooth footage. And for social media use, the G7 X Mark III will stream directly to YouTube and supports vertical videos for Instagram.

Canon Rebel T8i

If you’re looking for the flexibility of a DSLR instead of a point and shoot, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i includes feature-rich video options without sacrificing the sleek and portable form factor the Rebel line is known for.

It maintains the 24.2MP sensor with 7 FPS burst shooting, and allows you to shoot videos in 4k. The Canon Rebel T8i also has a timelapse feature, allowing you to create time lapses in-camera. The maximum continuous recording time is 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

Sony ZV-1

Hand turning on Sony ZV-1 camera in city. Photo by Sony.

Like Canon’s G7 X model’s Sony has perpetually been a favorite point and shoot option with their RX100 series. Looking at the growth in vlogging, Sony has now taken their RX100 cameras and reimagined them specifically for vloggers, creating the Sony ZV-1.

The ZV-1 keeps many favorite features including the extremely portable form factor and frame rates up to almost 1,000 FPS. On top of these, though, you get some exciting new features such as unlimited video recording (as opposed to the 30 minute limit of most cameras), built in ND filters, and a built-in 3 capsule mic for surprisingly good audio. You also get a combination optical and electronic image stabilization system and a fully articulating touchscreen LCD.

Best Advanced Hybrid Cameras (DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras $1,000+)

Sony a6600

Sony a6600 on table

The Sony a6600 sits atop Sony’s line of APS-C sensor cameras, offering impressive features borrowed from their acclaimed a7 series (such as 5-axis image stabilization and Eye AF) in an even more compact body. Like with the ZV-1, Sony has built the a6600 to allow unlimited clip recording length, making it much more useful if you need uninterrupted video of longer events. Compared with earlier a6x00 models, ergonomics have been improved with a more comfortable, deeper grip and battery life has been significantly improved. And while you don’t get a fully articulating screen, it will flip up 180 degrees to allow you to see your framing and control more functions while in front of the camera, a necessity for many approaches to vlogging.

Nikon Z6

Nikon Z6

In the past, Nikon has lagged behind when it comes to video, but with their new Z series of mirrorless cameras, Nikon has roared into the picture with fully capable tools for videographers. If you’re wanting to get into video as a Nikon shooter, the Nikon Z6 is a fantastic choice. You get powerful video autofocus that is competitive with the best systems from Sony and Canon. You get uncropped 4K video with N-Log capabilities (perhaps the biggest advantage of the Z6 over the Z7). And unlike the Canon EOS R, you get fully integrated 5-axis in body image stabilization.

Canon EOS R

Canon EOS R

The Canon’s 5D Mark II introduced high quality video to the DSLR format, and Canon has been a staple for hybrid video use ever since. In essence, the Canon EOS R is essentially a 5D Mark IV in a mirrorless body, making it a great addition for vloggers. With the EOS R, you get access to Canon’s impressive new RF mount lens lineup and all of the advantages of Canon’s highly regarded Dual Pixel AF. C-Log is integrated directly into the EOS R, giving improved dynamic range and wide flexibility during post processing and color grading. The EOS R is also one of the few full frame options available with a fully articulating touchscreen, a huge benefit for vloggers standing in front of the camera.

Panasonic Lumix GH5S


The Panasonic GH5S boasts most everything there is to love about prior models but includes essential features aimed at videographers. The GH5S is capable of unlimited internal capture of 4:2:2 10-bit C4K video recording plus the ability to simultaneously feed 4:2:2 10-bit out through the full size HDMI port to an external recorder (rentable separately). Variable frame rate options have also been expanded with a maximum of 240 FPS in Full HD and 60 FPS in DCI and UHD 4K, allowing for up to 10x slow motion footage. But it omits built-in stabilization, so for that you’ll need to check out the GH5.

Sony a7S III

Sony a7S III with 12-24mm lens on green coat.

Like Canon’s 5D line, Sony’s a7 cameras have become staples for shooters wanting video capability that is top notch. The Sony a7S III takes most of the top features of the other a7 models into a single phenomenal package. You get Sony’s fantastic video quality in 4K with 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and can shoot at full-frame with no crop. You get 12.1 MP stills, so this camera may not be a fit if you’re also looking to capture high-resolution imagery.

Sony’s Eye AF gives you top notch video autofocus. You can get an optional adapter for the multi interface hot shoe that allows you to use professional grade XLR microphones, a feature not generally seen in non-video specific formats. Focus Peaking has also been greatly improved compared to earlier a7 models.

Best Cinema Cameras and Camcorders ($2,000-$3,000)

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Closeup of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

As discussed earlier in this article, cinema cameras offer a unique experience for videographers, focusing on the absolute highest quality video and full customization. Blackmagic has tried to take the cinema camera approach and streamline it for the masses. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (BMPCC 6K) is an exciting option for videographers wanting to start with cinema cameras.

Compared to earlier BMPCC models, the 6K offers a larger Super 35 sensor with an EF mount, giving you the options of the full line of Canon EF lenses. As the name tells you, you get a huge 6K resolution video as well as the ability to use Blackmagic’s RAW codec, which pairs particularly well with their DaVinci Resolve software.

While the advantages of the BMPCC 6K are incredibly enticing, keep in mind the quirks of the format. Carefully figure out what additional components you need in order to fully assemble your camera kit. Also be aware that battery life is not great, so you might be limited if you’re wanting a mobile video setup.

Canon XA55 Camcorder

If you want to simplify and streamline your video setup without compromising on quality of features, a camcorder could be the ideal choice, and the Canon XA55 is a great option. It gives you an ultra compact camcorder format, making for a very portable and usable camcorder. Low light performance is very good, with wide aperture options and wide dynamic range. Like Canon’s DSLR and mirrorless options, you get Dual Pixel Autofocus, but unlike those cameras you do get 5-axis optical image stabilization. The XA55 offers dual SD card slots and 4K 30FPS (or 4K 60FPS through HDMI output) and the wide range of I/O that you would expect on a camera designed specifically for video.

Sony PXW-Z90 4K HDR

PXW-Z90 against purple and green lighting

If you like the idea of an ultra compact camcorder, the Sony PXW-Z90 is another fantastic option. You get 4K HDR footage with Hybrid Log-Gamma profiles as well as super slow motion modes with up to 1,000FPS. You can keep your footage clear and sharp with fantastic autofocus and built in electronic and optical image stabilization. The PXW-Z90 offers a host of invaluable video tools including dual XLR inputs for professional audio and built-in ND filters. Dual SD card slots let you either record longer or have automatic backups as you capture footage.

It’s no secret that more people than ever are looking to start creating videos for YouTube. Whether you want to create a personal vlog, share home videos with your family, or bring your business to a new audience, there is a camera that will be perfect for your specific needs.

*All quoted pricing is at the time of this writing and subject to change.

Ivan Quinones is San Jose based and has a background in filmmaking. He studied film at Brooks Institute of Film and Photography in Ventura, California. He then moved to Los Angeles to work on the production side of filmmaking. He is currently working on his own film projects and street photography while working as a repair technician at


  • Anjel Arobi

    I always love to Canon to take a photos or videos. Thanks for your amazing informative post.

  • Majharul

    I think Rode NT is the best microphone for making Youtube videos.
    Thanks Ivan, for writing this type of informative post for Youtube vloggers.

  • Gita

    The Sony ZV-1 is specially a vlogging camera, But a6600 provide better result.

  • Pinoy Tv Camera

    Sony a6600 is The Best camera ever, it is very a sleek and fully-featured Camera. This mirrorless camera is ideal for both stills and video. I am using this camera for my youtube channel for 1 year.

  • Brian Bordenkircher

    I just recently made a SMART goal to go full time starting in February with a plan for posting a YouTube video every other day on an average (across 2 different channels). I know that I will be needing some new equipment once I start taking this hobby more seriously. Thank you for your extensive list of great equipment!

  • Gods Camera

    Nice blog post!
    this post will be very useful for all photographer and videographer. so keep posting…

  • Iko

    I think DJI OSMO Action is the best one!

  • Jack Phillips

    Great article, I personally use GoPro HERO8 and I believe its the best choice

  • Jim Davis

    There are great cameras on this list, but for YouTubers that are recording vlogs while travelling, I believe that Action cameras are a better choice.

  • Kanter

    Where do you think the Sony HDR-PJ440 would rank along these? I found a list that has it as the best under $500, the basic seem quite interesting but it doesn’t say much about it. No other guide speak so highly of it neither.

  • Greg Toope

    Hi there,
    How about this camcorder?
    I saw some promotion videos from Youtube and Tiktok. The first time I heard of this brand ORDRO camera, but not sure it’s really good. Could you please check it and give your advice?

  • Anshika

    But I’d probably have to sell at least one of my kidney to but it…

  • Jassica

    Sony a7R II is the ideal camera.

  • Burhan Abdulkadir

    You must be very rich!

  • Micheal Pfeffer

    In my first vlogging period, I was used Sony a7S III. I think This is really amazing camera for youtubers.
    Thanks for share your experience.

  • olan

    does not elp me at all ok bye oh and does hd hero 2 work for youtube

  • alfonso

    Nice selection on cameras, the gopro8 is a inexpensive camera to shoot video whats, thanks for the share

  • jessie

    Hi, trying to find a camera for my you tube channel. You said that you are using a Sony Alpha A7R?? How good is it??? How much did it cost??

  • Chris Gingolph

    This is a great question, and you show great awareness in asking it. By that I mean most of us, upon launching a YT channel, are so enthusiastic that we overspend (often begging, stealing AND borrowing to make that happen), only to find that once the newness wears off, the channel isn’t as much a priority as the other things we do. So approaching it soberly as you suggest is wise.

    That said, your smartphone has a very capable camera. In doing this research for my own channel, I found that advice again and again. The larger issue was good lighting. I can recommend that you look into a ring light (unless you are planning to do all your videos in perfect natural light. These lights are not expensive, and create soft, even light that doesn’t create shadows (which look awful on YT). I found one on Amazon that holds your smartphone. I’d include the link, but not sure how this site deals with that. But play with it, make sure you like the look and sound (yep, you may want to look at microphones that plug into your phone–though again, you should be able to launch your channel and get good results with your your smartphone’s mic).

    Once you find you’re enjoying creating content, and the commitment is easy to keep, then you might want to upgrade. But few things are as annoying as investing a couple thousand dollars into what doesn’t even turn out to be a hobby–just a brief curiosity you explored. But if it makes you happy, and you enjoy doing it, come back and ask for recommendations for “I love this and I’m committed to this!” gear.

    Best of luck, my friend!

  • N Kaustubh

    I think GoPro Hero 8 is the best in affordable options.

  • Javed Ahmed

    Amazing I am searching for Sony a7R II review for a long time. you make it easy for me. thanks dear.

  • Javed Ahmed

    Amazing I am searching for Sony a7R II review for a long time. you make it easy for me. thanks .

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  • theram

    Yeah I liked that list a lot! I have been using Sony Alpha A7R II for my vlogs for the last couple of years and I’m so pleased the quality is great and I love it.

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  • Pan

    Hi there!
    I’m looking for a camera that is around $500 including lens and great for filming yoga videos, both outdoors and indoors. Can you recommend me some options?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Natasha

    this was so useful thanks so much! I do have one quick question. I was wondering if you could recommend a lens i could use on my Nikon D5300. I want to do some makeup tutorials on youtube and when i do my eyes i want it quite zoomed in but on my current lens it keeps blurring. Do i need a primer / fixed lens or do i need a variable one and do you have any recommendations please? I’m quite new to this so any help is hugely appreciated.

  • Grant

    Good post but this one provides more information and different ideas re: the best cameras for YouTube. Just a good supplement to this post. Check it out :


  • Alexandria Huff

    What is your budget? Are you going to be making mostly videos or mostly still images for your multimedia work?

  • john

    hi! im John, Im an arts college student in multimedia, i am looking for a camera that is at the same time cheap and good enough for basic production, but im not sure what i shouldlook for

  • M. Senapathy

    Thank you for having highlighted the list of cameras which is suitable for Photos and Videos programs. The expert Videographers are the Professionals in the field and to those who do not have enough knowledge are Amaeture. It is really interesting to know more knowledge about the Video Cameras as well.

  • Mary R. Rodriguez

    DSLRs have long been the gold standard when it comes to photography and they make excellent vlogging cameras as well. I have these two cameras and I do not agree with you. I bought them because I got recommendations here From using these cameras I get only pleasure. They have no flaw. Maybe it’s because my photographer skills are too high. Thanks for this comparison, it was very interesting. Vlogging can be a fun way to tell your stories, get your creative juices flowing, or even earn a living. Whether you are looking to make vlogging your career or just wanting to make funny videos to entertain your friends, there is a camera out there for you!

  • Yam D Shifman

    I want a camera that i can just sit on my desk or on a stand to record my face and upper body while playing games on my computer. I already have the blue yeti to record my voice. What camera would be good for my situation?

  • Leah McLeod

    Hi there,
    I am stating a language revitalization project. I will be capturing images and videos of people speaking the Athabaskan Hän Language. These images and videos will be uploaded to youtube and potentially onto a website and used for the purposes of teaching.
    Things I’m looking for are video and sound quality, easy focus, auto-stabilization, external port, wifi, HDMI, lightweight, midrange price. I will be interviewing elders and recording them to get good quality sound while recording words and sentences translated from Hän to English.

    I would like 3 options to choose form. Cheap, mid-range, and top of the line camera for the purposes mentioned above.

    Also, one thing to consider is I will mainly be utilizing Adobe Creative Cloud for editing the images and videos.

    Mähsi’ Cho. Thank you.

    Leah McLeod.

  • DB

    Sorry but seeing you recommend Logitech C930 over the C922 makes me doubt all the rest of your recommendations

  • Santiago Rojas

    Hi, I want to start making youtube golf vlog videos in Colombia. Something similar as golfholics do in California ( It is for shooting high res videos principally, but I’m new to this, so I would like your recommendation. I don’t have a camera right now, I’ve been shooting with my iPhone X but video quality and sound is not the best.


    i am looking for HD camera with full set(microphone, stand and other) for making you tube vedio for below Rs.10000/-(Rs ten thousand only). So which is the best one

    Thanking you

  • Karen Soarele

    Thank you so much! Your post was very useful.

  • Sharif Siddique

    Hello borrowlenses,
    I have not looked into any 4k cameras. Youtube still only does 1080p. I also think that the entry level 4k cameras have a slight blur issue with shutter roll and do not have the crispness during movement that a 1080p 60fps camera has. On top of that, 4k files are a bit larger than anything in 1080, and more memory just cost more. I’d look more into 4k if I was producing mid to high end material.

  • rennh

    Will Lumix GS5 be great for traveling vlog and indoor vlog?

  • Siddique

    I am looking to start a Youtube channel and I am on a budget. I want to start with a less expensive camera to see if I keep up with the channel the way I intend to. What do you recommend? I will be filming a fashion clothing, “ballin’ on a budge” type series, so detailed images is crucial as well as some of the video’s need to have voice over’s and video’s within the main video
    . Please help! Thank you.

  • Sarah Lauren

    Amazing I am searching for Sony a7R II review for a long time. you make it easy for me. thanks dear.

  • Alexandria Huff

    I recommend the GH5s for its unlimited recording abilities. Here’s more information about it:

  • Matthew

    Hi, I’m looking for a video camera for filming relatively long (1-4 hour) walking videos in the countryside. I was wondering if you could recomend anything for landscapes with a decent battery life?

    Thank you

  • Saibal dasgupta

    Hi, do iPhone X is right for YouTube vlog ?

  • Princess

    Hello! I would love your input on what camera I should buy for photos and youtube contact (i.e vlogging, talk show style show with my friend, and some beauty videos etc). I was between the sony a____ series and canon t_i series. I was told by a colleague that I could get an older version camera its the lens that is really important. Would you agree or disagree? I really wanted a camera with a flip screen, but that is not a deal breaker for me. I would also like some light weight and easy to travel with. If the flip screen can’t be an option are there any devices I can use that would serve the same purpose as a flip screen? Also what mic and lighting would you recommend? Keep in my mind I am not on a low budget, but would still like to spend wisely on equipment as a first timer. Thanks in advance for your help!

  • Nathaniel

    Hi! I can use some advice on what camera I should purchase. I want a camera that takes great pictures, but can also be used for Youtube videos (vlogging, talk show series, beauty videos etc). I want something light weight and prefer something with a flip screen – however the flip screen is not a deal breaker. I was considering the Sony Alpha cameras or the Canon t_i cameras. I’m unsure what brand and version I should get. I was told that I do not HAVE to get the newest version camera so long as I have a good lens. What are your thoughts? Can you also give me some good mic and lighting options? If I can’t get the flip screen are there any alternatives to me seeing what the camera is recording while I’m in front of it? I do not have a small budget, but I also do not want to splurge on ALL of the equipment as I am a beginner. Hope to hear from you soon!

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  • WJ

    p.s. I notice there are no Nikons on your list – why is that? (not offended at all, just curious as to what’s making them less appealing) There must be some fatal flaw?

  • WJ

    Thanks, Alexandria – what a great post!

    I am looking to do three separate channels on YouTube and am looking for that sweet spot of a set up that will do it all – channel 1 will be focused on kitchen blending, channel 2 will be touristy kind of travel tidbits. (I live in a destination and want to provide a local’s perspective) Channel 3 will leverage a lot of voice over with slides and other graphics. I’m a Nikon user and am very comfortable with the interface, so it’s appealing to me for that reason. That said, I don’t want to choose something that’s comfortable at the expense of a better solution. I’d like to spend under $1200 for everything and am open to buying used equipment. What would you do?

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  • Henry

    Hello borrowlenses,
    Thanks a lot for your informative post. I love vlogging, and I usually make use of my iphone 7, but I would like to start using a camcorder or camera now. I’m looking for one that is reliable and produces quality hd videos and in the $300 – $400 price range. I’m using it mainly for personal every day vlogs and would occasionally upload on youtube or my blog, what would you recommend? Thank you. Also for any of your recommendations, would it also be able to take good pictures?

  • Syndy

    Thanks for sharing great info.. But, can you suggest Best Cameras For Youtube Under $200?

  • Kay

    Hi, I am looking to start a youtube channel for beauty tutorial, cooking and vlogging. I also would like to take my camera with me to take photos when I travel. I like taking photos of scenery and architecture. Also some close ups and protraits. l have never had a professional camera before only a Sony cyber-shot so have no idea what would be best for me and what lense I need. When taking photos and recording I would like to have the option where the background is blurred if you know what I mean. Can you please provide me some options that would be from mid-range options $500-$1000. And if I did want to splurge more is there something suitable you would suggest that under$1500. Please and thank you.

  • Alexandria Huff

    If it’s in your budget, the 80D is more than sufficient for your cooking needs. In fact, it’s just a good camera all-around for other things you may need it for: travel, family, etc. The bigger concern for you might be which lens to choose. A versatile choice that’s good for most video uses is the Canon 24-105mm STM ( If you’re working in a tight environment, then you might need to go a little wider (check out the latest 16-35mm:

  • Rue

    I am looking to make short 3 minute ( edited ) videos on cooking. I’m a chef and have no clue where to start with what camera to purchase. Initially I wanted to get the canon 80 but untimately id lové advice on what the best camera for a ‘cooking show’ & great Instagram pics would be. For sound I’m doing voice over and would like to use the blue yeti.

    Thanks in advance

  • Alexandria Huff

    If you’re looking for an all-in-one, I would test out the RX10 IV ( and the Panasonic FZ2500 ( Otherwise, with an upgrade to a DSLR or mirrorless body, you’ll have to strongly consider dropping considerable money on a lens – one with the kind of range you’d need being far away from your subject.

  • Yanira Ojeda

    I have a serious question. My daughter does gymnastics and I just started a Youtube Channel for her. Currently I am using a Nikon Coolpix L840 (borrowed). I want to buy a good camera, but this camera must autofocus quickly when im zooming in and out as when I record her she is mostly on floors far away. I also want it to have an external mic port. I was thinking of the Canon Rebel T6i , but I heard it is not a good option for the type of videos I am wanting to record if this is so what is the best option?

  • The Dudes

    The tip is: get a GoPro, a Canon and an Osmo, Perfect set, maybe for the beggining.

  • strongjobs2014

    Greetings, I just purchased a Canon Vixia G40 Camcorder as my initial investment toward creating a high quality TV studio – VLOG setup. The intent is to produce premium quality vlogs for (mostly) Linkedin which I will likely use YouTube for storage/playback.

    I will be primarily be using a ‘desk’ scenario and delivering 2-3 minute subject matter tutorials. Should I go for a shotgun mic like the Rode – or a lavalier mic setup (wired or wireless? Brand?) The intent also requires implementation of a ‘professional’ lighted studio area’ – with a kit for green screen / chroma key and backdrops. My intent is to deliver the best quality (video & sound) experience with a ‘medium’ budget.

    Please, can you recommend what I should be looking for re: sound (shotgun / boom / lavalier / wireless / or?) and also the BEST presets (auto / manual) for the Canon Vixia? I am also trying to figure out where’s best to store media for recording and editing purposes as I have several options with the camera having wi-fi. I am also thinking I need Adobe Elements or Pro (just hate the idea of a monthly fee) but would appreciate your input(s)


  • Alexandria Huff

    I think that is a very suitable option. The only drawback is that it doesn’t have a port for an external microphone. It does have a built-in stereo mic, though. So you’ll need to be mindful when recording that your environment is very quiet, because in-camera mics try to pick up everything. But it’s otherwise a great camera for your purposes. When picking out a lens, you will need to think about how close you want the lens to be to your face (or a model’s face). You’ll want a lens with a relatively close minimum focusing distance, especially if you’re working in a small space already. Good luck! Hope it goes well.

  • Mary

    Hi I’m a make up artist and I’m looking into getting a camera for pictures and videos because I want to go into vlogging too for beauty videos.I was thinking of getting a sony a5100,is this fine or which other one will you recommend.

  • Alexandria Huff

    Yes, certainly, that is a fine setup!

  • Jamila

    What about the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm Lens? Is it a good camera for youtube or vimeo?

  • Jay

    I’m pretty sure most of the YouTubers that were using the Canon 70D have already upgraded to the 80D and 5D. Great post btw. Thanks

  • Alexandria Huff

    If you’re performing music in your videos for YouTube, you’re going to need to worry far more about sound quality than having a super beefy production camera. Fortunately, you can attach higher-quality sound to more average cameras and attain perfectly watchable and enjoyable videos for a fraction of the price of something like a C100. Start here to get acquainted with microphone types (though I am sure, if you’re a musician, you’re familiar with mic types but this article talks about them in context of videography: The most important quality of a camera for you will probably be if the camera can accept external microphones or not. If it can do that, plus shoot 1080p or higher video footage for a decent clip length (usually around 30 minutes – more than enough for a song or 2), then you’re very set. After that, any wide angle lens (if you’re performing in a small room) will suffice. Don’t spend tons of money – you won’t need to, at least not at this stage!

  • Zed

    Hi! Thank you so much for your answer and taking your time to reply to me. Also thanks for the info! It is very helpful. I will check the Lumix and will go to the dpreview. Have a great day!

  • em

    Hi there, so what camera do I use if I want to do music on Youtube? I’ve heard a good camera is the Canon c100 but that’s a little out of my price range. Also what lenses do you recommend?

  • Alexandria Huff

    You have some options but none of them perfect. There is the RX10 IV ( but it’s a “bridge” camera and a little big compared to the RX100 IV or V. The screen also just tilts – it doesn’t articulate. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 is also a bigger bridge but has the fully articulating screen. Both have mic inputs. DPReview has a nice “Camera Feature Search” where you can choose your form factor, features, and price point and see what’s available on the market (sorry for the long and ugly URL):

  • Zed

    Hey is there vlogging camera which is small and good like “Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 IV” and has External Mic Input and 180 degree flip screen?
    Thank you very much in advance!

  • Zed

    Hey is there vlogging camera which is small and good like “Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 IV” and has External Mic Input and 180 degree flip screen?
    Thank you very much in advance!

  • Alexandria Huff

    If money is no object, something like the Sony a7S would do nicely thanks to its low light capabilities, which can be handy in darker restaurants. Otherwise, if you’re looking for something very small and still fairly good in low light, the Sony RX100 V is a great option. I’d rent a few different body/lens combinations first to test out before committing.

  • Alexandria Huff

    Most phones are perfectly competent at this. I would just make sure it is stabilized in some way (a product that may interest you is the DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphones – Sound is also a concern, so you may want to consider a simple microphone if you’re not just setting your videos to music.

  • Superstar

    Hi, i’m starting out on youtube and was looking to upgrade my phone to an iphone 7. Would this be good enough to shoot quality videos of me working with my hands and recording movement?

  • Rose

    Hi there, I will be starting a blog to record events and restaurants visit around my city. I’m not sure what camera I should start with. It would have to be able to take wide shots at restaurants. I’m not explaining well, so I hope you understand a little. I will have to take both pics and videos.

  • Alexandria Huff

    So, for that price point it’s going to be tough to get everything you want. Before you dive straight into cameras, if your 8 yo already has access to a computer then you might want to consider a new webcam instead. Webcams have come a long way in quality and variety and tend to be pretty affordable. But before you do that, you might want to make a list of things that are important: will they want a touchscreen LCD or is navigating a menu system fine for them? Do they need a tilting screen or a fully articulating screen for “selfie” mode? Is slow motion video mode something they want? Do they really want to record in 1080p or is 720p sufficient? Will they ever want to use an external microphone or is in-camera mic good enough? That’s a lot for an 8 yo, I know, but you might be surprised by the features they know they want. That will help you narrow it down, as some cameras have flip screens but only shoot 720p, etc. You’re always sacrificing something so finding out what’s actually important will help you choose.

  • Sarah

    Hi! My 8 year old daughter is asking for a video camera for Xmas. She is wanting to make you tube videos , everything from makeup tutorials to the surprise eggs videos. Since she is so young I’m wanting something under $150 , and also something that is fairly easy to operate. Could you give me some advice ? Thanks !!

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  • Isaac

    She also uses a Sony a6500.

  • Isaac

    Update on iJustine, She now uses mostly Sony products. Her main cameras are two Sony a7s II and her her vlogging camera is the rx100 v.

  • Alexandria Huff

    The Canon 80D would be sufficient, certainly. It sounds like you are trying to fit a lot into the frame, so a wide angle lens is needed. What I would think about next is lighting. Unless you have really good natural light in your office, I’d consider this:

  • Mike

    I’m a financial planner looking to shoot short educational videos on financial topics. I want to shoot videos for YouTube, FB and LinkedIn, mostly from a short distance, like 3-7 feet away. Indoors, in my conference room, me at my desk or in my conference room next to a 55 inch monitor with slides up….would the Canon 70d or 80d be good for me? I also plan on using a teleprompter.

    what would be a good lens to pair with it for the way I’m planning to use it?

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  • Dyzio

    Still best is Canon PowerShot s120

  • Aroofa Panjwani

    I am in 10th grade and i need to record about 20 videos for my personal project, all my videos will be arts tutorials. So can you please tell that would it be good if i use iphone 6s to record my videos?

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  • Alexandria Huff

    If you’re comfortable with spending above $1,000 then nearly any interchangeable lens DSLR or mirrorless camera will do the trick. When reading reviews/stats, you’ll want to pay attention to a couple of things: Does it have a mic port? Does it have a hot shoe for accessories and mics? How high is the maximum ISO? What are the clip length limitations (are you going to be shooting long scenes or editing together shorter ones)? These questions will help you narrow down your choices.

  • Jennifer

    Hi, I would like to create indoor cooking videos and place them on youtube. Which camera would you recommend in the less cheap-mid range?

  • Don Reese

    One mistake. You never mentioned drone based cameras’

  • Amanda

    Yeah I liked that list a lot! I have been using Sony Alpha A7R II for my vlogs for the last couple of years and I’m so pleased the quality is great and I love it. This is the one I have;

  • Todd

    I really liked this post. I have been using Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body and it is perfect for me.

  • Alisha

    I want a good camera for beginners, under £200 or even under £100 would be a bonus and I’m looking for a tripod that is roughly under £200 or £100 that can hold the camera vertically and horizontally (to make tutorials with a birds eye view and to just take normal videos)

  • Alexandria Huff

    If you like your phone and would rather just use that but you’re concerned about the built-in audio, you might want to explore something like this. It appears that LG uses the CTIA/AHJ standard required for connecting an external mic.

  • Carolyn Foley

    Do you have any thoughts on the $100-$150 Chinese knock-offs? They even come with an external mic that some reviews say is surprisingly good. I would like to film more than a week, but I don’t know yet if this is something I will keep doing or if I will discover it’s too much hassle, so I don’t want to spend too much on a camera, but my phone is just an LG Stylo 2 ($240 new), so I don’t think the video or sound quality will be good enough from that.

  • Alexandria Huff

    People really like this camera for its high-quality and no-fuss output and build: But at nearly 1K retail, it isn’t the cheapest option. I’d rent it first and make sure it will be worth ultimately shelling out for. I did a mini review of the much older Mark III version, so that will give you an idea of how much better the Mark V is (it was already a tremendous little camera many iterations ago):

  • Jay

    I want to create a series of videos that are instructional. Most of the video will PowerPoint with written and image content. Only a small percentage of it will be filming myself talking. I don’t have a lot of money to spend but wanted to at least have quality video and audio. I don’t want it to look like a cheesy home video and sound like I’m in a tunnel somewhere. I want it to look somewhat professionally done. What’s a good camera and microphone that I can use?

  • Alexandria Huff

    You won’t be able to shoot video with an XTi. You will want to explore some of the newer options in the Rebel lineup. Video shooting as a feature began in that lineup with the T1i/500D. See more here:

  • Arden Besner

    Hi there!

    I am starting a youtube channel for beauty videos.
    Would you recommend a Canon Rebel XTi DSLR camera with a EF -S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens?


  • Paris

    Hi! I have been thinking on making videos for a long time now and I want to be one that is not delicate, that has nice pixels and that is active since I am the time of person wanting to share the stuff I can do (flips,handstands,skateboarding,rollerblading,etc) and I want a good camera aswell and that is cheap so that we can afford it! But anyway amazing website helps a lot!

  • Alexandria Huff

    Also, we didn’t discuss sound, which is a big one, too – but start with the above. I don’t want to overwhelm you. If you want to jump into sound advice, check out:

  • Alexandria Huff

    It sounds like you want to primarily shoot from the top-down (bird’s eye point of view), which means you’ll need to think about how you’ll support the camera first. You’ll want something that can hold your camera like this: We rent Magic Arms that clamp to something stable and then can be arranged to hold a camera over your hands ( or you can look into something with a tripod + boom, like this: The next thing to think about is how close you want the camera/lens to be to your hands. The 24-70mm or the EF-S 17-55mm need about a foot’s distance to focus properly, for example. Since you’re already familiar with the Rebel, you might want to just stick with that series and get a newer Rebel, like the T5i or T6i, plus a simple shutter cable (either one with a longer wire for you to reach easily, or a wireless one). Here’s an example of a very simple one: We rent remotes, too, but they are more expensive because they are also intervalometers, which you don’t need. Lastly, lighting can get expensive quickly. I really like this light because it is flexible, easy to use, lightweight, and water resistant: But retail is spendy so you might want to rent it and see if you even like how it operates first and find possibly a cheaper version online (or spring for the Westcott if you just love it, it’s around $500). Overall, I think you should be able to keep your budget under 3K, especially if you stick to EF-S lenses (the EF-S 17-55mm is a good one to try:, which are designed specifically for crop sensor cameras like the ones found in the Rebel series and can save you $ thanks to their smaller overall builds which use fewer materials. They are sharp enough for most web video needs – especially if your environment is well lit. Hope that helps!

  • Mariel E

    So I’ve come to this blog posting about 5 times already. I haven’t purchased a camera in almost 6 years. My current camera is the Canon rebel t2i (yes, very old). I am looking to start making youtube tutorials that won’t really be showing myself, but more so my hands, some the things I will be teaching to make. I am trying to find the perfect camera to use. I need something where I can control it with a wireless remote (stop, start, zoom, etc). I also need one that will auto focus quickly when I bring something close to the camera and take it away. I am clueless as to what to buy. I am going to be shooting tutorials on knitting/crochet. I currently own a yarn store and I also make my own hand dyed yarn. Making youtube tutorials has been something I have been wanting to do for a long time now. Can I please bother you for some advice? What camera do you recommend for me? I would like to keep it in the reasonable pricing area. Nothing more then 3000 and I am actually looking to spend that much on everything if I could. As far as lighting, wireless remote, etc. goes.

  • Dan S

    This is a really good, all-encompassing list. A great starting point for people getting into vlogging.

  • Alexandria Huff

    Good looking out – corrected!

  • Kevin L.

    You made one small mistake, the GoPro Hero 4 Silver has the display screen, the Hero 4 Black does not.

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