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#1 Fujifilm X-S10
Arguably the best all-round mirrorless camera at this price point, the Fujifilm X-S10 is adept at lots of different types of shooting – including vlogging. While it isn’t the most affordable or smallest option (the Sony ZV-1 below offers a better compact option), we consider it to be our top choice for video makers. This combination with an XC15 to 45mm kit lens will make a fantastic vlogging setup.
Inside the X-S10 is the tried-and-tested combination of a 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4, which we’ve already seen in the Fujifilm X-T4. The camera can shoot uncropped 4K/30p videos, has in-body imaging stabilization (IBIS), to reduce handheld jitters, as well as a variangle screen that flips to face you. The X-S10 also has other useful features such as Full HD recording at 240p with a 10x slow motion effect, F-Log record, and the ability to output 4×2:2 10-bit video.
On top of all of that you’ve also got some fine retro styling and a great, comfortable grip, which makes it a great hybrid option for shooting stills, too. The price is very reasonable considering all of the features that you get. Be aware that the X-series lens range is quite extensive and may be difficult to resist.
#2 DJI Osmo Action
The Osmo action is DJI’s attempt to take on the GoPro Hero series head on, and we must say, they did a brilliant job. Not only does it undercut it’s GoPro Hero 7 competitor in price, it also beats it in some features.
It’s technical features are comparable to the GoPro Hero 7, but it has a longer lasting battery and a front-facing color screen that is very useful. This provides far better functionality than the GoPro Hero 7, as you can see what you’re vlogging while you’re filming.
By most accounts, DJI’s electronic image stabilization, called RockSteady, is arguably just as good as a physical gimbal, which really is incredible. Be aware that RockSteady stabilization can cause a slight delay in the Osmo’s action films and the viewfinder.
#3 Canon EOS M50
Canon fans were thrilled to see the EOS M50. This was their first venture into the 4k mirrorless market. The EOS M50 fits into Canon’s range at the upper end of the md-market, offering features that you won’t find in it’s lesser priced models.
In other words, EOS M50 can be described as a camera for enthusiasts. It has a lot of features but not too many to overwhelm you.
Video image quality is excellent, but 4k footage has a 1.6x crop. To accommodate 4k stabilized footage, the sensor zooms in 1.6x. This is okay if you’re looking for tight shots, but if you want a very wide angle on the kit 15-45mm lens, you might struggle to capture everything.
#4 Panasonic LUMIX G85
The DMC–G85MK is a mid-range contender in vlogging. It’s packed with features that hit the sweet spot between technical capability and user-friendliness. The 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds lens is at the helm. It supports 4K 30fps video. If you’d like super smooth 60fps however, you’ll need to film in 1080p. Either way, you’re going to be capturing very good quality video thanks to the MFT lens that boosts fine details.
The 5-axis dual image stabilizer, which is done both from the sensor and from the lens, is another standout feature. This reduces motion blur and makes photos and videos clearer.
The LUMIX LUMIX G85MK is fast and accurate in capturing sharp, in-focus footage. The camera is also weatherproof and dustproof (just don’t go taking it swimming!It is easier to see and film in bad weather.
#5 Sony ZV-1
The Sony ZV-1 Camera packs an array of options inside a quite small body. This compact camera can be carried in your pocket. However, it is designed for vloggers and has excellent video features.
A flip-around screen and a powerful built-in microphone will make you a vlogging superstar. The camera features a 1 inch 20.1-megapixel sensor with Fast Hybrid Autofocus. Still, this camera doesn’t have the electronic viewfinder and it’s better to use it for video since it comes with the perks like background defocus, built-in neutral density filter for outdoors, face priority exposure setting, and the Soft Skin effect to soften the blemishes on your skin.
The built-in lens allows you to record full HD video at 120 fps and 4K resolution. It records super slow motion video at 120 or 240 fps 1080p. Everything can be controlled via the flip-out touchscreen display. You can capture high quality sound using the in-built microphone and MI shoe. However, there is no headphone jack, so you won’t be able to check the sound of your videos.
Still, this is the perfect camera if you’re doing product showcasing or showing products in your vlogs since you can “switch the focus mode to look for the product” fast, as Parker Walbeck says which is one of the USP of this camera. Its low light performance is superior, if we compare it, for example, with Canon’s M50.