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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. It’s not the cheapest or smallest option in this guide (the Sony ZV-1 below is a better compact option), but in terms of quality and bang-for-your-buck, it’s our current top pick for video creators. Pair it with an XC15-45mm kit lens, and you have a superb 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. It shoots uncropped 4K/30p video, has in-body image stabilization (IBIS) to smooth out handheld jitters, and a vari-angle screen that flips round to face you. The X-S10 is also packed with other useful features, such as Full HD recording at 240p for a 10x slow motion effect, F-Log recording, and the option to output 4:2:2 10-bit video, too.
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. Considering all of the features you get, it’s also available at a pretty wallet-friendly price. But be warned: its wide range of great X-series lenses may prove hard 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 matches the GoPro Hero 7 in most technical aspects, but it has a larger, longer lasting battery, and a very, very handy front color front screen. 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. It should be noted however that when the RockSteady stabilization is on, there is a slight delay with what the Osmo action films, and what you see on the viewfinder.
#3 Canon EOS M50
Fans of Canon were very excited to see the EOS M50, their first foray into the 4k capable 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, the EOS M50 is a camera for enthusiasts, in that it has plenty of features, but not too many as to overwhelm you.
While video image is good, we should warn you that when you film in 4k, there is a 1.6x crop. This means the sensor zooms in 1.6 times to cater for 4k stabilized footage. 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 mid-range vlogging contender bristling with features that hits the sweet spot between ease of use and technical capability. At the helm is a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds lens with 4K 30fps enabled 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.
Another standout feature is the 5-axis dual image stabilization, which is done from the sensor, as well as dual-axis stablislation from the lens. This reduces motion blur for clearer, cleaner photos and videos, which is a key factor for vlogging when you are walking and recording yourself.
Add to that its rapid 49 point autofocus system, the LUMIX DMC-G85MK is a beast when it comes to getting crisp, in focus footage. The camera is also weatherproof and dustproof (just don’t go taking it swimming!), which makes it easier to see and film even in bad weather.
#5 Sony ZV-1
The Sony ZV-1 Camera packs an array of options inside a quite small body. Although it fits in your pocket, this camera is designated especially for vloggers as it has some excellent video features.
The flip-around screen and an impressive built-in microphone can make a vlogging star out of you. The model has a 1-inch 20.1-megapixel sensor and the Fast Hybrid AF. 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 gives you a video resolution of up to 4K and Full HD with a 120 fps. It records a super slow motion video at 120 and 240 fps in 1080p. You can control everything from the flip-out touchscreen display. The forward-directional in-built microphone and the MI shoe enables you to capture excellent sound. 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.