Being a YouTuber is an emerging passion.
But apart from having the talent and the motivation to be on YouTube, you do need one more thing:
An excellent camera for YouTube or for vlogging, in case you are into it.
But how to decide what camera would be the best for recording videos?
A normal 12mp Digital Camera or a high end DSLR camera?
Ok, So DSLR camera is what I need. But wait, How to choose the best camera for YouTube and vlogging from so many DSLR cameras in the market?
Well, we have made that easy for you by listing 10 Best cameras for YouTube to record great videos. So all you have to do is choose the one which you think is best for you and take your YouTube career to the next level right away.
Best Camera for Youtube – Quick Look
|Camera||CMOS Sensor||Auto Focus Type||Price|
|Panasonic Lumix Fz80|
|18.1 MP||4k Point|
|Nikon D3300||24.2 MP DX||11 Points Single Cross|
|Canon Rebel T5||18 Mp (APS-C)||N/A|
|Canon EOS 70D||20.2 Mp||19 Points cross|
|Canon EOS 80D|
|24.2 Mp (APS-C)||45 Points all-cross|
|Canon Rebel T6||18 Mp (APS-C)||9 Points center cross|
|Nokin D5300||24 Mp DX||39 Points 3D Matrix|
|Canon GT7 X Mark II||20.1 MP||Intelligent IS|
|Canon EOS 7D Mark II||20.2 MP||65 Point all-cross|
EOS 5D Mark III
|22.3 MP Full Frame||61-Point High-Density|
As to give a clear insight on how video cameras are made and few aspects to look for when choosing a camera for YouTube, we have added a Buyer’s Guide for you at the end of the article, make sure you go through it once.
1. Panasonic Lumix Fz80 – Best Entry Level 4K Camera for YouTube
Lumix Fz80 is our best vlogging camera for the roundup, not because of the high-end specs it comes with, but because of the price at which you can get it.
Panasonic has surprisingly fitted in the 18.1 megapixels power OIS lens even at this price point, for which other brands do charge some 200 bucks extra.And the lens works great when it comes to recording high definition YouTube Videos.Also it is the only video camera with 4K technology in our list.
Fz80 is a point and shoot camera with 4k technology, helping you capture lock fleeting moments at up to 30 frames per second.
It comes with 20mm wide-angle lens with 60X long zoom which is by far the best zooming functionality we have encountered in any video camera at this price point.
And Guess what?
The camera performs exceptionally well in low light, which would help you vlogging with ease at night.
Now the camera out stands, especially in its zooming area. 60X zooming is something which you would definitely love. Some photos when zoomed to the max might get a little crisper, but other than hand we appreciate the work Panasonic did in it. Also along with the zoom, 20mm lens is wide enough to capture a lot of width without taking the steps back.
But everything isn’t perfect, so here are the flaws:
- Fz80 comes with proprietary cable, which means no option for mini USB point, you are stuck with the Panasonic cables
- Battery life is not exceptional, however dimming the brightness would make a big impact there.
- 60X Optical zoom for capturing far moments
- Comfort Grip and compact design for vlogging
- 4K technology at entry price point
- 18.1 Megapixels power O.I.S Lens
- Average Battery Life
- No lens hood with the package
A complete value for money camera for YouTube. 4K technology is a steal deal at this entry-level price range, which helps you recording high-quality videos as great frame per second rate. If you are just starting out with YouTube or vlogging and do not have much money in hand, then you should try out this one.
2. Nikon D3300 Digital SLR
Nikon D3300 is the most successful camera from the Nikon’s entry-level DSLR line. Though it does not comes with 4k recording but still, it is a great camera for YouTube and compact enough to travel with for vlogging.
D3300 comes with powerful and advanced 24.2mp DX-format sensor with capability of up to 5frames per second continuous shooting
The camera is a small one, which can record up to 1080p videos at up to 60 frames per second with soft blurry backgrounds and tack-sharp details.
The display added is a fixed 3″ inch 921k dots display which is vibrant enough for testing, if the shot was right or not. The camera comes with an ISO range 12800, which can be upgraded to 25600
The Nikon D3300 is packed with 11 points system and a single cross-type sensor, which might not be best for recording sports videos, but for recording vlogs and YouTube videos, it does the job very well.
The camera does a great job when it comes to video. Videos are very smooth and have a good low-light performance.
Although the focus is great, but still:
The very minute noise of the focus motor keeps coming in between the video. Alternatively, you can turn on the manual focus to solve that issue or push the focus button manually and move back to the recording spot to maintain the focus. But as you are going to use the camera for recording YouTube videos, then we believe you must be having a microphone for recording audio. In case you do not have one we recommend you to get one now.
- 11 AF points with 3D tracking
- Advanced Auto focus system
- Up to 6 frames per second recording
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- 24.2 Mp DX-format Sensor
- Comes with useless manual, though camera is easy to operate
- Focus motor produces a minute sound in videos
A great camera from Nikon and very well priced for the users. Although it does not come with 4K recording, still the videos recorded are very sharp and focused. So until and unless you need to record some 4k videos for your YouTube channel, you are good to go with it.
3. Canon EOS Rebel T5 – Great Entry Level Camera from EOS Series
Canon is a big brand when it comes to cameras, and you are going to see many of them on this list.
Rebel T5 is a small digital SLR camera which could be a easy companion when it comes to vlogging.
Though it would be very unfair to compare it with 70D or other cameras from the same series, but still it give good competetion to the cameras from similar series, and if you do not need some very high-end specifications, like something to record sports event, then you should prefer Rebel T5 over other high-end series from Canon and save few bucks for yourself.
Though this one misses 4K technology too, still it is an excellent camera for recording up to 1080p videos for YouTube and would not bring a dent to your bank balance.
Here are some of its great Specifications:
- 18 MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor packed in with Digic 4+ image processor
- 3.5-inch crystal clear LCD TFT display
- Up to 3 fps shooting on continuous recording
- EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard lens
- Intelligent auto mode for different scenes
Though as compared to the Nikon D5300 it goes less by 3fps, other than that it is no less powerful than it and both of them are great entry-level contenders when it comes to buying best camera for YouTube
- 18 megapixel (APS-C) sensor with fast Digic 4 processor
- Capable of recording full 1080p HD video
- EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard zoom lens
- Comes with scene intelligent mode
- Excellent battery life
- No Cons
If you are a canon fan and have made the mind of going for a Canon camera only, then you would not find anything cheaper than this from the big brand. This is one of the best entry-level cameras for YouTube or vlogging and is good to record high quality videos.
4. Canon EOS 70D
If you have come down this far, you are in search of some extraordinary camera for YouTube.
Well, next in our countdown is the Canon EOS 70D, a mid-budget DSLR which has a very good reputation in the market.
Unlike the top 3 cameras which we mentioned earlier, this one comes in with loads of features. Like to know them? Ok! Here we go:
- 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor, which is upgraded one as compared to our Canon T5
- Capable of up to 7 frames per second shooting in a continuous recording
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF for better and quick focus on videos.
- 3 inch articulation LCD screen with 1040k dots
- Full 1080p HD recording at up to 30 frames per second
- Built in great quality microphone making vlogging much easier
It is not just about the specifications of the camera, but also the build quality and design. The camera comes with some cool leather finish on top, which compliments its design very well, making it a very handy camera for recording videos for YouTube.
The articulation LCD screen is the best part you get in this camera. Doesn’t matter you keep it left facing you, behind you, left or right, you can always keep a perfect view at the display. Plus just by an easy tap, you can adjust the focus level or other properties.
The facial focus in exceptional and bring out the great blurred effect in videos. The sound from the microphone is very straightforward, but still to make it perfect we would recommend a dedicated microphone
Not an issue but:
It does not come with 4k recording, which at this price range is expectable, but since at the launch of the camera the 4k technology was not that popular, so it is missing here.
- DIGIC 5+ with 20.2 mp APS-C CMOS sensor
- Up to 7 frames per second shooting at continuous recording
- Comes with 19 point cross-type AF System
- Records excellent Videos at all lightening conditions
- Have to invest in better lens , if there is need for better Wide Angle
Canon EOS 70D is ideally designed video camera for perfection. It is lightweight, well priced and comes packed with great specifications. The auto focus is good and considering the price point of the camera, it is a very good deal.
5. Canon EOS 80D – Most Popular Camera among Top Youtuber’s
Canon EOS 80 is the upgrade to EOS 70D and the probably the latest digital SLR from Canon currently which is used by some popular youtubers.
This camera comes above the range of mid-budget cameras for YouTube and comes for a pretty big amount.
This video camera comes with 45 points all-across type Autofocus system, which by far is the maximum for any video camera in our list till now, providing the best focus experience when working with focus area selection modes or optical viewfinder.
Some of the other important specifications include:
- High-speed continuous shooting up to 7 frames per second
- Faster and better Digic 6 processor for better video quality and faster processing for zero lag experience.
- Up to ISO 25600 for brilliant video recording, even in low lighting conditions.
- Built in NFC and Wi-Fi for quick connectivity with mobile device and laptop for sharing content
- Anti-Flicker technology provides consistent exposure in the case of flickering of surrounding lights.
Overall the EOS 80D is the ultimate video camera you will get to see. The 3 inch articulating touch screen makes it so super easy to focus by an easy tap.
The battery range is very fine and would not be an issue even if you are out vlogging for multiple hours.
As mentioned by the manufacturer themselves, the camera misses the 4k option, so if you are looking for that option we reommend you to check other cameras.
- 45-point all cross-type AF system
- 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor
- Upgraded Dual CMOS Autofocus
- Inbuilt WiFi and NFC for seamless sharing
- Up to 7 frames per second capture in continuous shot
- Missing 4K technology
If we do not jump into the Mark series from Canon, then, EOS 80 is the finest camera we have from canon. The Autofocus is something which is excellent and makes it a very good camera for YouTube and vlogging. We were disappointed that 4K HD wasn’t included. However, 1080P is fine for YouTube since audiences mainly watch on phone, tablet and notebook screens.
6. Canon EOS Rebel T6
And here we have another one from the Canon Rebel series.
Rebel T6 is one of the high rated Digital SLR from Canon which looks no different from other Canon cameras.
The price of this camera is set to be in entry-level range, which is a good factor if you have just started the YouTube thing, or you are gradually growing and do not have much revenue coming in.
It may not look like the best camera for YouTube after we had a look at the point focus of 80D, but in case you are not going to film a fast moving train, Rebel T6 would work fine for you and would save you almost half of the money as compared to EOS 80D
But again, with great price come improved features and EOS 80D has a lot of them. Now let’s have a look, what Rebel T6 YouTube camera has to offer?
- 3 inch 920k dot LCD with clear and vibrant colors
- 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor along with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor which we got to see in EOS T5
- 9 Point Auto Focus with centre cross type
- Capable of 1080p recording at up to 30 frames per second
- Intelligent auto basic mode and some creative modes.
- Effective price point
- 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- Full 1080p HD recording
- Intelligent and creative auto modes
- No cons
We will keep it short and simple. This camera is a great entry level camera and comes bundled with everything you need for vlogging or creating videos for YouTube. Super easy to use and a great camera to start learning on.
7. Nikon D5300 Digital SLR – With DX Format Sensor
The next up is from Nikon D series. This one is slightly expensive than the D3300 and comes with some major upgrades.
D5300 is another entry-level video camera from Nikon, which can record brilliant focused videos up to 1080p.
Nikon and Canon both are the big brands in the market when it comes to the camera. We also tested some of the cameras from Sony but didn’t feel like that they were the ideal camera for YouTube.
Now talking about the D5300, it comes with:
- 24 megapixel CMOS Dx-format sensor with no optical low-pass filter
- 39 Point Auto Focus technology with 3d Matrix and 3D tracking
- 5 frames per second shooting on a continuous recording
- 3.2 inch Vary angle LCD with 1037k dots.
- 1080p video recording at up to 60 frames per second
Ok, So when it comes down to autofocus, D3300 is not even close to this one, plus the features like 3d matrix and 3d tracking make the visuals even better.
24mp sensor along with autofocus records excellent videos and would make great additions to your YouTube channel
The best thing about the camera is its pricing. It is very well under priced at the entry level range and does its job fantastically.
The hard part is that this one is also not a 4k camera but other than with what it is equipped with, it does the best in it.
- 39 Points Autofocus system
- 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor
- 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering II
- Built in Wifi for sharing and remote control
- To use auto focusing you MUST use an AF-S or AF-I lens, no AF or AF-D lenses will work
If you can invest some 200 bucks extra, then we would recommend them over D3300. For that amount, you do get very big upgrades in terms of sensor and point focus system. Also, don’t forget the 3D features it comes packed with.
8. Canon Powershot GT7 X Mark II – Entry level Camera from Mark Series
Mark series is quite a famous series from canon when it comes to professional cameras for YouTube, and GT7 X from the series is a widely used camera by some of the popular YouTubers.
GT7 X Mark II comes with 1.0 inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, along with Digic 7 processor, which delivers lightening fast speed and helps in processing good images even in low-lighting conditions.
Unlike the EOS series, the GT7 is very handy and could be the best vlogging camera in the lists. It has been designed in the shape of a Handycam and hardly looks like a DSLR.
CTX7 Mark II can record up to 8 frames per second continuous shooting, which is better than the EOS 80D, which is a very popular camera for YouTube and vlogging.
Apart from the other general features, it also comes with Canon HS system which helps in capturing bright and beautiful videos.
Coming in hand with 4.2x, f/1.8– f/2.8 Optical Zoom Lens, you now get to put maximum content in your frame with precision.
The camera can record up to 1080p full HD videos at 60 frames per second, which can be monitored in its 3.0″ LCD that tilts up to 180 degrees to monitor if you are in full frame for the YouTube video.
Overall the lens and the battery might not amaze you much, but when it comes to the camera, GT7 X stands out of the crowd.
- Up to 8fps continuous shooting
- 3.0 inch touch panel LCD
- Compact design
- Camera connect up for remote shooting
- Average battery life
This one is a powerful camera looking at what we are paying for it. If you are a fan of the Mark series, something like 5D or 7D, but found them quite expensive, then you can go for this one. It is quite a competition for EOS 80D, so we would ask you to compare wisely
9. Canon EOS 7D Mark II
So we are into the very high-end video cameras now. EOS 7D Mark II is a professional camera, which would cost a lot more than other Canon cameras.
The Mark series cameras for YouTube are excellent when it comes to Autofocus. 7D MArk II comes with 65 point all-across AF, which is almost double as compared to any camera in our list till now.
But wait, it’s not only about the Focus, the 7D Mark II comes with these great specifications as well:
- 20.2 MP excellent CMOS camera for extremely high-quality Videos
- Up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
The construction and build quality are good as you can think of. The look and feel are sturdy and provides a very good grip for a perfect hold.
Contrast detection AF over the previous models is brilliant, very responsive, very accurate and a cam recorder like servo mode.
Other than that this one comes with Digi 6 processor which is fast enough to handle any task.
- 65 point all-cross powerful Auto focus system
- High speed continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps
- 20.2 MP CMOS sensor
- Compact design for vlogging
- Brilliant HD Video quality
- No Cons
Until and unless you need some extra autofocus, we would not recommend you this over 70D.Both of the cameras are not very much different other than cross point AF and Digi processor, which are highly upgraded in 7D Mark II as compared to the previous series.
10. Canon EOS 5D Mark III – The High End Professional Camera
We are ending up the rundown with Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is the most expensive yet the most powerful camera for YouTube.
The design of the camera is no different than other EOS cameras, but what comes inside, is completely different and powerful.
The 5D Mark III comes with 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that is designed for creating high-resolution videos with unmatchable clarity.
Packed in with DIGIC 5+ Image Processor you get blazing fast processing speed and enhanced noise reduction.
EOS 5D Mark III captures HD video at the brilliant level. It supports both ALL-I and IPB compression and can record at a number of frame rates up to ISO 25600 in H mode, overall proving itself as a great camera for YouTube and vlogging.
Other than the specifications part which is no doubt the world class, the design of the Camera is robust and built to last long. It has the magnesium alloy body with shutter durability and is resistant to weather and dust.
- 3.2 inch LCD with 1,040k dots
- 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) recording with extreme clarity
- All news 61 point High Density Reticular AF
- 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Digi 5+ image processor
- Pricey for beginners
If you are already banking in good money from YouTube and want to take your videos to the next level then buy this one. For someone who is just starting out but has the money in hand, we would suggest them to start with other video camera and then upgrade to this one later.
Best Camera for YouTube – Buyer’s Guide
Buying a camera that covers your vlogging needs can be a difficult task. Before you spend your hard earned money make sure you know what you need. In our list, we have cameras ranging from a slow to $350 to as high as $3000.
Now someone who needs a $350 camera should not go for the $3000, in the same way, someone who needs $3000 camera, for them the other one is of no use.
Now “YouTube Videos” category is broad and buying a camera for YouTube depends upon what kind of video are you going to shoot? If you just into vlogging, an entry level DSLR would be more than enough to record awesome videos, However, if you into recording sports videos than a cheap camera would help nothing. So In case you are just starting with YouTube, think what kind of videos you are going to record and then choose wisely.
Our Featured type of Cameras:
- We have kept it simple enough and have included two types of cameras: DSLR and Point & Shoot
DSLR cameras are capable of performing well in every situation and are well known for recording high-quality Videos.
Point and shoot cameras, on the other hand, are very portable cameras and fit in very well in the pockets. So those who want to stay away from the hassle of carrying a DSLR should choose them.
Also, make sure that if you are going to include audio in your videos, then make sure you do buy a microphone along with the cameras. The cameras do come with microphones but still, to record sharp and clear audio, a microphone is a must.
Important things to consider before buying a Camera for Youtube
Most of the cameras will perform exceptionally well in broad daylight or in good lighting scenarios, but when it comes to low lightening some may give up or produce the poor or average results.
In our opinion, every DSLR camera should perform well in low lighting, as there would be times when you will step out at night for a shoot or when your studio light will behave weirdly. So make sure check out some sample videos from the camera made in low lighting, you will easily find them in review section upload by the previous buyers, or on YouTube in in a review video.
We hope you will agree to it when we say that you cannot take the external microphone everywhere. So if the microphone of your camera does not perform well that it is pretty useless.
Some of the cameras do pick the chirping sound of the motor and some do not, so pick wisely.
Every camera comes with an external mic input, but what needs to look at is if it picks up the shaking sound and wind action sounds. If it does then it is useless.
The camera’s on our list goes up to 60x when it comes to zooming, but stellar range in most of the cameras is up to 10X.Make sure the zoomed videos come as clear as the real ones if the pictures and blurry and broken then it is probably a low-quality camera. If you are going to buy a camera for filming outdoor YouTube videos then this should be on top of your priority list.
What if your camera’s battery dies in between filming? That would be awful situation right.
We recommend to not go for a camera less than 3-5 hours of battery range, as once you are out you got no time to charge your camera, or you can carry some external batteries with you for the worst scenarios.
A very important thing to consider for bloggers. If the camera doesn’t mount with a tripod then it would be hard to vlog. If you are going to use your old accessories with the new camera, then make sure it is compatible with all of them. Also, keep in mind what format of your videos you are going to upload. As in 2017 YouTube supports the following formats: MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, MPEG3S, WebM.