What to look for in a Vlogging camera — Before we start into this, you should know that you need a Vlogging camera that is appropriate for your needs. Using your phone alone is absolutely okay. Smartphone cameras and microphones are both fairly good these days.
This, in my opinion, is the greatest method to begin vlogging. That way, you can test if you like it before investing in equipment that you would never use.
What to Look for When Purchasing a Vlogging Camera
1. Video Resolution of the Camera
Although the resolution isn’t as critical as you may believe, it should still be enough. Even if 4K video is becoming more popular, 1080p (Full HD) vlogging is still more than sufficient, especially if you’re just getting started. You might be able to get by with a 720p camera, but it is not something I would advocate.
2. Low-light capability
The term “low light performance” refers to ISO. ISO is a camera setting that increases the camera’s sensitivity to light. To put it another way, the higher the ISO, the more light your camera will be able to catch. High ISO has the drawback of increasing noise and grain. Image quality will be reduced by noise and grain, and depending on how high you push the ISO, the image quality can be substantially reduced.
This is another option that may or may not be relevant depending on the style of vlog you want to create. If you have complete control over your lighting, this isn’t a problem because you’ll have enough light to use a lower ISO.
You will have little to no control over your lighting if you are going to be strolling around. When you go into a low-light environment, depending on your camera’s settings, it may increase the ISO.
So it’s just something to keep in mind, and if you know you’ll be making vlogs where you’ll be switching between different lighting circumstances, you’ll be better off with a camera that can take higher ISO.
3. Choosing a lens
The type of lens you choose will be determined by the camera and brand. If you buy a compact camera, you’ll be limited to using the lens that came with it. If you have a mirrorless or DSLR camera, you will have a large selection of lenses to pick from. Again, the number of lenses required is determined by the camera’s brand and kind.
Interchangeable lenses are available for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. This indicates that you have the ability to change the lens on your camera. This also allows you to acquire lenses that suit your vlogging style and give you more control by providing you a constant aperture or an ultra-wide focal length, depending on the lens.
If you choose a mirrorless or DLSR camera, keep in mind that it may or may not come with a lens. Make sure these cameras don’t say “body only” when you’re looking at them.
4. Autofocus on video
If you’re looking for an excellent Vlogging camera, ensure sure it supports video autofocus. This is a deal-breaker feature. Look for something different if it doesn’t have autofocus.
Attempting to vlog while manually focusing is a real disaster. It can also squander a significant amount of time. It’s not something you want to go through if you’ve spent most of your day filming and then come in to edit all of the clips you’ve shot only to discover that they’re out of focus and unusable.
5. Microphone for the camera
Surprisingly, video sound quality is more significant than video quality. People, for example, would much rather watch a 720p film with good sound quality than a 4K one with bad sound quality. A video’s sound quality may make or break it, which can be detrimental to your vlogging channel. Unfortunately, sound equipment can be costly, but there are some low-cost solutions that can provide decent sound quality at a low cost.
Microphones, like cameras and lenses, come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You may require a different sort of microphone depending on the form of vlog you want to create. For additional information, see our post on the Best Microphones for Vlogging.
6. A camera with a flip-screen display.
A flip-screen is required for vlogging cameras; else, vlogging will be nearly impossible. While recording your vlog, flip-out displays will allow you to see the camera screen. This allows you to fine-tune your focus and exposure. If the camera has that capability, it will also allow you to check your audio levels. Take a look at our list of top flip-screen vlogging cameras.
7. Dimensions of the camera
Another consideration is the type of vlog you are or will be producing. If you vlog from a desk or in your living room while seated, a larger, heavier camera is not an issue. If you plan on walking a lot, though, consider the size and weight of the camera, lens, and other equipment.
Without a lens, certain larger DSLR cameras, such as the Canon 7D mark II, can weigh up to 2lbs (910g). Depending on the lens, it could weigh as much as or more than the camera.
As a result, getting a lightweight setup can help you vlog more effectively. Carrying heavy equipment around can deter you from accomplishing anything because it is inconvenient, or it can just exhaust you faster.
When you’re vlogging, you’ll need to rest your camera on something when you’re not holding it or simply chatting to the camera. Depending on the style of vlog you’re making, a tripod or a handle will come in handy.
You should probably get a handle if you’re going to be making Vlogs while walking about or going about your daily duties. It will be easier to hold the camera further away if it has a handle. With this level of flexibility, you may create a variety of effects and looks for your videos.
With a wide-angle lens, you can hold your camera further away from you, allowing you to capture more of the landscape. Simultaneously, being able to hold a camera further away allows you to use a longer focal length, which may result in less distortion or allow you to get a closer photo.
A tripod might be really useful if you’re going to be shooting a lot of your vlogs at home or somewhere else where you’ll be sitting a lot. You could use a table or something similar, but a tripod will provide you with far more control. You may modify the height of the legs on a tripod to raise or lower it, as well as tilt the camera up and down or left and right. This gives you a lot of options when filming.
A Gorillapod, such as the one seen above, is another alternative. This is an excellent choice for compact cameras because it can be used as a tripod or a handle.
9. Spending plan
This is arguably the most essential factor because it restricts what you can purchase. When purchasing a vlogging camera, don’t always go for the lowest option. If you really want to do that, I’d recommend using your smartphone instead.
Smartphones have decent cameras and built-in microphones, so this is arguably the simplest and cheapest option to get started vlogging.
Look at cameras outside of your price range to see what video features they offer, do some study on those characteristics, and then attempt to find a more reasonable camera that has as many of those capabilities as possible while hunting for the best vlogging camera.