The best cameras for vlogging comes in every shape and size. Is smaller better? Well, if you’re not based in a studio then having a compact setup that stows quickly in your backpack, and will be stuck on a Gorillapod for those walking-and-talking-to-camera photos, then size definitely matters. If your vlogs are all completed on a tripod indoors, though, after that it’s less important.
For our money, overall, mirrorless cameras offer the best content creating a combination of control, quality and versatility – and mirrorless cameras often come with in-body image stabilization, a real game-changer for all those walking pictures or capturing even B-roll without a gimbal.
That said, you will get great video with a DSLR or a compact camera – and the best camera phones present brilliant fire-and-forget 4K video. Having said that Sony launched its compact camera Sony ZV-1 which is a great option for travel blogging and making videos for youtube. The following article contains all types of best cameras for blogging in 2020.
Best Camera For Travelling Blog In 2021
1. Nikon Z5
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The Nikon Z 5 is an FX-format mirrorless camera with a well-rounded feature-set to suit both photo and video needs. Its 24.3MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 processor afford wide sensitivity to ISO 51200, quick shooting at 4.5 fps, and UHD 4K video at 30 fps.
The imaging capabilities further translate to a refined autofocus system with 273 selectable points, and is a hybrid focusing system that uses both phase-detection and contrast-detection methods for high-speed, accurate focusing with adept subject tracking. Face Detection can be used in both stills and video modes while the more precise Eye Detection benefits portrait photographers working with either human or animal subjects.
2. Sony a6600
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The A6600 becomes Sony’s most powerful APSC mirrorless camera to date, sporting a 24 Megapixel sensor with confident autofocus across almost the entire frame, 11fps shooting, unlimited video recording, 4k up to 30p, 1080 around 120p, a screen that angles all the way up to face you, built-in stabilisation, mic and headphone jacks and the longest battery life of any camera in its class.
It all adds up to an attractive package, but there are some key downsides to consider, including a lack of twin SD card slots or even one that exploits the speed of modern UHS-II cards, a fairly average viewfinder resolution for the price, no AF joystick, no-touch functionality beyond the basics, and no 4k above 30p or in 10 bit, revealingly all available on the Fujifilm X-T3 at a similar price.
3. Canon EOS R
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With a 30MP sensor, fantastic colour reproduction and on-sensor autofocus, the EOS R can produce some beautiful photographs with pinpoint-accurate focus. But it’s Canon’s first mirrorless full-frame camera, and in many ways, it shows. The ergonomics feel unfinished, and for the same or less money, you can find better video, more dynamic range and faster burst speeds elsewhere. But we have to admit that Canon’s new RF lenses are simply spectacular, and at this time, the EOS R is the only way to get to use them.
4. Fujifilm X-T4
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The Fujifilm X-T4 builds-upon one of my favourite all-round cameras, inheriting the style and quality of the X-T3, while addressing my key complaints. Fujifilm’s squeezed effective built-in stabilisation, a more powerful battery and a fully-articulated screen into the X-T4 while only making the body a little thicker, and also thrown-in faster burst shooting at 15fps, better slow-motion video at 1080 240p, and a new Film Simulation for the moody videographers out there.
As such it seems almost churlish to find faults, and what little you could complain about is pretty minor. It’s just a little annoying to lose a dedicated headphone jack, but you can adapt the USB port and a cable is provided. The viewfinder resolution hasn’t been improved, but 3.69 million dots is still a decent spec. The sensor isn’t new, but then it’s not that old either, capturing good-looking 26 Megapixel photos and 4k up to 60p when many rivals stop at 30p.
5. Sony a6400
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The Sony Alpha a6400 from Sony is an APS-C-format mirrorless camera that adopts many of the features normally reserved for their full-frame lineup. This includes an autofocus acquisition of 0.02 seconds, Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking capabilities, high-speed shooting up to 11 fps and silent shooting around 8 fps, both with AF/AE tracking, an upgraded BIONZ X image processing engine, an LCD touchscreen that tilts 180° up and 74° down, UHD 4K movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, internal recording for time-lapse videos, and more.
The a6400 is well-suited for both photo and video creators, ranging from professionals to vloggers. Revolving around a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, clean image quality is provided with a wide expandable sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 102400, along with accelerated readout speeds for inner 4K24 and Full HD 1080p120 video recording with complete pixel readout.
The processor further benefits videographers with the inclusion of an S&Q (Slow & Quick) Motion setting that permits capturing Full HD video at a variety of frame rates which range from 1-120 fps, plus HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), which supports HDR workflows, and both S-Log2 and S-Log3 for colour grading flexibility.
6. Sony Zv-1
The Sony ZV1 is a variation of the RX100 VA that is squarely targeted toward bloggers. While it uses the same 24-70mm equiv. lens and 20MP 1″ sensor as that camera, the ZV1 eschews the RX100 VA’s pop-up viewfinder for a directional 3-capsule microphone. The mode dial is now a giant record button, and a tally lamp can be found on the front. The camera has Sony’s latest autofocus system, including real-time eye AF. A background defocus function lets you quickly switch between two levels of history blur at the push of a button, even while recording.
The ZV1 has oversampled 4K video and Full HD to 120 fps. It supports HLG and S-Log2/3 for easier color grading. Although it has a mic socket, a headphone jack is missing. Unlike the RX100 VA, this camera includes a vlogger-friendly fully articulating touchscreen display.
7. Sony RX100 VII
The Sony RX100 VII is a high-end compact camera that’s ideal for travel, vlogging and even sports and action. It packs a 24-200mm zoom that takes you from wide to respectable telephoto, allowing you to capture expansive views before concentrating on distant or small details, giving it greater flexibility than most of its rivals. The 20 Megapixel sensor is roughly four times larger than the one in your phone, delivering better quality photos as well as great-looking video in 1080 or 4k resolution.
Unlike most compacts, the RX100 VII is also a very capable action camera, shooting at up to 20fps with confident autofocus that’ll lock-onto the eyes of humans and animals across the frame, making it ideal not just for sports, but active kids and pets. Throw in a flip screen, popup viewfinder and a microphone input and you have arguably the most powerful compact digital camera around right now. Sure it’s not cheap, but there’s nothing with this degree of performance that fits in your pocket.
8. Canon M50
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The Canon EOS M50 is an upper entry-level mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, confident autofocus (for stills and 1080p video), small but crisp OLED viewfinder, excellent wireless, and becomes Canon’s first mirrorless with 4k video, a fully-articulated touch-screen, eye detection and silent shooting options. Sadly the 4k is of limited use, employing a severe crop and only working with less confident contrast-based autofocus. I’m also frustrated there’s no USB charging, especially since the battery is fairly weak.
But these aside, the EOS M50 remains a highly compelling model with a compact but comfortable body, effective touchscreen, industry-leading wireless, assured focusing for 1080p video, and great colors out-of-camera. Indeed the M50 may be pitched as an upper entry-level design, but I reckon it’s Canon’s most compelling mirrorless to date. Coupled with a hot-shoe and microphone input, the M50 will be as popular with vloggers as it is with those looking for an upgrade from smartphone photography. Highly Recommended!
9. Sony RX100
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is one of the most exciting compacts to appear for some time. Until now the Canon PowerShot S and Panasonic LX series has been the compacts of choice for enthusiast photographers looking for the elusive balance of quality and control in a pocketable format. But for all of their sophistication, the PowerShot S and Lumix LX collection use a 1/1.7in sensor – only marginally larger than the 1/2.3in sensor found in most consumer compacts.
The genius of the Sony RX100 is that it manages to squeeze a comparatively large 1in sensor into a compact form that you really can slip into your shirt or jeans pocket. Its small size doesn’t mean the RX100 is lacking in features either. With great quality 1080p50/60 HD video, built-in stereo mics, face tracking AF, 10fps continuous full resolution shooting, RAW support, and a 3-inch extra-bright high-resolution LCD display it’s a very capable compact. Add in Sony’s array of specialized stacking modes for enhanced tonal range and improved low light performance, sweep panorama, focus peaking and a wide range of picture effects and the RX100 is equal of anything its size.
10. Canon EOS M200
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The Canon EOS M200 is an entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, tilting touchscreen, and cropped 4k video. The successor to the EOS M100, it inherits the same body with its tilting touchscreen and exactly the same sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for confident focusing whether shooting photos or 1080p video. New to the M200 is the DIGIC 8 processor which brings eye-detection, more AF points, and 4k movie, although interestingly with the earlier M50’s limitations so 4k is only available in 24p, applies a significant crop and lacks Double Pixel AF; as such for the best focusing in video and broadest coverage, you’ll be capturing in 1080p.
The M200 also inherits two small but useful features from the G7X III: a movie record button on-screen when it’s facing you for vlogging, and support for a vertical movie in portrait apps like Instagram Stories and IGTV. The M200 represents a mild update over the M100 but enjoys its position as Canon’s smallest, lightest and cheapest mirrorless in the current range. That said, if you don’t need the updates, keep an eye open for discounts on the older EOS M100.
11. Sony RX100VA
The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA Digital Camera from Sony improves the existing Sony RX100 V by increasing the buffer size to 233 images, reducing display lag time in the electronic viewfinder, and adding several small features over other aspects of the camera. With the 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor, the RX100 VA can output detailed images at sensitivities up to ISO 12800.
The Fast Hybrid AF system has 315 focal-plane phase-detection points that cover 65% of the image area of the sensor and can achieve focus in as little as 0.05 seconds. That autofocus system is also capable of tracking subjects across the frame, even while shooting at high speeds. Sony’s BIONZ X processor enables continuous shooting around 24 fps with the aforementioned buffer size of 233 JPEG images and improved High Frame Rate recording times.
12. Canon EOS M100
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Canon’s EOS M100 is aimed at those upgrading from phone photography and as such needs to be easy and familiar while delivering better results and providing enough room to grow. It manages all that very well. It’s compact enough to slip in your pocket and the simple controls mean anyone can pick it up and start shooting straight away.
There’s no built-in viewfinder, but the flip-up screen and great wireless connectivity make it almost as easy to shoot and share photos and videos as if you’d shot them on your phone. It has a decent range of effects, timelapse movies and confident focusing for stills and video. Beyond that it offers the same 24 Megapixel APSC image quality as the more sophisticated EOS M6, exactly the same fast and accurate Dual-pixel AF, 1080p video, and reasonable 6fps (4fps with Continuous AF) continuous shooting. Recommended for first-time camera buyers, but compare closely with Panasonic’s Lumix GX800 / GX850 and Sony’s A6000.
13. Sony a6300
Sony’s A6300 is a mid-range mirrorless with an AF system that’s the envy of pro cameras costing up to twice the price. It takes the earlier A6000 – no slouch for action photography – and upgrades the weather-sealing and viewfinder, adds 4k video, 1080 at 120p for slow motion and a microphone input, while greatly improving the autofocus with a dense array of phase-detect points covering almost the entire sensor area and making it more useful with a live update between frames when shooting bursts. The controls and kit zoom need enhancing, but for shooting sports and action it’s one of the best options around.
14. Sony WX350
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 features an 18.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and the company’s latest Bionz X processor, and puts it into a slim body with a 20X, 25-500mm equivalent F3.5-6.5 lens. The WX350 shoots up to ten shots at 10 fps, records 1080/60p video, and has a ‘Motion Shot feature’ for capturing things like golf swings. It also has Wi-Fi with NFC.
15. Sony RX0 II
The Cyber-shot DSC-RX0 II, creating a premium, ultra-compact, and tough camera with an outstanding feature set for both stills and video. This form factor makes it ideal for travel and everyday life while the 15.3MP 1″ Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor ensure your images are of the highest quality. Also, this model offers internal UHD 4K30 video recording, electronic image stabilization for movies, and a 1.5″ 230k-dot 180° tilting LCD that is perfect for selfies and vlogging. Beyond that, the RX0 II can handle adverse conditions with ease, being waterproof to 33′, dustproof, crushproof to 440 lb, and shockproof to 6.5′.
16. GoPro Hero 8 Black
HERO8 Black, the versatile next-generation action cam designed to capture smooth, stable footage of your latest adventure, from a simple boat trip to a wild jump-off-a-mountain ride. The HERO8 Black features updated HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization to produce smooth, gimbal-like movement at all supported frame rates, without the need for a gimbal. You can also use the HERO8 Black as a webcam on your computer using a free, downloadable app.
Additional updates include a sleeker physical design with a “folding fingers” type base for fast mounting, a redesigned battery door for quicker battery changes, a lens with twice the impact resistance as the HERO7, an optional Battery Mod for nearly 2.5x more electric battery life, an optional flip-up Display Mod to make viewing your framework easier, an optional LED Light Mod, and an optional Media Mod to expand your accessory possibilities.