Best Vlogging Camera in 2021 (March Reviews)

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Are you thinking about purchasing or upgrading your Vlogging camera in 2021?

There is so much choice it can be hard to know where to begin. Can you believe that people paid thousands of pounds for a camera when I started out?

Yet, here we are in the next decade with much better technology, but options have increased significantly.

Tablets, action cameras, smartphones and standalone stills and video cameras are all vying for our hard earned cash.

The choice may be bewildering but don’t worry, I think I have your back.

Here’s my pick of the best vlogging cameras for your hard earned cash.

NameCategoryProduct
Nikon D3400 24.2 MP Triple Lens Ultimate Parent's Camera KitBest OverallNikon D3400 24.2 MP Triple Lens Ultimate Parent's Camera Kit
AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control Shutter ReleaseBudget PickAmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control Shutter Release
Canon PowerShot Digital CameraUpgrade PickCanon PowerShot Digital Camera

1. Nikon D3400 24.2 MP Triple Lens Ultimate Parent's Camera Kit

Our rating: 9 / 10

Nikon D3400 24.2 MP Triple Lens Ultimate Parent's Camera Kit

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Pros:

  • 24.2 MP CMOS image sensor (Nikon DX-format)
  • 3x optical zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
  • SnapBridge can transfer photos and videos wirelessly
  • 1/4000 sec. maximum shutter speed
  • Up to 4 fps in continuous mode
  • Full HD 1080p at 24/30/60 fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows for seamless connection to a smartphone or tablet
  • Best price/performance ratio of any vlogging camera
  • Includes everything you need to get started vlogging right out of the box

Cons:

  • The microphone isn’t very good, so make sure you get your own
  • The camera requires time for processing, so you can’t shoot live footage
  • You can have a good-looking photo, but the overall quality is just so-so

With the Nikon D3400 you get all the features of a great DSLR camera: it’s light, comfortable to hold, and capable of producing professional looking photos and videos.

2. Canon PowerShot Digital Camera

Our rating: 9 / 10

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera

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Pros:

  • World’s first compact camera with a 1-inch sensor
  • Excellent feature set balances between beginners and experts
  • Excellent image quality in a compact camera
  • Great for vlogging, producing quality videos and high resolution photos
  • Ease of use with tap to focus, tap to shoot features and a tilting touchscreen
  • The tilting screen is a huge bonus when it comes to shooting video
  • Can be used as a still camera and a video camera at the same time
  • Great indoor/night time shots
  • The wifi and NFC connection is easy to set up and use
  • Excellent video quality (sharp and detailed), especially with a nice wide angle lens

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3. Canon Digital SLR Camera Body

Our rating: 9 / 10

Canon Digital SLR Camera Body

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Pros:

  • Full HD video quality
  • Has all the features you’d want on a DSLR (and some that you might not expect)
  • Tiltable and touchable swivel touchscreen
  • Durable and well-made
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent image quality
  • 1080p 60fps

Cons:

  • The pop-up flash is a bit awkward to activate
  • Expensive
  • Lack of accessories for the camera

(Body Only)

This year Canon has introduced the latest video and image quality DSLR camera out in the market, the 80D. It is the follow-up of the 70D, one of the most adored DSLRs out there. The 80D boasts a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus (which is the same as its predecessor) and an ISO range of 100 – 32000 (expandable up to 102400) for a level of in-photo editing. It comes with a high-performance viewfinder offers an increased frame coverage to that of the 70D, making it a more comfortable and convenient DSLR camera to use while shooting on the go.

4. GoPro Hero4 Silver

Our rating: 8 / 10

GoPro Hero4 Silver

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Pros:

  • Waterproof to 33 ft (10.0 m) without the housing
  • Capable of capturing 4K video at up to 30 fps and Full HD (4K) at up to 60 fps
  • Dual microphone with automatic adjustment of ambient sound
  • Single, industry-standard, mini USB connector for convenient charging, data transfer and power source flexibility
  • Auto low-light correction for crisp, quality videos
  • High-performance stereo audio recording
  • Lowers off-axis sound to minimize background noise in videos and photos
  • Simplified cable routing with 12-pin interface
  • Traditional GoPro mounting
  • Automatically send footage to your smartphone

5. PANASONIC LUMIX LX10 4K Digital Camera

Our rating: 8 / 10

PANASONIC LUMIX LX10 4K Digital Camera

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Pros:

  • 4k video recording
  • Amazing camera for both videos & photos
  • 8.3 megapixel high quality pictures for superior quality photos

If you’re looking for a high performing camera to create videos and take amazing photos; this is it. The Panasonic LX10 is a versatile compact digital camera that’s perfect for travel and street photography. It’s also one of the best vlogging cameras in 2019.

Ostensibly, this camera’s specs are not much different from that of the Canon S120 mentioned earlier. But the LX10’s 4K video recording capabilities, coupled with its ability to produce stunning high quality photos, make it a no-brainer.

It has a 1-inch CMOS sensor which provides the same quality as that of a DSLR camera without the hefty price tag.

6. LimoStudio 9 x 15 ft. Green Chromakey Muslin Backdrop Background Screen

Our rating: 8 / 10

LimoStudio 9 x 15 ft. Green Chromakey Muslin Backdrop Background Screen

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Pros:

  • A necessity for any videographer or photographer who make videos
  • Reduces the background of the video so you can see the person in the center of the shot
  • Can be used in a variety of places: film studios, apartments, etc.
  • The black background helps the colors of the foreground stand out
  • Background is also thicker than most photo backdrops
  • Easy to install and take down
  • Includes Velcro to keep it attached to a sweep pole
  • It’s a combination of two items that makes for a convenient one-stop shop
  • Can be used for portraits and photo shoots too
  • Comes with three paperbacks

Cons:

  • Be sure to read the dimensions before you buy
  • Reviewers wish it was more lightweight

You can’t go wrong with this backdrop. It’s a great, high-quality product that’s convenient because it’s designed as a combination of two different items.

It’s an 8 by 20-foot backdrop and a 3 by 5-foot backdrop.

7. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera

Our rating: 7 / 10

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera

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Pros:

  • Great Video Quality
  • Next-day shipping from Amazon Prime!
  • Stylish design
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Slow zoom
  • Not good low-light photos
  • Fragile screen

(Black)

The RX100 V is a very versatile camera that can capture excellent videos with minimal noise in addition to high-quality stills. It comes with a flip-out screen that makes it ideal for vlogging and taking selfies. The screen is also very durable, so you don’t have to worry about breaking it.

Videos are very detailed and clean, with natural colors high resolutions and great contrast. Some other features include: 5-axis stabilization, 3x optical zoom, built-in ND filter, and a pop out viewfinder. Also, it doesn’t shoot at 4k, but it does shoot at 1080p at 60fps, which is excellent for vloggers.

8. TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone

Our rating: 7 / 10

TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone

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Pros:

  • Successfully isolates high-frequency, human voice
  • Permanently embedded control switches and LED-lights
  • Very portable and lightweight
  • Comes in different colors

The Takstar SGC-598 interview microphone is an extremely high-quality, sensitive designed microphone. Because it has a low impedance design. This microphone can produce extremely high sensitivity in sound, specifically the voice.

A high-quality microphone designed for professional video makers, live streamers, photographers, and audiophiles with a Nikon/Canon DSLR.

This is our top microphone pick because it effectively isolates high-frequency, human voice. It also comes with two controls: “Mute” and “Off”, and two LED lights to indicate the status of each control signal. It comes with a shock mount and protective pouch.

9. JOBY GorillaPod Original Tripod

Our rating: 7 / 10

JOBY GorillaPod Original Tripod

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Pros:

  • Well built and sturdy
  • Very portable and lightweight
  • It has a convenient ball head with legs that can expand and contract
  • The legs can be locked in five different positions.
  • It is compatible with a wide range of cameras, including point and shoot cameras, smartphone cameras, and small digital cameras.
  • It can be used for a number of different activities, including bird watching, shooting video of kids at the beach, event photography, and more
  • It comes with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Cons:

  • This product is only suitable for cameras that weigh up to 325g, and it is not compatible with compact, mirrorless, or DSLR cameras.

In the landscape photography space, there are eight rechargeable lights you can use for your photography. Among them, the Joby Gorillapod Original wins hands down because of it is very portable and lightweight. It only weighs about one pound and you can easily carry around using a belt.

The legs can be locked in five different positions to accommodate any angle that you may want to shoot at. For the most part, this tripod is stable enough to be used in windy conditions.

10. Canon VIXIA HF R700 Camcorder

Our rating: 7 / 10

Canon VIXIA HF R700 Camcorder

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Pros:

  • Awesome quality with a high level of details even in low-light and low-contrast scenes
  • Sharp, clear, and rich image quality
  • Dual image stabilization is effective
  • Very fast AutoFocus enables you to capture sharper videos without any blur.
  • Exceedingly lightweight and portable
  • Great value for the money

Cons:

  • The audio is not as good as expected. The internal microphone picks up excess ambient noise from outside the room that can break the mood of your video. You’ll have to invest in a good external microphone to capture the best audio quality.
  • The quality of the projector is not as good as you can find in other video cameras.

Professional-grade video quality and an impressive 3840 x 2160 resolution come together with a highspeed image processor to give you 4K and Full HD movies that look so stunning, you’ll want to share them with the world. Canon’s DIGIC DV 5 image processor is equipped with 4K-ready dual image stabilisation technology to give your videos a brilliant 4K look and crisp, realistic Full HD detail.

11. Absolutely Luvly Natural Daylight Lighted Makeup Mirror/Vanity Mirror

Our rating: 6 / 10

Absolutely Luvly Natural Daylight Lighted Makeup Mirror/Vanity Mirror

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Pros:

  • Measures 16x9x8 inches making it a decent size for different tasks
  • The mirror is curved to fit perfect for your face when applying makeup
  • The lights are dimmable in the touch screen feature, so you can adjust it to your personal preferences
  • It is affordable and superb quality for a mirror

Cons:

  • The cord is kind of short compared to other models
  • There is sound when you touch the screen so it can be distracting
  • It’s made of plastic so you can’t do too much heavy duty to it like a marble one would stand up to

7X LED Contour Light.

If you are looking for a new mirror for your makeup and self care take a look at the Absolutely Luvly Natural Daylight Lighted Makeup Mirror/Vanity Mirror. I love how it is super easy to install and easy to use. The built-in LED light allows you to see everything clearly.

12. YI 4K Action and Sports Camera

Our rating: 5 / 10

YI 4K Action and Sports Camera

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Pros:

  • 4K/30fps with cinematic Sensor
  • Rapid image sensor
  • Designed for extreme sports and adventure
  • Features 3.5mm Mic In
  • Made for underwater
  • Small size
  • Cheap price

Cons:

  • Widespread reports of defective Recorders (gear being sent out with bad and/or missing battery door latches, defective screens)
  • Non-removable battery
  • Non-removable storage
  • No 2.5mm mic jack
  • Video only user-replaceable battery

(MIB Factory Unlocked)

What age group is this product appropriate for?

14 years and up, meaning that technically anyone over the age of 7 could use this camera. The safe age limit would be for anyone under 14 years old to be within ½ inch of a parent or guardian.

13. AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control Shutter Release

Our rating: 5 / 10

AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control Shutter Release

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Pros:

  • Budget price
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • High quality pictures
  • Very durable build

Cons:

  • Supports specifically for Nikon cameras
  • The screen cannot be flipped around

The Amazon Basics Wireless Remote Control Shutter is a perfect option for those looking for an affordable remote that is easy to use. This remote is designed to work with all Nikon cameras, including point and shoot cameras.

It can remotely control the shutter, zoom, focus, as well as flash settings. And thanks to a full 1/125 seconds to 1/30th seconds top shutter speed, you can take photos that are clearly in focus. It has a sensitivity range of 0.3- meters- to 3 meters- which offers more than enough range for taking pictures from a distance.

In fact, this remote has a 300 foot range and works on any Nikon camera that has a multi-function button or an i-ttl flash mode lever, including the D3100, D3000, D5000, D90, D5000, D7000, D800 and the D600.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best vlogging camera 2021?

There are a lot of vlogging cameras to choose from on the market, but we have narrowed it down to a select few that we believe to be the best choices for most people. Here’s a quick breakdown of the cameras featured in the article:

  • This is one of the most popular vlogging cameras, and for good reason. It shoots high quality 4K video and has an excellent touchscreen interface. The in-camera editing software is easy to use and allows you to add simple special effects and transitions to your footage. It’s also one of the more portable options on this list.
  • This is the most expensive vlogging camera on the market, but it packs a lot into its price including a professional-looking design, zoom lens, multiple shooting modes, and an excellent touchscreen interface that allows you to create fun visual effects.

What camera do most vloggers use?

Most vloggers use an action cam. Action cams are currently the most versatile type of camera for a vlogger because they allow for some precise framing, are lightweight, easy to set up, and affordable. If you vlog with your phone, you’re going to need to find a way to stabilize it, otherwise you’ll end up with shaky footage. A good tripod and a clamp will allow you to get really nice shots.

What is the best vlogging camera for beginners?

If you are looking to get that perfect shot every time then you may be interested in buying the T5i. It boasts excellent image quality and it’s simple to use. You’re also going to want a powerful battery because it uses up a lot of battery life. Canon’s STM lenses are also a very good choice.

If you don’t really care about taking the greatest video but you want a good camera anyway, then the T3i is the right choice. It’s a bit cheaper and you’re not going to be missing out on that much quality.

What camera do YouTubers use cheap?

I have not done a lot of research, but if you are looking for a camera to film YouTube videos, I recommend something that is off-brand, definitely. You don’t want to have brand recognition with your videos. Or, you could go with a GoPro of some sort.

Conclusion

The hunt for the perfect vlogging camera that seamlessly captures high definition videos and images is never a walk in the park. So to make it easier for you to decide on which vlogging camera to buy in 2021, we’ve prepared this article for you. It highlights the six best vlogging cameras without costing a fortune. To make it even more helpful, we’re presenting you with two groups of vlogging cameras.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Nikon D3400 24.2 MP Triple Lens Ultimate Parent's Camera KitBest OverallNikon D3400 24.2 MP Triple Lens Ultimate Parent's Camera Kit
AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control Shutter ReleaseBudget PickAmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control Shutter Release
Canon PowerShot Digital CameraUpgrade PickCanon PowerShot Digital Camera