Choosing a Vlogging Camera – ipadguides

I’m just trying to start blogging with videos aka making a VLOG.

Vlogs, or video blogs, are now very popular on the internet. Just like blogs, they have their own topics such as travel, beauty, lifestyle, daily life and others.

Vlogs are basically stories using videos. Usually the vlogger himself also acts as a cameraman. Therefore, they hold the camera in a position selfie.

The first time I talk to myself while selfie it feels really weird, embarrassed dilhat people. But after a long time it finally cools too, haha!

To start vlogging, we actually only need a smartphone camera. But I want a camera that is proper for vlogging. I also started research looking for information. Finally found these cameras.

My criteria in choosing this camera are:

  • Autofocus is reliable; Not blurry and instead focus on the background
  • LCD can flip forward; so that the framing doesn’t go wrong
  • There is a slot for an external microphone

At least it can meet the two criteria above. Here they are:

1. Canon G7X series


This camera is very popular among vloggers. The screen that can flip forward and the Canon color that makes this world more colorful are enough reasons to choose it. Not to mention the camera that weighs the lightest among all these cameras

Although it only has a video mode at 1080 60p, this camera with a 1 inch sensor size and 24-100mm equivalent lens has an automatic mode that is quite reliable.

Autofocus in normal light is quite good. Although not instant like the sony RX100 mark 4.

But the audio is too ‘shrill’ and there is no 3.5 mm jack for the mic. Too bad.

Example VLOG with canon G7x

2. Sony RX100 series

RX100 mark IV

Got a pretty 4k mode. It also has 1080 120p mode for slow motion. Audio is much better than the Canon G7x, even though there’s no mic slot at all.

Fast autofocus. The size is equally mini, can fit into a jeans pocket.

For photos, the quality is the most qualified among rivals in its class, although I don’t like Sony’s colors that are too natural.

Another plus is that it can be charged using a power bank. Because the battery life is really bad.

But alas, the price kind of makes my pocket a little cringe for a small camera like this. In terms of build quality, I think the Canon G7x Mark 2 is still better, especially in the LCD flip mechanism. For the price of this one camera, you can buy two Canon G7x Mark 2.

Example vlog using RX100 mark V

3. GoPro

Go pro

Actually this camera is very practical. Small and compact. If the housing is removed, the audio is also decent. Can use an external mic with a usb to 3.5 inch adapter. I already have this camera in my bag.

However, it’s the fisheye lens that gives me a headache if you watch it for a long time for videos that aren’t about action, so I skipped this camera too..

Example vlog with gopro

4. Canon 80d

Canon 80d

This camera is the head of the celebrity vlogger Casey Neistat. Although canon is known for being ‘stingy’ in consumer cameras, this camera is quite complete and the three points I mentioned get everything.

The 10-18 ultrawide lens is also quite affordable, good for vlogging because it’s quite wide.

Dual pixel autofocus AF is also the most reliable for autofocus video.


It’s a DSLR camera! It’s big and quite heavy, so I skipped this option too….

Example vlog with canon 80d

5. Sony A6000 series


This camera is almost perfect, even though the LCD can only flip up and down and has overheating problems when shooting 4K.

But the problem of sony color rendering which is not my taste, especially the skin tone problem. And the lenses are less ‘enthusiastic’ because it feels like Sony is more focused on the A7 series fullframe series than the APS-C series like the A6xxxx, hihi.

It’s true that you can use an adapter to use a canon lens, for example, but the size gets bigger and the price of the adapter is not cheap for one that can autofocus.

6. Canon EOS M3

I bought this camera, wishing it was a mini version of the canon 70d/80d. But it turns out this camera is just like the larger G7x series. For photos, the results may be the same as DSLRs, but for ordinary videos.

But indeed, in its price range, only the eos m3 has a microphone slot. The screen flips up, so it needs a little modification

Sample vlog with canon EOS M3

7. Panasonic GX8

Besides Sony, a brand that is famous for its good videos is Panasonic. GX8 also quite meets the criteria except for its autofocus which is still very unresponsive for video.

Example VLOG with GX8

8. Fujifilm XT20


It’s a really weird choice. Using Fuji for videos can be a laughing stock for some people who understand how Fuji video quality was before the Xpro2 and XT2 series appeared.

On the Fuji XT2, the video is already very capable. Bitrate 100 Mbps at 4k resolution. Autofocus is quite smooth and fast for vlogging. Unfortunately the screen can only tilt up and down.

But the size of this camera is too big in my opinion. So I tried the new Fuji XT20 brother who just appeared

This XT20, if I may say that it has 80% capability, is the XT2 with only half the price. I think it’s really worth it. Unfortunately, the mic input on the XT20 is not standard at 2.5mm, so a converter for 3.5mm is needed. Very inconvenient because the converter increases the length of the camera.

Example VLOG with XT2

Example VLOG with XT20


How about you? Are you interested in making a VLOG too?

Thank You!

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