6 Top Canon Vlogging Cameras in 2015
By Greg Nunan
If you consider yourself a serious online entrepreneur, you should think about vlogging – right now. Blogs are a fantastic revenue making avenue, vlogs are even better. A vlog, or video blog, is the newest way to engage your audience in an engaging manner. You can use video to enhance your blog, or you can use it as your blogs main content.
A vlogger is only as good as their tools, so a high quality camera is simply a must. Canon’s reputation in the digital camera market is second to none, and their video recording capabilities provide excellent image quality, great sound, and a range of features that stand out from the competition. Moreover, they are available at great prices and packed with the best features. Canon cameras are ideal for entrepreneurs who want an affordable quality camera to help them dominate their market.
Canon Vlogging Camera Buying Guide
When it comes to buying the best Canon vlogging camera, you first need to work out how you intend to use the device. There are a few aspects which are critical to choosing the best model. Consider the following details before making your decision:
1. HD Video Recording: One of the most important capabilities to look for in a vlogging camera is HD video recording. Camera’s which record a nice clear, sharp video, preferably one that shoots at full HD resolution of 1080p. If your budget doesn’t cover a model which includes full-HD, choose a camera capable of shooting at 720p, which still produces a good looking video with a lower price tag.
2. Built-In Microphone: Most current cameras are designed with an in-built microphone, but some lower end don’t offer high-quality voice recording. We recommend that you choose a model with a front-facing microphone, as it records your voice with a clearer tone and better sound quality. There is no quicker way to lose viewers than poor, low volume audio recording. Sound quality is an essential ingredient to successful vlogging.
3. Close-Range Lens: When choosing a Canon vlogging camera, another important component is the lens. Seeing most vloggers shoot videos from close range, models with a 24mm lens are preferable as it will offer better image quality and make it easier for you to make the recording.
4. Optical Image Stabilization: Vlogging usually includes a lot of movement when shooting; especially gestures which can affect the videos if your camera doesn’t have optical image stabilization. Models with image stabilization smooth any shaking and movement which occurs, and results in clearer video quality.
5. Lighting: While most dSLR cameras allow you to setup lighting settings to suit conditions, mirror-less cameras do not, which means separate lighting equipment is required. If you production studio level quality is required, invest in a quality studio kit for optimal quality videos.
Reviewing the Top Canon Vlogging Cameras
We’ve evaluated the following six Canon vlogging cameras for their video capabilities across several criteria. 4 of the 6 cameras reviewed are a part of the Canon Powershot product suite. Canon have branded the Powershot as a package offering quick point and shoot, contained in a small case, while including all the necessary big features at the same time. This is true across all price ranges which is why the PowerShot has such respect amongst the vlogging community.
1. Canon PowerShot G7 X Review – Best Canon Camera under $1000
Those serious about taking their videos to the next level will love Canon’s PowerShot G7 X. Priced in the “under $ 1000” range, and usually available for around $700 the G7 is packed with features.
This acclaimed compact camera has a 1 inch sensor and a fast 4.2X zoom lens. Capable of storing 4 GB, this is approximately 30 minutes of recording time, depending on the memory card capacity. The camera has a 3 inch flip-up display LCD touchscreen, which is convenient for selfies and video.
Many famous vloggers like FunForLoris use a PowerShot for producing their viral YouTube videos. The G7 X performs particularly well at night, and the sound quality matches any model in the same or higher price brackets. The physical compensation dial is a terrific addition for this small unassuming camera, which also contains 3 ways to launch WiFi connectivity. The focus assist light is used as a count-down timer.
Perhaps the best feature this camera offers is high image quality, achieved by combining the 24-100mm equivalent with F1.8 – 2.8 zoom.
- 20MP BSI CMOS sensor
- Exposure compensation dial
- 24-100mm equivalent lens
- Flip-up rear 3 inch LCD touchscreen
- Night time video
- Sound recording quality
- Images taken at higher ISO degradation begins
2. Canon EOS Rebel T5 Review
Back in Feburary 2015 blogtrepreneur.com rated the Canon EOS Rebel T4 as its leading camera for advanced vloggers. Canon have since released the EOS Rebel T5 (1200 D), which is available for under $500 and includes many substantial feature upgrades from the highly acclaimed T3 (1100D) and T4 predecessors. With the latest T5 model featuring an 18 MP image sensor and the ability to record in full HD video, buyers are offered a choice of either a camera bundle including the 18 to 55 mm lens, or purchasing the bare camera without a lens included. Providing optimal image stabilization and (STM) silent auto-focus during active video recording the EOS Rebel T5 is an excellent choice as a start-up camera, but also for experienced vloggers seeking a lightweight, easy to use video recorder.
Apple and Android app stores have a companion guide ready for download which is designed for first time users providing a “how to” use the camera and its features.
As an entry-level dSLR camera its lightweight case makes the device very easy to handle. The T5 package has a 3 inch LCD display with 460 dots, but no touch controls. Display quality is good from all angles, with LCD brightness during sunny days highly viewable. Auto-focus uses a 9 point AF (auto-focus) system, while lens aperture of f5.6 or wider is required for auto-focus to function, while live view takes longer to focus. Canon has designed the Rebel T5 with standard SD memory cards and a lithium battery. Separation between the triple mount and the battery compartment is a convenient upgrade. Mini HD, USB and 2.5mm wired remote access are available to supply the necessary inputs.
- dSLR type camera
- 3X optical zoom
- Built-in detachable flash
- High image quality
- Easy to use
- The viewfinder is small and difficult to use
- The LCD display is also reflective, especially with bright sunlight
- Battery life is shorter than its predecessor
- At lower ISO settings, longer videos may suffer
3. Canon PowerShot G16 Review
If you’re looking for a camera which is smaller than a dSLR, the Canon G16 could be a good option. This model is one of the best selling point-and-shoot cameras on the market in 2015. The lens specs are impressive with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, and the camera includes features such as Full HD 1080p video capability, optical viewfinder, in-camera HDR and panorama modes. With its array of features and image quality, the PowerShot G16 is very portable but lacks a flip-out screen that was included on previous models like the G12. Overall the G16 is a good camera for video, but isn’t recommended for buyers requiring a device capable of taking great still images.
- Megapixels: 12.1
- Sensor Size: 41 sq. mm
- Weight: 12.4 oz.
- A feature packed compact camera
- Good video recording quality
- Small image sensor.
- JPEG image quality doesn’t compare to dSLR models
- Lacks a flip-out screen
4. Canon VIXIA Mini X Review
The design of the Vixia Mini is small and compact. Measuring a slender 0.8 x 2.1 x 3.4 inches and weighing a light 5.6 ounces, the Vixia Mini fits inside small pockets and is easy to carry. Looking more like a futuristic toy rather than a camcorder, the device definitely has sci-fi looking appeal. Unlike many action camcorders that are in the market, the Vixia Mini is not waterproof or intended for rugged usage in any way.
The Vixia Mini is very easy to use. Most functions are controlled through the touchscreen, but there are external buttons for recording start/stop and playback if you desire to use them.
Priced in the $400 range, the LCD display also shifts up to enhance viewing, for selfies or group photos. Although the camcorder case is small it contains a stand that folds-up and can be used for easy and adjustable placement when recording.
Canon has designed the Vixia with an input for external mic, in addition to the internal mic. This is great for interviews, which can later be edited and mixed. The mic volume level is adjustable, and the camera has separate record and playback buttons. No optical zoom is present, but there is a wide angle and 35mm equivalent.
There are various shooting modes from “smart auto,” which automatically detects the best settings for your surroundings, to other scene modes designed for conditions like “snow” and “beach”; a Program mode is also available, but for the most part the Vixia Mini’s modes are designed to be automatic. The Vixia Mini also lets users shoot with two special effects: slow motion and fast motion. Slow motion has two settings: 1/2x and 1/4x speed. Fast motion allows for 2x to 4x capture.
Musicians should adore this unit because of the high quality audio, with stereo microphones. The internal audio is not compromised by wind, cars or other potential noises. An external microphone, such as a lavalier can be conveniently added-in facilitating a mixing-in of internal audio with external mic audio. This is great for interviews, music and voice-overs. In-camera review is convenient with the playback button. A headphone external input is also available.
Canon have included a USB cable, Canon NB-12L battery (& charger) and wrist strap in the standard Vixia package.
- Flip-up screen for viewing oneself
- Internal re-charge
- Canon NB-12 battery
- Best audio, even compared with higher-end cameras.
- Stand-up, pull-down lever provides for varying angles and vantage points, for vlogging, selfies
- Mic input is available to enable attachment of an external mic
- Lots of creative applications
- Somewhat limited practicality
- Unstable video when handheld
- Frustrating Wi-Fi experience
5. Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 Review – Best Canon Camera under $300
Canon’s PowerShot ELPH 110, released in 2012, is a compact vlogging camera, priced under $300 that specializes in portability and HD on the run.
Capable of recording at 1080p and very easy to handle with its lightweight case, included in its design is image stabilizing for high quality recording. Aperture settings and filters can be set manually or automatic and auto-focus works well and is very responsive.
With its small and lightweight case the ELPH 100 is perfect for quick and easy access. With navigation buttons on the side of the LCD for easy usage, the screen is a 3 inch color display with wide angle viewing. Low-light viewing is decent, with the zoom when in use slightly noisy.
Battery life is acceptable for vlogging, although if you plan to record on the road it’s always advisable to carry an extra battery. The external speaker included for playback isn’t great. We found the sound quality lacking, and the volume needed to be set to maximum to hear. Image stabilizer functionality works well in most environments, except on bumpy roads in a vehicle. Perfect for buyers starting their vlogging careers who don’t want to spend a fortune.
- 16.1 MP
- 3 inch LCD display on the backside
- Hybrid image stabilization
- HD 1080p video recording
- Blink detection and slow motion
- 4x digital zoom, 5x optical zoom
- 24 – 120mm equivalent UA lens
- Sharp, wide angle lens
- Fast AF
- Compact and portable
- Limited zoom range
- Less-than-stellar at high ISO
6. Canon PowerShot A2600 Review
Although it might seem like a simple point-and-shoot camera, Canon’s PowerShot A2600 is one of the perfect models for beginners available for under $150.
Weighing a modest 4.8 ounces, the A2600 is a small, easy to use and convenient camera that can produce high quality images, but suffers in low-light conditions. Although there is no optical image stabilization, it does have a terrific lens. A dedicated wall charger is included for charging the lithium-ion battery. Most similarly priced cameras require an in-camera recharge setup. There is no optical zoom available during video record, but the lens covers 28 – 140mm field of view which provides for good landscape and group shots images.
The A2600 also includes a dedicated video record button, and separate flash button. Canon has designed an eco-button controlling the LCD sleep mode which extends battery life. There are also display controls for playback, delete and recording info. As an entry-level camera, there’s a help button which provides assistance on-screen when shooting and recording. Compared to cameras in its price range, the A2600 leads the market with image sharpness.
In QuickTime format the video is limited to 720p (25p), and there is no optical zoom in video record mode. Transferring images and video is handled by a mini-USB connector, with the standard memory card formats available via the SD, SDXC and SDHC slot.
- 5x zoom lens
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- 16 MP
- 3 inch LCD display with 230k resolution
- Sharp lens. Inexpensive
- On-screen help mode
- 3-inch LCD. Includes battery charger
- No optical image stabilization
- No optical zoom during video capture
- Noisy images.
- Not ideal for low-light conditions