Top 8 Best Cameras for YouTube
By Greg Nunan
YouTube has become the most popular online medium for expressing yourself through video. The great thing about YouTube is that it is for everyone, not just professional vloggers. You don’t have to have any experience to use it and it’s a lot of fun to do!
But, one of the most common questions that people, from the novices to the pros, ask is what the best cameras are for YouTube? There are so many options, and we’ve covered general vlogging cameras and also the Canon range in separate posts already this year.
Here is a list of the top video cameras for Youtube specifically for all levels of vloggers to help pick the best one for you!
You may not think of a phone camera as a good choice for making YouTube videos but with the right one you can make amazing videos. Here are two best choices:
Apple iPod Touch 5th Gen
This is a top choice among vloggers. The front facing camera takes excellent shots and has 720p HD 30fps. It is also budget friendly with a going rate of $300. One of its greatest advantages is that not only are you getting a fantastic camera to record your videos on, you also get a multi-feature phone for all of your other needs!
Google Nexus 7
If you are more of an Android person than this one is a great choice for you. It takes quality video and is very easy to use. Uploading your videos to YouTube or social media sites is fast and simple. And of course it will serve you in more ways than must taking videos; use it for everything you need in your daily life. The one drawback is that there is no slot for Micro SD, so if you are a serious vlogger you may want to go in another direction.
If your budget will play a big role in the camera that you choose, here are some of the best options for you. Remember, budget buys do not mean that they are quality compromised!
Sony Cyber-Shot WX80
Any vlogger on a budget will appreciate this camera. You can use it to record your videos at full HD and 8x optical zoom. The sensor is a 16.2 MP and its processor is an Exmor R. If you like to vlog on the run you will love this model as it is very lightweight and compact which makes it the perfect carry and go item. The basic price for this camera is around $250.
However, if you are willing to shop around you can make the deal even sweeter by getting it with a lens cleaning kit, a 16GB memory card and a nice Sony case. The one thing to remember about this model though is that it isn’t the best choice for low lighting situations.
Panasonic HC-V10 Digital
At around $200 you cannot go wrong with this camera. For such a low price it is really amazing how much quality you get from it! It records your videos at 720p HD 25 fps. Aside from the great budget price, the number one advantage of this model is that it is the perfect size for carrying around everywhere you may need it. However, for low light environments you may not get exactly what you want.
If you are into vlogging but not hardcore about your equipment, these cameras will likely meet your needs.
Canon Powershot S100
This Canon model can be purchased for as little as $200 or as much as $600 depending on the extras you get with it. No matter what you end up paying, this camera is easy to use, lightweight and compact so you can take it with you on the go. And when you make your videos you will do so while shooting with 1080p 24 fps. This is a good choice all around.
Nikon Cool-Pix S9500
Not only is this a good choice for the aspiring vlogger, it also falls into the budget category with a price tag of around just $260. For such a good price it really packs a video recording punch. Some of the features Wi-fi capability, an 18MP sensor, slot of SD card, image stabilization and a replaceable battery. It is the ideal choice for getting all the details and zooming to get even the smallest details.
And finally we have the top picks for the pro vlogger!
Sony HDR Handycam
This choice of camera will really surprise you! First of all, you can record your videos under just about any sort of condition including low light which is an issue for many other cameras. Second, you get optical zoom at an astounding 27x. Other cameras do offer this but in many cases zooming in that close causes a serious dip in quality. That is not the case with this Sony model. And finally, you can purchase it for around $200! Overall this is a great choice for serious vloggers.
Canon EOS Rebel T4i
Now that you know about the top choice for a pro-vlogger budget camera, it is time to cover a top product that is on the high end of the price spectrum. This Canon model will run you around $600 but if vlogging is your passion and you really need a top notch piece of recording equipment then this is an excellent choice for you.
It boasts full HD at 1080p with 30 fps when used at its highest operating capability. It is larger than other models that brag about being compact but makes up for it in so many other ways. The swivel screen makes recording and capturing all angles a breeze; something that any vlogger will deeply appreciate. There is a microphone inbuilt making the sound quality much higher than many other models. The main drawback is the weight but if you can get past that then you will do very well with this Canon camera.
You now should have enough information to get the best YouTube camera for your needs, so good luck and happy vlogging!