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Best vlogging camera: The best cameras for YouTubers

Smartphone cameras have improved rapidly over the years, but they’re rarely a match for a great standalone camera. Whether you’re an experienced YouTuber or a budding TikTok star, you can find all of our favourite vlogging cameras detailed in this guide. 

Vlogging cameras pack larger sensors than smartphones, giving them an edge when it comes to dynamic range, low light performance and background blur in your videos. Many cameras also feature external microphone jacks and fully articulated touchscreens for easier framing. 

Of course, there isn’t just one type of vlogging camera. We’ve covered all of the bases in this guide with a mix of entry-level mirrorless cameras, pocket-sized gimbals and well-loved action cams. 

We’ve also included a list of pros and cons for each, along with links to our full, in-depth reviews. These detail our experiences with the cameras and include sample footage from them to help you choose which one is best suited to your vlogging needs.

For those specifically looking for a camera to take adventuring, make sure to visit our guide to the best action cameras. We also have guides to the best compact and mirrorless cameras for anyone interested in these areas, along with a more general guide to the very best cameras on the market right now. For a more spontaneous way to capture important moments, you can also see our guide to the best instant cameras.

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Sony ZV-E10

The best entry-level vlogging camera
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  • Small and lightweight
  • Good video quality and options
  • Fast, accurate autofocu
  • Beginner-friendly features


  • No viewfinder
  • Big crop with electronic image stabilisation
  • Limited touchscreen functionality

If you’re looking for a great vlogging camera to get started with, the Sony ZV-E10 delivers 4K video and beginner-friendly features wrapped in a lightweight package. 

The mirrorless camera is packed with features to help YouTubers and Instagram stars step up their video content, including a good-sized APS-C sensor, image stabilisation, real-time autofocus tracking for the eyes and face and flexibility with Sony’s E-mount lens system. 

At 343g, the ZV-E10 is one of the smallest and lightest mirrorless cameras we’ve reviewed. There’s no electronic viewfinder, but we found the 3-inch touchscreen to be bright and clear – even on sunny days. The screen also flips out to the side, making it ideal for when you need to record yourself. 

The autofocus is fast and there’s a Product Showcase mode to shift the focus quickly for influencers who need to hold objects in front of the camera. We found this mode to be a little fussy at times but it was still an improvement over the standard face detection-based mode when used in these circumstances. 

There’s none of the fancy in-body image stabilisation found in the A6600, but the ZV-E10 does come with SteadyShot image stabilisation. This means you get digital stabilisation as well as optical stabilisation with certain lenses. 

The ZV-E10 supports clean and rich 4K at up to 30fps or softer and smoother 1080p at 60fps, which is ideal when using the Slow and Quick mode to capture slow motion video. The Sony can also produce some sharp 24.2-megapixel stills, though vlogging is the clear focus of this camera. 

Reviewer: Sam Kieldsen

Full review: Sony ZV-E10

Sony ZV-1

For those content with one lens
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  • Unbelievable mic quality
  • Top-tier autofocus
  • Instant bokeh mode


  • Can overheat indoors
  • Convoluted menus that are a pain to use
  • Micro-USB rather than USB-C

If you like the sound of the ZV-E10 but need something a little more affordable, Sony’s own ZV-1 might actually be the E10’s biggest competition. 

Not only is the ZV-1 cheaper (in part due to the fact you don’t need to pick up a separate lens) but its also smaller and the built-in lens is bright and sharp, making it a great choice if you’re not bothered about swapping out your lenses with the E-mount system.

At 10.5 x 4.4 x 6cm, the ZV-1 is compact enough to slip into a bag or pocket and there’s a hotshoe on top for those who want to add an external mic, though we found the audio quality on the built-in one to be excellent. There’s also a touchscreen that flips out and rotates, allowing you to see what you’re filming at different angles.

The video quality is fantastic, with the camera capable of capturing bright and vibrant 4K footage. Photos are decent too, albeit not the focus of the ZV-1.

There are loads of handy video features included too, like a real-time bokeh mode with its own dedicated shutter for quick access and two stabilisation options: standard and active. There’s also the same Product Showcase feature found on the ZV-E10. 

Unfortunately, we did find this camera had a tendency to overheat quickly when used indoors, so that’s something to be consider if you plan to film primarily in your home. 

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan

Full review: Sony ZV-1

Panasonic Lumix GH6

For those in need of excellent video quality
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  • Massive range of video modes
  • Superb video image quality
  • No-limit recording times
  • Effective image stabilisation
  • Easy handling


  • Occasional autofocus quirks
  • Some features unavailable at launch

The Panasonic Lumix GH6 is a lightweight and affordable mirrorless camera that offers superb video quality and great stills. However, while the Panasonic can be used to snap images, video remains its biggest strength, making it the perfect choice for vloggers. 

The Micro Four Thirds camera features a double-hinged touchscreen and a new cooling system for Panasonic’s GH series, helping it stave off any overheating issues.

The camera is also capable of going beyond the ZV-E10 and the ZV-1’s 4K resolution, and capture sharp 5.7K video at up to 60fps. There’s in-body stabilisation for up to 7.5 stops of motion compensation, which we found to be very effective, allowing us to record walk-and-talk vlogs without the background bouncing. It even managed to capture stable footage of far away subjects with a telephoto lens attached.

As far as ports go, there are inputs for headphones and a microphone, along with a full-size HDMI output for external monitoring and recording. There’s also support for CF express Type B memory cards, as well as Apple’s ProRes 422 HQ format.

One con we encountered was that the autofocus lost focus at times when tracking moving objects, though this was still an improvement from the autofocus on the GH5 II. Otherwise, the GH6 is a fantastic mirrorless camera for budding videographers and vloggers in particular. 

Reviewer: Sam Kieldsen

Full review: Panasonic Lumix GH6

DJI Osmo Pocket

The best for smooth video
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  • Shoots smooth, stabilised video in all lighting conditions
  • Incredibly compact and genuinely pocketable
  • App offers lots of depth and versatility
  • Great vlogging mode
  • Good battery life for its size


  • Needs accessories to unlock its full potential
  • Autofocus can occasionally be sluggish
  • Audio quality is only average
  • Not waterproof without a case
  • No livestreaming

If stable footage is a priority for you, the DJI Osmo Pocket is a great match as the device is a 3-axis mechanical gimbal with a tiny 4K camera on the top. 

As you can guess from its name, the Osmo Pocket is a compact and pocket-sized device, making it ideal for taking on the go. The gimbal works by counterbalancing your movement with three motors across each axis. Not only does this keep your footage smooth, but it also allows you to create effects like pans and tilts. 

The gimbal includes a one-inch touchscreen that displays previews of your videos and stills, as well as shooting modes, like Photos, Video, Slo-Mo, Timelapse and Pano, video resolution and frame rate settings and gimbal controls. You can also use the DJI Mimo app to set up shots on your smartphone.

The camera is capable of capturing 4K video at up to 60fps and 12-megapixel stills. Meanwhile, features like FaceTrack work to automatically follow your face, and we found the camera’s bright aperture produced some great bokeh. 

The Osmo Pocket’s design is modular and there are a number of optional accessories you can buy to upgrade the camera, though we didn’t love that you need to pay extra to unlock this potential. The camera also isn’t durable enough for extreme sports or rain, so you’ll want to opt for the GoPro in these circumstances. 

Another limitation is audio quality. The sound is passable, but we found it struggled a bit with wind noise. 

All that said, the Osmo Pocket still makes for an excellent vlogging camera and is one of the best at its size and price point. 

Reviewer: Mark Wilson

Full review: DJI Osmo Pocket

GoPro Hero 10 Black

A brilliant action camera
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  • UI is speedier than ever thanks to the GP2 processor
  • Higher fps rates across the board
  • HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilisation is a technological marvel
  • Eye-catching footage


  • Struggles in low light
  • Very steep price tag

The GoPro Hero 10 Black is the most hassle-free action camera you can get right now, making it the best choice for adventurous vloggers or those looking for a durable device to capture extreme sports in up to 5.3K.

Design-wise, the Hero 10 Black, looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Hero 9. Like the 9, the 10 includes two displays – one large rear-facing screen and a second smaller one on the front for a better view when recording yourself.  

The action camera is powered by GoPro’s new GP2 processor, which brings with it increased frame rate caps and a noticeable speed boost to the device’s software. These was an upgrade we were grateful for, as the slow UI was something we felt let the Hero 9 down.

We found the Hero 10 was capable of capturing striking detail and colour in the daytime and managed to adapt quickly to new surroundings, such as underwater scenes. As far as quality goes, the camera is capable of capturing up to 5.3K video at 60fps, 4K at 120fps or 2.7K at 240fps.  

Features like HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilisation are incredible considering there’s no gimbal attached and we found the battery life is great, offering a day’s worth of shooting from a single charge. 

Like its predecessors, the Hero 10 still struggles in low-light, missing out on detail when shooting at night. The other major con to the camera is its high price. However, if you can stomach the cost, the Hero 10 is the best vlogging camera for action and adventure. 

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan

Full review: GoPro Hero 10 Black

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Which is the best vlogging camera for extreme sports and adventures?

The GoPro Hero 10 Black is the best option for challenging environments like these.

Which is the most affordable camera on this list?

The DJI Osmo Pocket is the smallest and cheapest vlogging camera on this list at £329.

Which cameras can record in 4K?

Every camera on this list is capable of capturing 4K video, with the GoPro going up to 5.3K and the GH6 as far as 5.7K.

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