What are the best cameras for YouTube in 2019? Most YouTube content creators want to vlog or create professional presentation videos. If you’re wanting to vlog, we suggest checking out our guide on the best vlogging cameras.
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Talking head videos
This guide assumes you want to create high quality, presentation style videos to introduce topics and to give your videos a more professional look. There are numerous ways to create YouTube videos without you needing to be in the video. However, talking head videos are some of the easiest and fastest videos to make.
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Maybe you want create vlogging sections and then mix in studio shots or perhaps you want to create tutorial videos but need a good camera for the introduction and presentation parts?
You’re going to need a camera, so what is the best camera for YouTube taking into account price and performance?
Here are some things to pay attention to when buying a camera.
Flip out screen
You will want a camera with a flip out screen so you can quickly and easily frame yourself. There are a lot of good camera on the market designed for photographers or professional video makers who will use a monitor.
A monitor is an expensive screen that you attach to a camera and is used to view yourself. Instead, just get a camera that has a flip out screen. It’s easier and essential for content creators.
In body stabilization
For most studio shots you’re not going to be walking and talking with the camera. But occasionally you may way to do a point of view shot or a walk and talk vlog style video with your big camera. You’ll need stabilization, otherwise it the video will be way to shaky and unusable.
For creating videos in your room or a studio requires you to have a few different lenses. I suggest you get a zoom lens and a wide angle lens. That will cover you in most situations.
Sensor size affects the quality of the image as well as the blurry background. The bigger the sensor, the more light is let in to record in much higher detail. You’ll want at least a 1 inch sensor if not bigger.
The bigger the sensor, the more expensive and bigger the camera.
Yes you will need a microphone in addition to your camera body and lenses. The best microphone in terms of audio is the Rhode Video Mic Pro. The best mic for travel and vlogging is the video micro (much cheaper and smaller.
I also suggest getting the Zoom H2N as an alternative to the Video Mic Pro. It’s the microphone I use for all my videos.
6 Best Cameras For Making YouTube Videos
With that taken into consideration, here are Website Creative Pro’s picks for the best camera for YouTube:
- Canon SL2
- Canon M50
- Fuji XT 3
- Lumix GH5
- Lumix G7
- Sony RX 100
Canon SL2 – The Best Budget Option
There is a newer SL3, but the SL2 is still the better option. What makes this camera so great is it’s low price point, small body and it’s light weight. It’s the smallest DSLR in the world and is compatible with Canon EF lenses.
That means this little camera can be paired with some of Canon’s best lenses. We suggest getting the 10-18mm lens for that wide angle shot and keep the wonderful 18-55mm kit lens. These two lenses are all you need to start creating amazing YouTube videos.
- Best price and performance option on the list. If you want a professional setup for under $700 this is your camera.
- Works with EF lenses by default. Giving you access to Canons’ best glass.
- Flip out screen, beginner oriented menu.
- No stabilization. This camera is not made for point of view videos or vlogging.
Canon M50 – Best size and performance option
The M50 is Canon’s entry level mirrorless camera. More expensive than the SL2 and it uses newer lens for the new EF-M mount (not EF). That means you can’t use Canon’s wide range of EF lenses like the 10-18mm unless you buy an expensive adapter.
The advantages though of the M50 is that it’s a small body and the newer EF-M compatible lenses are equally small and light. The M50 also as digital stabilization so you can vlog, do walk and talk videos as well as presentation style videos.
- Good video quality.
- Digital stabilization to reduce shaky camera footage when walking.
- Small and light with a flip out screen.
- Can vlog on this or do studio shots.
- Needs an expensive adapter if you want to use Canon’s amazing 10-18mm wide angle lens.
- Video quality is a bit sharp and may not be the most flattering on a face.
- Stabilization is digital. Acceptable, but in body stabilization is much better.
Fuji XT3 – The Beautiful video camera
The Fuji XT3 with their standard kit lens ( 18-55mm f2.8-4) produces some amazingly beautiful video. It has good separation of the subject to the background, has a flip out screen, stabilized video and good color science.
- The Fuji XT3 makes beautiful videos with good colors
- Small, light, mirroless camera for professionals.
- Excellent lens selection. Even the kit lens that comes with camera is excellent.
- Video could be more stable when moving with the camera.
Lumix GH5 – The film makers YouTube camera
An excellent choice for film makers. This camera is a bit bulky but not too bulky. You can still take this with you on a trip. It has amazing stabilization, great lens selection, can record in 4k at 60 frames a second and the cine-d color profile which is an excellent flat profile to color grade.
If you’re a film maker or aspiring film maker who wants to create both talking head videos as well as point of view, travel videos. The GH5 is an excellent camera for film making.
- Amazing in body stabilization
- 4k at 60 frames a second
- Cine D Color profile
- Video centric camera
- Low light performance is poor due to the sensor size. But if you’re not making videos at night this is a non issue.
Lumix G7 – The best budget 4k camera
Like the SL2, the G7 is one of the best best budget camera available. The Lumix G7 is an old camera that is packed with a lot of pro features like being able to record in 4k, slow motion all while being combined into a small, light weight body. The Lumix G7 is a micro 4/3 camera.
If you’re wanting that wide angle look, you can’t get that on this camera due to the crop sensor (meaning it crops in on the image of a wide angle lens).
The Lumix G7 also lacks any sort of stabilization. That combined with the micro 4/3 cropped sensor makes this camera a terrible choice for on the go vlogging but good for talking head videos.
- Budget friendly camera with a lot of pro features like 4k and slow motion.
- Can get this camera at a great price with a a lot of additional gear.
- This camera has no stabilization.
Sony RX 100 – Best point and shoot ever made
This may surprise some, but a point and shoot made the list and that point and shoot is the Sony RX 100. This is a good option because it has flip up screen, external mic jack and you don’t buy any lenses as it’s a point and shoot.
With incredible zoom capabilities, good color profile, small and compact, the RX 100 is a good starter camera for making talking head, presentation style videos.
- Point and shoot cameras are small, light and compact.
- You can vlog on this camera with ease*
- Has an external mic jack to allow you to create good presentation style videos with good audio.
- Lovely video quality.
- Easy for beginners. Turn your camera on, plug in the microphone and you’re good to go.
- You can’t switch out lenses obviously. If you want a wide angle look, a point and shoot is not for you.
- Some microphones don’t work correctly with the RX100. You’ll need to watch review videos to pick the perfect microphone.
- Very expensive point and shoot.
- For vlogging, it over heats in 4k and lasts about 10-15 minutes in the sun.
Best Camera For YouTube
That is it for our guide on the best cameras for making YouTube videos. This list covered a few different options. The best budget option is the SL2 with a wide angle lens. The most user friendly option is the Sony RX 100 option. All the other cameras really depend on what you will be doing.
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