With vlogging and YouTube video making becoming increasingly popular in today’s social marketing and social influencer world, cameras play a key role in the overall efficiency and satisfaction of vloggers and YouTubers in their quest for vlogging excellence.
Here are the Top 5 best vlogging cameras vloggers can choose from in 2022.
The DJI Osmo Pocket is the camera gimbal that you will actually want to take anywhere thanks to its tiny size and superb video quality. It’s 4K 60FPS capable camera and wand-shaped gimbal handle measures 121.9 x 36.9 x 28.6 millimeters and weighs 116 grams and with an iPhone 11 Pro smartphone, though there’s more than three times the girth and two-thirds of the weight, we were able to slip it into our jean pockets right next to our iPhone 11 Pro Max without a problem. It’s not only small but it’s one-hand friendly too with a non-slip sweat-proof grip that makes it easy to operate the embedded one-inch touch screen which is used to cycle through modes and settings.
It is also more mobile than the also likable DJI Osmo Mobile 3 even with the Mobile 3’s new collapsible feature and unlike the phone-powered DJI Osmo Mobile 3, this gimbal won’t hog your precious smartphone. It comes with a dedicated top-mounted camera. You can attach your phone for a bigger viewfinder or rely on the small one-inch screen that’s built into the gimbal handle. It’s good enough to frame shots and cycle through some menus and controls but not all of the settings found on the smartphone app appear on the square one-inch screen.
The DJI Osmo Mobile comes with a case which we were skeptical of at first. Generally, a case for a miniaturized product, especially gimbals, means it’s going to make the device three or four times the size and not nearly as pocket friendly. Luckily, with the form-fitting protective shell for the Osmo Pocket, it still fits into our pocket.
One major issue with the Osmo Pocket design is that it’s nowhere near as durable as a GoPro which can survive your rough and tumble life or maybe when you’re not active and just drop stuff often. The Osmo Pocket feels solid on the outside but the sophisticated motors beneath the camera hinges need to be protected from bumps, drops, and water.
The Sony A6400 has the exact same height and width as the A6500 but the depth is slightly less due to the slightly rounded off-hand grip. This shouldn’t be an issue if you have small hands but after a couple of hours of shooting, you’d wish there was a bit more body to hold on to.
This camera doesn’t have weather ceiling but it is about 50 grams lighter than the A6500. The Sony A6400 uses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with the same 425 PDAF points as the A6300 and A6500.
The A6400 also has the same number of contrast detection autofocus points, which is how it’s able to achieve a claimed autofocus speed of just 0.02 seconds. The focus points cover around 84% of the sensor area, making it easy to track your subject.
The Sony RX107 VII is the company’s latest pocketable one-sensor compact. It uses the same 24 to 200 mm equivalent F/2.8-4.5 lens as its predecessor but features a more capable easier to use autofocus system. For the first time in the series, the Mark VII has a mic socket for improved audio recording. The Mark VII can shoot at up to 20 frames per second with no viewfinder blackout.
It does not share its hardware with that model 20 MP1 Type stacked CMOS sensor with face detection and built-in 24 to 200 millimeters equivalent F 2.8-4.5 zoom, 20 frames per second continuous shooting with full autofocus and auto exposure and no blackout 7 frame, 90 frames per second single burst mode retractable 2.36 M-EDF with 0.59X equivalent magnification, pre-touchscreen LCD flips up 180 degrees or down by 90 degrees, oversampled UHD 4K video up to five-minute clips in standard temperature mode, combined lens, and digital active stabilization mode and video, high-speed video at up to 1000 frames per second, intervalometer, Wi-Fi with Bluetooth and NFC. The camera sports a tilting LCD three inches in size with a crisp 921K resolution and support for touch control
As it’s mounted on a hinge, you can tilt it up or down to get shots from more interesting angles or to shoot selfies and vlogs. You can also tap the screen to select a focus point or subject for tracking when capturing images or video.
Sony RX107 VII has its limitations. You can’t navigate menus via touch or use the screen as a touch control for focus when using the EVF but the inclusion of an eye level viewfinder makes the RX100 feel more pro.
The E-M5 Mark III is lighter than its predecessor and its weather-sealed design makes it dust, splash, and freeze proof. The autofocus system doesn’t have the most AF points but the 121 face-detection on sensor AF points are all cross type and cover most of the sensor area.
The E-M5 Mark III definitely ticks all the boxes for action photography, offering 10 frames per second continuous shooting with a mechanical shutter but an amazing 30 frames per second in pro capture mode with focus locked on the first frame or 15 frames per second with continuous AF. This doesn’t quite match the pro capture mode on the E-M1 Mark II but it’s still highly impressive.
What makes its pro capture mode interesting is that it starts buffering images as soon as you press the shutter release, then saves these 14 buffered shots, and pressing the shutter release the rest of the way gives the uncanny impression of capturing action that starts before you’ve even pressed the shutter button. All parts have been miniaturized in this new camera to produce the smallest body possible.
It also has a new and improved image stabilization system offering up to 5.5 EV shake compensation or up to 6.5 EV with one of Olympus’ stabilized lenses. This same stabilization system is used for shooting video either in C4K or UHD and it’s supplemented by digital stabilization for even smoother footage in the movie mode.
The E-M5 Mark III has a special flat mode for more effective grading later on and a socket for an external microphone. The E-M5 also offers focus bracketing. You can combine images later in the Olympus Workspace image editing software and in-camera focus stacking where the camera automatically combines eight separate images in camera.
The Fujifilm X-T200 is a mid-range SLR styled mirrorless camera with a 24-megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, three-way tilting touchscreen, electronic viewfinder, and Bluetooth connectivity. It sits above the entry level X-A7 and below the X-T30 in the extensive Fujifilm camera range.
The X-T200 features a slightly revised version of the APS-C Bayer CMOS image sensor found in the X-T100 model for better performance and improved low light sensitivity, down to -2.0 EV. Importantly, it’s not the same as the X-Trans sensor that’s used in Fujifilm’s higher-end X-series cameras, beginning with the X-T30 which offers better image quality.
The X-T200 also employs the same hybrid AF system as the X-T100, which means you have both contrast and face detection AF points in play. The adoption of face detection autofocus pixels across the sensor and an improved AF algorithm make for snappier auto focusing. There’s also updated face/eye detection AF too.
The new Fujifilm X-T200 is built on the design blueprint of the original X-T100 and offers most of the key features of the cheaper X-A7 camera combined with the more premium look and feel of the higher end X-T30. And therefore, it sits between those models in terms of the official price although the street prices position it a little closer to the X-T30.