Anyone with a blog that has video content is likely to ponder on which video camera to use at some point of time or the other. If you’re looking for a single stop solution or advice, let me tell you that there is no right answer to this question. The ideal choice depends on individual budgets and individual requirements. As a result, what might be an ideal solution for you, might not even be an option for another blogger. The good news is that there are a number of options for all sorts of budgets and you can be rest assured of finding something that fits just right. Here is a small overview of the top 10 best cameras for vlogging in 2014.
- Cameras for "Selfie" inspired video bloggers
- Cameras for video bloggers on a budget
- Cameras for no nonsense video bloggers
- Cameras for passionate video bloggers
- Cameras for pro vloggers
- Recommended best Video Editing software for all vloggers
Cameras for "Selfie" inspired video bloggers
There is no harm in using your Smartphones and iPods for vlogging. In fact, modern day Smartphones, iPods and similar devices can help to capture amazing videos and compete with most traditional cameras in terms of performance.
The Apple iPod Touch 5th Gen is one of the best and most popular options among vloggers. It boasts of an excellent front end camera and can shoot films in 720p HD at 30 fps. Moreover, with a price tag of close to $300 for its basic model, the iPod Touch is quite economical as well.
- Advantages: One of the biggest advantages of using the iPod Touch is that it is much more than a camera. Anyone looking for something that allows them with multiple features apart from a camera, cannot look beyond the iPod Touch.
- Disadvantages: The main drawback is that the quality is still not as good as some of the other low end models in the market. The Camera app is known to be quite bad as well.
An android OS allows you to install a range of apps and enjoy out of the world features. The Google Nexus 7 can be an excellent option for vlogging and it is generally considered to offer a decent performance for peer to peer sharing, social media campaigns and basic videos.
- Advantages: The biggest advantage of using the Google Nexus is that it is not just your camera, it is the center of your entire existence. If you’re looking for something with countless apps and features, it doesn’t get better than the Google Nexus.
- Disadvantages: Some of the biggest drawbacks of the Google Nexus are that it is less discreet and has a fixed focus lens. It doesn't have a MicroSD slot either.
Cameras for video bloggers on a budget
You don’t really need to spend thousands of dollars to get a decent camera that does the job. There are several options that cost less than $200 and do the job quite well.
The Sony Cyber-Shot WX80 is an excellent option for any budget blogger. The WX80 makes use of a 16.2 MP sensor as well as an Exmor R processor. It can record Full HD (60i) videos and is quite small and light to carry around from one place to the other. Furthermore, it also offers you with 8x optical zoom.
- Advantages: Buy it from the right place and you can also get a 16GB memory card, lens cleaning kit, the trademark Sony case and rechargeable battery.
- Disadvantages: Despite its obvious advantages and extremely low price, the camera fails to be of any use in low light situations.
The biggest advantage of the Panasonic HC-V10 is that it offers an amazing quality for an extremely low price. The camera manages to shoot 720p HD at 25 fps, something that makes it really popular considering the "tiny" price.
- Advantages: Well, apart from the price, the V10 also scores great marks for its quality and the fact that it is quite small in size which makes it easy to carry around.
- Disadvantages: The camera struggles to offer an acceptable quality in low light situations. Without the proper lighting, the V10 is literally useless.
Cameras for no nonsense video bloggers
If you’re the simple to use, compact and easy to carry around vlogging camera, this just might be the ideal section for you to check out.
Most no nonsense vloggers are known to prefer compact cameras above all else because of the ease of use and maneuverability. With a price tag that varies between $200 - $600, you can also be assured of getting something that’s value for money. In terms of capability, the S100 can shoot videos in 1080p at 24 fps.
- Advantages: First of all, the camera is the epitome of the term “value for money”. Moreover, it is really small and can easily fit in your palm.
- Disadvantages: You might hear the sound of the lens focusing while in video mode. However, if you have some background noise or you are talking while the camera records, this shouldn't be a problem.
If you’re looking for something that’s simple to use, compact and easy to carry around, this just might be the ideal section for you to check out.
With a price tag of just about $260, you might wonder whether the camera really offers anything. However, it is actually known to pack a punch. It offers users with an 18MP sensor, WiFi capability, 22x optical zoom, SD card slot, replaceable battery and optical image stabilization.
- Advantages: The camera is an ideal option for documenting details or zooming in on a particular shot from some distance.
- Disadvantages: The high speed mode does not offer HD recording and the camera doesn't have a mic input. Moreover, the absence of a viewfinder makes things worse.
Cameras for passionate video bloggers
If you’re really passionate about vlogging and your blog is much more than a hobby or a fleeting interest, you might want to consider using something more “permanent” for your video blogging needs.
A camcorder with a price tag of less than $200? Well, that’s enough to turn a few heads. Now that I have your attention, the CX220 is not just about its price. It can shoot better videos than most other cameras in the low budget range. It also comes with 27x optical zoom without any loss of quality and accepts SD/SDXC/SDHC cards as well.
- Advantages: The camera is versatile enough to be used under most conditions.
- Disadvantages: The lack of an external mic input might put you off as a vlogger.
The Panasonic HDC – SD90 helps you cover your digital video camera and camcorder requirements at the same time. It is considered to be one of the most popular camcorders in the markets and allows users to record video in 1080p HD. The price tag of $500 – 600 makes it well within your budgets as well.
- Advantages: The biggest advantage of the SD90 is that you can also purchase a 3D attachment to transform your simple looking camera into a beautiful 3D camera. However, the attachment could end up costing as much as the camera itself.
- Disadvantages: A problem that some bloggers face is that the camera records in the AVCHD format. Converting this file type and understanding which programs to use for this file type might be a headache for some.
Cameras for pro vloggers
Let’s get into the more serious stuff. If you’re a pro at what you do and need a piece of equipment to maintain your existing image and market value, you really do need the best video cameras available. And as you already know, it doesn’t get better than DSLRs in the world of cameras.
Some might argue that DSLRs are too complicated to blog with, but any pro is not likely to find it to be a problem. The only problem could be that you end up choosing the wrong one for vlogging. The Canon EOS Rebel T4i, also known as the Canon EOS 650D, boasts of offering users with Full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS when at its best.
- Advantages: The biggest advantage of purchasing the T4i is that it has a swivel screen, something that most vloggers are likely to find to be extremely handy. Furthermore, with a price tag of just about $600, it really can’t get better than the T4i.
- Disadvantages: No need to state the obvious, but the inbuilt microphone is really bad. Another issue is its weight. You could actually start to feel the weight of the T4i after holding it for a while.(Most DSLR's are restricted to recording about 30 mins long video clips. This might be a big consideration for long-form vloggers - Thanks to Anthony Rosbottom's contribution)
Claiming to be the world’s smallest digital film cameras, Blackmagic Cinema Cameras gives you amazing cinematic images and provides you a complete solution for shooting, editing, color correction and finishing 4K digital film.
- Advantages: The Blackmagic is an ideal solution if you require something to work in low light conditions. It also offers users with interchangeable lenses as well as the ability to shoot at f/2.8 at a minimum.
- Disadvantages: With a price tag of about $3000, you really need to think twice before purchasing it.
Choosing an appropriate vlogging camera is just the first step, the post production process is of equal importance to your vlogging if you want to make your Vlogs a little bit more impressive than just the average home video. Few people would show interest in the raw materials you shoot which are uploaded without any editing work. So if you want to take your video content to the next level with some video editing without being completely overwhelmed, you will definitely want to give Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor) a try. The software offers a free trial period which allows you to try before buy. Well-designed intuitive interface enables anyone to master the program within minutes.
What’s more, it has all the features you will need to make you feel like a pro. Simple editing functionalities like trimming, cropping, merging, adjusting speed, fast or slow motion, mosaic etc. will meet most of your demands. Besides all that, advanced features like split screen, green screen, filters&overlay effects, together with hundreds of licensed music, motion elements, transiton effects etc will definitely turn your video into something extraordinary with the least amount of effort. Check to video below to get an overview of this gorgeous video editing program: