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If you are starting a vlog then you are probably wondering which of the hundreds of cameras out there make the best vlogging cameras. Choosing a high quality camera is important, but it is equally important that your vlogging camera is the right tool for the job you want to do. The best camera for your YouTube videos might not be the same one a lot of vloggers you like use.
Here are examples of different types of YouTube channels and what kinds of cameras are best suited to them:
The importance of high quality video cannot be overstated for this type of vlog. If you are giving makeup tips then the makeup has to look amazing while you put it on. It is the same if you are teaching your audience how to create anything, be it a scarf or a cake. Your final product has to look its best so that others will want to make it too.
The Canon EOS 60D is a DSLR which will provide you with a lot of flexibility and produce flawless HD videos. At $1200 it is a pricier option, but the price tag is worth it if you are serious about your vlog. If you are just testing the waters to see if vlogging is for you, or if your vlog is more casual, then a less expensive digital camera might be a better choice. The Olympus PEN E-P5 is easy to use and can record HD video. It costs around $800.
If you have a gaming vlog then you will mainly be recording your screen and your own face so people can see your reactions. Having really sharp, clear, video in your reaction shots will help you stand out, but if you are exclusively recording reaction shots then it probably is not worth it to invest in a high powered DSLR.
Your needs can be met with a webcam, if you have the right one. The Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 records great HD (1080p) video and has automatic light correction. It is the number one best-selling webcam on Amazon and costs about $100.
Crisp HD video is vital to recording action. Blurriness and camera shake are the natural enemies of any Youtuber who wants to record their sporty or outdoorsy pursuits and you will need to make sure your camera has built in stabilization.
It is impossible to beat the GoPro for recording action while you are participating in it. A GoPro will give you the clearest video of your snowboarding, surfing, or mountain biking excursions and it is fairly affordable at $400 for the Hero4 Silver.
Your vlog might not have a laser focused topic. You might plan on sharing funny stories about your day or ranting about whatever happens to be on your mind.
For the maximum amount of versatility you will want a DSLR. The Canon EOS 60D recommended above for beauty vloggers is great for if you are going to be shooting a variety of shots in a variety of locations. You will need this versatility if there is any kind of scripted sketch-comedy element to your vlog.
If the focus of your vlog is always going to be you talking at your camera then a webcam like the Logitech HD Pro will probably suit your purposes.
For a bit more flexibility, consider using a recent model smartphone. Current smartphones record high quality video so they make great vlogging cameras. The very newest smartphones can even record in 4K, which a lot of other good cameras cannot do. Some new smartphone cameras even have special built-in hardware called OIS, or ‘optical image stabilization’, which will significantly reduce camera shake and help keep your videos looking sharp and smooth.
You can do a selfie-style vlog with your smartphone, or mount it on a tripod.
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