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In recent years, vlogging has become a popular creative outlet for many filmmakers and is now a field many people are looking to enter.
Given the immediacy of this type of content, having a camera that has a flip screen so you can see yourself without having to set up external monitors is essential.
That way, you can easily switch on your camera, flip the screen around, check the exposure, frame, etc. and press record in seconds.
Consider the features you the need for the type of vlogging you want to do
There are a variety of cameras and setups commonly used for vlogs, and the idea of what a vlog is changes person to person.
If you’re filming yourself in your room, talking-head style, or on the go, much like a run and gun filmmaker, what you’re looking for will vary.
While portability, battery life, and ease of use may sway your opinion, there are certain facets to consider that is a must for everyone.
And other than the articulating screen, other things to include are having a great image, good autofocus, and a way to record usable audio.
It is important to preface that content is king and there are creators who are able to make very impressive content with just their phones. That said, having a great camera certainly doesn’t hurt and can open you up to a range of creative possibilities.
The biggest most expensive camera isn’t necessarily the right choice for vlogs
Of course, you can use some high-end and very expensive cameras, but it’s often overkilling.
Plus using a big full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera might not be the best choice – unless you have arm muscles like Jason Momoa.
So in this article, I’m focusing on smaller light-weight, budget-friendly, and more affordable cameras with a flip screen that’ll be an excellent choice for creating YouTube vlogs.
Below I’ve selected five of the best and most popular cameras with flip screen used for vlogging on YouTube today. In this list, there should be a camera for anyone and it’s hard to go wrong. Ultimately the decision is up to you!
1. Panasonic Lumix G100
Starting off our list I’ve selected the Panasonic Lumix G100. This is a mirrorless camera that is a great way for vloggers to up the quality of their content.
It includes many features that are built specifically for vloggers, meaning regardless of your content it is hard to go wrong with this camera.
The G100 is a Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera and features a 20.3-megapixel sensor and the camera can record 4K at up to 30p, which is great for any filmmaker.
Unfortunately, this camera, using an MFT sensor, does not excel in low light conditions. But the cool thing is, that you can adapt almost any lenses to this format – even inexpensive, but attractive vintage lenses.
That said, G100 allows an ISO of up to 25600. In a pinch, you can still collect usable footage in low light situations, and you can always get a focal reducer aka. speed booster to improve the number of stops for even better low-light performance.
The G100 also features a 5-axis image stabilization system. Together this should allow you to capture footage in even the most adverse conditions.
This camera has an articulating touch screen to make navigating the system that much easier, and feature expanded UI for vlogging (such as a larger record light to make confirmation easier when filming yourself.
Plus, a small body means that this is an easy mirrorless camera to take with you on the go.
For a vlogger, the G100 is a great camera. It is relatively compact but still has internal stabilization that can combat shaky hands.
Additional features that can help filmmakers on the go include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity (which is awesome to share photos for thumbnails), as I’ll as a touch screen with expanded UI to help with recording on your own.
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2. Sony ZV-1
The Sony ZV-1 is a great camera for a vlogger that needs a compact set up. This point and shoot camera has all the features you need in a very portable camera that Iighs under one pound!
There are a lot of things that should impress you with this camera. It can record video in 4K at up to 24/30 frames per second and features Sony’s incredibly popular S-Log picture profiles to help expand your dynamic range (up to 14 on the ZV-1).
One of the ZV-1’s biggest selling features is having an external audio input, a rare feature in point and shoot cameras.
Though the onboard mics do a fine job at picking up audio, they are not directional enough for vlogging in outdoor/busy settings. For this, I’d recommend a compact external shotgun mic or a wireless lavalier microphone.
Like the popular Sony RX line, the ZV-1 has Zeiss glass and a focal length of 24-70mm. This lens lets you get some really crisp footage, and though the focal length is limited, you still can achieve wide, normal, and telephoto angles.
Another great feature that is packed into a small camera is Sony’s Active SteadyShot technology. In recording HD video this will reduce camera shake by up to 11x, and up to 8x when recording 4k.
Don’t expect miracles, but this will definitely save you when you’re walking and filming!
There are a couple of Iaknesses to this otherwise great camera, though they are few. In addition to the limited focal length, the battery life is also quite short, especially when recording 4K video (lasting around 50 minutes). The small screen also makes viewing your shot difficult and it can be difficult to view in very bright settings.
All that said, the ZV-1 is a great camera for novices and can even be a great addition to the arsenal for experienced filmmakers. If you’re looking for a compact point and shoot to vlog with, this is a hard camera to pass up!
External Audio Input
Limited Focal Length
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Sony Cybershot RX0 II
Some vloggers out there may be doing activities that require a camera that can handle anything thrown at it (or on it), and for those filmmakers, I’d have to recommend the Sony Cybershot RX0 II.
This compact action camera is waterproof at up to 33’ and crushproof to 440 pounds. Not only that, but it can still capture great video with 4K recording at 24/30 frames per second, and up to 120 frames per second in HD.
The camera has a fixed and effective focal length of 24mm. Though this is limiting in some respects, it still features great glass and will yield crisp results.
Will all these features, only being 2.3 x 1.6 x 1.4″, and weighing just 4.66 oz with an SD card and battery, this is a camera any vlogger can take with them mots anywhere.
The problems with this camera mainly center around its compact size. Having a fixed focal length and no external audio input make it a difficult choice for any vlogger not centered on action sports or situations where a small durable camera would be nice.
however, if your vlog includes that and you need a compact action camera, the RX0 II is top of the line. In addition to the details listed above, wireless connectivity and S-Log compatibility will make this an easy camera to add to your workflow.
|Waterproof & Crushproof|
Fixed 24mm focal length
Small form factor
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3. Canon EOS 80D
The Canon EOS 80D is a great camera and hugely popular with vloggers and independent filmmakers. Canon cameras are often acclaimed for their color, especially when it comes to skin tones, and the 80D is no exception.
Paired with their color science, Canon’s dual pixel autofocus technology is incredibly reliable and does a great job finding focus. For vloggers this is an absolute must since it is extremely difficult to manually focus on yourself if you intend to move at all.
The Canon EOS 80D has a couple unique features that set it apart from other DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. This camera has wireless connectivity which is great for filmmakers on the move, and a headphone monitor jack. For a vlogger making content on your own, being able to directly monitor your own audio is incredibly useful.
Unfortunately the Canon EOS 80D lacks some features seen in other popular cameras.
The 80D doesn’t have 4K recording, which is becoming increasingly popular and doesn’t have any in-camera stabilization. There are some Canon lenses that can help with this but don’t expect any stabilization to come from the body itself.
On the topic of lenses, hoIver, that is a huge strength of the EOS 80D. Featuring a Canon EF lens mount, you will have a plethora of great lenses available.
Whereas other lens formats may be more difficult to find, Canon glass is very high quality and pretty much all manufacturers make lenses for EF mounts. This means you won’t have to adapt any glass unless you already have a collection going.
For vloggers wanting the benefits of a DSLR, the EOS 80D is a great choice. You’ll have an audio input to attach an external microphone, plenty of options for lenses, and wonderful color. Canon’s autofocus is also a boon that cannot be ignored.
Headphone Monitor Jack
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5. Fujifilm X-T4
If you’re a blogger or vlogger looking for a high-end professional image with great color, the Fujifilm X-T4 will be a good choice for you.
This camera sticks out a bit in terms of being ‘budget-friendly’, but for the features, you get it still delivers a hefty bang for the buck.
This mirrorless camera has a 26.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and a max ISO of 12800 (with an extended range of 51200). That said, around 12800 the colors start breaking down.
Fans of Fujifilm cameras rave about the color and an almost retro look it can provide. The X-T4 continues this tradition with 10-bit color depth and the F-Log gamma setting which can give you even more control when color grading.
The X-T4 is also capable of recording in 4K at up to 60 frames per second, meaning you can play back your 4K footage at 40% (if exporting 24 FPS) for some crisp and high quality slow motion.
Paired with video assist tools such as zebra stripes and focus peaking, you are sure to have some crisp, dynamic, and professional-looking footage.
For lenses, you will either need Fujifilm X-Mount lenses or an adapter for such as this format is not the most common.
Another of the few negatives for the X-T4 is the autofocus. While good for stills, the autofocus with this camera isn’t great for video. The X-T4 lacks features such as subject tracking, and the face/eye detection isn’t very reliable.
That said, the X-T4 is a professional grade camera and will give great results. Its 4K options, image quality, color, video assist tools, and a host of customizable buttons are just some of the many features that will make your life, and your vlogging, easier.
If you’re looking for a top-notch camera, this is it.
4K (up to 60 FPS)
Great Color Science
X Mount Lenses
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Those are five of the best vlogging cameras with flip screens, all suitable for five completely different content styles.
Regardless of which camera you choose it’s hard to go wrong, and ultimately it’s up to you to decide what best matches your content since content is king.
When push comes to shove, any of these cameras can make a great video but some are definitely suited for different situations.
I often find myself oscillating between my mirrorless camera and a point and shoot depending on the situation, so it’s important to remain flexible (easier said than done, of course).
If you’re a new filmmaker, the important thing is to get started however you can and then start to explore options for growth. Any of these cameras are a great place to begin a vlog or upgrade it, so it’s just a matter of taking that first step.
Is there a specific camera you’re excited about or want to use? What kind of content do you create? Let us know in the comments below and good luck with your next video!
Cade Taylor is a filmmaker and writer based out of Los Angeles. Originally from Seattle, he continues to work as the Outreach Coordinator for the Bigfoot Script Challenge, where he helps connect up-and-coming writers with industry professionals. When he’s not working on his own projects, helping out with Bigfoot, or covering desks, Cade loves to share what he knows with other filmmakers and promote great content.