When it comes to vlogging, the most important piece of equipment you will be using would likely be a vlogging camera. It may very well make or break your vlogging experience as well as your chances of succeeding as a vlogger.
So it goes without saying that you would really want to make sure you’re choosing the best vlogging camera with a flip screen. Why a flip screen? Because a vlogging camera may turn out to be a bit “handicapped” without one, so you may certainly want to go for the best camera with a flip screen, and not one without it.
However, as there are so many vlogging or video cameras with a flip screen on the market, things can get a little tricky. Here’s where we come in and guide you through the process of choosing a vlogging camera that’s perfect for your needs.
The first factor to consider is the size of the camera. Now, if it seems to be a not-so-important factor to you, think again.
A good vlogging camera would be one that can be taken anywhere. In other words, it must be compact and portable. This obviously rules out a bulky DSLR camera with a flip screen, although some of the more expensive ones that are pretty lightweight may be just fine.
Similarly, all those full-sized camcorders that come with a big external mic attached to them are something to be avoided as well. You would instead want to look for something that your pocket wouldn’t mind hosting, but at the same time, it must also be sturdy enough to hold up to some long-term beating, especially if you’re a travel vlogger.
While an expensive iPhone may seem like an option here, but it actually isn’t, due to the fact that its lens angle is far from ideal for vlogging purposes. We will be getting to this factor next.
So finally, you could say that a point and shoot camera with a flip screen would be a much better option here, but it shouldn’t be one of those basic ones with limited features.
The lens angle is basically something that decides at what distance the camera needs to be held to get the perfect results. It’s one of the crucial aspects of vlogging, which requires a combination of both a great video and audio quality.
As we mentioned above, the lens angle is the reason an iPhone may not be up to the task when it comes to professional vlogging. This is because unlike a good vlogging camera, it needs to be held a bit too far to achieve the kind of quality professional vlogging demands.
Now, while you may be able to do that (although it can still be quite a hassle), it means that the audio quality would suffer, as you’re holding the iPhone too far from your face and it doesn’t come with an external mic. That said, a good vlogging camera with a flip screen would be one that doesn’t require to be held too far – but just close enough to your face to be very comfortable to record videos and take great shots – while still catching every bit of what you say with great clarity.
Too many vlogging cameras claim to offer a great performance, and while many of them do for the most part, they get disappointed when it comes to recording or taking pictures in a low-light condition. But if you’re seriously into vlogging, it’s going to be inevitable to avoid recording in low-light conditions.
And remember, a low-light condition isn’t only during the night time, but also when being indoors. So this means that you will actually be shooting in low light a lot more often than you may think.
Any camera that isn’t designed to serve you well in low-light conditions wouldn’t be able to prevent the noise in images as well as result in lower frames per second when it doesn’t find enough light in the surrounding.
So how do you find a vlogging camera that’s just as good at shooting in low-light conditions as it is when it’s very bright out there? Well, you just need to follow the tips below.
- The camera lens needs to have a wide aperture. This would help it gather more light when shooting, and minimizing the effects of the low-light condition in the process. A good 50mm lens from a trusted brand is usually a safe bet here.
- The camera should be able to keep the noise at bay even at a higher ISO. Many cameras do not, which can lead to videos that are not as good as they could have been in terms of the quality. The Canon ones with a higher ISO usually fare well in this area.
- The sensor size needs to be big enough to capture more light. However, you need to find an ideal balance here between the size of the sensor and the portability of the camera, as being a vlogger it doesn’t make sense to compromise on the latter either.
You can’t rely on YouTube’s image stabilization feature as a professional vlogger. It turns out to be a hit or miss more often than not.
Optical image stabilization is necessary to prevent shaky images and inconsistencies in the recording quality (especially when there’s a lot of “moving”), and the ‘digital’ image stabilization feature won’t cut it. An ideal vlogging camera needs to come with optical image stabilization or at least 5-axis image stabilization.
An in-built microphone would be an incredibly useful feature to have in your vlogging camera. Unfortunately, however, not many of the compact vlogging cameras come with one, and the few that do can cost a pretty penny.
If you want to have access to a microphone on a budget, then your only option may be to get an external recorder. Even a USB microphone will do, but it can sometimes get a little tricky to use as a beginner.
This shouldn’t be hard to come by, as most cameras that hit the market in 2015 or later come with WiFi connectivity.
This feature would take so much challenge out of your usual work, as you would be able to upload your videos to YouTube without having to bother with the cables. You would also be able to connect the camera to your smartphone which would further add to the overall user experience.
That’s NOT All!
We can’t emphasize enough how crucial a vlogging camera is going to be to your overall vlogging setup. So you certainly want to make sure you’re getting something that works and feels like it’s specifically designed for your needs, and we want to help you do that.
So we have a second version of this article that you can find right here. It talks about some more in-depth factors about your specific needs, allowing you find something that’s perfect for YOUR vlogging setup.