The Best Vlogging Cameras and Gear

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We spent more than 16 hours researching and testing to find the best vlogging cameras and gear. But before you rush to spend hundreds or thousands on new gear, consider that all you really need to get started is the smartphone you already have, and an affordable, versatile tripod that works for phones and cameras alike.

Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit
The 1K has long legs that can wrap around almost any tree branch or street sign post to help you get a stable shot no matter where you are. And because it can support 2.2 pounds, it’s sturdy enough to accommodate mirrorless camera setups capable of shooting DSLR-quality footage down the road.
Sony α6300
If you want the ability to add specialty lenses to your kit in the future, consider a mirrorless camera before jumping to a DSLR. Sony’s α6300 and its kit lens perform just as well as a midrange DSLR (thanks to its large APS-C sensor), but at about half the size and weight of a comparable DSLR, it’s a lot more portable. Face recognition lets the camera identify and track your face to keep it in focus. Its only major flaw is that the screen doesn’t flip up far enough for you to see it in selfie mode
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
Sony’s RX100 cameras are popular among vloggers, prized for being small and offering excellent video quality. The RX100 Mark IV includes the ability to record in slow motion or at 4K resolution while also making great 1080p footage. The face recognition lets the camera see your face and prioritize it for focus. The LCD screen can flip up 180 degrees so you can see yourself while recording, and Wi-Fi lets you use a smartphone as your remote control.
Canon 80D
if you have your heart set on a DSLR, Canon’s 80D is the best value for video. Compact and mirrorless cameras quit after about 60 to 80 minutes of shooting on a fully charged battery, but the 80D gets just about double that. Its Dual Pixel autofocus is often faster and more precise for shooting video than the AF in other DSLRs, since it works while shooting with the touchscreen activated in live-view mode, so changing focus is as easy as tapping on the screen, just like a smartphone.
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