The best YouTube camera 2024: top choices for your new channel

New channel or established creator: the best YouTube cameras will help you on your way to winning a Gold Play Button. We've extensively tested all of the top YouTube cameras and ranked our favorites in the expert guide below. Whatever kind of content you like to shoot and share, we've put together this round-up to help you find your ideal YouTube camera.

Based on our exhaustive review process, we think the best YouTube camera overall is the Panasonic Lumix GH6. It lacks the livestreaming skills of the GH5 Mark II, but offers a vast array of shooting modes and formats. In fact, we rate it as the best 4K camera you can buy in 2024.

If you're looking for something more compact, we highly recommend the Sony ZV-E1. Among the best vlogging cameras, its AI framing smarts make it easy to shoot high-quality handheld 4K vlogs for YouTube. Thanks to its dimensions, it's also very travel-friendly for shooting YouTube content on the move.

Our round-up covers the best YouTube cameras in every category. Each entry has been objectively assessed to see how it performs in the real world. Our reviewers test factors such as video quality, audio connectivity and battery life, as well as handling, autofocus and more. You'll find the results summarized below, along with useful advice to keep in mind when choosing the right YouTube camera.

Written by
Tim Coleman
Written by
Timothy Coleman

Tim is TechRadar's Cameras editor, with over 15 years in the photo video industry and most of those in the world of tech journalism, Tim has developed a deeply technical knowledge and practical experience with all things camera related. Tim notes, "YouTube cameras today come in a range of shapes and sizes, spanning everything from pocket-friendly action cameras to full-frame mirrorless models. Recognizing that different YouTubers have different shooting requirements, we've covered all bases and budgets in the list below."

The quick list

Use the summary round-up below to get an overview of the best YouTube cameras. When you find one that fits your need and budget, you can use the links beneath each entry to jump down to our full insights.

The best YouTube cameras in 2024

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The best YouTube camera for most people

The Panasonic GH6 camera sitting on a tripod

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The best YouTube camera for most people

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds
Resolution: 25.2MP
Effective focal length: N/A
Viewfinder: EVF, 5.68 million dots
Monitor: 3.0-inch articulating touchscreen, 1.84 million dots
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 5.7K 60p
Size, weight: 138.4x100.3x99.6mm, 823g

Reasons to buy

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Huge range of video options
+
Versatile screen and great handling

Reasons to avoid

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Larger and heavier than the GH5 II
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Autofocus still lags behind the best
Buy it if:

✅ You want a lightweight powerhouse: Despite its tidy proportions, the GH6 is a video monster, with 10-bit ProRes support and unlimited recording times.

✅ You value a rugged build: Designed around a magnesium frame, the Panasonic GH6 is a tough camera that’s both dust- and splash-proof.

Don't buy it if:

You need the very best autofocus: Contrast-based autofocus works well here, but it still lags behind the hybrid phase detection used by rivals.

❌ You want a full-frame sensor: The Micro Four Thirds sensor inside the GH6 delivers excellent results, but full-frame is better for low light.

Panasonic’s GH5 Mark II is an excellent camera for creating 4K content, with the added bonus of letting you live-stream straight to YouTube. The GH6 loses the streaming option but improves pretty much every other spec: with a 25.2MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, it can shoot 5.7K footage at 30fps. Overkill for casual YouTubers, its 10-bit video modes provide huge flexibility for those who like to color grade in post. Usefully, ProRes and H.265 formats are supported by both the GH6 and YouTube. The V2.3 firmware update also enhanced its external recording capabilities to include 12-bit Blackmagic RAW, and added support for 4K/120p via HDMI.

Slightly larger than the GH5 Mark II, the GH6 remains a relatively compact tool for shooting YouTube videos outside a studio. Forced-fan cooling also means unlimited recording times – handy if you’re targeting YouTube’s 12-hour cap for verified accounts. During our tests, we appreciated its robust, familiar build, plus a few useful features not present on other Lumix models: the free-angle touchscreen also tilts, there are tally lights front and back, plus a record button on the front. An algorithmic upgrade has also boosted stabilization performance. If you can do without phase-detection autofocus offered by the Lumix S5 II (below), the GH6 is a portable powerhouse for YouTubers.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GH6 review

The best YouTube camera with AI tools

The Sony ZV-E1 camera sitting on a wooden table

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The best YouTube camera with AI shooting tools

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: Full-frame
Resolution: 12.1MP
Lens: Sony E mount
Viewfinder: None
Monitor: 3in vari-angle touchscreen, 1,036K dots
Maximum continuous shooting speed: 10fps
Movies: 4K/120p (limited to 4K/60p until firmware update)
User level: Intermediate

Reasons to buy

+
Same sensor as the Sony A7S III
+
Makes high-quality vlogging easy

Reasons to avoid

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Single SD card slot
-
Overkill for beginners
Buy it if:

✅ You’re a solo YouTuber: Compact and equipped with clever AI modes that automate framing, the ZV-E1 is ideal for working alone.

✅ You like streamlined edits: Tools like Auto Framing limit the need for editing, while the Cine Vlog setting looks good out of the camera.

Don't buy it if:

You don’t shoot slow motion: If higher frame rates aren’t in your content calendar, the Sony ZV-E10 may offer better value.

❌ You’re a serious videographer: For cooling vents, dual card slots and unlimited record times, you’ll want to look at the Sony FX3.

If you want a compact YouTube camera that’s easy to use, the Sony ZV-E1 should sit high on your list. The ZV-E10 trumps it for outright portability, but as the smallest, lightest full-frame camera with image stabilization, the ZV-E1 is arguably the ultimate combination of convenience and quality for shooting YouTube content on the move. During our review, the ZV-E1 captured crisp 4K 30p video in a range of shooting scenarios. Its in-body image stabilization also proved impressive, delivering fantastically smooth footage that’s ideal for run and gun YouTubers who want to shoot handheld without a gimbal. 

The ZV-E1 uses AI smarts to make life easier for solo content creators: Auto Framing can reliably track subjects across a scene, which leaves less to edit later. With no cooling vents and only a single card slot, the ZV-E1 isn’t the perfect YouTube camera for power users. It was also a little tricky in testing to see the touchscreen when shooting outside. But for individual creators who want a full-frame tool that’s clever and easy to use, the ZV-E1 is a top choice for 4K filming.

Read our in-depth Sony ZV-E1 review

The best premium compact for YouTube

Sony ZV-1 with the optional microphone muff

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The best premium compact for YouTubers

Specifications

Type: Compact
Sensor size: 1-inch
Resolution: 20.1MP
Effective focal length: 24-70mm
Viewfinder: None
Monitor: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 0.921 million dots
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 4K 30p
Size, weight: 105.5 x 60.0 x 43.5mm, 294g

Reasons to buy

+
Excellent autofocus
+
Hotshoe and mic input
+
Pocket-sized

Reasons to avoid

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Average video stabilization
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Limited touchscreen controls
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microUSB rather than USB-C
Buy it if:

✅ You want a powerful pocket tool: Small yet capable of 4K that beats your smartphone, this is the best compact for YouTubers.

✅ You want class-leading autofocus: A bright lens and top-tier autofocus make a great combination for recording at close quarters.

Don't buy it if:

You want the smoothest handheld video: Active SteadyShot stabilization is good but the gimbal on the DJI Pocket 2 does better.

❌ You need an all-weather camera: While the Sony ZV-1 is well-made, it lacks weather-proofing, so it can’t be used in all conditions.

The Sony ZV-1 delivers pretty much everything the roaming YouTuber needs, all in a compact package. Sony’s class-leading Real-time tracking and Real-time Eye AF systems keep you in focus as you move around the frame, while the bright lens and large 1-inch sensor size mean clear, crisp images in most conditions, as well as attractive background bokeh – a rarity on pocket-sized cameras. Naturally, it’s not completely flawless: we found the touchscreen controls a little limited and Sony’s stuck with the ageing microUSB rather than a more versatile USB-C port. Video stabilization also falls just short of the best.

That said, we found thoughtful touches everywhere in our review. The hotshoe can accommodate an external mic or LED light without blocking the side-flipping touchscreen; the video record button is larger than on regular compacts; and a built-in ND filter helps you shoot smooth movement on brighter days. It even offers a 'Product Showcase' feature aimed specifically at reviews-based YouTubers. The ZV-1F is a simpler grab-and-go option, while the ZV-E10 is a clear step up for vloggers. But if you want the best balance of price, performance and portability, the Sony ZV-E1 is the top premium compact for YouTubers.

Read our in-depth Sony ZV-1 review

The best YouTube camera for filmmakers

Panasonic Lumix S5 II camera on a table with view of the front

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The best camera for YouTube filmmakers

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: Full Frame
Resolution: 24.2MP
Effective focal length: N/A
Viewfinder: EVF, 3.69 million dots
Monitor: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1.84 million dots
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5GHz, USB-C
Max movie resolution: 6K 30p
Size, weight: 134.3x102.3x90.1mm, 740g

Reasons to buy

+
Uncropped video useful for social
+
Effective stabilization for handheld video

Reasons to avoid

-
1.5x crop on 4K slow-mo
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No tally light
Buy it if:

✅ You crop your clips: Uncropped 6K recording means you can easily crop video to different aspect ratios for different platforms.

✅ You’re a run-and-gun shooter: Image stabilization, phase detection AF and a lightweight body make the S5 II ideal for shooting on the move.

Don't buy it if:

You shoot a lot of slow-mo: There’s a limiting 1.5x crop on 4K/60p video, which can be limiting when you want a wide view.

❌ You want stylish camera: Design is subjective, but the angular DSLR styling of the S5 II won’t be to every taste.

Many YouTubers don’t need a full-frame camera. But if you want to record YouTube videos with a larger sensor, we highly rate the Panasonic S5 II. It weighs less than the Panasonic GH6, yet still feels solid in the hand. We also found it intuitive to control in testing, aided by a crisp vari-angle touchscreen. While some will feel the absence of a tally light, the introduction of phase detection autofocus for video is an overdue and welcome one. We particularly appreciate the ability to change speed and sensitivity, which allows for smooth focus shifts. 

From our review, the Panasonic S5 II excels when shooting video. It produces excellent 6K/30p footage for YouTube, capturing rich colors and wide dynamic range. Usefully, 6K is recorded using the full area of the sensor, which means you can crop content for different uses within your videos. Effective image stabilization also makes it capable of shooting YouTube content handheld. 4K/60p does come with a restrictive 1.5x crop, while features such as wireless IP streaming are kept back for the more expensive Lumix S5 IIX. All the same, we rank the Lumix S5 II as a convincing hybrid package for YouTubers.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix S5 II review

The best YouTube camera for enthusiasts

Fujifilm X-S20 camera in hand

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The best YouTube camera for enthusiasts

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: APS-C
Resolution: 26.1MP
Effective focal length: N/A
Viewfinder: 0.39-inch, 2.36m-dot EVF
Monitor: 3.0-inch, 1.84m-dot vari-angle touchscreen
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 6.2K 30p
Size, weight: 127.7 x 85.1 x 65.4mm, 491g

Reasons to buy

+
Dedicated vlogging mode
+
Improved subject tracking

Reasons to avoid

-
Relatively expensive
-
Still no weather proofing
Buy it if:

✅ You plan to record all day: With a battery life double that of the X-S10, the X-S20 will last for a full day of moderate use.

✅ You’re a beginner with ambition: It’s pricey, but the X-S20 is beginner friendly while offering lots of room to grow.

Don't buy it if:

You need a tough camera: The X-S20 has excellent build quality, but it isn’t sealed against the elements.

❌ You’re on a tight budget: The X-S20 is a highly capable 6K hybrid, but you’ll pay for the privilege of its skills.

With automated features designed to make vlogging easier, the Fujifilm X-S20 is a user-friendly upgrade from the X-S10 – already one of the top YouTube cameras. The 26.1MP sensor inside has already proven its abilities in the X-S10 and X-T4. But the X-S20 steps things up with 6K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording. This will be more than most YouTubers need, but it makes the X-S20 a great choice for hobbyists who are serious about shooting and sharing video. Better in-body image stabilization also proved effective in testing for recording handheld.

We found it comfortable to handle in testing, too, with straightforward top plate dials making it easier to control more advanced settings. The balanced design and articulating touchscreen of the X-S10 continue to serve it well. We only wish that Fujifilm had added weather sealing. Still, with creative settings – such as ‘Background Defocus’ and ‘Product Priority’ – just a tap away in the dedicated Vlog mode, the X-S20 is a tempting proposition for creating YouTube content, even if its price tag will discourage some beginners,

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-S20 review

The best portable YouTube camera

DJI Osmo Pocket 3 Creator Combo

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The best pocket camera for solo YouTubers

Specifications

Type: Gimbal
Sensor size: 1-inch
Resolution: 9.4MP
Effective focal length: 20mm
Viewfinder: N/A
Monitor: 2-inch touchscreen
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 4K 120p
Size, weight: * 139.7 × 42.2 × 33.5mm, 179g

Reasons to buy

+
Improved 1-inch sensor
+
Bigger, better touchscreen

Reasons to avoid

-
No built-in storage
-
Low-resolution stills
Buy it if:

✅ You want steady YouTube Shorts: Portrait recording with stabilization at 3K resolution makes the Pocket 3 a content creator's dream.

✅ You record videos alone: Face auto-detect and dynamic framing mean the Pocket 3 can do the job of a recording crew.

Don't buy it if:

You already own a Pocket 2: If you don't need portrait recording or low-light improvements, you'll find better value by waiting for the Pocket 4.

❌ You like a large touchscreen: While the 2-inch display is twice the size, it's still on the small size compared to mirrorless rivals.

DJI’s latest vlogging camera doesn’t buck the trend continued by the Pocket 2: it’s a handheld, three-axis gimbal camera that captures stabilized 4K video on the fly. But it also introduces a fleet of new features that make it a more compelling YouTube camera for those don’t own its predecessor. Chief among them is a new 1-inch sensor. In testing, we found that it delivers excellent dynamic range, while improving low-light performance. Paired with the introduction of live-streaming support and portrait 3K recording, we think it has huge appeal for YouTube Shorts creators.

The upgraded battery capacity impressed in our review, too, offering a significant jump in longevity, while simultaneously halving the recharge time. ActiveTrack 6.0 performed flawlessly as well, with dynamic framing and automatic face tracking making it easy to shoot sharp videos solo. And at twice the size of the display on the Pocket 2, the Pocket 3’s touchscreen is still small but much more useful. We also appreciated its overall ease of use, as well as the additional features offered by the DJI Memo app. As a travel-friendly tool for shooting detailed footage for YouTube, the Pocket 3 is hard to beat.

Read our in-depth DJI Pocket 3 review

The best value hybrid YouTube camera

The Canon EOS R10 camers sitting on a wooden bannister

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The best value hybrid YouTube camera

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: APS-C CMOS
Resolution: 24.2MP
Effective focal length: N/A
Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360K dots
Monitor: 2.95-inch articulating touchscreen, 1,040K dots
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 4K at 60fps
Size, weight: 122.5 x 87.8 x 83.4mm, 429g

Reasons to buy

+
Compact and lightweight
+
Modern autofocus abilities

Reasons to avoid

-
No in-body image stabilization
-
Crop on 4K/60p footage
Buy it if:

✅ You’re a beginner YouTuber: Small, easy to use and equipped with powerful video features, the R10 is great for beginners.

✅ You want a hybrid camera: The R10 does stills and video very well, making it a great all-rounder for its size and price.

Don't buy it if:

You want a pro setup: With no headphone port or image stabilization, the R10 has entry-level skills for YouTube shooting.

❌ You like a wide choice of lenses: The R10 lacks a wide range of native lenses, which could limit creative flexibility.

Pairing accessibility with performance, we think the Canon EOS R10 is a great APS-C hybrid for fledgling YouTubers to get to grips with. In testing, we found it comfortable to hold, with a combination of dials, a joystick and an articulating touchscreen making it easy to control and shoot with. As well as a mic input, the EOS R10 features Canon’s multi-function accessory shoe, something not found even on some full-frame Canon models.

Low-light recording options are limited because the sensor isn’t backside-illuminated and there’s no in-body image stabilization. Even so, the EOS R10 performs well against mirrorless rivals. Uncropped 4K/30p is oversampled from the sensor’s 6K resolution, and even with a 1.56x crop, the ability to shoot 4K at 60fps is useful for YouTubers who want to create half-speed cut-scenes. While there’s no flat color profile, there is a useful ‘HDR PQ’ mode that delivers 4:2:2 10-bit quality, plus you can record clips for up to two hours. All of which make the EOS R10 a very capable hybrid shooting tool for YouTube creators.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS R10 review

The best value compact YouTube camera

Canon G7X with a blurred background

The best value compact camera for YouTubers

Specifications

Type: Compact
Sensor size: 1.0-type
Resolution: 20.1MP
Effective focal length: 24-100mm
Viewfinder: None
Monitor: 3.0-inch tilting touchscreen, 1.04 million dots
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC
Max movie resolution: 4K 30p
Size, weight: 105.5 x 60.9 x 41.4mm, 304g

Reasons to buy

+
YouTube livestreaming 
+
Microphone input
+
Excellent image stabilization

Reasons to avoid

-
No hotshoe for mic
-
Slightly outdated AF
Buy it if:

✅ You want a video-first compact: Designed as a compact video tool, the Mark III puts reliable 4K recording in your pocket.

✅ You value physical controls: A responsive flip-up touchscreen is paired with four physical control dials for direct access.

Don't buy it if:

You want a hotshoe mic: Although there’s an input on the side, the Mark III doesn’t feature a hotshoe to support a microphone.

❌ You want the sharpest video: 4K quality from the Mark III is good but its small sensor can’t compete with the best in this list.

The latest incarnation of Canon’s G7 X series ups the video ante by adding 4K recording and a microphone socket. These slot in nicely beside the large 1-inch sensor, superb image stabilization, tilting touchscreen and USB charging to make this a very capable compact for making YouTube content. What’s more, it comes with YouTube live-streaming support out of the box: tether it to your smartphone or a Wi-Fi network and you can broadcast live to the world. 

We found the camera sturdily built in our review, sitting nicely in the hand and benefitting from responsive touchscreen controls. Despite the microphone socket there’s no hotshoe, though, so you’ll have to mount your mic elsewhere. We also felt the contrast-detection autofocus system was a little less advanced than the hybrid setups on rivals like the Sony ZV-1. Still, YouTubers looking for a pocket-sized camera should definitely consider this a worthy alternative.

Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III review

The best action camera for YouTube

A photo of the GoPro Hero 12 Black

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The best action camera for YouTube creators

Specifications

Type: Action
Sensor size: 1/1.9-inch
Resolution: 27MP
Effective focal length: 12-39mm
Viewfinder: N/A
Monitor: 2.27-inch touchscreen (rear), 1.4-inch display (front)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 5.3K 60p
Size, weight: * 71.8 x 50.8 x 33.6mm, 154g

Reasons to buy

+
Class-leading video stabilization
+
Versatile mounting options

Reasons to avoid

-
Not a major upgrade
-
Still struggles in low light
Buy it if:

✅ You shoot for YouTube shorts: The sensor's 8:7 aspect ratio gives you flexibility to crop for vertical videos.

✅ You're a YouTube adventurer: Top-class image stabilization and versatile mounting options make this an adventurer's best friend.

Don't buy it if:

You record low-light video for YouTube: Its unchanged 1/1.9-inch sensor size means the Hero 12 Black still struggles in dim conditions.

❌ You don't shoot in portrait: If you record landscape videos, there's better 5.3K value to be found from the Hero 10 Black.

A fresh iteration of GoPro’s proven recipe, the Hero 12 Black builds on the same hardware as the Hero 11 Black. Physically identical, it retains the same 27MP 8:7 aspect ratio sensor that accommodates cropping for YouTube Shorts. Video still maxes out at 5.3K/60p, with results that continued to impress in testing. And low-light performance remains a disappointing Achilles heel. But there are also enough new features to make this our favorite action camera for YouTube.

We found the addition of a 1/4-inch tripod thread between its mounting feet instantly useful, while HDR and GP-Log video capture unlocked even greater dynamic range in testing. Support for Bluetooth audio inputs is also a win for YouTube vloggers, as is HyperSmooth 6.0 stabilization, which we found to be supremely slick in our review. You get backwards-compatibility with existing accessories, including the Media Mod, as well as the familiarly intuitive touch interface, too. If you already own the Hero 11 Black, you won’t find too many headline improvements to justify an upgrade. But if you want a new YouTube action camera – or you’re switching from an older GoPro – the Hero 12 Black is the most complete option out there.

Read our in-depth GoPro Hero 12 Black review

The best value pro YouTube camera

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

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The best 6K camera for YouTube videographers

Specifications

Type: Video
Sensor size: Super 35
Resolution: 21.2MP
Effective focal length: N/A
Viewfinder: Optional OLED EVF
Monitor: 5.0-inch tilting touchscreen
Connectivity: Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 6K 50p
Size, weight: 180 x 112 x 122mm, 1238g

Reasons to buy

+
Fantastic image quality
+
Huge, bright tilt screen

Reasons to avoid

-
Not one for beginners
-
No tracking or stabilization 
Buy it if:

✅ You want top-quality video: If your YouTube channel is focused on quality, the 6K Pro delivers superb results.

✅ You value handling: Its small size, large screen and simple controls make the 6K Pro a neat camera to operate and shoot with.

Don't buy it if:

You’re a novice: The 6K Pro isn’t a camera for beginners and doesn’t offer the user-friendly features to beginners learn the ropes of videography.

❌ You don’t have a powerful computer: Editing RAW 6K files requires serious computing oomph, so you’ll need a system with serious space and power.

A baffling camera for beginners, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro is a fantastic option for experienced video enthusiasts who want to take their YouTube content to the next level. Skipping many of the accessible features you’d expect from a consumer camera, the 6K Pro is instead dedicated to top-notch videography alone. That means no image stabilization, no tracking autofocus and seriously limited stills abilities. It also means you get a huge 5-inch tilting touchscreen – ideal for framing – built-in dual microphones, two mini XLR inputs, plus the option of adding an OLED viewfinder and battery grip. 

Because it’s relatively compact, the 6K Pro is perfect for filming b-roll and off-the-cuff material for your next upload, while we liked the simple controls that give it an unfussy, focused feel. And as the name suggests, it can capture superb raw 6K video, complimented by time-saving integrated ND filters. If you know your way around a video camera – and you have the computer power and bandwidth to handle huge files – the 6K Pro is a truly powerful tool for the price.

Read our in-depth Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro review

The best webcam for YouTube

Razer Kiyo Pro sitting on a desk

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The best webcam for YouTube streamers

Specifications

Type: Webcam
Sensor size: 1/2.8 CMOS
Resolution: 2.1MP
Effective field of view: 103/90/80 degrees
Connectivity: USB 3.0
Max movie resolution: 1080p at 60fps