The best cameras for vlogging 2024: top choices for every budget

The best vlogging camera is the one you have with you. But if you’re looking to upgrade your vlogging game, the options are plentiful. Look at our list below and you’ll find huge variety: from pocket-friendly gimbal cams to premium mirrorless hybrids. We’ve tested each one extensively and they all rate highly, in their own way, as vlogging cameras. 

Based on hours of testing, we think the best camera for most vloggers in 2024 is the DJI Osmo Pocket 3. It’s genuinely pocket-friendly and uses a 3-axis stabilizing gimbal to shoot smooth 4K content. Auto-tracking smarts make it easy to vlog solo, while pairing it with the DJI Mic 2 results in quality audio. It’s so good, we use it to shoot TechRadar’s TikTok content. That said, we know it might not be the right choice for your vlogging plans.

The idea behind our round-up is to make it easy for you to find your ideal vlogging camera, whatever your budget. To that end, our experienced team has extensively tested a whole range of vlogging options out in the real world. We assess factors such as image stabilization, handling, autofocus and connectivity, as well as overall video quality. You’ll find our honest feedback broken down for each entry, as well as the niche we think it fits best.

Written by
Tim Coleman
Written by
Timothy Coleman

Tim is TechRadar's Cameras Editor. With more than 15 years’ experience in the photo video industry, he has acquired an expert knowledge of all things camera-related. Tim has tested most of the latest cameras, and thanks to his work as a freelance videographer, he knows exactly what makes one good for vlogging. He notes, "any video camera can technically record a vlog, but the models we’ve recommended here make it as easy as possible to shoot high-quality content. Because vlogs span a variety of genres, we’ve tried to cover the full spectrum of options in our round-up, ranging from compact action cameras to full-frame mirrorless models."

The quick list

If you're short on buying time, use the summary below for a shortcut to the best vlogging cameras. When you find one that fits your needs and budget, follow the links beneath each entry to jump down to our in-depth explainers.

The best cameras for vlogging in 2024

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Below you'll find full write-ups for each of the best vlogging cameras in our list. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted.

The best budget vlogging camera

The best camera for vloggers on a budget

Specifications

Type: Compact
Sensor size: 1-inch
Resolution: 10MP
Effective focal length: 20mm
Viewfinder: None
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Max movie resolution: 4K 120p
Size, weight: 139.7 x 42.2 x 33.5mm, 179g

Reasons to buy

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Much larger 1-inch sensor
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Multi-aspect vdieo and rotating screen
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Creator Combo for vloggers

Reasons to avoid

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Can get hot when filming
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Only 10MP photos

DJI Pocket 3 sample video

Buy it if:

✅ You shoot handheld solo vlogs: ActiveTrack is your personal cameraman, while the three-axis gimbal offers unparalleled stabilization.

✅ You value portability: As the name suggests, the Pocket 3 is superbly portable and easy to carry for any vlogging situation.

Don't buy it if:

You shoot a lot of photos, too: While improved, the 1-inch sensor is still lacking in low-light photo quality and features less resolution.

❌ You’re happy with your smartphone: A gimble mount like the DJI OM 5 could work for you if you prefer to shoot solely with a phone.

The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 is a superb compact vlogging camera, which massively improves on the already highly-rated DJI Pocket 2. Not only do you get a pocket-friendly form factor and silky smooth footage thanks to a three-axis gimbal, but its video quality is capable of keeping up with larger devices like the Sony ZV-1. New features like a 1-inch sensor and 2-inch rear LCD cement its place as the best vlogging camera for most people. The former not only improves the Pocket 3’s low-light capabilities and resolution, but also crucially ramps up support for multi-aspect video.

The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 will give you a substantial upgrade versus a smartphone when it comes to vlogging. You get support for 4K 120p (fantastic for slo-mo footage), while its pocket-friendly size and gimbal make it much more convenient than an interchangeable lens camera. It supports remote mics too, although the onboard mic is more than enough for decent audio quality. Thanks to a rotating touchscreen rear display, switching between a vertical aspect ratio or traditional horizontal 16:9 is seamless – and the resulting footage is fantastic, as you’re not losing out on any detail. 

Read our in-depth DJI Pocket 3 review

The best compact vlogging camera

The best vlogging camera for most people

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 43.5 mm, 294g

Reasons to buy

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Class-leading autofocus
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Bright 24-70mm lens 
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Pocketable

Reasons to avoid

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Limited touch controls
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MicroUSB rather than USB-C

Sony ZV-1 sample footage

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Buy it if:

✅ You want a pocketable vlogging tool: Compact yet packed with features, the Sony ZV-1 offers a fantastic balance of portability and vlogging performance.

✅ You want best-in-class autofocus: Powered by a Bionz X processor, real-time Eye AF tracks and locks on to subjects with unrivalled speed and accuracy.

Don't buy it if:

You want the smoothest footage: Active SteadyShot stabilization works well, but it’s no match for the steadying gimbal of the DJI Pocket 2.

❌ You vlog in all conditions: The ZV-1 is a well-made vlogging camera, but the lack of weather-proofing means it’s not one to use in the rain.

Compact and powerful, we think the Sony ZV-1 nails what most people want from a small vlogging camera. Its compact packaging gives it excellent versatility, as do its hotshoe, mic port, and fully articulating touchscreen. In field testing, we found its real-time tracking and Eye AF to be best-in-class and the 1-inch sensor was capable of producing crisp, detailed 4K/30p video. Our review also confirmed that the ZV-1 offers a huge amount of depth for a compact camera, with handy features like a built-in ND filter and S-Log2 profiles for those who want to embrace color grading. 

While the newer Sony ZV-1F offers a wider 20mm lens and smartphone-style interface for a lower price, its older contrast AF system and coldshoe mount mean it can’t oust the original from the top spot. Nor can the Sony ZV-1 II, the pricier successor to the ZV-1 that features a wider lens but no in-body stabilization. These are great cameras, but their feature sets don't merit the extra cost - especially when Sony is continuing the sell the the ZV-1.

Read our in-depth Sony ZV-1 review

The best premium vlogging camera

The best premium vlogging camera

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
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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

Panasonic Lumix GH6 sample video

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Buy it if:

✅ You want a video powerhouse: With a full suite of shooting modes and features, the Panasonic GH6 is monster when it comes to shooting video.

✅ You appreciate good handling: The Panasonic GH6 is well-built and lovely in the hand, with tidy proportions and a rugged magnesium alloy frame.

Don't buy it if:

You need a full-frame sensor: The GH6 delivers great results with its Micro Four Thirds Sensor, but full-frame rivals fare better in low lighting.

❌ You wan’t the latest autofocus: Contrast-based autofocus works fine, but Sony and Canon’s hybrid systems are faster and more accurate.

Panasonic’s GH5 II was one of our favorite cameras for vloggers, offering plenty of creative potential in compact packaging. In our review, we found that the GH6 tops it in almost every way. Equipped with a sharper 25.2MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, it shoots 5.7K footage at 60fps and offers a massive arsenal of formats, frame rates, and resolutions – including a larger catalog of 10-bit modes. Forced-fan cooling means limitless recording times, while connectivity options are also comprehensive. The only thing it lacks is the live-streaming capabilities of the GH5 Mark II.

While it’s marginally larger than the GH5 Mark II, it's still pretty portable. A robust build is complemented by familiar controls and new tally lights front and back. The 3-inch rear touchscreen flips, twists and tilts, while a second video record button on the front makes it easier for vloggers to start rolling. There’s still no phase detection AF, although contrast-based autofocus performance does seem improved from the GH5 Mark II. We found stabilization superb too, courtesy of an algorithmic upgrade that makes the GH6 one of the best cameras for smoothing out walking motion in a natural way.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GH6 review

The best hybrid vlogging camera

The best mirrorless all-rounder for vlogging

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

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Dedicated vlogging mode
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Improved subject tracking

Reasons to avoid

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Still no weatherproofing 
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Relatively expensive

Fujifilm X-S20 sample video

Buy it if:

✅ You want top video specs: 6K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording puts the X-S20 right up there with the best vlogging cameras in terms of video quality.

✅ You want a camera to grow with: It’s not cheap, but the X-S20 is accessible for beginners to use, yet also has the features to let you improve.

Don't buy it if:

You need a tough camera: The X-S20 is very well put together, but no weather sealing means it isn’t a camera that can survive in all conditions.

❌ You’re on a tight budget: Even with updates aplenty, a steep price hike over its predecessor means budget-minded buyers might think twice about the X-S20.

The Fujifilm X-S20 takes everything that made the X-S10 one of our favorite vlogging cameras and introduces features that make it feel like a more user-friendly option for fledgling content creators. Inheriting the well-balanced body of the X-S10 means the X-S20 sits very comfortably in the hand, while our first impressions in testing found that simplified dials on the top plate make it easier to get to grips with what is quite an advanced shooting tool. It also inherits the same 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor as the X-S10 and X-T4, which we already know from our previous tests is a top performer. 

The X-S20 boosts things further by offering 6K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording, which is close to overkill. Improved in-body image stabilization also worked well in testing. With a bigger battery on-board, we think this all adds up to a great mirrorless all-rounder. Its price hike will be a drawback for many beginners, while the lack of weather sealing is a broader disappointment. The older X-S10 is still available at a lower price, but features such as a dedicated Vlog mode – which puts neat creative settings a tap away – make the X-S20 the more tempting proposition for vloggers.

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-S20 review

The best full-frame vlogging camera

The best full-frame camera for 4K vlogging

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: Full-frame
Resolution: 12.1MP
Effective focal length: N/A
Viewfinder: None
Monitor: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,036K dots
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 4K/120p (limited to 4K/60p until firmware update)
Size, weight: 121.0x71.9x54.3mm, 483g

Reasons to buy

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

Reasons to avoid

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Single SD card slot
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Overkill for beginners

Sony ZV-E1 sample video

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Buy it if:

✅ You’re a solo vlogger: Small and light, the ZV-E1 is properly portable, while AI tech assists content creators by taking care of focus and framing.

✅ You want rapid output: AI tools like Auto Framing reduce the editing workload, while the Cine Vlog setting produces lovely footage out of the camera.

Don't buy it if:

You’re a video pro: A single card slot, recording time limits and no cooling vents mean the Sony ZV-E1 isn’t a camera for power users.

❌ You don’t shoot slow-mo: If you don’t shoot vlog content at higher frame rates, you might find better value from the Sony ZV-E10.

A good vlogging camera should be compact and easy to operate, boxes both ticked by the Sony ZV-E1. As the smallest, lightest full-frame camera with image stabilization, we found it a winner for solo vlogging. The ZV-E10 is even more portable, but you won’t get the same video quality from its smaller APS-C sensor. It’s not perfect for heavy use, with no cooling vents and just one card slot. We also found it tricky to pick out details on the touchscreen when working outdoors. But if you’re a content creator shooting alone, we still think the ZV-E1 is the ultimate full-frame choice for 4K vlogging.

Our tests found it capable of capturing crisp 4K 60p footage in all lighting conditions, thanks to a full-frame sensor borrowed from the revered A7S III. We were also impressed by its in-body image stabilization, which produced superbly smooth handheld footage that almost makes a gimbal unnecessary. Cutting-edge AI smarts also leave very little to fix after the fact: Auto Framing reliably tracks subjects across the image, which we think is a big win when you’re recording alone.

Read our in-depth Sony ZV-E1 review

The best beginner vlogging camera

The best mirrorless vlogging camera for beginners

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: APS-C
Resolution: 20.9MP
Effective focal length: N/A
Viewfinder: N/A
Monitor: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1.04m dots
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Max movie resolution: 4K 30p
Size, weight: 128x73.5x59.5mm, 405g

Reasons to buy

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Uncropped 4K video
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Intuitive vari-angle touchscreen

Reasons to avoid

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No image stabilization
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No headphone port

Nikon Z30 sample video

Buy it if:

✅ You’re in the spotlight: Designed with vlogging in mind, the Nikon Z30 is a compact option with a vari-angle touchscreen and useful tally light.

✅ You want easy, quality video: Equipped with a proven 20.9MP APS-C sensor, the Z30 produces stellar uncropped 4K footage out of the box.

Don't buy it if:

You want the best autofocus: The Z30 detects people with ease when vlogging, but the ZV-E10 has more powerful autofocus.

❌ You need to monitor audio: With no headphone jack, there’s no way to monitor sound in real time when recording vlogs.

Nikon's smallest and cheapest APS-C mirrorless camera to date, the Z30 is a compact APS-C camera pitched squarely at vlogging beginners. With no viewfinder, it goes all in on a vari-angle touchscreen. Despite its tidy proportions, our tests found that a generous grip made the Z30 comfortable to handle, even when self-shooting. The 3.0-inch display was also intuitive to use. Flip it for vlogging and the camera switches to selfie mode, reliably tracking your face with sticky autofocus. What you can’t do in selfie mode is visually check sound levels. With no headphone jack, this leaves audio monitoring to guesswork.

Nikon’s APS-C lens range remains limited, but the 16-50mm kit glass is impressively sharp. And because the Z30 records using the whole width of the sensor, you can utilise the lens’ full field of view. Electronic vibration reduction also stabilizes handheld vlogging, although its 1.3x crop is restrictive at arm’s length. But with EV-R disabled, the Z30 can shoot uncropped 4K/30p and HD 120p video. Together with a range of color profiles and neat touches like a tally lamp, the Z30 shapes up as a competent offering for fledgling creators.

Read our in-depth Nikon Z30 review

The best mid-range vlogging camera

The best mid-range hybrid for vlogging

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor size: Full-frame
Resolution: 24MP
Effective focal length: N/A
Viewfinder: 3.69m-dot OLED EVF
Monitor: 3.0-inch, 1.84m-dot vari-angle touchscreen
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max movie resolution: 6K 30p
Size, weight: 132.6 x 97.1 x 81.9mm, 714g

Reasons to buy

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Uncropped video useful for social
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