What do you need to know about vlog cameras before spending money on any of them? You have to remember about a few functions and facilitations, which can not be missing from the camera. We advise on what to do when choosing such a camera.

On the internet you can find many combinations of the best cameras for shooting video blogs. You can also find TOP TOP cameras for the vlogger here. However, before you choose a particular model, it is worth considering what elements in the camera are important from the point of view of filming vlogs. Here are some features that the camera should have.

Screen tilted 180 degrees

At the first fire, something that seems obvious, although we do not always remember it. Today, almost every camera has a tilting screen, but most often the possibility of rotation ends at 90 degrees. Therefore, it is best to choose models with a selfie screen. This will allow easier framing, because we will see each other while recording and we will know if anything in the frame is not cropped.

Canon EOS M100/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Canon EOS M100/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Wide lens

When filming vlogs, we usually keep the camera at hand. This is a relatively small distance, so it is obvious that the lens must be wide enough. We provide the range of focal lengths in millimeters. However, what is written on the lens can often be confusing information. Usually the lens is given the width for a full frame, and most cameras do not have a full frame camera. Therefore, to know what the actual width is, we use a conversion factor. For the APS-C matrix, we multiply the value of 1.5 times, for Micro 4/3 times 2, and for a 1-inch matrix (assembled in compacts) times almost three. Optimal focal length after such conversion should not be longer than 24-28 mm. Otherwise it may be too narrow. For example: a kit lens in a camera with a matrix has a length of 16-50 mm. Multiplying 16 times 1.5 we get 24. This is a sufficient width.

Microphone input

The vast majority of vloggers use an external recording microphone. The most common is the directional microphone. Here we must remember that it is high class, because the cameras badly tolerate weak microphones – it is better to invest in a model from Rode for several hundred zlotys, than then have a sound unusable to use. However, in order to connect the microphone at all, we must remember that the camera should have a 3.5 mm jack input.

Panasonic Lumix G9/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Panasonic Lumix G9/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

If it does not exist, a microphone will be built in, but this one will not provide good sound quality, especially in the wind. Another option is recording sound through a tie microphone, for example connected to a smartphone. It will provide us with a great sound quality, often much better than the directional one. On the other hand, it will be necessary to synchronize the picture with the sound during assembly, and this is a very arduous job.

Fast autofocus

There is no doubt – during the vlogging we must use autofocus. That is why it is worth looking for models that have a good AF system. The speed factor is even the number of points – for comparison, some SLRs have 20-30 AF points, and the well-known Sony A6300 mirrorless monocular – over 400 . The more points you get, the better, but it is generally worth reading on the internet about how autofocus works in a given model. Slow and inaccurate autofocus can cause a lot of problems. For example, he will be sharpening the background behind us instead of the face.

The smaller the camera, the better

There are vloggers using large cameras that provide professional quality. Krzysztof Gonciarz even vlogs using the Panasonic GH5 bezlusterkowca. It's a great camera, but not very handy. In many cases, you'll appreciate the ability to hide the camera in your pocket, or the fact that it will take up little space in your backpack while traveling.

Panasonic Lumix GX800K/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Panasonic Lumix GX800K/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

That's why I also recommend looking for smaller, hand-held cameras that can easily be taken anywhere. An additional advantage of a small camera is that you can buy a cheaper model of GorillaPod (with less lifting capacity), or you will use a gimbal designed for sporting bikes, which is much cheaper than a gimbal able to carry a mirrorless.

Full HD, 4K, slow-motion

Full HD today is a standard, which is why it is the lowest quality with which we can film. 4K is still new, but filming in this format gives us quite nice possibilities – we can trim the frame during assembly, bring some elements together, and make it panorama. And all this without loss of quality, if the target movie will be rendered in Full HD. 4K is useful, even if you do not intend to save the movie in this quality. The second issue is slow-motion. As you know, nothing so beautiful the film, as interesting shots with a slow image. Recording the material in 50 frames per second and slowing it down by half will ensure a smooth picture and an interesting effect. However, real slow-motion starts at 120 frames per second , and some models offer up to 240 fps – of course it's all in Full HD. The effects are then incomparably better. So let's check what the maximum speed the camera can shoot.

Stabilization in the lens or matrix

Filming by hand has it to myself that it is difficult to maintain a stable frame. Therefore, when looking for a camera, it is worth paying attention to whether it offers any stabilization. Compacts usually have optical stabilization in the lens. Cheaper mirrorless cameras do not have it, but often we find it in kit lenses, which also gives good results. The ideal solution is of course a 5-axis matrix stabilization. It has an exceptionally high power, and thus, provides a very stable frame. If the camera is not stabilized in the matrix or in the lens, you may want to think about buying a gimbal.

Sony A6500/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Sony A6500/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Compact or camera with interchangeable optics

There is no single answer to this question. Kompakt already has a lens, often quite long and relatively bright. We need to buy it for the mirrorless man, and if he is not a kit, we will pay a lot for him. On the other hand, putty will also not be too bad in many cases. The fact is that the ability to change lenses is a plus if you want more "technically challenging" material. When you want to film a shot from a telephoto lens, with a shallow depth of field. There is more mirrorless capability to get a nice picture. However, in many cases a wide frame and the possibility of quick zooming will be enough, which gives the compact. Therefore, you have to decide for yourself what is more important in your case. If you are looking for a camera, also see our TOP-10 reports:

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