Canon makes some amazing cameras that are equally great for photography and video. In this article, I’ll discuss the best Canon cameras for vlogging.
The Canon lineup consists of different types of cameras for different purposes. There’s the full-frame 5D/6D series, the crop-sensor 70D and 80D models, the lower priced Rebel series consisting of models such as the T3i, T5i, T7i and the new SL2. There’s also the compact cameras consisting of the popular G7X MARK II. Finally, there’s Canon’s new mirrorless camera line consisting of cameras such as the EOS M5 and M6
So, which is the best canon vlogging camera with a flip screen? Let’s dive in and find out!
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What makes a good vlogging camera?
First of all, let’s talk about some of the characteristics of a good vlogging camera.
Here’s a quick list:
- Low weight
- Flip screen (obviously)
- Great video (continuous) autofocus
- Microphone input jack
- Stabilization (for smooth footage)
Now that we have that in mind, we’ll talk about picking the absolute best Canon camera for vlogging.
Canon has an entire series of full frame cameras like the 5D, 6D and 7D in different versions of each. These are full-frame cameras and, are thus, very heavy. They may be fine for photography on a tripod, but just not ideal very ideal for vlogging where you’re constantly carrying your camera out with you.
One level down from the aforementioned full-frame cameras and we have the Canon’s semi-professional line including the popular 70D and 80D. Although they’re very popular cameras, they’re quite bulky and aren’t really designed for constant vlogging.
Canon recently released the SL2 which is an entry level camera in the Rebel line. It’s a very lightweight camera and can be a good option for vlogging.
Almost all Canon cameras have a flip screen. This includes the higher-end semi-professionals models such as the 70D and 80D, the Rebel series such as the T6i and the new SL2.
The only cameras that don’t have the flip screen are the older full-frame models which are too heavy and impractical for vlogging anyway.
Great autofocus performance
Autofocus is one of the most important aspects when it comes to vlogging. Fortunately, Canon employs the Dual Pixel Autofocus (DPAF) which is nothing short of an amazing technology. It always keeps focus on regardless of the subject is still or moving around (important when it comes to vlogging).
The cameras that don’t have the dual pixel auto focus are the older full-frame, rebel and compact cameras. Most of the newer cameras have the amazing autofocus functionality, including the new SL2.
Microphone input jack
Another important thing that’s needed for vlogging is the microphone input jack. Since the built-in microphone on almost all cameras is of very low quality, being able to plug in an external microphone is of paramount importance. Pretty much all Canon cameras have microphone input jack. The notable exception is the Canon G7X Mark II and other compact cameras.
This means that you’ll have relied on the built-in microphone (which isn’t very good) or record audio separately and then sync them together in post-production.
Most high-end DSLR and mirrorless cameras have something called “In-Body Stabilization.” Unfortunately, when it comes to Canon, the stabilization is done in the lens itself. The Canon lens that have stabilization are called the “IS Lens.”
Thus, as long as you’re using the properly stabilized lens, you should have clear footage.
Canon’s new mirrorless cameras
Should you go for one of the mirrorless models? Well, it depends. The advantage of one of the mirrorless camera is that you’re getting a compact body with the ability to change lens as you see fit. Now, there’s an important disadvantage here as well: the lens is completely different than the other lens for different models. The lens for mirrorless cameras don’t fit Canon’s other cameras such as the 70D or 80D. So, if you already have the lens for those cameras, this is something you should definitely consider.
The super popular G7X Mark II
Canon’s most popular vlogging camera—used by some really big name YouTubers such as Casey Neistat and Louis Cole—is the G7X Mark II. It’s a compact camera with a 1″ sensor. The sensor is smaller than the sensors on Canon’s crop-sensor and full-frame sensor cameras, but bigger than the sensor you’d find on smartphones or lower-end point and shoot cameras (those mostly have the 2/3″ sensor).
The Canon G7X Mark II has fixed lens (24-100mm 35 equivalent) and doesn’t have an input for a microphone. That means you should either rely on the built-in microphone (not so good) or record your audio with a separate external microphone and sync the audio in post-production.
Additionally, the G7X Mark II doesn’t have Canon’s amazing Dual Pixel Autofocus, so, while the autofocusing is decent, it does struggle here and there. It should be perfectly fine for vlogging.
The new Canon 200D/SL2
Canon recently introduced a model that offers the perfect feature set in a very small and lightweight package: the Canon 200D or SL2.
The SL2 has a similar body to the 70D or 80D, but without the high-end bells and whistles. It’s part of the lower-priced Rebel line so it doesn’t have things like weatherproof body and some higher-end ISO functionality.
However, it’s much lighter and offers the amazing Dual Pixel Autofocus. It also lets you swap out different lens, so you can easily remove the kit (18-55mm) lens and put on the wide angle (10-18mm or 10-22mm) lens with ease.
Plus, like all the other Canon DSLR’s, it comes with the microphone input jack so you can easily attach a quality external microphone for much better audio.
The perfect Canon camera with the flip screen?
Is the SL2 the perfect Canon camera with the flip screen? Well, that depends. Personally, for my own needs, I think the G7X Mark II is a much more ideal camera. It’s pocketable so you can pretty much take it anywhere. The SL2, on the other hand, is still a DSLR so it has a bigger form factor.
However, if you’re looking for the ability to change the lens from wide-angle to portrait to telephoto, then I would personally go for something like the SL2 and maybe even the 80D (if weatherproofing is important).
Ultimately, it’s a choice of whether you want the ultra portability of the G7X Mark II or the slightly bigger and much more configurable SL2 (and, possibly, the 80D).