Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Top 5 Compact Vlogger/Blogger Cameras



So back in 2014 I wrote a blog post about my top 5 compact cameras for $1000 or less. This time around I'm going to talk to you guys about my top 5 compact blogger cameras for $1000 or less. As a blogger I look for 3 key elements in a camera:

1. Good quality/low light capability.
2. Flip screen for selfies and videos.
3. Wi-Fi.

I'm going to first tell you guys what to look for in order to obtain good quality images/video and low light capability in a camera.

Image Quality:

The bigger the sensor size, the better your image quality will be. What is a sensor? A sensor is the chip that's inside the camera that records the data that makes up the image, the bigger the better is true in this case. Below is an image sensor chart that showcases the phone sensor all the way up to a full frame sensor which is what most professional photographer's use. Please relay back to this chart to see how big my top 5 camera's sensor size is in comparison to the phone. The resolution aka the Megapixels are not important unless you're printing, I wouldn't worry about a camera having 18MP vs 24MP because if you're posting these images online, chances are you will not note the difference.



Low light capability:


A lot of the times we find ourselves under very low light situations and we want our camera to be able to capture great images regardless of these low light circumstances. So be sure that the lens on the camera you're buying has a wide aperture aka a wide lens opening in order to allow more light to come in into the camera. The smaller the aperture number on the lens the bigger the lens opening will be therefore, better in lower light. Here is another chart to see how those smaller numbers on the lens (aperture) play an important role on how defocused your background (shallow depth of field) and great in low light it'll be:



Here we go:

This list goes from smallest compact camera to medium size camera (no big and bulky big options here, we have enough to carry).

1. Sony DSC-RX100 III Point and Shoot - $798



If you have seen my YouTube videos and some of my higher quality selfies it was taken with this camera. Since I don't like to talk while recording this camera works fine for my needs, its small and compact and great for traveling. I usually record voiceovers for my videos, if you like to talk whilst vlogging chances are you need a mic jack input and this camera does not have it. The RX 100 III has stereo capabilities and it's definitely going to pick up more than just your voice while you are recording. Aside from that, the quality is high and as you see below it has a one inch sensor, check out the chart to compare.

Sensor size: 1"
Lens: 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 | 3x Zoom
WIFI/NFC
Built-in flash
1080p @ 60p, 30p, 24p
Screen resolution: 3inch LCD 1,229k dots
Screen flips out
Pop Up Viewfinder
Supports RAW
True resolution: 20 MP
Battery life: 320 shots


2. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Point and Shoot - $699



The Canon G7X II is very similar to the Sony RX100 III because they share the same quality, WIFI capability, no mic jack input and flip screen. The pros of the G7X II is that it has a longer zoom and touch screen, the reason you'd gravitate towards the Sony is because of the viewfinder which is helpful when it's too bright and you can't see the LCD screen. They're both small and pocket-able, so it's a matter of preference and what features you'd benefit from more when deciding.

Sensor size: 1"
Lens: 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 | 4.2x Zoom
WIFI/NFC
Built-in flash
1080p @ 60p, 30p, 24p
Screen resolution: 3inch LCD 1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Supports RAW
Touch screen
True resolution: 20 MP
Battery life: 265 shots


3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Mirrorless - $697.95



The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is very video oriented, so if you want to get that 4K video capability this one is a great option. I personally think 4K is the way of the future, but its a little overkill for me. I don't edit on a 4K monitor nor do I have a 4K TV so until then good ol' 1080HD is good enough for me. The Panasonic G7 allows you to change lenses so if you want a better lens in the future you can always upgrade, you have 108 options to choose from.


Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds

Lens: 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 3x Zoom
WIFI/NFC
Built-in flash | External flash
4K @ 30p, 25p, 24p, 20p | 1080P @ 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
Screen resolution: 3inch LCD 2,360k dots
Screen flips out
Supports RAW
Touch screen
True resolution: 16 MP
Battery life: 350 shots



4. Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless - $598




Sony a5100 is one of my favorites from the lineup because it has our top 3 must have features like the quality, WIFI and flip screen. The APS-C quality is pretty much the highest quality you're going to get if you want a flip screen.

Sensor size: APS-C
Lens: 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 | 3x Zoom
WIFI/NFC
Built-in flash
1080p @ 60p, 60i, 24p, 30p, 25p
Screen resolution: 3inch LCD 921,600k dots
Screen flips out
Supports RAW
Touch screen
True resolution: 24 MP
Battery life: 400 shots


5. Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless - $599



OHHHH SNAP! High in quality, WIFI, flip screen, MIC JACK INPUT and the ability to add a viewfinder onto the hot shoe. This Canon M3 has everything a vlogger/blogger could ask for and its also very small for such a big sensor. You can also change lenses on this camera to achieve different focal lengths to best fit your needs.

Sensor size: APS-C
Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 | 3x Zoom
WIFI/NFC
Built-in flash | External flash
1080p @ 30p, 25p, 24p
Screen resolution: 3inch LCD 1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Supports RAW
Touch screen
True resolution: 24 MP
Battery life: 250 shots



BONUS FEATURE: Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless - $496.95



I wanted to include the Nikon 1 J5 as an option to those who would like a small compact camera much like the Sony RX100 III and the Canon G7X II with the ability to change lenses.

Sensor size: 1"
Lens: 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 | 3x Zoom
WIFI/NFC
Built-in flash
1080p @ 60p, 30p
Screen resolution: 3inch LCD 1,037k dots
Screen flips out
Supports RAW
Touch screen
True resolution: 21 MP
Battery life: 250 shots



2 comments:

GlassesShop said...

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