The best vlogging cameras: 2015 YouTube guide

No keen YouTuber should be without an impressive, professional-looking camera, which is why we’re taking a look at the top vlogging cameras available to buy in 2015.

The cameras we’ve listed below arrive at a range of price points, catering for both buyers on a budget and professional YouTubers looking to take their video content to the next level.

Read on for a closer look at gadgets from industry experts such as Canon, Sony, Apple and Nikon. We’d love to hear your feedback on which other cameras you’d recommend, so feel free to tweet us your suggestions at @TubeChum.

Canon PowerShot S120

Price: £200-220

Buy: Currys (£209) / John Lewis (£209) / Argos (£218.99)


Canon’s PowerShot S120 is ideal for experienced YouTubers that are comfortable with the challenges associated with running a popular channel. The price tag of the PowerShot S120 means that buyers who are new to vlogging and YouTube in general should take a look elsewhere for cheaper alternatives.

In terms of specs, this camera offers up some impressive stats. A bright f/1.8 lens and Wi-Fi integration are nice additions and the 1080p video quality is sharp enough to impress your subscribers, especially if your shot is well lit.

OIS comes built inside and the camera is complimented by a 3-inch screen with LCD technology and a 5.2mm wide angle lens.

We recommend you take a look at the full camera specs here.

Sony HDR-CX240E Handycam

Price: £130-220

Buy: Sony (£209) / Expedite Electronics (£137) / Stuff-UK (£172)



The HDR-CX240E Handycam is one of Sony’s cheapest hand-held camcorders, making it ideal for YouTube newbies looking to learn the basics of filming video for online.

This camera features a Wide-angle ZEISS lens, Electrical SteadyShot image stabilisation, a Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display and is capable of filming HD video, although visually some top-end smartphones may perform just as well.

We recommend you take a look at the full camera specs here.

Canon EOS 750D DSLR Camera

Price: £450-620

Buy: Currys (£527) / Jessops (£617) / Simply Electronics (£458)


Comfortable with professional cameras and fancy treating yourself to the best of the best? The Canon 750d is used by big-name YouTubers including the UK’s very own Zoe Sugg (Zoella), so it’s clear this gadget is a YouTube winner.

The high price of the Canon 750d is well justified, considering the company’s DSLR range is widely regarded as one of the best in the industry, particularly within the online video / vlogging scene.

Arriving with a foldable screen and the power to record at 1080p at 30fps, the 750d takes very pretty video. The size of the camera means it’s not an ideal solution for vlogging on the go (especially if you’re pointing the gadget at yourself), so we’d recommend this camera if you’re the type of YouTuber that films using a tripod.

We recommend you take a look at the full camera specs here.

Apple iPhone 6

Price: £450-550

Buy: Apple (£539) / Very (£539) / Simply Electronics (£454)


Believe it or not, your smartphone may very well be the answer to filming your first high-quality vlog.

Apple’s iPhone 6 comes equipped with an 8-megpixel rear shooter capable of capturing 1080p video at 60fps and 720p video at 240fps. Vlogging on the move is made simple with such a portable device and the front-facing FaceTime HD camera is also a solid option.

The iPhone 6 has remained a recent favourite for many top vlogging stars on YouTube, including CTFxC’s Charles Trippy, Shay Butler from the SHAYTARDS and Toby Turner, otherwise known as Tobuscus.

We recommend you take a look at the full camera specs here.

SONY DSC-HX300 Bridge Camera

Price: £200-230

Buy: Currys (£219) / Jessops (£219) / UKDigitalCameras (£209)


Sony’s DSC-HX300 Bridge Camera looks more expensive than it is, boasting a 20.4 megapixel camera, 50x optical zoom and full HD 1080p video at a very reasonable price.

According to electronics retailer Currys, it offers ‘similar performance to a DSLR camera without the need to change lenses’.

Put simply, this camera is ideal for folk that don’t feel too comfortable with complicated DSLR-esque features but do want the video quality offered by premium cameras.

We recommend you take a look at the full camera specs here.

Which vlogging camera do you have your eye on? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us at @TubeChum.

Thumbnail image: Marius Brede

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