Best camcorder choices for social media and vlogging
With the explosive growth of vlogging, thousands of consumers are grabbing their smartphones and making vlogs of their daily life. Although it’s possible to use the camera on your smartphone, it’s not an ideal piece of equipment for creating vlogs. It’s a much better choice to purchase a dedicated camcorder for vlogging because it will allow you to create better videos for your audience.
There are many different camcorders to choose from, and without the right knowledge, you’ll find that it’s nearly impossible to know what cameras are best for vlogging.
So What Makes A Good Vlogging Camera?
When shopping for a vlogging camera, there are many important features to consider, and you should also be aware of the features that you don’t need. Since most vlogs are up close and personal, you don’t need to worry about a zoom feature when shopping for a vlogging camera. Most camcorders on the market are designed to perform a variety of different tasks, which is great for the average consumer, but here we are trying to pick to best for vlogging.
You need to consider what type of vlogging will you do and in what environment are you going to do the filming the most. If you plan to record travel vlogs, then it’s a good idea to consider a camcorder with a decent zoom feature.
When shopping for a great vlogging camera, you need to pay attention to the low-light performance. Most vloggers would argue that low-light performance holds the greatest importance. As you film and create vlogs, there is a good chance that you won’t be able to control the lighting. To give your audience level of quality that they deserve, you need a camera that can perform well in low-light conditions. The ability to perform well in low-light conditions is also important for indoor environments. A camcorder that doesn’t work well in low-light environments will degrade video quality.
If you plan on filming while handholding the camcorder or you frequently film without tripod and on the move, you need to consider stabilization. You might want to chose a camcorder with a built-in stabilization feature. Although shaky videos can be improved during editing, it’s always better to aim for best quality at the filming.
If you choose to upload the videos from the camcorder right to the internet, without editing, you’ll need to find a camcorder with wi-fi capabilities. I would never upload a video without editing, but it might be an option to consider.
Again, depending on the filming environment, you might need a camcorder with a microphone input. If you are planning to do lot of filming in a noisy environment, while narrating, you will need designated audio input. Just think, if you record the background noise (of a waterfall) and you are narrating the same time, it would be difficult to understand the audio. On the other hand, if you plan on filming in a low-noise home environment, or do the audio/narrating separately, then the microphone input is completely useless and likely more costly.
Battery life and storage
It’s also a good idea to know how long your average videos will be because you might want to consider getting battery and storage. Some vloggers film videos that are 60 minutes long while others shoot vlogs that are no longer than 10 minutes. On the side, I should mention, that power-bars are much cheaper, than getting an extra battery for a specific camcorder and they can be used for anything with a usb connection. If you plan on filming long periods, you will need extra storage and battery on hand. (If your battery light is flashing, stop the recording; do not attempt to change the battery, while recording. If the video is not finalized/stopped, chances are, you will loose the entire file.)
Best camcorder picks for social media and vlogging
Sony 4K HD Video Recording FDRAX33 Handycam Camcorder
0.27” EVF (201K) and LCD touch screen
5.1 surround sound mic w/ audio controls
Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder
1080/60p Video Recording in MP4
Dual SD Card Slots
Image Stabilization System
Canon XA20 Professional Camcorder
Canon 20x HD Video Lens
8-Blade Circular Aperture and Manual Focus Ring
1080/60p recording in MP4 and AVCHD Progressive
Slow and Fast Motion recording
LAKASARA Full HD WIFI Camera Camcorder DVR
External Microphone and Wide Angle Lens
Full charge can take about 2 hours of video, and about 2.5 hours of pictures
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