8 BEST YouTuber Video Cameras for 2019! Guide for Buying!

by birtanpublished on May 7, 2021

Today I've got a table full of cameras a stack of SD cards and a jingle in my heart this is by far and away the question that I get asked more often on Twitter Instagram YouTube comments people on the street bugging me my wife asking me I mean she doesn't actually ask me but everybody wants to know what is the best beginner or budget camera for online video production YouTube Instagram tick-tock or any of those other things that I don't understand because I'm getting older life happens so let's start the show let's talk about what we've got in front of us what's up everyone I'm never dead dead and if I

Can figure it out you can figure it out and really quickly welcome to the new studio space we this is the first time we're right here as seen on a video I'm pretty excited let me know in the comments if you like it or not this video might get pinned to every social media platform I made part of because no kidding at least 5 to 10 times a day I get asked what camera to buy and that's cool I love talking to you guys about cameras because I have YouTube channel that talked about cameras all the time but I kind of want to sum it all up in one place so today we're going

To cut this up into different segments because there are different use case scenarios or budget and at the end I'm gonna give my overall single best option you know budget is not a consideration and it might surprise you because it is definitely not the most expensive and while the title of the video and what I've been saying is budget that doesn't necessarily mean cheap just because something costs less or more doesn't actually make it a piece of budget gear budget to me means something that gives far more value than its actual monetary cost so something

Could be cheap and still not be budget and something could be expensive and be budget so let's start on the cheaper end and work our way up and to start off let's say that you have less than a hundred dollars to invest don't buy a camera if you have less than $100 to spend to do this YouTube thing straight up do not buy a camera for this cost because you'll probably be looking into cheap amazon cameras we've seen here on the channel that they aren't really worth paying for it not necessarily action cameras because there are action cameras that could be bought for that

But I'm talking main camera here today now that's a lesson that I myself learned the hard way in the beginning my channel I spent like as little as I could and I got garbage cameras for that so if you have less than $100 you need to use your or a family member's cell phone take that money that you do have and invested in audio stabilization and lighting and you know I just so happened that thank goodness we're talking about this I just so happen to have a video that you can check below that will take you through and show you some things

That you can get to get started for a very reasonable amount of money so now on to the actual cameras and let's start this off with sub $600 and you know what in this realm you can find some fantastic options out there that can work for both vlogging or more narrative like what we're doing right now kinds of video work the two key headliners in this price range in my opinion are the canon eos m 50 and the Panasonic Lumix G 85 this is the G 95 it's not the exact same but it's it's closed for like prop wise these two cameras are absolutely the best value you will find at any

Price point the Canon M 50 can be had brand-new for big amount of dollars and for that price you get the Holy Trinity of the online video camera what is the Holy Trinity flip screen great autofocus and Canon colors like those are the three things that all online content creators strive for and a lot of YouTube videos get made about it so if you are looking for your first camera the M 50 is absolutely is the easiest piece of kit because all you have to do is sit down hit record and you can get fantastic results it does have some pretty big negatives and the biggest one

Of those is the lack of native EFM lenses but it does have some fantastic options out there like the 22 millimeter f/4 and the 35 millimeter 1.4 the Lumix JT 5 not this one on the other hand at list price is more than this section but can be easily had used I personally bought one for about 500 bucks and it's got the same features but it's a different kind of Trinity where it has flip screen great stabilization and fantastic app support now you'll notice I didn't say anything about the autofocus and that's because the video continuous autofocus for the JT 5 and

The G 95 but we're not talking about the G 95 is still pretty rough I wish it was better and I doubly wish that Panasonic wasn't so stubborn about phase detection autofocus but they are and we will probably never get a Panasonic camera with that kind of out of focus so what you lose in autofocus though you gain an absolute stunning image quality and a very robust 4k image that can record forever as the gd5 does not have a recording limit and it might be the cheapest biggest censored camera with that particular feature if you need long-form

Videos really quickly this is not in the script but I want to give a quick shout out honorable mention kind of thing to the rx100 mark 5 now the rx100 mark 5 is pretty expensive for a point shoot when they were new they were about a thousand bucks but I bought this one open box from Best Buy for about five hundred bucks and that definitely brings it into this category where this is one of them this is the best point shoot like ever made it's got built-in nd amazing 4k this is a great great camera and if you're able to find one for used or for a good price open

Box it makes it pretty good all-in-one studio camera so that's the absolute cheapest out of the way let's talk about probably the most useful price range and the one that will end up being the most popular and that's the sub $1000 now you can get don't let this being like the mid-range fool you because you can get a heck of a lot of camera for under $1000 and honestly the two cameras we're gonna talk about here could be your stopping point you could easily run channel with either of these cameras because they are absolutely fantastic and the first is a camera that I wholeheartedly love and I

Think it's probably the most underrated camera of 2019 and it's actually recording this right now it's the sony a6000 hundred like it's you can find it for big amount of dollars it's small powerful and while it's not like groundbreaking or it doesn't have like super big headlining features like it's big brother the a7 3 I think it's more useful you get 80% of the functionality of this bigger brother for about half the cost like half the cost the a7 3 you can get something that's even better I mean with the Aged 6400 you get a flip up screen the a7 three's colors and

Fantastic now when I say fantastic I'm not that's I'm not skimping with words there I mean it has the best continuous video autofocus the best continuous video autofocus I have ever used like it's shockingly good and I never even worried about the autofocus on the aged 6400 and yes the biggest problem the a6 400 is the lack of any built-in stabilization and that stinks but if your main camera shots are locked off on a tripod like mine it's hands-down the best it's an awesome combination of easy-to-use and high image quality that I haven't seen

Anywhere else it's oh so good I could talk and have talked about the a 6400 for hours because it's personally my fam this is my personal in six four hundred I love it you also get access to the Sony e-mount which has some of the best glass around and like the G 85 you get unlimited recording time it's not a whole video about the 86400 but it's awesome it does have some weakness in its high-end recording codecs which the next camera the XT 30 fixes in spades the fruity XT 30 is right up there with the a 6400 for value-packed features

This camera is shocking in different ways inside of this crazy low-price camera you can record it up to DCI 17 by 9 4k at up to 200 megabits per second nothing else in the market at this price exists I mean it's shocking and you can get that capability for ding amount of dodge and I've even seen this used for under eight hundred bucks which is frankly that's insane like this thing it's so good now yes you can only record that for 10 minutes at a time but if you have an external recorder just laying around like I kind of just have one laying around you can do 10 bit 4 to 2

DCI 4k for as long as the battery lasts mate for 750 bucks I've seen this thing and yeah the image quality coming out of the XT 30 is amazing like some of the best that you are ever going to find like it it's so good so and look how small this thing is now a problem that it shares with the 80 6400 is there is no built-in stabilization and it's lacking some of the manual functionalities of its bigger brethren which might show up here in just a second but for the price you get absolutely great autofocus fantastic colors and access to some of the best

Aps-c lens has ever made whoo after the sub $1,000 list like why even keep it going huh why even keep it going if these two cameras can give you that high level of functionality well I mean they are lacking some usability features and some of the higher and recording capabilities so let's get into what is probably the biggest shock to the system category and talk about sub $1500 cameras like this is without a doubt where the camera industry is going like right here and the two main kings in this realm are two absolute

Powerhouses that can and have been used for professional level video recording and these are two of the no kidding and I know I've been speaking a little bit of hyperbole today but these are two of the best cameras ever made and I never get sick of talking about either of them because they're fantastic I mean did I did I lead up to it enough should I keep drawing this out as much as I can I could I can talk for a long time it's the Lumix G H 5 in the Fuji XT three and neither of those should come as a surprise to this day like today I think the G H 5 is the absolute best

Camera ever made I mean it's a two-year old camera that hasn't been bested in its features its mid 2019 right now and if the gh 5 had never existed and was released today it would still be heralded as the best thing ever but it does exist and it's two years old and you can find some absolute bonkers deals for this thing out there like you could pick this up with the lens for under two grand like its it has pro level recording codecs fantastic stabilization on the limited recording time 4k 60 frames per second unlimited recording time flip screen the same awesome app

That supports the JT 5 and we're personally using right now because it's our main camera it's got a full assortment of affordable lenses I mean it's the list for the gh 5 goes on and on hands down it's the best like the only negative is the autofocus so just don't use the autofocus use the app use the screen use everything else the gh 5 gives you several options for not needing to have continuous autofocus turned on and if you couldn't tell by this rant I guess it's a good rant it's a grant it's incredibly and it's easily my favorite camera of all time like the

G5 is I have no more words for it but that's not to say the XT 3 isn't also a valuable addition in fact it was my top camera released last year because it's the first camera to really aim prove on what Panasonic did with a larger sensor and better autofocus the xt3 also has super high-end codecs and it can record enough to 4k 60 frames per second it unfortunately doesn't have unlimited recording time like the GH 5 but that bigger sensor does give you lots of awesome benefits the biggest negative about the XD 3 is something that we've mentioned already today and

You may have noticed the trend here is it has a lack of built-in image stabilization but like the other cameras on the list if you sit down and talk to the camera it doesn't really matter all that much the XT 3 has arguably better color science than the gh 5 and it has one of the best kit lenses ever made you can get the whole lens and body together for less than $1500 priced this category it's amazing I mean and that's the category that's changing the market is the $1500 I mean only a few years ago you would never have found this level of recording or features in cameras of this

Price or size I mean it's if you're not excited right now like you should be because these are those are two of the best cameras ever made but let's round this out with the last of the practical and I say practical because no I don't think red arrey high-end cinema cameras are really practical from a budget perspective I mean the law of diminishing returns starts to kick in hard at this price point in the practical category and that's the sub $2,000 category and yes I realize this cuts the Panasonic s1 from the list and you know what I'm okay with

That the gh 5 is the Panasonic camera you should be looking at so the two real standouts at this level in my opinion are the newer full-frame options in the Sony a7 3 and the nikon z6 the sony a7 3 really needs no introduction it's big amount of dollars and you could make the argument that the entire camera market today both high and low end have been reshuffled because of the a7 3 like the a7 3 basically made everything get out of its way when it was released nothing could touch it for its price capabilities and image quality and to

This day it's still really high up there it was my number one expensive camera of last year and with the newest firmware updates you get some of the best autofocus ever made fantastic image called I mean you get Oh in body image stabilization and access to some of the best lenses ever made for straight-up video recording you can do 4k up to 30 frames per second with a slight crop or 4k 24 frames per second with the full width of the sensor it's color science is really the first that I absolutely just love from Sony and much like the a 6400 it's just a workhorse

That could run everything you could ever want from both a Stills and video perspective the biggest weakness of the a7 3 though besides that stupid port door on the side that can make it just makes it a usability nightmare that's the biggest bad you know what scrap whatever I was gonna say because that's the biggest negative another smaller negative is the lack of any high-end recording codecs even externally the best you can get is 8 bit 4 2 2 and 4 on line production yes that's certainly no deal-breaker but 10 bit for that price that's starting to be the standard like

This does 10 bit externally and you need it for 750 bucks and talk about 10 bit 4 2 2 externally then nikon z6 who boy the nikon z6 much as I like the gh 5 for a sub full-frame camera I like the z6 as a full-frame video camera hands-down it's the best one currently on the market it's got great autofocus great colors great usability and can be had used for prices rivaling the gh 5 in the XT 3 it can record up to 4k 30 frames per second full width of the sensor and like I said earlier can do 10 bit 4 – – with a firmware update later this year that will unlock pro res Raw which will again

Kick this camera up into the stratosphere of the online space like if you want a full-frame camera the in my opinion this is absolutely the best you can get now I know that's not a popular opinion generally Sony and Canon to take the online love in the opinion polls but for full-frame video this is my favorite camera ever made so this has been the entire list of eight ish budget cameras I think are your best options as an online video producer and that's with me having 2 years of experience under my belt I've used a whole bunch of cameras and my number one favorite that you

Should go out and get that we said in the beginning it should come as no surprise the a 64 like it could the a 6400 is such a workhorse and such a fantastic camera that I have no problems recommending it to buddy what are some budget cameras that you really enjoy using leave a comment down below I'd like to start hashing this out as we have a nice gentle friendly collegial conversation about budget camera gear because yes all of this that I've talked about is budget because it all gives you more value than the price you pay thanks for watching

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