What makes a good vlogging camera?

Sony ZV-1
(Image credit: Sony)

People often ask me what makes a good vlogging camera, a) because I'm the editor of a camera website, and b) because I used to vlog. Yes, for about a year I was one of those folks zooming about the place pointing a camera at myself and talking inanely while onlookers gave me funny glances.

Still, both of these facts have given me a pretty good idea of what makes a good vlogging camera. It's one thing for a camera reviewer who's never actually vlogged to tell you what's important to look for, but it makes a real difference to have some actual experience shooting (not to mention editing) a vlog. You can watch me make a fool of myself below:

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.