Sony Vlogging Camera

Updated: March 13, 2017


Vlogging is one of the most trending career options of 2017. Many people are quitting their jobs to pursue vlogging full time. Because the barrier to entry in vlogging is very low, all you need is a vlogging camera and a computer. Sony is producing some really great vlogging cameras, these days. Today we are going to run down the five best Sony vlogging camera models of 2017.

Sony is quickly becoming a top choice for vloggers because Sony is now focusing on Vloggers while releasing their new versions. They are incorporating features like a flipping screen, external microphone jack, etc. which are essential for vloggers in most of their cameras. They are working really hard to enter the “Vlogging industry” by releasing their new cameras with specifications that complements vlogging.

5 Best Sony Vlogging Cameras

Compact

Sony Cyber-Shot DSCR X100

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Compact

Sony DSCHX90

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Compact

Sony Alpha 5100

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Camcorder

Sony FDRAX33

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DSLR

Sony A7R II

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Sony Vlogging Cameras

In Detail

Sony Cyber-Shot DSCR X100

Camera Overview

It has a 20Mp sensor which can record videos in 4k. This is its main selling point. Recording videos in 4k can really make a difference in your vlogging game. You can easily stand out as not many people are doing it.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSCR X100 In Detail:

It has a flipping screen, optical image stabilization and built in Wi-Fi with NFC. These are the most essential features for vloggers. Because most of the time you are going to create “Selfie Vlogs”, which requires a flipping screen and an optical image stabilization the most. Without either of these features you won’t be able to create vlogs easily.


The weight of this camera is just 298 grams and it’s pretty lightweight. If you are looking for a camera to vlog all day, then this camera is for you. Not only the weight, the size of the camera is also very pocketable. Making it a really good choice for vlogging outdoors.


On the flip side this camera lacks a good battery life, a touch screen and an external microphone jack. These are very important features for a vlogger, because without a good battery life you won’t be able to shoot outdoors for a long time. And without an external microphone jack you won’t be able to upgrade your audio to the next level.

PROs

  • 4k Recording
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Flip screen
  • WiFi
  • Light weight

CONs

  • Low battery life
  • No touch screen
  • No external microphone jack

Overall it’s a really good vlogging camera. It can record in 4k and has some pretty fascinating features like able to record time-lapses and slow motion videos in 4k. It’s a good choice for vloggers who want to upgrade their game using 4k.


Sony DSCHX90

Camera Overview

It is a compact camera with a powerful blend of features. It has a 20MP sensor and it can record videos up to 1080p at 60fps. The overall image and video quality of this camera is really good especially at this price point.

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Sony DSCHX90 In Detail:

It has a flipping screen which will help you immensely while creating vlogs. It will ensure that your video is in focus all the time. It has built in optical image stabilization system, which is one of the most demanded feature by vloggers. It is a must have for vloggers, because without it you won’t be able to create stable walking or moving vlogs.

It has built in Wi-Fi for transferring and uploading your files. These days Wi-Fi is pretty common in all the new released cameras. The overall size of this camera is very small and pocketable which attracts the vlogger community. As you will have no problem in creating vlogs with this camera all day long. The weight of the camera is just 245 grams. Hence the size and the weight combined makes it a very compact and a pocketable camera.


On the flip side the battery life of the camera is fairly decent. It only lasts around 360 shots, which is either not that good or not that bad. Still its recommended to carry a couple of extra batteries with you to be on the safer side. It also lacks a touch screen, external microphone jack and good low lighting performance.

PROs

  • Flipping screen
  • WiFi
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Light weight
  • Compact form factor

CONs

  • No touchscreen
  • No external microphone jack
  • Poor low lighting performance

This concludes our review of the Sony DSCHX90. Overall it’s a good vlogging camera for outdoor vloggers or those vloggers who are going to vlog their daily life or do social experiments kind of content, where you would have to hold the camera for a long period of time. Though the overall video performance of this camera is not that good as compared to the other Sony cameras, but still at this price point it’s a good choice for outdoor vloggers.


Sony Alpha 5100

Camera Overview

The Sony Alpha 5100 is a camera with the power of a DSLR in a form factor of a compact camera. It is the best mirrorless camera for vlogging by Sony. It has almost all the essential features for vlogging.

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Sony Alpha 5100 In Detail:

It has a 24 MP sensor and it record in Full HD at 1080p in 60fps. The overall video quality is as good as you would get from a high end DSLR. Though these mirrorless cameras are a little bit pricier, but you are paying for comfort. It has built in Wi-Fi for transferring vlogs to your computer and it can also upload photos directly to Instagram. It has a flipping touch screen, which is great for creating selfie vlogs.


The weight of the camera is just 283 grams. This is one of the main selling point of this camera, you won’t get these set of features in any DSLR that is under 300 grams. It can record time-lapses and slow motion videos. The autofocus, optical image stabilization and the low lighting performance of this camera is marvelous. You won’t have any complaints as long as video quality and form factor is concerned.


But on the flip side it does not have an external microphone jack. This is this one feature that is extremely essential for vlogging, but this camera doesn’t have it. Though you can always use a portable microphone to get the best audio quality. The battery life of this camera is also pretty decent, it only lasts for around 400 shots. So it’s recommended to carry a couple of extra batteries with you to be on the safer side.

PROs

  • Light weight (Yet powerful like a DSLR)
  • Great autofocus
  • Flip screen
  • Touch screen
  • Good low lighting performance

CONs

  • Decent battery life
  • No external microphone jack
  • No viewfinder

This concludes our review of the Sony Alpha 5100. Overall it’s a really good mirrorless camera for vloggers. You are basically get all of the powerful features of a DSLR in a compact form factor, which allows you to vlog all day without getting tired of holding a heavy camera.


Sony FDRAX33

Camera Overview

This is Sony’s latest camcorder that can record 4k videos. Camcorders are not that popular in the vlogger community that much. But actually they are really good at video, as they are made specifically just to record videos. Though the video quality can’t be compared to that of a mirrorless camera.

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Sony FDRAX33 In Detail:

It has a flipping touch screen. Flipping screen is really essential for vlogging, without it you it would be very difficult for you to set the frame of your vlog and monitor the focus. The optical image stabilization is really good. It will help you in creating stable videos when vlogging outdoors while walking or riding. The autofocus is also good.


It has a wide aperture which allows you to create videos with the famous blurred effect. It is a really good feature that will make your videos stand out and look professional.


On the flip side it does not have a good low lighting performance. As these type of cameras have smaller sensors as compared to the mirrorless cameras or the DSLR’s. So, if you are going to record videos indoor it would not be an ideal choice for you. The other downside is the touch screen, though having a touch screen increases the productivity of your camera. But here that’s not the case, the touch screen does not feature sensitive touch and it’s really hard to play around different settings.

PROs

  • 4K Recording
  • Blurred background effect
  • Great optical image stabilization
  • Flipping screen

CONs

  • Poor low lighting performance
  • Touch screen is not responsive

This concludes the review of the Sony 4K FDRA X33. Overall it’s a really good camcorder with 4k capabilities. But the touch screen is not that good and so low lighting performance is pretty terrible.


Sony A7R II

Camera Overview

This is one of the best vlogging camera models out there. If you are serious about your vlogging career, then this camera is a really good choice for you. It has a 42MP sensor and it can record videos up to 4k. To stand out from the extreme competition on YouTube you can use 4k videos. The main selling point of this camera is the form factor and the features combination. You are getting fantastic features in a very small factor.

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Sony A7R II In Detail:

The image stabilization of this camera is marvelous. It has a 5 axis sensor shift image stabilization system. The videos created using this camera are very stable and the video quality is stunning. It has built in Wi-Fi which can help you in transferring the files to your laptop or smartphone easily.


It has an external microphone jack which will help you in taking your audio to the next level. And it also has a headphone jack, which allows you to monitor the audio being recorded in real time. The low lighting performance of this camera is also really good. You can also use Canon lenses with this camera. The versatile compatibility of the lenses makes it a killer camera for vlogging.


On the flip side, the battery life of the camera is not that good. It only lasts up to 290 shots on one full charge. Considering the powerful features and fairly small form factor, compromising on the battery life is not that big of a deal. It also does not have a fully articulating screen, though it has a tilting screen. But it’s not enough for continuously monitoring focus properly. It also lacks a touch screen.

Changing settings manually is a tiresome task, and while getting such a high end camera lack of a touch screen is disappointing. Even the cheap vlogging cameras that are compact models come with a touch screen these days, it’s a shame why Sony did not give touch screen to this camera.

PROs

  • 4K Recording
  • WiFi
  • External microphone jack
  • Image stabilization
  • Great low lighting
  • Versatile compatibility of lenses

CONs

  • No touch screen
  • Low battery life

This concludes our review of the Sony Alpha 7R II. Overall it’s a killer vlogging camera. It has all the essential features you need in a vlogging camera like great video quality, image stabilization, good low lighting performance, external microphone jack, portability, etc. If you are serious about your vlogging game, then this camera is a really good choice.



Conclusion

These were the five best vlogging cameras by Sony. If you want to start a vlog, then you can choose any of these five cameras as per your requirements. Sony is clearly catering to the vlogging world by releasing new versions of their camera with features that benefits vloggers. And that’s the reason more and more vloggers are opting for Sony cameras. Sony is also at the forefront of the mirrorless camera market and these cameras are loved by vloggers all over the globe.


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