What Camera Do YouTubers Use? [Reviewed]

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Wondering what camera all the biggest and best YouTubers use? Well, you’re in the right place – we’ve got the answer right here.

What camera do YouTubers use? YouTubers use all kinds of different cameras, depending on the type of videos they’re making and their personal preferences, but the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II and Canon EOS Mark III seem to be popular choices. These two cameras appear very frequently in the kits of the top 100 most popular YouTubers. 

Complete List of Cameras YouTubers Use

Here’s a complete table showing all the cameras that popular YouTubers use according to the data we have.

We used the information we compiled in this table to pick out the 10 most popular YouTube cameras in 2020, which we ranked and reviewed above.

Note that some YouTubers use multiple cameras, and this is reflected in the table.

YouTuberCamera(s)
NigahigaCanon 7D
NinjaLogitech Brio webcam
Mr. Beast, Ben Brown, Roman Atwood, Sam KolderCanon EOS 1DX Mark II
Jesse Wellens, Jake Paul, VagabrothersSony a7S II
JacksepticeyeCanon Powershot G7X
Roman Atwood, Vagabrothers, Jenna Marbles, PewDiePie, Jeffree Star, Grav3yardgirl, Logan Paul, Emma Chamberlain, Kylie JennerCanon Powershot G7X Mark II
Roman AtwoodSony CyberShot RX100 IV 
Bryant EslavaCanon 1DX Mark IV
Roman Atwood, Ben Brown, Bethany MotaCanon 5D Mark IV
Mark WeinsPanasonic LUMIX GX8 
Vagabrothers, Lelepons, MarkiplierSony a7R II
VagabrothersSony RX100 V
VagabrothersSony A9
Shane Dawson, Ben Brown, Jeffree Star, Colleen Ballinger, Cole Sprouse Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lisa Dawson, Jenna Marbles EOS 80D
DanTDMCanon EOS 700D
Dude PerfectSony FS-700
PewDiePieCanon XA11 
HolaSoyGermanCanon Legria HF R86
DanTDM Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920
ZoellaCanon 70D
Sam KolderCanon EOS 7D Mark II 
Sam KolderGoPro Hero 6 

However, there are many more cameras that YouTubers use besides these. The choices creators make regarding their recording equipment varies from DSLRs and professional-level camcorders to action cams and smartphones.

To sort through the mess, we compiled a list of every camera used by the most famous YouTubers and picked out the 10 that appear most frequently. Read on and we’ll share the results with you.

Most Popular Cameras Used By YouTubers

Below, we’ve listed the most popular cameras used by YouTubers. We’ve ranked them according to perceived popularity based on the number of famous YouTubers that we know use them. 

On top of that, we’ve also reviewed each of the cameras in detail to uncover why the pros might use them and to help you to figure out which one might be the best choice for you.

Note: For a complete list of every camera that YouTubers use, see the table at the bottom of this article.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II 

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (Black)

The Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II was the runaway winner in the camera popularity contest. Based on the data we have, far more professional YouTubers use the G7X Mark II than any other cameras. These YouTubers include Jacksepticeye, Roman Atwood, PewDiePie, Jenna Marbles, and Logan Paul, to name just a few.

This makes a lot of sense, seeing as the G7X Mark II has long been touted as one of the best vlogging cameras on the market. The flip screen, great low-light performance, reliable touch autofocus, and crisp, clear, expert-quality footage make it a fantastic choice.

Those features make it especially popular with vloggers. It works great on the move and shoots just as well outside as in the recording studio. 

However, it is somewhat surprising that it’s so popular amongst professional YouTubers given its affordable price point. Currently available for less than $600, it’s by no means a high-end, professional-level camera choice. 

You’d think the biggest YouTubers would be willing to spend a little more on their recording equipment, and the fact that they’d opt for the G7X Mark II over much more expensive cameras is a testament to how good it really is.

However, it’s worth noting that the G7X Mark II has been upstaged by the latest G7X Mark III model, released last August. It’s likely the Mark II is only so high on this list because the data is a little out of date. Many of the YouTubers that used the Mark II have likely upgraded to the Mark III since.

The Mark III solves many of the drawbacks that limited the Mark II. The new version now comes with a microphone socket, which was probably the biggest thing the Mark II was missing. It’s also equipped with 4K recording and a neat live-streaming feature.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II (Black)

The second most popular camera that YouTubers use seems to be the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Again, this is the camera of choice of a bunch of big-name YouTubers. Some of the names you might know include Shane Dawson, Ben Brown, Jeffree Star, Colleen Ballinger, and Cole Sprouse.

Unlike the G7X (which is a compact digital camera), the 5D Mark III is a full-frame DSLR. A lot of YouTubers prefer DSLR cameras like that that have a full-size sensor as they capture a wider area without the need for a separate wide-angle lens. 

The 5D Mark III was pretty much been the benchmark for high-end DSLRs for years, and it’s clear why. There’s a lot to love about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

For example, it offers a precise, accurate, 61-point autofocus that allows creators to focus quickly and accurately on their subjects and can accurately track moving objects.

It’s capable of recording beautiful footage and taking stunning photos with superb sharpness and color quality, even in low-light conditions, and the high dynamic range imaging ensures that you get plenty of detail in highlight and shadow areas. 

Plus, it’s not just great for recording videos – it’s a great photography camera too. This is important for YouTubers that dabble in photography and/or spend a lot of time on Instagram.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body

Next up, we have another Canon camera (no surprises there), the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. This is the camera of choice of many popular YouTubers, including Bethany Mota and Ben Brown.

As you’ve probably already figured out, the EOS 5D Mark IV is the younger, hotter brother of the last camera we looked at (the Mark III). It’s a more recent model that updated, upgraded, and improved on everything we already loved about the Mark III. 

Here are a few of the upgraded features that make the Mark IV a great camera for YouTubers:

  • 4K recording – Canon improved the max recording resolution from 1080p to 4K, for cinematic, ultra high definition YouTube videos.
  • 30.4MP sensor – the full-frame sensor was also improved, jumping from 22.3MP to 30.4MP. 
  • Faster processor – the 5D Mark IV uses both a Digic 6 and 6+ processor for faster, more reliable overall operation.
  • Improved autofocus – the 61-point AF system that the Mark III had has been improved, with all of the points now cross-type and sensitive to f/8
  • Better ISO capability – the Mark IV offers a higher ISO range and better low light performance
  • Wi-Fi connectivity – this is one of the features that YouTubers love most about the EOS 5D Mark IV. It allows you to control the camera or share shots and videos to your devices remotely.

As you can see, this is a great camera choice for YouTubers. The only downside compared to the Mark III is the higher price tag. 

Sony a7R II

Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, Body Only (Black) (ILCE7RM2/B), Base, Base

The Sony a7R II seems to be another super-popular camera amongst YouTubers. This full-frame mirrorless interchangeable camera is used by the Vagabrothers, Lele Pons, Markiplier, amongst many others.

Again, it’s another great choice for both amateur and professional YouTubers. 

It’s a sophisticated DSLR-like camera that comes jam-packed with all the features you want to see.

The fast hybrid autofocus is one of the most advanced you can get in this price range and ensures your subject is always in focus. It can also pick out your subject’s eyes to create a well-balanced shot with the face clearly in focus.

You can record footage in 4K, the highest resolution available on YouTube, which is great if you want that extra, professional level of quality in your YouTube videos. It also has a 42.4MP camera, which helps you to take incredible photos for your Instagram feed.

The 5-axis image stabilization technology ensures you get silky smooth footage even when you’re recording handheld. It does a great job of reducing shaky footage, which is ideal if you plan on vlogging on the go. 

Sony a7S II 

Sony a7S II ILCE7SM2/B 12.2 MP E-mount Camera with Full-Frame Sensor, Black

The Sony a7S Mark II is another Sony a7 series camera that’s super popular on YouTube. This one’s used by YouTubers such as Jake Paul, Jesse Wellens, and the Vagabrothers.

It is a very similar camera to the a7R Mark II, which we already talked about above. The main difference here is that the a7S Mark II is more geared towards videography and less towards photography. 

The a7S Mark II’s 12.2MP Exmor CMOS Sensor can’t compare to the a7R Mark II’s 42 MP sensor. The 4x higher resolution on still images for the a7R makes it the clear best choice for photographers.

However, we’re not photographers – we’re YouTubers. As such, the main thing we’re interested in is video recording quality and performance – and the A7S Mark II wins that hands down. It has slightly better quality in 4K full-frame mode, better low light performance is less likely to overheat, and even comes with a neat 120fps slow-motion mode in full HD. 

On top of all that, it’s also a couple of hundred dollars or so cheaper than the a7R Mark II. I’d definitely recommend this for amateur YouTubers looking for a good, affordable, DSLR-like camera for shooting videos. 

Canon EOS 1DX Mark II 

Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Next on our list of cameras that YouTubers use is the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. This is one of Canon’s most advanced DSLRs ever and is used by famous YouTubers including Mr. Beast, Ben Brown, and Roman Atwood.

It’s also used by filmmaker Sam Kolder, who is renowned for his stunning YouTube videos. The visual appeal of Kold’s uploads is phenomenal, and if this is the camera he uses, that’s a pretty good testament to how good it is.

This is a camera that was ahead of its time. Superb image quality, phenomenal ISO performance, reliable AF with great tracking performance, 4K resolution and 60fps are just some of the features that make it stand out as a great choice for YouTubers.

It’s also very robust and durable, which means it’s less likely to break and a good choice for vloggers that plan on getting plenty of use out of it.

It’s a little heavy and bulky, and the price tag is pretty high, so it probably isn’t the best choice for amateur YouTubers who want an entry-level camera. However, for professionals who know what they’re doing and have deep pockets, it’s a great choice. It’s also probably the best Canon DSLR for action, sports, and wildlife shooting.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is STM Lens (US Model, Black)

Moving onto the Canon EOS 80D. This is an enthusiast-level DSLR camera that many YouTubers, including Lisa Koshy and Jenna Marbles, use to shoot their YouTube videos. 

The body design looks a lot like its predecessor, the EOS 70D, but Canon made a lot of improvements that took the 80D a major step forward. Video recording capability is a big part of the EOS 80Ds appeal. It offers 1080p.60p capture and continuous 45-point cross-type hybrid autofocus system. 

The sensor has gone through some major improvements. The Dual Pixel AF now allows for continuous focus during both video and still capture. The camera also has a headphone socket and microphone port, so you can plug in an external mic to get better quality audio.

It’s not too expensive, but it isn’t cheap either – you should be able to find one in a professional bundle with lenses and accessories for under 1000 bucks if you shop around.

GoPro Hero Series 

GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization

Last on this list of the top cameras that YouTubers use is the GoPro Hero Series.

A lot of YouTubers use action cameras, and GoPro is the king of action cameras. The GoPro Hero Series cameras are used by the likes of Logan Paul and Sam Kolder for capturing immersive videos. 

There are plenty of different cameras in the Hero Series, the latest of which is the HERO8. To keep things simple, I’ve lumped them all together under the Hero Series banner.

GoPro cameras might not be the best choice for YouTubers who want to record videos from a studio, but they’re pretty much the only choice when you want to record in difficult locations or at high speeds. For example, you might use them to record while mountain biking or scuba diving.

They’re very small and compact, highly durable, and waterproof. They can withstand any knocks and bumps that you throw at them and come with a waterproof housing that can be used when you want to take them beneath the waves. The HERO8 Black will stay waterproof up to 10m deep with the door close, without the need for additional housing. 

They have wide-angle lenses and can be mounted on your wrist, head, tripod, or wherever else you want to mount it. You can get really creative with this and record footage from really unique angles. For example, you could mount the GoPro on a drone for aerial shots, on your head to shoot from a first-person POV, or even on a throwing accessory like the AER.

GoPro cameras also have excellent connectivity and can stream footage directly to your advice. This makes them a great choice for YouTubers that dabble in live-streaming.

What to Look For in a Youtube Camera

Now that you know what cameras popular YouTubers use, let’s talk about what camera you should use. Just because your favorite YouTuber uses a certain camera, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should too.

Here are the main things to consider when you’re shopping for a YouTube camera.

Type of Content 

First thing’s first, think about what kind of content you’ll be making. This is the most important first step, as it’ll determine the kind of camera you’ll need. 

For example, if you’re planning on creating adventure/travel vlogs, you’re going to need something versatile and durable that you can use on the go, like an action cam. You’ll also want it to have plenty of image stabilization as you’ll probably be recording on the move, as opposed to in a studio setup.  

If you plan on recording from one room/studio with a stationary setup and consistent lighting, you can prioritize resolution and image quality.

Will your videos benefit from slow motion? If so, you’ll need something capable of recording in slow-motion mode with very high frame rates. Do you want to livestream? If so, you’ll need a camera that can facilitate that. These are all the kinds of questions you need to think about

Resolution

Resolution refers to the number of pixels your camera records to create an image. The higher the resolution, the more detailed and clear the picture quality will be. 

YouTube supports up to 4K resolutions, but most creators stick to 1080p HD videos as they take less time to upload and buffer, and still look very high quality.

At a minimum, your YouTube camera should be able to record in 1080p, but if being able to produce videos in 4K is important for you, look for a camera that can record in 4K resolution.

Frame rate

The frame rate refers to the number of frames (still images) that the camera records per second. 30fps/60fps is usually sufficient for most creators, but for slow-motion footage, you’ll need a lot more than that. 

Image Stabilization

Image stabilization is especially important for YouTubers as many of us shoot handheld video and don’t have gimbal stabilizers or Steadicams. 

When you hold your camera, as opposed to leaving it on a stable surface, it moves around a bit. This creates blurry, shaky footage. Image stabilization technology reduces that camera blur so to offset your shaky hands so that the final video comes out looking smooth. 

If you plan on recording handheld footage, make sure you choose a camera with excellent image stabilization.

Battery Life

Shooting a video takes a lot of time. If you don’t want to have to keep putting your recording on hold to recharge your camera, choose one with a decent battery life. Ideally, you’ll be able to find a camera with a battery that lasts at least 3-5 hours of filming. If not, I’d recommend purchasing additional batteries that you can swap out when yours runs out.

Audio capability/microphone ports

A lot of amateur YouTubers overlook the audio quality of their videos. This is a mistake, as audio is just as important as video quality if you want your videos to look professional. Think about how good your camera’s internal mic is before you buy it. 

Most cameras have fairly low-quality internal microphones, so you’ll probably want to use an external mic to record audio. If so, it’s best to choose a camera with an external mic port. If your camera doesn’t have an external mic port, you’ll have to record your audio to a separate device and sync it up to your video footage during the editing process.

Usability

And finally, think about usability. DSLRs and professional-level camcorders tend to be more difficult to operate than digital compact cameras. If you’re a beginner, try to choose something that’s ergonomic, well-built, and easy to use.

Other Types of Camera For Youtubers

As you might have noticed, all of the cameras that made the list were either DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, compact digital cameras, or action cams.

These kinds of cameras tend to be great for vlogging, photography, and shooting action videos, but they’re not the only types of cameras out there.

Depending on what kind of YouTube videos you plan on shooting, there are a few other types of cameras that might make more sense for your needs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the other types of cameras for YouTubers worth knowing about.

Webcams 

No webcams made this list of the most popular cameras that YouTubers use, but that doesn’t mean they’re not great for YouTube videos. In fact, many YouTubers use webcams – especially gaming channels. 

For example, Dan TDM uses the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, and everyone’s favorite streamer, Ninja, uses a Logitech Brio webcam.

The main advantage of webcams is that they’re affordable, easy to use, and plug directly into your computer via USB. You don’t have to record to a memory card and upload your footage separately, you can just shoot straight to your PC or laptop. 

This makes them ideal for streaming live video chats where you’ll be sitting in front of your computer. They might not be as fancy as DSLRs or digital compacts, but you can still get pretty good resolution and high-quality footage if you use the right external webcam. 

Camcorders

It’s also surprising that no camcorders made this list, considering that camcorders are pretty much designed specifically for handheld video recording.

Professional camcorders are easier to hold and use, more durable, and often have better audio capabilities. However, they have much smaller sensors than DSLRs, which limits their low-light performance.

Still, it’s worth considering whether a camcorder is a better fit for your needs, depending on what kind of YouTube videos you plan on making.  

Many of the most famous YouTubers have camcorders in their kits. For example, PewDiePie actually uses the Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder to record footage in his studio. He switches to the Canon Powershot G7X Mark II when he’s vlogging on the go. 

HolaSoyGerman also uses a Canon Legria HF R86 camcorder. On the higher end of the market, you can get professional-quality camcorders like Sony FS-700 – used by serious YouTubers like Dude Perfect.

Capture Cards 

And finally, it’s worth mentioning capture cards. These aren’t cameras, but they should be a key part of your video recording kit if you plan on making gaming videos. 

Capture cards are used to record and encode your gaming footage so that you can live-stream it or edit it on your computer. 

If you plan on making gaming videos on your YouTube channel, don’t make the mistake of pointing a camera at your TV screen or gaming laptop to record your in-game footage – this will result in poor image quality. Use a capture card instead

How Much Do YouTuber Cameras Cost?

The price of YouTuber cameras varies dramatically. At the low end of the price range, some YouTubers get by on super cheap cameras that you can get for under 100 bucks. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some YouTuber cameras cost thousands of dollars.

To give you a rough idea, the G7X Mark II (the number 1 most popular camera used by YouTubers) costs around $500 USD. This is around the price you should expect to pay if you’re looking for a good entry-level camera for YouTube.

If you’re really serious about YouTube, and you want the best possible camera for the job, expect to pay between $1000 – $2000. There are more expensive, professional-level cameras available, but these aren’t likely to be worth the investment just for YouTube videos.

Also, note that you don’t necessarily need an expensive camera to make YouTube videos. Many of the biggest names on YouTube today started out recording videos with their laptop’s internal webcam or smartphone. Your personality, creativity, and dedication to making great, entertaining content are all much more important than your camera.

Final Thoughts

That concludes this guide to the cameras that YouTubers use. As you can see, there are lots of great cameras out there for YouTube and no one-size-fits-all choice. 

Use the list above for inspiration, but don’t be afraid to choose a different camera if you think it’s a better choice for your needs.

About the Author

Matt Moran

Matt is a writer, traveller, and amateur video maker. When he’s not writing blogs and articles, he’s busy making travel vlogs for his YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/c/macandshiv

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