Although a DSLR or a mirrorless camera might seem to be the default choice for YouTubers and vloggers, you would be surprised how many of them use a point and shoot camera for video.

And to your surprise, Cutiepiemarzia, one of the most popular YouTubers out there, ended up switching from an advanced DSLR to a point and shoot, as she found the former too bulky and uncomfortable to use and carry around.

A large number of vloggers go for a compact camera when starting out, given it’s advantages:

3 Advantages of a Point and Shoot for Video

In contrast to what we said above, let us also make it clear:

Point and shoot camera isn’t the absolute best choice for video or vlogging.

Generally speaking, most people looking to vlog or record videos would be much better off with a DSLR or a good mirrorless camera.

But:

For many users a point and shoot may be a great camera for YouTube filming.

And this is because of these three biggest advantages it offers over them:

Advantage #1Advantage #2Advantage #3

The Price

While a good vlogging DSLR often costs a bomb, a mirrorless doesn’t come cheap either.

And that’s where a point and shoot camera comes in.

A good point and shoot with features and functionality is affordable.

The Size

Many users choose a point and shoot for its compact size.

Needless to say, a bulky DSLR or even the relatively compact mirrorless can sometimes be too much to carry around, especially when traveling.

Point and Shoots are made to be extremely compact.

Many of them even fit into your pocket easily, making them best small cameras for video.

Beginner Friendly

If you’re someone new to cameras or photography/videography in general, a DSLR can be very overwhelming.

While you may get used to it over time, you may not enjoy using it the way you would like using a point and shoot.

This is because even the most functional of point and shoots come with surprisingly simple controls and user interface, and make it much easier to shoot professional quality videos.

In general, a point and shoot would turn out to be an ideal option for beginners, vloggers and pretty much everyone on a budget.

List of Features to Focus On

There are some important features to keep in mind when choosing the best compact camera for video or vlogging.

Let’s take a quick look at them below:

  • AutoFocus System
  • Video Recording Quality
  • Low Light Performance
  • Ease of Use
  • Are Manual Controls Available?
  • Responsiveness
  • Flip Screen
  • Battery Life

Top 7 Compact Cameras for Video and Vlogging

Camera ModelVideo ResolutionPriceFlip Screen
Sony RX100 V
WINNER
4K Ultra HD$$$$Yes
Canon G7X II
VLOGGING
1080p Full HD$$$Yes
Panasonic Lumix LX10
UNDER $700
4K Ultra HD$$$Yes
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70
ZOOM
1080p Full HD$$No
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
CHEAP TRAVEL
1080p Full HD$No
Sony DSCHX90V/B
BUDGET
1080p Full HD$Yes
Canon PowerShot SX720
CHEAPEST
1080p Full HD$No

So now without further ado, let’s cut right to the chase by reviewing the best compact cameras for video on the market.

   WINNER   

#1 Sony RX100 Mark V: Best Point and Shoot for Video

Sony RX100 V

Quality

93%

Affordability

80%

Why I Like It

  • Amazingly fast hybrid Autofocus that allows you to set the focus as fast as in just 0.05 seconds
  • The AF system is surprisingly accurate as well, with as many as 315 Auto Focus points
  • Extremely fast video recording with 24fps burst shooting
  • 4K video recording with no real limitations – you would have no loss of details or colors whatsoever
  • Super slow motion video mode – allows up to 960 fps shooting

Used By YouTubers: Will Smith, Casey Holmes and ChrisMD

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Review

The Sony RX100 Mark V is one of the most popular point and shoot cameras for videos and vlogging for a reason. (It’s also our favorite Sony vlogging camera)

It’s an advanced video and vlogging machine packed into a super compact body.

 

   WINNER   

Canon G7X Mark II: Best Compact Camera for Vlogging

canon g7x II

Quality

89%

Affordability

83%

Why I Like It

  • Great quality lens that delivers extremely sharp video content
  • The autofocus is very accurate and fast
  • The low light shooting is incredibly good
  • Super responsive touchscreen would take a lot of effort out of your usual recording
  • It’s very lightweight, portable and easy to use for beginners

Used By YouTubers: RomanAtwood, Dom Tracy and Alex Wassabi

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Review

This point and shoot camera is very similar to the Sony RX100 Mark V in the sense that it too is pretty much a complete videography or vlogging package, without the need of any expensive equipment to get professional quality results.

In fact, the G7 X Mark II is probably as close to a DSLR as a point and shoot can get.

 

   UNDER $700   

Panasonic Lumix LX10: 4K Compact Camera for Video

Panasonic Lumix LX10

Quality

86%

Affordability

84%

Why I Like It

  • The fast, versatile f1.4 lens, coupled with solid image stabilization, helps ensures that every video you shoot with the LX10 comes out great and without any distortion issues
  • Responsive touchscreen that’s easy to use to set the focus properly
  • 4K recording
  • Great low light performance
  • Flip-up screen
  • Great audio quality even when shooting outdoor, especially if you get a windshield
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Review

First things first, this point and shoot may not turn out to be a great option in general for vloggers and videographers, but if you can live with a couple major flaws, then it may very well offer a better value than even the other two point and shoot cameras we discussed above.

One of the best things about it is the fast lens that can record great videos at a low ISO and smaller aperture.

 

   ZOOM   

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ70

Quality

78%

Affordability

88%

Why I Like It

  • Large zoom range and no quality issues when shooting videos with zoom
  • The videos come out great in 1080p quality at 60fps
  • The colors and details in the videos are vivid and without any distortion
  • The lens is really wide and comparable to the type you get with a DSLR
  • The autofocus is fast and very functional
  • Very easy to use with great automatic settings
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Review

Let us tell you right off the bat that the DMC-FZ270 is only a perfect choice for you if you’re a travel or adventure vlogger that needs to use the zoom frequently when shooting your videos. And that’s simply because the zoom is what this point and shoot is pretty much all about.

 

   CHEAP TRAVEL CAMERA   

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Quality

76%

Affordability

90%

Why I Like It

  • Easy connectivity for transferring media
  • Speedy continuous recording
  • Great ergonomics
  • Accurate AF system in low light conditions
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Review

This is another great little point and shoot that packs a lot of power in a small body. However, it’s also much cheaper than the other options we reviewed above.

And this is what makes it a great choice for beginners, especially the ones that are looking for something to accompany them while traveling.

 

   BUDGET   

Sony DSCHX90V/B

Sony DSCHX90V

Quality

73%

Affordability

94%

Why I Like It

  • Functional electronic viewfinder
  • Decent low light performance
  • Great zoom range with little to no blurriness issues
  • Very easy and quick to connect with your smartphone
  • Comes with a flip screen
  • Great video stabilization and an impressively accurate focus system
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Review

One of the things we really liked about this point and shoot is that despite being priced at the lower end of the price range for point and shoot cameras that work well for videos, it comes with some great features that you would otherwise only find in some of the much more expensive point and shoot cameras.

   CHEAPEST   

Canon PowerShot SX720

Canon PowerShot SX720

Quality

70%

Affordability

98%

Why I Like It

  • 40x zoom – good luck finding another point and shoot in this price range that can beat this zoom range!
  • Very easy to use with beginner-friendly menus
  • Large, responsive LCD screen
  • Good battery life
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Review

This is the cheapest option on our list, but a great one all the same for anyone on a budget.

 

Summing It Up

It’s easy to see why the Sony RX100 Mark V is a clear winner. With a great AF system, extremely fast recording, super slow motion mode and 4K recording, all packed into a super compact body, it probably really can’t get much better for a point and shoot camera designed for shooting videos.

If you would rather have a touchscreen over 4K recording, however, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II may make more sense for you.

But if you want both of them, plus a decent low light performance, then the Panasonic Lumix LX10 would be right up your alley. Be warned though, you will have to live with a not-so-impressive AF system.

If you’re after something that’s specifically designed for traveling, then either of Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 or Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II may turn out to be a great fit for your needs.

Finally, the Sony DSCHX90V/B is a great value for money bet, while the Canon PowerShot SX720 would one of the few decent options for vloggers or videographers on a very tight budget.

 

Zach

Zach

Hi there, I'm Zach and I am main writer and editor here at Looxcie. I put in lots of hours researching YouTube as a platform, from how to start your channel to how to grow it to millions of subscribers. Now I want to share all my knowledge to content creators, vloggers and YouTubers.

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