My 2nd top pick for a larger and semi-professional camera is the Canon 70D. The Canon 70D is actually my top pick for overall value because it features a lower price point than the Canon 80D, it is very similar to the 80D except that it is a few years older and not as technologically advanced. I personally own this camera and love it. I own the Canon 60D as well, the 60D was my first expensive camera I bought when I started making short videos and taking photos. The more and more I got into making videos with the 60D I realized how much more I wanted to 70D because the biggest difference is that the 70D will Auto-Focus when taking video. This is a HUGE advantage and makes all the difference in the quality of your videos. The 60D and many other DSLR type cameras will take awesome HD videos except, almost every model on the market currently has to be manually focused. The Canon 70D will autofocus without an additional cameraman operating the focus everytime you move in your vlog or video. This makes vlogging so much easier.
Many popular vloggers on YouTube right now use and trust the Canon 70D as their primary vlogging camera. This camera is my top pick for most overall value and quality. It will likely never need to be replaced unless you drop it and accidentally break it. The camera features a very high and more than adequate 20.2 Megapixels, has an output for an external microphone, a flip out screen for the ability to see yourself while vlogging and has to ability to use many different lenses to change the look and feel of your vlog or videos. The camera has excellent battery life and has tons of accessories that can be used with it. The camera is on the larger side if you compare it to a smartphone, go pro (action camera) or point and shoot style cameras, but I find it quite manageable to use most of the time. It is also an incredible camera to take pictures with. I have never taken better pictures since owning the 70D.
The Canon 70D can be purchased several different ways. The most basic is; to purchase the body only meaning you will simply get the camera without a lens. This is assuming you already have a lens to use with it or don’t want to use the camera with any of the stock lenses it comes with. Typically you will receive the Canon 70D with the 18-135mm lens. I love this lens personally and have found it to very capable in many different situations. It takes great pictures and video. The lenses range is suitable for up close and with a great range of zoom can take film with it from far away as well. Please, note that although the 18-135mm is a terrific all-around everyday lens, it can be slightly heavy to carry for prolonged periods of time. It is also not the most ideal lens for up close vlogging such as using the camera in the way you would take a selfie. Keep that in mind depending on what kind of vlogging your doing.
The next lens that gets much praise in the vlogging world is the Canon EF-S 10-18mm. This is the lens that several pro vloggers love. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens is designed to give you an ultra wide angle for a camera like the 70D which is an APS-C sensor camera and not full frame model; like the more professional models such as the Canon 5D Mark III. This is a great lens that will allow you to see a more fuller and wider picture with great depth but not giving you any fisheye look to the picture. This lens in my opinion, beats some of Canon’s other wide angle lenses (Canon 10-22mm) because it includes image stabilization which really can make a difference if you are moving around, it is also very quite which is great for filming video. You can stand very close to the lens about a foot away or carry in selfie mode and you will appear to be at a comfortable distance in the video. This is great for audio quality as well since you will be close to the camera and can talk in your normal voice. THIS IS MY TOP PICK FOR VLOGGING LENSES!
You will want to use a tripod with the Canon 70D to get the best results while filming. I personally recommend the same tripod Casey Neistat uses. The Joby Focus with ballhead, this tripod will allow for easy portability and travel while being versatile for on the go filming. The Canon 70D attached to the tripod can also be used similar to a selfie stick if you really want. That’s exactly how Casey Neistat does it. He actually uses the Canon 70D or 80D for most of his vlogging along with this Joby tripod. Casey Neistat has over 5,000,000 subscribers (as of this writing) to his vlog he started in 2015, you should check him out if you haven’t yet. The Joby tripod is a great all around tripod that is versatile and easily portable, it does, however, lack in only one area and that is height. It is a tripod that can be carried, wrapped around or placed anywhere that is suitable, but it doesn’t extend upwards like a more traditional tripod would. You will have to evaluate what type of video you will primarily be shooting and where you will primarily be at.
If your vlog involves you being stationary most of the time such as sitting on the couch, behind a table or desk, etc. it might be better for you personally to use a more traditional tripod. I personally utilize different tripods depending on the overall goal of the vlog or video I am trying to make. Often times a more traditional tripod is best if I am making a short video at home. If I am traveling or on the go walking around somewhere a smaller, more portable tripod such as a Joby GorillaPod is much more convenient. I recommend this tripod for a more traditional tripod, it’s a tremendous value and for the price, it can’t be beaten!
You will want to add an external microphone to your 70D, I recommend the Rode VideoMic Pro with fuzzy windscreen sock. I personally use the Stereo VideoMic Pro, which is a slightly more premium model. I have not found too much difference between the models though when it comes to the finished results. A newer and more affordable option is the Rode VideoMicro, which will definitely be a great alternative to the more expensive microphones. It also comes with the fuzzy windsock which is usually an additional cost of $20-30. So for your getting it is a great value and the convenience factor of never having to change a 9-volt battery is priceless.
Of course, there are many accessories you can purchase for any DSLR vlogging camera, the most needed and practical are Sandisk memory cards. I recommend the Sandisk Extreme SD cards because they have a higher writing speed, meaning that you will never have to worry about taking video that you can’t get your memory card to record properly. I personally recommend the 32 or 64GB cards because they are frequently a good value for the price, you will get plenty of footage storage and also in the event that you somehow, break or lose the card you will not lose all of your videos that have been taken over time. Such as if you purchase 128GB model and have hours of video stored on it and then suddenly lose the card, you might experience a lot of heartache about having to possibly record everything again.
The second and much-appreciated accessory for the Canon 70D, is an additional battery or two or three if your vlogging. If you are taking still pictures a single battery will likely last your several, several hundred pictures before needing a change. Filming drains the battery much faster! You will want to avoid running out of juice in the middle of vlogging and having to wait a few hours for the battery to charge again.
The next accessory that I will put on the mandatory list is a UV or lens cover that will protect the front side of your expensive hardware. It will keep the sun and dust and dirt off the top of your lens. A basic lens cover is all you will need. Check out this 67mm UV cover for good quality and value, if you are using the Canon 18-135mm or 10-18mm lens.
The Canon 70D is a nearly perfect camera for vloggers and short filmmakers that want professional results at a great value. There are countless people producing awesome media content with the Canon 70D. It’s truly all around one of the best vlogging cameras you can purchase. You will get results that show you take your vlogging seriously. I use one myself and love it! Get the Canon 70D now!
For those with a larger budget or only want the latest-greatest, the Canon 80D is now available. The 80D has a few improvements over the Canon 70D you can check out it out here.