Camcorder VS. DSLR for Video, YouTube and Vlogging?


– So when it comes to picking
out a camera for making YouTube videos, you could
go with a camcorder or like a mirrorless or
DSLR camera like this. So what should you choose,
and what are the pros and cons of each of them? I’m going to be talking
about that in this video. (camera clicking and upbeat music) Hey, what’s up guys, Sean
here with Think Media TV, helping you go further, faster, in media. And on this channel we
do tech gear reviews and video gear reviews,
so if you’re new here, consider subscribing. Yannick asks, “Sean, you
say to get a DSLR for better “quality over lower end video cameras. “I’ve got a Canon Vixia,” which is a camcorder, “and I
also have a Canon Rebel T3i” which is a DSLR. “Which would you recommend
for YouTube videos?” Thanks for the question Yannick. So let’s start with the camcorder. Now this is a Canon Vixia
that is pretty similar to your Canon Vixia, I’m sure. And the great thing about camcorders is, number one, they’re easy to use. And so pretty much all you have to do is turn them on, put them in auto mode and point them at whatever
you want to shoot. And you don’t have to
worry about things being in focus, it just pretty much works. The second thing is, that
everything stays in focus, which is kind of a pro, and
in my opinion is also a con. One of the challenges about
a DSLR, and the awesome things, is that you can
get that blurry background and that really incredible
footage, but that also can be bad if things are out of focus. And so a pro of a
camcorder is if you needed somebody that’s brand new
to video and you wanted them to be able to get
the shot and not have things be blurry or anything
be wrong, a camcorder would be a good way to go. Another great benefit of
camcorders is a lot of times they have microphone jacks,
so that you can do external audio sources. Not all DSLRs have those. A lot of them have
headphone jacks, as well. And definitely not a
lot of DSLRs have those. So if you want to have an
external mic and really be able to monitor your
audio easily, then camcorders are another good thing to look at. And then overall they
can get pretty expensive, but they can be very affordable. So if you’re looking
for a budget option for YouTube, camcorders are great to look at. Something like the Canon
Vixia, one of the R series, about $300. If you bought some of the
older models, you could be getting refurbished ones
for around $100, $150 and so that becomes extremely affordable, with a lot of features that
are included in a camcorder. Another pro is the long record time. Camcorders are meant for
video, so if you needed to film someone talking,
a speech or something, and they were gonna do a
seminar that was an hour of record time, or sometimes even longer, pretty much if you’ve got
the space on an SD card, this can go for almost
no record time limit. And so that is nice. But now let’s talk about some of the cons. The first one is they are
typically not very wide. Meaning, if you wanted to
vlog with it or something and I held the camera
right here, it’s gonna be all up in your face. Now you can get around
that, and this is actually a wide angle lens that can
screw onto a camcorder. Now there’s a lot of these out there. Some of them are kind of
cheap, and you don’t want to cheap-out on those. But that can help you get a
little bit of a wider shot if you’re using a camcorder. The biggest con probably is the image quality itself, though. A lot of times, camcorders
can’t even come close to the image that is produced by a DSLR. And so that’s something to consider. If you just want some practical video, then a camcorder could be fine. But if you do want to tell
stories, get that blurry background effect, really get some dynamic really high-end looking
video, DSLRs are probably the way to go. And that’s the last
and biggest con, is you pretty much cannot get depth of field with a camcorder, which
again, would mean like if the person is in focus
and then the background is really blurry or at
night, you get what’s called bouquet and the
background has the cool light circles and that soft look to it. All of that kind of
stuff, you’re gonna need a DSLR to get those kinds of effects. Okay, but now let’s talk about DSLRs. For DSLRs, first there’s the pros. And the biggest one is
that you have a big sensor, typically, in a DSLR. A much larger sensor, which
offers a lot of benefits. The sensor size inside of
a camcorder is a lot of times smaller. And so the larger sensor
does a couple things. Number one, it’s better in low light. And so that’s why the
image a lot of times looks good overall or looks a lot
better, is that low light performance is far superior. If you don’t have a lighting
kit, or anything going on, a big sensor helps that. The second thing is the
large sensor helps you get that bouquet, that
nice blurry background and then overall, too a
bigger sensor just means better video, better
pictures, better color. Pretty much better
everything across the board as it pertains to the image quality. And that’s why I love
shooting on DSLRs so much for YouTube. Another pro is that you
get interchangeable lenses. And this can also potentially
be a con, depending on your goals, because maybe
you just want to be able to zoom in, zoom out
and have it all in one. But the nice thing about
interchangeable lenses is that you have endless
storytelling possibilities. When you start to get
into lenses, especially if you want to make films,
tell stories, every lens has a different vibe to
it, a different feel to it. And so you have pretty
much, again, unlimited customizability as it
pertains to what your shots will look like because
of interchangeable lenses. And speaking of
customizability, another pro of DLSRs is that you can adjust so many different things. A lot of the nuances, as
far as what your image and your video is gonna
look like, a lot more, usually, than on a camcorder. Now this again might be
something that you don’t want because it comes with a
little bit of a steeper learning curve when it comes to a DSLR. However, if you’ve ever
seen my video of the best settings, especially for Canon DSLRs, I’ll link that up and I’ll
put a description below, because you can learn
it, it’s not too terribly hard to learn. It just takes a little
while to get used to getting all the settings right on a DSLR. And then the other thing
that’s really phenomenal about a DSLR is the fact
that you also get to take great photos. And so sometimes a lot
of the camcorders do have a photo mode, but the
images are not great. They’re not that dynamic. And I really believe that
every YouTuber should be taking a lot of photos,
whether for thumbnails, whether for social media,
whether just for anywhere else you want to post them online. And so you kinda get
everything that you need in one package. You don’t need to buy a photo
camera and a video camera. You can shoot your video
and your photos all in one. So that’s a huge pro. Now as far as the cons go,
DSLRs can be a little bit more expensive. To be honest, it’s pretty
comparable across the board, you can find budget and
cheap cameras in every category, and you can
go to high end in either category, but definitely price
is something to consider. We mentioned the steeper
learning curve, so that’s something that you might want
to consider as far as a con. And then lastly, is that
a lot of times DSLRs do have a record time limit. And so that’s something to look into. How long can your camera record? We’re shooting on a Canon
70D, and so at 30 minutes, the camera will stop recording. Which again, if you’re
working on it, someone’s shooting for you, it’s not
necessarily a huge deal, but if you were doing a
50-minute talk or something, there is gonna be that gap
that happens in the middle unless you have two angles
or something like that. So again it’s something to consider. If you want a continuous,
very long video file, a camcorder might be
something that you need. And then as far as what
DSLR is kind of in a similar price range, the Canon SL1
is something to check out. You have 1080p video, you
get the interchangeable lenses, the great sensor,
and you can pick one up with the kit lens for around
$400 U.S. refurbished. And so that comes pretty
close to what your investment would be in
something like a Canon Vixia. And then the final thought
as it pertains to price, again it can be a con, because my biggest recommendation for, if you’re
gonna create YouTube videos, is having a DSLR that has
really good auto focus. And so you could get like
a Canon SL1 that’s about $400 U.S. refurbished, and
you get a lens with it, and it’s a great DSLR, but it
doesn’t have a flip screen, so you can’t really see yourself. Which I believe YouTubers kinda need. And it also doesn’t
have great face tracking in auto focus. So I would recommend
investing into at least a Canon T6i, which is
gonna cost $750 U.S., somewhere around there, and it’s gonna be similar to this 60D here. You’re gonna have great auto
focus, it’ll track your face, so you can know you’ll stay in focus. You can see yourself on the flip screen, but in that case, again,
you’re talking about double the price of
what like a Canon Vixia, one of the lower end
ones would be, and again, you get the flip screen, you’re gonna stay in focus the whole time
because everything’s in focus, but now you’re
comparing the two different image qualities. And so definitely things to be considering as you’re picking out your camera. And so as far as my final
thoughts, I recommend using DSLRs and mirrorless
cameras for YouTube the most. I don’t think the record
limit matters, because a lot of times you’re
shooting smaller clips, you’re communicating like
this, you’re probably not gonna talk for 50 minutes straight, and if you are, you can just restart it, you’re gonna edit it later. And the image quality
and customizability is so incredible on a DSLR. I remember when the
DSLR revolution happened back when the 5D Mark II
came out, and the Canon 7D that was the first DSLR that I got. And people were just blown
away because they produce images that are so much
better than a camcorder, and so much more
opportunities for storytelling with lenses at really an affordable price. And so that’s why I lean
towards DSLRs, mirrorless cameras for making YouTube videos. The one thing that we
still use camcorders for and like for camcorders
is basically seminars. If you need to talk for
45 minutes, 50 minutes, you’re filming a workshop,
it’s a lot more practical to put one of these on a
camcorder and just shoot the whole session and you’re good to go. And so I hope that helps
you make a better decision for which camera you want
to pick out going forward to build your YouTube channel. Question of the day, which
camera do you prefer? DSLR and mirrorless cameras, or camcorders when it comes to YouTube videos? Why do you like them,
why do you dislike them? What are the pros and
cons in your opinion? Let me know in the comments section below, and remember that some of the best tips and feedback come from you,
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66 Replies to “Camcorder VS. DSLR for Video, YouTube and Vlogging?”

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  2. What is the difference between the go pro hero 2018,go pro hero session and go pro hero 7 black ?

    I am seeking to get a light weight,compact,wireless, portable,wireless,4k,1080p
    ultra high definition,digital camcorder for YouTube vlogging & creating movies,cop watching which can do the following:

    record & live stream especially for a many hours 4 or more. The more the better.

    Has a large storage capacity about 64gb to 128gb and battery capacity to record for at least 4 hours or more. The longer the better!

    Can be encrypted with a digital password to prevent unauthorized access to video footage and still pictures in the device,including sd card encryption.

    Can be voice activated.

    Has Wi-Fi & Bluetooth capabilities.

    Has a very long range optical zoom

    Is waterproof and has night vision capabilities

    Has motion sensor which can be turned on or off

    Has live streaming capabilities.

    Has a good microphone for audio and video

    Has hands free capabilities

    Has the ability to automatically upload the videos or photos remotely to a safe online storage,accessible to me alone via digital password.

    What do you recommend ?

  3. Why do camcorders skimp on the quality of the video? What other reason could there BE for buying a video camera? The whole point is to record quality footage? I love everything else about it, I do not like the current obsession with blurry background at all but bokeh is kinda cool sometimes for night photos. Any budget camcorders that produce decent footage? I mostly want to film my garden and have it look nice, good colors and clarity.

    I've been watching videos about how to use a DSLR and understand the basics of getting everything in focus and it's pretty cool to be able to take nice photos too. Provides the option for making a cool photo time lapse or hyperlapse and the option to get a sweet macro lens someday. That one Laowa looks sweet because I could show the garden as a whole and bring it on down to the micro wilderness in the garden without changing lenses. But $1500 for a lens is a bummer.

  4. hi there, i watch your YTVs which are really really super unbiasedly informative !! I am planning to make some blogging video mostly out on a sunny day. Should i go a Camcorder ( like Sony FDR-AX700 which has a 1-inch sensor ) or a mirrorless camera ( like Sony A6400 which can shoot for more than 29 mins )? Which one will produce stunning video footage? Please note that i am not trying to become a professional videographer but i want to make some blogging video with stunning image quality! Your kind advice will greatly be appreciated . Thanks heaps

  5. I think a small-sensor camcorder makes the most sense for vlogging due to the deep depth of field. It reduces focus hunting, which is key if you're filming yourself. I'm not a vlogger or a camcorder owner, but I think I have a good idea of the tradeoffs.

    Instead, I love shooting other kinds of video on my Panasonic G85. It's great for filmmaking because you can blur out the background.

  6. Chadi Audi I have a Sony A5000 and I hate I bought it. It overheats so fast and you can get about 27 minutes of recording before it overheats. I went to get a Canon G7 but they were out of stock so I let the Electronic Technician talk me into the Sony A5000. Now it takes excellent photos but I need to record longer videos at times due to doing makeup tutorials. I’m so disappointed 😔, so I’m leaning towards a camcorder but I want good quality and I’m not wanting to spend more money on another camera. I also have an older Canon SX20 which is the first Canon & it takes great video but it’s not WiFi compatible and getting it transferred from laptop to my phone for IMovie editing can be a hassle, I got success using the VLC technique of transferring but it’s time consuming. The Sony A5000 has an app that transfer quickly from camera to phone which is one of the pros for me. Great video & very informative as always

  7. Iv been using a camcorder its a panasonic x920 however when vlogging in public I really have to stretch my arm out to get a close up of me. Two weeks I picked up a Canon eos M3. Still have to stretch my arm out even on the gorilla pod. Any ways around this?

  8. I didn't hear about the dlsr having blu tooth or wifi connections to your cell. I know camcorders don't as of yet, right?

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  10. This was really helpful. I'm going to be in both spaces…both recording lectures as well as moving into vlogging/podcasts. So, I'm still unsure what is best since I want good audio (external mic) and I want good video quality for a decent price. I'm leaning towards the Canon Vixio because of some of the add on's, but can be convinced otherwise. Looking forward to your thoughts.

  11. if im using both canon xa10 and a canon 80d for 2 video shoot for an event, would i need to match the color correction on the adobe premiere pro?

  12. For being a video this long, it has GAPING holes

    – first off, you seem out of touch with reality when you are comparing a refurbished $400 dslr that is so basic you don't even recommend it to a vixia that can be bought used for less than $200. Especially when you consider that the $200 price difference can be put into a tripod, high quality microphone, lighting. That's how you compare price at that point. It's also extremely disingenuous to not factor in the need to buy more lenses with a dslr. I'd like to see how enthusiastic you are about them if you are restricted to only using the stock lens.

    – portability and ease of filming. A camcorder has a wrist-strap. Are you going to vlog selfie-style with a dslr? How will you hold the camera? How will operate it? How will you see you own image? You can't. Even just walking and shooting means two-handed operation with dslr while a camcorder delivers more stability with single-hand use. Once you factor in workarounds for these problems with a dslr, you end up bringing lots of expensive extra luggage. A camcorder fits into a pocket. Does your dslr fit in a pocket? No, you need a bag.

    – 57x zoom on the vixia models. Most camcorders have similar capacity to zoom. How can you get that sort of flexibility with a dslr?

  13. neither my camcorder nor my dslr have an audio jack. i use my dslr for vlogging and the audio on it is really good. my camcorder is for my desk videos which i just use another mic

  14. Sorry a down vote: A valid production but you HAVE to show the differences, not just explain/speculate on them. There can be a massive cash saving buying a camcorder over DSLR and if you really only want budget YT that can swing it. But without seeing the results how can people decide?

  15. Sean, I have a question. I did a music video using a low budget camcorder. But when shooting at night with the city lights as a background… the background came out blurry. The lights came out blurry. I want them to come out crisp & clear. See my video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jQx01gKfII&t=47s
    and go to time 0:57 in the video. Watch that for 15 seconds or so… you'll see what I'm talking about. What kind of camera do I need to buy to get that "City Lights background" to come out crisp & clear (beautiful) ?? Thank you.

  16. If you are recording a 50 min video using a DSLR with only 30 mins of record time, how do you know when it stops recording? Does it make a sound, or a light flashing, or must you simply time the recording?

  17. I’m wanting to do live stream video podcasts (I.e. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram). I hear you talking about space on the memory card but I’m trying to figure out if that even matters in a live stream. Will DSLR vs Cam Corder matter for that? If you have any additional info on what I need to hook all this up I’d love to hear it.

  18. I record 2hrs or more every week on a DSLR. I monitor when the 30mins is coming and instantly as it cuts off
    I quickly press record; in play back, you hardly notice and probably wouldn't know if you weren't looking.
    Some people think that they can only record 30mins. No, you just keep recording. But if you were having some fun,
    recording your own film, most people record the scenes in short bursts. This take, that take. they usually on record a
    couple of mins at a time. Different camera angles ex

  19. Hi! I want to film both "seminar" or teaching style videos as well as outdoor dog training videos (I am wanting to record online course content as well as video for clients to watch back) which would you say would be the best all around? I like the sound of the quality of the DSLR however, do you think the https://www.videoguys.com.au/Shop/p/40522/canon-legria-hfg50-hfg50.html would be an option which sits well between the two?

    Not super certain as I am totally new to camera gear and have been filming / shooting pics from my phone for a long time and want to upgrade for video quality.

  20. Sir please help me Im in great confusion…..I shoot not only youtube videos but also official music videos and documentary videos as well as short films..so for these purposes which would be the best choice for professional videeos ? , DSLR or camcorder ..like Im planning to buy canon ark-III (dslr) or canon X11 (camcorder) or any other cameras which you recommend , with price please….. because Im going to buy soon, #CaravanMovies.

  21. I prefer a Sony ax53 4k camcorder image quality is crisp and the sound with a rode mic is spot on, I prefer it to my Nikon 7500 and Canon Eos

  22. Why do the DSLR'S limit the record time? I mean, there's still room on the card and battery life, but it stops recording? What's that about? Because I'm gonna create a DSLR that doesn't do that and get rich! ;^)

  23. I bought my canon camcorder model for low light and manual focus. I can attach a filters and lenses as well. Is it still lower quality images? What does dynamic mean when you talk about a still photo? I’m new to photography and videos😊

  24. Nice review. I am in need of your advice, I'm booked to record a conference. Now my T3I obviously can't go more than 10 minutes which now I'm on the lookout for a new camera. I wanted to get a camera that can A record the conference but also be able to use because I'm also doing a documentary and part of the film will be that conference I'm recording. Any suggestions? I saw the canon vixia and I'm leaning towards more that route.

  25. why do DSLRs stop recording after 30minutes approxiametly? is it due to components getting hot/needing a break and can you immediately start another 30 minute shot or does it need a breather before starting again?

  26. 300$…"affordable??"
    damn, my budget is like 90$ tops!
    oh crispy christ…guess ill have to trooper on with my smart phone cam which records at variable locked fps….and as no setting to lock it to record w stable fps…which is awesome for video editing! just SO COOL

  27. I have an old Canon t2i. I've used adapters to use my old Nikon F mount lenses which allow manual focus and f/stop control. There is Magic Lantern software that expands the features of the camera.

  28. If I'm using HDMI out from the Canon to my PC and recording to the computer with something like Streamlabs OBS, or simply live streaming it, will the Canon provide that HDMI output indefinitely? It should need to be recording anything at all, should it? Or will it turn off eventually even with continuous power?

  29. I was using my Canon 6D Mark II (that I just love) + Elgato CAM LINK 4K to Live Streaming public events and not having a clean HDMI output was killing me. At the end I moved to Canon VIXIA HF R800 and it is just perfect to what I am doing.

  30. Why not use both? When you need multiple angles, use the camcorder for scenes where depth of field is less important maybe like action scenes cause you want to show the grandness of the battle field and DSLR for more subject focus shots. You need to do less take to get multiple angel this way also cause one has better auto focus then the other so is pretty much full auto.

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