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Tablets exist in a space between phones and laptops that is becoming increasingly muddled. As phones become more powerful and gain larger displays, laptops continue to get lighter. Tablet manufacturers haven’t been resting on their laurels, though. Many of the more recent tablets we’ve seen are looking to bridge the gap in terms of performance and, in select cases, handle some tasks more efficiently than both phones and laptops.

The tablet spectrum is varied, too. Inexpensive models like the Amazon Fire HD 10 make for excellent media streaming devices, while those in Microsoft’s versatile Surface lineup can easily serve as ad-hoc laptops when paired with an optional folio-style keyboard. Then there’s the ubiquitous iPad, a slate that has become the go-to tablet for anyone searching for something in the Apple ecosystem (and for many outside of it).

Below, we’ve rounded up deals for a number of Android, iPadOS, and Windows tablets. We’ve also broken down the deals by manufacturer to make things easier, and we will continue to update this post regularly as new discounts and sales become available.

Amazon tablet deals

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids

Amazon’s tablet may not be the best choice for getting work done when you’re away from a laptop or desktop, but the kid-friendly model of the Fire HD 8 and HD 8 Pro, with its ruggedized, kid-proof case, is perfect for media streaming and light app usage. Currently, neither tablet is available at a true discount; however, you can save $84 on your total at checkout when you purchase two or more of the HD 8 or 8 Pro. This lowers the cost of a pair from $279.98 to $195.99. You can even mix and match models and colorways.

The key difference between the standard and Pro model is that the latter features a slimmer case and browser with fewer restrictions. Otherwise, however, the hardware is the same. The kid-friendly version of the Fire HD 8 uses the same 8-inch display and 2GB of RAM and offers up to 12 hours of battery life. The storage is limited to just 32GB but can be expanded with up to an additional terabyte of storage via a microSD card. Another selling point is the tablet’s two-year extended warranty, which will have Amazon send you a new tablet if your current one stops working for any reason.

If you’re in the market for just one of these tablets, Amazon is currently offering a 20 percent discount on the purchase of a single Fire tablet with an eligible trade-in. As an added bonus, you’ll also receive an Amazon gift card equal to the appraised value of your old device. Besides older model Fire tablets and Kindles, other devices eligible for trade include tablets from Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. Even some select models of graphing calculators are accepted if you’re looking to really stretch your dollar.


Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids

The 8-inch Fire HD Kids tablet steps up to a faster processor, twice as much storage, and much longer battery life. It is also available for ages 3 to 7 or ages 6 to 12.


Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro

The HD 8 Kids Pro is largely the same tablet as the standard kids edition of the Fire HD 8. It shares the same specs and warranty but is targeted at a slightly older audience with a slimmer case and less restrictive browser.

Apple tablet deals

2020 iPad Air

This year’s announcement of a new iPad Air has led Apple to significantly discount its last-gen predecessor, the 2020 iPad Air. The older model may lack Apple’s blazing-fast M1 chip, but its A14 Bionic processor is still capable of delivering plenty of power and should be fast enough for the vast majority of apps. The tablet is also compatible with various iPad Air accessories, which allow you to transform it into an ad-hoc laptop using add-ons like Apple’s Magic Keyboard. The 10.9-inch tablet offers a terrific Retina display with 2360 x 1640 resolution and a wide color gamut as well, not to mention a USB-C port for charging.

Normally $749, the 256GB, Wi-Fi-equipped iPad Air is currently available at Walmart for $549.99. The 64GB variant is also on sale exclusively for Walmart Plus members, who can pick it up right now for $399.99 ($140 off), the tablet’s lowest price to date. Read our review.

2021 iPad Mini

The latest model of the 64GB iPad Mini usually sells for $499.99 but can currently be found at Walmart and Amazon for around $410. The best price yet for the miniature Apple tablet. This model brings a number of welcome changes to the hardware, including removing the home button to make room for a larger display and adopting the USB-C charging standard instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector.

The 8.3-inch display has a resolution of 2266 x 1488 and 500 nits of brightness, along with True Tone technology that allows you to fine-tune the display based on the lighting in your environment. The Mini also features back- and front-facing 12MP cameras and can capture 4K video at 60 frames per second. All this is powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic CPU. Until Apple releases an iPad Mini with an M1 chip — or some variation thereof — the latest Mini is the one to beat.

While it is compatible with the second-gen Apple Pencil, note that this version of the iPad Mini won’t work with Apple’s Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard Folio. It can, however, work with a number of third-party Bluetooth keyboards if you need a larger typing surface. Read our review.


2021 iPad Mini (64GB, Wi-Fi)

Apple’s revamped iPad Mini ditches the home button and opts for a larger, edge-to-edge display. It also comes outfitted with a faster processor, support for USB-C, and a top-mounted power button that moonlights as a Touch ID sensor.

10.2-inch iPad (2021)

Apple’s latest iPad remains a solid, popular tablet that’s suitable for just about anyone. Normally $479, the 256GB model with Wi-Fi is on sale right now for just $429 at Walmart and Amazon. The smaller, 64GB model is also available at both retailers (Amazon, Walmart) for $309 instead of $329, a modest $20 discount.

The 2021 iPad features a 10.2-inch, True Tone Retina display, one with a resolution of 2160 x 1620. It’s worth noting, however, that with the release of the most recent iPad Pro and Air models, the base model has become something of an odd duck with an outdated design. At this point, the standard model is the only Apple tablet that still uses a Lightning connection, as opposed to USB-C, and is only compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil. Perhaps more importantly though, it’s also the only tablet in Apple’s current lineup that doesn’t use an M1 series CPU, opting instead for an A13 processor that will be fast enough for most users.

12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021)

In many ways, the iPad Pro is the scaled-up version of the most recent iPad Air. The 12.9-inch Pro features Apple’s M1 chip, the same all-aluminum form factor, and the option for 5G connectivity. The 12-inch iPad Pro includes a larger Mini LED display, though, along with a superior camera array, support for Face ID, and a variable refresh rate.

The 128GB model with Wi-Fi normally costs $1,099.99 but can currently be found on Amazon for around $999. The current discount is appealing, but bear in mind that this particular model has maintained this price for several months, so we wouldn’t recommend paying more than $1,000 if you’re planning to pick one up. Read our review.

HP tablet deals

HP Chromebook x2 11

If you can’t decide between a laptop or a tablet, the HP Chromebook x2 11 is a great way to compromise. Usually available for $599.99, Best Buy has discounted this model to just $299.99, its lowest price to date. This 11-inch tablet features a built-in kickstand and comes packaged with a keyboard folio and pen to provide a more laptop-adjacent experience.

The x2 is powered by ChromeOS, lending it similar functionality to the other Android tablets on our list, but features a display resolution of 2160 x 1440, a cut above what’s offered by some of the more expensive tablets here. Some other specs to take note of include the tablet’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable memory. In addition to a microphone and 5MP camera, the tablet is also equipped with a pair of USB-C ports and a microSD card slot that can be used for data transfer or storage. The USB-C ports don’t have Thunderbolt 4 support, however, so the x2 won’t play well with an external dock.

Overall, the HP Chromebook x2 11 offers good bang for your buck. We only scored it a 5.5 out of 10 in our review last year — namely due to its cramped keyboard and occasionally choppy performance — but the tablet is far more appealing now that it’s half the price. If you’re looking for a tablet that’s great for browsing and comes packaged with a stylus for note-taking, the x2 11 is certainly not a bad way to go at this price. Read our review.


HP Chromebook x2 11

The HP Chromebook x2 is a Chrome OS-based tablet with an 11-inch, 3:2 aspect ratio screen, 64GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM. It also comes with a pen and keyboard case that features a built-in kickstand.

Lenovo tablet deals

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 and Tab 11

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is a bit of an odd one. It doesn’t conform to the typical design conventions used by other midrange tablets, but the differences allow for some interesting applications that other tablets might struggle to replicate. And while it typically retails for $579.99, it’s currently available for just $379.99 at Lenovo. The like-minded Yoga Tab 11 is also on sale at Lenovo and Walmart with a Lenovo Yoga Pen for $269.99 instead of its usual price of $369.99. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for either of these tablets.

On the design front, both the Tab 13 and Tab 11 feature a large, adjustable handle on the back of the display. Besides providing a convenient way to hang either tablet on a variety of surfaces, the distinct feature allows each to serve as an external monitor for any device that can be connected via USB-C. The extended area that juts from the base of each model also houses a large stereo speaker, lending both a broader sound profile.

The Yoga Tab 13 has a 13-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2160 x 1350, a refresh rate of 60Hz, and support for Dolby Vision, which allows for greater depth of color. While some of these features may give the Yoga Tab 13 the appearance of a laptop, it still runs Android 11 and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 mobile CPU, though its 8GB of RAM makes it slightly more capable when running several apps in tandem.

The Yoga Tab 11 has many of the same features as its larger counterpart, including the same speakers and connectivity options. However, the Tab 11 uses a slightly less powerful MediaTek processor and only 4GB of RAM. This may cause the tablet to struggle a bit with several apps running at once. The Tab 11 has the same IPS display with Dolby Vision and a 60Hz refresh rate, but sports a resolution of 2000 x 1200 on its 11-inch screen.

Both tablets come packaged with 128GB of storage and feature a microSD card slot if you need some additional space. However, both of these devices are nearing the end of their supported life, which is important to note for applications that might require compatibility with Android 12.

Microsoft tablet deals

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

If you don’t mind a limited port selection and are in need of a tablet that offers plenty of performance in a lightweight chassis, Microsoft’s high-powered Surface Pro 8 might fit the bill. The attractive, modern slate feature a 13-inch touchscreen, along with 2880 x 1920 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate — a rarity outside of the gaming sphere. It’s also a great teleconferencing device thanks to its far-field studio microphones and 5MP front-facing camera. Best of all, it serves as a competent stand-in laptop when using the integrated kickstand and the optional keyboard cover.

Right now, the Surface Pro 8 is on sale at Microsoft for $879.99, saving you a cool $240 off the regular $1,099.99 price. This particular model comes with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. If you need extra room, you can always expand the storage of this tablet down the line with microSD cards. Read our review.

Samsung tablet deals

Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus still manages to hold its own, even with the recent release of the Tab S8 series. It can run on Android 12, features a quad-speaker system, and comes packaged with Samsung’s S Pen. The S7 Plus also boasts a powerful Snapdragon 865+ chip, an impressive camera array, 6GB of RAM, and an OLED display.

As for deals, the S7 Plus is on sale in the 128GB, Wi-Fi configuration on Amazon for $649.02 instead of $849.99. Walmart Plus members, however, can grab the same model for $499.99 for a limited time. This is one of the largest discounts we’ve ever seen on the tablet since its release in 2020, however, given the recent introduction of the S8 line, we don’t expect retailers — including Samsung — to offer either model much longer. Read our S7 Plus review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Plus, and S8 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series just launched earlier this year, but you can already find discounted configurations across the S8 lineup at Amazon and Best Buy. The 128GB, Wi-Fi configuration of the standard Tab S8 ($699.99), for instance, is discounted to $629.99 right now at Best Buy, while the same configuration of the S8 Plus ($899.99) is on sale for just $803.02 at Amazon. As for the S8 Ultra, the best discount currently available is at Samsung, where you can pick up the 128GB, Wi-Fi model for $999.99 ($100 off) with a $200 Samsung credit.

While there are some clear upgrades across the S8 line, there are a number of similarities as well. They all use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, feature quad-speaker arrays, run on Android 12, and come packaged with a Samsung S Pen stylus. Each model also supports Wi-Fi 6E and comes equipped with a minimum of 8GB of RAM, but the S8 Ultra is available in 12GB and 16GB configurations as well. The S8 and S8 Plus essentially serve as direct replacements for their Tab S7 predecessors, while the S8 Ultra is a more feature-packed model with support for 5G connectivity and a 14.6-inch OLED display that touts a 120Hz refresh rate and 2960 x 1848 resolution.

In our Galaxy Tab S8 and S8 Plus review, we noted how much we enjoyed both displays and the performance provided by the upgraded CPU. Both models are also slim and lightweight, too, lending them exceptional portability. However, while both play well with other devices in the Samsung ecosystem, many Android apps still struggle due to poor optimization.

The S8 Ultra, on the other hand, impressed us with its mammoth OLED display and snappy performance. Despite its attempts to bring iPad-level productivity to an Android tablet, however, neither the OS nor the optional keyboard case is really up to the task. Read our review of the S8 Ultra.


Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra (Wi-Fi, 256GB)

The premium model in the S8 lineup, the S8 Ultra features many of the same specs as its cheaper siblings. In addition to having configurations that can feature up to 512GB of storage, however, the Ultra can also be upgraded with either 12GB or 16GB of RAM. It also has a larger, 14.6-inch OLED display with 2960 x 1848 resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7, and A7 Lite

The Galaxy Tab A7 is a fantastic budget-conscious Android tablet that’s currently available for its lowest price ever at Best Buy. Normally $229.99, the Tab A7 is on sale for $195.99, its best price to date. This 10.4-inch tablet features a 1080p display and a battery that’s capable of supporting up to 10 hours of video streaming, which teams up perfectly with the robust sound quality provided by its speakers. The build quality of this 32GB tablet is excellent and is compatible with microSD storage if you need a little extra space for apps. Unless the tablet you’re shopping for needs to double as a workstation or have an excellent camera, the Tab A7 handles the basics at a very approachable price. Read our review.

If you’re in the market for a barebones entertainment device — whether for yourself or your kids — the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a tablet to consider, one that essentially functions as a smaller and less powerful version of the standard A7. Unlike the A7, however, the Lite is currently available on Amazon for a mere $129.99 instead of its typical list price of $159.99. The 8.7-inch display offers just 1340 x 800 resolution, though the base model also comes equipped with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, just like the larger model. While it is less powerful, it’s also difficult to find a tablet with these specs that’s available at this price point.

The A7 and A7 Lite are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor and a Mediatek Helio P22T CPU, respectively. While the Snapdragon 662 is marginally more powerful than the Helio P22T, neither processor is particularly well suited to do much heavy lifting. They’ll easily handle media streaming, but our advice is to use these tablets for play, not work.

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A few months ago, Valve announced that both of its excellent Portal games were coming to the Nintendo Switch, but we didn’t know when. Today’s Nintendo Direct presentation cleared that up. Portal Companion Collection will arrive on the Switch later today for $19.99. The collection includes both the original Portal from 2007 as well as the more expansive, story-driven Portal 2 from 2011. Whether you missed these games the first time out or just want to replay a pair of classics, this collection sounds like a good way to return to one of the most intriguing worlds Valve ever created.

While the original Portal was strictly a single-player experience, Portal 2 has a split-screen co-op experience; you can also pay this mode with a friend online as well. And while these games originated on the PC, Valve also released Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 — and if I recall, the game’s controls mapped to a controller very well. Given that the Portal series is more puzzle-based than traditional first-person games, you shouldn’t have any problems navigating the world with a pair of Joy-Con controllers. 

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‘Persona 5 Royal’ and ‘Nier: Automata’ are coming to Switch this October

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Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase featured a bunch of third-party games that are coming to Switch, including a bunch of big hitters. For one thing, three Persona games are coming to the hybrid console. Persona 5 Royal is the only one with a confirmed release date (October 21st) for now, but more details about Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable are coming soon.

It recently emerged that Atlus’ games are also coming to Xbox Game Pass, as well as Steam, PlayStation 4 and (in P5 Royal‘s case) PS5. Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden were ports of PlayStation 2 titles Persona 3 and Persona 4. They were released on PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita, respectively.

Nintendo confirmed Nier: Automata is bound for Switch too. Nier: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition will arrive on the console on October 6th. It includes all previously released DLC expansions, as well as some exclusive costumes.

Leaks had suggested Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will debut on Switch on October 20th and that turned out to be the case. Even though the game stars Mario, Nintendo technically stuck to its claim that the showcase would only feature third-party titles, since Ubisoft’s Paris and Milan studios co-developed it.

Meanwhile, a cloud version of A Plague Tale: Requiem will be available for Switch on October 18th, the same date that the game will hit other platforms. Focus Home Interactive brought the first game in the series, A Plague Tale: Innocence, to Switch last year, also as a streaming-only version.

You can find out more about all these announcements, as well as other third-party games that are coming to Switch, by checking out the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase below:

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With the explosion of TikTok and the growth of video on YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and other platforms, interest in vlogging has increased exponentially since we last updated our guide. If you’re one of those creators and a smartphone is no longer good enough, it may be time to upgrade to a purpose-built vlogging camera.

Some models are specifically designed for vlogging, like Sony’s ZV-E10 mirrorless camera that launched last year, or Panasonic’s compact G100. Others, like the new Panasonic GH6, Sony A7S III and Canon EOS R6 are hybrid cameras that offer vlogging as part of a larger toolset.

All of them have certain things in common, like flip-around screens, face- and/or eye-detect autofocus and stabilization. Prices, features and quality can vary widely among models, though. To that end, we’ve updated our guide with all the latest models designed for every vlogger from novice to professional, in all price ranges. Engadget has tested all of these to give you the best possible recommendations, and we’ll even discuss a few rumored upcoming models.

One caveat to this year’s guide is that a parts shortage has limited production of many cameras, causing shortages and higher prices. Sony, for one, halted production of the aforementioned ZV-E10 for a time, and models from Fujifilm and others are also hard to find. The good news is that the shortage appears to be easing, so hopefully we’ll see normal supply levels in the near future. 

What do you need in a vlogging camera?

Vlogging cameras are designed for filmmakers who often work alone and either use a tripod, gimbal, vehicle mount or just their hands to hold a camera. It has to be good not just for filming yourself, but other “B-roll” footage that helps tell your story.

The number one requirement is a flip-around screen so you can see yourself while filming. Those can rotate up, down or to the side, but flipping out to the side is preferable so a tripod or microphone won’t block it.

How to buy a vlogging camera in 2020
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Continuous autofocus (AF) for video with face and eye detection is also a must. It becomes your camera “assistant,” keeping things in focus while you concentrate on your content. Most cameras can do that nowadays, but some still do it better than others.

If you move around or walk a lot, you should look for a camera with built-in optical stabilization. Electronic stabilization is another option as long as you’re aware of the limitations. You’ll also need a camera with a fast sensor that limits rolling shutter, which can create a distracting jello “wobble” with quick camera movements.

4K recording is another key feature. All cameras nowadays can shoot 4K up to at least 24 fps, but if possible, it’s better to have 4K at 60 or even 120 fps. If you shoot sports or other things involving fast movement, look for a model with at least 1080p at 120 fps for slow-motion recording.

Video quality is another important consideration, especially for skin tones. Good light sensitivity helps for night shooting, concerts, etcetera, and a log profile helps improve dynamic range in very bright or dark shooting conditions. If you want the best possible image quality and can afford it, get a camera that can record 4K with 10-bits (billions) of colors. That will give you more options when you go to edit.

Don’t neglect audio either — if the quality is bad, your audience will disengage. Look for a camera with a microphone port so you can plug in a shotgun or lapel mic for interviews, or at least one with a good-quality built-in microphone. It’s also nice to have a headphone port to monitor sound so you can avoid nasty surprises after you’ve finished shooting.

You’ll also want good battery life and, if possible, dual memory card slots for a backup. Finally, don’t forget about your camera’s size and weight. If you’re constantly carrying one while shooting, especially at the end of a gimbal or gorillapod, it might actually be the most important factor. That’s why tiny GoPro cameras are so popular for sports, despite offering lower image quality and fewer pro features.

The best action and portable cameras

If you’re just starting out in vlogging or need a small, rugged camera, an action cam might be your best bet. In general, they’re easy to use as you don’t have to worry about things like exposure or focus. Recent models also offer good electronic stabilization and sharp, colorful video at up to 4K and 60 fps. The downsides are a lack of control; image quality that’s not on par with larger cameras; and no zooming or option to change lenses.

DJI Pocket II

DJI Pocket 2

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Last time around we recommended the original Osmo Pocket, but the Pocket II (no more “Osmo”) has some big improvements. As before, it’s mounted on a three-axis gimbal and has impressive face tracking that keeps your subject locked in focus. However, the new model has a larger, much higher resolution 64-megapixel sensor, a faster lens with a wider field of view and improved microphones. As before, you can get accessories like an extension rod, a waterproof case and more.

What really makes the Pocket II great for vlogging are the follow modes combined with face tracking. If you’re working solo, you can simply set it up and it’ll rotate and tilt to follow you around. That also applies for walk-and-talk vlogging, so you don’t have to worry about focus or even pointing the camera at yourself. For $346, it’s not only good for beginners, but is a handy tool for any vlogger.

Buy DJI Pocket II at Amazon – $349

GoPro Hero 10 Black

The GoPro Hero 10 Black is $100 off at Amazon

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The Hero 10 Black is what we called a “big, invisible upgrade” over the Hero 9, itself a much improved camera over the Hero 8 Black we recommended last time. That’s largely due to the new processor that unlocks features like higher-resolution 5.3K 60p and 4K 120fps video, much improved Hypersmooth 4.0 stabilization, an improved front-screen and more. All of that makes it ideal to mount on a drone, vehicle, helmet, bicycle and more, at a very manageable $350 price with a 1-year GoPro subscription.

Buy Hero 10 Black bundle at GoPro – $350

DJI Action 2

Someone holds up the new DJI Action 2 camera against a dingy monotone background.

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DJI took a much different approach compared to GoPro with its latest Action 2 camera – no with more Osmo branding. Rather than being a standalone camera, it’s a modular system with a magnetic mount that lets you add a touchscreen module with a secondary OLED display and three additional microphones, or a battery module for longer life and an extra microSD slot. As with the Pocket 2, it offers tons of accessories like a 3-in-1 extension rod and more. It’s a versatile option if you do more than just action shooting, and is priced well starting at $399.

Buy DJI Action 2 at Amazon – $399

The best compact vlogging cameras

Compact cameras are a step-up option from smartphones or action cameras, with larger sensors and much better image quality. At the same time, they’re not quite as versatile as mirrorless or DSLR cameras (and not necessarily cheaper) and they lack advanced options like 10-bit video. For folks who want the best possible quality without needing to think too much about their camera, however, it’s the best option. 

Sony ZV-1

How to buy a vlogging camera in 2020
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Sony’s ZV-1 came out in 2020 and it’s still the best compact vlogging camera available. Based on the RX 100 V, it has a decently large 1-inch 20.1-megapixel sensor and fixed 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8mm equivalent lens. Based on the RX100 V, it has a 1-inch 20.1-megapixel sensor and fixed 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8mm (equivalent) lens. It also offers a lightweight body, built-in high-quality microphone (plus a microphone port), flip-out display, best-in-class autofocus and excellent image quality. It also has vlogging specific features like “product showcase” and background blur.

While the $799 ZV-1 can’t shoot 10-bit video, it comes with Sony’s S-Log picture profiles that give you increased dynamic range for shooting in challenging lighting conditions. The flaws include a lens that’s not quite wide enough when you’re using electronic stabilization, mediocre battery life and the lack of a true touch display and headphone port. That aside, if you’re looking to step up from a smartphone, it does the job nearly perfectly.

Buy Sony ZV-1 at Amazon – $799

Canon G7 X Mark III

Canon G7X Mark III vlogging
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Canon’s G7 X Mark III should also be front of mind for vloggers looking for a compact option. It also packs a 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor, but has a 24-100 mm f/1.8-2.8 35mm equivalent zoom — quite a bit longer than the ZV-1 at the telephoto range. It can shoot 4K at up to 30 fps, while offering optical image stabilization, a microphone input (though no headphone jack) and even the ability to livestream directly to YouTube. The downsides are contrast-detect only autofocus and a screen that tilts up but not to the side. For $749, it’s still a great option, though.

Buy Canon G7 X Mark III at Amazon – $749

The best mirrorless/DSLR vlogging cameras

This is the class that has changed the most over the past couple of years, particularly in the more affordable price categories. Interchangeable lens cameras give you the most options for vlogging, offering larger sensors than compact cameras with better low-light sensitivity and shallower depth of field to isolate you or your subject. They also offer better control of your image with manual controls, log recording, 10-bit video and more. The drawbacks are extra weight compared to action or compact cameras, extra complexity and higher prices.

Fujifilm X-S10

Fujifilm X-S10 APS-C mirrorless camera

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Fujifilm’s X-S10 has displaced the X-T4 as the best vlogging camera out there, thanks particularly to the more affordable price. It ticks all the boxes for vloggers, offering in-body stabilization, 10-bit 4K external video with F-Log recording (at up to 30fps) along with 1080p at a stellar 240 fps, a screen that flips out to the side and easy-to-use controls. It also comes with a headphone jack and USB-C port that doubles as a headphone jack. The main downside is the limited touchscreen controls, but you get a lot of camera for just $1,000.

Buy Fujifilm X-S10 at Adorama – $999

Sony ZV-E10

Sony suspends orders for the new ZV-E10 because of chip shortages

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The best Sony APS-C camera for vlogging is now the ZV-E10. While using many of the same aging parts as the A6100, including the 24.2-megapixel sensor, it has a number of useful features for self-shooters. High on the list is Sony’s excellent autofocus, which includes the same background defocus and Product Showcase features found on the ZV-1 compact. It also offers electronic SteadyShot, a fully articulating display and more. The biggest drawback is rolling shutter that can get bad if you whip the camera around too much. If you can find one, it’s priced at $700 for the body or $800 in a bundle with Sony’s 16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 power zoom lens.

Buy Sony ZV-E10 at B&H – $698

Panasonic GH6 and GH5

Panasonic GH6 review: A vlogging workhorse and improved camera

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Panasonic’s GH5 was an incredibly popular vlogging camera for a very long time and was actually replaced by two cameras, the $2,200 GH6 and more budget-oriented $1,700 GH5-II. The GH6 is a large upgrade in nearly every way, offering 5.7K at 60 fps and 4K at up to 120 fps, along with ProRes formats that are easy to edit. It also comes with the best in-body stabilization on any camera and great handling. The downside is sub-par contrast-detect autofocus and battery life that’s not amazing.

It’s also worth a look at the GH5 Mark II, which is not only $500 cheaper but particularly well suited for live-streamers. It’s not a huge upgrade over the GH5, but does more than most rival cameras for the price, offering 4K 10-bit 60p video, a fully articulating display and excellent in-body stabilization. As with the GH6, the main drawback is the contrast-detect autofocus system.

Buy Panasonic GH6 at Amazon – $2,200
Buy Panasonic GH5 at Amazon – $1,700

Panasonic G100

Panasonic G100 vlogging camera

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Panasonic’s G100 is purpose built for vlogging like the ZV-1, but also allows you to change lenses. It has a fully-articulating flip-out screen, 5-axis hybrid (optical/electronic) stabilization, 4K V-Log-L video at up to 30 fps (though sadly cropped at 1.47X for 4K video), 1080p at up to 60 fps, and contrast detect AF with face/eye detection. The coolest feature is the Nokia OZO system that can isolate audio to a specific person via face-detection tracking — something that can theoretically improve audio quality. Best of all, you can grab it right now with a 12-32mm lens for $750.

Buy Panasonic GH100 at Amazon – $750

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Canon EOS M50 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera

Canon

Another good buy if you’re on a budget is Canon’s EOS M50 Mark II, particularly if you’re okay with 1080p video only. While not a huge upgrade over the original M50, Canon has made it more compelling for vloggers with a fully-articulating display, continuous eye-tracking in video and live streaming to YouTube. It does support 4K, but with a heavy 1.5 times crop and contrast-detect autofocus only. Still, it’s a good option for folks on a budget, selling for $699 with a 15-45mm lens.

Buy Canon EOS M50 Mark II at B&H – $699

Canon EOS R6

Canon EOS R6 camera

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If you’ve got the budget for it, Canon’s EOS R6 offers nearly every feature you need in a vlogging camera. You can shoot 10-bit 4K video at up to 60 fps, and the Dual Pixel autofocus with eye and face tracking is incredibly reliable. It also offers 5-axis optical stabilization, a flip-out display and a relatively compact size. As you may have heard, overheating can be an issue, but firmware updates have improved that issue and it only applies to the more demanding video settings.

Buy Canon EOS R6 at Amazon – $2,500

Fujifilm X-T4

Fujifilm X-T4 mirrorless camera review

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The Fuijfilm X-T4 is a great all-around mirrorless camera for vlogging. It has everything you need, including a fully-articulating display, continuous eye- and face autofocus, 10-bit 4K log recording at up to 60 fps, 5-axis in-body stabilization, microphone and headphone jacks (the latter via USB-C) and lower noise in low light.

Image quality, especially in the skin tones, is lifelike and the sensor has minimal rolling shutter. It also offers good battery life and comes with dual UHS-II card slots. Finally, it’s fairly light considering all the features, and Fujifilm has a good selection of small lenses ideal for vlogging. What I don’t like is an autofocus system not quite as fast or accurate as Sony’s and the fairly steep $1,700 asking price for the body only.

Buy Fujifilm X-T4 at Amazon – $1,700

Nikon Z fc

The Nikon Z FC camera seen from head on.

Nikon

If you want to look great while vlogging, check out Nikon’s stylish Z fc. It’s largely identical to the Z50, with features like a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor, 4K at 30 fps and a reliable phase-detect autofocus system with face detection. However, the Z fc brings a vari-angle touchscreen to the party and has a beautiful vintage body covered with convenient manual controls. It doesn’t have built-in optical stabilization, but you can get that via a lens. The best feature, though, is the price – you can get one for $1,100 with a 16-50mm lens.

Buy Nikon Z fc at B&H – $1,100

Upcoming cameras

If you’re not quite ready to buy, there are some interesting options on the horizon. Canon just announced the EOS R7, a mirrorless EOS R version of its popular EOS 7D DSLR. It has an APS-C sensor and all-new RF-S lenses, meaning that it might replace Canon’s current M-series cameras. Specs include a 32.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, 4K 60 fps video, an articulating display and more. All of that will make it a top vlogging option, if our upcoming review confirms the hype.

On top of that, Canon also announced a cheaper EOS R10 model with a 24.2-megapixel sensor that could also be an ideal vlogging camera. Both cameras are coming out towards the end of 2022.

In addition, Fujifilm just launched the X-H2S, its new $2,500 flagship mirrorless camera. With a 26.2-megapixel stacked and backside-illuminated sensor, it offers a raft of impressive features. Some of the highlights include 40 fps blackout-free burst shooting, faster autofocus, 6.2K 30fps video, a flip-out display and 7-stop in-body stabilization. If you’ve got the budget, this could be a solid vlogging choice when it arrives on July 7th.

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