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More than 3,000 workers at 60 companies will take part in a coordinated, six-month trial of a four-day working week in the UK, marking the world’s biggest pilot scheme for a shorter work week so far.

Organised by 4 Day Week Global in partnership with think tank Autonomy and the 4 Day Week UK Campaign, the trial will see all 60 firms – including a number of technology companies – adopt a reduced working week with no loss of pay from June to December 2022.

Previously, the biggest four-day week trial to date was run in Iceland by Reykjavík City Council and the national government, which included more than 2,500 workers. It found that productivity either remained the same or improved in the majority of workplaces involved.

During the UK trial, researchers from Cambridge University, Oxford University and Boston College will work with the participating companies to measure the impacts of working four days in a range of areas, including employee productivity and wellbeing, the environment, and gender equality.

“Increasingly, managers and executives are embracing a new model of work which focuses on quality of outputs, not quantity of hours. Workers have emerged from the pandemic with different expectations around what constitutes a healthy work-life balance,” said Joe O’Connor, CEO of 4 Day Week Global.

“Sometimes it takes a big disruptor to dislodge deeply embedded societal and cultural norms. That’s what we are seeing with the traditional five-day working week following the Covid-induced flexible working revolution. Those who think we will turn the clock back to the way things were two years ago are engaged in ‘pie in the sky’ thinking – the four-day week is an idea whose time has come.”

Tech sector reacts

One of the tech-related companies taking part in the trial is Stemettes, a social enterprise set up to helps girls and young women pursues careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Speaking with Computer Weekly, Anne-Marie Imafidon, founder and CEO of Stemettes, said the organisation’s move to a four-day week was “a logical evolution” of what it is already doing.

“Whether it’s matching up to 8% [pension] contribution for our staff, our well-being days, or our menstrual leave policy…we’re wanting to be pioneering, but also wanting to meet needs and see our employees as human beings,” she said.

Imafidon added the tech sector in particular is well-placed to benefit from a four-day week because of the huge variety of digital tools available: “For us, working a four-day work week is only going to be possible because of our tech-savvy [employees] and because of our use of digital tools, because of the way we can automate certain things or build certain workflows.

“The technology industry itself is probably the best place to be able to take advantage of something like this and really have no disruption to work, because we know how to use the tools to be able to get more done in less time.”

Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO of digital supply chain transparency firm Everledger, said the company – which already has a formal four-day work week for its staff in the US – was keen to be involved in the UK trial because it could help “systematise” its approach.

She added that because the company already works in the blockchain space, the ethos of using consensus-based decision-making to agree on technical approaches nicely mirrors the type of organising needed to implement a four-day work week.

“We’ve already seen staff more proactive time to think about how they’d like to work differently, and they’ve been more forward in encouraging others to come up with their own measures of productivity,” she said. “There also seems to be a collective spirit around how they can organise time off within each other’s teams and those cross-functional teams, while still meeting the business and the customer imperatives.”

Kemp added that the four-day week also set employees up for a more “contained and focused” work week.

We’ve become significantly more disciplined around how we measure outcomes, and not just the hours worked
Leanne Kemp, Everledger

“It sets us down to define very clear goals and ensure that they’re achievable within a more focused time span and deliberate set of actions,” she said. “We’ve become significantly more disciplined around how we measure outcomes, and not just the hours worked.”

For Imafidon, the main concern with the trial is the productivity gain, and whether it will be a lot, or just enough to cover the fact people are trying to do 100% of the work in 80% of the time: “I’m pretty confident because a lot of the team are part time already, but I think it’s going to be interesting to see the productivity gain.”

She added that, on the flipside, the social aspects of working at Stemettes could be undermined if “everyone is having to pedal to the metal” to get things done: “How do we balance that? How do we make sure people still feel engaged and still have the good times, rather than purely just the work time?”

However, to overcome this, Imafidon said Stemettes was in the process of “baselining” to figure out its current outputs and level of service, as well as employee happiness, so that it can measure whether these levels are maintained during the trial.

“We are hoping for higher happiness, higher job satisfaction and a lot less stress – having more time for rest is important [and should mean] less burn out,” she said. “The same way you need to take a rest day for your muscles, you need to take a rest day for your brain. I wonder whether that’s also going to help to contribute and bring more creativity into the team, more innovation, more space for learning and development and growth – that will help us to do more, and have a higher quality of service, with less.”

A total of 78 organisations in the UK – including Autonomy – are already accredited under the 4 Day Week Campaign’s accreditation scheme. This includes a number of tech-related firms, such as Formedix, a provider of clinical trial software that automates the end-to-end clinical trial design and build process for pharmaceutical firms.

Speaking with Computer Weekly, Formedix digital marketing executive Simona Colucci said that the company started working four-day weeks in 2019 after a six-week trial.

She added that, in the wake of the trial, the company sent out anonymous questionnaires to gauge its workforce’s reaction: “100% of the staff said that they wanted to make the four-day week permanent, and out of this 89% said it increased their job satisfaction, which is huge, while 94% said it gave them a better work-life balance as well.

“It was quite powerful, so obviously we made the decision to do it full time. They also asked some questions about productivity, as they needed to make sure it didn’t impact negatively – 45% of people said that productivity was the same, and 55% actually said it increased their productivity.”

On her own experience of working four days a week, Colucci said it has “been absolutely amazing in terms of productivity. Because you know you’ve got four days, you just put all your effort in, and then you know that you have a decent break every week.”

Changing UK work culture

Speaking with Computer Weekly, Jack Kellam, lead editor at Autonomy, said the culture of long working hours has taken its toll on workers around the world, but particularly those in the UK, who experience “chronic crises of overwork and burnout” that lead to “extensive days lost” each year to either sickness or presenteeism (the need to be performatively present at work despite being disengaged or unwell).

He added that although people have been predicting and expecting far shorter working weeks since at least the start of the 20th century, historical increases in productivity over recent decades have been translated into “profit for shareholders and management rather than increased free time for workers”.

This is in line with observations made by the late anthropologist, David Graeber, in his 2018 book Bullshit Jobs: “A hundred years ago, many assumed that the steady advance of technology and labor-saving devices would have made this [shorter working week] possible by now, and the irony is that they were probably right.

“We could easily all be putting in a twenty- or even fifteen-hour work week. Yet for some reason, we as a society have collectively decided it’s better to have millions of human beings spending years of their lives pretending to type into spreadsheets or preparing mind maps for PR meetings than freeing them to knit sweaters, play with their dogs, start a garage band, experiment with new recipes, or sit in cafés arguing about politics.”

Graeber added that despite the fact many productive jobs having been largely automated away, “rather than allowing a massive reduction of working hours to free the world’s population to pursue their own projects…we have seen the ballooning…of the administrative sector, up to and including the creation of whole new industries like financial services or telemarketing, or the unprecedented expansion of sectors like corporate law, academic and health administration, human resources, and public relations.”

To help overcome these cultural issues around attitudes to work, Kellam said that any official introduction of a four-day week should also be accompanied by a statutory right to disconnect, which would allow employees to ignore work-related communications such as emails and texts outside their contracted working hours.

Benefits to businesses

From the perspective of business owners, Kellam further said one of the most common arguments he hears against a four-day week is that employees are unable to contribute the same amount of work in a shorter time, which is, in turn, underpinned by the idea that time worked is equal to the amount produced.

“People sometimes have a hard time to separate it, but actually a more focused, shorter period of time working…where you’re better rested and mentally engaged, [means] you can actually potentially do far more,” he said. “That’s just because of a deeply ingrained ‘work ethic’ we’ve inherited for quite a long time in our societies. And it’s quite difficult to overcome that at times.”

The other major argument Kellam comes across from enterprises against four-day weeks is that it is untenable to have the business shut down for a day each week, something that is particularly acute for companies in sectors such as cyber security where “switching off” is not necessarily an option

If people have more time off, they’re happier, and then they’re just more motivated
Simona Colucci, Formedix

In response to such arguments, Kellam added that while for some businesses shutting down for a day will accrue other benefits in terms of better worker productivity or staff retention, there are some simple solutions that businesses can adopt if they want to remain open for five days, such as the introduction of a better rota system or hiring additional staff.

Kemp said that, from her experience of a four-day week at Everledger, while there can be problems for global companies in organising work across time zones in rigid Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday schedules, this can be overcome by structuring work time “like a global relay race” over time zones.

“It doesn’t have to stick as a rigid four-day work week, it could be appreciating the reduction in hours over a flexible five days,” she said.

Kellam added that many of the 60 companies joining the trial now see attractive working hours and environments as a means of drawing in new talent: “If you’re concerned about the performance of your business, reducing working hours is a key way to do it, particularly in the context of people talking about a ‘great resignation’ and people struggling to hire workers.”

Colucci said that a major reason Formedix even attempted a four-day week in the first place was for the attraction and retention of talent, which has paid off.

“We have no plans to change back [to a five-day week],” she said. “If people have more time off, they’re happier, and then they’re just more motivated, which turned out to be exactly the case.”

In terms of the benefits on a wider societal level, Kellam said a four-day week would have a “direct effect” on carbon emissions in a number of ways, including from reduced electricity consumption in offices, potentially reduced commuting, and people switching to “slower forms of active travel” such as riding a bike when they do commute because of lessened time pressures.

In May 2021, a study conducted by the environmental organisation Platform London and the 4 Day Week Campaign found that moving the UK to a four-day week by 2025 would shrink the country’s emissions by 127 million tonnes – a reduction of more than 20% and equivalent to taking the entire private car fleet off the road.

Kellam added that it could also help reshape gendered divisions of labour in the home: “A four-day work week is not a single solution to patriarchal division of labour. However, we saw it in Iceland, but also anecdotally too, that often giving workers potentially more time to be involved at home can help encourage a greater division of household labour or caring responsibilities for children.”

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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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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.

DJI

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

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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.

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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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