Are you looking to start vlogging and want to know the benefits of vlogging with a DSLR? You might be a little bit confused between choosing a DSLR camera and a point-and-shoot camera. All I can say is that it’s not a big deal.
But, of course, I’ve used both types of cameras for vlogging. So I have the first-hand experience in this regard. Currently, I vlog with a DSLR camera myself, but I also started vlogging with a phone. Later on, I transitioned towards a point-and-shoot camera, but after a year or so, I switched to a DSLR camera. And, I’m vlogging with a DSLR camera ever since.
So I’ll surely help you understand the benefits of vlogging with a DSLR camera.
I have been vlogging with a DSLR camera for the last three years. I switched from Sony WX350 to Nikon D5300. I’m not the camera expert, but I came across Canon 700D, which was good. Then, I compared the footage quality with Nikon D5300 and found the difference. Nikon D5300 was better.
The funny thing is that I compared both cameras on auto-mode, which isn’t a great idea. I mostly shoot videos on manual-mode now. It’s also true that you learn things along the way.
Anyway, it was an easy decision to make. I opted for Nikon D5300.
So let’s take a look at some of the benefits of vlogging with a DSLR camera:
Detachable Lens and Body
One of the perks of vlogging with a DSLR camera is that it is detachable. You can separate the lens and body. Therefore, it doesn’t weigh much. Of course, if you’re using a gorilla pod with your camera, then it might get heavier, otherwise, you’ll be fine. The point I’m trying to make is that if you vlog on a point-and-shoot camera, you can separate the lens or body. As a result, it may take up some space in your bag. Vlogging with a DSLR camera has a perk that you can detach the lens from the camera body and keep them separate.
Vibration Reduction in Kit Lens
In vlogging, vibration reduction is a huge factor. The reason is that when you vlog, you’re often on the go or you’re walking while talking to the camera.
One of the best features of Nikon D5300 is the VR kit lens. VR means vibration reduction; it helps so much in vlogging, especially when you’re vlogging on the go.
I’ve vlogged with Sony WX350, Canon 700D, and Canon M50 so far, but Nikon D5300 was the best when it comes to image stabilization, and the VR lens is the reason behind image stabilization. Although image stabilization is a camera feature that you have to enable it in Nikon D5300 like in most cameras, the VR lens makes all the difference.
Affordable Lens Availability
The availability to buy cheaper lenses is a huge plus for vloggers who vlog with DSLR cameras. I use the Nikon D5300 camera which has F mount and Yongnuo lenses are compatible with such cameras. I bought a Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 lens lately, and it works perfectly with my Nikon D5300. It certainly took my photography to the next level.
If you’re vlogging, you must know that microphone is quite an essential part of the vlogging gear. It doesn’t matter whether you vlog with your phone or with a DSLR camera, the microphone is a must-have item. Therefore, having the ability to put on a microphone on the DSLR camera is a luxury because many DSLRs and SLRs don’t support external microphones. Vloggers who use such cameras always face difficulties while recording videos in the outdoor conditions. When you vlog with a DSLR camera, chances are, your DSLR camera has the external microphone facility.
Shooting 60 fps
Most mid-range DSLRs from Nikon and Canon shoot up to 60 fps, which means, you can make slo-mo with your 60 fps footage. On the other hand, point-and-shoot cameras might only shoot up to 30 fps. If you use the smartphone’s slo-mo feature, it may work out, but there is no guarantee. My Nikon D5300 can shoot up to 60 fps.
If you were thinking that you could vlog on your phone, then let me explain something: it’s not a bad idea to get started with vlogging with your phone. But at some point, you might feel that you need a DSLR camera for vlogging.
There are many reasons why a DSLR camera is better for vlogging. There is no doubt that many point-and-shoot cameras such as Canon G7X and Sony RX100 are the best cameras for vlogging, but these cameras also come with pros and cons. For example, can you attach a lens on Canon G7x and photoshoot? The answer is no.
So there are certainly benefits of vlogging with a DSLR camera, which is why, so many top vloggers like Casey Neistat, Peter McKinnon, Matti Hapooja, FunforLouis and many more vlog on DSLR cameras.
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Hassaan Khan is a blogger and freelance writer. When he isn't working, he makes YouTube videos, plays with his dog, or follows International Cricket. Check out his YouTube Channel.