If you’re looking to level up from your smartphone or the camera you have isn’t great for making Youtube videos, a good camcorder would likely benefit your videography greatly. Below, we have listed the best camcorder for Youtube for every circumstance. 

In addition, we have included a buyer’s guide at the bottom of the article that goes over what makes a good camcorder. If you are wondering how to go about making your choice, scroll down to see what constitutes a high quality and reliable camcorder.

10 Best Camcorders for Youtube 2022 – Overview  

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Canon VIXIA HF R600 Full HD Camcorder - Great on a Budget Canon VIXIA HF R600 Full HD Camcorder – Great on a Budget
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  • High sensitivity sensor captures details even in low light​
  • Well-priced ​
  • Image stabilization ​is great
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  • No built-in memory ​
  • You’ll need an external mic if you plan to go somewhere noisy​

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Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder
$1,399.00
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  • Works well in low-light conditions ​
  • Great for shooting on the move ​
  • Compact body with comfortable handle ​
  • Multi-camera live streaming – wirelessly connect up to 10 devices​
Cons:
  • Slightly small display ​
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Buyer's Guide - Best Camcorder for Youtube

So how did we compile our list? The following are the most important things to consider when picking a good camcorder. 

Sensor

The sensor is really important in determining the quality of the video footage. In the simplest terms, the sensor is  a solid-state device that captures the light required to form a digital image. A better sensor means a better image. 

Sensors are especially important if you’re filming in low-light setting as a small sensor won’t pick up as much detail and light.

 

Zoom Lens

The power of the lens will give you a lot of creative control over the scenes you’re shooting. You will have so much more versatility in capturing things far and wide with a good zoom lens. Alternatively, invest in some good lens that are compatible with your video camera to achieve different looks and feels. 

 

Stabilization 

Shaky footage is a dead giveaway of unprofessional filmmaking, unless that’s the aesthetic you are trying to achieve on purpose. All good video cameras have some in-built image stabilization, with some remarkably better than others. 

 

Bit Rate 

Bit rate refers to the rate video or audio is encoded and is a useful way to compare two cameras with the same resolution. Cameras with higher bit rates will produce better-looking videos. This is especially important if you’re filming for the big screen, in which case you should definitely spring for 10-bit. 

Bit rate is determined by how much of a file is compressed. Highly compressed footage takes up less space but is lower quality. Less compressed footage is good for quality and aesthetics, but takes up much more space. 

 

Memory and Storage

It’s important to consider how much footage your camera can hold, especially if you plan on shooting for long periods of time. Usually more in-built storage means a more expensive camera, but then you need to buy less external storage cards. While it isn’t THE most important thing in terms of creating professional looking footage, it is something to consider if you’re deciding between two cameras of equal quality. 

 

Sound

Some of the cameras we reviewed have great internal microphone systems. But in general, you want to get some external microphones going to best capture sound. It’s good to look at the camera’s native sound capability as well as the ports it has to connect external mics to. 

 

Compatibility to accessories 

Don’t buy a good quality video camera and expect that all your accessories will automatically be compatible. While some cameras have universal ports, it’s important to consider what ports your new camera has and what accessories you may need to use the camera to its fullest ability.  

Conclusion

So that’s it. Hopefully you know enough about how to choose the best camcorder for Youtube for you to make an informed decision with our list of the best camcorders available. 

If you found this article interesting, be sure to check out our guide to the best camcorder and the best point-and-shoot below $200.