Finest vlogging digital camera? Panasonic G100, Sony ZV-1, Canon G7X 3

(Pocket-lint) – Conventional digital camera makers are capturing to win in an increasing market sector: vlogging cameras. The place YouTube is king, extra makers are in search of higher methods to seize themselves and their environment in higher high quality.

We choose three of the most effective choices on the market – the Panasonic Lumix G100, Sony Vlog Camera ZV-1, and Canon Powershot G7 X III – that can assist you determine which makes greatest sense to purchase and why.

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Measurement & Portability

  • Panasonic Lumix G100: 115.6 x 82.5 x 54.2mm; 412g (with 12-42mm lens)
  • Sony Vlog Digicam ZV-1: 105.5 x 60 x 43.5mm; 294g 
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X M3: 105.5 x 60.9 x 41.4mm; 304g

Small is usually mightiest. Whereas all three of those cameras are small, it is the Sony that may really feel lightest and most moveable. There’s not an enormous quantity in it although.

Sensor Measurement & Lens

  • Panasonic Lumix G100
    • Sensor: 20MP Micro 4 Thirds
    • Lens: Interchangeable lens mount
      • 12-32mm equipment lens (24-64mm equal)
  • Sony Vlog Digicam ZV-1
    • Sensor: 20MP 1.0-inch Exmor RS CMOS
    • Lens: 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 equal
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X M3
    • Sensor: 20.1MP 1.0-inch stacked CMOS
    • Lens: 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 equal

Nonetheless, there is a large purpose for the variance in measurement: sensor measurement and every lens’ focal size.

Each Sony and Canon fashions have fixed-in-place zoom lenses, whereas Panasonic’s G100 is a system digital camera with interchangeable Micro 4 Thirds lenses – which makes it probably rather more versatile (and a bit bigger and heavier by comparability).

All three of those cameras home sensors which can be bigger than an entry-level compact, which bodes nicely for high quality. The Sony and Canon each use stacked 1-inch measurement CMOS sensors. The Panasonic has the bigger scale sensor, nevertheless, which must imply larger potential in relation to background blur (bokeh) and general high quality.

The equipment Panasonic G100 comes with a 12-32mm pancake zoom – which delivers a 24-64mm equal zoom. That is the identical on the wide-angle because the 24-70mm of the Sony ZV-1 and the 24-100mm of the Canon G7 X III. Word that the Canon can zoom the furthest – i.e. make farther away topics look closer-up within the body.

Audio, Mic Enter

  • Panasonic Lumix G100: OZO Audio by Nokia (audio monitoring / positioning), 3.5mm mic enter, micro HDMI out
  • Sony Vlog Digicam ZV-1: 3.5mm mic enter, micro HDMI out, deadcat wind-shield included
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X M3: 3.5mm mic enter, micro HDMI out

An enormous purpose to purchase a devoted digital camera for video is for its audio talents. All three of those cameras provide a 3.5mm microphone enter, so you may join an adjunct microphone as you please – whether or not that is a directional shotgun mic, a wi-fi mounted mic, or every other variety of prospects.

Nonetheless, you will not essentially all the time wish to use a microphone. It is right here that Sony comes up trumps by together with what’s referred to as a deadcat within the field – a fluffy microphone cowl that sits up high and stops wind noise from creating these ‘tearing’ sounds.

Essentially the most superior of the lot, nevertheless, is Panasonic’s Lumix G100. For the primary time in a digital camera this consists of OZO Audio by Nokia, which utilises the three onboard microphones to report in a directional format – you may outline whether or not you need behind, in entrance, or subject-tracked to be sound supply remoted. That is the actual large winner: the system’s autofocus consists of face detection which might be audio synched, in order the topic strikes by the body the OZO tech will use the suitable proportion of microphones to channel that audio isolation. Very intelligent.

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Display screen & Viewfinder

  • Panasonic Lumix G100: 3-inch 1,840k-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD; built-in 3,680k-dot EVF
  • Sony Vlog Digicam ZV-1: 3-inch 921k-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD; no EVF
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X M3: 3-inch 1,040k-dot vertical tilt-angle touchscreen LCD; no EVF

Conventional cameras aren’t nice for vlogging on account of their fastened screens. All three of those cameras, nevertheless, provide mounted LCD screens that may be repositioned: the Canon’s flips ahead vertically; the Sony’s and Panasonic’s are side-mounted and due to this fact provide much more versatile positioning potential. 

When it comes to display screen decision the Panasonic is way and away probably the most resolute – though at arm’s size we doubt you may discover an enormous distinction on this, and really extra dots on display screen is simply extra of a battery drain.

Of the three cameras solely the Panasonic has a built-in digital viewfinder (EVF). That is extra for capturing nonetheless pictures or shielding from daylight to higher choose publicity and composiiton – so definitely has its use instances.

Video Credentials

  • All fashions: As much as 4K at 30fps
    • Panasonic: As much as 9mins 59secs
    • Sony: As much as 5mins to keep away from overheating
    • Canon: As much as 9mins 59secs
  • Panasonic Lumix G100: 1080p at 60fps (29m 59s most)
  • Sony Vlog Digicam ZV-1: 1080p at 120fps (29m 59s most)
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X M3: 1080p at 120fps (29m 59s most)

Being vlogging focused, all three cameras cater for 4K decision at 30fps most (and with 100Mbps in all instances, guaranteeing there’s sufficient knowledge for optimum high quality). Nonetheless, the Sony can solely report for half the time in comparison with the opposite two to keep away from overheating – and even then the Canon and Panasonic max out at 10 minutes at this decision.

Should you’re in search of Full HD recording to up your recording time, save on bandwidth, cupboard space, and modifying processing pressures then all three cameras can cater for 1080p too.

Gradual-motion is greatest dealt with by the Sony, with Full HD at 240fps/480fps/960fps accessible. The Canon presents 120fps slow-motion. The Panasonic’s spec sheet says 120fps sensor output is feasible too – however that in-camera seize is 60fps.

Stabilisation

  • Panasonic Lumix G100: 5-axis hybrid stabilisation (4-axis for 4K video)
  • Sony Vlog Digicam ZV-1: Steadyshot for Film hybrid stabilisation
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X M3: 5-axis Superior Dynamic IS & Auto Stage

Stabilisation is essential in relation to video. Though chances are you’ll want to purchase a handheld gimbal for additional stabilisation for these ultra-smooth video outcomes.

All three cameras provide hybrid stabilisation methods – that is to say there’s optical lens-shift working in tandem with digital stabilisation (utilizing a portion of the sensor as a buffer to counter movement). We have not examined these three aspect by aspect so cannot say which is better of the bunch.

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Conclusion

The massive query: which one to decide on? Effectively, if value comes into the equation then the Sony is the priciest of the lot. That could be a little bit of a shock when the Panasonic presents a extra superior audio isolation system, has a bigger sensor measurement, and interchangeable lenses.

If measurement is your largest concern then the Sony is the lightest of the bunch, which helps when it comes to portability. It is also acquired probably the most muscle in relation to slow-motion choices – though its 4K seize is extra time-limited than the opposite two.

The choice, as they are saying, is yours.

Writing by Mike Lowe.

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