Since 2016, Emma Chamberlain has been delighting fans on YouTube with her vlogs on cooking, shopping and other lifestyle topics. The root of her appeal? Some viewers cite her sense of humor, while others mention how authentic and relatable she seems. Of course, using a high-quality vlogging camera hasn’t gone amiss either.
If you want to follow in Emma’s footsteps, you may be wondering what camera she uses. In her early days, she was relying on a Canon Power Shot Elph 190 IS, but since then, she has stepped up to a Canon Power Shot G7X Mark II. Here is a little bit of information about each of them.
This is a fairly affordable vlogging camera which offers acceptable quality. It is compact and convenient enough to take with you when you are on the go, and includes an internal stabilizer. That means that videos (and images) can be recorded without too much shaking, even if you are carrying the camera in your hand.
720p HD recording results in decent video output, though 1080p would obviously be better. There is a reasonable degree of sharpness and detail, but watch out for noise, especially in low light conditions.
It makes sense that Emma started out with a camera like this. If you have a large budget to spend, you would want to go for something better (like the Canon Power Shot G7X Mark II below), but for a beginner who cannot afford a higher-end camera, the Power Shot Elph 190 IS at least makes it possible to get started.
As just mentioned, the Power Shot G7X Mark II is one of the best vlogging cameras on the market today, and may run you hundreds of dollars more than the Elph 190 IS. Emma was able to graduate to this camera once her vlogging channel really took off.
Equipped with a 1.0-inch 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor, this camera is also reasonably compact and lightweight, making it great for vlogging when you are out and about. The f/1.8–2.8 lens is bright enough that even low-light video and photos look great.
Unlike the Elph 190 IS, the G7X Mark II can capture 1080p full HD video at 60 fps. The autofocus works well, and the file format is MP4 to conserve space. This gives you the freedom to capture more video before you need to upload it. Audio is recorded in stereo, so your videos come out sounding as fantastic as they look.
Which of Emma’s cameras should you get? It all comes down to your budget, really. If you can afford it, you definitely should go for the Canon Power Shot G7X Mark II; it is by far the superior choice.
But if you are need to save money, the Canon Power Shot Elph 190 IS is a perfectly good option. It worked for Emma, and she got famous, so it should work for you too. Whether you get famous or not, you’ll be able to produce the same quality of videos that she did when she got started. If you do happen to get famous, give us a shout!