Best Samsung Camera For Vlogging

A company that is well-known for consumer electronics is the Samsung corporation, however, it is not as well known that Samsung also makes a variety of cameras for both still photography and videography. In today's connected world, having a camera that can easily connect to other devices, such as a laptop, smartphone or TV screen is often a necessity and keeping to the same electronics brand can often more easily facilitate that connectivity. Since Samsung is a dominant player in the smartphone, laptop, and display screen markets, choosing a Samsung camera for one's vlogging endeavours and for maximum compatibility with devices that many already have in the home seems to be a natural choice. So what's the best Samsung camera for vlogging? Let's take a look.

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​Samsung Camera Categories

Samsung offers a few different camera ranges including a basic ​camera category for the non-professional photographer or videographer (cameras with model numbers beginning with 'WB') as well as a more professional DSLR-type of camera with its interchangeable lenses under the NX ​brand. However, only a subset of ​these cameras possesses the characteristics necessary for being a good vlogging camera. These characteristics are outlined below.

What to look for in a Samsung Vlogging Camera

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    Video resolution: Samsung cameras come in either 720p, 1080p, or 4K resolutions. 720p resolution should be avoided if possible as it represents old video technology and will produce video clips that are subpar in quality. 1080p is today's standard video resolution with 4K video considered premium videography.
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    Image ​stabilisation: there are several different types of image stabilisation technologies of which optical stabilisation and electronic stabilisation are the two most common categories. Optical stabilisation is superior to electronic stabilisation and is the type we want to see in a vlogging camera.
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    Selfie-screen: this represents ​a display screen on the camera that can be fully rotated 180° so that it is visible to the person in front of the camera. This is an important feature that allows the selfie-taker to ensure that he or she is correctly framed within a shot.
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    Stereo microphone: cameras come with either a monaural or stereo microphone of which the latter is important for making professional sounding video clips. Some cameras also possess a port for attaching an external stereo microphone that can provide even more professional audio.
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    Wi-Fi: ​wireless connectivity ​is important for transferring finished video clips to other computing hardware for editing. It can also be often used for streaming video directly to another device.
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    ​USB and HDMI connection ports: as for wireless connections, wired connection ports are useful for transferring and streaming video to other devices.
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    Image sensor size: Image sensor size is one of the most important characteristics of ​a vlogging camera, as this can determine the ultimate results with respect to video quality, with the larger the sensor, the better the quality of the video.
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    Mains power: videography is energy-intensive but it is often carried out close to sources of mains electricity, consequently ​having the ability to power the camera directly from the mains can often be essential.

Some of these characteristics, such as the presence of USB and HDMI connection ports, optical or lens-shift stabilisation, as well as integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, can be found on almost all Samsung cameras, allowing us to concentrate on and differentiate between cameras using the other characteristics that make a camera a good vlogging device. One of those characteristics is video resolution with some cameras shooting at a paltry ​ 720p, while the majority of Samsung cameras can shoot in 1080p video, and a couple even at 4K resolution. In the case of Selfie screens, only some Samsung cameras have a true 180° rotatable display screen, while the others have either a fixed screen or one that can tilt only partially. Samsung cameras have a range of different sensor sizes from the small consumer grade 1/2.3" sensor to the larger and more professional APS-C type image sensor. Finally, most Samsung cameras can be powered continuously via their USB port connections, however, the camera's battery usually needs to be installed and fully charged otherwise energy-intensive camera operations can cause the camera to switch off unexpectedly.

Vlogging Features of the Samsung Camera Family

Model No. 
Resolu. (video)
Optical Image Stabil.
'Selfie-
Screen'
Microph.
WiFi
Ports
Sensor
Size
External Power
Pixels**
Resolu. (video)
Optical Image Stabil.
'Selfie Screen'
Microph.
WiFi
Ports
Sensor
Size
External Power
Pixels**
WB35F
720pMonoUSB, HDMI1/2.3"116.2 MP
WB50F720pMonoUSB, HDMI1/2.3"116.2 MP
WB350F1080pMonoUSB, HDMI1/2.3"116.3 MP
WB1100F720pMonoUSB, HDMI1/2.3"116.2 MP
WB2200F1080pStereoUSB, HDMI1/2.3"116.4 MP
EX2F1080pStereoUSB, HDMI1/1.7"112.4 MP
NX mini1080pMonoUSB, HDMI1.0"120.5 MP
NX14KTilt-onlyStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C128.2 MP
NX201080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C20.3 MP
NX301080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C120.3 MP
NX2001080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C20.3 MP
NX2101080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C20.3 MP
NX3001080pTilt-onlyStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C120.3 MP
NX300M1080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C120.3 MP
NX5004KStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C128.2 MP
NX10001080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C20.3 MP
NX20001080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C120.3 MP
NX30001080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C120.3 MP
NX33001080pStereoUSB, HDMIAPS-C120.3 MP
1 Only if battery is installed and fully charged otherwise high power usage may result in auto camera switch off.

** Effective pixels.