If you’ve read our article on using a DSLR as a webcam or our explanation of DSLR vs. mirrorless cameras, you might be interested in picking up one for yourself to use for streaming. If you’re looking to take your live streams to the next level, a quality DSLR or mirrorless camera can be a great way to do that. We’ve compiled a list of some camera options for you to consider adding to your live-streaming setup.
People often use the term DSLR ("digital single-lens reflex") to refer to any digital camera with a detachable lens; however, it's a type of digital camera. Rather than bore you with a complicated lesson about camera technology, just remember that compared to mirrorless cameras, DSLRs typically have longer battery life, more options for lenses, and are better at shooting in low light.
Canon EOS Rebel T7
For live streamers, the Canon EOS Rebel T7 offers a solid starting point thanks to its simplification and ease of use. It may not have all the bells and whistles of higher-end DSLRs or the advanced video features of mirrorless cameras, but its affordability and straightforward functionality make it an accessible option for those just starting with live streaming or content in general.
The Nikon D7500 is great for streamers looking to strike a balance between performance and budget. Its large buffer allows for uninterrupted streaming, even at high resolutions (it shoots in 4K Ultra HD, FYI). Don’t let the moderate price tag fool you—the camera’s body is built to last, so you can look forward to this camera growing with you on your journey as a streamer.
Mirrorless cameras are typically lighter, more portable, and great for shooting video. There are plenty of great quality mirrorless cameras with detachable lenses that look almost identical to DSLRs.
Sony a7 III
The Sony a7 III is a full-frame mirrorless camera that stands out for live streamers due to its reliable autofocus system. Its 24.2-megapixel sensor ensures detailed shots. The camera's strong low-light performance, 4K video capability and larger battery make it ideal for various streaming environments, from well-lit studios to dimmer indoor settings.
Canon PowerShot G7 x Mark III
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is a compact, mirrorless digital camera inspired by creativity. It's popular among vloggers and content creators for its excellent image quality, 4K video capability, and flip-up touch LCD screen that makes it easy to capture self-recorded content. It also has built-in live streaming capabilities, such as direct streaming to platforms like YouTube.
Panasonic Lumix GH5 II Mirrorless Camera
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 II is a clear choice for content creators and videographers. Its flip-out screen makes capturing challenging angles when vlogging, streaming, etc. easy. This camera also excels in video performance, offering 4K recording at a smooth 60fps, ideal for capturing detailed footage, allowing you to immerse your audience into your live stream.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these cameras; just make sure you’re not overspending on features you don’t need. 4K is great, but keep in mind that not only may it be tough on your PC, but your viewers might not have a graphics card equipped to see it. If you spend a little time researching and shopping around, you’ll be sure to find the perfect camera for your budget and true creative needs.