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The best HD cameras for YouTube are the portable digital cameras with 1080p resolution video recording capability along with the inbuilt Wi-Fi connectivity feature. These cameras record the wide variety of formats supported by YouTube, i.e., the famous MPEG4. For storing videos, the latest digital cameras use H.264 encoding format, for high quality compression.

Most products under our list of best HD cameras for YouTube are the compact cameras for point and shoot usage which allow you capture videos on the go. For viewing the clear preview of the currently recording videos, these cameras feature LCD screens of size up to 3.2 inch. And for the sharing of the recorded videos with the other devices like smartphone, tablet or a notebook or even to the internet, the best HD cameras for YouTube, support Wi-Fi connectivity feature. For sharing of videos to YouTube over the internet, some of the digital cameras with HD video recording capability, support native apps on the camera interface.

The newly introduced connected cameras can be a option for those who ask for instant sharing of the captured media in real-time, but because of the high price point, there are very less chances that we recommend the purchase of these cameras.

For the best HD camera for YouTube selection, we have narrowed down our selection to only those cameras which have the HD video recording feature and Wi-Fi connectivity feature - the total digital camera package affordable under $400 price range. Check out our list of best HD digital cameras, top rated by some of the best camera reviewers around the web.

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Fuji X-A1

Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens


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Fujifilm X-A1
Sony Alpha NEX-5T
Fujifilm X-M1
Fujifilm XQ1
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens
Sony Alpha NEX-5T Digital Camera - Body Only
Fujifilm X-M1 Compact System 16MP Digital Camera
Fujifilm XQ1 12MP Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Aug 2013
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Oct 2013
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HD Recording Format
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min./1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.
1080p (HDTV)
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min./1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480p, 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 640 x 480 (30p)
1080p (HDTV), 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Interface Type
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (Mini HDMI Type C)
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (Mini Type C)
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (Mini HDMI Type C)
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (micro-HDMI)
USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI (Mini)
Camera Type
Digital camera - Mirrorless system, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Digital camera - Mirrorless system, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact System Camera, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
Compact
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.28 mm
28.12 mm
28.28 mm
3.6 mm
2.5 mm

  • Ultimately, we prefer the X-A1 to the X-M1, as it delivers the same handling, features and performance, and, crucially, very similar image quality at a lower price. This is turn mitigates some of the issues that we had with the X-M1, principally concerning the lack of a viewfinder, so much so that we'd recommend that you save your cash and choose the X-A1 rather than the X-Trans, X-M1 version.


  • The X-A1 scores well for build and functionality and price, which makes the slight dip in image quality in comparison with the Fuji X-M1 palatable. It also provides a step into Fuji's X-system, which has a growing collection of lenses.


  • The Fujifilm X-A1 delivers an excellent standard of image quality, is an attractively designed camera and has a strong level of performance. While the lenses in the X series might not be the cheapest on the market, the X-A1 is well worthy of consideration in the entry-level CSC market.


  • Sony's Alpha NEX-5T mirrorless camera is simply last year's NEX-5R with added NFC support for quick image transfer to a smartphone. And the price has come down. So this isn't a bad thing.


  • Ultimately the new Sony NEX-5T is once again a likable and easy to recommend compact system camera which literally feels better balanced with the 16-50mm lens. Still Highly Recommended then, but we'd expect to see next year's inevitable update make some real strides forward.

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    If you're someone who purchased last year's Sony NEX-5R ILC model, you aren't going to want to upgrade the recently released NEX-5T, as the two cameras very similar. The NEX-5T introduces NEC wireless capabilities to this family of ILC models, but otherwise the 5R and 5T are basically the same camera. That doesn't mean the Sony NEX-5T isn't a great camera. It offers very good image quality, an articulated LCD, built-in Wi-Fi and fast response times, all of which you'll find in one of the smaller mirrorless ILC cameras on the market.


  • While it may not be the best overall camera available for less than $1,000, the Fujifilm X-M1 does deliver the best photo quality in its price class.


  • The mirrorless Fujifilm X-M1 features a big APS-C image sensor that's capable of capturing some excellent images, but it's just a little slow to focus and fire.


  • Ultimately, while we actually preferred the X-E1 to its big brother, the X-Pro1, the same can't be said about the X-M1, despite it being significantly cheaper and shipping with a good kit lens. The lack of a viewfinder is the main problem - for us, it just feels wrong to pick-up an X-series camera and not be able to hold it up to your eye. The X-M1 does offer the same fantastic image quality as the other two X models, though, so if you prefer to compose your images at arms length, then the Fujifilm X-M1 will more than meet your needs.


  • The new XQ1 is clearly designed to take on the all-conquering Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 (our Compact Camera of the Year in 2012) and the popular Canon PowerShot S-series. It essentially offers image quality somewhere between the two at a very attractive price that is lower than both, whilst offering the same appealing retro design and great build quality that epitomises the X-series camera range. Built-in wi-fi connectivity, intuitive handling and speedy performance form the icing on what is already a very rich cake.


  • Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS puts 20x zoom in your pocket, along with Wi-Fi, GPS, and 1080p60 video capture. It's an ideal travel camera, and earns our Editors' Choice award.


  • Despite our quibbles with the wi-fi implementation and lack of touch-screen control, the inclusion of DIGIC 6 has brought a number of significant improvements to Canon's 2013 travel-zoom model, making the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS a real contender to the market-leading Panasonic TZ series.


Top 5 hd camera for youtube:

  1. Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens
  2. Sony Alpha NEX-5T Digital Camera - Body Only
  3. Fujifilm X-M1 Compact System 16MP Digital Camera
  4. Fujifilm XQ1 12MP Digital Camera
  5. Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera