Vlogging has unlocked a unique view into the Casino cash games that have never been seen before. This has been made possible by Poker Vloggers such as Andrew Neeme, Doug Polk, Brad Owen, PokerPriest and heaps more. So maybe you’re wondering what are the best cameras for Poker Vloggers? Luckily for you we have done the research so you don’t have to.
Before i get stuck into this guide, let me first address a question that i have heard many times over the past month. And that is “How do Poker Vloggers record there content while at a table?”. For instance yielding a DSLR camera on the felt would definitely not got down well with your fellow players or the pit boss.
So how do you get around this?
In short, the answer is discretion. While recording on a poker table you will have to pick the right moments while not pushing the boundaries. Also helping you is the style in which Poker Vloggers record video content. Typically it’s usually a static style that reveals the holdings and thats about it. Commentary is done later one.
Since we have that out of the way, lets move on with the article.
So What Are The Best Cameras For Poker Vloggers?
Instead of me trying to push you on a particular camera that you most probably don’t need, i’ll instead give you the honest truth. This may come as no surprise but the best cameras for Poker Vlogging are your smartphones, iPhone, Samsungs, HTC’s and so on. Here are 3 reasons why your mobile phone is a great first pick.
- You always have it with you. Spontaneous outings to a cash game tend to happen so you know you will always have a camera close by to record all those run outs ;).
- Like i mentioned above, being able to record discreetly is a must. This is easily achieved by resting your smartphone on the back of your chips or the edge of the table as a tripod and just letting it record. Also mobile phones are attached to everyone so less eyebrows will be raised.
- The video quality actually is pretty good. If you own a smartphone which was released in the past two years, odds are it records decent video quality in low light conditions and even in 4K.
Overall a smartphone is a great entry level camera to take onto the poker table without having to fork out any cash.
Some Other Great Poker Vlogging Cameras
While a smartphone is a great option for Poker Vlogging it can be limited in other areas. If you watch poker Vloggers such as Andrew Neeme or Doug Polk (I’m guessing you do) then you know table time is only 1/3 of the show. What makes up the other 2/3 is anything from banter to card breakdown in the carpark, office, studio, balcony and so on.
A smartphone can handle these recording environments but if you are after really smooth and well balanced video, a upgrade to a dedicated Vlogging camera might be your best bet. Below is our top recommended best cameras for Poker Vloggers.
Canon G7X Mark II
With the rise of Vlogging over the past two years, so has the hunt for a camera that can match a Vloggers needs. Many creators have turned to the Canon G7X Mark II including Casey Neistat and Andrew Neeme for one simple reason. It delivers fantastic video quality while packing the essential features that make this possible.
I may be layering it on a bit thick but this camera simply does deliver. This isn’t just by chance but it is thanks to it’s great add ons such as Optical Image Stabilisation, Wide Angle Lens, good onboard microphone, touch flip screen and a sensor that dominates low light.
Of the above mentioned features, the Image Stabilisation and Flip screen are paramount. With the nature of Vlogging you will be recording on the go with the camera pointed at yourself. Because of this, having a optics that can smoothen the video in real time is a game changer. Also with the flip screen, you’ll be sure your pretty face is never out of frame.
Next in the line up of the best cameras for Poker Vloggers is the Sony RX100. This little pocket rocket is slowly becoming big competition against the G7X as a more affordable counterpart. Again this camera has pretty much all of the above mentioned features minus the Optical Image Stabilisation.
While this might not be a camera killer, it is something to take into account when thinking about the videos you want to record. Personally i would rather a camera with a Optical Image Stabilisation as it can turn what would have been average footage into high quality video.
While the Canon G7X and RX100 are both point and shoot cameras, the RX100 is notably smaller. This may come in handy when you are looking for a more high quality video while at the poker table. Overall this camera is a great pick that ticks a lot of the boxes while being extremely price competitive.
Learn more about Vlogging cameras and gear
- Guide To Picking The Best Vlogging Camera
- What Gear Does Casey Neistat Use?
- Best Vlogging Cameras with Flip Screens
- What Kind Of Cameras Do YouTubers Use?
- What Camera Does Zoella Use?
- What Kind Of Camera Does YouTuber Jake Paul Use?
If you are a fan of David Dorbik you can check out his camera setup here.