Good camera for recording YouTube videos

When starting out your career as a video blogger or vlogger the cost of high end equipment seems daunting. You begin by searching for a good camera for recording a YouTube video, the list is mind boggling!

Do you really need to spend in excess of £2,000 with little to no guarantee of making any money? I think not. All the cameras here are way under £200. When you think the top end cameras go for £700+ it’s easy to feel worried with the initial spend!

With today’s technology prices are falling almost daily and as each new model comes out the previous model becomes cheaper still.

Like anything there are pros and cons to buying cheaper models of equipment. If you are looking to make a business from your vlog then you need to think of your kit as an asset ie. Something that will make you money. If you are doing it just for fun then you can accept much lower specs and therefore save money.

Before we get started there are a couple of things you need to look out for.

Optical Image Stabilisation or OIS for short: This is an internal mechanism in the camera which help reduce the shaking when you are out and about taking your next awesome video.

You may see DIS which is a digital version but really this is just gimmicky as you really need a physical mechanism to make this work with any degree of efficiency.

You may find with some cheaper cameras that image quality is greatly affected at night so you may need some supplementary lighting to combat this.

It’s just a fact that cheaper cameras have cheaper parts which don’t perform as well as their premium priced counterparts.

That’s not to say they are not any good, you just have to know your kit to get the most out of it. So for those of you who are just starting out ….

 

My top 5 best vlogging cameras (cheap)

Canon SX610 HS

The Canon Powershot SX610 has a 20.2 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor which is an improvement over previous models. It comes with full HD when recording video and the onboard controls are both easy to use and complex enough to satisfy all your needs.

A high res 922k dot resolution 3 inch monitor means you can take your photos and videos and get an immediate playback you can see quite clearly on all but the sunniest of days.

A cool hybrid mode lets record stills with short accompanying video clips, quite a nice feature for the travelling vlogger keen to make a good impression.

This model has an improved case from it’s predecessor, with a more comfortable design for the front ridge and rear thumb rest.

A great 20x optical zoom means you will not miss out just because it’s far away. Using the cameras smart auto mode means you will never make a ‘dud’ where you are out of focus or a mere shadow of your real self.

When you get more confident there are manual setting you can tweak to get the most out of your environment to make a good shot into a great shot. Wi-Fi and NFC means you can conveniently upload to your mobile (NFC for enabled phones)

Specs

Megapixels: 20
Image resolution max: 5184 x 3888 (20MP)
Video Resolution max: 1920 x 1080 (30p)
Zoom Ratio: 18x
OIS: Yes
ISO: 80 – 3200
Connections: Wifi, NFC
External mic: No

Testimonials

Lizzor: I’ve been a ‘smartphone photographer’ for a while and being an android user most phone cameras are of poor quality… So far this camera has been perfect.

 

Brian: Daylight pictures look great, the video quality is good and the sound on movie clips better than expected. I like the fact that you can zoom while taking videos (my previous compact cameras could not)

 

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Sony DSCWX350

The DSCWX350 as you will expect from Sony is a nice bit of kit. Medium sized for Sony’s compact camera range with a 26mm body and a 20x zoom lens makes this the go to camera for the point and shoot fans.

If you are a fan of full auto cameras then this will be for you. Whilst this camera has a great range of manual settings the superior auto mode will give you little reason to dig into the manual settings.

Features like HDR mode are automatically engaged for high contrast settings, taking 3 shots at different exposure levels to catch more highlight and shadow detail.

Low light sees this increased to 4 shots to reduce ‘noise’. When taking shots of anything moving the camera switches to a faster shutter speed instead to minimise blurring.

Wi-Fi and NFC (Android) is present for this model turning your mobile into a remote viewfinder – Great for selfies!

Video taken with this camera are crisp and with good natural colours, ideal for your vlogging needs.

Specs

Megapixels: 18
Image resolution max: 4896 x 3672 (18MP)
Video Resolution max: 1920 x 1080 (50p)
Zoom Ratio: 20x
OIS: Yes
ISO: 80 – 3200
Connections: Wifi, NFC
External mic: No

Testimonials

Rusty: Hands down probably the best point and shoot camera in its price range. Takes stunning pictures as well as videos which you just cant fault. If you want a small, easy to use camera which adjusts all the settings for you, THIS IS THE ONE!

G.Hooper: Being a bit of a gadget fetishist I have owned way too many compact cameras in my time. Of all of them this is the best small compact camera that I have tried.

 

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Nikon Coolpix L340


The Nikon Coolpix L340 is classed as a bridge camera. This is someway between a fully fledged DSLR and a compact camera. A classic bridge camera design with a nice ergonomic feel is the first thing you’ll notice.

As this is quite a basic model there are not loads of controls to get your head around. In some ways this camera makes up for that with the features it does have. A 28x optical zoom provides more than enough capability for your needs but if not then a 56 x Dynamic Fine Zoom should.

The rear screen has a slightly lower resolution than some of the other cameras here but the other features make up for this minor inconvenience.

Video is nice and clear with a good colour balance, you can also switch the mic off if you need to make silent film for you to add voiceover.

A nice touch is that the camera uses AA batteries. You can take this either way but I like to think you can use a charger with lithium batteries but if you get caught out you can pop into a nearby shop and get some emergency spares thus not missing out on any great opportunities.

Specs

Megapixels: 20
Image resolution max: 5152 x 3864 (20MP)
Video Resolution max: 1280 x 720 (30p)
Zoom Ratio: 28x
OIS: Yes
ISO: 80 – 1600
Connections: USB
External mic: No

Testimonials

A.F: My phone can take quite nice photos but there are times I need a much longer reach and we didn’t want to spend a lot on a camera so picked this up. I’m quite pleased with the results both photos and video you couldn’t get this range out of a phone or tablet camera.

Paul D: I bought this to replace a much more expensive Canon which didn’t survive exposure to salt water. I’ve now carried it around the Caribbean on a two week holiday and I’m pretty please with the results.

 

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Sony Cyber-shot DSCH300

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 is a great camera for the money. It’s crammed full of features making it one of the best budget cameras around.

A massive 35x optical zoom and 20MP sensor make it quite a steal at this price point. Added to that you get Optical Image Stabilisation, great battery life (350 shots) and nice features such as face detection focusing.

Video recording is good at 1280 x 720 (30p) but if you are going for a camera purely for video then you may want to look at the Sony DSCWX350 or the Canon SX610HS as they both can record 1080 video but if you are looking for a good all rounder then this may be the one for you.

Specs

Megapixels: 20
Image resolution max: 5152 x 3864 (20MP)
Video Resolution max: 1280 x 720 (30p)
Zoom Ratio: 35x
OIS: Yes
ISO: 80 – 3200
Connections: USB, HDMI
External mic: No

Testimonials

Aguilan: Excellent, far exceeded my expectations very easy to use,the zoom is something else you can really get up close from half a mile away, 

Nick Holding: I’ve not had this camera long but I can honestly say it’s brilliant. £99 is a bargain for what this camera has to offer; 20mp photos and 720p video, not much to criticise. Beginners will love it as the buttons are simple and friendly.

 

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LUMIX Digital Camera DMC-SZ10


The Lumix DMC-SZ10 is another great small compact camera. It has a decent 12x optical zoom and records video in 720p which is standard for a camera of this size and price band. It has a good ergonomic feel to it with a nice matt finish.
The Wi-fi feature allows you to shoot remotely, send images taken or send images while recording, pretty neat. You can also connect your mobile using the Panasonic app which will allow you to use your phone to zoom in and out, take photos and set the autofocus point. Great for group shots you want to be in.
One of the great features of this camera is of course the 180 degree flip screen. This makes it perfect for those who wish to take selfies, there is in fact a selfie mode on this camera just for that purpose.
Given this neat little camera has some cool features it had to make the list. Added to that it’s one of the cheapest to boot it really is a great entry level camera to get you started

Specs

Megapixels: 16
Image resolution max: 4608 x 3456 (16MP)
Video Resolution max: 1280 x 720 (30p)
Zoom Ratio: 12x
OIS: No
ISO: 100 – 6400
Connections: Wi-Fi, USB
External mic: No

Testimonials

Carole Baines: After getting fed up with my camera phone doing all sorts of quirky things when trying to use it, I decided to get a proper small compact digital camera that would take good quality photos. This fit the bill perfectly.

D. Ash: Great small camera with selfie feature. A small inexpensive camera is not suppose,to take the same quality photos as an expensive SLR. Yet, this camera takes very nice quality images and at the price you cannot beat it…

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