Best vlogging camera under $200

I have been looking online for the best vlogging camera under $200. All the cameras that I have found on blogs and websites just have not seemed to be any good.

When I was writing my best vlogging camera under $100 I knew not to expect too much. I knew that 720p would be the standard and even the quality of that 720p would not be great. But when I started researching this topic I found that most of the cameras suggested were 720p cameras.

I expected to start seeing a lot more 1080p vlogging cameras. I was wrong. The reason why this shocked me is because you can get a smartphone for that price that has 1080p video recording.

Like in my post for the best vlogging camera under $100, I will say this. If you have a decent smartphone, something better than a Samsung Galaxy S4 then use your smartphone and spend that $200 on other things like a microphone and tripod.

But I digress.

Best vlogging camera under $200

Nikon COOLPIX S6900

best vlogging camera under $200: Nikon S6900

The Nikon COOLPIX S6900 is almost at the top end of this budget. For that price you get a decent enough camera.

It has a really awesome 12x optical zoom. This is not extremely useful when it comes to vlogging, but depending on the type of vlog that you do it could be useful.

It also has 24MP which is another thing that isn’t really useful for vlogging. However, having this means that at least you get a decent vlogging camera as well as a nice point and shoot camera for photos.

The Nikon COOLPIX S6900 has one crucial feature at this price range. 1080p video recording. This is a big step up from the 720p cameras of a similar price. 1080p has almost twice the number of pixels that 720p has.

This camera has one drawback for a vlogging camera. It has no image stabilization. This is not a massive issue since generally video editing software will be able to help you out with that.

Overall, this is a good camera for the money.

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YI 4K Action and Sports Camera

best vlogging camera under $200: YI 4K Action Camera

This is where things at this price point really start to get interesting. The funny thing is I didn’t see any other suggestions for this camera on other blogs, even though it has a 4 star rating by more than 640 people.

Below I will put a few links to YouTube videos where people are really liking this camera a lot.

Back to the YI Action camera as a vlogging camera.

The Yi Action camera can not only do 1080p, but it can do 1080p at 120fps. If you want, it will also do 4K at 30fps, 2.7k at 60fps and 720p at 240fps! This little camera is absolutely fantastic.

It comes with image stabilization so that you do not have shaky video.

If you want to take pictures while you are vlogging. The YI Action camera will allow you to shoot in RAW. Something that high end DSLR’s have and that professional photographers use.

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Polaroid Cube+

best vlogging camera under $200: Polaroid Cube+

Another action camera. I actually featured the Polaroid Cube HD in my post with the best vlogging camera under $100. It was my personal favorite.

The Polaroid Cube+ kicks it up a notch though. Instead of just 1080p, it now has 1440p video recording ability. Which is great, it is not as good as 4K but it is a big step up from 1080p video.

This camera also increases its video recording time from 90 minutes on the Polaroid Cube HD to 107 minutes on the Polaroid Cube+. That is an 18% improvement.

It also keeps the 124 degree ultra wide lens. This is what made it my favorite camera the last time. Some other actions cameras have super wide lenses which do not work well in all situations. This lens on the other hand works really well.

The Cube+ also comes with video image stabilization which is very important when recording any kind of video, not only vlogging.

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GoPro Hero 5 Session

best vlogging camera under $200: GoPro Hero 5 Session

Last but certainly not least. I think we can all agree that GoPro make some really great little action cameras. And it could be considered the best vlogging camera under $200.

When I saw this for just under $200 I couldn’t believe it. Mind you it seems like it might be on special so just double check the price if you want to buy.

This camera is great. There is no other word for it.

It can record video at 4K. It has a time lapse feature built in which is a really nice thing to have.

This camera is waterproof. So it is great if you make adventure vlogs or vlog about extreme sports etc.

Like the Polaroid Cube+ this camera also has video image stabilization which like I said before is a really great thing to have.

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Best vlogging camera under $200: Polaroid Cube+

I was going to pick the GoPro. The only reason why I didn’t is because I am not 100% sure about what the price will be in the future.

The Polaroid Cube+ is the cheapest camera on this list and it does everything that one needs and more.

But just because I say this, do not be put of the YI 4K Action Camera. That is another great camera. And making the decision between the two is quite difficult. At the end of the day you cannot go wrong getting either one.

 

If you want to know more about what makes a good vlogging camera check out my post here.

If you already have a DSLR you can take a look at my post here to help you with what makes a good vlogging lens.

 

5 Best Vlogging Cameras Under $100

So you are looking for the best vlogging camera under $100?

Well you have come to the right place.

Before we begin. Finding a vlogging camera that costs $100 or less is quite a struggle. Just know that getting a camera at this price point it will not have the best quality video but it will be good enough to start with.

5 Best Vlogging Cameras Under $100 (Quick Navigation)

Sony DSCW800

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A810

FITFORT Action Camera 4K

Polaroid Cube HD

 

Two more things before we get into the details.

  1. If you do have the budget or you able to wait a little longer to be able to save to around $200 then I would definitely suggest doing that. The difference in quality is quite big between these cameras and $200 cameras.
  2. My personal opinion is to use your smartphone. If you have a smartphone anything from a Samsung S4 and up. That will be much better to start with for the following reasons:
    1. You already have the smartphone so you do not have to spend any money on a camera
    2. You can easily buy one of the small Gorilla pods to have a better grip on your phone while holding it, or to use it as a normal tripod which can be handy.
    3. You can use your remaining budget to get a cheap lavalier mic to use with your phone which will boost your audio quality quite dramatically

 

5 Best Vlogging Cameras Under $100

Sony W800

The first camera on this list is the Sony W800 point and shoot. This is the best camera on the list, the main reason for this is that it has optical image stabilization, 720p at 30fps and has its widest focal length is 26mm.

Optical image stabilization will make a big difference to your videos and your viewers will thank you for it. Have you ever seen those videos on YouTube that are shaky and terrible to watch? Well, that is what happens when you do not have optical image stabilization. It makes your video a mess and will really turn people away. One thing I will say is that if you are thinking of making videos where you do not walk around at all and mainly just sit a desk or something like that, then having optical image stabilization doesn’t make a difference.

As with most of the cameras at this price point, the Sony W800 only has 720p video at 30fps. To be fair 720p is still a good enough resolution for online video and most people will not have an issue with that.

This camera also comes with 5x optical zoom. This is not a massive amount of zoom but it decent enough. Generally with vlogging you won’t be using the zoom too many depending on the type of vlog you want to make.

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Canon PowerShot A2500

The Sony W800(above) and this camera are pretty close to one another. The reason why the Sony is a bit better is because it has optical image stabilization as well as 720p 30fps video recording capabilities. The PowerShot A2500 also has optical image stabilization and 720p video recording, but it can only record at 25fps. It would make much of a difference but generally having higher fps video is better.

Other than that the Canon A2500 is right up there. It also has 5x optical zoom which is nice to have.

Like I said previously, this camera records video at 720p which really is good enough for online video. One of the benefits of recording at 720p is that when you need to edit your videos you will not need such a powerful computer to do it. The higher the resolution of the video the more computer power it takes when editing and exporting that video.

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Canon PowerShot A810

Again, this camera is similar to the other two. In this price range most cameras are going to be very similar.

The Canon A810 has a 16MP sensor that can record at 720p at 25fps which is the same as the A2500. This camera also has 5x optical zoom.

The big difference between this camera and the two above is that it does not have optical image stabilization. But it does have digital image stabilization. Digital is not as good as optical but it is better than not having any. In some video editing programs they give the option to stabilize the video which is nice. Having to do that is an extra step, so it is nice to have something built in at least.

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FITFORT Action Camera 4K

This is the first and only 4K camera on our list. And it has raving reviews. It has almost 5 stars with over 2300 reviews which is incredible!

There is another thing that separates the FITFORT from the previous cameras and that is that this is an action camera and not a point and shoot. This is actually a really good thing. Why would I say that? One unique thing about action cameras is that they often have ultra wide lenses which is great for vlogging. At the same time some might find that action cameras are too wide but that is up to you. I personally like the look in some situations.

But lets get back to the FITFORT. It has a 12MP sensor so you can take decent still images with this camera. But the main feature of this camera is the ability to output video at 4K! In fact with this camera you have quite a few recording options.

Recording Options:

  • 4K at 25fps
  • 2.7k at 30fps
  • 1080p at 60fps
  • 720p at 120fps

This is another reason that makes this camera special. All these modes allow you to be more creative with what you are filming. The above cameras would record video at a maximum of 30fps, this camera can do 120fps, that means you can do some really great slow motion clips with this.

Another great feature of this camera is that it comes with 19 accessories and 2 batteries which is amazing. Those 2 batteries might not seem to be useful but it can just make your life so much easier. Also some of the accessories make this camera waterproof for up to 100ft, so if you plan on doing some extreme adventures or just want to vlog while you are at gym and maybe swimming. This is the perfect camera for you.

There is big downside to this camera though. It has not image stabilization which can be an issue. To get around this you either need to not care about this feature or you will need to get some video editing software that can stabilize the video in post processing.

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Polaroid Cube HD

Another lifestyle/action camera. The Polaroid Cube does not have all the features and accessories that the FITFORT camera does. But that doesn’t mean that it is a bad camera.

This is a fantastic little camera. It can record video at 720p or 1080p. Which means that only the FITFORT can record at higher resolution than this camera on this list!

Like the FITFORT camera, the Polaroid CUBE also has an ultra wide angle lens. The difference is that the FITFORT’s lens is 170 degrees wide and the Polaroid is 124 degrees wide. For most people this will be a much better choice when it comes to vlogging. This is more than wide enough to get the scene in the video, with not looking too distorted.

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The Best Vlogging Camera Under $100: Sony W800

The reason that this is the best vlogging camera under $100 is due to the fact that it does pretty much everything. It doesn’t do anything particularly brilliantly but it does the job.

Now, while I say that the Sony W800 is the best vlogging camera under $100 I would personally go with the Polaroid CUBE. Reason being is that it has the ultra wide lens. It has some accessories, one of which make it waterproof. It shoots video at 1080p and it is super small. All I would do is make sure that my video editing software can do video stabilization.

The only reason I would consider the Polaroid CUBE over the FITFORT is due to how wide the FITFORT lens is. For me it is a little too wide for everyday vlogging use. But don’t get me wrong, it is a great little camera. If you will be vlogging extreme sports and the like the FITFORT is the way to go without a doubt.

 

If you would like to know more about what makes a good vlogging camera you can read my post here. And if you want to read more about what makes a good vlogging lens and why I say ultra wide lenses are the best for vlogging, you can took a look at my lens guide.

Best vlogging camera 2018

Every year cameras get better. But what is the best vlogging camera?

In this post I will go through what makes a good vlogging camera. I will also tell you what the best vlogging camera for 2018 is and why it is the best vlogging camera.

Canon SL2/200D

 

What makes a good vlogging camera?

  1. A good vlogging camera will allow you to attach an external microphone.
  2. Flip out screen. When vlogging being able to see the screen is a massive plus.
  3. Interchangeable lenses. This is not a must but it is extremely useful, the next point has more detail.
  4. Ultra wide. Some compact cameras have decently wide lenses but ultra is they way to go, it allows for more of the scene to be captured in the video.
  5. Full HD. 4K is all the rage today, but working with 1080p footage is much easier and less time consuming. It is also cheaper since you do need to have a high spec computer to work smoothly with it.

Those are the main points that make a good vlogging camera.

The most important of those points however is the microphone. When vlogging you need to have good audio quality. This can make or break your vlog. If you have poor audio quality people simply will not watch your vlog.

Flip out screens are extremely useful when vlogging. Being able to see what the camera is seeing is huge. This allows you to see if there is enough light coming through to the sensor, or if you are in focus or not. Some cameras even allow you to change settings with the screen.

Interchangeable lenses is more of a nice to have. It will allow you to try different things. Having a wide angle lens is fantastic on a vlog as it will show more of your surroundings. Being able to change the lens on your camera also allows you to try out different techniques. Getting a blurry background is one of those techniques that a lot people really like. I have a post detailing what makes a good vlogging lens here.

4K video required? I do not believe that 4K is ready yet for most people. It is getting there slowly though. The main reason I do not think that 4K is needed is because of computer hardware and internet speed. Having to upgrade your computer can be a costly exercise. If you do not have a fast internet line you might have to convert your 4K video to 1080p anyway which just means that you wasted your money on a 4K camera.

 

So what is the best vlogging camera in 2018?

This depends on what you want to do in general. But for me, the best vlogging camera in 2018 is the Canon 200D.

The reason why I think that the Canon 200D is the best vlogging camera is because it has everything that one needs.

Canon 200D features:

  1. It allows for an external microphone which is incredibly important.
  2. Can record video at up to 1080p/FullHD
  3. Has a flip out screen
  4. Interchangeable lenses
  5. Light weight
  6. Inexpensive compared to other DSLR’s

Again the biggest point here is the external microphone. The camera comes with a hotshoe which the microphone will attach to as well as having a microphone port on the side of the camera.

FullHD video recording at up to 60 frames per second. This is great, it gives you the ability to shoot some slow motion video if you want to which can add that extra bit of quality to a vlog if used correctly.

The Canon 200D also has a flip out screen which as discussed before is a great help when vlogging. The ability to change settings and see in real time what the video looks like is extremely useful. There is nothing worse than recording a great vlog only to realize you cannot see anything.

This camera has an APSC sized sensor and therefor mainly uses the Canon EF-S lenses. However, it also allows you to use the Canon EF lenses which are for the bigger more professional camera bodies. This is great because it gives you a wide selection of lenses that you can choose from.

DSLR’s can be heavy and expensive. The Canon 200D is none of those in the DSLR world. It has a light weight body which is another great feature for vlogging. Carrying a big heavy camera around for hours is not fun. Also the camera is relatively inexpensive.

 

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To learn more about what makes a good vlogging camera you can take a look at my other article over here.

Best lens for vlogging

Best lens for vlogging: EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM FSLPicking the best lens for vlogging can be a TOUGH choice.

It doesn’t have to be.

Actually picking the best lens for vlogging is extremely easy.

In todays post I will going through what the best lens for vlogging is for Canon and Nikon platforms as well as tell you why these are the best lenses.

 

Lenses in this article

 

What makes a good vlogging lens

Before we get into the lenses lets just talk about what makes a good vlogging lens.

The main attribute to look for when picking out a vlogging lens is to look for wide or ultra wide lenses.

When I say wide of ultra wide I am talking about a focal length that starts at around 16mm(35mm equivalent). Having a wide view will allow you to get more of your surroundings in shot and will make it easier to keep yourself in frame.

Another important aspect of a lens that makes it good for vlogging with is having a zoom lens. Zoom lenses allow you to change your focal length at any time without having to change the lens itself.

 

Canon best lens for vlogging

Canon 10-18mm

The best vlogging lens for APSC Canon DSLR’s has to be the Canon EF-S 10-18mm()

This lens is fantastic, it is inexpensive(as camera equipment goes), light and easy to use and will fit on any APSC canon DSLR camera(70D, 80D, 7D Mark II, etc).

One of the most popular vloggers on YouTube uses this lens combined with his Canon 80D.

If you have a crop sensor Canon DSLR camera and you want to start vlogging this is the go to lens to start with.

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Canon 16-35mm F4

The 10-18mm is the best lens for vlogging for APSC Canon DSLR’s. If you want the best vlogging lens for Full Frame Canon cameras then you will be much better of using the Canon 16-35mm F4()

This is another fantastic lens from Canon. This lens might not be as light as the 10-18mm that you see above but this is part of Canon’s Professional line up.

This Canon 16-35mm also has some nice features like weather sealing which means you do not have to worry too much about it if it happens to get a bit wet from rain etc.

For more info about this lens you can check The Digital Pictures review.

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Nikon best lens for vlogging

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G

Nikon needed a good inexpensive ultra wide lens for their DX DSLR cameras and this 10-20mm() lens is it.

This 10-20mm lens is a superb choice for vlogging when using a Nikon camera. It is a DX lens which means that is for DX Nikon DSLR’s(d7500, d7200, d5300, etc).

The Nikon 10-20mm is light weight, near silent auto focus and inexpensive.

One of the downsides of this particular lens is that it has no buttons, consequently all the controls are in the cameras menu system.

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Nikon 16-35mm F4G

If you have a full frame camera or you want to use the more “Professional” line up from Nikon then the Nikon 16-35mm F4() is the perfect lens for that.

This lens is by no means inexpensive but it is built well and has wonderful image quality.

Just like the 16-35mm Canon lens, this lens is not as light weight and small as the previous lens I spoke about. Having said that, it is built to be more durable for any conditions.

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Conclusion

Any one of these lenses are great for use as a vlogging lens.

If you want more information about what to look for when buying a vlogging lens you can take a look at this post.