If you have your finger on the pulse of new media, then you know that Vlogging is the new frontier for creators. Unlike Blogging, all you need to start a Vlog is a camera, yourself and a YouTube account, it’s that simple.
Unfortunately we cant all fork out big money for the hottest camera. That is why I created this list of the best Vlogging cameras under $100.
But before I get stuck into this list, i’m going to go against the grain and tell you something that many wont dare.
The only drawback to using a smartphone for Vlogging is that the audio is typically of lesser quality. But you can get around this by using an external microphone like the Rode Video Mic Me.
Why am I telling you this?
Well as a fellow YouTuber/Vlogger, I want to give other aspiring creators the best information before they get started. But if you are not into using your smartphone for Vlogging, thats perfectly fine! Having a dedicated camera is a great move as it’s usually more robust and can deliver great results.
So lets get stuck in!
Top 5 Best Vlogging Cameras Under $100
1. Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera (Best Tested)
First up on this list is the mighty Sony DSCW800. If I was going to pick a great Vlogging camera for under 100 bucks, this would be my first pick for sure. Many other people also have this opinion as this model has over 1,200 reviews with an average rating of 4 stars on Amazon.
But what makes this model standout from the rest?
For me it is the 20.1MP Super HAD CCD Sensor which captures vibrant and detailed video. Another huge advantage of using a HAD CCD sensor is that its has much greater contrast and clarity compared to similar models. This gave me great results when recoding in a wide range of environments.
One other great benefit I found when using this Sony DSCW800 was the built in lens. With a variable optical zoom, I could co from wide angle (20mm) to zoomed in (130 mm) in and instant. But for Vlogging I was using the wide angle aspect 95% of the time. The lens also has an aperture of F3.2 – F6.4 which is pretty decent for a camera of this price.
2. Nikon COOLPIX L32 Digital Camera
Next up on this list is the Nikon COOLPIX L32. As far as affordable cameras go, Nikon has done a great job with this model as it covers all the basics extremely well.
From initial use and tinkering, it felt like this camera was made more for video than photography. One reason I say that, is the supporting features seem to benefit video recording with things like Electronic Vibration Reduction and a good built in microphone. It also supports a dedicated video recording button to start shooting in an instant.
When it comes to the sensor and lens on this COOLPIX L32, it’s very similar to the above Sony. The sensor is almost identical with 20.1 megapixels while the lens can also zoom out to 130mm. However on it’s widest range, the lens is 26mm which is just a touch narrower than the Sony. While not a major, it can make the difference in the long run.
Overall this Nikon was great to Vlog with and I would recommend this camera to any YouTuber on a budget. I have made close to 15 videos with this camera and it definitely is a video workhorse. Viewing the video black back on the 3″ display screen paired with a wide angle lens was great. A Vlogging must have!
3. Canon PowerShot A2500
Moving onto my third choice of the best Vlogging cameras under $100 is the Canon PowerShot A250. To be more exact, this model is hovering just over the hundred dollar mark. But I thought it would be unfair not to include this camera as it’s only a few extra dollars more.
When it comes to cameras, Canon sure knows their stuff with a long lineage of great cameras with this one included.
Using this PowerShot A2500 for Vlogging was a pleasure to use and felt right at home with it’s simple interface and dedicated video button. The results I received as far as video is concerned were pretty good. It produced great vivid colours and crispy resolution thanks to it’s Canon DIGIC 4 image processor. Again this model shoots in 720p.
4. Yisence Camcorder With Flip Screen
Next up on my list of reviewed cameras is the Yisence Camcorder. If you have never heard of this brand, your not the only. Yisence is a relatively new brand. While I usually buy more established brands, this model perked my interest because of it’s flip screen capabilities.
If you have read some of my previous articles, then you know I am a big advocate for using a flip screen camera for Vlogging. In a nut shell it allows you to see yourself while recording which minimises mistakes and framing issues. While at first it may seem vain, seeing yourself while recording is a massive benefit and time saver.
While this camera does record in higher definition than the above models, the actual clarity and crispness of the video is quite poor when compared to other 1080p models. But with the addition of the articulating 270 degree screen, I feel like this model makes up for the poorer video quality. A well deserved spot!
5. Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Wrapping up this list is another well designed and highly functional Canon model. Ok I’m not going to lie, I really enjoy recording with Canon’s compared to Nikon or Sony’s. One of the biggest reasons why I opt for Canon is the vibrant and deep colors that are produced from their sensors.
Recording Vlogs on this SX610 was extremely rewarding after viewing the finished results. This model fitted well into my palm and I was able to record for long periods of time while not getting a sore wrist. With a smaller body size, it also fitted well into my pocket.
Overall this is a great little camera that packs a punch and is suitable for Vlogger who want to shoot HD videos or for travel YouTube Vlogs. A worthy pick indeed for the best camera under $100.