The 10 Best Cheap Cameras for Youtube Videos

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Whether you want to record home videos, action videos, travel videos, or create content for your social media accounts, video cameras can be quite an expensive purchase if you aren’t familiar with them. However, there are some great budget-friendly options that will give you quality videos for a fraction of the price.  

What are the best inexpensive cameras for shooting videos?   This is a list of the 10 best and most affordable video cameras for you to choose from: 

  1. YI 4K Action and Sports Camera
  2. DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld Video Camera
  3. GoPro Hero 7 Black
  4. Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR
  5. Panasonic Full HD Camcorder HC-V770
  6. Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II
  7. Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom Point & Shoot Camera
  8. Panasonic Lumix ZS50 Camera, Black
  9. Nikon D3500
  10. Sony RX100

These cameras are a mishmash of styles and brands. They are all beginner-friendly and expert-approved. Just find the one that you think will work best for what you need it to do, and you’re good to go. Please note: other cameras will claim they are “better” than these, but they carry a hefty price tag.

YI 4K Action and Sports Camera

YI 4K Action and Sports Camera, 4K/30fps Video 12MP Raw Image with EIS, Live Stream, Voice Control - Black

FeaturesProsCons
– 3.4 oz (camera + battery)
– 2.19-inch touch screen
– 4K video output at 30 fps
– 12 Megapixel still images
– Long battery life
– Instant SharingBuilt-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
– Built-in EIS with 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer
– affordable
– some really great features
– excellent image quality
– up to 120 minutes of battery life when fully charged.
– touch screen display is high-quality image stabilization at 1080p
– Not waterproof without case. One button control can be difficult at times
– Accessing the SD card slot can be difficult

This is a great video camera. Not only can you use it for making videos occasionally, but you can also use this for vlogging and taking any action videos, as the name suggests.

It is easy to use and has some really great features that are perfect for a beginner as well as a pro. The quality of output is surprisingly clear and crisp for the size of the camera. You can use it by itself or in conjunction with the YI app.

DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld Video Camera

2019 DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld 3 Axis Gimbal with Integrated Camera, Comes 128GB Extreme Micro SD, Attachable to Smartphone, Android, iPhone

This small, handheld camera is great for on-the-go videos or even blogs. It is easy to use, and the quality of output is great, considering the size of the camera. The audio quality is mostly great.  Be sure to register the camera to take advantage of all its features.

There are a few negatives with this camera, however nothing major that you can’t get around. I think if you are a beginner and need something to start, this is a great option for you.

FeaturesProsCons
– 4.2 oz, 11.2 x 10.9 x 8.1 inches.
– 3-axis stabilized 4K camera in an ultra-compact, lightweight form.
– Captures up to 4K60 video and 12MP still photos.
– Use with the Mimo app for Active Track, Face Track, Motion-lapse, and other creative functions.
– Links to your iOS or Android smartphone via the included Lightning and USB Type-C adapters.
– Connects to use your smartphone as a larger display.
– Employs a 1/2.3-inch sensor and an f/2.0 aperture for crisp, vivid 80° FOV images.
– Rechargeable internal Li-Po battery lasts for up to 140 minutes.
– Up to 100 Mb/s bit rate Records.
– Up to a 256GB microSD card.
– It is compact enough that it can fit anywhere.
– Easy to use once registered.Has 4K output.
– Compatible with most Android and iPhone devices.
– You can connect it to your phone and use your phone’s screen as a viewfinder.
– Great quality product for a low price.
– The audio can suffer in low lights.
– You cannot use it if you don’t register it first.
– Not all phones are compatible with the camera.
– You can’t access any of the settings from the device itself, but you will have to connect it to your phone. 
– You will need to invest in some accessories to be able to take full advantage of the camera.
– USB-C cable not included.

GoPro Hero 7 Black

GoPro HERO7 Black Camera + Extra Rechargeable Battery + PNY Elite-X 32GB U3 microSDHC Card (Bundle) - Waterproof Digital Action Camera Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos Live Streaming Stabilization

This is another great compact camera. Not as small as the Osmo, but a good size, nonetheless. It has great features, especially for outdoor vlogging and video making. In general, GoPro cameras are mad for action videos, and the Hero 7 follows that track as well. 

It takes 4k videos that have great quality.  It also has built-in stabilization features great for action shots. 

FeaturesProsCons
– 4.2 oz, 2.4 x 1.3 x 1.8 inches.
– 2 Lithium ion batteries required. 
– 4K60/50, 2.7K120/100, & 1080p240/20012MP still photos with selectable HDR.
– Compact, light-weight video camera.
– Easy to use.
– Great Audio and Video quality.
– The bundle comes with an extra battery.
– Touch screen for easy access.
– Hyper-Smooth video stabilization.
– Direct live-streaming to Facebook Live.
– Time-Warp stabilized time-lapse video.
– Waterproof to 33’ without a housing.
– Vertical portrait mode for social media.
– Intuitive, smartphone-like touchscreen.
– Face, smile, and scene detection.
– 16-command voice control.
– Battery life can be better.
– It doesn’t have a screen in the back.
– The device can heat up when recording 4K videos.
– Sometimes has a hard time following voice command.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR

Canon EOS 2000D (Rebel T7) Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm DC III Lens Kit (Black) Professional Accessory Bundle Package Includes: SanDisk Ultra 64GB SDXC Memory Card + 50'' Tripod + Filters and More

This is a great beginner DSLR camera on a budget. It is also great if you aren’t a beginner but are on a budget. It has some really great features, but depending on what you are planning to use the camera for, you might want to make sure it does what you need it to do.

Like the above two, this is not an action camera, so if you’re looking to shoot some action scenes, then this is not for you. But it does work great for other types of video making.

FeaturesProsCons
– 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and high-performance DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
– ISO 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800)
– Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
– 9-point AF system
– High-performance Optical Viewfinder
– 3-inch LCD monitor
– Scene Intelligent Auto mode
– Full HD Movie mode
– Continuous shooting up to 3.0 fps
– Great video and picture quality.
– Minimal shutter lag.
– Full HD videos.
– Feature Guide and Creative Auto mode help less experienced photographers.
– The LCD backlight is fairly bright, making it easier to view outdoors.
– You can share your photographs and videos instantaneously via NFC or Wi-Fi.
– The visual output could use some improvement.
– It can be slow to start.Autofocus takes time to focus.
– AF in video mode is not continuous.
– No external mic-jack.
– Mono sound.
– No high frame-rate video at full HD resolution.
– Overall, camera design could use some work.
– Poor video quality in low lights.

Panasonic Full HD Camcorder HC-V770

Panasonic Full HD Camcorder HC-V770, 20X Optical Zoom, Bundle Kit with Camcorder Case + 32GB SD Card + Memory Card Wallet + ProOptic Cleaning Kit + 49mm UV Filter + Lens Cleaner + Card Reader

This is a great video camera to capture home videos, action videos, or vlogging. The camera has a great built-in level stabilizer, which helps automatically correct any tilting happening in the video.

It also has a feature that allows you to connect the camera to your smartphone or tablet and let you record using the device’s camera from another angle. You can live stream what you are recording by using the web service UStream. Or, you can use the live stream camera feature as a baby monitor, you just need a Wi-Fi connection in order to log into the account to view real-time playback. 

Overall a great camera with other great features that can be used by both newbies and experts. 

FeaturesProsCons
-12 Megapixels 
– 20X Optical
– ZoomTouchscreen LCD
– Mic Input1080 HD
– HDR Movie Feature
– Wireless Twin Camera1/2.3-Inch BSI CMOS with 12.76 megapixels
– Hybrid OIS+ with Active Mode, OIS Lock, and Level Shot
– Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
– AVCHD 2.0 and MP4 format at up to 1080/50p at 28Mbits/sec
– Realtime broadcasting
– Wireless TV playback
– Excellent image quality
– Great value
– Great for high-speed videos.
– Great built-in microphone
– Live streaming capabilities

– The sensor is smaller compared to a DSLR
– No 4K shooting option
– Need internet connection to view real-time videos
– The quality of your video might suffer if your phone camera is not good
– Doesn’t have a ring lens

Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera (Silver) + SanDisk 64GB Memory Card + Point & Shoot Case + Flexible Tripod + USB Card Reader + Cleaning Kit + LCD Screen Protectors - Full Accessory Bundle

This is a great lightweight and compact camera also for on-the-go shooting. It has some great features that make this affordable a great buy for creating your videos. With the 20.1 MP capability, it not only creates great quality photos but videos as well.

You can connect the camera to your phone to share your videos and photos instantaneously. The DIGIC 7 Image Processor enables the camera to operate faster, produce quality images even in low-light.

FeaturesProsCons
– 7.3 oz
– 20.1MP 1″ High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor 
– DIGIC 7 Image Processor 
– 3x Optical Zoom f/2
– 4.9 Lens {28-84mm (35mm Equivalent)} 
– 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
– Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
– Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
– Extended ISO 12800 and 8.2 fps Shooting
– Dynamic IS and Time-Lapse Video Function
– In-Camera Raw Conversion, Picture Style
– Fast on/off functions
– The crisp lens enables you to get great quality images and videos.
– 1-inch image sensor.8.1fps image capture. 
– Touch LCD. 
– Built-in ND filter. 
– In-camera art filters. 
– Wi-Fi. 
– Great size
– Touch screen LCD
– It is a bit on the pricier side.
– The zoom could be wider.
– Narrow aperture when zoomed.
– No 60fps video option.
              

Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom Point & Shoot Camera

Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom Point & Shoot Camera (Black)

This is a great camera with a decent zoom range, lightweight and shoots excellent quality pictures in both high and low lights.

Compared to other Sony cameras in the same family, this is a cheaper option with great features. If you are looking to make high-quality videos without paying a high price, then this is it. What this model has going against it is that it doesn’t produce 4K videos, which is a bummer. But it has other saving qualities that might interest you.

FeaturesProsCons
– 1.05 lbs, 6.25 x 5 x 2.75 in
– 30x optical zoom ZEISS lens plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom18.
– 2MP image quality
– Built-in retractable OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder
– High-quality movies1 w/ XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4 codes
– Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC
– 5-axis image stabilization
– multi-angle 3″ Xtra Fine LCD display
– P/A/S/M modes, customizable settings & Memory Recall mode
– up to 10fps of continuous shooting
– Lock-On AF
– FHD 1080p
– 30x optical zoom is great for taking pictures and videos from a distance.
– Image stabilization function is great for outdoor or sporty videos.
– Pop up viewfinder to take eye-level images.
– 12 customizable functions. The flash is tiltable.
– PASM mode is also available for videos.
– WIFI and NFC reader are included, which is great for image and video transferring right away.
– The LCD display rotates to 180 degrees in order to capture great selfies.
– You can either use the camera in manual mode or in auto mode.
– The autofocus and lock in on the person/object being filmed maintain a steady focus on that object.
– Long battery life.
– They don’t have the 4K video option.
– There is no manual zoom/focus option.
– The LCD monitor is not a touch screen.
– The sensor is smaller at 1/2.3” compared to similar cameras that come with 1” sensor.
– You can’t add an external flash.No raw shooting
– Maximum ISO sensitivity is 3.200

Panasonic Lumix ZS50 Camera, Black

Panasonic Lumix ZS50 Camera, Black

Another great camera from Panasonic. This camera is equipped with an electronic viewfinder that helps improve the quality of your pictures since you are able to see the picture instead of viewing it from an LCD screen.

The camera also has great settings that captures excellent pictures in low light settings, which means if you’re into nature photography, you might be able to get great sunset pictures. 

There are many other great features in this camera that are amazing for such an affordable price.  

FeaturesProsCons
– 243g. 111 x 65 x 34 mm
– 12MP – 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
– ISO 80 – 6400
– 24-720 mm F3.3-6.4 Zoom Lens
– 5-axis Optical Image Stabilization
– 3″ Fixed Type Screen
– 1166k dot Electronic viewfinder
– 10.0 fps continuous shooting
– 1920 x 1080 video resolution
– Built-in Wireless
– Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity enable instant image sharing.
– 5-axis Image Stabilization is great for action video, ensuring your video is not shaky.
– 1920 x 1080 Max Video ResolutionElectronic
– Built-in ViewfinderRAW ShootingFace Detection Focusing23
– Focus Points
– 1.040k dots LCD Resolution
– 10.0fps Fast Continuous Shooting
– Manual Focusing and exposureTime-lapse Recording
– Remote control with a smartphone
– No Articulating Screen
– No External Flash Shoe
– No Touch ScreenLow-Resolution Sensor: 12.0MP
– No Environmental SealingSlow Lens at Wide: f3.30
– Slow Lens at Tele: f6.40
– Poor Low Light image quality

Nikon D5300

Nikon D3500 W/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Black

If you’re looking for a DSLR, then this is an option for you. Is it the best? No, by any means, but it will get the job done quite nicely.

This is a simple camera that is great for first-timers, who can use it to practice.  Even though it is simple, you can take quality photos and videos with this camera. 

Leadsrating.com writes that  “…the D5300 offers 1080/60p video and built-in Wi-Fi, when many other cameras in the same class can’t compete in those categories…The D5300 offers an impressive array of features and wonderful picture quality.”

So, if you like the idea of having a DSLR, then this might be an option for you.

FeaturesProsCons
– 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor.
– EXPEED 4 Image Processor.ISO 100 – 12800, Extended to 100 – 25600.
– 3.2-inch 1,037k-Dot Rear Screen Vari-Angle LCD Monitor.
– Pentamirror Viewfinder with 95% Coverage and 0.82x Magnification.
– Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps.
– Continuous Shooting up to 5 fps.
– Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-Point AF Sensor.
– Active D-Lighting and In-Camera HDR.
– Built-In Flash and Stereo Microphone.
– No Optical Low-Pass Filter.
– Built-In Wi-Fi Functionality and GPS Connectivity.
– SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards.
– Dimensions of 4.9 x 3.9 x 3.0-inches.Weighs 16.9 ounces.
– 1080p HD videos
– Has a built-in microphone
– Has a live view function so you can see your recording
– It has a scene recognition system that adjusts the settings automatically to capture the best picture/video for you.
– Also has GPS and WI-FI built-inThe camera body is ergonomic
– Light and easy to handle considering the size
– Shooting remotely using the app can use an upgrade
– Battery life can suffer depending on all the features you use
– GPS is not the best

Sony RX100

Sony RX100 20.2 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor, 28-100mm ZEISS zoom lens, 3" LCD

For the price of this camera and the features you get, this is a great purchase. Not only for taking videos but for pictures as well.

It provides you with an excellent picture in bright and low lights, which is great because sometimes content suffers in low lights. So, if you like taking pictures of the sunset, or if you’re a night owl, then this is the camera for you.

It has many positives to offer, so this is definitely one to take a closer look into.

FeaturesProsCons
– Approximately 20.1 megapixels
– Exmor CMOS Sensor, 28-100mm equivalent F/18-49 lens
– ISO 125-6400 Expandable ISO 80, 100, and 25,600
– The 3-Inch LCD screen with 12M dots – Operating temperature: Approx. 0°C to 40°C (32F° to 104F°)
-1080p video steady-Shot image stabilization
– Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
– Burst Mode (shots)-Approx10 fps 
– Moving Image Size -640×480 30fps Approx3Mbps. 
– Flash range: ISO Auto: approximately 0.3 meters to 17.1 meters (W), approximately 0.55 meter to 6.3 meters (T)
– Bright F18 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 36x zoom
– Full HD 1080/60p video with manual control and dual record
– Ultra-slim, sophisticated aluminum body
– Extensive features in a sleek camera
– Dimension: 1016 mm x 581 mm x 359 mmWeight: 213g (75 oz)
– For a small camera, the photo quality is excellent.
– Built in MicFast F1.84.9, 28 100 mm Zeiss lens.
– Ultrasharp 3inch LCD display.
– Captures great photos and videos in bright and low lights.
– Full manual controls including RAW support smart controls in a compact body
– Excellent implementation of Program Shift with front ring
– Exposure preview as you make adjustments
– Very high resolution
– Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture for shallow depth of field and good night shooting
– Large sensor
– Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allow for instant sharing. 
– The price is a bit on the steeper side compared to other competitive cameras.
– At times the videos may have slight underexposure.
– Redeye problem
– The camera body is slick and can slip, needs a rubberized grip.
– HDMI port located on the bottom of the camera can be hard to access.
– Extremely short shutter speed
– No support for RAW video editing
– No touchscreen

What is the Difference Between a Camcorder and a Camera?

To be honest, the decision to purchase a camcorder versus a camera really comes down to personal preference. 

However, that are distinct differences in features between the two that it will really depend on what it is that you want from your particular camera. 

Some of these differences are: 

Camera

ProsCons
– Modern cameras have the capability not only to take really great photos but 720p to 4K HD videos as well.
– The larger sensor helps capture better quality videos in low light situations.
– Since most cameras use SD cards as a memory to store everything the camera captures, you can create larger files and not have to worry about running out of memory.
– Some cameras don’t come with a built-in microphone, so you either have to make sure you buy one that does have a built-in mic or carry an external mic.
– Older model camera lenses are not suitable for video making, so be on the lookout for those as well. 
– Cameras are built for taking pictures, so holding it steady for long periods of time care be a bit tricky.

Camcorder

Pros Cons
– Modern-day camcorders are evolving where they are capable of taking some decent photos as well.

– Another evolutionary feature to look for in a camcorder is a large sensor. This will enable you to take great videos in low light settings.

– SD cards are also becoming a popular feature in recent camcorders.

– It is built with a comfortable palm strap that helps you hold the camera steady and not be too hard on your hands.

– They come with great built-in microphones so that you don’t have to worry about getting an external mic.

– They have great built-in zooming capability and sometimes tend to focus better when in auto mode then a lot of cameras.
– Not all camcorders come with a large sensor, so it doesn’t take great videos/photos in low lights.

– Some camcorders don’t come with enough storage, so you will have to purchase additional storage. 

– Camcorders don’t take great photos, so if you are looking to insert quality photos in your videos, you might have to invest in a camera as well.

To Sum it Up

These ten cameras are among the best for the price range. That is not to say that there aren’t others priced much higher. However, keep in mind, just because a camera is expensive doesn’t mean it is the greatest. Always make sure you buy something that you NEED to do what you want to do. Oftentimes we get carried away by all the bells and whistles and then end up not using half of those features.

About the Author

Kantai Kotikot

A photography enthusiast, a videography connoisseur. Kantai loves the lenses, but he adores words. When he is not out learning how to shoot kick-ass photos and videos, he is creating content to guide you through your photography, and filming escapades.

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