Monday, September 23, 2019


Reviews - Vlog Cameras Under $300

Nikon COOLPIX B500
Most people think that if they are looking for a budget vlogging camera then they are going to end up with cheap looking videos.
Fans of the Nikon COOLPIX B500 would say otherwise...
In 2018, too many people forget Nikon as a great affordable choice for video cameras
While not on par with higher end DSLRs, this camera impresses with 1080p video resolution at 30fps for less than $300.
That is likely the best you will find at this price, especially after its recent price drop (check Amazon's current price now). We have found simple video capture on a tripod to be very clear in decent lighting. Quality decreases slightly in low light, but that is a common shortcoming in this budget range.
Be aware that you will need to be careful with this camera - it will last a long time if it sits on a tripod, but it isn't designed to be taken on the road or in rough weather conditions
If you are keeping it simple with your vlog, then the COOLPIX B500 is an excellent choice to stay within your budget. In We have found this to be a great vlogging camera overall for beginners - there is very little learning curve in its various settings, and navigation between its options is intuitive.
This means that you will be able to quickly start producing credible looking videos for YouTube.

Pros:Very high quality video for the money
Easy to learn & use
Access to helpful Nikon app
Cons: Not the most rugged
Requires 4 AA batteries
A bit bulky
Canon VIXIA HF R800 - Great Affordable Vlogging Camcorder
Using a camcorder for YouTube is often a forgotten video solution, but they can be a great pick for vloggers on the move.
The Canon VIXIA HF R800 camcorder is the best vlogging camera under $300 when it comes to pure video.  The video results will be up to par with some much more expensive rivals where many of the expensive components are primarily for still photos.
You get a really high quality camera here. For starters, the 1080/60p video resolution looks great. In fact, this is as good as it gets for cameras that are less than $300. To the untrained eye you will look every bit as good as top YouTube stars in clear HD video.
Unlike other cameras on this list, the VIXA HF R800 camcorder also includes an LCD flip screen so that you can see yourself while vlogging. This is a huge win as it is a key feature you often need to pay top dollar for.
A flip screen is a key feature for many YouTubers and you can see our top recommendations here.
You should know getting into this camcorder that it is not designed for great still photography. If that is an important part of your content, then you should probably look elsewhere.
Physically, the VIXIA HF R800 is light weight and easy to hold with its classic slim camcorder design. That is a big part of why this is an excellent go to camera if you want to include live action content and not just speak into the camera.
The battery performance is another strength of this model.  The high capacity pattery pack lasts longer than many other budget cameras, making it ideal to take with you for filming away from the home.
This isn't the cheapest camera on our list, but if high quality video performance is important and you have a few extra bucks, we recommend the VIXA HF R800 for its (almost) professional level video output at a competitive price point.
Pros: Video quality equal to more expensive cameras
Feels great to handle
Long battery life
Cons: Weak still photography
Occasional technical issues


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