Best Cheap Cameras for YouTube Videos — 6 Budget Camera Reviews
So you’re looking for cheap video cameras to make videos, but you don’t want to sacrifice quality. In this video, I’m gonna cover six of the best and cheapest cameras for YouTube videos, coming up.
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My first recommendation is the Logitech C920 webcam. Now, sure, it comes with its challenges cause in order to take this around and film places, you would just have to actually bring your whole laptop, but this little webcam does 1080p HD video and you can get it for under $65, last time I checked, brand-new. Okay, so here’s some example footage with the Logitech webcam; this is what the audio sounds like, as well, and one of the cool things is that it actually comes with free software and so you can do settings, so you can adjust the white balance and things. You can set it all on Auto or you can get custom with it and produce good-looking 1080p footage. And, my friend Sunny Lenarduzzi actually swears by this webcam and she built her YouTube channel to like over 17,000 subscribers in under a year using just this webcam before she upgraded to anything else. And, another thing to consider is this just might want to be an additional camera that you get to do things like recorded Google hangouts which could be more content for your YouTube channel or stuff like YouTube Live. This is gonna make those videos look awesome.
Camera number two is the Canon Elph Series, but specifically the 110 HS or the 300 HS. Now, you may have heard me recommend this camera before, but to this day, I think this could be one of your best budget options, especially for vloggers. So, here is an example of the Canon Elph footage. It’s nice, 1080p, a nice wide angle lens, so great for vloggers, and, also, the image stabilization is nice because I’m shaking a little bit here but it kind of keeps a smoothness to the footage. And, Canon has actually released new versions of this camera. I was just at CES in Las Vegas and they had all the updated Elph cameras, but here’s the problem with most of ’em. A lot of ’em, they’re putting the microphone on the front of the camera, which is fine if you’re shooting content that is gonna predominantly be, you’re the videographer and you’re shooting, but vloggers want to be able to be picked up from behind the camera and the content in front of the camera and so these two particular cameras have the mics on the top and you just want to make sure you don’t cover ’em with your finger when you’re shooting. And, right now, you can get a 300 HS for well under a hundred dollars, like in the Used section of Amazon, which is just a total steal. It gets you creating videos, it adds image stabilization, HD 1080p and so a great camera to get started super affordably.
Camera number three would be to pick up a GoPro and the base GoPro, right now, I think is about $130 or less. HD video, cool for lifestyle but also could be used for practical applications. Here is some example footage with the GoPro. Now, this is the GoPro HERO2, but this is pretty much what you can expect even the basic GoPro to look like. But, one thing to consider is that that base GoPro doesn’t have as much functionality and I don’t think you can put an external mic in it. One of the most budget options for, like, YouTubers that want to have some good video quality, but also have good audio and even small business owner or somebody and you want to create some good videos, would be to actually move up to the GoPro HERO2, which now has couple different view options, has an ability to add an adapter and to do an external microphone and so if you want to create HD content, have it look good, have it be affordable, you could get that GoPro, if that external microphone doesn’t even interest you; at 130 bucks, super good deal or you can step up to about 200 bucks (bubble popping) and get the HERO2 and now, you’re gonna have a lot more functionality.
Camera number four would be to get a Canon Vixia HF R600 and you can pick one up for right around $200 and you get a ton of features. Now, this is an older model, but it will give you the same kind of vibe of what it’s like. It’s a proper video camera, fold out screen, image stabilization on the R600 is really good. And so, that’s essential, so if you’re free-handing, it’s gonna take away that jitter, it’s gonna give you some smooth video. Of course, it’s nice to have the screen and you also get a mic input, which is one of the essential things if you want to create videos that don’t just look good, but sound good, then you start adding external microphones. And so, you get that with the R600. Now, one thing to note with video cameras like these is that they start zoomed-in pretty far, meaning, if you try to hold it out on yourself to vlog, it’s gonna be super-tight shot on you and one of the things a lot of video creators or YouTubers want is they want a wider shot. And so, you can solve that problem by getting a screw-on wide angle lens and I’ll link one up in the description below, it’s like 20 bucks, and if that’s the kind of content that you want to be able to be closer to the camera, also, if you don’t add a mic so you can be closer to the onboard mics, definitely just add a wide angle lens if you pick up a camera like that. Okay, so here’s some example footage with the Canon Vixia. Now, this is an older model, but this will give you kind of an idea of what the footage will look like. The new model will look better than this, but how zoomed-in on this face, this is zoomed-out as far as it goes. So, let me put on the wide angle lens to give you an example of that. So, I just screwed on the wide angle lens and, as you can see, it gives you a nice wider shot and is a great kind of add-on that you can just screw on or take off of your Canon Vixia. All of those were some great budget options to start making videos, but we’re gonna jump in price a little bit into the cheapest and best DSLRs, but the video quality upgrade we’ll get from jumping up here could be worth it for what you want to do to make the extra investment, to really get pro video that’s gonna be on par with almost anything that you are watching online.
So, my 5th recommendation would be to get a Canon Rebel T5i with the kit lens included. This camera comes in, right now, for right about $650 and one thing you can look into is, of course, shopping on eBay or Amazon, used or even refurbished, and you can save even more than that. So, this is what you can expect your footage to look like on a T5i. Now, this is a Canon 70D, but if you compare their footage side-by-side, it’s pretty much the same, which is pretty amazing. Now, one thing to note, this is the onboard mic on the camera, so that’s what that’s gonna sound like, but this is also a different lens than the kit lens that you get. This is a very wide lens, as you can see, which is nice for kind of doing creative shots in YouTube or vlogging type stuff, but this is how you can expect the lens on that, the kit lens, that’s how far it’s zoomed in. It starts at 18 millimeters, so it’s basically gonna look like this and then it’s gonna have a zoom range. So, you gotta get a little way away from the camera on a tripod, but you can start creating some great-looking DSLR videos with a T5i. Once you learn how to use this camera, it will produce video quality that is on par with any of the pros that you see out there making videos, so you start to think, like, that is a huge result for just a little bit of price increase. This camera also has continuous autofocus as a DSLR, which is nice, so that the focus will follow you kind of like this camera does, depending on where you are which is great because that’s one thing that a lot of DLSRs are lacking. It’s got a mic input so you can have good audio and when you get a DSLR, you introduce lens choice and so, now, you have a lot of creativity to have a content creation machine. So, you could buy other lenses to get different effects, different feels, for producing more creative kinds of videos and Canon has really, like, the best options of lenses, so you, a lot of times, you can get deals on Craigslist or locally and you’ll find Canon lenses readily available.
And, last but not least, the Panasonic G7, you can pick up this camera with the kit lens and so you have everything you need for right around $700, right now, but here’s the huge game-changer: this camera is Panasonic’s kind of answer to Canon Rebels. And so, feature-for-feature, they can go head-to-head pretty well. You’ve got your mic input, you’ve got continuous autofocus during video, but the Panasonic steps it up and introduces 4K video, which is pretty insane at this price point. I actually want to start getting into 4K this year, so, personally, I just ordered a G7 and I was able to pick it up, I found an open-box version on Amazon for 550 bucks, crazy, with the lens, with the body, new condition, open box and if you’ve been watching this channel for very long, you know that’s one of my favorite places to find deals is kind of in that Refurbished and Used section of Amazon. And so, I’m pumped for this camera. So, here’s what the Panasonic G7 looks like. I’m shooting this in 4K, but then, and for the video you’re watching, it’s gonna be shrunk down to 1080p, but you can get a vibe of the footage. And, if you spec ’em out, compare them to, like, a Canon Rebel versus this camera, the G7 seems to kind of be one of the best all-around cameras, right now, when you add up everything, the amount of features and performance you’re getting compared to how low the price point is. Okay, just to give you one last look at the footage, this is the Logitech webcam, this is the GoPro, this is the Canon Elph, here is the Canon Vixia with the wide angle lens screwed on, here’s the Canon 70D, giving you an almost perfect idea of what the T5i footage is gonna look like and then, lastly, here’s the Panasonic G7, boom. You want better quality videos then you can buy some more products to assist you make better videos such as : best lenses for Canon 80D and best slow motion camera .
But, remember, the best video camera to have is the camera that you do have and so, use whatever you have and level up your content and then, when you can afford it, upgrade your gear. Question Of The Day: what kind of videos are you making or are you planning on making in the future? Let me know in the comments, below. Also, we’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions and perspectives on the cameras mentioned in this video. Let’s connect in the comments. As always, some of the best tips and advice happens in the Halo-Productions community here on YouTube, so definitely check out the comments section. So, thanks so much for checking out this video and if you haven’t already downloaded the Halo-Productions Buyer’s Guide, maybe you’re trying to figure out all kinds of stuff about lighting and tripods and different styles of videos, I put a guide together that just really includes my top recommendations for all of that kind of stuff and I’ll link it up on the YouTube card and put that in the description below if you want to check that out for free. And, also, if you haven’t subscribed to the channel yet, definitely subscribe and if you appreciated this video, I’d be grateful if you hit the Like button. Thanks, again, for checking out this video. As always, Halo-Productions is helping you go further, faster, in media. Keep crushing it and we will talk soon. Test, test, test, test, we’re still testing. Now, so, okay, so they’re, so they are, so in this video, we’re gonna talk ab the three cheapest.