Best Cheap Cameras for YouTube Videos — 6 Budget Camera Reviews

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
(popping) six of the best and cheapest cameras for YouTube videos, coming up. (camera shutters clicking)
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until the end of the video where I’m gonna do a
side-by-side comparison of the footage of all the
cameras that I talk about. Let’s get into the video. (upbeat pop music) 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, (bubble popping) 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. 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 THiNK Media TV
community here on YouTube, so definitely check out
the comments section. So, thanks so much for
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Now, so, okay, so they’re, so they are, so in this video, we’re gonna talk ab the three cheapest.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. ⚡ QOTD: What camera are you shooting with right now? Let me know! ??? Watch other videos in our budget YouTube equipment series here ➡️

  2. LOVE YOUR VIDEOS THEIR ARE VERY HELPFUL!!!!!What cheap microphone is best for the Canon vixia hf r800?

  3. Video posted in 2016 but the best best best advice thank you!! I was about to buy a $100 camera but the quality wasn't the best, glad I saw this video

  4. Im a therapist, I want to make a documentary on vets with PTSD. I am ignorant when it comes to cameras.

  5. Hey, Great video super helpful, Thank you!
    Q: Do you suggest on any specific budget camera for shooting out side? I'm a dog trainer, any ideas?
    Thanks again!

  6. i think he was starting off low and then working his way up, the video does say "budget" but i honestly like this better than if he just showed a bunch of budget cameras. as much as my budget is low, i like to see what i will eventually be able to save up to.

  7. If any of you researched a little you’d know that cameras are NOT cheap. He even says that DLSR cameras jump in price but are much better. I’ve used the cannon rebel and it’s an amazing versatile camera and SUPER easy to pick up even if you don’t understand cameras. Anything cheaper is just as good as your phone.

  8. Hi my name is Amanda and I have a YouTube channel I just started I watched your video and it really sounds interesting I do not know what camera to use to make my makeup videos I really want to buy a good budget camera I don't want to be too expensive I want to go as cheaper as I can but I am so struggling with it please also do a video how to upload a YouTube videos I am struggling with those things I don't have any kind of support only I can support my own self please support me and please let me know

  9. I found this channel a few days ago after finally decided to start up my own channel. I haven’t gotten to upload yet, but hopefully I’ll have a video up in the next week. Your videos have helped me tremendously getting my profile started and feeling prepared. Thanks so much!!

  10. Hello everyone i hope you can go and support my channel. And lke , comment and dont forget to subscribe.thank you

  11. People I live in México and to me honestly that sounds like budget options, he is not saying that the G7 is the cheapest camera but you have to consider the specifications of each camera.

  12. What if I will be going outside and filming, how will I get good audio? If I were to be out late, what will I do for light?

    Here's my plan and why I need a good mix, light, and camera:

    I plan to explore places near my hometown in Ohio (not on my current channel). My town is known for drugs. New York times actually referred to it as "the pill mill of America." and I kinda want to show the good that's left. Hopefully I'll learn to love it again. If I don't, and if all hope is gone, I'll leave this town (after graduation) and explore elsewhere. I'm hoping this will become something I can do full time someday as my mental health isn't the best and holding down a job with psychosis is a big worry. So having a good quality camera seems important.

  13. You are awesome! Which memory card do you recommend to start recording? I bought a Canon rebel T6( beginner camera) apparently bought the wrong memory card. When I record a video the video stops after 10 seconds. Which do you recommend?

  14. A Gopro session 5, a Sony cyber shot, an iPhone, a Nikon D3400, and anything else I can get my hands on.
    Thanks for this video!!!!

  15. if I wanted to start filming porn, on a budget of almost no income, what should I be looking for in a camera that will make the skin color look bright and clear and preserve all the nice pinks and whites without turning it into some dull crap? Good low-light ability would be great too cuz my gopro is complete garbage unless it's right near their skin and the person is in a spotlight.. Thanks for advice and suggestions.

  16. Hi, I plan on doing documentary and travel videos. I don't have a digital cam right now, I'm using my iPad and iPhone at the moment. I plan on upgrading soon to possibly a Zoom or GoPro cam. I have many expensive condenser mics as I have a home recording studio as well, which I plan using for my audio tracks. Thanks for your video, it was very informative !!!

  17. hi – quick question – what software do you recommend to capture video from webcam on a PC? I tried using online tools like zoom but it becomes too much for the laptop

  18. Could you make a video wich will be about??? How to add your own audio on YouTube videos! We’re all tired of copyrighted audios here in YouTube ?

  19. I found his awesome one on amazon check it out!

  20. Great vid, very informative. Currently using a built in web cam to shoot my vids. After this, thinking I will level up and get one of those Logitech web cams. Thanks.

  21. I tried a Panasonic fz200 and GoPro Hero5 Black and both were terrible indoors. Even with several 100w lights in my work space they were still grainy. So I went back to using my Galaxy S9 since I could easily get better video and pics every time. Oh also tried a LG v30 and it couldn't touch my S9 in any way so I sent it back.

  22. Im reload my own ammunition, im looking for camera or camcorder that i can do videos.
    I need to be able to have a 180 degree screen so i csn see myself.
    It will on a tripod..
    Any suggestions

  23. Hello sir,
    Im Tahmid Shoaib.
    Looking for a budget handycam. But I can't decision which cam will good for me.
    Please suggest me.
    Panasonic hc-v260 Or Panasonic hc-180
    Which camera I should buy ???
    Please help

  24. Thank you, great tutorial, I have a question? Which microphone is the best for a clear voice? I am confused between all the microphones, they all have a different effect on the voice, to tell you the truth, I got to point I don't know what my real voice sounds like.

  25. Sir I have 1000d camera .my camera Lance is damage.i want change the Lance..can you tell me best lence for wedding photography.

  26. Cheap? This video is misleading. I wish I was THAT cheap! Cheap for me is 100 bucks or less. Not 600 plus! Thumbs down. Very unhelpful.

  27. What suggestions would you have for a board game play through setup? Would be mostly static overhead shots of the table. Oh, on a budget of course :-).

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