One of the most common questions we get is “what is the best camera to get for [insert what you want to shoot].” From running a photography business to shooting our travels, we’ve shot photos and videos with just about everything (DSLRs, point and shoot cameras, drones, and even our phones).
Many of the big YouTubers shoot with high-end DSLRs (like the Canon Mark IV), but they also make a living off of YouTube, which makes investing in gear a no brainer. My first response to anyone starting out or looking to buy a camera is to think about your budget. That helps narrow down your choices.
For the purpose of this post, our best cheap vlogging cameras had a price cap of $500. Even with that price constraint, we had a huge list of cameras to check (17 to be exact). So we decided to break them down into 6 different categories: cheapest compact cameras ($0-250), mid-range compact cameras ($251-400), high-end compact cameras ($401-500), larger cameras, camcorders and action cameras.
I came up with a way to shoot all the cameras in each category at the same time so that you can compare each one side by side and decide for yourself which one is a good cheap vlogging camera.