As you’ll know from our article on how to pick the right vlogging camera for your needs, the $200 vlogging camera is the price range we favor for vloggers if at all possible to squeeze in your budget.
A $200 vlog camera should be moving away from some of the ‘acceptable’ flaws of cheaper cameras. You want a nicely shaped case that feels good in your hands. Dedicated video buttons start appearing, and the range of filters and art effects offered should be improving. You’ll probably also notice that the ‘details’ like ISO and low-light capabilities start improving, and you are offered a wider range of lens capabilities and memory capacity.
Mostly, this is also the point at which the top-end point and shoots begin to blend with the bottom-end DSLRs. You can still get some fantastic deals on basic DSLRs at this price point, although you will likely soon outgrow the basic bodies and may want to rather give careful consideration to what lens line you want to commit to so that any future purchases are compatible with the lenses you choose now.
If you’re intimidated by ISO and apertures, or you simply want to just film and not worry about the nitty-gritty, this level will give you the point and shoots that truly can challenge the more manual camera, offering crisp audio, many features and stable video.
Best Vlogging Cameras Under $200
These are some of the top $200 and under cameras we found for you.
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Granted, the Sony Cyber-Shot doesn’t grab full HD, offering only 720p resolution, but we believe it has a ton to offer the vlogger looking for a simple solution to their vlogging. It offers 16MP, sweep panorama function, and is one of the slimmest camera you’ll ever handle. Steady shot and iAuto function leave the details in the camera’s hands, leaving you free to concentrate on your vlog. Natural flash is a very attractive feature for beauty bloggers among you, allowing you to take natural toned before and after pics to match your vids.
The Sony Cyber Shot squeaks in just above $100, earning it a spot on this list but still placing it acceptably in an entry level category. It’s a great place to start for any aspiring vlogger, and offers a robust build and comfortable feel in the hands.
- Attractive slim design
- 5x optical zoom
- Fast full-AF
- Good Auto White Balance
- Intuitive menu system
- Highlights were often over-exposed
- Small controls
- Soft corners at wide-angle
- When it’s so lightweight it can be hard to hold
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This camera got a bad rap in earlier years from consumers expecting a mirrorless camera to exactly duplicate a DSLR without the cost and bulk. That’s not a reasonable comparison. Mirrorless cameras and Micro ¾ are a class on their own. This is an exceedingly compact camera with 16MP quality and the ability to shoot in 1920×1080 HD video. It has a nice image stabiliser, built in 3” LCD with touchscreen capability and the iAuto set of features which allows the camera to run the show if you’re a new vlogger. The ISO range is 200-25600, and it has an accessory port for expansion.
If you’re looking to move up from compact point and shoot camera, and intimidated by the sheer size and wealth of functions on a DSLR, the mirrorless camera is a nice in-between stage. Dust reduction on this camera ensures shots are never ruined even when changing lenses, and stabilization keeps your images crisp even when moving. Video mode has some interesting art filters to offer, and you can record in .mov or .avi. This camera mostly comes bundled with its own flash.
- User-assigned function buttons make it surprisingly customizable
- Small but functional handgrip
- Touch-sensitive screen available
- fast and accurate AF
- In bright sunlight, the image on LCD is difficult to see
- The compact layout may be awkward for some
- Sparse controls
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This is a camera suitable for all Vloggers, especially newbie Vloggers. The Nikon CoolPix L32 is really easy to use. It produces superior quality of images that have a powerful pixel count of up to 20.1. The only video format is the 720p at the rate of 30fps.
For the zoom, it possesses a 5x magnification Nikkor lens with a wide angle 35mm view. Behind the camera, you will find a 230k dot TFT LCD screen that displays the camera’s functions such as images, video shooting playbacks, and the 8 effects in which you can use to customize your images. The screen has a special inbuilt anti-reflection coating that enables you to view your images and videos clearly. Another positive is the presences of a wider lens that can take more objects into a shot.
While this camera has the basics a vlogger desires, it is not perfect. There are many better cameras out there if your budget stretches a little higher, but if not then this may be a good camera to start with.
- It is compact
- Light in weight
- Easy to operate
- The image quality is not that perfect
- Noise is still present
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This is an automatic point and shoot, so there isn’t a ton of manual options, but with a 12x Optical zoom and 25mm-300mm lens capability alongside its 12.1 MP, you won’t be left disappointed. It can shoot up to 1280×720 HD movies, and the built in GPS will ensure that you never forget where you were when you took the shot. It’s one of the smallest photo/video hybrids available at the moment, and even supports both a dedicated video button and AVCHD recording to extend battery life without affecting video and sound quality.
The ISO allows for 80-1600, and a ton of presets make getting good quality video simple and easy for everyone. There’s even an ‘underwater’ setting! It’s simple, but a great starter camera for the vlogger looking for quality that’s simple and reliable.
- Good color rendition & image quality
- Good shutter and AF
- User inputs and full manual controls
- The image quality is not amazing
- Some noise
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This is a well-designed POV camera that is capable of recording a 4k format video at the rate of 30 frames per seconds (fps). It also records videos of 1080p at the rate of 120fps. The Yi 4K is also capable of capturing clear and still images with its 12 megapixels. These features alone make the Yi 4K perfect for action Vlogging.
The Yi 4k lives up to being one of the best budget action camera with features such as the wide field of view and the fast f/2.8 aperture (giving you the ability to capture pictures while you take videos). It also has 4k time-lapse function, and the slow-motion sequences followed by a loop record for a particular time. A lot of these editing and selecting of modes and functions is possible in camera due to the 2.19-inch touchscreen.
Another great feature is the presence of a large battery that makes it possible to film longer between charges.
- Light in weight
- It can produce smooth videos of 1080p at 120fps
- It has a wider touch screen
- Wide lens angle of 155 degrees
- Presence of up to 2hrs worth of 4k video at the rate of 30fps
- It has a touchscreen larger than a Go pro.
- It is very easy to switch, even unintentionally.
- The image stabilization is not that great
- There is no voice activation control or GPS like the Go Pro.
$200 will probably not get you a lot of camera for your money. Each of these cameras offer a wide range of functionality, a decent longevity, and some nifty creative features to help make your vlogging experience better.