6 Best Cheap Vlogging Camera Options to Get Started

If you’re planning on opening up a vlog then you need to stock up on the equipment you’ll need to shoot and share your vlogs with your audience. One of the key components of any blog is the camera you use for video capturing. 

There are many features you should look out for when purchasing a camera for your vlog: fast processing, better autofocus, great audio capture, and smooth 4K video capture to name a few. However, most higher-end cameras that carry these features tend to be pricey. 

Here we’ll be discussing some of the best budget-friendly vlogging cameras you can buy this year, which carry the features you need for quality video capture and are easy on the pocket!

Sony ZV 1

The Sony ZV-1 is a dedicated vlog camera equipped with a selfie-friendly vari-angle LCD screen, body grip, and a recording lamp. The vari-angle screen is capable of moving around two axes which are at a right angle to each other. In this way, you can capture videos from unique angles during your shoot. 

Here are some of the notable features of the Sony ZV-1:

  • Vari-angle LCD screen 
  • Directional 3-capsule mic and windscreen to capture clear audio 
  • Ergonomic grip for stable selfie shooting
  • 1.0-type Exmor RSTM CMOS sensor, for high-quality images even in dim or challenging lighting conditions
  • Real-time tracking to keep the subject in focus
  • Image stabilization capabilities
  • Dynamic super slow motions with up to 960 fps
  • High quality 20.1 MP still image capture
  • 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) video recording 


Sony’s ZV-1 camera is priced at around $749.

Sony Alpha a6000             

Our next camera is also a Sony product, however, this one is uniquely considered an alternative to DSLRs. It is extremely portable owing to its 2.8-inch x 4.7-inch dimensions. The A6000 offers an incredible 176 phase-detect points and nearly 92% coverage – the most comprehensive of any contemporary camera. The only drawback is that the camera lacks 4K video capabilities, but it still carries a sharp 24MP sensor and has great autofocus. Many consider it one of the best beginner cameras you can get, although it lacks 4k video, it does carry other useful features and is budget-friendly – a win-win for those who don’t really need 4K video. 

Here are some of the notable features of the Sony A6000:

  • 24.3-megapixel APS-C image sensor – the same size as found in most DSLRs 
  • BIONZ X image processing engine for realistic textures and details in your videos paired with low visual noise
  • HD movie quality 
  • 179 AF points for enhanced subject tracking
  • 11 fps continuous shooting with AF tracking
  • Tiltable 3 inch LCD screen for both low and high angle-shooting


The Sony A6000 is priced at $649. 

Canon EOS Rebel T7                       

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 is a great entry-level DSLR for those looking at budget-friendly options. It is quite similar to the predecessor, the T6 but this features a higher 24-megapixel sensor and improved performance. Moreover, it is easy to use and has an extremely low learning curve, which is again, great for beginners. As you mature as a photographer you can slowly move up to the Manual mode and start investing in their range of OEM and third-party lenses. 

Here are some of the notable features of the Canon EOS Rebel T7:

  • 24.1 APS-C Sensor for great camera performance, even in low light
  • 9-point AF system for precise focus and detail
  • Scene intelligent auto-mode 
  • Easy to use video capture with Full HD 30p
  • Continuous shooting up to 3fps
  • Built-in creative filters
  • Auto-white balance/ambiance priority


The Canon EOS Rebel T7 is priced at $479. 

DJI Osmo pocket 2    

The DJI Osmo Pocket 2 is an extremely portable, pocket-sized camera – great for vloggers and Youtubers. What makes this stand out is the built-in gimbal setup, a three-axis stabilizer, time-lapse, hyper-lapse, panorama modes, and a dedicated 4k video camera. Ths gimbal-stabilized camera is set over a hand-holdable stick end so you can choose videos with ease. If you’re hoping to capture stabilized video but don’t want to carry around the heavy gear most cameras carry then the Pocket 2 is a great option. 

Here are some of the notable features of the Canon EOS Rebel T7:

  • Motizred stabilization for smooth video quality
  • Easy to use design
  • 64 MP 1/1.7-inch sensor 
  • Shoot 4K video up to 60fps
  • Excellent face tracking
  • wireless sound recording 
  • Wide-angle lens 
  • Built-in automatic panorama mode 


The DJI Osmo Pocket 2 is priced at $349. 

Panasonic Lumix DC G100                    

The Panasonic Lumix DC G100 is a great camera, built specifically for vlogging and Youtube. It has plenty of rich video capturing capabilities including sharp 4K video at up to 30fps, compact and lightweight design, improved audio recording, and high detail capturing even in low light settings. Its compact and travel-friendly design makes it perfect for travel blogging. 

Here are some of the notable features of the Panasonic Lumix DC G100:

  • 4K/30p and FHD/60p video quality
  • 5-axis HYBRID I.S for smooth stabilized video shooting
  • Face recognition and internal mic features for compelling audio capture
  • FHS 4x slow motion for creative capturing
  • 180-degree free-angle monitor rotation for both high and low shot angles
  • Easy image transfer to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth


The Panasonic Lumix DC G100 is priced at $647. 

Nikon Coolpix B500                    

The most budget-feeding camera we’ve enlisted so far, the Nikon Coolpix is a great entry-level vlogging camera that offers full HD 1080p video recording up to 30 frames per second. It is an ultra-zoom “bridge camera” meaning that you can get the look and feel of a DSLR but the lens is usually fixed and pared with a massive zoom range. This makes them ideal for capturing wildlife, sports, or travel vlogs. 

Here are some of the notable features of the Nikon Coolpix B500:

  • Full HD 1080p video up to 30p
  • 16-megapixel low light sensor for great video capture 
  •  Instant photo sharing with its BLE (Bluetooth low energy) technology
  • 40x optical zoom and Dynamic Fine Zoom at 80x
  • Lens Shift Vibration Reduction for steady shooting
  • Tilting LCD display for a range of shooting angles
  • Built-in 18 scene modes for all types of settings


The Nikon Coolpix B500 is priced at $349.