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CHEAP AND AFFORDABLE VLOGGING CAMERAS

Updated: Nov 1





What is Vlogging? When this word gained popularity?

Evolution of vlogging cameras.


Even though YouTube came into being in 2005, the idea of video log or vlog was there since 2004. However, the use of video platforms as a powerful medium of communication was not that noticeable until 2012. But around 2013 people started using the platform extensively and more and more videos were uploaded. It so happened that some people started teaching and coaching through videos. The impact was immediate and quite impressive. Soon other people also started making videos pertaining to a particular subject or topic. When more and more videos were uploaded in regular intervals in that particular niche, viewers gladly accepted those and thronged to those channels. Explaining one's ideas or communicating messages in the form of videos came to be widely known as vlogging. What articles in text form on a topic are to a Blog, videos on a particular topic are to a Vlog.


Vlogging, nowadays, is found to be a highly interesting, passionate, engaging, time-consuming, and highly paying hobby or a profession whatever you call it. As you see vloggers are basically YouTubers, very much experienced and laborious personalities, They enjoy their works and at the same time make money through advertising fees, sponsorships, or promotions. In order to maintain the reputation of their channels, some vloggers don't prefer promotions or sponsorship types of earning. By doing this they are able to get huge subscribers.



What type of gear do vloggers require?


Even though vloggers and YouTubers use more or less similar types of gear, the basic difference is perhaps in the vlogging camera and audio equipment. While a common YouTuber can manage with any normal digital camera capable of recording HD or Full HD videos, a vlogger may not. It is because a vlogger mostly does direct talking to the viewers through videos and that requires constant monitoring of one's body language and facial expressions at the time of video recording. Also, he or she requires that the talking voice be more emphatic. These two particular requirements necessitate a vlogger to have a different type of gear, which other YouTubers may or may not need them.

These are:

  1. A high-resolution camera with a tilting LCD screen or a fully articulating screen.

  2. A high-resolution camera with a tilting/ articulating LCD screen and with a jack for an external microphone.

There are other items of gear like lighting settings, studio settings like green or grey screens, tripods, etc. In this post, we are not going to touch them for now. We are going to focus on the camera aspects only.



Which are vlogging cameras?


As discussed above, every vlogger more or less needs a camera that must have a tilting or fully articulating LCD screen and an additional jack exclusively for an external mic.


There are quite a good no. of cheap cameras which have tilting LCD screens, but they don't have any system for connecting an external mic. And there're cameras that have both but are too expensive for new vloggers. These are really beyond the reach of new vloggers. So the best way out is to use a cheap camera that has a tilting screen and if a mic is absolutely necessary make do with the audio equipment available in the e-commerce markets.


The camera giants Sony and Nikon have also already come up with wireless microphones that can be compatible with any digital camera. However, the prices may not suit all, though they're affordable. The accessory model names are as below:


(1) Sony Lavalier Microphone ECM-LV1, price around Rs.1899/-

(2) Sony Wireless Microphone ECM-W2BT, price around Rs.15,899/-

( You need to connect ECM-LV1 to ECM-W2BT and a camera compatible with Digital Audio Interface can do stress-free recording of audio)


(3) Nikon Stereo Microphone ME-1, price around Rs.13,900/-


Here is a list of cheap cameras that can be very well used as perfect vlogging cameras without putting much stress on your purse.


1. Model Name: Sony Cybershot H300





Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 20.1 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: HAD CCD.

  • Video Format: HD video.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes.

  • Touch Screen Control: No.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: No.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: No.

  • Approximate price: Rs.17,390/-


2. Model Name: Nikon Coolpix A900.




Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 20.3 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: BSI-CMOS Sensor.

  • Video Format: 4K (UHD) video.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes.

  • Touch Screen Control: No.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: Yes.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: Yes.

  • Approximate price: Rs.21,103/-

( Its next-generation model Nikon A1000 costs around Rs.79,999/-)


3. Model Name: Sony WX500.





Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 18.2 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: Exmor-CMOS Sensor.

  • Video Format: Full HD video.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes.

  • Touch Screen Control: No.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: Yes.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: Yes.

  • Approximate price: Rs.23,890/-


4. Model Name: Canon SX 740 HS.






Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 20.3 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: DIGIC 8 Sensor.

  • Video Format: Full HD, 4K video.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes.

  • Touch Screen Control: No.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: Yes.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: Yes.

  • Approximate price: Rs.74,989/- ( New)


5. Model Name: Sony DSC HX400V




Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 20.4 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: CMOS Sensor.

  • Video Format: Full HD.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes.

  • Touch Screen Control: No.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: Yes.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: Yes.

  • Approximate price: Rs.69,199/-


6. Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7





Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 16 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: CMOS Sensor.

  • Video Format: 4K UHD.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes.

  • External MIC port: Yes

  • Touch Screen Control: Yes.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: Yes.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: Yes.

  • Approximate price: Rs.44,550/-


7. Model Name: Sony Alpha ILCE6000L





Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 24.3 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: CMOS Sensor.

  • Video Format: Full HD.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes.

  • Touch Screen Control: No.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: Yes.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: Yes.

  • Approximate price: Rs.43,190/-


8. Model Name: Sony RX 100 III






Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 20.1 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: CMOS Sensor.

  • Video Format: MP4 AVC HD.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes.

  • Touch Screen Control: No.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: Yes.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: Yes.

  • Approximate price: Rs.48,990/-



9. Model Name: Nikon D5600







Why considered a vlogging camera?

  • Tilting LCD screen: Yes.

  • Resolution: 24.2 Mega Pixel.

  • Sensor: CMOS Sensor.

  • Video Format: Full HD.

  • Image Stabilization: Yes, with the lens.

  • Touch Screen Control: No.

  • Time-Lapse Recording: Yes.

  • WiFi/NFC connectivity: Yes. Bluetooth also.

  • Approximate price: Rs.48,648/-



You can choose any one of the above models according to your budget size and enjoy vlogging thereafter. You can also check out other cheap and the best cameras for youtube beginners here.



References: Amazon.in

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