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If you’re looking to get into vlogging or creating content for your website and social media, the best vlogging camera for under £300 is going to give you a great starting point to build your camera setup. These are the cameras we think are worth your investment as you begin your creative journey in vlogging.
Vlogging or video creation for your business is one of the best ways to reach your customers online. We want to answer some simple questions for you to help you in your search for the best vlogging camera for under £300. Is the camera easy to use? Is this the best vlogging camera for beginners? Is the camera one you will carry with you and use?
If you’re just getting started on your vlogging journey you’re in the right place. We want to help you get started and reach your goals. If it’s for you to personally capture the moment on a family trip or if you want to build a connection between your business and customers, these 5 cameras will be great to get you started.
Features to Look For in a Vlogging Camera Under £300
Features to look for in a camera when you are starting out as a vlogger are:
- One you will carry with you
- Easy to use
- Easy to transfer your video to your laptop to edit it
- Flip out or pop up screen
- Captures audio
In our course, one of the key points we talk about is that gear is only part of creating good content. What makes your content great is the story you tell. So, the camera you will carry with you to capture the moment is the best one you can buy to get started.
Ease of use for beginners
Deciding to buy a camera that is easy to use is a personal choice. Being able to just turn the camera on and capture the moment is key. Having some more advanced options to then progress to as you build in confidence is an advantage, however, it’s looking at how easy these features are to access for you that will determine whether the camera is easy to use. On our course, we help you understand the basics to get you started on your journey to creating amazing content to tell your story.
Transferring video and images
Having a camera that has a separate memory card that you can whip out and transfer your data you have captured to your Mac or PC for editing will help. Some cameras and phones generally have built-in storage. This internal storage can quickly become full if you are shooting on a regular basis. So, grab yourself some spare memory cards and batteries for your camera and be ready to shoot all day long. Having Wi-Fi or NFC connectivity allows you to quickly connect to your phone, edit videos and images and post them to social media in moments.
Flip out or pop up screen
I’m a Canon user and you can see my gear here. The one feature I couldn’t have done without as a beginner is a flip out or pop up screen. Having this feature helps to frame your shot when recording selfie-style. But do try to look at the lens and not yourself when talking to your audience. This takes some practice but becomes second nature quickly. Having a flip out or pop up screen also allows you to see what’s happening behind you in the frame.
Audio input vs on-board mic
Having a mic input on your camera isn’t key to getting started, but you will need to capture audio in some other way. Audio captured with an on-board mic can sometimes be of lower quality than audio captured with an external mic, such as Rhode mic.
That said, the Canon G7x ii does not have an external audio input and was a popular choice for many content creators. (The Canon G7x iii that replaced it now has an external audio input, however.)
Vlogging Cameras for Under £300 to Help You Get Started
So, let’s get into the reason why you’re probably reading this post and look at some of the best vlogging camera for under £300 you can buy to get you started.
This compact digital camera from Sony is a great beginner camera and at the time of writing this post is Amazon’s Choice for cameras with a flip screen. You can check out the full features and reviews here, but some notable ones are:
- Flip up screen
- 18.2 MP
- 30x optical zoom
- Wi-Fi and NFC connections
This camera is easy to use and works out of the box for a beginner vlogger. Simply turn on and set to record and let the camera do the rest. Check out the latest price for the Sony DSC-WX500 vlogging camera:
Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
Canon cameras are favoured by beginner vloggers because they produce much better skin tones and more realistic colours in-camera without any technical knowledge of colour grading. If you are buying a vlogging camera for under £300, you’ll want to get the best you can for your investment and I think you will struggle to find a camera that is packed with as many features as this Canon PowerShot SX730 HS. Some of the great features of this Canon offering are:
- Flip up screen
- NFC and Wi-Fi to connect to a Canon companion app on your phone and quickly share images
- FHD 60fps, FHD 30fps, HD 30fps
- 5-axis stabilisation (ideal if you are moving round)
- Auto slow shutter for night photography
- Auto and manual settings for white balance for when you want to progress and learn more about improving the quality of the video you are capturing
- Great on-board sound capture
You can pick up the Canon SX730 HS for under £300, but it is worth a look at the newer model SX740 HS that includes 4K video and is currently just over the £300 budget. In our opinion it is worth the price, with the upgrades this newer Canon vlogging camera has to offer.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70EB-S
Our aim in writing this post is to look at offerings from a range of camera manufacturers. The Panasonic Lumix vlogging camera for under £300 is a lightweight camera that offers bags of features. There is a rear LCD screen, but this can’t be flipped out when recording video selfie-style. The positive of not having the flip out screen is that you are more likely to look directly into the lens and not at a screen while talking into the camera, however, the negative is that you will have to frame your shots very carefully because you won’t be able to see if you go off-screen.
Some of the great features of this compact camera are:
- 5-axis image stabilisation
- High sensitivity sensor for low light conditions
- Capture images in RAW for advanced editing
- Wi-Fi and NFC for quick transfer of images
While this isn’t a 4K camera, the image stabilisation and HD recording on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70EB-S makes it a better choice in our opinion than its slightly more expensive cousin the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90EB-K.
If you are looking to record in 4K, then take a look at the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90EB-K, its RRP is just over our £300 budget, which is why we haven’t included it here.
Vlogging on a GoPro or Action Camera
If you’re looking for a lightweight 4K waterproof camera that you can take anywhere and not be too worried about damaging it, then the GoPro HERO8 camera, or another action camera, is probably going to be the better option for you. Whip it out, hit record and get the shot. I recorded my early videos on a GoPro Hero 5 (it feels like a lifetime ago) and the sound quality was passable. The latest in the Hero range are a big improvement on the earlier models and with a few tweaks you can get very good audio. There are also options to add an external mic to a GoPro, but this requires an additional unit and taking the waterproof door off.
Features of the latest GoPro HERO8 include:
- HyperSmooth 2.0 time-lapse
- Touch screen
- 4K 120fps recording for smooth slow-mo footage
- Connect to your phone to get a live view
- Stream live directly to your social media channel (Facebook and YouTube)
- Waterproof to 10m
- Capture images
If an action camera is your preferred choice, then it’s worth taking a look at the DJI Osmo Action Camera also.
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