cheap camera for youtube under 100

1. Sony DSCHX80

Sony DSCHX80

Quality = 97%

Affordability = 85%

Why I Like It:

  • Full HD recording at 60 fps.
  • Flip Screen for a Live View.
  • Easy to Use.
  • Compact Size.


Unlike many of the other offerings on this list, this camera can shoot your YouTube videos in 1080p but at 60 fps, giving your viewers the smoothest clips possible with such a small camera.

As with many other point and shoots, this camera is also highly portable as it can fit in your pocket.

  • Image Stabilization: For instance, this model is equipped with 5-axis image stabilization for reduced shakiness.
  • WiFi: You can also transfer your videos and photos to a smart device with ease thanks to this camera’s NFC connectivity, making it much more convenient to do so. If your device doesn’t support NFC, you won’t have to worry as long as you have an access network in range and you can use wifi.
  • P/A/S/M Video Mode: Unlike other cameras, you’ll find that the P/A/S/M modes on this model also work while you’re taking video, giving you a definite advantage over those models.
  • ISO: Also, if you’re shooting video in manual mode, you can still take advantage of the auto ISO function, something which is rare in other cameras here.

Video Test


  • Camera Type: Point and Shoot.
  • P/A/S/M in video mode.
  • Good Video Format.
  • 1080p 60FPS.


  • Relatively small sensor.

The Verdict:

In spite of its small size, this Sony camera is more than effective enough for use by an aspiring YouTuber.


2. Canon VIXIA HF R800

Canon VIXIA HF R800

Quality = 98%

Affordability = 89%

Why I Like It:

  • Compact and easy to carry around.
  • Easy to use.
  • Full High Definition.
  • Enhanced low-light sensitivity for improved sharpness/
  • Specifically made only for VIDEO.
  • Full HD at 60 FPS.
  • Battery life is long.
  • Portable.
  • Compact and easy to carry around.
  • Easy to use.
  • Full High Definition.
  • Enhanced low-light sensitivity for improved sharpness/


The Panasonic Lumix ZS50 is a convenient choice for users who like having a wide range of extra features at their disposal. This little camera is extremely versatile thanks to these features, so if you’re trying to enjoy some photography as a secondary pursuit, the ZS50 should be handy. First off, this product can shoot video in Full HD, so you won’t have to worry about your video quality suffering as a result of its reasonable price point. You can choose either the AVCHD format or MP4. The MOS sensor that’s used on this camera is highly sensitive and therefore ideal for use in low-light situations so you won’t need to bring lighting everywhere with you. Also, this camera features HD slow-motion video at 720p and 100 fps. There are also 200 fps slow-mo at 480p. Time lapses are also possible thanks to the timelapse feature on this camera, allowing you to add them to your YouTube videos for dramatic effect.


  • Camera Type: Point and Shoot.
  • Slow Motion.
  • Built-in eye viewfinder eliminates outdoor glare on sunny days.
  • Intelligent Zoom 60x.


  • A little more expensive.
  • Extra features focus on photography.

The Verdict:

For all of this camera’s capabilities, you’ll find that it’s a much more compact camera than many other affordable cameras for YouTube, and the price isn’t that much higher than other budget models.


4. Nikon COOLPIX B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Quality = 86%

Affordability = 90%

Why I Like It:

  • Great camera for both video and photo.
  • Super simple to operate.
  • Full HD.
  • Vibration Reduction system.


The Nikon COOLPIX B500 provides some of the best value for money that you can get out of a digital camera. While this model may not feature many of the advanced bells and whistles that come with $1000 DSLRs, the B500 sports relative affordability, and a user-friendly design. Keep in mind that this is one of the more versatile models on this list, as you’ll also be able to take pictures with it, but you’re likely interested in the video features.

  • Video Quality: First off, this camera can record video at 1080p and 30 fps, which is impressive for a camera that is primarily geared to shoot photos.
  • Convenience: When it comes to convenience, this model is capable of connecting wirelessly with devices using Bluetooth, NFC, or wifi, making it easy to transfer your video files.
  • Vibration Reduction: This camera is also equipped with four-axis vibration reduction technology, ensuring that your videos remain stable, even without a tripod.
  • Microphone: The microphone on this camera may not be of the best quality, but it can still capture stereo sound.

While the B500 may not come equipped with a touch display, it will still be easy to navigate thanks to the intuitive layout of the menus.Video Test


  • Camera Type: Point and Shoot.
  • 1080p Video Quality.
  • 4-axis vibration reduction.
  • 16MP CMOS Sensor.
  • 40x Optical Zoom.


  • Only 30 fps recording.
  • Microphone isn’t up to par.

The Verdict:

Amazing value for the money, while also being a great camera for both video and photo.

UNDER $200  

5. Canon PowerShot ELPH 360

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360

Quality = 81%

Affordability = 93%

Why I Like It:

  • 1080p HD.
  • Good for long distance recording.
  • Image Stabilizer and also good in low light.
  • Portability.


The ELPH 360 from Canon is another excellent option if you’re looking to save money, but you don’t want to give up full HD video quality and portability. We consider it one of the best YouTube cameras under $200. One of the main advantages of this camera is its compactness, as it can just slip right into your pocket. While this camera may be small, it’s still effective enough to start off your career as a YouTuber.

  • Image Stabilization: For example, it features four different image stabilization modes that will work while shooting video.
  • Image Processor: Thanks to the DIGIC 4+ image processor in this camera, you won’t have to worry about shooting in low light conditions either. Of course, you can’t expect crystal clear video quality in the dark from a camera in this price range, but it has noticeably less noise than many of its counterparts.
  • Transfer Files: If you want to transfer your files, you can choose to do so through a cable, or you can use NFC to connect with a compatible smart device. Overall, this camera is portable and convenient in addition to being affordable.

As with many other Canon cameras, this model uses its convenient Intelligent IS system, which will choose the right mode for you. This camera is also easy to use for beginners, featuring a simple set of controls that you can learn within the first day.Video Test


  • Camera Type: Point and Shoot.
  • 1080p video.
  • Wireless NFC capability.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer.
  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality even in low light.


  • Controls are small.
  • Short battery life.

6. YI 4K

YI 4K Action Camera

Quality = 95%

Affordability = 98%

Why I Like It:

  • Records 4K.
  • Long Battery Life.
  • Good in Low Light.
  • Small and Rugged.


This model may not come with all of the additional features that you’ll find in some other cameras, but it does feature a insane video quality for the price. For those of you looking to record in 4K, you’ll be able to do so at 30 fps, which is as much as you can expect from a camera at such a reasonable price point. If you prefer 60 fps recording, then you’ll still be able to film at 2.7K, which will look amazing when it’s compressed to the more common 1080p. When it comes to slow motion, this camera is going to be able to film at 1080p and 120 frames per second slow motion, making it an ideal choice for action scenes. You can even go up to 240 fps at 720p. The battery life of this camera is also impressive, as it can film for about two hours at a full 4K resolution. The touchscreen on this camera is also a convenient addition that precludes the need for buttons since there isn’t much room on the device itself. As you would expect from an action camera, this model is focused on stabilization, ruggedness, and superior quality.Video Test


  • Camera Type: Action.
  • 4K.
  • Range of slow-motion options.
  • Touchscreen interface.
  • Small size.
  • Rugged design.


  • Not many additional functions.
  • Poor audio quality.
  • Lack of versatility.

The Verdict:

For just under $150, this is our choice for the action camera category. Even if you have an other camera, this can be addition to expand your options.

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