Best Budget Video Camera?

Figure $150 or less.

Yes, I have an iPhone, an iPad and a mini.

I’m just wondering if dedicated video camera might be less of a pain in the ass.

Primary use is for videos going up on YouTube, Facebook and a website.



I want a good value option, because I’m not trying to be DeMille here...

I want to buy enough quality that I won’t want to upgrade next well, but I don’t want a bunch of sucker bait either.

If my budget is unrealistic, let me know.

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  • edited October 27
    My youngest has a Go Pro that's pretty amazing.
    It's the Hero5 Session. I believe we paid $198 for it.

    He stated it's worth the upgrade from the regular Hero 5 @ $150

    4k HD
    10mp camera

    The video quality is impressive.
    He even put it on a fishing line when we were in Maine & got some
    really cool under water footage of small mouths, blue gills & snapping turtles.

    And the thing is tiny, if that's important.

  • I look to death but I’m thinking if I get a dedicated camcorder I want a more traditional one.
  • Thanks, but I did want to buy new.
  • What do you want to do with it?
  • "Primary use is for videos going up on YouTube, Facebook and a website."

    Any basic sony/canon/panasonic cam will be great. I wouldn't spend more than $300.

    The problem YOU will have specifically is probably the size of your hands. Most modern camcorders are tiny.
  • I meant w/re to content type. Technical videos? Any need for close-in shots? Is lighting an issue? Are you filming yourself speaking into the camera? Is portability a concern? Sound quality? Do you need expansion interfaces for lights, microphones, etc...?
  • I don't think you can get anything really useful under $150 unless you look at used cameras.
  • I was going suggest looking at pawnshops, craig's list, and nextdoor.com. Video cameras are one of those things that people spend way too much money on because it sounds cool at first, or for a personal one or two time event like a wedding, bar mitzvah, or vacation. Then it never gets used again. Same thing with electric guitars, and SLR cameras.
  • My guess is that Eric wants to make videos of job sites to show prospective customers what they do.
  • Seabird said:

    I was going suggest looking at pawnshops, craig's list, and nextdoor.com. Video cameras are one of those things that people spend way too much money on because it sounds cool at first, or for a personal one or two time event like a wedding, bar mitzvah, or vacation. Then it never gets used again. Same thing with electric guitars, and SLR cameras.



    Yup.

    dgm said:

    My guess is that Eric wants to make videos of job sites to show prospective customers what they do.

    So NOT porn.  Check.
  • How do you know the job sites aren't porn sets?
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  • dgm said:

    My guess is that Eric wants to make videos of job sites to show prospective customers what they do.

    Sort of, but I want to post them online
  • Well, I’m not sure how you define “pain in the ass”, but I don’t think you’ll find anything new for $150 that your iPhone and iMovie (plus the apps for YouTube and Vimeo) can’t do as well or probably better.

    Not unless you’re looking for something ruggedized and miniature like a GoPro as Mark suggested.
  • I’m leaning towards the
    Canon VIXIA HF R800.

    That’s in the low 200’s; high 200’s if I want the “accessories kit”.
  • dgmdgm
    edited November 15
    The accessories kits generally are garbage.

    What you actually need:

    * 43mm UV filter (B+W or Tiffen is fine) to protect the lens from dirt, dust, and physical damage when you drop the camera
    * An extra SD card or two, because they are small and easily lost, and sometimes they will just fail inexplicably
    * A tripod
    * A remote, if that camera can use one
    Two extra batteries and a charger you can use in your truck. You will be very annoyed if the damn thing is run down when you're trying to get your video. You don't need the $99 Canon batteries. Buy a pair of cheap chinese ones that come with their own charger. Look on Amazon, they're all over the place.


    Also, build yourself a poor-man's steadycam.

    For like $15 in pipe and junk, you can make something that will make your videos MUCH more stable and watchable. I built one, and it works great.

  • That ginned up steadycam is fucking awesome.
  • dgm said:


    The problem YOU will have specifically is probably the size of your hands. Most modern camcorders are tiny.
    Image result for kids video camera

  • I have been offered a Parrot BeBop II FPV for $200.

    In a camcorder I am leaning strongly towards the Vixia HF R800 with an accessory kit, though which one I have yet to decide.

    I am considering both. Not BUYING both, considering both as a possible solution.
  • The drone is an interesting alternative. I bought a Panasonic HD (720i) camcorder back in 2006 for about $500. The camera was fine. Small (about the same size as that Canon, believe it or not), light weight, decent video quality... The problem was the interface to my PC, along with the related software. It was shitty enough to put me off of specialized equipment like that. Maybe they’ve gotten better now.
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