“Vlogging Camera” YouTube vlogs have seen massive growth in popularity, so I’ve put together all the top 5 vlogging and action cameras available under 10,000 to help you choose the best cameras for vlogging of the year.
I explained the camera features that can make your vlogging experience fun and easy and help you understand what makes a good vlog camera.
Starting your video blog isn’t difficult, and if you’re consistent and post good quality content, you can earn money from vlogging.
This review will help you choose the right camera for the job, so let’s jump right in!
1. Canon IXUS 285 HS Vlogging Camera
Like any other digital camera in the market, the Canon IXUS 285 HS offers a good 12x optical zoom and 48x digital zoom capability.
Combined with a 20.2 megapixel CCD sensor, the IXUS 285 HS looks to be a good buy.
Other notable features of the IXUS 285 HS include built-in WiFi and NFC, which can be used through the Canon Camera Connect app on iOS and the Play Store.
Design-wise, nothing in the IXUS 285 HS separates it from existing digital camera.
Yes, it’s compact and slim enough to slide into your trouser pocket, but it does look like any other digicam.
Coming to performance, the IXUS 285 HS does have a few surprises up its sleeve.
For instance, the 20.2-megapixel sensor provides good detailing and noise control, which is also pretty impressive compared to the IXUS 185 and 190 that we have spoken about earlier in this list.
We didn’t see much pixelation in the images, even at full 12x and 48x digital zoom.
But the photos were taken in good lighting conditions. In low lights, the image quality takes a severe beating as noise, and chromatic aberrations become visible.
But the IXUS 285 HS is not without its faults. While the WiFi works smoothly, there are specific issues with the NFC.
- Built-in WiFi and NFC.
- Good image quality.
- 12x optical and 48x digital zoom.
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2. Sony Cybershot DSC-W830
The Sony CyberShot DSC-W830 was introduced back in 2014 worldwide, but it came to India a year later.
The camera has an 8x optical zoom, a 20.1 megapixel CCD image sensor and a 2.7-inch screen. It can also shoot videos of up to 720p. When it comes to design, the W830 is a sure-shot looker.
It is sleek, and stylish and looks contemporary in every sense.
But even after all this elegant design, I feel Sony could have made this a little curvier at the edges to enhance its looks further. Nevertheless, the Sony DSC-W830 looks a stunner anyway.
When it comes to performance, the W830 produces pretty good results as far as image quality is concerned.
But the problem comes with the built-in image stabilization. At full 8x zoom, you may see some cameras shake even with the IS on, which is a disappointment.
The camera’s noise performance is pretty good at lower ISOs, but noise becomes visible as you go higher up in the ISO order.
Another drawback of the W830 is that its Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens goes up to 25mm at its widest, while cameras are available in this segment which come fitted with the lens that can go even wider.
But that’s a minor negative and can be overlooked.
- Sleek and modern design.
- Impressive image quality.
- Good noise performance.
3. Nikon Coolpix A10 Vlogging Camera
The Coolpix A10 is Nikon’s cheapest Coolpix camera, and it shows.
The sensor is a 16.1 megapixel CCD type, and other notable features include 5x zoom, a capability to shoot 720P HD videos, built-in IS etc.
Since Nikon Coolpix A10 is a cheap digicam, Nikon has undertaken several cost-cutting measures for this camera.
The biggest of them all is the plastic body and the inclusion of the 2.7-inch, 230k-dot LCD screen. Its resolution is one of the lowest you will find in a camera.
On the plus side, the Nikon A10 is packed with Nikon’s Smart Portrait system, through which you can soften skin tone and remove some of the blemishes on someone’s face.
Another cool thing the Smart Portrait system does is what Nikon calls Blink Proof. It alerts the photographer when someone is being shot and blinks. We found it to be quite remarkable.
Images produced by the A10 are surprisingly good. They have good colours, although the dynamic range could be better. It is especially suited for shooting people, but if you try to shoot distant subjects like landscapes, you may not get the same result.
Battery backup of the camera is also good as Nikon claims that the camera can shoot up to 700 photos when fully charged.
- Good image quality at this price.
- Good battery backup.
- Compact and slim design.
- Smart Portrait and Blink Proof systems.
- Low price point.
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4. Canon IXUS 185
I am not sure how much fun one can have in photography with this type of camera, but let’s believe Canon for now.
The glossy finish on the camera body and the various bright colour options will surely please the more family crowd as far as the IXUS 185 is concerned.
The biggest’ ease-of-using feature of the Canon IXUS 185 is its easy auto mode, where all the user has to do is simply point towards his subject and click the image.
But here’s the catch. There is a program mode for more ‘manual control’. If you turn it on, the shoot more or less still feels like auto mode.
But on the plus side, the IXUS 185 does have some digital filter options within its menu if you ever want to go for more ‘manual’.
The difference between the IXUS 190 and the 185 lies in the fact that the 185 misses the all-important NFC and can shoot 1280P in full HD (IXUS 190 shoots 720P HD).
Coming to performance, the AF of the IXUS 185 works pretty fine as long as there is enough light. When it comes to image quality, sadly, the IXUS 185 suffers from the same problem as the IXUS 190.
The quality of images is poor because of noise even at low ISOs, but somehow the camera produces good colours in its images.
- Slim and compact design.
- Bright-coloured body.
- Good colour in the images.
- Built-in WiFi.
5. Nikon Coolpix A100
The Coolpix A100 is Nikon’s entry into the below 10K club. Since it is meant for a more family crowd’, it comes in five bright colour options.
But let’s leave the stupid colour options aside and get into the more technical aspect of the camera.
Features of the Coolpix A100 include a 20.2 megapixel CCD sensor, 4x optical zoom, a 25mm wide angle lens (at its lowest zoom) and a capability to shoot 720P HD videos.
But here’s a downer. The Coolpix A100, despite a new name, is not a new camera.
It is almost identical to the Nikon S2900, which came out back in 2015, except for a few tweaks.
Regarding design, the Nikon Coolpix A100 is identical to the S2900.
So if you have used the S2900 earlier and are planning on buying the A100, you wouldn’t need to get used to this camera since all the buttons and controls are in the same place. So there are no surprises there.
When it comes to performance, the Coolpix A100 disappoints. Even in good lighting conditions, the A100 produces pretty average-quality images.
With an ISO setting of 100 to 1600, the Coolpix A100’s images are fairly noisy even at low ISO settings. The image processing speed of the camera is also leisurely at best.
But one of the better performance features of the A100 is that it performs rather well for a camera at this price range in fairly low light, but that too is overshadowed by the quality of images it produces.
- Relatively good low light performance.
- Built-in IS.
- Face detection.
- Lightweight body.
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