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Cameras for Wildlife Photography and Vlogging Under $200

Here's a great selection of cameras for wildlife photography and vlogging under $200.

‘Vlogging’, as a term, feels old and established, a bit like an oak tree or Liam Neeson. However, YouTube was only founded in 2005 and Vimeo in 2004. Since then, video sharing sites have been transformed from places to share third-party content to a destination for user-generated videos, transforming the entire landscape of the media industry.

Some vloggers try to make the world we live in a little more stylish (Freddy My Love), more tasty (Matty Matheson), more weird (Memory Hole) whilst others fight to transform the world itself e.g. Francheska (HeyFranHey).

Whatever your motivation, agenda or goal, there’s nothing more powerful than video to communicate.

Whatever your mission with your vlog, getting best vlogging camera for your precise objectives could ensure you have a vlog that looks high quality enough or alternatively prevent you from spending money you could have otherwise put towards external lighting or video editing software.

Video quality

4K and UHD video resolutions (more detail by capturing more ‘pixels’ or ‘points’ of image information) are becoming the norm, so it's generally worth considering investing in. Reasons you may prefer to save the money might be that you foresee that videos will be viewed mainly on smartphones rather than smart TVs, laptops and tablets.

But video quality is not just about resolution.

The quality of the lens (glass v plastic), number of elements in a lens, zoom or magnification, can all affect the ultimate quality of what you get. But whilst glass might be better, beware ... it is also heavier!

Cameras these days are glorified computers that do much more than simply turning photons of light into digital images. These microprocessors can track moving objects, recognize the environment scenario then use AI to enhance elements in-frame and much more. But whatever you’re looking to film the processor capability will have an impact on the images you end up with.

Significantly, the sensor is very critical in yielding great video. Aside from the quality of the sensor, size here matters. The bigger the sensor the more distinct and precise an image it can capture. Full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras can capture more detail than cropped sensor variants of the same cameras types.

Bridge and compacts have smaller sensors still. However, the choice isn't straightforward. If you want to be able to achieve a shallow depth of view (blurred background) then larger sensors help. But if you want everything in shot to be in focus such as in fixed studio conditions, overall you may be better off overall a smaller sensor. To get a good vlogging camera with the right video quality, you’ll have to balance your preferences and make tradeoffs.

Stabilization and tracking

Cameras often offer ‘video stabilization’. This refers to a variety of features designed to keep the movie content free of camera-shake and wobble, leaving you with professional-looking, smooth motion.

In most higher-end DSLRs, a favourite of serious YouTubers and vloggers, the stabilization depends on what lens you buy. It works well, but you’ll have to pay a premium for stabilization tech in each lens. Some of the more modern mirrorless as well as bridge, compact and action cameras tend to have any stabilization built-in.

A cheap solution is for software to pick up the slack. Googles photos service will do this for videos uploaded to its cloud, for free. However, be warned; you may lose video detail in the process, perhaps even see some edge of frame material disappear altogether. Paid-for software, in turn, may be less efficient than paying for the feature in the first place.

If you’re wanting to capture kids running for a family vlog or wildlife darting across the Serengeti, stabilization is critical. Action cameras tend to have the best stabilization for the money

A great way to get awesome stabilization would be to buy a separate gimbal. This used to be eye-wateringly expensive technology. Although it still isn't cheap, nowadays you can pick one up for the price of a good lens or a compact camera.

Again what you choose depends on what kind of vlogging you’re into. If you’re filming in a studio with the camera on a tripod then its a waste of money. Equally, for some styles of movie-making, a shaky video is exactly what’s needed.

Lighting matters

The detail and colour all hit the sensor courtesy of light. Yeah, I know, it's pointing out the obvious, but it's an obvious point often overlooked.

When there is low light, cameras can compensate by increasing the ISO (think of this as the ‘gain’ on the electrical signal), by relying on a lens that lets through a lot of light (often a high quality ‘prime’ lens - but these will have no zoom at all), by relying on a very still subject all combined with a very steady hand. Alternatively, you can use external lighting.

In a studio, this is easier to achieve. It can also be deployed (more hassle, time and money) outdoors. Reflectors can also help.

Some camcorders come with built-in lighting or lights that can be mounted onto the hot shoe. Built-in lighting is great where you have to move around in dark places - think wedding receptions, conferences, red carpet events. But remember they add weight, not to mentioned heat.

The most important factor here is sensor size. Followed by lens type, a big sensor can do the most to ensure that you can capture viewable moving images in twilight on dimly lit conditions


The biggest mistake made by buyers of cameras for vlogging is focusing on the image and not the sound. But sound is usually the biggest area of weakness for vloggers. You can deal with this by buying extra hardware, remote mics etc or by going for one with a great integrated. You’ll get the best results by having dedicated mics perhaps capturing audio separately, but they can increase your setup time taking longer between shoots. Additionally, there more potential points of failure.

Skill level

This is a tricky one, as skill level is not a static thing. You may be a total novice nor, for example, but what’s to say that you’re not the next James Cameron in the making?!

Nevertheless, if you have a good handle on your skill level and don't see a need to improve it, just remember - DSLRs, mirrorless and pro camcorders all require some knowledge and skill. Some have automatic modes and entry-level versions even have scene modes just like compacts. However, you can get better results spending less on the camera and buying useful extras such as lighting if you're not going to use the deeper features.

On the flipside, camcorders, compacts, action cameras and bridge cameras often come with some of those extra settings if you want to expand your repertoire of techniques. This allows the camera to do the heavy lifting, even if there is a bit of compromise in terms of getting the video exactly as you’d want it. Which brings us to …

Form factor

DSLRs are a very popular answer to the question “what is the best camera for vlogging”. However, they are often bought precisely due to popularity when really factors like skill level and ‘need’ should precede this choice. For example, DSLRs are great if you want to make adjustments to shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance and need different lenses to capture some specific varieties of movie type.

But they are heavy, bulky and require maintenance. They also take longer to pick up and be in a position to start shooting.

Action cameras are perfect for… err action. Not really optimum for a studio setting or shooting celebrities on a red carpet.

If you’re going to scuba dive and don't want to be fiddling around just at the point you’re about to capture your once in a lifetime glide-by a great white shark (without being eaten of course), an action or an underwater compact will probably be perfect. If that same video needs to be pixel perfect, you’ll have to use a professional camera, with a polarizing filter and a crew, mainly to prevent you from becoming your movie star’s meal!

Bridge cameras are another popular format for vlogging. They often come with decent sensors, the key functions of a DSLR, all in a light body without having to mess around with changing lenses. They are lightweight and easy to carry around making them perfect for about-town type shooting.

One thing to remember is that, aside from camcorders, most form factors have their genetic history in photography. The popularity with these formats is down to the much cheaper CMOS sensors type they use are now as good as CCD sensor types used in older and more expensive camcorders. So modern still-cameras have evolved, Darwin style, into the leaders for camcording, leaving actual ‘camcorders’ on their death bed.

However, the one thing camcorders still have going for them is their ergonomics. Their shape, grip, construction are designed with just videography in mind. Hence the horizontal grip position, the location of zoom controls and the position of the viewfinder all lend themselves to shooting video. The flip-out screen which is a very useful and practical camcorder feature has found its way to DSLRs, bridge cameras, compacts, and even some action cameras. This screen will be the main way you judge whether everything is set up correctly. From focus and depth-of-field to colour saturation and glare, needs to be spot on, so a great screen is invaluable. A good vlogging camera with a flip screen, whatever the form factor counts for a lot.


This is an area of vlogging-camera-decision-making that is easy to either overlook or indeed overpay for.

Connections are important as you need a way to 1) actually get your video edited the way you want it and then 2) you need to publish it to your video sharing site. Most commonly this is done by transferring your video clips from your camera to a laptop or perhaps a tablet where your clips can be edited and stitched to the final edit. Then the video can be uploaded via a web browser.

If you’re shooting in 4K and Dolby audio then your video files will be big and you’ll benefit from a camera with high-speed cable transfer i.e. Thunderbolt 3, USB-C 3.2 or ethernet. If you’re shooting at a lower resolution, using shorter clips or just aren’t in a rush then regular USB cables will probably do.

If you’re looking for convenience, you can’t beat wifi. No wires, no hassles. But even modern wifi is not as fast as cable transfer, and WIFI will push up the cost of your camera.


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Kodak PIXPRO FZ43 Red

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Top-notch portability meets versatile capability in the form of the Kodak PIXPRO FZ43. Thanks to a 16.15MP CCD sensor, this compact camera ready to capture high-resolution images that reach up to 4608 x 3456 pixels in vibrant colour and true-to-life details. With just a single touch, it's able to record video in HD 720p at 30 frames per second, so you can best capture the moment. These imaging capabilities are complemented by the 27mm wide-angle lens that provides you with plenty of spacing to grab that perfect shot, whereas the 4x Optical Zoom thrusts you into the heart of the action while maintaining clarity. The PIXPRO FZ43 comes in a slender, lightweight body design that's easy to carry around for short and long journeys. Complete with an attractive red finish, not only does the camera pack a performance punch, but it can also fit in your pocket. Elsewhere, the 2.7-inch LCD monitor enables you to easily point, frame and shoot with ease, whereas AA batteries provide a reliable source of power, so you never have to worry about electrical outlets ever again.

Kodak PIXPRO FZ152 Red

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Equal parts proficient and compact, the Kodak PIXPRO FZ152 will amaze you with its striking simplicity. Outfitted with a 16.15MP CCD sensor, this slender camera is able to deliver remarkable images that boast a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, complete with vivid colours and crystal-clear details. If you think a moment is best-suited for a movie, switch to video mode with the push of a button and you're able to record in Full HD 1080p. Why settle for anything less? Whether you want to see your child's face on the graduation stage or focus in on architectural details, the superb 15x Optical Zoom allows you to get next to the action, even when you're far away. This works in tandem with the intelligent Image Stabilization system that ensures steady recording and blur-free footage. From beautiful natural landscapes to everyday street scenes, you'll appreciate the 180º Panorama feature that allows you to effortlessly fit everything within the frame.

Kodak AZ252 Black

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The Kodak AZ252 is the versatile point-and-shoot camera that's always ready to immortalize life's unforgettable moments. Featuring a 16MP CCD sensor, the AZ252 is able to capture high-resolution still images that boast up to 4608 x 3456 pixels. When it comes to video, this compact bridge camera can record in HD 720p so you can enjoy those precious moments in full motion. When you need to get into the action, the exceptional 25x Optical Zoom allows you to get up-close and personal without sacrificing an inch on quality. Never again worry about unsteady footage due to shaky hands or filming while walking thanks to the intuitive optical image stabilization system. Between Sport, Fireworks, Fish Eye and more, the AZ252 provides you with 22 modes at your fingertips that deal with the technicalities of your environment and optimize your settings, so you can keep your focus on enjoying the moment. Elsewhere, the 3-inch LCD screen allows you to effortlessly review and adjust as you go along.

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Robust, stylish and versatile, the Kodak PIXPRO FZ201 is the perfect travel camera to go anywhere you go. Though the PIXPRO FZ201 may be compact and slender, don't let the body frame fool you. This lightweight camera packs a 16MP CCD sensor that's capable of taking photographs of up to 4608 x 3456 pixels. These lifelike colours, sharp details and crystal-clarity continues to video, where this compact camera is able to record in HD 720p quality at the touch of a button. Seasoned professionals, budding students and amateur enthusiasts will all appreciate the wealth of features that has you equipped for all shooting conditions you may encounter, such as 20x Optical Zoom, built-in flash and optical image stabilization. Whether it's a stunning sunset or dazzling skyline, the advanced Panorama Capture enables you to beautifully capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments that you'll remember for years to come. Between viewing, composing and adjusting, the 3-inch LCD screen adjusts to all lighting conditions so you always end up with the exact shot you want.

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Boasting a slender and portable design, the Kodak EasyShare C1530 is the pocketable point-and-shoot camera that's perfect for all your everyday photography needs. Outfitted with a 1/2.3"" 14MP CCD sensor, this compact camera is capable of delivering high-quality photographs with ease. If you think the moment calls for video, rest assured that the EasyShare C1530 can record SD movies at 30 fps. Elsewhere, the blur reduction image stabilization system is constantly working to ensure that your photos and videos are free from any camera shake or movement, whereas the 3x Optical Zoom gives you some creative flexibility when it comes to distance. Both the built-in flash and native sensitivity range that extends from ISO 80 to 1000 allow you to adjust to different lighting environments on-the-fly. Whether you're a travelling professional or you're just getting started, you'll appreciate the featherweight body frame that weighs in at just 180g and makes it easy to carry around for long periods of time.

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Equal parts simple and performance, the Kodak PIXPRO AZ401 enables you to tell your story in a multitude of different ways. When it comes to quality, there's nothing to worry about. The 16.15 megapixel CCD sensor deliver defined, detailed images thanks to the AZ401's 16 million pixels, as well as HD 720p videos. The expandable sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 - 3200 allows you to adapt to just about any tricky lighting condition you may find yourself in. When you need to capture from afar, the ultralong 40x optical zoom lens allows you to dramatically extend your reach, whereas the image stabilization technology irons out any shake when you're walking. Conveniently relying on AA batteries as a source of power, the camera offers roughly 280 shots per fresh set. Elsewhere, the 3-inch LCD display provides convenient playback and easy management of settings, so you can rest assured that you end up with exactly what you're look for. The sky's the limit with the Kodak PIXPRO AZ401.

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Compact, durable and capable, the Fujifilm FinePix XP130 is the perfect camera companion for an active life on-the-go. When it comes to video quality, the FinePix XP130 is ready to capture those precious moments in Full HD, whereas the 16.4 megapixel sensor delivers images with a resolution of up to 4608 x 3456. Whether you're immersed in nature or sitting on the bleachers, the intelligent optical zoom lens is perfectly suited for diving into the action. The compact body frame of the FinePix XP130 weighs just 207.4g and takes up next to no space in your suitcase or bag. You'll also be able to easily appreciate the rugged protection features, including waterproof to 20m, freezeproof to -10ºC, dustproof to keep out sand and shockproof to withstand drops from up to 1.75m. Not only does the 3-inch LCD monitor fits within the compact frame of the camera, but it offers an easy-to-use interface for simple playback and management of settings. The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 is always up for an adventure.

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Are you a photographer who constantly finds yourself on the go? You'll appreciate the unmatched flexibility of the Kodak PIXPRO AZ251. Whether you're traversing remote landscapes, filming local athletes or simply spending time with the family, the high-resolution 16MP CCD sensor delivers excellent photographs that allow you to enlarge, print and crop while still maintaining fantastic image quality. When the moment feels right, you can record video in HD 720p at the touch of a button. With the PIXPRO AZ251, you're also equipped to capture subjects that are near and far thanks to the impressive 25x Optical Zoom. Best of all? These image capabilities are housed within a compact and lightweight camera body that makes for an effortless carry during those extended shooting days. Elsewhere, you can easily point, frame, shoot and share your photos and videos with the 3-inch LCD screen. Running on AA batteries means the Kodak PIXPRO AZ251 that you'll never run out of battery at an inconvenient time ever again.

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Versatile and pocketable, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS is always ready to capture life's magical moments. Equipped with a 20.2MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor, this compact camera is capable of delivering crisp images that boast a resolution of up to 5184 x 3888. When it comes to video, the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS continues this exceptional quality in Full HD 1080p. Whether you're zooming in on a child's face on stage or capturing animals in the wilderness, you'll appreciate the handy 12x Optical Zoom. This broad reach is complemented by the intelligent image stabilization system that ensures steady footage from afar or while moving. Not only is the camera slender and slim in size, but the compact design weighs just 130g it fits snugly in your bag when abroad. When you're reviewing playback or framing your shot, the 3-inch LCD screen makes for easy navigation so you always end up with the perfect shot.