Best Camera For YouTube Videos To Start Online Video Marketing

Back in the day, top quality videos were only possible if you spend loads of money and buy a good video camera. Technology has evolved amazingly and it’s now possible to make similar high quality videos with inexpensive video camcorders. Gone are the days where you have to mortgage your house to buy a video camera! Don’t think that you need to spend a lot of money on video cameras to get started with online video. You can use an inexpensive camera, edit the video with free software (or just not edit at all!) and just upload to YouTube. Many people do just that and have achieved great success with online video marketing.

There are over 120 million search results, if you just query for a video. This makes deciding on what to buy much more difficult. So how do you know which one you should buy?

“What should I look for when buying a video camera?”
“What sort of video camera should I use for YouTube”
“I am thinking of starting a video marketing campaign. What’s the best video camera I should use?”

are some of the common questions I get asked via the contact page of this blog. So today, I thought of compiling a post, that will save you some time and help you decide or at least narrow down your list.

Before dive in and select one, you should know precisely what are looking for. Otherwise, down the road you might regret your decision. So let’s start with these questions,

1. What type of videos are you planning to create?

Are you planning on creating videos that make money? May be record interviews? Demonstrate your product etc

The reason you need to think about this is because it will influence the features that you need for the video camera.

What about lighting? Do you have sufficient natural light surrounding your recording location?
For example, if you record indoors, at night (low light situations), you would be better of with a having a video light. Some video cameras offer night mode, close up modes etc.

How long do you plan to record your videos? This will impact on the battery life of your video camera.

2. What recording format are you looking for?

Currently, there are 4 popular recording formats – DVD (DVD discs), MiniDV (DV tape), HDD (Hard Disc Drive) and SD (flash memory).

3. Do you already have a good external microphone?

Apart from the video quality you need to pay attention to the sound quality too. With some video cameras you get the option of a in-built mic. Then there’s also the option of having an external audio jack for the video camera.
So you can pin a microphone to your shirt and then hook it up with the video camera audio jack for better audio quality.

4. What’s the preferred size of for your video camera ?

A small camera that can fit into your pocket ? If you travel a lot or prefer to have the video camera around you at all times so that you can capture instant video, then you should consider a small pocket camera.

5. What is your budget

How much are you willing to spend on a video camera?

Based on whether you plan to gain an income after creating videos or whether videos will be used for entertainment purposes etc Decide on how much you can spend. If your video makes money, then then you will be able to recover the money you spend on good video camera fairly soon.

At the same time, you also have the low cost option too. If you buy a $100 video camera don’t expect it to have broadcast quality footage out of it. But in general video camcorders have gotten really good these days and you can make nice looking video with inexpensive cameras.

Recommendations For Best Camera For YouTube Videos


After you have carefully considered the above questions, you will get an idea of the features you need in a video camera. Given below are a few that I have used and can recommend.
Alternatively, you can click here to see more options.

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera


A hi-definition video camera which nicely fits into a pocket. You can record up to 10 hours of HD 1080p video.

The Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera comes with

  • An external microphone jack which records in stereo
  • a built-in USB
  • Facility to share on Facebook and YouTube
  • Built-in software(Compatible with PC and MAC) that makes editing and uploading simple

check out more features

Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera

This is probably the most cost effective pocket video camera you can find. (If you know of another, let me know!)

Canon VIXIA HF M400 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and Dual SDXC Card Slots


Canon VIXIA HF G10 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and 32GB Internal Flash Memory

This is the most expensive out of all listed here. Comes with all the needed features that will help produce a quality video. If you are going to use video for your business, in the longer run this would be a good choice, than the pocket video cameras.

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