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One day I was scrolling through YouTube and discovered a creative YouTuber named Casey Neistat. After watching about 10 of his videos, I was hooked on the idea of vlogging. I researched the best cheap vlogging camera for the next few months and bought one that I’ve since used all around the world.
In this post I will review my favorite cheap vlogging camera with flip up screen and other vlogging tips, resources, and ideas.
Best Cheap Vlogging Camera With Flip Up Screen
If you look at camera shootouts on YouTube, the sony line of mirrorless cameras stands apart from the rest in terms of image quality, heft, dimensions, lens options, and price.
I started out thinking I was going to buy the Sony A6000 but at the last minute, I changed my mind to get the 5100 because of the flip screen. This is absolutely crucial if you want to vlog.
The image quality of the 5100 vs the 6000 is exactly the same, the only differences are in functionality. Here are the key differences of the 5100 vs the 6000 that I found.
- 5100 Has flip up screen for selfie style video and photo
- 5100 does not have viewfinder
- 5100 does not have shoe mount
- Neither cameras have external audio input jack
Besides those few things, the cameras are extremely similar. I have since purchased a 6000 for my wife and she loves having the viewfinder. Between these two cameras, we’ve vlogged and photographed all of our travels around the world.
We also earn a large portion of our income through photography and video with these two cameras.
The only real downfall that I miss on these cameras is the external audio jack. But, if you watch our videos below, you’ll hear the audio quality and how for basic vlogging, it doesn’t matter that much.
Not having a cumbersome microphone attached to your flexible tripod also keeps your setup discrete and allows you to look a little “less professional” when videoing and photoing in certain situations. (sometimes people ask you not to film if they think you’re a super pro).
Some of our sample vlogs:
Sony E Mount Lenses
For discreteness and ease of use, the Sony 16-55 kit lens, that comes with these cameras, is actually quite good for vlogging. You don’t have to worry about breaking an expensive lens, it has a quick zoom, decent autofocus, and is super thin.
We used the kit lens for every vlog as we traveled, and only later increased our lens collection.
After getting back from our year around the world, we wanted to do photography and better video for money, so we purchased the 2 following lenses:
Both of these lenses are incredible and give a very high depth of field (blurry background that looks all pro). If you can only purchase one, I would choose the 35mm unless you are doing mainly food photography, product photography etc.
We researched this quite a bit as well, and this is what we purchased and used the entire trip:
This unit has a ball head which I found to be super helpful and crucial for getting balanced and level shots. Highly recommend. It’s also the brand that Neistat uses.
If you have any questions about our setup please feel free to send me a message or leave a comment below.
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